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 ...

Indonesia vote to set governor on course for presidency

Apr 9, 2014

Indonesia vote to set governor on course for presidency

Indonesia’s main opposition party was on course to win most votes Wednesday in parliamentary elections and strengthen the chances of its popular candidate, Jakarta Gov. Joko Widodo, in an upcoming presidential poll. The Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) had around 19 percent of ...

Air pollution killed 7 million people in 2012: WHO

Mar 25, 2014

Air pollution killed 7 million people in 2012: WHO

Air pollution by sources ranging from cooking fires to auto fumes contributed to an estimated 7 million deaths worldwide in 2012, the U.N. health agency said Tuesday. “Air pollution, and we’re talking about both indoors and outdoors, is now the biggest environmental health problem, ...

Mar 20, 2014

U.S. fines Marubeni over Indonesia bribery scheme

Trading company Marubeni Corp. has agreed to pay an $88 million fine after admitting bribing Indonesian government officials to secure a lucrative power project, the U.S. Justice Department said Wednesday. A Justice Department statement said Marubeni and employees from consortium partner Alstom had bribed ...

Mar 2, 2014

Indonesia hopes to cash in as a haven for manta ray tourism

Indonesia is now the world’s largest sanctuary for manta rays, after officials were persuaded by evidence that the gentle giants known for delighting tourists are worth more alive than dead. The government on Friday announced that manta rays within the archipelago’s 5.8 million square ...

Two divers still missing may be safe

Feb 18, 2014

Two divers still missing may be safe

Indonesian police said Tuesday they believe that villagers on Bali have spotted two Japanese divers alive, following the dramatic rescue of five others in the missing group. Five of the seven women who vanished Friday off Bali were rescued Monday after being found a ...

Kerry mocks those who deny climate change

Feb 17, 2014

Kerry mocks those who deny climate change

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Sunday called climate change perhaps the world’s “most fearsome” destructive weapon and mocked those who deny its existence or question its causes, comparing them to people who insist the Earth is flat. In a speech to Indonesian ...