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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 INTERN | ASIA-PACIFIC | 11

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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CRIKEY INTERN | ASIA-PACIFIC | 2

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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SALLY WHYTE | ASIA-PACIFIC | 1

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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GUY RUNDLE | ASIA-PACIFIC | 6

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 INTERN | ASIA-PACIFIC | 7

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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SALLY WHYTE | ASIA-PACIFIC | 1

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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Cambodia no place for refugees — and Abbott should know it

The desperately poor, corrupt nation of Cambodia is no place for refugees. Crikey sits down with an Australian Jesuit who has made it her home to talk about what might face asylum seekers who have the misfortune of ending up there.

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In Thailand old traditions die hard

Is it possible to have a just coup? The Thais might find the cure worse than the disease, reports our anonymous stringer in Bangkok

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Mystery surrounds death of key Laos officials

China looks set to benefit from a suspicious plane crash that killed a group of Laos politicians — including a rising political star and potential PM. Crikey’s anonymous stringer reports.

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Why we must continue looking for MH370 indefinitely

Under various maritime treaties, Australia is obligated to continue the search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 regardless of cost.

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Thailand’s ‘roadmap to democracy’ filled with detours and potholes

Thailand has promised that it will return to some semblance of democracy — in 15 months’ time. Is the “roadmap to democracy” just a ploy?

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Nothing to see here: Thai army cracks down on international media

Just a handful of hacks are holding up the bar at Bangkok’s foreign press club as the junta cracks down on international broadcast media and calls in local journalists for questioning

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Follow Friday: @KevinRothrock, explaining the RuNet

If you want to know what’s happening in Russia, go straight to the source. Kevin Rothrock explains the “Wild West” of Russia’s internet.

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Inside Manus Island: asylum seekers’ mental state ‘unravelling’ in indefinite detention

Held in offshore detention centres without hope or information about when or if they will ever be released, asylum seekers are experiencing severe psychological distress, new documents reveal. Bec Zajac, Chris Shearer, Michael Roddan and Rose Iser report.

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Inside Manus Island: sexual assault allegations rife

Documents from the Manus Island detention centre show numerous reports of asylum seekers fearful of being sexually assaulted. The Citizen journalists Michael Roddan, Chris Shearer, Rose Iser and Bec Zajac report.

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