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Rakabuming Raka - SuiLee Wee - Which Version of an Ex-General Did Indonesia Just Vote For? - nytimes.com - Indonesia

Which Version of an Ex-General Did Indonesia Just Vote For?

A strongman apparatchik accused of multiple human rights abuses. A violent nationalist. A pious defender of Muslims. A loyal acolyte of a popular president with few achievements of his own.

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Joko Widodo - Prabowo Subianto - Indonesia awards presumed next president Prabowo rank of 4-star general - asiaone.com - Usa - Indonesia - city Jakarta - Jordan

Indonesia awards presumed next president Prabowo rank of 4-star general

JAKARTA — Indonesia's president on Wednesday (Feb 28) awarded Prabowo Subianto, his presumed successor and an ex-special forces commander, the rank of honorary four-star general, decades after he was dismissed from the military amid allegations of rights abuses.

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Johannes Nugroho - Indonesia looks to Singapore’s ‘Swiftonomics’ success to boost tourism, but can it sustain creative industry? - scmp.com - Usa - Indonesia - Singapore - city Jakarta - Australia - city Singapore - county Taylor - county Swift

Indonesia looks to Singapore’s ‘Swiftonomics’ success to boost tourism, but can it sustain creative industry?

US pop sensation Taylor Swift will perform at Singapore’s National Stadium from March 2 to 9 for six sold-out shows, which could generate hundreds of millions in tourism revenue for the country as more than 300,000 fans are expected to attend.

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Joko Widodo - Prabowo Subianto - Resty Woro Yuniar - Indonesia’s military honour for Prabowo ‘vulgar’, disrespects human rights victims: critics - scmp.com - Indonesia - city Jakarta

Indonesia’s military honour for Prabowo ‘vulgar’, disrespects human rights victims: critics

Indonesia’s President Joko Widodo on Wednesday awarded the country’s defence minister and presumptive president-elect, Prabowo Subianto, the honorary rank of four-star general, a move critics blasted as “vulgar political manoeuvring” and a betrayal of the victims of human rights abuses.

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Contributing writer - WTO digital tax freeze in spotlight as India, others rue lost revenue - asia.nikkei.com - Indonesia - India - South Africa - city Abu Dhabi

WTO digital tax freeze in spotlight as India, others rue lost revenue

MADURAI, India -- A moratorium on taxing digitally transmitted products, from movies and music to software and industry data, faces a critical juncture this week at a World Trade Organization conference in Abu Dhabi.

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Joko Widodo - Prabowo Subianto - Edna Tarigan - Indonesia’s likely next president made 4-star general despite links to alleged human rights abuses - apnews.com - Indonesia - city Jakarta, Indonesia

Indonesia’s likely next president made 4-star general despite links to alleged human rights abuses

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesian President Joko Widodo on Wednesday awarded an honorary four-star general rank to Defense Minister Prabowo Subianto, a former high-ranking army officer who is linked to human rights abuses and who emerged as the apparent winner of the Feb. 14 presidential election.

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El Niño - Sprawling queues for subsidised rice highlight plight of Indonesia's poor - asiaone.com - Indonesia - city Jakarta

Sprawling queues for subsidised rice highlight plight of Indonesia's poor

JAKARTA — In the afternoon sun, dozens of Indonesians, mostly women, gather in a snaking queue to buy bags of subsidised rice, their arms poking through a metal gate to grab tickets assuring them a spot to make a purchase.

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Prabowo Subianto - Indonesia's next president must not roll back democracy - asia.nikkei.com - Indonesia

Indonesia's next president must not roll back democracy

Indonesian Defense Minister Prabowo Subianto is on track to become the country's next president. With his vice-presidential running mate none other than the eldest son of incumbent President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo, Prabowo won public support during the Feb. 14 election by promising to maintain the course of the current government, which remains highly popular.

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Nikkei staff writer - ERWIDA MAULIA - Indonesia palm oil firms warn of food security risks as biodiesel use rises - asia.nikkei.com - Indonesia - city Jakarta

Indonesia palm oil firms warn of food security risks as biodiesel use rises

JAKARTA -- Indonesian palm oil producers are voicing concerns that the continuing rise in domestic demand for biofuels could harm the country's food security and take a toll on exports amid stagnant production of the commodity.

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