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A powerful, shallow earthquake hit off the southwestern coast of Sumatra in Indonesia on Wednesday and could trigger a tsunami, officials said. There were no immediate reports of injuries or damage.
 
A Canadian teacher was in custody Friday after surrendering to authorities after Indonesia's Supreme Court overruled his acquittal and that of an Indonesian teacher on charges they sexually abused three children at a prestigious international school, and ordered longer prison terms for both.
 
Indonesia's top court overruled the acquittals of a Canadian and an Indonesian teacher and ordered longer prison terms for the men for sexually abusing three young children at a prestigious international school in Jakarta, a court official said Thursday.
 
Indonesian police on Sunday released most of the men detained while attending military-style training at a suspect jihadi camp, as officials lamented weaknesses in the current anti-terrorism legislation that is due to be significantly strengthened following last month's deadly attacks in Jakarta.
 
Indonesian President Joko Widodo will not endorse any legislative changes that dilute the powers of Indonesia's anti-graft team, presidential spokesman Johan Budi said yesterday.
 
Indonesia officials ban Valentine's Day
Officials and clerics in the world's most populous Muslim nation have banned young Indonesian Muslims from celebrating Valentine's Day, arguing that the observance runs against Islamic teachings.
 
Human Rights Watch on Friday urged Indonesian President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo to protect gay and lesbian rights, a day after his government told instant messaging apps to remove stickers featuring same-sex couples in ............................
 
Furniture giant IKEA loses trademark in Indonesia
There is Samsung of South Korea, Sony of Japan, BMW of Germany and IKEA of Indonesia. Wait! IKEA of Indonesia? Yes, at least in Indonesia, if not worldwide.
 
Indonesia's state-owned telecommunications company said it has blocked the Internet video service Netflix in a possible setback to the U.S. company's expansion in Asia.
 
Five days after the ceremony to celebrate the ground-breaking of Indonesia's Jakarta-Bandung high speed railway project, the government has changed its mind, saying that construction cannot proceed as a result of unresolved issues and incomplete paperwork.
 
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