Indonesia candidate battles puppet image

Jun 29, 2014

Indonesia candidate battles puppet image

When one of Indonesia’s most powerful politicians wanted to be part of a new government, he did not approach Joko “Jokowi” Widodo, the front-runner in next week’s presidential election. Instead, sources say, he went to the home of Jokowi’s political patron, a former president ...

Indonesia cigarettes flout graphic ad law

Jun 25, 2014

Indonesia cigarettes flout graphic ad law

Tobacco companies largely ignored an Indonesian deadline to put graphic health warnings on all cigarette packs on sale, another setback for anti-smoking efforts in a country that has the world’s highest rate of male smokers and a “wild, Wild West” of advertising. Despite having ...

Southeast Asia now biggest global danger zone for piracy: U.N.

Jun 13, 2014

Southeast Asia now biggest global danger zone for piracy: U.N.

Southeast Asia has overtaken the Horn of Africa as the world’s hot spot for pirate attacks after concerted international efforts to police the waters off Somalia, the U.N. said Thursday. Last year 28 boats were attacked in the western Indian Ocean but none taken ...

New Zealand woman may face jail in Bali drugs case

May 13, 2014

New Zealand woman may face jail in Bali drugs case

A New Zealand woman caught with drugs on Bali will be charged with hash possession and could face up to 12 years in jail, a prosecutor said Tuesday. Leeza Ormsby, 37, was detained in February after police raided her villa in the tourist area ...

May 8, 2014

Gang-raped Indonesian woman may be caned under Shariah law

An Indonesian woman who was gang-raped for allegedly having extramarital sex may be publicly caned for violating Islamic law, an official said Wednesday. The 25-year-old widow said she was raped by eight men who claimed to have found her with a married man in ...

Apr 15, 2014

Visa waivers in works for Indonesians, Filipinos, Vietnamese

Japan might grant visa waivers to tourists from Indonesia, the Philippines and Vietnam when it revises its tourism action plan in June, government sources said Monday. The initiative, backed by the government and the ruling coalition, is aimed at Southeast Asia, whose vast Muslim ...