Sarah Chayes, a senior associate in the Democracy and Rule of Law Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, says politicians from both sides of the aisle are not taking seriously enough their duty to ensure they're not turning their government role into an opportunity to make a buck.
At least nine people were killed and many more were injured today when blasts went off in two luxury hotels in the Indonesian capital of Jakarta. Anchor Laura Lynch gets the latest from the BBC's Karishma Vaswani in Jakarta.
Rebecca Henschke reports that Indonesians are frustrated and angry over last month's terrorist attacks in the capital. They want the world to know that the terrorists who carried out the attacks do not represent the true face of their nation.
At least 1,100 people have died in the earthquake that struck the Indonesian island of Sumatra on Wednesday, UN humanitarian chief John Holmes has said. Marco Werman gets the latest from Amelia Merrick with the aid group World Vision.
Officials in the earthquake-hit city of Padang, Indonesia, have called off the search for survivors in the rubble of buildings five days after the disaster. Reporter Ann Dornfeld visited a village near Padang.
In Indonesia the conservative province of Aceh recently passed a law that imposes death by stoning on Muslim adulterers. In some places, women are banned from wearing tight pants. The BBC's Karishma Vaswani recently spent some time with the Sharia police.