It was a long way to come to say that nothing was about to happen.
Indonesian president-elect Joko Widodo sits composed on his last afternoon in the Jakarta governor's office as the noise of angry ranting drifts in from the street outside.
Joko Widodo, who on Monday tomorrow will be inaugurated as Indonesia's second directly elected president, will quickly move to salve the festering grievances of West Papua.
Immigration Minister Scott Morrison has hailed Australia's hardline asylum seeker policy as a blessing for incoming Indonesian President Joko Widodo and his nation.
Pro-democracy protesters have rallied to reclaim protest sites the police had earlier cleared.
The depth of the fears about Ebola spreading to the US have been encapsulated in a picture of a woman wearing a home-made Hazmat suit at the airport.
The good citizens of Baghdad insist that all is normal, as a force that terrifies the world closes in.
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Hong Kong police moved in on a pro-democracy protest site in the gritty district of Mong Kok in a swift dawn raid on Friday, clearing barricades and tents which had snarled traffic for almost three weeks.
Australians are some of the world's great travellers, but when it comes to our near neighbour, Indonesia, we are a sadly predictable bunch.