Indonesia’s halal tourism bid faces pig pushback | AFP

Indonesia’s bid to lure more visitors by spreading halal tourism across the archipelago is facing a backlash, with a Christian celebration of pigs — forbidden for Muslims — the latest act of dissent.

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Indonesia’s re-elected President Joko Widodo announces new cabinet | AFP

Indonesia’s Joko Widodo introduces his new cabinet members, decked out in traditional batik shirts, on the steps of the presidential palace. IMAGES

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Towering support: giant food cone erected for Indonesia inauguration | AFP

Supporters of Indonesia’s re-elected president show their devotion by erecting a seven-metre (23 foot) tumpeng, a towering rendition of the country’s popular cone-shaped dish.

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Hong Kong’s domestic workers dodge tear gas and clashes | AFP

Indonesian migrant worker Jochel usually spends her sole day off in Hong Kong’s parks, chatting with friends and video-calling loved ones back home. But this summer, her downtime keeps getting disrupted — by protests and tear gas. She is one of more than 370,000 domestic workers, overwhelmingly women from Indonesia and the Philippines, who keep Hong Kong ticking, and often toil for little pay and in cramped conditions.

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Mass prayer marks one year since Indonesia quake-tsunami disaster | AFP

Thousands attend mass prayer in the devastated Indonesian city of Palu, one year after a quake-tsunami swallowed up whole neighbourhoods and killed more than 4,000 people.

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People running in panic as earthquake strikes

A strong earthquake Thursday killed at least three people and damaged a bridge, hospital and other buildings on one of Indonesia’s less populated islands. (Sept. 26)

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Pre-marital sex and corruption: Indonesia protest turns ugly | AFP

Clashes between police and protesters erupted in several major cities in Indonesia on Tuesday as thousands demonstrated nationwide over plans to outlaw pre-marital sex, and weaken the country’s anti-corruption agency. from Tuesday 24 September.

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Artificial rain | AFP Animé

Videographic on artificial rain. Raging blazes in Indonesia have been spewing toxic haze over neighbouring Singapore and Malaysia. Indonesia has had some success in “cloud-seeding” — inducing rain using chemicals sprayed from planes.VIDEOGRAPHIC

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‘Cloud-seeding’ in Malaysia as air quality plummets | AFP

Malaysia carrys out “cloud-seeding” which involves using chemicals in a bid to induce rain, as smog-belching forest fires in Indonesia send toxic haze across Southeast Asia.

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Indonesia’s forest fires affecting Borneo’s orangutans | AFP

Massive forest fires in Indonesia that have caused a toxic haze to spread as far as Singapore and peninsular Malaysia are also seriously affecting endangered orangutans and their habitat, say rescuers.

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Indonesia battles night fires amid regional smog crisis | AFP

Indonesian authorities fight fires that continue to blaze near the city of Pekanbaru on Sumatra island, with flames in many parts of the country belching out smoke that threaten to choke much of Southeast Asia in smog. IMAGES

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Indonesian firefighters battle underground fires | AFP

Fire fighters in Pekanbaru, Indonesia battle underground fires. The number of blazes in Indonesia’s rainforests has jumped sharply, spreading smog across Southeast Asia and adding to concerns about the impact of increasing wildfire outbreaks worldwide on global warming. IMAGES

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Fighting forest fires | AFP Animé

Videographic on wildfires. The number of blazes in Indonesia’s rainforests has jumped sharply, satellite data showed Thursday, spreading smog across Southeast Asia. VIDEOGRAPHICS

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Thick smog shround Kuala Lumpur’s skyline | AFP

Much of Kuala Lumpur’s skyline was covered in smog on Tuesday morning, as forest fires raging across Indonesia carried thick clouds of haze across Malaysia’s borders.

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Fighting forest fires | AFP Animé

Videographic on wildfires. Huge fires are raging across vast swathes of Indonesia’s rainforests — some of the world’s biggest — with toxic smog shutting hundreds of schools in Southeast Asia, officials said Tuesday.VIDEOGRAPHICS

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Indonesians react to proposed capital city move to Borneo | AFP

Villagers living in the remote area in East Kalimantan province in Indonesia react to the proposed move of the nation’s new capital to their area. President Joko Widodo announced last month that the country’s political heart would be moved nearly 2,000 kilometres (1,200 miles) east to a yet-to-be-built model city in Borneo as a way of easing pressure on densely populated Java.

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Rioters torch government building in Indonesia’s Papua (2) | AFP

Indonesia’s Papua plunges into chaos again as angry protesters torch buildings in its capital after nearly two weeks of riots and demonstrations in the easternmost province of the archipelago. [Completes 1JU6IL] IMAGES

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