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Jakarta street party as Jokowi fever hits city

Michael Bachelard The iconic Hotel Indonesia Traffic Circle - usually aptly named - in central Jakarta, became the country’s Party Circle on Monday afternoon as Joko Widodo fever hit the city.

Jakarta embassy bombing: Threat has faded but memory remains 10 years on

Workers remove glass from a building near the embassy.

Michael Bachelard Ten years ago today, a white delivery van pulled up outside the gates of the Australian embassy in Jakarta and blew up with the furious force of a terror attack.

Bizarre details emerge as police hold two Jakarta International School teachers without charge

Two teachers held by Indonesian police without charge: Ferdinant Tjiong (left) with his wife, Fransisca, and Neil Bantleman, with his wife Tracey.

Michael Bachelard Two teachers at the prestigious Jakarta International School have had their detention without charge extended for another 30 days as bizarre details emerge of the child sex allegations being made...

Most know the boats have stopped, but asylum seekers keep coming to Jakarta

Threatened: Mohammad Zaher Zafari and Shahista Dowoodi in the room they have rented after arriving in Jakarta to seek asylum.

Michael Bachelard More than four months since Australia turned back its last boat to Indonesia, scores of new people still arrive each week in Jakarta to plead for asylum.

Tensions high in Jakarta as court ruling due on presidential election

Prabowo Subianto with running mate Hatta Rajasa at the Constitutional Court.

Michael Bachelard The Indonesian capital is on tenterhooks as the country awaits a ''final and binding'' ruling from the Constitutional Court about who won its presidential election.

Jakarta International School teachers arrested over alleged rapes detained for further month

Accused of rape: Canadian schoolteacher Neil Bantleman, with his wife Tracy.

Michael Bachelard Two schoolteachers arrested over the alleged rapes of children at the prestigious Jakarta International School have been detained without charge in the police lock-up for another month, but they have...

Teachers investigated for rape at prestigious Jakarta school

Jakarta International School.

Michael Bachelard Sexual abuse allegations at a prestigious international school in Jakarta have now embroiled three teachers, two of whom were interviewed late on Monday by police as suspects, and faced the...

Australian embassy 'concerned' by detention of Jakarta teachers

Jakarta International School.

Michael Bachelard The Australian embassy has weighed into a murky case of alleged sexual assault at the Jakarta International School, saying it is “deeply concerned” that two teachers have been detained in...

Silence of the polls as Prabowo pulls ahead in Jakarta race

Joko  Widodo, left, with his opponent  in the presidential election Prabowo Subianto.

Michael Bachelard Former military strongman Prabowo Subianto has for the first time pulled level or even slightly ahead of the previous favourite, Joko Widodo, in the Indonesian presidential race, credible polling...

Indonesian authorities pressure Jakarta International School amid rape allegations

Police have urged parents of other students at the school to check the behaviour of their children and report anything suspicious, after the shocking child rape claim at Jakarta International School.

Michael Bachelard Indonesian authorities are giving full rein to their anti-Western sentiments in the wake of child rape allegations at the Jakarta International School, introducing new requirements that would all-but...

Indonesia demands Australian ambassador explain reports of spying from embassy in Jakarta

Indonesian Foreign Minister Marty Natalegawa

Michael Bachelard Indonesia's foreign ministry has called in Australia’s ambassador and issued a “strong demand” that he immediately explain the news that the Australian embassy in Jakarta was used as a post to spy on...

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'Terrorists' planned US embassy raid in Jakarta: police

A member of Indonesian Police bomb squad.

Six suspected terrorists killed in a New Year’s Eve police raid near Jakarta had planned a string of attacks targeting the US embassy, a church and Buddhist temples, police say.

Jakarta predicts Australian relations will be frosty until October

Indonesia's Foreign Minister Marty Natalegawa (L) chats to Julie Bishop (R) after the opening of the Bali Democracy Forum in Nusa Dua in November last year.

Aubrey Belford Indonesia expects ties with Australia to remain on ice for at least six months given the time it will take to negotiate a code of conduct to govern intelligence gathering in the wake of reports...

Papuan children taken to Jakarta to be converted to Islam

Demianus and Seth Gobay.

Michael Bachelard When the parents of Demianus and Seth Gobay died in their small West Papua village in Nabire perhaps five years ago, not all their six children could afford to stay at school.

Jakarta International School child rape claim shocks expat community

Police have urged parents of other students at the school to check the behaviour of their children and report anything suspicious, after the shocking child rape claim at Jakarta International School.

Michael Bachelard Jakarta: The rape of a five-year old boy in the toilets of the prestigious Jakarta International School has shocked the expatriate community and prompted a discussion in Indonesia about the...

Dynamite goes missing in Jakarta on eve of Rudd visit

Kevin Rudd.

Michael Bachelard Indonesian authorities have been forced to strengthen security around the presidential palace that Kevin Rudd is due to visit next week after two boxes of dynamite went missing.

Drag queens of Jakarta

?Samantha Fox?, real name Samuel Samuel Sanderkan, prepares for a drag 
show at the Musro nightclub in Jakarta, Indonesia. Pic taken May 4 2013, by 
Michael Bachelard


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Miss Apollo 2013 drag show at the Apollo nightclub in Jakarta, Indonesia. April 21, 2013.

Jakarta’s grand old city crumbles

A couple sit on the bank of the Dutch colonial built Kali Besar canal, the main canal in the old quarter in Kota area of Jakarta that used to be called Batavia when under Dutch colonial rule.

Jakarta’s old city has 284 old buildings, about half of which are abandoned or neglected. The centrepiece of this sad legacy is Fatahillah Square, Kota, once the commercial and administrative hub of...

Violence erupts at US embassy in Jakarta

Men throw rocks as Indonesian police release tear gas at anti-American protests.

Michael Bachelard A mob of Indonesian Islamists waving jihad flags attacks the US embassy in Jakarta, throwing rocks and bricks, but they were repelled by tear gas and riot police.