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Rudder problem, pilot actions led to AirAsia crash
A rudder control system problem that had occurred 23 times in the previous 12 months coupled with the pilots' response led to last year's crash of an AirAsia plane that killed all 162 people on board, Indonesian investigators said Tuesday.
 
Migrants in Indonesia after Oz turn back: police
Sixteen asylum seekers have come ashore in Indonesia after their boat was turned back from Australia, police said Friday, prompting fresh concern from Jakarta over Canberra's tough immigration policies.
 
Indonesia releases Papuan nationalist leader
A high-profile Papuan separatist leader was released from prison Thursday after more than a decade behind bars, a fresh sign that Indonesia may be easing its tight grip on the restive eastern region.
 
Indonesia's health ministry has apologized after a printing error led to posters being put up claiming that HIV can be transmitted through mosquito bites, swimming and sneezing, an official said Wednesday.
 
A newlywed Indonesian couple have been arrested over claims they dined on the genitals of the woman's suspected rapist after her husband allegedly murdered him and cut off his private parts, police said Tuesday.
 
Emissions set to soar as love of steak takes off in Asia
Climate change is the last thing on Maya Puspita Sari's mind as she tucks into a steak and splurges on ice cream, products that were once a luxury but are now a growing staple in the diets of millions of Indonesians.
 
Thousands of men around the world are to be sterilized Friday in what organizers dubbed a global "vasectomy-athon," to encourage men to take a bigger role in family planning and combat resistance to the procedure.
 
A group of smuggled orangutans were returned from Thailand to Indonesia on Thursday, following years of diplomatic wrangling over who will care for them after the majority were discovered abandoned on a roadside.
 
Indonesia is failing to allow free access to all foreign journalists to Papua despite a pledge by President Joko Widodo to lift reporting restrictions in the restive eastern region, Human Rights Watch (HRW) warned Wednesday.
 
Indonesia uses elephants to control forest fires
Officials in Indonesia are using trained elephants outfitted with water pumps and hoses to help patrol forests and control fires.
 
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