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Australia's new Prime Minister Tony Abbott insisted Monday that his country has “total respect” for Indonesia's sovereignty after his tough refugee policies, including towing asylum-seekers' boats back to Indonesia, sparked anger.
Abbott seeks to ease tensions in Indonesia


More than 30 people were still missing two days after a boat carrying asylum seekers to Australia sank off the Indonesian coast, killing 22 people including seven children, Indonesian security officials said on Sunday.

A survey by the National Commission on Child Protection (KPAI) has found that at least one in 10 Indonesian children decided to smoke after being exposed to tobacco advertisements, which the commission said should be totally banned.

The Miss World beauty contest, which has attracted fierce opposition by hard-line Islamic groups in host country Indonesia, is now facing another challenge — a rival pageant exclusively for Muslims.
Indonesian Muslims hold alternate, Islamist beauty pageant


The Netherlands sought to “close a difficult chapter” with its former colony Indonesia on Thursday by publicly apologizing for summary executions carried out by the Dutch army in the 1940s.
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Netherlands' makes apology for '40s Indonesian colonial killings


Indonesian farmers in a province at the center of Southeast Asia's worst smog outbreak for years have filed a lawsuit against the president in response to the haze crisis, activists said Wednesday.

Indonesia's education ministry Thursday strongly criticized officials in a small town in Aceh province for asking children to assess the size of their private parts in a graphic school survey.

With four mega transportation projects in Jakarta in the offing, urban transportation experts have predicted chaotic traffic if no anticipatory measures from the city administration and the central government are taken.

An infamous Papua New Guinea cult leader known as “Black Jesus” was castrated by an angry mob after being hacked to death for killing young girls as sacrifices, reports said Monday.

A powerful 6.5-magnitude earthquake struck off eastern Indonesia Sunday, the United States Geological Survey said, but no tsunami warning was issued and there were no reports of casualties or damage.
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