Indonesian Muslim pageant challenges Western beauty contests

An eclectic mix of women from around the world will compete in the finale of a pageant exclusively for Muslims in Indonesia, seen as a riposte to Western beauty contests.

Air Marshal Arup Raha to visit Indonesia

 Air Force chief Arup Raha will be on a four-day visit to Indonesia from Sunday to consolidate bilateral military to military ties.

Magnitude 6.9 quake strikes off Indonesia

A shallow 6.9 magnitude earthquake struck at sea 96 miles northwest of Ternate in the Indonesian Moluccas on Friday, the US Geological Survey said.

Indonesia holds 200 Malaysians in crackdown on illegal fishing

Indonesia on Wednesday detained 200 Malaysians found fishing illegally in its waters, as it moves to stem billions of dollars in economic losses, a senior government official told a news agency.

Non-Muslim sworn in as Jakarta governor

Jakarta`s first Christian governor in nearly 50 years was sworn in on Wednesday in the face of protests from religious hardliners opposed to a non-Muslim taking over one of Indonesia`s most powerful political jobs.

Australia tightens asylum seekers access, leaves refugees in Indonesia

 Australia`s conservative government on Wednesday defended its decision to stop asylum seekers passing through Indonesia from settling in Australia, a move that could leave Indonesia with thousands of refugees from the Middle East.

Bizarre! Welcome to Indonesia's 'sex mountain'

The world indeed is bizarre! In a shocking revelation of sorts, an SBS Dateline journalist was given access to what is called the 'sex mountain' in Indonesia. Yes, however weird it may sound, the fact remains that there is actually a place by that name, where ancient practice of mass adultery and sex does take place.

Shiites in fear as deadly bigotry spreads to new shores

A flood of anti-Shiite propaganda online and on satellite television is spreading bigotry and violence to countries which have so far had little experience of the sectarian hatred that has set the Middle East alight.

7.3 magnitude quake hits Indonesia; no casualty, major damage reported
7.3 magnitude quake hits Indonesia; no casualty, major damage reported

A powerful 7.3-magnitude earthquake rocked the Maluku Islands in eastern Indonesia Saturday, sparking a tsunami warning for areas up to 300 kilometres (185 miles) away.

Bodies of Indonesians murdered in Hong Kong arrive home

 The bodies of two Indonesian women allegedly murdered by a British banker in Hong Kong arrived back home Tuesday, as one victim`s mother tearfully spoke of her "torment".

Indonesian growth slowdown highlights challenge for Widodo

 Indonesia`s economy grew at its slowest pace for five years in the third quarter, official data showed Wednesday, underlining the challenge for new President Joko Widodo to get Southeast Asia`s top economy back on track.

Parents of Indonesian murdered in Hong Kong urge death for killer

The parents of a young Indonesian woman murdered in Hong Kong called Tuesday for her "sadistic" killer to be put to death, a day after a British banker appeared in court accused of killing her and a second woman. 

Indonesian maid was second victim in Hong Kong murders: Officials

The second victim in a gruesome double murder for which a British banker has been charged was an Indonesian domestic worker, consulate officials said Tuesday.

Indonesia President Joko Widodo rapped over hardline defence minister

Indonesia`s reformist new president Joko Widodo has come under fire for appointing a hardline ex-general as defence minister, with activists saying Wednesday it marks a step backwards for human rights.

Indonesian fighter jets intercept Australian plane

Indonesian air force jets on Wednesday intercepted an Australian light aircraft and forced it to land after the plane entered the country`s airspace without permission, officials said.

Briton found dead in Bali

A British national was found dead in a ditch in Bali with his throat slit and feet tied, a media report said Wednesday.

Australia drops war crimes probe into `Balibo five` deaths

The regional branch of the International Federation of Journalists said Wednesday it was outraged that Australian police had dropped an investigation into the deaths of five newsmen in East Timor in 1975.

Indonesia grants one day Diwali holiday to Indians

For the second consecutive year, the Indonesian capital city has decided to grant a one day Diwali holiday tomorrow to all Indian nationals and Indonesians of Indian descent so they can celebrate the Hindu festival of lights.

Australia drops investigation into Indonesia ''Balibo Five'' murders

  Australian police said on Tuesday they were dropping a long-running war crimes investigation into the deaths of five Australian journalists, killed during Indonesia`s invasion of East Timor in 1975.

Indonesian President ponders some cabinet picks on anti-graft concern

New Indonesian President Joko Widodo said on Tuesday he was re-evaluating some of his choices for cabinet jobs after an anti-graft agency raised concern about possible problems with some candidates.