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Indonesian baby sea turtles make a break for freedom

Newly hatched, dozens of baby turtles flipped and flopped their way down a beach towards the crashing waves of the Indian Ocean, under the watchful gaze of conservationists at an Indonesian national park. Small enough to fit into the palm of a hand, some ended...

Indonesia wants to lure SpaceX to build rocket launch site

Indonesia has invited Tesla boss Elon Musk to build a launch site for his SpaceX's rocket in the Southeast Asian country, pointing out the benefits of a location next to the equator, officials said. "Indonesia has several areas located near to the equator," Jodi Mahardi,...

Indonesia arrests firebrand Islamist cleric over virus rule breaches

A firebrand Indonesian Muslim cleric was arrested Sunday for allegedly breaching coronavirus restrictions after he held a series of sermons with tens of thousands of followers. Rizieq Shihab's arrest came just days after Jakarta police shot dead six followers of his hardline Islamist group in...

Indonesia places risky bet on Chinese coronavirus vaccines

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by Lucie GODEAU Indonesia is betting that China-made coronavirus vaccines can help it tackle one of the worst outbreaks in Asia, but analysts warn it is a wager that could leave them holding a high-interest diplomatic IOU. Beijing has promised poorer nations priority access to its...

Trash tracking satellites help Indonesia tackle marine waste

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Jakarta, Indonesia | AFP | Friday 12/4/2020 by Lucie GODEAU Every year, pounding rains wash away mountains of plastic waste from the streets of Jakarta, with some of it ending up as far away as Bali's beaches. So scientists are turning to satellites to trace the...

Analysis | India has rightly shunned RCEP for now

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India, Nov. 20 -- India's decision to stay out of the China-backed Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership, or RCEP, Asia's mega free-trade agreement (FTA), has been met both with a sense of approval and disappointment and divided economists on the issue. The RCEP is an FTA...

FGV expands palm oil seed market in India, targeting to sell 1.5 million seeds by 2021

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KUALA LUMPUR, Nov. 4 -- FGV Holdings Bhd (FGV) is expanding its presence in India's oil palm seed market by targeting to sell another 1.5 million seeds by 2021 following growing market demand for premium oil palm seeds in the country. The group said to...

Democracy, human rights deteriorating in Malaysia since Covid-19 hit, says watchdog

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KUALA LUMPUR, Oct. 20 -- Democracy and human rights have declined in 80 countries, including Malaysia, since the Covid-19 pandemic hit earlier this year, with governments undermining systems that are meant to ensure their accountability, a recent report revealed. United States-based human rights watchdog Freedom...

Indonesian cities rocked by protest against a new job law

Protests broke out in Jakarta and other cities against a contentious Job Creation Law voted by the Parliament on Monday. The rallies were peaceful but protestors became angry after the police banned street protests. A Transjakarta bus stop near Hotel Indonesia was set on fire. There...

The Covid-19 spike accountability game

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Kuala Lampur, Oct. 7 -- The recent Covid-19 spikes shouldn't have surprised anyone closely following the upturn in cases. What should be present right now is accountability, but of course, it is gone along with many Malaysians' patience. It is disgusting to blame the uptick on...
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