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Indonesia court rejects petition to bar consensual sex outside marriage

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JAKARTA Indonesia's constitutional court on Thursday narrowly rejected a petition by a conservative group to make extramarital sex illegal, but rights activists braced for a renewal of the battle in parliament and other state institutions. | Video

Indonesia corruption court indicts ex-parliament speaker after delays

JAKARTA Indonesian prosecutors charged a former parliament speaker on Wednesday in connection with a $170 million graft scandal after he held up proceedings for hours at the opening of his trial, saying he was ill.

World, Dec 13 2017

Judges consider HK double murder appeal by convicted former British banker

HONG KONG Three judges in Hong Kong's Court of Appeal are set to decide the fate of a former British banker who was jailed for life last year for the murder of two Indonesian women he tortured and raped after his appeal hearing closed on Wednesday.

World, Dec 13 2017

Uber picks new head for Indonesia business

JAKARTA Uber Technologies Inc unveiled on Wednesday a new head of its Indonesian operations in a market where the online taxi company faces cutthroat competition, regulatory uncertainty and a reported U.S. probe into whether it broke bribery laws.

Dec 12 2017

U.S. citizen on the run after busting out of Bali prison

DENPASAR, Indonesia Indonesian police are hunting for a U.S. citizen who escaped on Monday from an overcrowded prison on the holiday island of Bali by cutting through steel bars in a ceiling, the jail's second breakout of foreign inmates this year. | Video

World, Dec 12 2017

Former banker's lawyer argues judge misled jury in Hong Kong double murder trial

HONG KONG A lawyer for a former British banker who was jailed for life in Hong Kong for the murder of two Indonesian women he tortured and raped said on Tuesday that the judge who presided over the gruesome trial last year had misdirected the jury. | Video

World, Dec 12 2017

Indonesia detains 18 in pre-emptive bid to boost Christmas security

JAKARTA Indonesian anti-terrorism police have detained 18 people with links to militant groups in a bid to cut the risk of attacks during Christmas and the New Year in the world's biggest Muslim-majority country, police said on Monday.

World, Dec 11 2017

Indonesian parliament speaker quits amid graft investigation

JAKARTA The speaker of Indonesia's parliament, who is being investigated for his suspected involvement in a $170 million graft scandal, has tendered his resignation, two members of the assembly said on Monday.

World, Dec 11 2017

Hardline Indonesian Muslim groups burn U.S., Israeli flags over Trump's Jerusalem move

JAKARTA Hardline Muslim groups in Indonesia burned photos of U.S. President Donald Trump, as well as U.S. and Israeli flags, on Monday during a protest outside the U.S. embassy against Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

World, Israel Dec 11 2017

Thousands of Indonesians again protest Trump's Jerusalem move

JAKARTA Thousands protested outside the U.S. Embassy in the Indonesian capital on Sunday against U.S. President Donald Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital, many waving banners saying "Palestine is in our hearts". | Video

World, Israel Dec 10 2017
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While focus is on North Korea, China continues South China Sea buildup: think tank

WASHINGTON While attention in Asia has been distracted by the North Korean nuclear crisis in the past year, China has continued to install high-frequency radar and other facilities that can be used for military purposes on its man-made islands in the South China Sea, a U.S. think tank said on Thursday.