Photos: Editor selections from the past week in Asia

Asia & Pacific 05/24/19, 01:33

A Nepalese woman lights a butter lamp during Buddha Jayanti, also known as Vesak, a festival marking the birthday, enlightenment and death of Gautama Buddha. In other images from the Asia-Pacific region this week, a police officer in Jakarta, Indonesia, fires his tear gas launcher at supporters of a losing presidential ...

Defeated Indonesia candidate to challenge vote at top court

Asia & Pacific 05/22/19, 23:04

The defeated candidate in Indonesia's presidential election is expected to file a court challenge to the result as calm returned to the capital Jakarta following a 24-hour spasm of apparently orchestrated violence.The campaign team of former general Prabowo Subianto has said it will file a challenge to the Constitutional Court ...

Update: Social media blocked due to Indonesia protests

Asia & Pacific 05/22/19, 01:55

The Latest on post-election protests in Indonesia (all times local):1:30 p.m.Indonesia's top security minister says authorities will block access to social media in certain areas amid violent protests in the capital Jakarta by supporters of the losing presidential candidate.A protester shouts slogans as he is seen through the shield of ...

Official count shows Widodo reelected as Indonesian leader

Asia & Pacific 05/20/19, 20:42

The official count from last month's Indonesian presidential election shows President Joko Widodo won 55.5% of the vote, the Election Commission said Tuesday, securing him a second term.The formal result from the April 17 election was almost the same as the preliminary "quick count" results drawn from a sample of ...

Indonesia’s Widodo declares victory in presidential election

Asia & Pacific 04/18/19, 06:16

Indonesian President Joko Widodo said Thursday he was won re-election after receiving an estimated 54% of the vote, backtracking on an earlier vow to wait for official results after his challenger made improbable claims of victory.Widodo, after meeting with parties in his coalition, told reporters that about 20 leaders of ...

Update: Voting ends in Indonesian elections

Asia & Pacific 04/17/19, 01:02

The Latest on Indonesia's presidential and legislative elections (all times local):1 p.m.Voting has ended in Indonesia's presidential and legislative elections, with tens of millions of people casting votes without widespread hitches.Indonesian presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto casts his ballot during the presidential election at a polling station in Bogor, Indonesia, Wednesday, ...

Indonesians vote in vast democratic exercise

Asia & Pacific 04/16/19, 23:13

Indonesia's elections pit Joko Widodo, the first Indonesian president from outside the Jakarta elite, against Prabowo Subianto, a former special forces general from the era of authoritarian rule under military dictator Suharto.Some facts and figures about Wednesday's elections:___An electoral worker shows a legislative ballot to a voter during the election ...

Indonesia candidates: Metal fan, cleric, soldier, tycoon

Asia & Pacific 04/16/19, 22:56

Indonesia's presidential election Wednesday pits incumbent Joko Widodo against former special forces Gen. Prabowo Subianto in a repeat of the 2014 contest. Widodo, a furniture exporter and heavy metal fan who had a meteoric rise in Indonesian politics, chose a conservative Muslim cleric as his vice presidential candidate. Subianto's running ...

Indonesian voters deciding between moderate and ex-general

Asia & Pacific 04/16/19, 19:38

Voting is underway across Indonesia in presidential and legislative elections Wednesday after a campaign that pitted the moderate incumbent against an ultranationalist former general.The first votes were cast in easternmost provinces after polling booths opened at 7 a.m. followed an hour later by central regions such as Bali and then ...

Halal ink, giant ballots ready for Indonesian election

Asia & Pacific 04/16/19, 05:41

Nearly 193 million Indonesians are eligible to vote in presidential and legislative elections on Wednesday. President Joko Widodo, the first Indonesian president from outside the Jakarta elite, is competing against Prabowo Subianto, a former special forces general from the era of authoritarian rule under military dictator Suharto.Some election facts and ...

Strongman vies with ‘people’s president’ to lead Indonesia

Asia & Pacific 04/15/19, 21:21

About 193 million Indonesians are eligible to vote in a presidential election that will decide who leads a nation that's an outpost of democracy in a neighborhood of authoritarian governments.Their choice Wednesday is between five more years of the steady progress achieved under Indonesia's first president from outside the Jakarta ...

Indonesia candidates: Metal fan, cleric, soldier, tycoon

Asia & Pacific 04/15/19, 01:54

Indonesia's presidential election Wednesday pits incumbent Joko Widodo against former special forces Gen. Prabowo Subianto in a repeat of the 2014 contest. Widodo, a furniture exporter and heavy metal fan who had a meteoric rise in Indonesian politics, chose a conservative Muslim cleric as his vice presidential candidate. Subianto's running ...

More Indonesians join cases against Boeing after CEO apology

Business 04/08/19, 07:22

More families of victims of the Lion Air crash in Indonesia are suing Boeing Co. after its chief executive apologized and said a software update for the MAX 8 jet would prevent further disasters.Family members and lawyers said Monday that CEO Dennis Muilenburg's comment related to an automated flight system ...

Worsening air pollution reducing lifespans in Indonesia

Health 03/29/19, 03:22

Indonesia's air quality has deteriorated from among the cleanest in the world to one of the most polluted over the past two decades, shaving five years from life expectancy in some regions, researchers say.The study by the Energy Policy Institute at the University of Chicago says an increase in coal-fired ...

Papuan fighters vow more attacks on Indonesian highway

Asia & Pacific 03/28/19, 02:15

Papuan independence fighters are vowing more attacks on a highway that's the Indonesian president's key development project in the country's troubled easternmost region.The threat was made in a video purportedly recorded last week in the Nduga area of Papua province's central highlands. The video and photos show about 40 fighters, ...

Indonesia’s first subway opens in its gridlocked capital

Asia & Pacific 03/24/19, 00:13

Indonesia's long-awaited first subway opened Sunday in the country's capital with the aim of relieving crippling traffic gridlock in Southeast Asia's biggest economy.Minutes after inaugurating the 16-kilometer (10-mile) transit line running south from Jakarta's downtown, President Joko Widodo presided over a groundbreaking ceremony to mark the beginning of the second ...

Garuda Indonesia seeks to cancel order for 49 Boeing Max 8s

Business 03/22/19, 05:50

In a blow for Boeing, Indonesia's flag carrier is seeking the cancellation of a multibillion dollar order for 49 of the manufacturer's 737 Max 8 jets, citing a loss of confidence after two crashes in the past six months.It is the first announcement of a cancellation since Boeing's new model ...

Official: 3rd pilot aided next-to-last Lion Air flight

Asia & Pacific 03/21/19, 04:11

The chairman of Indonesia's transportation safety agency has confirmed that a third pilot was in the cockpit as the flight crew struggled to keep the plane aloft during the next-to-last flight of a Lion Air Boeing 737 Max 8 that crashed on Oct. 29.However, Soerjanto Tjahjono, chairman of the National ...

Subway first step in easing Indonesian capital’s carmageddon

Asia & Pacific 03/17/19, 23:59

Commuting in Indonesia's gridlocked capital will for some involve less frustration, sweat and fumes when its first subway line opens later this month.The line is the latest of infrastructure improvements nationwide that officials hope will help the giant but laggard nation catch up with its neighbors.The 16-kilometer system running south ...

Indonesian woman detonates bomb, killing herself and child

Asia & Pacific 03/13/19, 10:32

The wife of an Islamic militant arrested for plotting attacks in the Indonesian capital detonated a bomb during a siege of their home in North Sumatra, killing herself and her two-year-old child, the national police said Wednesday.The woman is believed to have blown herself up hours after throwing a homemade ...

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