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May, 4, 2016

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Indonesia's president announced a Cabinet reshuffle Wednesday, replacing key economic ministers with the aim of speeding up infrastructure spending to revive sputtering growth and stabilize the sliding rupiah.
 
Indonesia orders another Bali airport closure due to volcano
Indonesian authorities ordered a fresh shutdown of the airport on the resort island of Bali Thursday, sparking flight cancellations and travel misery for tourists during peak holiday season.
 
A bid by the Indonesian government to revive an authoritarian-era law that makes insulting the president a crime sparked outrage Thursday, with thousands taking to social media to denounce the plan.
 
A daughter of Indonesia's founding president has defended honoring North Korean leader Kim Jong Un with an award for statesmanship, dismissing criticisms of his human rights record as "Western propaganda."
 
A report by two leading Indonesian researchers argues that growing protectionism by Indonesia President Joko Widodo's government is damaging an economy already growing at its slowest pace for the past five years.
 
A strong earthquake struck Indonesia's easternmost province of Papua early Tuesday panicking people with at least one teenager missing after possibly drowning in a river. Several buildings and houses were either destroyed or damaged.
 
Container ships dot the horizon off the coast of Jakarta, as cranes and laborers work on an ambitious, economy-boosting project to expand the port network in the world's largest archipelago nation.
 
Thousands of Indonesians were spending a miserable Eid Friday after failing to make it home to see their families as erupting volcanoes closed six airports, including in the country's second-biggest city.
 
An Indonesian court on Monday sentenced three members of China's ethnic Uighur minority community to six years in prison after finding them guilty of conspiring with Indonesian militants, including a fugitive who is on the nation's most-wanted list.
 
Ash spewing from an Indonesian volcano closed Bali's Ngurah Rai International Airport again Sunday, just a day after it reopened, causing fresh travel chaos for weary holidaymakers stranded on the holiday island.
 
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