Dec 12, 2014

Indonesia English daily's top editor faces blasphemy probe over cartoon

Indonesian police on Thursday declared the editor-in-chief of a prominent English-language daily newspaper a suspect in a blasphemy case over the publication of a caricature purporting to criticize violence inflicted in Iraq by a jihadist group known as the Islamic State. Jakarta Police Spokesman ...

Former maid tells Hong Kong court of 'torture' by employer

Dec 8, 2014

Former maid tells Hong Kong court of 'torture' by employer

An Indonesian former maid on Monday told a court for the first time how she was starved, beaten and ritually humiliated by her Hong Kong employers in a case that has sparked international outrage. Erwiana Sulistyaningsih described in vivid detail how for months she ...

Millions may rally for higher pay in Indonesia

Dec 4, 2014

Millions may rally for higher pay in Indonesia

Indonesia’s capital girded for a potential turnout of millions of protesters asking for a bigger increase in minimum wages in the world’s fourth-most-populous nation, a test of President Joko Widodo’s pro-business image. The two-day national protest, starting Dec. 10, will involve four trade union ...

Nov 19, 2014

Indonesia rapped for virginity tests on female police recruits

Indonesia’s national police are being urged to halt virginity tests for women applying to join the force in the world’s most populous Muslim-majority country, with Human Rights Watch saying the practice is harmful and humiliating. The rights group said Tuesday that women applicants are ...

Nov 18, 2014

Japanese docs trying to stop all asbestos use in Asia

by Tatsuya Tsujimura

Japanese doctors are stepping up efforts to help Asia’s developing economies stop using asbestos, sharing knowledge bitterly learned in Japan about the serious and fatal illnesses caused by the material that was used in abundance during the postwar economic boom through the 1970s. Emerging ...

Nov 15, 2014

7.3-magnitude quake in Indonesia triggers tsunami warning

A powerful 7.3-magnitude earthquake rocked the Maluku Islands in eastern Indonesia Saturday, sparking a tsunami warning for areas up to 300 kilometers (185 miles) away. The undersea quake struck at a depth of 46 kilometers (28 miles) at 10:31 a.m., northwest of Kota Ternate, ...