The number of asylum-seekers registering in Indonesia has fallen from around 100 a day to 100 a week in recent months, the U.N. said Thursday, as Australia implemented hard-line policies aimed at deterring boatpeople.
An Indonesian governor said Wednesday he has ordered all civil servants in a central province to attend mass prayer sessions and religious sermons in a bid to stop adultery.
Indonesia's biggest opposition party was ahead in early legislative election tallies on Wednesday, giving its star candidate a much-expected boost ahead of this summer's presidential race.
Polls opened Wednesday for nearly 187 million Indonesians eligible to vote in single-day legislative elections, a huge feat in the still-young democracy that's expected to help clear the path for the country's next president.
Doni Wilson, a 38-year-old Jakarta taxi driver, has voted only once in his life and swore he'd never do it again after feeling a huge letdown by Indonesia's current president.
Balinese Hindus marched to the beaches, major rivers, lakes and holy springs on Friday to perform Melasti, a ritual to cleanse temple paraphernalia and to recharge the supernatural power of the temple's sacred objects in preparation for Nyepi, the Hindu Day of Silence, which will fall on March 31.
In the world of consumer products, all eyes are on Indonesia. If the country can manage inflation and political instability, reduce regulatory complexity, increase labor market flexibility and improve infrastructure, it could become the globe's next big prize. Over the next 15 years, Indonesia will gain 80 million new consumers, according to Euromonitor, accounting for 40 percent of the new consumers in the ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nation) over that period.
The Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P), so far a staunch supporter of the hugely wasteful government spending on the fuel subsidy, will have to bite the bullet if its candidate wins the July presidential election to lead the next government.
A body believed to be that of a Japanese diver who went missing with six others off Bali a month ago has been found far from where she disappeared, Indonesian police said Monday.
The political party of former Indonesian President Megawati Sukarnoputri has nominated the capital's governor as its presidential candidate.