Jakarta International School child rape claim shocks expat community

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...

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.

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.

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


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...

Lady Gaga cancels Jakarta concert

Michael Bachelard Religious fundamentalists threatening chaos force pop diva to pull out.

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.

Hardline cleric begins Jakarta trial

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Hardline Muslim cleric Abu Bakar Bashir arrives in court to hear terror charges against him.

Jakarta accused over Papua

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Philip Dorling, Nick McKenzie The United States fears that Indonesian government neglect, rampant corruption and human rights abuses are stoking unrest in its troubled province of West Papua.

West Papua warns of intifada against Jakarta

Ben Bohane WEST PAPUAN leaders are warning of a "total intifada" in their Indonesian-ruled homeland, saying the failure of the Pacific Islands Forum to discuss their independence may mean the end of its...

Maid's execution prompts Jakarta ban


Jakarta Indonesia will stop sending domestic helpers to Saudi Arabia because a maid was beheaded for the murder of her Saudi employer.

Clashes over Jakarta tomb

Clashes erupt between protesters and police in Jakarta over an area containing a sacred tomb.

Found dead in Jakarta: tributes flow for NSW man Jock

Paul Tatnell Tributes are pouring in for a NSW man who was found dead in his Jakarta apartment overnight.

Schapelle Corby admitted her guilt, says Bali Nine courier Renae Lawrence

Schapelle Corby

Michael Bachelard Schapelle Corby admitted her guilt and said the fateful 2004 drug run that saw her locked up for ten years was actually her fourth trip to Bali as a courier, according to fellow Australian prisoner...

Joko Widodo gets a presidential boost from early Indonesian parliamentary poll results

Michael Bachelard Indonesia's mind-bogglingly complex parliamentary election on Wednesday is likely to set the scene for the presidential hopes of the popular Jakarta governor, Joko "Jokowi" Widodo.

Joko Widodo vote falls below expectations in Indonesian parliamentary election

Jakarta governor Joko Widodo and his wife Iriana cast their ballots.

Michael Bachelard Indonesia's most popular politician failed to propel his party to the heights expected of him in Wednesday’s parliamentary election.