Indonesia: 193m people, 17,000 islands, one big election. Here’s what you need to know

Vote on 17 April is worlds biggest direct presidential election with more than 800,000 polling stations set up Worlds most complex one-day elections Indonesia, a nation made up of 17,000 islands, will hold the biggest, most complex one-day elections in the world on 17 April. The elections in India are bigger in number but are […]

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West Papua protest: Indonesian police kill one and wound others reports

28-year-old man reportedly killed during the incident in Deiya regency, with up to seven wounded, including two children Indonesian paramilitary police have shot and killed one person and wounded a number of others at a protest in a West Papuan village, according to human rights groups and local witnesses. A 28-year-old man was reportedly killed […]

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Lessons from the fast lane: does this study prove car-pooling works?

When Jakarta ditched its controversial three-in-one car-sharing rule many in the city expected the traffic to get better. It didnt. A Harvard and MIT study analysed before-and-after Google traffic data to find out what happened Driving in Jakarta at rush hour is something of a nightmare. The citys 9.6 million population swells each work day […]

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Revealed: reality of life working in an Ivanka Trump clothing factory

Workers complain of verbal abuse, impossible targets and poverty pay so bad they have to live away from their children The reality of working in a factory making clothes for Ivanka Trumps label has been laid bare, with employees speaking of being paid so little they cannot live with their children, anti-union intimidation and women […]

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Indonesian men caned for consensual gay sex in Aceh

Hundreds packed mosques courtyard to witness the canings in Aceh, the only province in Indonesia to practise sharia law Two men in Indonesias Aceh province have been publicly caned dozens of times for consensual gay sex, a punishment rights advocates denounced as medieval torture and escalates an anti-gay backlash. after vigilantes broke into their […]

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Indonesian police arrest more than 140 men at alleged gay sauna party

LGBT groups say the gay community in Jakarta has been subject to an unprecedented wave of discrimination and attacks Indonesian police have arrested more than 100 men in a weekend raid on a gay sauna in the capital Jakarta, a day before two men are to be publicly flogged for having same sex relations. Authorities […]

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Conservationists plan expedition to secret Noahs Ark in Sumatra

After photographing tigers and tapirs in one of Sumatras least known wildernesses, an unlikely pair of conservationists are hoping to discover a hidden population of orangutans in high altitude forests and who knows what else. Just a few years ago this place had no name. And in fact its new moniker Hadabaun Hills is the […]

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Jakarta governor Ahok sentenced to two years in prison for blasphemy

Shock sentence comes after hardline Islamist groups called for Christian official to be jailed for referencing Quran verse An Indonesian court has found Jakartas Christian governor guilty of blasphemy and sentenced him to two years in prison, in a trial that was widely seen as a test of religious tolerance and pluralism in the worlds […]

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Jakarta election challenger Anies accused of courting Islamic vote amid religious divide

Christian governor Ahok used to enjoy a 70% approval rating but then came his blasphemy trial for allegedly insulting Islam. Now the vote is too close to call It was in 2004, as a PhD student in political science at Northern Illinois University, that Anies Baswedan would ponder the future interplay between Islam and Indonesia. […]

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Indonesia’s four richest men worth as much as poorest 100 million

Oxfam warns that inequality personified by clove cigarette tycoons Budi and Michael Hartono will damage the nations economy The four richest men in Indonesia own as much wealth as the countrys poorest 100 million citizens, despite the nations president repeatedly pledging to fighting dangerous levels of inequality.. Oxfam on Thursday highlighted Indonesia as one of […]

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