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Blaze at illegal oil well in Indonesia kills 18, dozens hurt


BANDA ACEH, Indonesia A fire erupted at an illegal oil well in Indonesia on Wednesday killing least 18 people and injuring 41 as they scrambled to collect oil after the well overflowed, authorities said.

Indonesian president turns to populist policies ahead of tough 2019 election

JAKARTA Soon after taking office in 2014, Indonesian President Joko Widodo made a landmark decision to cut subsidies on politically sensitive fuel prices to boost the economy, but a year out from a tough re-election campaign, his reformist zeal may be waning.

World, Apr 25 2018

Indonesia jails former parliament speaker for 15 years for graft

JAKARTA An Indonesian court on Tuesday jailed a former speaker of parliament for 15 years for his role in causing state losses of around $170 million linked to a national electronic identity card scheme.

World, Apr 24 2018

Indonesia investigates reports top Islamic State commander killed

JAKARTA/MANILA Indonesia is investigating reports from Islamic State supporters that the most senior Southeast Asian commander of the militant group was killed by U.S. air strikes in eastern Syria last week, counter-terrorism officials said.

World, Syria Apr 24 2018

Boat carrying 76 Rohingya lands in Indonesia

BANDA ACEH, Indonesia A boat carrying 76 Rohingya Muslims landed in northwest Indonesia on Friday, the latest in what rights groups expect will be a wave of dangerous sea crossings by members of the persecuted minority from Myanmar.

World, United Nations, Apr 20 2018

Counseling, not crocodiles: Indonesia anti-drugs tsar flags new strategy

JAKARTA Indonesia’s new anti-narcotics chief Heru Winarko called for an expansion of rehabilitation centers across the country on Wednesday, flagging a new approach in contrast to the blood-soaked war on drugs underway in its neighbor, the Philippines.

World, Apr 18 2018

Indonesia to release impounded yacht sought over 1MDB case-police

JAKARTA An Indonesian court ruled on Tuesday that a luxury yacht linked to a corruption scandal at a Malaysian state fund was wrongfully impounded in Bali at the request of U.S. authorities and ordered the vessel to be released, police said.

World, Apr 17 2018

Indonesia MPs grill Facebook officials on data breaches

JAKARTA A Facebook official apologised to Indonesian members of parliament on Tuesday during a five-hour grilling at a public hearing on issues ranging from the misuse of personal data to the oversight of content by the social media giant.

Conservative Indonesian province to restrict access to public floggings

BANDA ACEH, Indonesia Indonesia's ultra-conservative Aceh province will only no longer hold canings in public places, but rather only inside prisons, nor allow images of the punishment to be recorded, the provincial government chief said on Thursday.

World, Apr 12 2018

Indonesia to ensure stability during elections, says president's chief of staff

JAKARTA A string of Indonesian regional elections this year followed by a presidential and parliamentary vote in 2019 should not deter foreign investment in Southeast Asia's biggest economy, President Joko Widodo's chief of staff told Reuters.

World, Apr 12 2018

European powers say they are nearing plan to save Iran nuclear pact

WASHINGTON/BRUSSELS French President Emmanuel Macron called on the United States on Wednesday not to abandon the Iran nuclear deal as Western envoys said Britain, France and Germany were nearing a package that seeks to persuade U.S. President Donald Trump to save the pact.