Indonesia reveals site of new capital on Borneo island

Indonesia on Monday revealed the long-awaited site for its new $33-billion capital on the forested island of Borneo to replace the crowded, polluted megacity of Jakarta, which is slowly sinking into the sea. The capital of the world’s fourth most populous country, on the island of Java, is now home to 10 million people and… Read More Indonesia reveals site of new capital on Borneo island

Indonesia to approve law that allow jailing of militant returnees

Indonesia is set to approve a law allowing authorities to jail for up to 15 years citizens coming home after joining militant groups abroad, lawmakers said on Wednesday. The tightening of anti-terrorism laws in the world’s largest Muslim-majority country comes as concern grows about the spread of influence of Islamic State, and fears it wants… Read More Indonesia to approve law that allow jailing of militant returnees

Indonesian court sentences two to 85 lashes of cane for gay sex

An Islamic court in Indonesia has sentenced two men to 85 lashes of the cane for having sex together, judges in the conservative province of Aceh said, ignoring pleas for clemency from human rights groups. The public caning handed down by a panel of judges is the first time laws against homosexuality, introduced in the… Read More Indonesian court sentences two to 85 lashes of cane for gay sex

Indonesian coast hit by magnitude-7.8 earthquake

A magnitude-7.8 earthquake struck off the coast of Indonesia on Wednesday. It is a tremor-prone area, thankfully, this one didn’t immediately appear to cause widespread death or destruction. The quake was centered in the Indian Ocean about 410 miles (660 kilometers) southwest of Muara Siberut and roughly 500 miles west-southwest of Padang, which is on… Read More Indonesian coast hit by magnitude-7.8 earthquake