JAKARTA, Indonesia — An court ruled on Thursday that President Joko Widodo and six other top officials had neglected to fulfill citizens’ rights to clean air and ordered them to improve the poor air quality in Jakarta, the capital. The Central Jakarta District Court panel voted 3 to 0 inContinue Reading

Even before Documenta opened on Saturday in Kassel, Germany, the renowned contemporary art exhibition had roiled with controversy over the inclusion of artists who have criticized Israel. Now, just four days into the 100-day show, which runs through Sept. 16, its organizers said on Tuesday that they would remove aContinue Reading

His father taught him to draw, placing a toy next to the window to show how sunlight lent it highlights and shadows. When he was 14, he had a cartoon published in a national newspaper: a sketch poking gentle fun at Indonesia’s military, featuring goofy soldiers who might have beenContinue Reading

Halting deforestation was one of the major commitments to come out of the international climate talks last year in Glasgow, but there was scant evidence of progress in 2021, according to a report released Thursday. The annual report by the World Resources Institute, a research group based in Washington, D.C.,Continue Reading

Indonesia reopened the island of Bali to fully vaccinated tourists from 19 countries in October. But only two foreign nationals arrived that month — both by sea — and its airport is not yet receiving international flights. Bali, one of the world’s most popular destinations, is among several tourism hotContinue Reading

Searing ash towered in the sky over the Indonesian island of Java on Saturday after the Semeru volcano erupted, killing at least 13 people and injuring dozens of others. Indah Amperawati Masdar, the deputy head of East Java’s Lumajang District, near Mount Semeru, said in a news conference on SaturdayContinue Reading

BIAK, Indonesia — On a remote coral island in Indonesia, a history lover who keeps a collection of old bombs in his living room scours the jungle for war relics — and sometimes finds human bones, too. “People call me Dog Tag Man,” said Alberth Wakum, who hopes one dayContinue Reading

BIAK, Indonesia — For 15 generations, members of the Abrauw clan have lived much like their ancestors. They farm with wooden plows in patches of the rainforest, gather medicinal plants and set traps to catch snakes and wild boar. The land they occupy on Biak island is everything to them:Continue Reading

It was a homecoming of sorts when Heather L. Mack arrived at O’Hare International Airport in Chicago on Wednesday after having served more than six years in an Indonesian prison after the discovery of her mother’s body stuffed in a suitcase at a Bali resort. Ms. Mack, 26, was promptlyContinue Reading

While fully vaccinated Americans can fly to hundreds of cities and towns across the country and 27 European capitals, border rules across Asia remain far stricter than in any other region in the world. Governments in Asia have promised to reopen their borders because of the improved Covid situation andContinue Reading