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Rescue mission turns drug sting after cannabis found on board tinnie ‘drifting to Indonesia’

Updated May 28, 2018 07:22:28 Photo: Police say the group were trying to travel from Darwin to the Tiwi Islands when they ran out of fuel. (Supplied: NT Police) Four men who had to be rescued from a tinnie off the Top End coast are facing drug charges after police …

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Setting sail for paradise in Indonesia

When I enter the rainforest of Indonesia’s Waigeo Island, the first thing I notice is the equatorial air. It’s so thick, I feel as if I’m walking through a cloud. The next thing that hits me is the deafening hum of cicadas. They drown out the noise of my feet …

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China anger over US ‘provocation’ in South China Sea

China’s defence ministry has protested against what it called “provocation” after US warships sailed near South China Sea islands claimed by Beijing. US officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, told the Reuters news agency that two military vessels came within 12 nautical miles (around 22km) of the disputed Paracel Islands, among a …

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US warships sail near disputed South China Sea islands – report

USS ‘Higgins,’ an Arleigh Burke-class destroyer, and USS ‘Antietam,’ a Ticonderoga-class guided missile cruiser, came within 12 nautical miles of the islands, two US officials told Reuters on condition of anonymity. The ships reportedly carried out maneuvers near Tree, Lincoln, Triton and Woody Islands in the Paracels. Beijing has been …

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Indonesia’s delicious twist on avocados

I can still remember the first time someone asked if I wanted avocado on my sandwich. I’d been in Seattle barely a month, and I was still adjusting to driving on the wrong side of the road and all that. “Yet another cultural quirk!” I thought to myself. To clarify, …

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Unmapped roads raise risk to Southeast Asian rainforests — study

KUALA LUMPUR: Forests in parts of Southeast Asia face greater threats than previously thought because researchers often rely on data that ignores new roads, which are precursors to deforestation and development, a study shows. The paper, published this month by the journal Biological Conservation, showed that an average of 75 …

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Forget US-China, the Malaysia-Indonesia-EU trade war may be upon us

A trade war is looming between the European Union and the world’s biggest producers of palm oil, Indonesia and Malaysia, over proposals to strip biofuel off the menu of renewable energy sources member states may use to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions. At issue is the US$39 billion palm oil …

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Everything You Need To Know About Honeymooning in Bali

There are a few honeymoon destinations around the world that just seem to have it all. Bali, the crown jewel of Indonesia’s extensive collection of islands, is one of them. The rich, Technicolor culture—the warm, friendly Balinese are devoutly Hindu instead of Muslim like the majority of Indonesians—plays a major …

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‘Don’t have younger?’ Battling Batam’s festering issue of youth and child sexual exploitation

BATAM, Indonesia: The sex worker’s iPhone wallpaper is a wefie with her mother, both clad in hijabs and grinning from ear to ear. “I do feel sinful,” says the 19-year-old who calls herself Honey.  Her otherwise nonchalant, world-weary bearing softens for a moment. “But I’ve already gone through with it. What can …

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PM Narendra Modi’s Indonesia-Singapore visit to mark new phase of India-Southeast Asia ties: Political observers

SINGAPORE: Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Indonesia and Singapore next week will mark a new phase of engagement between India and Southeast Asia, which is looking towards more business synergies from the world’s fastest expanding market, political observers here believe. Modi is scheduled to arrive in Indonesia on May …

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