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James Massola is south-east Asia correspondent based in Jakarta. He was previously chief political correspondent, based in Canberra. He has been a Walkley and Quills finalist on three occasions, won a Kennedy Award for outstanding foreign correspondent and is the author of The Great Cave Rescue.

Islamic State-inspired beheading shocks Indonesian village

Islamic State-inspired beheading shocks Indonesian village

A village in Central Sulawesi province has been left reeling after four churchgoers were murdered by extremists.

  • by James Massola and Karuni Rompies

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Not happy: How a 10-second smiley-face selfie can land you in jail

Not happy: How a 10-second smiley-face selfie can land you in jail

Strict anti-protest laws threaten to make Singapore the laughing stock around the world, and it's all because of one man and a smiley face.

  • by James Massola
Inside the secret mission to bring jailed Australian academic home from Iran
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Inside the secret mission to bring jailed Australian academic home from Iran

The complicated prisoner swap deal took more than six months of at-times delicate discussions to arrange.

  • by Anthony Galloway and James Massola
Thai protesters switch plans, but still target the King

Thai protesters switch plans, but still target the King

Thai protesters switched locations for their protest on Wednesday - but their targets, the King and the government of Prayut Chan-o-cha - remained the same.

  • by James Massola and Veena Thoopkrajae
'On a precipice': Thai protests target fortune of world's richest king

'On a precipice': Thai protests target fortune of world's richest king

Thai protesters plan to converge on the sprawling mansion that houses the bureau that manages the king's fortune, valued at up to $63 billion.

  • by James Massola
Joko's race to roll out emergency COVID-19 shot hits science roadblock

Joko's race to roll out emergency COVID-19 shot hits science roadblock

The President's own health experts have dashed his hopes of stemming the rising tide of coronavirus infections with a vaccine by the end of the year.

  • by James Massola and Karuni Rompies
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Protest leader 'Penguin' and the blow-up duck mascots take on the Thai king

Protest leader 'Penguin' and the blow-up duck mascots take on the Thai king

"The winds of change are blowing across the world, and I think they are blowing upon Thailand too," says Thai student activist Parit 'Penguin' Chiwarat.

  • by James Massola
Booze ban push threatens Bali's tourist future

Booze ban push threatens Bali's tourist future

The Indonesian holiday island of Bali is already struggling with a huge drop in tourism because of the pandemic. Now, a proposed ban on alcohol could deliver a hammer blow.

  • by James Massola and Amilia Rosa
New world orders: What Biden means for the rest of us

New world orders: What Biden means for the rest of us

First he has to replace Trump in the Oval Office. Then Joe Biden must deal with Xi, Putin and the Middle East. Here are the problems the next president should tackle first.

  • by Eryk Bagshaw, Bevan Shields, James Massola, Maher Mughrabi, Lia Timson, Chris Zappone and Matt Wade
NSW Health tracking down 455 New Zealand arrivals after Auckland COVID-19 case

NSW Health tracking down 455 New Zealand arrivals after Auckland COVID-19 case

The passengers who arrived since November 5 have all been sent a message with details about the Auckland venues linked to the case, and instructions to monitor for symptoms and get tested and isolate if they are unwell. 

  • by James Massola
Australia condemns sacking of Hong Kong opposition MPs

Australia condemns sacking of Hong Kong opposition MPs

Foreign Minister Marise Payne says the disqualification of four pro-democracy politicians "seriously undermines Hong Kong’s democratic processes".

  • by Eryk Bagshaw and James Massola