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Candidate vying to lead Indonesian capital denies pandering to Islamists

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JAKARTA A former education minister in Muslim-majority Indonesia facing a run-off vote against a Christian to be Jakarta governor, on Tuesday denied pandering to Islamists to win support and said he could unite the capital after a divisive election.

Freeport warns of arbitration as Indonesia mining dispute escalates

JAKARTA U.S. mining giant Freeport-McMoRan Inc warned on Monday it could take the Indonesian government to arbitration and seek damages over a contractual dispute that has halted operations at the world's second-biggest copper mine.

Feb 20 2017

Indonesia Islamists urge ouster of Jakarta governor, plan more protests

JAKARTA Indonesian Islamist groups on Monday called on the government to suspend the Christian governor of the capital and for the courts to convict him of blasphemy, demands they will make again at a rally outside parliament on Tuesday.

World, Feb 20 2017

Freeport Indonesia CEO resigns after force majeure on copper exports

JAKARTA Chappy Hakim, chief executive of miner Freeport-McMoran Inc's Indonesian unit, has resigned, the company said on Saturday, after the parent firm declared force majeure on copper concentrate shipments from its Grasberg mine in Papua.

Feb 18 2017

Indonesia opposition-backed candidate may be dark horse in Jakarta poll

(This February 13 story has been corrected to insert dropped word in para 3; and clarify that Baswedan won a Fulbright scholarship, but was not one of the first Indonesians to do so in para 17)

World, Feb 15 2017

Factbox: Indonesians vote in regional elections

JAKARTA Indonesians will vote on Wednesday in regional elections in more than 100 provinces, cities, and districts, with the contest for the powerful post of Jakarta governor turning into one of the more divisive political battles in the country's democratic era.

World, Feb 14 2017

Forbidden love: Valentine's Day banned for some in Asia

JAKARTA/ISLAMABAD Valentine's Day celebrations on Tuesday were banned by authorities in parts of Indonesia and Pakistan, home to Asia's largest Muslim populations, saying the romantic tradition encouraged casual sex and ran counter to cultural norms.

World, Feb 14 2017

Supporters of Indonesia capital's governor in colorful push for votes

JAKARTA Supporters of the governor of Indonesia's capital are hoping their checkered shirts in red, white and blue will help galvanize the vote in a city election on Wednesday and win a second term for their leader.

World, Feb 14 2017

Indonesians to vote in local polls with eye on presidency

JAKARTA Tens of millions of Indonesians head to the polls on Wednesday in local elections across the Muslim-majority country, with bitter feuding over the powerful post of Jakarta governor stoking political and religious tensions.

World, Feb 12 2017

Factbox: Indonesians to vote in regional elections

Indonesians will vote on Wednesday in regional elections in more than 100 provinces, cities, and districts, with the contest for the powerful post of Jakarta governor turning into one of the more divisive political battles in the country's democratic era.

World, Feb 11 2017
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Iraqi forces fighting Islamic State set to storm airport, clear way to western Mosul

SOUTH OF MOSUL, Iraq, BAGHDAD U.S.-backed Iraqi forces closing in on the Islamic State-held western half of Mosul prepared on Tuesday to storm the airport and a nearby military base on its southern outskirts to create a bridgehead for a thrust into the city.