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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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