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June, 27, 2016

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Indonesia's growth rate was slower than forecast in the first quarter of 2016, official data showed Wednesday, in a blow to President Joko Widodo's efforts to boost Southeast Asia's top economy.
 
In Indonesia, villagers mistook an inflatable sex toy for a 'fallen angel'
Indonesian villagers thought they had been blessed by an angel fallen from heaven when a beautiful doll washed up on a beach -- only to discover it was an inflatable sex toy.
 
Indonesia massacre survivors give gov't list of mass graves
Survivors of Indonesia's anti-communist massacres in 1965 submitted a list of what they say are more than 100 mass graves to the government on Monday after the president called for an investigation into the killings.
 
Indonesia takes aim at palm oil after forest fires
Indonesia is pushing to ban new palm oil operations after last year's haze-belching forest fires were partly blamed on the industry's expansion, but producers are warning the move could hit the economy and green groups are skeptical.
 
New Indonesia mill raises doubts about Asia Pulp and Paper's pledge on forests
A landmark commitment by one of the world's largest producers of tissue and paper to stop cutting down Indonesia's prized tropical forests is under renewed scrutiny as the company prepares to open a giant pulp mill in South Sumatra.
 
Indonesia takes step to reckon with '65-66 atrocities
Indonesia on Monday convened an unprecedented two-day discussion of anti-communist massacres in 1965-66 that brings together survivors and representatives of the military that orchestrated the atrocities.
 
Indonesian authorities on Saturday moved the jailed spiritual leader of the 2002 Bali bombers from a notorious prison island amid demands by his lawyer to end his "inhumane" treatment.
 
Rights groups are urging the U.S. to release secret files on Indonesia's anti-communist massacres of 1965-66, as the Southeast Asian country takes a tentative step toward a reckoning with one of the worst atrocities of the last century.
 
At rush hour every weekday, women with babies slung across their arms line the traffic-choked streets of the Indonesian capital, flagging down drivers looking to game Jakarta's carpooling laws by hiring a few extra passengers.
 
Passengers feared for their lives as their plane set fire and filled the cabin with the stench of gasoline following a collision with another aircraft on an Indonesian runway, an eyewitness said Tuesday.
 
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