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Indonesia, officially the Republic of Indonesia (Indonesian: Republik Indonesia), is a nation of islands consisting of almost 18,000 islands located in the South East Asian Archipelago. It covers the distance from Sabang in the west to Merauke to east (about 5,000 kilometres [3,100 mi]) and from the island of Miangas in the north to the islands of Rote to south (about 1,000 kilometres [620 mi]). The country respects its diversity with the motto Bhinneka Tunggal Ika or "Unity in Diversity". Jakarta, the nation's capital city, is located on island of Java, which is one of the five most populous islands in the nation, along with Sumatra, Kalimantan (Borneo), Sulawesi and New Guinea, and the most populous island in the world.

Europeans first started visiting the archipelago in the Sixteenth Century. For example the famous British circumnavigator, Sir Francis Drake arrived in Ternate in the Moluccas Islands in November 1579. Spanish, Portuguese, Dutch and British continued to arrive over the next century. Later, these countries demanded more than spices and began colonising the archipelago. The Dutch ruled the area for more than 300 years and, in 1942, the Japanese arrived in Indonesia and ruled for three years. Indonesia declared its independence on 17 August 1945. It is the world's fourth most populous country and the most populous Muslim-majority nation, with more than 250 million citizens.

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Fuad Muhammad Syafruddin, best known by his pen name Udin, was an Indonesian journalist who was murdered in 1996. A reporter at the Yogyakarta, Java, daily newspaper Bernas, he published articles on corruption in the Bantul Regency in the months before his death. On 13 August, he was attacked at his house by two unidentified assailants with a metal rod. He died three days later without regaining consciousness. His murder became a national cause célèbre. Several independent inquiries concluded that local government officials had been involved. However, the Bantul police, who early on discounted a political motive, arrested a local driver for the murder, alleging a motive of jealousy. Sumaji was later acquitted after the prosecution withdrew its case owing to a lack of evidence. The police in turn were successfully sued for their mishandling of the case and deliberate destruction of evidence. The murder has never been solved, and is expected to be unprosecutable after 2014 due to Indonesia's 18-year statute of limitations on murder. (Read more...)

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Christine Hakim (born 1956) is an Indonesian actress and film producer. Born in Jambi and raised in Yogyakarta, she was discovered by Teguh Karya and starred in his 1973 movie Cinta Pertama together with Slamet Rahardjo. She won a Citra Award at the Indonesian Film Festival, the country's equivalent to the Academy Awards, for the role. She continued acting, including a role as the Acehnese guerrilla Cut Nyak Dhien in the film of the same name, which won the 1989 Cannes Film Festival award for Best International Film. Hakim made her first film as a producer in 1998, with Garin Nugroho's Daun di Atas Bantal; she has since produced several other films. In her personal life she is an activist for education and autism; in 2008 she was selected as a goodwill ambassador to UNESCO, focusing on educational issues. During her career Hakim has won numerous awards, including six Citra Awards and a lifetime achievement award at the Cinemanila International Film Festival. (Read more...)

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