Indonesia passes new criminal code, outlaws sex outside marriage

INTERNATIONAL Indonesia has passed a controversial new Criminal Code that includes outlawing sex outside marriage and cohabitation, in changes that critics contend could undermine freedoms in the Southeast Asian nation. The new laws apply to Indonesians and foreigners and also restore a ban on insulting the president, state institutions or Indonesia’s national ideology[…]

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Thousands in shelter as Indonesia flood death toll hit 53

Tens of thousands of Indonesians were still unable to return to their waterlogged homes Saturday after flooding hit the Jakarta capital region, killing at least 53 people, authorities said. More than 170,000 people took refuge in shelters across the massive urban conglomeration – home to some 30 million – after whole neighbourhoods[…]

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Indonesia deploys troops to West Papua region as protests spread

Jakarta, Indonesia – Indonesia has deployed more troops to the restive West Papua, as demonstrations continue to spread to several communities in the region, with reports of injuries and more attacks that belie earlier assurances by the government that the unrest had been contained. President Joko Widodo’s top Security Minister, Wiranto, told reporters on[…]

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