Papua: Neglect threatens remote Indonesian tribes

Hunger, disease, uncleared rubbish and the destruction of local traditions are threatening to destroy the Asmat people on Papua. Modern-day life is threatening the existence of tribes in a remote jungle region of Indonesia. People in Papua are blaming the government for not doing enough to help them. Al Jazeera’s Step Vaessen reports from Agats on the plight of the […]

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Cryptocurrency traders protest Indonesia's new futures rules

JAKARTA (Reuters) – Indonesian cryptocurrency traders are complaining that the government’s new rules on futures trading, which require high minimum capital for traders, will hinder development of the young but growing market. Use of cryptocurrencies as payment instrument is banned by Indonesia’s central bank, but trade in the blockchain-backed assets is allowed. Since October, Jakarta has allowed futures trading of […]

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Facebook takes down Indonesia accounts linked to fake news syndicate

JAKARTA (Reuters) – Facebook Inc has removed hundreds of Indonesian accounts, pages and groups from its social network that the company has found were linked to an online group accused of spreading hate speech and fake news. Indonesian police uncovered the existence of the group, called Saracen, in 2016 and arrested three of its members on suspicion of being part […]

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Indonesia wants to criminalise same-sex relations

The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights has urged Indonesians to not move backwards on human rights. In Indonesia, proposals to criminalise same-sex relations have come under criticism from the UN human rights chief. Zeid bin Ra’ad Al Hussein says he has raised the issue with Indonesian President Joko Widodo during a visit to the world’s largest Muslim-majority country.   […]

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Indonesia finds cockpit voice recorder of crashed Lion Air jet

JAKARTA (Reuters) – Indonesia has found the cockpit voice recorder from a Lion Air plane more than two months after the Boeing Co 737 MAX jet crashed into the sea near Jakarta, killing all 189 on board, an official said on Monday. “It’s been found, but we have not received information of the location yet,” Haryo Satmiko, deputy chief of […]

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Indonesian rescuers struggle against heavy rain to reach tsunami-hit villages

SUMUR, Indonesia (Reuters) – Indonesian rescue teams on Wednesday struggled to reach remote areas on the western coast of Java amid an “extreme weather” rain warning after a tsunami killed more than 400 people last week. Heavy rain lashed fishing villages along the coast, muddying roads and holding up convoys delivering heavy machinery and aid to isolated areas while authorities […]

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Indonesian tsunami death toll reaches 429 with ‘many victims still to be found’

Rescuers were last night still searching for survivors of the ­ Indonesia tsunami as the death toll reached 429. Officials said the chances of finding people trapped were “slim” but rescue efforts would continue for 48 hours. More 16,000 people were displaced, almost 1500 injured and 154 are still missing after landslides on the erupting Anak Krakatoa volcano hit the […]

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