Australia offers to pay for two prisoners' keep in Indonesia

Mar 12, 2015

Australia offers to pay for two prisoners' keep in Indonesia

Australia has offered to cover Indonesia’s costs for keeping two Australian heroin traffickers in prison for life if Jakarta grants permanent stays of execution, the foreign minister said Thursday. Australia is lobbying hard to prevent the executions by firing squad of Australians Andrew Chan, ...

Mar 6, 2015

Top court rejects Indonesians' suit over dam project

The Supreme Court has upheld lower court rulings rejecting demands for compensation by around 5,000 Indonesian residents who say they were displaced by a dam construction project backed by Japan’s official development assistance program, court officials said Thursday. Its ruling Wednesday upheld decisions at ...

Abbott attends vigil for Indonesia death-row inmates

Mar 5, 2015

Abbott attends vigil for Indonesia death-row inmates

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott attended an impromptu candlelight vigil outside the country’s parliament in Canberra on Thursday for two Australian drug smugglers who face execution in Indonesia. The vigil, which was also attended by Foreign Minister Julie Bishop and opposition Labor Party leader ...

Indonesia nearly ready to execute nine foreign drug smugglers

Mar 4, 2015

Indonesia nearly ready to execute nine foreign drug smugglers

Indonesia on Wednesday transferred two Australians early Wednesday in preparation for the execution by firing squad of nine foreigners and an Indonesian condemned for drug smuggling, as diplomatic squabbles persist over the executions. The preparations at the execution site have been completed and four ...

Indonesia's Jokowi may visit Japan soon

Mar 2, 2015

Indonesia's Jokowi may visit Japan soon

Indonesian President Joko Widodo, popularly known as Jokowi, may visit Japan as part of a trip that will also take him to Singapore and China, senior Indonesian officials and a diplomatic source said over the weekend. No final decision has been made, but it ...

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 ...