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Passengers cry as AirAsia flight plunges 22,000 feet mid-air

Oct 16, 2017 - 2:50 PM

Passengers say they started saying goodbye to loved ones thinking they would die, as plane heading to Bali turned back to Perth

Indonesian goalkeeper dies after mid-game collision

Oct 16, 2017 - 1:51 PM

Indonesian goalkeeper Choirul Huda collapses after an accidental collision with Brazilian teammate Ramon Rodrigues

TRAGEDY. This picture taken on October 15, 2017 shows goalkeeper Choirul Huda receiving treatment moments after a collision. AFP PHOTO / JUNI KRISWANTO

Indonesian bishop accused of having mistress resigns

Oct 12, 2017 - 7:20 PM

Ruteng bishop Hubertus Leteng will be replaced temporarily by Sylvester San, the Bali-based Bishop of Denpasar, pending a new appointment, the Vatican says

5 reasons you should attend the Ubud Writers and Readers Festival 2017

Oct 05, 2017 - 6:15 PM

The line-up is phenomenal, with fascinating speakers from both Indonesia and overseas; Ubud itself is booming; and there is a plethora of food-related events. What more could you want?

UNIQUE EXPERIENCE. A special event at last year's Ubud Writers and Readers Festival. Photo by Xenia Blair/UWRF 2016.

Indonesia traffic jam forces president to walk instead

Oct 05, 2017 - 4:05 PM

The country's traffic nightmares were aptly illustrated when President Joko Widodo had to walk more than two kilometers to attend a ceremony marking the 72nd anniversary of the Indonesian military's founding

TRAFFIC JAM. President Jokowi chooses to get out of his car and walk instead, due to a traffic jam. Screenshot from Presidential Palace video

Giant python attacks Indonesian man before being eaten

Oct 05, 2017 - 9:45 AM

An Indonesian man, who sometimes liked to eat snake, tried to catch the giant python – but it fought back and bit him on his left arm, nearly severing it from his body.

PYTHON. This handout picture shows villagers beside a 7.8 metre (25.6 foot) long python which was killed after it attacked an Indonesian man. HANDOUT / BATANG GANSAL POLICE / AFP

Healing Indonesia’s historical amnesia: Lessons from Germany

Oct 04, 2017 - 3:23 PM

The freedom enjoyed by German youth to ask critical questions and learn about the past from a variety of perspectives, became a recipe of purifying state-sponsored propaganda. This freedom is the missing element in Indonesia.

CONFRONTING HISTORY. A monument depicting the alleged rebellion of communists from 1964 and 1965. ANTARA FOTO/Septianda Perdana/aww/17.

Bali volcano evacuees outside danger zone told to go home

Sep 30, 2017 - 12:11 PM

Officials say the number of evacuees has grown too high, and only people who live within 9 kilometers of the crater should remain in temporary shelters or with friends and relatives further afield

Bali volcano belches steam, sulfur as more evacuees flee

Sep 29, 2017 - 3:33 PM

The Indonesian Center for Volcanology and Geological Hazard Mitigation says that remote satellite sensing has picked up new steam emissions and thermal areas within the crater

EVACUATION. A truck load of live stocks leaves a village at the slope of Mount Agung volcano in Karangasem, on paradise island of Bali on September 28, 2017. Photo by Bay Ismoyo/AFP

Rumbling Bali volcano triggers memories of deadly 1963 eruption

Sep 28, 2017 - 4:22 PM

Officials hope improved technology and early warnings this time mean a disaster on the scale of 1963 will be averted

DEADLY SIGHT. People look at Mount Agung in Karangasem on the Indonesian resort island of Bali on September 24, 2017. Sonny Tumbelaka/AFP

Food aid, face masks dispatched to Bali as 75,000 flee volcano

Sep 26, 2017 - 7:04 PM

Mount Agung, 75 kilometers (47 miles) from the resort hub of Kuta, has been rumbling since August and threatening to erupt for the first time since 1963 – a potential blow to the country's lucrative tourism industry

READY. A farmer moves cattle from his land in Karangasem Regency on the Indonesian resort island of Bali on September 26, 2017, as Mount Agung volcano looms in the background. Sonny Tumbelaka/AFP

Thousands flee amid fears of Bali volcanic eruption

Sep 25, 2017 - 3:44 PM

Nearly 50,000 residents have evacuated their homes amid fears of an imminent volcanic eruption on the resort island of Bali

