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Indonesian teen rescued after 7 weeks adrift at sea

Sep 24, 2018 - 8:56 PM

Aldi Novel Adilang goes adrift in mid-July when the he was working solo on a fishing hut anchored about 125 kilometers off Indonesia's Sulawesi island

Indonesia kicks off presidential race as currency slumps

Sep 23, 2018 - 12:45 PM

Opinion polls show Indonesian President Joko Widodo well ahead of his main challenger Prabowo Subianto

RIVALS. Presidential candidates incumbent President Joko Widodo (2R) and Prabowo (2L) gesture during the draw for 2019 presidential election at election commission office in Jakarta, on September 21, 2018, as vice president candidates Maruf Amin (R) and Sandiaga Uno (L) look on. Photo by BAy Ismoyo/AFP

Singapore ads offering Indonesian maids for sale ignites anger

Sep 19, 2018 - 4:34 PM

Singapore labor ministry vows to investigate the e-commerce site which posted the objectionable online ads

KABUT ASAP. Langit Singapura ketika terpapar kabut asap yang dikirim dari Indonesia pada tahun 2015 lalu. Foto oleh Roslan Rahman/AFP

Indonesia's quake-hit Lombok battles with malaria, 137 infected

Sep 16, 2018 - 7:04 PM

The government has taken steps to prevent the disease from spreading such as taking blood samples, distributing mosquito nets, and fogging

Strong 6.2 magnitude earthquake strikes off eastern Indonesia

Aug 28, 2018 - 4:47 PM

The offshore tremor strikes at a shallow depth of 8 kilometers (5 miles), about 100 kilometers southeast of Kupang on the Indonesian portion of Timor island, the USGS said

Indonesia drops abortion charge against teen raped by brother

Aug 27, 2018 - 8:58 PM

The Jambi High Court on Monday agrees to drop the abortion charge against the teenager following an appeal by her lawyers

Filipino, 2 others in ISIS beheading video blacklisted by U.S.

Aug 26, 2018 - 10:52 AM

A US Treasury official says the June 2016 video was 'part of a propaganda campaign to attract radicals to join militant terrorist groups in Southeast Asia'

 ISIS VIDEO. An Indonesian, Filipino, and Malaysian behead 3 Caucasians and call Muslims to fight the jihad in Syria and the Philippines (screenshot)

Indonesian earthquake death toll reaches 555

Aug 24, 2018 - 12:48 PM

Some 390,000 people remain displaced after the quakes

AFTERMATH. Residents check on their collapsed homes in the village of Sembalun on Indonesia's Lombok island on August 20, 2018 after a series of earthquakes were recorded by seismologists throughout August 19. AFP file photo

Multiple earthquakes rock Indonesia's Lombok island, 10 dead

Aug 20, 2018 - 7:48 AM

(5th UPDATE) Aid agencies vow to boost humanitarian assistance on the island as devastated residents struggled in makeshift displacement camps

NEW QUAKE. The 6.3 earthquake happens two weeks after a shallow 6.9-magnitude quake on August 5 levelled tens of thousands of homes, mosques and businesses across Lombok. File Photo from AFP/Indonesian military

Malaysia court rules North Korea assassination trial can proceed

Aug 16, 2018 - 1:41 PM

Judge Azmi Ariffin says there is sufficient evidence to support a murder charge against Siti Aisyah from Indonesia and Doan Thi Huong from Vietnam, accused of murdering Kim Jong-nam with nerve agent VX

TRIAL. Indonesian national Siti Aisyah (left) and Vietnamese national Doan Thi Huong (right) are taken to a Malaysian court where they will be tried for murder IF Kim Jong Nam. File photos from Agence France-Presse

Indonesia earthquake death toll tops 400 as more bodies recovered

Aug 13, 2018 - 5:26 PM

The total number killed in the quake is now 436, with more than 1,300 injured and nearly 353,000 displaced

