Mar 1, 2015

Australia, Malaysia, Indonesia to trial new jet tracking system

Australia is trialing a “world-first” system with Malaysia and Indonesia that increases the tracking of aircraft over remote oceans, allowing authorities to quickly react to abnormal situations such as the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370. It increases the minimum tracking rate for planes ...

Abbott strikes conciliatory note with Widodo over Indonesia executions

Feb 26, 2015

Abbott strikes conciliatory note with Widodo over Indonesia executions

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott struck a conciliatory tone on Thursday after speaking with Indonesian President Joko Widodo about the looming execution of two convicted Australian drug traffickers. Abbott said he spoke with his “friend” Widodo on Wednesday evening, adding that the Indonesian leader ...

Indonesian president says no delay to executions despite mercy pleas

Feb 24, 2015

Indonesian president says no delay to executions despite mercy pleas

Indonesia’s president said on Tuesday the planned execution of 11 convicts on death row, most on drugs charges, would not be delayed. He warned foreign countries not to intervene in Jakarta’s right to use capital punishment. President Joko Widodo has denied clemency to the ...

Near Bali, Lombok invests in Sharia tourism

| Feb 23, 2015

Near Bali, Lombok invests in Sharia tourism

A short hop from the bars and nightclubs of Bali, a Saudi family holidaying on Lombok hears the call to prayer wafting over the self-styled “island of 1,000 mosques.” Lombok is at the center of an Islamic tourism drive. Indonesia is home to the ...

Feb 20, 2015

Indonesia says executions of Australians delayed

The execution of two Australian drug smugglers on death row in Indonesia has been delayed by up to one month, the vice president’s office told AFP on Friday. Husain Abdullah, the spokesman for Vice President Jusuf Kalla, said the execution of Andrew Chan and ...

Feb 19, 2015

Australia PM denies threatening Indonesia

Prime Minister Tony Abbott Thursday denied threatening Indonesia over the fate of two Australians on death row by linking their fate to aid, insisting he was simply pointing out the depth of ties between the neighbors. As tensions mount in the bid to save ...

Feb 18, 2015

France summons Indonesia ambassador over death row citizen

France summoned the Indonesian ambassador on Tuesday to voice its “extreme concern” over a French citizen sentenced to death on drug charges in Indonesia. “The minister expressed France’s firm opposition to the death penalty in all locations and all circumstances,” the office of Foreign ...

Executions delayed as Australian ex-leaders plead for lives of Bali pair

Feb 17, 2015

Executions delayed as Australian ex-leaders plead for lives of Bali pair

Indonesia has postponed the transfer of five convicts, including two Australians, to another prison for execution, prompted by medical concerns and families’ requests to spend more time with the prisoners, the attorney general’s office said Tuesday. Myuran Sukumaran, 33, and Andrew Chan, 31, two ...