SILENT – FOR NOW. People look at Mount Agung in Karangasem on the Indonesian resort island of Bali on September 24, 2017. Sonny Tumbelaka/AFP

Bali volcano on highest alert level, thousands flee

Sep 22, 2017 - 11:10 PM

Mount Agung, about 75 kilometers (47 miles) from the tourist hub of Kuta, has been rumbling since August and officials recommend people stay at least 9 kilometers away from the crater

EVACUATION. A boy sits behind his parents and villagers after being evacuated during the raised alert levels for the volcano on Mount Agung in Klungkung regency on the Indonesian resort island of Bali on September 22, 2017. Photo by Sonny Tumbelaka/AFP

Japanese couple found murdered in Bali – Indonesia police

Sep 12, 2017 - 9:02 PM

Investigators are looking for more than one suspect and have interviewed 42 witnesses so far ranging from family to business associates

Indigenous peoples’ ‘humane, sustainable’ ways lead to peace – Magsaysay Awardee Abdon Nababan

Sep 01, 2017 - 10:00 AM

Indonesia s Abdon Nababan asks: Where do we come from? What values what spirit can we offer our society and our earth?

Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Abdon Nababan: Defender of Indonesia's indigenous peoples

Aug 31, 2017 - 3:02 PM

This year s Ramon Magsaysay Award winner from Indonesia is a long time advocate for the rights of indigenous peoples

The librarian who changed lives in Indonesia

Aug 31, 2017 - 2:29 PM

He built a library to encourage his community to read – changing lives and futures in the process This is the story of Eko Cahyono

THE PEOPLE'S LIBRARIAN. Eko Cahyono has devoted his life to giving his community access to books. Photo by Mick Basa

Indonesia's first female would-be suicide bomber jailed

Aug 28, 2017 - 3:27 PM

Dian Yulia Novi was arrested at her boarding house with a 3 kilogram bomb encased in a pressure cooker the night before the planned attack on the presidential palace last December

VIDEO: Taste Test - Jakarta’s healthy burgers

Aug 20, 2017 - 12:27 PM

MAM’s vs Burgreens’ burger which one is more delicious?

WATCH: An elaborate wedding ritual by an Indonesian tribe

Aug 15, 2017 - 5:35 PM

One of hundreds of Indonesian indigenous tribes the Mandailing of North Sumatera have elaborate rituals surrounding their traditional wedding ceremony

TRADITION. Mandailing ceremonial elders discuss inducting the bride in a Mandailing clan. Photo by Uni Lubis/Rappler

Why Indonesians have not taken advantage of ASEAN's work abroad opportunity

Aug 14, 2017 - 5:12 PM

Indonesians fear rather than embrace Mutual Recognition Agreements which allow professionals to work in other ASEAN countries – due to lack of public understanding of its benefits and socialization to the community

ROUND THE BEND. Two of Light Rail Manila's engineers ensuring LRT1's auxiliary inverter is ready for running. Photo by Adrian Portugal/Rappler

Strong 6.4 earthquake hits Indonesia's Sumatra – USGS

Aug 13, 2017 - 11:53 AM

UPDATED The quake hit at a depth of 35 kilometers 22 miles at 10:08 am 0308 GMT 73 km west of Bengkulu according to the United States Geological Survey

No air-con use for maids? Anger over Hong Kong politician's 'inhumane' suggestion

Aug 11, 2017 - 3:31 PM

Domestic workers in Hong Kong are mostly from Indonesia and the Philippines

CALLS FOR JUSTICE. Protesters outside an employment agency in Hong Kong on March 17, 2015, following the death of Indonesian maid Elis Kurniasih, 33, after a concrete slab fell on her while sleeping on the balcony of a guesthouse run by the agency. Photo by Philippe Lopez/AFP

TASTE TEST: 5 best nasi goreng in Jakarta

Aug 08, 2017 - 4:11 PM

Which nasi goreng is the most delicious?

Indonesia to barter palm oil, coffee for Russian fighter jets

Aug 08, 2017 - 3:51 PM

The agreement comes as Russia faces sanctions from the EU and the US for alleged meddling in the US presidential election and its annexation of Ukraine s Crimea

RUSSIAN JETS. Indonesia plans to barter its top commodities with Russia, in exchange for fighter jets. JAPAN OUT AFP PHOTO / DEFENSE MINISTRY VIA JIJI PRESS

Indonesia to deport 153 Chinese for $450 million cyber scam

Aug 01, 2017 - 2:15 PM

The group based in several locations across Indonesia contacted victims pretending to be Chinese police or law officials promising to help resolve their legal cases in return for immediate cash transfers

TASTE TEST: The 5 most recommended bakso in Jakarta

Aug 01, 2017 - 11:47 AM

Which bakso is the most delicious?

