Lightning kills Indonesia shepherd, 19 buffaloes (Punch)

Lightning has killed a shepherd and 19 buffaloes in Indonesia’s North Sumatra province, local media reported on Wednesday. Police said Sinto Habeyan, 23, was lighting a bonfire in a cattle barn in the Central Tapanuli district late Monday when lightning struck amid heavy…

French drug smuggler’s death sentence in Indonesia ‘commuted to 19 years’ (BBC)

A Frenchman sentenced to death for drug trafficking in Indonesia has had his sentence commuted to 19 years in jail, his lawyer and media have said. Félix Dorfin, 35, had been convicted of trafficking about 3kg (6.6lb) of various drugs…

Indonesia post-election protests leave six dead (BBC)

Six people have been killed and 200 injured during mass rallies against the re-election of Indonesian President Joko Widodo. Indonesian police confirmed the death toll based on reports from hospitals. They said the cause of the deaths was being investigated.…

Indonesia rejects appeal of woman jailed over mosque noise complaint (Guardian)

Indonesia’s Supreme Court on Monday rejected an appeal by a woman sentenced to 18 months in jail under the country’s controversial blasphemy law for complaining about the volume of a mosque’s call to prayer. Meiliana, 44, an ethnic Chinese Buddhist,…

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Indonesia covers bare-breasted mermaids to respect ‘Eastern values’ (Punch)

A pair of bare-breasted mermaid statues have been given the family values treatment at an Indonesian amusement park where officials slipped golden tube tops over their chests. While the nude statues have been on display for years at Jakarta’s Ancol…

Unmarried couples publicly whipped after hotel raid in Indonesia (Punch)

Six couples were publicly whipped in Indonesia’s conservative Aceh province on Monday for relations outside marriage, with at least two women unable to walk after the painful punishment. Flogging is common for a range of offences in the region at…

Indonesia police apologise for using snake during interrogation (Punch)

Police in Indonesia’s Papua province have apologised after interrogators used a snake during an attempt to extract a confession from a suspected mobile phone thief, a spokesman said on Monday. A video circulating online showed police in Jayawijaya district wrapping…

Woman mauled to death by pet crocodile (BBC)

A woman has been mauled to death by a pet crocodile in its enclosure on the Indonesian island of Sulawesi. Deasy Tuwo, 44, had reportedly been feeding the crocodile at the pearl farm where she worked, and where the animal…

Flights rerouted as volcano alert raised (BBC)

The alert level for Indonesia’s Anak Krakatau volcano has been raised to the second highest level possible, after a series of eruptions spewed out lava. All flights around the volcano have been rerouted and a 5km exclusion zone has also…

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