Nation Prepares to Welcome Prodigal Son Obama

He will be seduced with native fare like nasi goreng, serenaded with gamelan music and showered with familial warmth, but US President Barack Obama may disappoint old friends when he visits Indonesia next week. Many had hoped the oft-delayed visit would be a sentimental homecoming for Obama but it has been pared down to the […]

Obama to Give Bali a Miss

DENPASAR US President Barack Obama will not visit Bali during his trip to Indonesia next week, an official said on Friday. Obama is due to arrive in India on Saturday and will touch down in Jakarta next Tuesday, at the start of a visit to his former homeland that has been twice delayed due to […]

President Visits Camps as Mt Merapi Rumbles

YOGYAKARTA Mount Merapi volcano spewed more deadly heat clouds on Wednesday as President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono visited some of the 50,000 evacuees in shelters. Searing gas billowed from the crater of the 2,914-metre mountain in Central Java as the president repeated scientists’ warnings that further eruptions are likely over the coming weeks. “There will be […]

SBY Cancels Netherlands Visit over Arrest Fears

JAKARTA President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono postponed on Tuesday a visit planned this week to the Netherlands, citing a human rights trial in the host country that might threaten him with arrest. Yudhoyono, known by his initials SBY, cancelled the visit more than an hour after he was supposed to leave on the three-day diplomatic trip […]