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  1. News - Asia - INDONESIA

    Retno Marsudi becomes Indonesia's first female foreign minister

    Posted Oct 27th 2014, 04:27am by AFP

    ... Agence France-Presse in Jakarta Indonesian president promotes ambassador Retno Marsudi as he unveils his cabinet Widodo chooses nation's first female foreign minister New Indonesian ... of eight women in the cabinet in the world's most populous Muslim-majority nation, more than in the previous government. However, analysts expressed disappointment that so many politicians had ...

  2. News - Asia - INDONESIA

    Call me Jokowi, says Indonesia's informal new president, Joko Widodo

    Posted Oct 23rd 2014, 03:59am by AP

    ... at the presidential palace in Jakarta. Yan, who attended Widodo's inauguration, is also vice chairwoman of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress. Widodo said he hoped to meet Xi ...

  3. News - Asia - INDONESIA

    Joko Widodo completes rise from slum to Indonesia's presidential palace

    Posted Oct 21st 2014, 03:16am by AGENCIES

    ... nation if we are stuck with division," Widodo said. "This is a historic moment for us all to move together, to work and work." The new leader also referred to Prabowo as "my ... will be to reduce the huge fuel subsidies that eat up about a fifth of the nation's budget, a move which economists say is urgently needed but which risks sparking street protests. Prospects for his ...

  4. News - Asia - INDONESIA

    Indonesia’s losing candidate Prabowo finally congratulates president-elect Widodo

    Posted Oct 17th 2014, 01:05pm by Reuters in Jakarta

    ... “If there’s some things which are not for the benefit of our nation and people, we will not hesitate to criticise.” Widodo responded: “Our goals are the same … everything is for the sake of the nation.” He also welcomed Prabowo’s willingness to criticise policies he disagreed with: “A balance in the management of the country is very important. There are some who execute, some who control, ...

  5. News - Asia - INDONESIA

    Is Jakarta's great sea wall doomed to fail before it even starts?

    Posted Oct 16th 2014, 03:18am by AFP

    ... Agence France-Presse in Jakarta Some fear that multibillion-dollar plan to combat flooding will never be realised in a nation with a history of corruption and failed megaprojects ... national symbol. While the aim is to prevent floods, it is hoped up to one million people will live and work on the islands, and help take pressure off a crowded city notorious as one ...

  6. News - Asia - INDONESIA

    Widodo suffers blow as opponents get key posts in Indonesian parliament

    Posted Oct 02nd 2014, 11:42pm by AFP

    ... of Sciences, referring to Widodo's term. David Sumual, an economist at PT Bank Central Asia, agreed. "It could be a bad precedent for the nation's political stability and legal ...

  7. News - Asia - INDONESIA

    Indonesia votes to scrap direct elections for local leaders

    Posted Sep 26th 2014, 09:43am by Agence France-Presse in Jakarta

    ... by being directly elected as a local mayor. Supporters of the plan argued that the hundreds of polls which have been held across the world’s biggest archipelago nation every few years since 2005 ...

  8. News - Asia - INDONESIA

    Indonesian province Aceh proposes 100 lashes for gay sex under sharia law

    Posted Sep 20th 2014, 12:55pm by AFP

    ... Agence France-Presse in Banda Aceh Aceh mulls 100 lashes for gay sex Gay sex could be punishable by 100 lashes of the cane in Indonesia's Aceh province if parliament passes a draft law that critics say violates basic human rights. Aceh is the only part of the world's biggest Muslim-majority nation to enforce Islamic sharia law and has been slowly implementing ...

  9. News - Asia - INDONESIA

    Indonesian Islamists 'exploit political vacuum' ahead of Widodo presidency

    Posted Sep 18th 2014, 10:34pm by Amy Chew

    ... Amy Chew in Kuala Lumpur Room to grow for jihadist group as Indonesia focuses on transition of presidency, experts warn Militants exploit political vacuum A political vacuum in Indonesia as the nation transitions from the presidency of Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono to that of newly elected Joko Widodo has opened up space for a fugitive militant with links to Islamic State to expand his ...

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    Islamic State suspects are Chinese Uygurs

    Posted Sep 15th 2014, 02:46pm by AGENCIES

    ... province, a major hotbed of militancy in the country. National police spokesman Colonel Agus Rianto said the four were arrested with three associates of Abu Wardah Santoso, a fugitive militant ...




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