Indonesia, Australia sign new security agreement

By Thu, Aug 28, 2014 6:17PM UTC Indonesia's President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, right, greets Australia Foreign Minister Julie Bishop during a meeting in Bali, Indonesia, Thursday. Pic: AP.

BALI, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesia and Australia have signed a new security agreement to mend ties damaged last year by spying allegations.

How Asia has outpaced Latin America on education reform

By Thu, Aug 28, 2014 1:02PM UTC Images from AP.

While Asia may have its detractors when it comes to issues like human rights and democratic freedoms, one area where it excels is education. Asian – and especially east Asian – universities are increasingly appearing at the top of the major rankings and Asian students swept the boards in the most recent round of PISA tests, all while keeping education spending at sustainable levels.

4 Indonesians in international school rape case retract confessions

By Thu, Aug 28, 2014 9:37AM UTC

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Four janitors charged with raping a kindergartner at a prestigious international school in Indonesia have retracted their confessions, saying they were tortured by police during questioning. They made the retractions at a hearing Wednesday, the second day of a closed-door trial of five janitors at the

Indonesia, Australia disagree on name of new accord

By Wed, Aug 27, 2014 6:17PM UTC Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop, left, talks with her Indonesian counterpart Marty Natalegawa after a meeting in Jakarta last year. Pic: AP.

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia and Indonesia have settled their disagreement over what to call their latest agreement. A rift between the countries was sparked last November by accusations that Australians tapped the cellphones of the Indonesian president, his wife and eight Indonesian ministers and officials in 2009.

Indonesia janitor goes on trial in international school rape case

By Tue, Aug 26, 2014 6:58PM UTC

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — The first of five janitors went on trial in Indonesia’s capital on charges he raped a kindergartner in a bathroom at a prestigious international school facing a storm of controversy following allegations of more abuse. The custodians contracted to work at Jakarta International School were arrested

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