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Indonesian police probing the murder of a young woman at a luxury villa stumbled upon a secret collection of exotic animals, including a cross-breed of a lion and tiger, officials said Wednesday.
Indonesian police probing murder stumble on clandestine zoo


The recent start of the construction of a monorail and mass rapid transit (MRT) system in Jakarta has failed to impress the capital's commuters, who rely mostly on the Transjakarta bus system.

A volcano in western Indonesia erupted on Thursday, unleashing a column of dark volcanic material high into the air weeks after villagers were returning home from an earlier eruption, officials said.

The bribery scandal involving Indonesia's top constitutional judge Akil Mochtar has cast the spotlight on the so-called court mafia, known for their prowess in fixing a desired legal outcome for a high price.

Indonesian anti-corruption investigators have arrested the constitutional court's top judge for allegedly accepting a bribe of more than US$250,000 in a case linked to a disputed election, an official said Thursday.

Beijing and Jakarta signed a series of economic agreements on Wednesday as Chinese President Xi Jinping began a trade-focused trip to Indonesia, his first visit to Southeast Asia since taking power.

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

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