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Prabowo sooks as Jokowi confirmed as president

It’s all over, folks: Jokowi is officially Indonesia’s new President as Prabowo’s court challenge fails. But the military strongman was not exactly gracious in defeat, reports Indonesia analyst Jim Della-Giacoma.

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Poll Bludger: Kiwi election campaign ramps up, with pirates lurking

New Zealanders will go to the polls in September, and another minority government is likely. But an Internet Party joint ticket could prove an interesting spanner in the works.

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Pope Francis must tread carefully in China, as Asia beckons

Pope Francis has been busy since his papacy kicked off early last year, fixing core business and now focussing on a growth strategy through Asia, writes freelance journalist Michael Sainsbury.

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Hope and change? Jokowi embraces the ‘Butcher of Lampung’

Indonesia’s new President-elect has selected a very controversial transition team. Were hope and change just slogans to become elected? Indonesia analyst Jim Della-Giacoma explains.

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Securency superinjunction another twist in a long-running scandal

The Securency case that prompted the now-notorious Department of Foreign Affairs injunction has been going for years and shows no signs of ending soon.

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China proves its anti-corruption cojones

No one could doubt Chinese President Xi Jinping’s commitment to finding and eradicating corruption within the Communist Party after a prominent party member has been thrown under the bus.

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‘No future for me in West Papua’: activist flees to Australia after ‘abduction’ attempt

A West Papuan activist has fled to Australia in fear for her safety after giving testimony to an Australian tribunal into the 1998 Biak massacre by Indonesian forces.

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Old song, a new singer: will Jokowi’s reign bring liberation for West Papua?

Outgoing Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono maintained the status quo with West Papua during his two terms in office, but West Papuans are hoping president-elect Joko Widodo’s rule will be different, writes Ron Kareni.

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In MH17 response, a rare — and surprising — win for Malaysian govt

Freelance writer Hari Raj compares the Malaysian government’s response to two unprecedented incidents in aviation history.

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Jokowi win likely to be confirmed as Indonesia crowdsources vote count

Joko Widodo is the clear winner in Indonesia’s election. But will Prabowo concede? Indonesia commentator Jim Della-Giacoma reports.

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MH17: Malaysia Airlines’ hideous failure of duty of care cost hundreds their lives

Malaysia Airlines – and Singapore Airlines and a few other carriers — have prioritised fuel economy over passenger safety — and almost 300 people have paid with their lives.

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Malaysian govt tightens grip on media freedom

The Malaysian government has never been friendly to an open and democratic press. But its lawsuit against an online publication is taking things to another level. Former Malaysiakini intern Jarni Blakkarly reports.

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Photos: election day in Indonesia

Photographer Angie Bexley documents election day in the Indonesian village of Tamantirto.

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An agonising wait for Indonesians as electoral dirty tricks continue

Most respectable quick polls predict Jokowi has won the Indonesian election, but Prabowo is also claiming victory. Jim Della-Giacoma reports.

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Crikey Clarifier: what authority does Australia have over the Sri Lankan boat?

More than 150 people remain on an Australian Customs boat after a last-minute injunction stopped them from being returned to Sri Lanka. Crikey intern Paul Millar explains where Australia’s sovereignty begins and ends.

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He’s on a horse: Prabowo v Jokowi a battle for Indonesian democracy

Indonesians will head to the polls to decide their next president today. The scene is set, with military strongman Prabowo sitting tall in expensive boots while the people’s man, Jokowi, makes a last-minute prayer. Jim Della-Giacoma reports.

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Murder, human rights abuse and kidnapping: WikiLeaks cables reveal Prabowo’s brutal past

Prabowo Subianto could end up as Indonesia’s president by the end of the week. Crikey intern Paul Millar trawls through diplomatic cables released by WikiLeaks and finds distressing allegations.

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Prabowo an ‘apocalypse’, Jokowi a false promise: West Papuans opt out

West Papuan activists are boycotting the Indonesian election. Whoever wins, what will the result mean for their campaign for self-determination?

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Rundle: Jokowi smiles down on the slums of Jakarta, but is it enough?

Joko Widodo represents a new way for Indonesia, with a focus on youth and small-time problem solving. But can he really help fix Asia’s greatest failure?

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Crikey Clarifier: what’s all the fuss about rare earths?

A New Zealand-born Australian resident has been arrested and released in Malaysia for protesting against a rare earths processing plant. What are rare earths? Why are they dangerous? Crikey intern Rachel Clayton has the answers.

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Songs, impromptu dancing and the Dear Leader: life inside North Korea

North Korea is one of the most secretive countries in the world, and Westerners sometimes envision a dystopia with armed soldiers in lockstep. But North Korea tour guide James Scullin says the reality is much different.

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Melbourne history group to host alleged war criminal

Lieutenant General Kiki Syahnakri is set to speak at a Melbourne conference on East Timor — despite a Special Crimes Unit indictment filed against him for alleged war crimes.

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East Timor elites try to muzzle media

East Timor’s authorities want to restrict the media — making a mockery of freedom of speech in the country. Jose Belo, East Timorese journalist and director of Tempo Semanal, explains.

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All aboard the gravy train as SBY visits Fiji

Outgoing Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono moved to shore up relations with Fiji this week amid growing rumblings across the Pacific about atrocities in West Papua, writes Fijian journalist Netani Rika.

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Renewable energy on the table as Plibersek visits China

A partnership with China on renewable energy could have the dual benefit of showing we do want to be friends and helping set Australia’s economy up for a future beyond the quarry and the sheep’s back.

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