Agence France-Presse in Jakarta

Recovery teams have found the tail of crashed AirAsia flight QZ8501 in the Java Sea, as pictures of the wreckage were released - one emblazoned with the airline's logo.


Indonesia’s voted on Friday to scrap direct elections for local leaders, despite angry protests against the move and criticism that it will roll back key democratic reforms.


Anxiety is growing that fraud and dirty tactics could twist official results due to be announced by July 22 after former Jakarta governor Joko Widodo and his rival, ex-general Prabowo Subianto, used different unofficial tallies to claim victory.

Misinformation and dirty tricks are marring Indonesia's presidential election campaign as supporters of both leading candidates spread damaging rumours, including calling frontrunner and Jakarta mayor Joko Widodo an ethnic Chinese Christian in the world's largest Muslim nation.

Indonesians are joining the procession of jihadists going to fight in Syria and Iraq, sparking fears they will revive sophisticated militant networks when they return and undermine a decade-long crackdown that has crippled the country’s most dangerous terrorist cells. Support for groups like ISIL is growing among Indonesian extremists with dozens believed to have joined the insurgency.

Indonesians went to the polls yesterday in legislative elections expected to strengthen the main opposition and move its popular presidential candidate, Jakarta governor Joko Widodo, closer to becoming the country's next leader.

A senior Indonesian lawmaker on Tuesday described as “crazy” a plan by the front-runner for Australia’s election to pay Indonesians for unseaworthy boats to stem the flow of asylum-seekers.

A bomb that exploded at a Buddhist temple in the Indonesian capital Jakarta bore the words “we are responding to the screams of the Rohingya”, the place of worship said on Monday.

As Indonesia and other countries with Chinese diasporas welcome the Year of the Snake, some Islamic leaders have ignited a religious row by declaring the celebrations “haram” and off limits for Muslims.

More than 1,300 people clashed with security guards at an Indonesian shoe factory which supplies sportswear giants Adidas and Mizuno, police said on Thursday.

One of Indonesia’s most active volcanoes has erupted again, spewing clouds of ash, an official said on Monday.

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton headed to Beijing on Tuesday after talks in ally Indonesia, where she voiced hopes for progress in managing soaring tensions in the South China Sea.