Geopolitics

What next for defeated Prabowo?

Indonesia's Joko Widodo said Thursday his re-election as head of the world's third-biggest democracy was all but assured, calling for calm as his firebrand ex-general rival insisted he had in fact won the nation's top job.

19 April 2019
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More people are starving in Southeast Asia

In early May, Muslims across the globe will be celebrating Ramadhan. During this holy month, Muslims will abstain from a number of things from sun up to sun down, most notable of all will be any form of food or drink. 

18 April 2019
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Hot off the press

These are the top stories making the front pages of major newspapers from across Southeast Asia today.

Get up to speed with what’s happening in the fastest growing region in the world.  

Jokowi allies deliver strong performance as Gerindra moves forward

18 April 2019
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Kim sends “personal” message to Trump

North Korea's Kim Jong-un has supervised the test-firing of a new tactical weapon with a "powerful warhead", state media reported Thursday, in the first test of its kind since nuclear negotiations with Washington stalled.

The test marks a ratcheting up of tensions weeks after a summit between Kim and United States (US) President Donald Trump collapsed without agreement.

18 April 2019
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Prabowo refuses to accept defeat

Indonesia's Joko Widodo was on track to be re-elected leader of the world's third-biggest democracy as unofficial results put him in a comfortable lead over firebrand ex-general Prabowo Subianto after voting closed Wednesday across the 17,000-island archipelago.

18 April 2019
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Showdown in Indonesia

Indonesia kicked off one of the world's biggest one-day elections today, pitting president Joko Widodo against ex-general Prabowo Subianto in a race to lead the Muslim-majority nation.

17 April 2019
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Big fight in Jakarta

Tomorrow, Indonesian’s will go to the ballot box. For the first time in the country's history, the president, vice president, and members of the People's Consultative Assembly (MPR), will be elected on the same day with over 190 million eligible voters. 16 parties will be participating in the elections nationally, with four participating for the first time.

16 April 2019
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Islam and Indonesia’s election

Indonesia’s election has its heavy-metal-fan president Joko “Jokowi” Widodo – widely perceived as a moderate Muslim – in one corner and Prabowo Subianto, a former lieutenant general, in the other. This is the second time they will go head to head since 2014 when Prabowo held the support of the conservative Muslims in the country.

But something integral has changed this time around.

16 April 2019
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Halal ink: Muslim-majority Indonesia set for polls

Dipping their fingers in halal (permissible or lawful in traditional Islamic law) ink to prevent double voting, Indonesians will cast their ballots Wednesday in a bitterly contested presidential election, with the main rival to incumbent Joko Widodo already threatening to challenge the result over voter-fraud claims.

16 April 2019
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Zakir Naik: Peaceful preacher?

Zakir Naik is a controversial Muslim preacher that is currently under investigation by the Indian government for alleged acts of hate speech and money laundering. For years, the 53-year old had given talks through his channel, Peace TV.

15 April 2019
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