Indonesian domestic workers radicalized in Hong Kong – report

Jul 26, 2017 - 3:20 PM

Rights activists and the Indonesian Muslim community in Hong Kong said they were unaware of radicals and fear that reported links with IS would breed unfair suspicion

This picture taken on December 11, 2016 shows Dian Yulia Novi, one of two former domestic workers who had allegedly volunteered to become suicide bombers in Jakarta and Bali, in Jakarta.  Indonesian women are taking on a more active role in violent extremism, with some seeking to become Islamic State (IS) group suicide bombers, a leading security think tank has warned. The growing problem was highlighted after the arrest in December of two women with links to IS allegedly planning suicide attacks in the world's most populous Muslim-majority country, according to a report from the Jakarta-based Institute for Policy Analysis of Conflict (IPAC). / AFP PHOTO / STR

Vietnam says 4 fishermen wounded by Indonesian navy

Jul 24, 2017 - 6:09 PM

The Vietnamese fishing vessel which had 6 sailors on board is fired at late Saturday according to an online report by the disaster and relief agency of Vietnam s central Binh Dinh province

WATCH: The 5 best rendang in Jakarta

Jul 22, 2017 - 7:39 PM

Rappler tries of 5 most delicious rendang in town

How pro-ISIS fighters recruited Filipino youth for Marawi siege

Jul 22, 2017 - 11:28 AM

Through messaging app Telegram and by targeting university campuses in Mindanao pro ISIS fighters successfully convince Muslim youth to join their ranks in Marawi and contribute financially to the cause

DESTRUCTION. Smoke rises after aerial bombings by Philippine Air Force planes on Islamist militant positions in Marawi, on June 6, 2017. AFP PHOTO / NOEL CELIS

Via Telegram, Western Union: How ISIS in Syria funded Marawi terrorists

Jul 21, 2017 - 7:00 PM

A report from the Institute for Policy Analysis of Conflict details how funds are transferred from the Middle East to the Philippines and how foreign fighters are recruited to join the siege

CONFLICT. A Philippine Marines armoured personnel carrier speeds away in Marawi on the southern island of Mindanao on May 30, 2017, as fighting rages on the eighth day. AFP PHOTO / TED ALJIBE

Marawi inspired, strengthened pro-ISIS fighters in region – report

Jul 21, 2017 - 11:49 AM

The Institute for Policy Analysis of Conflict says the Marawi conflict has long term repercussions for extremism in Southeast Asia including greater cooperation among extremists and more violent attacks

Ex-boyfriend, manager of Indonesian social media star dead at 22

Jul 19, 2017 - 2:54 PM

Oka Mahendra Putra the ex boyfriend and manager of Indonesian social media star Karin Awkarin Novilda died just two days before his 23rd birthday

Oka Mahendra Putra (left) with former girlfriend and Indonesian social media star Karin 'Awkarin' Novilda (right). Photo from Awkarin's Instagram account

In Indonesia, snakes are snacks but also pets, performers and masseuses

Jul 18, 2017 - 3:21 PM

Snakes are cooked and served as meals incorporated in traditional dances and used for a unique massage experience

SNAKE MASSAGE. Pythons slither around a customer's body at a spa in Jakarta. Photo by AFP

Indonesian Speaker of the House declared suspect in mega-corruption scandal

Jul 17, 2017 - 9:27 PM

Setya Novanto was declared a suspect in a major graft case involving a government project to issue new identification cards

BERTEMU TRUMP. Setya Novanto (kiri) tengah menghadiri kampanye Donald Trump (kanan) yang ketika itu masih menjadi bakal calon Presiden dari Partai Republik. Foto dari screen shoot Youtube USA Today

Indonesia restricts Telegram app over 'terrorism' content

Jul 15, 2017 - 7:48 PM

The Indonesian government has so far blocked only access to the app via computer but is preparing to impose a full ban if Telegram does not address the issue

Indonesia, Malaysia Muslims call for Starbucks boycott over LGBT stance

Jul 04, 2017 - 10:46 PM

Leaders from Muhammadiyah Indonesia s second biggest mass Muslim organization also urge the government to revoke the company s business license for its stance on lesbian gay bisexual and transgender issues

