Mass tourism has taken a toll on one of Indonesia's popular islands, home to the leathery komodo dragons, the world's largest living lizard species. To allow the nature to regenerate, the government wants to stop tourists from visiting the island.
The governor of East Nusa Tenggara province, home to the world's biggest lizard, has proposed charging visitors $500 to see the endangered species, about 50 times the current entrance fee for the Komodo National Park.
A Russian tourist with a drugged orangutan in his suitcase has been arrested at Bali's international airport. If convicted, the man faces jail time and fines. Only 100,000 of the protected species remain worldwide.
The Komodo dragon has powerful venom that helps make it the top predator on the few Indonesian islands it inhabits. But it also likes to play and its blood could help develop new antibiotics.
The recent attack on construction workers in Papua has raised questions about Indonesian President Joko Widodo's strategy in the volatile region. The Papuan demand for autonomy is getting louder.
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