Oil palm plantations destroying SE Asia's peatlands: researchers

BARCELONA (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Drainage of peatlands to cultivate oil palm in Malaysia's Rajang Delta is causing land subsidence that will bring large-scale floods in coming decades, making the land unusable, a problem also expected to affect Indonesia, researchers warned.

Philip Morris to cut stake in Indonesian unit, could raise over $1 billion

JAKARTA/SINGAPORE - U.S. cigarette giant Philip Morris International Inc plans to sell a stake worth at least $1 billion in Indonesian unit PT HM Sampoerna Tbk to comply with free-float rules, two people familiar with the matter said on Monday.

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Indonesia to review aging air force fleet after deadly crash

MEDAN, Indonesia - Indonesia's president promised a review of the country's ageing air force fleet and a defense modernization drive on Wednesday, as the death toll from the crash of a military transport plane in the north of the country climbed to around 140. | Video

World, 01 Jul 2015

Over 100 feared dead after Indonesia military plane crashes

MEDAN, Indonesia - More than 100 people were feared dead after a military transport plane plowed into a residential area shortly after take-off in northern Indonesia on Tuesday, in what may be the deadliest accident yet for an air force with a long history of crashes. | Video

World, 30 Jun 2015

Indonesia bill allows MPs hundreds of millions in setback to war on graft

JAKARTA - Indonesia's parliament voted to allow MPs use of nearly a billion dollars in state funds to develop their constituencies, which a minister said on Wednesday would only encourage more graft in one of the world's most corrupt countries.

World, 24 Jun 2015

Indonesia considers tax amnesty for financial crimes: tax office head

JAKARTA - Indonesia's tax office is considering a tax amnesty for financial crimes, in a move that could bring at least 100 trillion rupiah ($7.5 billion) into state coffers, the director-general of taxes said on Wednesday.

World, 24 Jun 2015

New website helps people donate directly to human trafficking survivors

LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - A friend lured Tin Kyaw Aung from his home in Myanmar to work as a well-paid fisherman in Thailand, but the 28-year-old farmer ended up enslaved on a fishing boat in Indonesia.

World, Thailand, Myanmar 23 Jun 2015

In 'jihad' for nationalism, Islamic group plans an Indonesian car

PALEMBANG, Indonesia - Fed up with capitalists plundering Indonesia's riches, members of the country's second-largest Islamic group have drawn up plans to launch a "people's power" movement.

World, 22 Jun 2015

French convict on Indonesian death row loses clemency appeal

JAKARTA - An Indonesian court rejected a French national's last-ditch appeal against the death sentence on Monday, making him the latest foreigner to face execution for drug offences and prompting a message of support for the prisoner from France.

World, 22 Jun 2015

Rising unemployment piles up problems for Indonesian president

JAKARTA - Indonesian companies are shedding jobs as they grapple with the weakest economic growth in six years, adding to the troubles facing President Joko Widodo, who was elected last year on pledges to dig the country out of a rut.

World, 20 Jun 2015

Germany, France press Greece to make fast, credible proposals

PARIS/ATHENS - France and Germany told Greece on Monday to come up with serious proposals in order to restart financial aid talks, a day after Greeks voted overwhelmingly to reject more austerity. | Video