EARTHQUAKE. Two residents look on as damaged houses are being destroyed by workers using an excavator after an earthquake hit the area of Gangga on August 12, 2018. Photo by Adek Berry/AFP

8 bodies found in Indonesian plane crash

Aug 12, 2018 - 2:46 PM

Papua military spokesperson Dax Sianturi says the cause of the crash has not been confirmed yet pending an investigation by the national transportation safety committee

SOLE SURVIVOR. A rescue team prepares to evacuate the sole survivor from the crash site of a Swiss-made Pilatus aircraft at Menuk mountain in Oksibil. Photo released by Papua's Cendrawasih Military Command's information unt

Plane carrying 9 people missing in eastern Indonesia

Aug 11, 2018 - 5:50 PM

Search and rescue teams have been deployed but it will take them up to 3 hours to reach the suspected crash site by foot, a police chief says

Death toll from Indonesia quake tops 380

Aug 11, 2018 - 3:44 PM

6 days after the quake hit, some evacuees have still not received assistance, particularly in the mountainous north of the island

AFTERMATH. A man walks through rubble of buildings on Gili Air island, West Nusa Tenggara on August 11, 2018, following the August 5 earthquake on the Indonesian island of Lombok. Photo by Adek Berry/AFP

Aftershocks rock Indonesia's Lombok as earthquake death toll jumps to 319

Aug 09, 2018 - 2:46 PM

(UPDATED) Survivors of the earthquake are also being shaken by hundreds of aftershocks, including a shallow 5.9-magnitude quake on Thursday, which caused people to flee evacuation shelters crying and screaming

Indonesia quake toll jumps to 164, survivors wait for aid

Aug 09, 2018 - 1:20 PM

'There are still some evacuees that have not yet been touched by aid, especially in North Lombok and West Lombok,' says national disaster agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho

HELP NEEDED. Young earthquake survivors study at an evacuation center in Lapangan Tanjung in North Lombok on West Nusa Tenggara province on August 8, 2018, 3 days after an earthquake hit the area. Photo by Sonny Tumbelaka/AFP

Indonesian shaman arrested for keeping sex slave for 15 years

Aug 08, 2018 - 5:44 PM

The 83-year-old shaman, identified as Jago, tricks the woman into believing the spirit of a young man named Amrin lives inside him. The victim was convinced Amrin was her boyfriend.

Lombok earthquake leaves 156,000 homeless as death toll hits 131

Aug 08, 2018 - 12:54 PM

(UPDATED) Around 1,477 people are severely injured, with tens of thousands of homes damaged. Authorities say the death toll of 131 is likely to rise.

BONFIRE. Displaced residents sit around a bonfire outside their temporary tents in Pemenang, northern Lombok in West Nusa Tenggara province on August 7, 2018, two days after the area was struck by an earthquake. Photo by Adek Berry/AFP

Tourist exodus from Lombok as quake toll hits 98

Aug 06, 2018 - 9:03 PM

(UPDATED) More than 20,000 people are believed to have been made homeless on Lombok island, with 236 severely injured

AFTER THE EARTHQUAKE. This handout picture taken on August 6, 2018 and released by Indonesia Water Police shows hundreds of people attempting to leave Gili Trawangan, north of neighboring Lombok island, a day after a 6.9 magnitude earthquake struck the area. Handout photo by Indonesia Water Police/AFP

Strong quake kills 14, injures scores, on Indonesia holiday island

Jul 29, 2018 - 10:58 AM

(5th UPDATE) The 6.4-magnitude quake hit tourist island Lombok in southeastern Indonesia

HOMELESS. This handout photograph taken on July 29, 2018 and released by the Nusa Tenggara Barat Disaster Mitigation Agency (BPBD) shows an Indonesian family looking at the ruins of a house following an earthquake in Lombok. Handout photo/Nusa Tenggara Barat Disaster Mitigation Agency/AFP

