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Jan 19, 2015

Indonesia says no evidence so far of terrorism in AirAsia crash

JAKARTA, Jan 19 (Reuters) – Indonesian investigators said on
Monday they had found no evidence so far that terrorism played a
part in the crash of an AirAsia passenger jet last
month that killed all 162 people on board.

Andreas Hananto told Reuters that his team of 10
investigators at the National Transportation Safety Committee
(NTSC) had found “no threats” in the cockpit voice recordings to
indicate foul play during AirAsia Flight QZ8501.

Jan 13, 2015

Indonesia president’s pick for police chief named corruption suspect

JAKARTA (Reuters) – Indonesia’s anti-graft agency on Tuesday named President Joko Widodo’s sole nomination for police chief a bribery suspect, a blemish on the new leader who came to office in October promising clean government.

Widodo on Saturday said three-star general Budi Gunawan would be his only candidate to head the police, considered by many to be one of the most corrupt institutions in the country.

Dec 28, 2014

AirAsia flight carrying 155 people from Indonesia to Singapore missing: officials

JAKARTA (Reuters) – An AirAsia flight carrying 155 people from the Indonesian city of Surabaya to Singapore lost contact with air traffic control on Sunday, officials in the region and the budget carrier said.

Flight QZ 8501, an Airbus 320-200, lost contact with the Jakarta air traffic control tower at 6:17 a.m. (6.17 p.m. EST), Indonesian Transport Ministry official Hadi Mustofa told media.

Dec 19, 2014

Indonesia to fix fuel subsidy per litre from Jan. 1 – minister

JAKARTA, Dec 19 (Reuters) – Indonesia will change its
domestic subsidised fuel pricing system to floating prices with
the government still subsidising prices at a fixed amount per
litre, effective Jan. 1 2015, the chief economics minister told
Reuters on Friday.

President Joko Widodo, who took office in October after
winning Indonesia’s closest ever presidential election,
confronted ballooning fuel subsidy costs by increasing fuel
prices by more than 30 percent in November.

Nov 13, 2014

Indonesia to create new coastguard, boost defense spending

JAKARTA (Reuters) – Indonesia will launch a new coastguard next month to crack down on piracy and smuggling which can disrupt commerce in Southeast Asia’s biggest economy, the chief security minister told Reuters on Thursday.

The force is part of President Joko Widodo’s push to reassure investors at a time when the economy is growing at its slowest in five years and is strained by twin trade and current account deficits.

Nov 8, 2014

As Obama visits Asia, old alliances face new strains

WASHINGTON/JAKARTA (Reuters) – In November 2011, with the Arab Spring uprisings in full tilt and Europe rocked by a debt crisis, President Barack Obama flew to Asia to promote a shift of America’s military, diplomatic and business assets to the region. His then Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, declared in the same year that the 21st century would be “America’s Pacific century”.

    Fast-forward to today: as Obama flies to Asia on Sunday, Washington’s “pivot” to the region is becoming more visible. It includes deployment of American Marines in Darwin, Australia, stepped up U.S. naval visits to the Philippines and many more joint drills with that nation’s armed forces, as well as the lifting of a ban on lethal weapons sales to Vietnam.

Nov 8, 2014

As Obama visits Asia, old alliances face new strains in face of China’s influence

WASHINGTON/JAKARTA (Reuters) – In November 2011, with the Arab Spring uprisings in full tilt and Europe rocked by a debt crisis, President Barack Obama flew to Asia to promote a shift of America’s military, diplomatic and business assets to the region. His then Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, declared in the same year that the 21st century would be “America’s Pacific century”.

    Fast-forward to today: as Obama flies to Asia on Sunday, Washington’s “pivot” to the region is becoming more visible. It includes deployment of American Marines in Darwin, Australia, stepped up U.S. naval visits to the Philippines and many more joint drills with that nation’s armed forces, as well as the lifting of a ban on lethal weapons sales to Vietnam.

Nov 3, 2014

Eurofighter confident of new orders to avert production slowdown

JAKARTA, Nov 3 (Reuters) – The CEO of the Eurofighter
Typhoon consortium on Monday said he is confident of winning a
new export order for the combat plane to avoid having to reduce
production.

The consortium, founded in 1986, has only sold the Typhoon
to Austria, Saudi Arabia and Oman, outside of the consortium’s
home markets of Britain, Germany, Italy and Spain.

Oct 29, 2014

From duck eggs to fiscal deficit, the journey by Indonesia’s economics minister

JAKARTA, Oct 29 (Reuters) – Born in poverty in a rebel
stronghold, Indonesia’s new chief economics minister once sold
duck eggs on the street to pay his school fees.

Sofyan Djalil later studied law in Indonesia and then went
to Tufts University in the United States where he received two
masters’ degrees and a doctorate. A decade ago, he became a
minister in the cabinet.

Oct 26, 2014

Indonesia president appoints technocrats to top economic posts

JAKARTA, Oct 26 (Reuters) – Indonesian President Joko Widodo
on Sunday assigned professional technocrats to lead the top
economic ministries and implement much-needed reforms that
address costly fuel subsidies, cooling investment and the
country’s creaky infrastructure.

Widodo, who took office on Monday, unveiled his cabinet of
34 ministers that included former state-owned enterprises
minister Sofyan Djalil as coordinating minister for economics,
and promoted vice minister Bambang Brodjonegoro to be head of
the finance ministry.