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Authorities in the Philippines have seized a stunning amount of methamphetamine headed into the country from China. Police say there was more than half a ton of the drug, smuggled into warehouses in metropolitan Manila—making it the latest multi-million dollar methamphetamine bust in Asia. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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It’s been a dramatic week in Asia for the gay community. Taiwan has moved a step closer to becoming the first government in Asia to approve same-sex marriage. And about 2,400 miles away, more than a hundred people were arrested because of suspicions about their sexual orientation. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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In April, the incumbent Governor of Jakarta lost his bid for election in a campaign dominated by allegations that he had committed blasphemy against the Koran. Yesterday, he was convicted and sentenced to two years in prison. Details, from Neal Conan in today’s Pacific News Minute.

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Vice President Mike Pence is stopping in Hawai‘i as he wraps up a 10 day visit to the Asia Pacific. As part of that trip, U.S. firms signed a number of business deals—including at least one with links to Hawai‘i. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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Security will be tight as voters in Jakarta head to the polls tomorrow in an election seen as a test of Indonesia’s longstanding secular tradition. And, as we hear from Neal Conan in today’s Pacific News Minute, one candidate faces a blasphemy trial as soon as the election’s over.

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Indonesia has become the focus of a case involving local laws and gay rights. It’s gaining broader attention around the region and this week the publicity has spread around the world. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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A major rail project has run into financial trouble. There’s a controversy about funding, and actual construction of the route has been delayed. The story may sound familiar to Hawai‘i residents, but this rail line is thousands of miles from Honolulu. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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Preserving ocean coral is a priority for many scientists and others around the world, including here in Hawai‘i. One challenge is rising ocean temperatures—but another one can be certain aspects of tourism. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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The king of Saudi Arabia is in Asia this week. In fact he's traveling in the region for an entire month. He's already spent time in Malaysia and Indonesia and will later head to Japan and China. Why the extensive travels? HPR's Bill Dorman has more in today's Asia Minute.

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This was an election week in many parts of Indonesia.  Races were held for governor and mayor in about a quarter of the country’s provinces, but most of the attention was focused on the national capital. HPR’s Bill Dorman has details in today’s Asia Minute.

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The future of President Trump’s travel ban from seven predominantly Muslim countries remains under judicial review (this morning/this afternoon). But the country with the largest Muslim population in the world has another focus. Elections are coming—next week. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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While President-Elect Donald Trump has promised no new foreign business deals while he’s in office, projects already underway will go ahead, including two big developments in Indonesia. Now, Trump’s Indonesian business partner says he wants to run for President himself. More from Neal Conan in today’s Pacific News Minute.

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Police in Indonesia are warning about a new tactic that terrorists are using. It involves a shift in strategy and a new focus for law enforcement officials. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

The newest factor in domestic terrorism in Indonesia may be the emerging role of women.  The country’s chief of police says militant cells are now specifically recruiting women—calling that a new development.

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The Dutch and British Governments have sent protests to Indonesia after they learned that scrap metal scavengers had stolen the wrecks of naval vessels sunk during the Second World War.  The wreck of an American submarine was also salvaged. We have more from Neal Conan in the Pacific News Minute.

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Computer hacking is a topic that has touched areas from international relations to the U.S. presidential election. Now the president of Indonesia says his country has seen a dramatic spike in cybercrime. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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A recent development in Southeast Asia has sparked a national debate in the region’s largest economy. Indonesia is wrestling with questions of public health, education, and smoking. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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The state of Hawai‘i has the most ambitious renewable energy goals in the country—with a goal of using 100-percent renewable energy by the year 2045. Part of that mix is geothermal power—which is also a growing part of the energy picture in Indonesia.  HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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The concept of income inequality was a theme of Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign, and it’s getting some attention this week at the Democratic National Convention. It’s also getting some publicity in Indonesia—where it played a role this week in a government shakeup. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

Awards for bravery and public service are part of the careers of many law enforcement officials around the world. But in one Southeast Asian country, a different sort of award is making headlines. HPR’s Bill Dorman explains in today’s Asia Minute.

In many parts of the world, bribery is part of business as usual.  Sometimes that includes law enforcement officials.  But the government of Indonesia has come up with a novel concept---rewarding honesty—giving national recognition to a policeman who has refused to accept cash bribes.

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Over the last year, the issue of West Papuan independence has emerged as a major regional issue, and could soon become prominent internationally. As we hear from Neal Conan in today's Pacific News Minute, the key could be the upcoming summit, of the Melanesian Spearhead Group.

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The treatment of overseas workers in Asia is a continuing issue for many governments. Human rights groups say many are mistreated. That’s especially true for domestic workers--those employed as maids. And now the government of Indonesia is taking action. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

Indonesia wants to ban its citizens from working as live-in maids in foreign countries.

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National forecasters say Hawai‘i faces an increased chance of wildfires this summer, in part because drought conditions worsened last month. Dry conditions are also causing fire worries in Southeast Asia, but one government is taking some steps that may lead to a safer summer. HPR’s Bill Dorman has details in today’s Asia Minute.

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A two-day conference in Jakarta this week broke more than 50 years of official silence on one of the worst atrocities of the twentieth century.  Security Minister Luhut Panjaitan said Indonesia must make peace with its past, but ruled out an official apology, while a retired general called for a truth and reconciliation commission.  More from Neal Conan in the Pacific News Minute.

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A senior Indonesian official's tour through Melanesian countries has stirred up controversy after officials in Jakarta described it as an effort to suppress regional support for the independence movement in West Papua.  More on the minister's reception from Neal Conan in the Pacific News Minute.

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Big news from a part of Borneo today - Kalimantan - in the Indonesian part of Borneo – where a Sumatran rhinoceros has been found in the wild there for the first time in 40 years.

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Disputes about the regulation of ride-sharing services such as Uber and Lyft have taken place from Honolulu to Mumbai. This week in Indonesia’s capital, the issue brought rush-hour traffic to a stand-still. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

Jakarta’s traffic is not a good place to be at the best of times.  And Tuesday’s morning rush hour was definitely not the best of times.

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  Crews on the west side of Hawai‘i Island have been fighting a series of brush fires over the past two months. Dry conditions have complicated the efforts—and that’s also the case in Southeast Asia. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more on that story in today’s Asia Minute.

Indonesia’s weather patterns are not slaves to the calendar.  Rainy season and dry season can vary on the thousands of islands sprawling across the archipelago.  Dry season is already underway on parts of the island of Sumatra…and that means fires.

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Smokers who are under the age of 21 have just a couple of days left of legal tobacco puffing in Hawai‘i. On Friday, the state becomes the first in the nation to outlaw tobacco sales to anyone younger than 21. The issue of smoking among young people is also getting attention this week in Indonesia—where critics say the government is not doing enough to stop it.

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Last week, the speaker of Indonesia's parliament resigned as an ethics committee listened to a recording, where he demanded a four billion dollar payoff from an American mining company.  Money that he said, would be split with the country's president and Vice President.  Details on what's been called Indonesia's biggest corruption scandal from Neal Conan in the Pacific News Minute.

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For more than two months, we’ve been telling you about the increasing air quality problems choking Southeast Asia. This week, the situation has gotten so severe that the President of Indonesia cut short a trip to the United States and is considering declaring a state of emergency. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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