Search on for two dozen inmates after Indonesia prison break

Jul 23, 2018 - 5:54 PM

While 6 inmates were quickly apprehended after the Sunday escape, another 25 are still on the run from Doyo prison, an institution for drug offenders in easternmost Papua province, authorities say

Indonesian dictator's son Tommy Suharto to run for office

Jul 20, 2018 - 5:41 PM

Tommy Suharto wants to represent the eastern province of Papua, a region annexed by his father in the late 60's following a UN-backed referendum widely criticized as a sham

TOMMY SUHARTO. This file photo taken on October 28, 2014 shows Tommy Suharto, son of late Indonesian strongman Suharto, attending the 50th anniversary celebration of the Golkar Party at the Jakarta international expo pavillion. File photo by Romeo Gacad/AFP

Indonesia police kill 11 petty criminals in Asian Games crackdown

Jul 17, 2018 - 6:36 PM

Some 52 suspects have been shot after resisting arrest in the capital Jakarta since the start of July, with 11 dying of their wounds, police say

Huge drugs haul intercepted in Bali – Indonesia police

Jul 16, 2018 - 7:23 PM

Some 600,000 pseudoephedrine tablets being sent from South Korea to Australia are found during a stopover on the Indonesian resort island. The bust, which occurred in January, is announced Monday.

DRUG BUST. An Indonesian customs officer speaks to journalists during a press conference after they seized cold relief tablets that contained a key ingredient for making illicit drugs at at Ngurah Rai International Airport on Indonesia's resort island of Bali on July 16, 2018. Photo by Sonny Tumbelaka/AFP

Indonesia's Aceh whips gay couple for sharia-banned sex

Jul 13, 2018 - 7:42 PM

The two men are flogged more than 80 times each for having gay sex, which is outlawed under local Islamic law, as a jeering crowd hurls abuse at them

PUNISHMENT. A member of Indonesia's Sharia police (R) whips a man (L) accused of having gay sex during a public caning ceremony outside a mosque in Banda Aceh, capital of Aceh province on July 13, 2018. Photo by Chaideer Mahyuddin/AFP

Nearly 3 dozen dead in Indonesia ferry accident

Jul 04, 2018 - 3:01 PM

(UPDATED) Images from the scene show terrified passengers clinging to the side of the tipped over ferry, while others float in the sea awaiting help

IN MEMORY. Family members of missing victims of a capsized ferry mourn during a mass memorial service at Lake Toba in North Sumatra on July 3, 2018. Photo by Ivan Damanik/AFP

16 dead in Indonesia ferry accident – official

Jul 03, 2018 - 6:30 PM

(3rd UPDATE) Images from the latest accident shows passengers clinging to the side of the KM Lestari as it lists in waters off Sulawesi island, while other passengers float in the sea awaiting help

SINKING. This handout picture taken and released on July 3, 2018 by Indonesia's Badan Nasional Penanggulangan Bencana (BNPB), the accident mitigation agency, shows passengers clinging to the side of a ferry as it sank off the coast of Selayar island, in South Sulawesi province. Handout photo by Badan Nasional Penanggulangan Bencana/AFP

1 dead, 18 missing after migrant boat capsizes off Malaysia

Jul 02, 2018 - 8:42 PM

The boat with 44 people on board capsizes on Sunday night off the southern state of Johor as it headed for Malaysia from the Indonesian island of Batam

DEATHS AT SEA. Malaysian rescuers carry a body retrieved from the sea during a search operation on a boat carrying Indonesian immigrants capsized in Kota Tinggi, southern Malaysia on July 2, 2018. Photo by AFP

Indonesia 'anti-LGBT abuses' fuel HIV cases – Human Rights Watch

Jul 02, 2018 - 6:02 PM

Government actions are discouraging some at-risk groups from accessing prevention and treatment services, according to a new Human Rights Watch report

