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Indonesia deploys F-16s to islands after maritime incident with Chinese ‘thieves’

Indonesia warned it would deploy U.S. F-16s to Natua after an incident involving Chinese vessels.

Special to WorldTribune.com Indonesia’s defense minister called China’s intruding coast guard vessels “thieves” and vowed to deploy U.S. F-16 fighter jets to the Natuna islands. “Natuna is a door, if the door is not guarded then thieves will come inside,” […]

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ISIL claims responsibility for Paris-style attack in Jakarta

Indonesian police take position and aim their weapons as they pursue suspects Getty

Special to WorldTribune.com An Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) jihadist instructed his Indonesia cells to launch a Paris-style attack in Jakarta on Jan. 14, police said. Two people were killed and 24 injured as five terrorists attacked a […]

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Reporters vs editors: Paul Morton’s story is finally told

Toronto Star correspondent Paul Morton.

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk, East-Asia-Intel.com Fights between reporters and editors are classic. Reporters don’t trust editors, and editors don’t trust reporters. That little observation is by way of commenting on what has to be about the worst reporter-editor […]

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Australian police monitored Indonesian airline pilots possibly radicalized by ISIL

Indonesian pilots Ridwan Agustin, left, and Tommy Hendratno.

Special to WorldTribune.com An Australian Federal Police (AFP) intelligence report details how the AFP was watching two Indonesian pilots who may have been radicalized by Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL). According to the report obtained by the Guardian […]

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Beijing’s hard power push seen stigmatizing nation for ‘imperial overreach’


Special to WorldTribune.com By Willy Lam, EastAsiaIntel.com The Xi Jinping administration’s aggressive power projection in the South China Sea could deal a frontal blow to Beijing’s “peripheral diplomacy,” which is supposed to improve the country’s relations with neighbors in the […]

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Indonesia offers to train Saudis in naval operations

Indonesia's KRI Bung Tomo 357

Special to WorldTribune.com ABU DHABI — The Muslim states of Indonesia and Saudi Arabia are exploring naval cooperation. Officials said Indonesia and Saudi Arabia have discussed such options as joint exercises, training and exchange of officers. “Indonesia is the world’s […]

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Iran to build $3 billion refinery in Indonesia


Special to WorldTribune.com LONDON — Iran and Indonesia have reached agreement to build an oil refinery. Industry sources said Iran would construct the refinery in Indonesia in a project headed by PT Kreasindo Resources Indonesia and the Teheran-based Nakhle Barani […]

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Asia joins world economy’s new normal as China loses its edge


John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — “Asia Pacific economic economies will see subdued growth in 2013 after last year’s sharp slowdown caused by external factors,” is the prognosis from a recent UN survey. “Economic growth in the developing countries of […]

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