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Agustinus Beo Da Costa

Indonesia election fraud allegations are 'baseless': security minister

Apr 24 2019

JAKARTA Indonesia's chief security minister said on Wednesday accusations that the government and security forces conspired with election agencies to conduct systematic fraud during last week's polls are "baseless" and threatened national security.

How Indonesia's president has tried to claw back voter support in Muslim heartland

Apr 12 2019

GARUT, Indonesia When Wawan Setiawan, a volunteer for Indonesian President Joko Widodo's re-election campaign, goes door-to-door in this conservative part of Java, his opening line is: "If you hear he is anti-Islam or a communist, remember, it's all lies."

Fact-checkers vs. hoax peddlers: a fake news battle ahead of Indonesia’s election

Apr 11 2019

JAKARTA Armed with laptops, three dozen journalists and fact-checkers braced for battle before a live debate between Indonesian President Joko Widodo and his challenger, Prabowo Subianto.

Indonesia NGO appeals ruling on China-funded dam in endangered orangutan habitat

Mar 13 2019

JAKARTA Indonesia's biggest non-government environmental group on Wednesday launched a fresh legal bid to stop the construction of a controversial China-funded dam that some experts warn will destroy the habitat of a unique species of orangutans.

Wife, son of suspected Indonesian militant blow themselves up: police

Mar 13 2019

JAKARTA The wife and son of a suspected militant Islamist blew themselves up in their home on the Indonesian island of Sumatra early on Wednesday after hours of tense negotiations with counter-terrorism officers, authorities said.

In Indonesia, Facebook and Twitter are 'buzzer' battlegrounds as elections loom

Mar 13 2019

JAKARTA Almost every day, "Janda", a self-described Indonesian housewife with 2,000 Twitter followers, dispenses lifestyle tips, complains about city life, and praises how the government of President Joko Widodo has improved her life as a young mother.

Indonesians get first chance to ride subway in traffic-clogged capital

Mar 12 2019

JAKARTA Indonesia's capital, Jakarta, held on Tuesday the first public trial run of its $3 billion mass rapid transit (MRT) system aimed at improving transport conditions in a city suffering some of the worst traffic jams in the world.

Indonesia backtracks on unconditional release of cleric linked to Bali bombing

Jan 23 2019

JAKARTA Indonesia's president said on Tuesday a radical Muslim cleric linked to the 2002 Bali bombings would only be released from jail if he pledged loyalty to the state and its ideology, after news he would be freed unconditionally sparked criticism. | Video

Indonesia closes long-awaited $3.85 billion Freeport deal

Dec 21 2018

JAKARTA Indonesia's state-owned miner PT Inalum on Friday took control of the local unit of Freeport-McMoRan Inc , operator of the world's second-biggest copper mine Grasberg, with the closure of a $3.85 billion deal.

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