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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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