In this Oct. 17, 2014, photo, a worker walks at power plant area in Cirebon, Indonesia. 

Indonesia poised to ease export ban on thermal coal


In an effort to protect Indonesia’s thermal coal supply, the country imposed an export ban in early January. But after several countries in Asia that depend on the crucial commodity lamented the move, the country has indicated an imminent ease of the ban.

A woman is show with her face in her hands and crouched down with a man next to her with his hand on her shoulder.

Brazil struggles with new COVID-19 strain; Entire Dutch government resigns over child welfare scandal; Deadly earthquake hits Indonesia

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Supporters of Rizieq Shihab, leader of the Islam Defenders Front, confront police officers during a rally in Jakarta, Indonesia, Dec. 18, 2020. Hundreds of protesters marched in Indonesia's capital on Friday to demand the release of the firebrand cleric w

Indonesia outlaws one of the world’s largest vigilante groups

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Indonesia’s bold plan: Moving its capital to an island paradise

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Young boys wearing white robes and caps stand behind green flag with Arabic script.

The world’s largest Islamic group wants Muslims to stop saying ‘infidel’

A rescue team aboard a boat is shown heading out to the Lion Air flight JT610 sea crash location.

Doomed Indonesian plane with 189 on board had asked to return to base


An Indonesian aircraft with 189 people on board crashed into the sea on Monday as it tried to circle back to the capital, Jakarta, from where it had taken off minutes earlier.

A boy collects plastic from a garbage-covered river in Manila, 2010.

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The consequences of plastic waste for humanity could be more severe than climate change.

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Forget pizza. In Jakarta, this delivery app will send a stranger to style your hijab.


This is particularly exciting for customers who want to skip Jakarta’s infamous gridlock and luxuriate in the comfort of their own homes.

Scavengers search for items to recycle at a waste dump in Bogor, a city in Indonesia's West Java province, on June 3, 2013.

The world is ignoring one of cheap oil’s biggest victims


Why cheap oil is a nightmare for the millions who scavenge trash.

Feri Yadi, a resident of Muara Baru in North Jakarta, stands atop the seawall recently built to protect his neighborhood. He has little confidence that the wall will work as expected. "Like in the past, this will be broken somehow" he says.

Need the latest news on flooding? In Jakarta, there’s an app for that.


In a “living laboratory for disaster,” a social media app is helping Jakartans improve upon the government’s response to frequent flooding.