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Indonesia hopes disenchanted IS fighters can deter recruits
Indonesian meatball seller Ahmad Junaedi was drawn to the Islamic State group in Syria by the promise of a high salary to pay off his debts and a desire to help children living in the jihadists' "caliphate."
 
Indonesia has put warships on standby to evacuate people affected by acrid haze from forest fires which has killed at least 10 and caused respiratory illnesses in half a million, officials said Saturday.
 
Indonesian security forces Monday tore down three Christian churches in Aceh, bowing to demands from Muslim hard-liners after deadly religious violence rocked the staunchly Islamic province last week.
 
Indonesian security forces Monday tore down three Christian churches in Aceh, bowing to demands from Muslim hard-liners after deadly religious violence rocked the staunchly Islamic province last week.
 
Foreigners on death row in Indonesia have been denied basic rights and beaten for confessions, Amnesty International said Thursday, in a damning report that slammed the country's continued use of the death penalty for drug-related crimes.
 
A missing Indonesian man was found alive, naked and floating in a huge volcanic lake on Tuesday two days after the helicopter in which he was traveling crashed.
 
Indonesia's disaster chief Tuesday rejected criticism his country was not doing enough to combat the haze crisis, saying every possible resource was being deployed to fight forest fires blanketing Southeast Asia in smog.
 
Health-conscious Jakartans are on a shopping spree this weekend.
 
The forest fires blanketing Southeast Asia in choking haze are on track to become among the worst on record, NASA has warned, with a prolonged dry season hampering efforts to curb a crisis that has persisted for nearly two decades.
 
Thirteen years after winning independence from Indonesia, East Timor has to wage another struggle for justice with a more powerful neighbor -- but this time in the courts, the nation's prime minister says.
 
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