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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.
 

Plans are underway to raise awareness among Indonesian citizens living overseas about voting in the elections this year as the number of overseas voters has declined, an official has said.
 

Indonesia swung to a trade deficit in January as a controversial government ban on mineral ore shipments by Southeast Asia's biggest economy crimped overall exports, data showed Monday.
Indonesia trade in deficit on mineral export ban

 

Indonesian police said Tuesday they believe villagers on Bali have spotted two Japanese scuba divers alive four days after they went missing, following the astonishing rescue of five others in the same group.
 

Five Japanese scuba divers were found alive Monday clinging to a coral reef in rough waters off the Indonesian resort island of Bali three days after they went missing, officials said.
 

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Monday accused Syrian President Bashar Assad of stonewalling in peace talks and called on Russia to push its ally to negotiate with opposition leaders.
Kerry accuses Assad of stonewalling in peace talks

 
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