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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.

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 releases Papuan nationalist leader


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.

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.
Emissions set to soar as love of steak takes off in Asia


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.

Officials in Indonesia are using trained elephants outfitted with water pumps and hoses to help patrol forests and control fires.
Indonesia uses elephants to control forest fires


A strong earthquake struck off eastern Indonesia on Wednesday, causing people to flee their homes in panic, but there were no immediate reports of injuries or damage, and authorities said there was no threat of a tsunami.

Indonesia's leader looked to cement his nation's growing ties with the United States, declaring after a meeting Monday with President Barack Obama that Southeast Asia's largest economy intended to join a sweeping U.S.-backed Pacific Rim trade deal.
Indonesia's leader says his country to join Asia trade pact


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 hopes disenchanted IS fighters can deter recruits


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.
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