Starbucks file photo from Wikipedia

Obama calls for tolerance, unity in childhood home Indonesia

Jul 01, 2017 - 11:44 PM

Obama praises the spirit of tolerance in Indonesia saying one could see mosques temple and churches alongside each other

UNITY. Former US President Barack Obama delivers a speech during the 4th Congress of Indonesian Diaspora in Jakarta on July 1, 2017. Adek Berry/AFP

Obama visits childhood home Jakarta

Jun 30, 2017 - 10:21 PM

Indonesia s President Joko Widodo meets with Obama at the presidential palace on the outskirts of Jakarta with Obama delighting local media by greeting Widodo with apa kabar – how are you in Indonesian

OBAMA AND WIDODO. This handout picture taken and released by the Indonesian Presidential Palace on June 30, 2017 shows Indonesian President Joko Widodo (L) chatting with former US president Barack Obama on the lawn of the presidential palace in Bogor. Photo by Indonesian Presidential Palace/AFP

Missing German tourist found dead at Indonesian volcano

Jun 30, 2017 - 9:52 PM

Klaus Wolter s body is found on Thursday near a waterfall several kilometers away from where he was last seen

FOUND. Indonesian search and rescue team members carry the body of German tourist Klaus Wolter, who went missing for a week after hiking up Mount Sibayak, an active volcano in North Sumatra province, in Sibolangit on June 30, 2017.  Photo by Gatha Ginting/AFP

ASEAN countries eye fight vs terror in social media

Jun 22, 2017 - 7:55 PM

The Philippines Indonesia and Malaysia will also study a proposal to stop the flow of terrorist financing after a rare security meeting

RARE MEETING. Philippine Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano (C) delivers a joint statement after his meeting with Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi (L) and Malaysian Foreign Minister Anifah Aman (R) in Manila on June 22, 2017. Photo by Noel Celis/AFP

Indonesian singer and actress Julia Perez dies

Jun 10, 2017 - 2:46 PM

Julia Perez succumbs to cervical cancer at the age of 36

Indonesia arrests men linked to Marawi siege, Jakarta bombings

Jun 08, 2017 - 6:55 PM

One of the men is suspected of helping Indonesians travel to Mindanao to join the Maute Group in attacking Marawi City

RAID. This photograph taken on June 6, 2017 shows Indonesian police conducting a house raid in Cileunyi, Bandung, West Java province, where they arrested two suspects and seized evidence.  Photo by Timu Matahari/AFP

Regional intel: ISIS fighters in Mindanao triple PH's estimate

Jun 04, 2017 - 12:52 PM

Indonesian Defense Minister Ryamizard Ryacudu says intelligence pegs the number of ISIS fighters in the Philippines at 1 200 including 40 Indonesians a stark contrast from the Philippines 250 400 estimate

Experts, ministers: Marawi proves ISIS a threat to Southeast Asia

Jun 03, 2017 - 4:31 PM

Malaysian Defense Minister Hishammuddin Hussein says this terror threat targeting the Asia Pacific is the top security threat in the region today – even more than North Korea

ISIS? A police car carry suspected Maute group members following their arrest on June 2, 2017 while swimming the Agus River in Marawi City. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

Indonesian Muslim women engage with feminism

Jun 02, 2017 - 8:28 PM

Many Muslim women and men have fought for liberation justice and freedom but some still question if feminism and Islam are aligned

4 suspected terrorists from Indonesia wanted by Philippine police

May 31, 2017 - 6:34 PM

Indonesian police are monitoring 3 others and believes that even more may have joined the Maute Group s fight in Marawi

DICARI. Empat WNI diduga ikut bergabung dengan kelompok Maute di Marawi masuk dalam DPO kepolisian Filipina. Foto: Humas Mabes Polri

Plane overshoots runway in eastern Indonesia

May 31, 2017 - 12:14 PM

No one was hurt after the Boeing aircraft operated by domestic carrier Sriwijaya Air overshot the wet runway at the airport in Manokwari city

Indonesian Islamist leader named suspect in porn case

May 30, 2017 - 1:56 PM

Rizieq Shihab leader of notorious radical group the Islamic Defenders Front FPI is named a suspect for allegedly exchanging pornographic messages with a woman

This file photograph taken on February 28, 2017 shows Indonesian firebrand cleric Rizieq Shihab gesturing as he arrives at court to testify in the blasphemy trial of Jakarta's Christian governor Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, also known as 'Ahok', in Jakarta. Raisan al Farisi/Pool/AFP