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Revisions to Indonesia law could outlaw sex outside marriage

JAKARTA, Indonesia — Riding a tsunami of moral conservatism and anti-gay prejudice, Indonesia’s Islamic political parties appear on the cusp of a major victory: outlawing all sex outside marriage. Revisions to Indonesia’s criminal code being considered by Parliament would allow prison sentences of up to five years for sex between unmarried people. Those changes would …

Pulp giant’s makeover obscures supplier ties

JAKARTA, Indonesia— Despite its denials, one of the world’s biggest paper producers has extensive behind-the-scenes ties and significant influence over wood suppliers linked to fires and deforestation that have degraded Indonesia’s stunning natural environment, The Associated Press has found. Indonesia’s Sinarmas better known by its international trade name, Asia Pulp & Paper has insisted in company publications, …

Files show birth of Papua independence struggle

JAKARTA, Indonesia — Prominent Papuans pleaded for the U.S. to give them money and arms in the mid-1960s to fight Indonesia’s colonization of their vast remote territory, according to recently declassified American files that show the birth of an independence struggle that endures half a century later. The documents add to the historical evidence of …

Stranded in Bali tourists lampooned online for complaints

KARANGASEM, Indonesia—Australian tourists who complained about being stranded on tropical Bali when volcanic ash closed its airport have been roasted online as out of touch with the hardships faced by Indonesians forced to flee their homes. Bali’s airport reopened Wednesday after being closed for 2 1/2 days and thousands of tourists are now leaving the …

Tens of thousands stranded as Bali volcano closes airport

KARANGASEM, Indonesia — Indonesian authorities ordered a mass evacuation of people Monday from an expanded danger zone around an erupting volcano on Bali that has forced the island’s international airport to close, stranding tens of thousands of travellers. Mount Agung has been hurling clouds of white and dark grey ash about 3,000 metres (9,800 feet) …

Indonesia museum removes Hitler display after protests

JAKARTA, Indonesia — An Indonesian visual effects museum that encouraged visitors to take selfies with a waxwork of Hitler against a giant image of the Auschwitz extermination camp has removed the exhibit after protests. The De Mata Trick Eye Museum’s marketing officer said the statue was removed Friday night following an Associated Press story highlighting …

Frizzy haired, smaller headed orangutan may be new great ape

JAKARTA, Indonesia — A remote population of frizzy-haired orangutans on the Indonesian island of Sumatra seems to be a new species of primate, scientists say. But the purportedly newest member of the family tree of advanced animals that include humans may not be around much longer. Their numbers are so small, and their habitat so …

Funeral for beloved Thai king a 5 day marathon of solemnity

BANGKOK— The exactingly planned five-day funeral for Thailand’s King Bhumibol Adulyadej will be governed by strict protocols for how the public and media conduct themselves that are as much about honouring the late king as they are about controlling a delicate political moment. The detailed prescriptions for appearance and behaviour show a particular concern for …

Myanmar faces anger from Muslim world over Rohingya plight

JAKARTA, Indonesia — A Nobel laureate and Muslim nations in Asia criticized Myanmar’s persecution of its Rohingya Muslim minority as thousands in Indonesia and elsewhere staged angry protests against Aung San Suu Kyi and her government. At least 87,000 refugees from Myanmar’s western Rakhine state have fled to neighbouring Bangladesh since violence escalated in late …

Navy orders 7th Fleet review amid search for 10 from McCain

SINGAPORE— The U.S. Navy ordered a broad investigation into the performance and readiness of the Pacific-based 7th Fleet after the USS John S. McCain and an oil tanker collided in Southeast Asia, leaving 10 U.S. sailors missing and five injured. It was the second major collision in two months involving the 7th Fleet. Seven sailors died …