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Indonesia should probe deaths of election staff - parliament deputy

09 May 2019

JAKARTA A top Indonesian lawmaker has demanded a parliamentary inquiry into the deaths of more than 500 officials during recent elections, most of them linked to fatigue-related illnesses in gruelling work conditions.

Indonesia plans to move capital city out of crowded Java island

29 Apr 2019

JAKARTA Indonesia's president has decided to move the capital of the world's fourth most populous country away from the crowded main island of Java, but has yet to finalise a new location, the planning minister said on Monday.

Indonesia election fraud allegations are 'baseless' - security minister

24 Apr 2019

JAKARTA Indonesia's chief security minister said on Wednesday accusations that the government and security forces conspired with election agencies to conduct systematic fraud during last week's polls are "baseless" and threatened national security.

How Indonesia's president has tried to claw back voter support in Muslim heartland

12 Apr 2019

GARUT, Indonesia When Wawan Setiawan, a volunteer for Indonesian President Joko Widodo's re-election campaign, goes door-to-door in this conservative part of Java, his opening line is: "If you hear he is anti-Islam or a communist, remember, it's all lies."

Fact-checkers vs. hoax peddlers: a fake news battle ahead of Indonesia’s election

11 Apr 2019

JAKARTA Armed with laptops, three dozen journalists and fact-checkers braced for battle before a live debate between Indonesian President Joko Widodo and his challenger, Prabowo Subianto.

Indonesia NGO appeals ruling on China-funded dam in endangered orangutan habitat

13 Mar 2019

JAKARTA Indonesia's biggest non-government environmental group on Wednesday launched a fresh legal bid to stop the construction of a controversial China-funded dam that some experts warn will destroy the habitat of a unique species of orangutans.

Wife, son of suspected Indonesian militant blow themselves up - police

13 Mar 2019

JAKARTA The wife and son of a suspected militant Islamist blew themselves up in their home on the Indonesian island of Sumatra early on Wednesday after hours of tense negotiations with counter-terrorism officers, authorities said.

In Indonesia, Facebook and Twitter are 'buzzer' battlegrounds as elections loom

13 Mar 2019

JAKARTA Almost every day, "Janda", a self-described Indonesian housewife with 2,000 Twitter followers, dispenses lifestyle tips, complains about city life, and praises how the government of President Joko Widodo has improved her life as a young mother.

Indonesians get first chance to ride subway in traffic-clogged capital

12 Mar 2019

JAKARTA Indonesia's capital, Jakarta, held on Tuesday the first public trial run of its $3 billion mass rapid transit (MRT) system aimed at improving transport conditions in a city suffering some of the worst traffic jams in the world.

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