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Reform-minded outsider Widodo takes over as Indonesia's president

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JAKARTA - Indonesia's Joko Widodo took over as president of the world's third-largest democracy on Monday with supporters' hopes high but pressing economic problems and skeptical rivals set to test the former furniture businessman.

Kerry in Indonesia seeking Asian support against Islamic state

JAKARTA - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in Indonesia for Joko Widodo's presidential inauguration on Monday, seeking more help from Southeast Asian leaders in the U.S.-led effort against Islamic State in the Middle East.

World, 19 Oct 2014

Reform-minded outsider Widodo takes over as Indonesia's president

JAKARTA - Indonesia's Joko Widodo will on Monday take over as president of the world's third-largest democracy with supporters' hopes high but pressing economic problems and skeptical rivals set to test the former furniture businessman.

World, 19 Oct 2014

Indonesia's Widodo to name ex-Astra chief state enterprises minister

JAKARTA - Indonesian President-elect Joko Widodo is expected to appoint former Astra International chief Rini Soemarno as minister for state-owned enterprises (SOE), two advisers said on Saturday.

World, 18 Oct 2014

Exclusive: Indonesia's new president plans steep fuel price rises next month

JAKARTA - Indonesia's President-elect Joko Widodo plans to raise subsidised gasoline and diesel prices by around 50 percent next month in a bid to bring down the budget deficit in Southeast Asia's largest economy, an adviser told Reuters on Friday.

World, 17 Oct 2014

U.S. seeks more from China, Asian Muslim nations, on Islamic State

WASHINGTON/JAKARTA - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will seek greater cooperation from China and Southeast Asia's main Muslim states, Indonesia and Malaysia, in the campaign against Islamic State and staunching the flow of foreign fighters to the militant group, U.S. and Asian officials said.

World, Tony Abbott, China 16 Oct 2014

Indonesia's Widodo seeks to ease fears over political gridlock

JAKARTA - President-elect Joko Widodo on Friday sought to reassure Indonesians and foreign investors that his relationship with parliament over the next five years would be one of cooperation, not antagonism.

World, 10 Oct 2014

Indonesian lawmakers to probe alleged graft under Widodo's watch

JAKARTA - Indonesian opposition lawmakers plan to investigate alleged wrongdoing when President-elect Joko Widodo was governor of the capital, Jakarta, and mayor of the city of Solo, a senior opposition member said.

World, 08 Oct 2014

Indonesian president-elect's principles could derail his reforms

JAKARTA - Two weeks before he is due to take office, Indonesia's president-elect is refusing to compromise his principles by building support in parliament in exchange for plum jobs.

World, 07 Oct 2014

Indonesian president-elect's principles could derail his reforms

JAKARTA - Two weeks before he is due to take office, Indonesia's president-elect is refusing to compromise his principles by building support in parliament in exchange for plum jobs.

World, 07 Oct 2014
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U.S. military says air-drops weapons for Kurdish fighters near Kobani

WASHINGTON - The U.S. military said it had air-dropped arms to Syrian rebels fighting Islamic State militants near Kobani on Sunday in what appeared to be the Pentagon's first public acknowledgment it has provided lethal aid to the rebels.