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Oil palm plantations threaten water quality, scientists say

Indonesia pays a price for a lucrative crop used in many household products. Palm plantations damage freshwater streams that supply drinking water to millions of people. Found in thousands of products, from peanut butter and packaged bread to shampoo and shaving cream, palm oil is a booming multibillion-dollar industry.

Google Discontinues Q&A Services

Google had a few local Q&A services in different countries: Otvety (Russia), Baraza (Africa), Tanya Jawab (Indonesia), Guru (Thailand), Giai Dap (Vietnam), Ejabat (Arabic), Wenda (China). On June 23, all the services were discontinued...Show More Summary

Indonesia Now Has the Highest Rate of Deforestation in the World

The Southeast Asian nation's forests are now being decimated quicker than those in Brazil

hiking out of Jasper, Alberta

4 weeks agoFitness / Hiking :

Rogier Gruys is a hiking & travel expert. He’s hiked in Canada, Sweden, Norway, Yukon, Ghana, West Papua (Indonesia), Mongolia.  Rogier spent a lot of time trekking in the Bhutanese Himalayas, and edited a dayhiking guide to Thimphu. One day … Continue reading ?

Ocean News: Researchers Discover How Disco Clams Light Up, Pygmy Blue Whales Found to Winter Off Indonesia, and More

The disco clam (Ctenoides ales). (Photo: Jayvee Fernandez / Flickr Creative Commons) - Scientists found fossils indicating that animals have been building reefs for 548 million years, about 7 million years earlier than previously thought. This means animals starting depositing calcium carbonate shells around the Cambrian explosion. Nature

Weekend catch-up: Beyond the Boom, Indonesia, debt, Indian foreign policy and much more

Bringing together the best longer Interpreter articles you were too busy to read this week. This week the Lowy Institute revived its Lowy Institute Papers series, now to be published in cooperation with Penguin Australia. The first paper...Show More Summary

Indonesian election: The grass-roots campaign

With two weeks to go until Indonesia chooses its next president, mainstream and online media are flooded with political messages. Mainstream media has given up any pretense of nonpartisanship, while social media has become a battleground of slogans and symbols. Show More Summary

Indonesian Stevedores' holiday for Election

GAC from Indonesia has informed that TKBM Komura Samarinda has announced a holiday for its stevedores to enable them to participate in Indonesia's Presidential Election on 9 July 2014.

Nazi-themed cafe reopens in Indonesia

Its owner insists the Hitler portrait, Nazi posters and swastikas on the wall shouldn't be cause for offense

Indonesia Overtakes Brazil for Worst Deforestation Title

Indonesia now holds the dubious title of the nation with the highest deforestation rate of primary-forest lands, beating out Brazil, which has been the historical leader. This has great significance for Indonesia's greenhouse-gas emissions,...Show More Summary

Muslim women in Jakarta, Indonesia perform an evening prayer called "tarawih" to mark the beginning

Muslim women in Jakarta, Indonesia perform an evening prayer called "tarawih" to mark the beginning of the holy month of Ramadan. During the month, Muslims refrain from eating, drinking, smoking, and sex until dusk every day. Image via AP/Tatan Syuflana. Read more...

Turbulence In Indonesia Is Manageable For Freeport-McMoRan

By Stephen Simpson, CFA: For all of the attention paid to Freeport-McMoRan's (FCX) issues and challenges with the Indonesian government, it hasn't hurt the stock all that much recently. The shares are up close to 30% over the past year,...Show More Summary

Face Of The Day

A Javanese Muslim woman takes a bath on the beach as she prepares for Ramadan with padusan ritual at Parangtritis beach in Yogyakarta, Indonesia on June 27, 2014. Padusan ritual has the purpose of purifying people welcoming the holy month of Ramadan. Ramadan, observed by Muslims worldwide, is the ninth month of the Islamic lunar calendar and […]

Facebook reaches 69M users in Indonesia, one of its largest markets

Facebook's Indonesian user base rises to 69 million, marking a 6-percent increase over the 65 million users reported two quarters ago.

Basic Smartphones Now Cheap Enough to Replace Feature Phones Worldwide

Earlier this year, Mozilla announced their project to build and sell a $25 smartphone. The firm, maker of the Firefox web browser and mobile operating system, now says they’ll begin selling the device in India and Indonesia. The smartphones won’t have all the functions you might find on an iPhone […]

More Countries Adding Graphic Warnings to Smokes

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JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesia became the newest country to mandate graphic photo warnings on cigarette packs on Tuesday, joining more than 40 other nations or territories that have adopted similar regulations in recent years. The warnings, which showcase gruesome close-up images ranging from rotting teeth and cancerous lungs to open tracheotomy holes and corpses,…

Facebook Users in Indonesia Rise to 69 Million

One of Facebook's biggest markets -- Indonesia -- just got a little bit bigger, the company says.

More Countries Adding Graphic Warnings to Smokes

Tatan Syuflana/APPacks of cigarettes displaying graphic health warnings at a convenience store in Jakarta, Indonesia. By MARGIE MASON JAKARTA, Indonesia -- Indonesia became the newest country to mandate graphic photo warnings on cigarette...Show More Summary

Sony starts Android 4.4.4 roll out for Xperia Z1 Compact, also certified for Xperia Z1 and Z Ultra

Sony has kicked off the roll out of Android 4.4.4 to the Xperia Z1 Compact in Russia, Italy and Indonesia, according to a report over on the Xperia Blog. Not only are we seeing the latest firmware be released into the wild (although slightly limited) for the Z1 Compact, but the Z1 and Z Ultra have also been certified.

Pacific island links: PIDF, Indonesia looks east, PNG turmoil, patrol boats and more

Our weekly round-up of news, commentary & analysis from and about the Pacific island region: This insightful item from Michelle Nayamui Rooney provides crucial context to what has been happening in PNG recently. The political situation...Show More Summary

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