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In a theatre in the central Javanese city of Solo, a troupe of performers are acting out a fight scene from Hindu epic, the Mahabharata. The god Gatutkaca is dispatching some long-haired bad guys to the delight of the audience.

Outcry over Obama statue

A statue of Barack Obama as a boy has been placed at the Jakarta elementary school once attended by the US President, after there was a backlash against its display in a public park in the Indonesian capital.

Obama statue removed from public park

Authorities removed a statue of Barack Obama from a park in the Indonesian capital Jakarta due to a public backlash and moved it today to a nearby elementary school that the US president attended as a child.

Abdurrahman Wahid: Islamic cleric who as president of Indonesia championed secularism and minority rights

Abdurrahman Wahid, Indonesia's first democratically elected president, was, by any conventional yardstick, a hopeless politician. Yet he was one of the country's most treasured public figures thanks to his wit, humanism and tolerance, and his death at 69 sparked a genuine outpouring of national mourning.

Jerome Taylor: Housewife who beat a bullying hospital

Jakarta Notebook: Indonesians across the archipelago have begun a "Coins for Priti" campaign

Strong earthquake rocks eastern Indonesia

A strong earthquake shook eastern Indonesia's remote Papua province Friday, causing panic among residents and reportedly toppling a building.

The day the earth shook : Thousands buried by powerful quakes

British parents lose toddler son as 119 die in Samoan islands tsunami. Death toll from tremors in Indonesia expected to rise sharply

Rivals of the East: Battle for batik

The long-term 'friendly enemies', neighbours Malaysia and Indonesia, clash yet again – this time over the right to claim ownership of the elegantly printed silk and cotton textiles

The untold story of Obama's mother

The President's formative years are well documented, but only now are his mother's exploits in Indonesia coming to light, reports Judith Kampfner

Hunt for quake victims in Java is stepped up

Death toll rises to 57 as Indonesia's President visits island disaster scene

Earthquake kills 32 in Indonesia

A powerful earthquake struck Indonesia's main island yesterday, killing at least 32 people and forcing thousands more to evacuate their homes.

Man behind Bali bombing dies in police shoot-out

Indonesian officials say al-Qa'ida's leader in South-east Asia is killed in 16-hour siege

Indonesian police storm suspected militant hide-out

Southeast Asia's most wanted terror suspect was reportedly killed during a 16-hour siege on a suspected militant hide-out that ended this morning when police stormed the house.

Bombers posing as guests bring terror to Jakarta hotels

Eight killed and dozens wounded after series of blasts in Indonesian capital

Manchester United team 36 hours away from tragedy

Manchester support staff were already at the Ritz Carlton in Jakarta and the team were 36 hours from checking in when the hotel's facade was torn away by a suspected suicide bomber. It did not take long for the Premier League champions to cancel their three-day visit to the city.

Man United's Gill defends Jakarta planning

Manchester United chief executive David Gill has defended the club's decision to organise a match in Indonesia as part of this summer's Far East tour.

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Homeless Veterans Christmas Appeal: ‘We give them hope. They come to us when no one else can help’

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Meet the charity giving homeless veterans hope – and who they turn to when no one else can help
Should doctors and patients learn to plan humane, happier endings rather than trying to prolong life?

Is it always right to try to prolong life?

Most of us would prefer to die in our own beds, with our families beside us. But, as a GP, Margaret McCartney sees too many end their days in a medicalised battle
Thomas Cook's outgoing boss Harriet Green got by on four hours sleep a night - is that what it takes for women to get to the top?

What does it take for women to get to the top?

Thomas Cook's outgoing boss Harriet Green got by on four hours sleep a night and told women they had to do more if they wanted to get on
Christmas jumper craze: Inside the UK factory behind this year's multicultural must-have

Knitting pretty: British Christmas Jumpers

Simmy Richman visits Jack Masters, the company behind this year's multicultural must-have
French chefs have launched a campaign to end violence in kitchens - should British restaurants follow suit?

French chefs campaign against bullying

A group of top chefs signed a manifesto against violence in kitchens following the sacking of a chef at a Paris restaurant for scalding his kitchen assistant with a white-hot spoon
Radio 4 to broadcast 10-hour War and Peace on New Year's Day as Controller warns of cuts

Just what you need on a New Year hangover...

Radio 4 to broadcast 10-hour adaptation of War and Peace on first day of 2015
Cuba set to stage its first US musical in 50 years

Cuba to stage first US musical in 50 years

Claire Allfree finds out if the new production of Rent will hit the right note in Havana
Christmas 2014: 10 best educational toys

Learn and play: 10 best educational toys

Of course you want them to have fun, but even better if they can learn at the same time
Paul Scholes column: I like Brendan Rodgers as a manager but Liverpool seem to be going backwards not forwards this season

Paul Scholes column

I like Brendan Rodgers as a manager but Liverpool seem to be going backwards not forwards this season
Lewis Moody column: Stuart Lancaster has made all the right calls – now England must deliver

Lewis Moody: Lancaster has made all the right calls – now England must deliver

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Cameron, Miliband and Clegg join forces for Homeless Veterans campaign

Cameron, Miliband and Clegg join forces for Homeless Veterans campaign

It's in all our interests to look after servicemen and women who fall on hard times, say party leaders
Millionaire Sol Campbell wades into wealthy backlash against Labour's mansion tax

Sol Campbell cries foul at Labour's mansion tax

The former England defender joins Myleene Klass, Griff Rhys Jones and Melvyn Bragg in criticising proposals
Nicolas Sarkozy returns: The ex-President is preparing to fight for the leadership of France's main opposition party – but will he win big enough?

Sarkozy returns

The ex-President is preparing to fight for the leadership of France's main opposition party – but will he win big enough?
Is the criticism of Ed Miliband a coded form of anti-Semitism?

Is the criticism of Miliband anti-Semitic?

Attacks on the Labour leader have coalesced around a sense that he is different, weird, a man apart. But is the criticism more sinister?
Ouija boards are the must-have gift this Christmas, fuelled by a schlock horror film

Ouija boards are the must-have festive gift

Simon Usborne explores the appeal - and mysteries - of a century-old parlour game