British PM starts Asia trip with big loan offer to Indonesia


JAKARTA - British Prime Minister David Cameron said on Monday his government would make available loans of up to 1 billion pounds to Indonesia to help finance infrastructure projects.

Japan automakers cling to Indonesia targets as sales speed downhill

JAKARTA - Japanese automakers are sticking to their targets in Indonesia in defiance of the longest sales decline in six years, resorting to steep discounts to entice tight-spending consumers into showrooms that remain stubbornly empty.

Japan 13 Jul 2015

Indonesia jails three Chinese Uighurs for trying to join Islamist militants

JAKARTA - An Indonesian court sentenced three men from China's Uighur Muslim minority on Monday to six years in prison for conspiring with militant Islamists in Indonesia, a police spokesman said.

World, China, 13 Jul 2015

After slavery, trafficked fishermen face lonely road to recovery

PHNOM PENH (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - When hundreds of fishermen were rescued from a life of slavery on Thai fishing boats off the coast of Indonesia earlier this year, the world took notice.

World, Thailand 12 Jul 2015

Indonesian Islamic minority protests mosque closure, fears growing intolerance

JAKARTA - Members of an Indonesian minority Islamic sect protested on Thursday against the forced closure of one of their mosques amid concerns over rising religious intolerance in a country which is home to world's largest Muslim population.

World, 09 Jul 2015

AirAsia shares tumble on fears Indonesia affiliate could be grounded

KUALA LUMPUR/JAKARTA - A move by Indonesia to enforce rules on airlines' finances pushed shares in Malaysian budget carrier AirAsia Bhd to their biggest single-day fall as investors feared its Jakarta-based affiliate could be grounded for a lack of funds.

Aerospace & Defense 08 Jul 2015

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.

World, 06 Jul 2015

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.

06 Jul 2015

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

Gunmen kill ally of Burundi's President Nkurunziza

NAIROBI - Gunmen shot dead a general who was a close ally of Burundi's President Pierre Nkurunziza in the capital on Sunday, the presidency and witnesses said, heightening tensions after a disputed presidential poll.