Bali reopens airport after volcano eruption strands thousands of tourists

Jun 29, 2018 - 9:09 AM

(UPDATED) The early morning closure has sparked the cancellation of more than 300 flights to and from the tropical paradise with nearly 27,000 passengers affected

MOUNT AGUNG. This handout picture taken on June 29, 2018 and released by Indonesia's Badan Nasional Penanggulangan Bencana (BNPB), the accident mitigation agency, shows Mount Agung erupting in eastern Bali. Handout photo by Badan Nasional Penanggulangan Bencana/AFP

Indonesian cleric sentenced to death over 2016 terror attack

Jun 22, 2018 - 2:02 PM

'[The defendant] has been proven to have committed a criminal act of terrorism,' says judge Akhmad Jaini, who also cites Aman Abdurrahman's involvement in other attacks for handing down the death penalty

GUILTY. Indonesian anti-terror police officers escort Aman Abdurrahman (C), who masterminded a 2016 gun and suicide attack in the capital Jakarta that left 4 attackers and 4 civilians dead, after hearing the judges' verdict at a South Jakarta court in Jakarta on June 22, 2018. Photo by Bay Ismoyo/AFP

Police detain captain, crew in deadly Indonesia ferry disaster

Jun 21, 2018 - 2:30 PM

(UPDATED) Official estimates list 193 people missing as of Thursday morning, June 21, raising fears that the incident could become one of Indonesia's deadliest ferry disasters

STILL MISSING. Rescue team members prepare to search for missing passengers at the Lake Toba ferry port in the province of North Sumatra on June 20, 2018, after a boat capsized on June 18. Photo by Ivan Damanik/AFP

Rappler Talk: What do the Indonesia terror attacks mean for Southeast Asia?

May 16, 2018 - 2:46 PM

Rappler speaks to Southeast Asia terrorism expert Zachary Abuza about the Surabaya bombings

Indonesia hit by another attack after deadly suicide bombings

May 16, 2018 - 12:06 PM

(3rd UPDATE) Local police say the group slammed a minivan into a gate at the station in Riau on Sumatra island and then attacked officers with samurai swords

2 families staged Indonesian suicide bombings – police

May 14, 2018 - 10:58 AM

(4th UPDATE) The spate of bombings has rocked Indonesia, with the Islamic State group claiming both the church and police station attacks

EXPLOSION. Screenshot of explosion from CCTV courtesy of Surabaya police office

Islamic State group claims deadly Indonesia church attacks

May 14, 2018 - 12:40 AM

The group claims responsibility for several recent attacks in Indonesia, most of them carried out by its affiliate Jamaah Ansharut Daulah

APARTMENT BLAST. This picture taken on May 13, 2018 shows Indonesian police and soldiers working at the site of a blast at a low-cost apartment complex in Sidoarjo, East Java just hours after a series of blasts targetting churches in the neighbouring city of Surabaya. Photo by Juni Kriswanto/AFP

Deadly Indonesia church suicide bombings committed by one family

May 13, 2018 - 11:17 PM

East Java police spokesman Frans Barung Mangera confirms the deaths of 13 people with about 40 injured in the coordinated attacks

ATTACK. Police and soldiers examine a site following attacks outside the Surabaya Centre Pentecostal Church (Surabaya Gereja Pantekosta Pusat) in Surabaya, East Java on May 13, 2018. A series of blasts, including a suicide bombing, struck churches in Indonesia on Sunday, killing at least nine people and wounding dozens in the deadliest attack for years in the world's biggest Muslim-majority country. Photo by Juni Kriswanto/AFP

6 killed, dozens hurt in Indonesia church attacks

May 13, 2018 - 11:30 AM

Three separate locations were hit by bombings around Surabaya on Sunday

Police hostage crisis at Indonesia jail ends – officials

May 10, 2018 - 9:48 PM

In the pre-dawn operation, 145 prisoners "surrendered unconditionally" and the hostage was released with no further casualties reported, said Chief Security Minister Wiranto

IT'S OVER. This handout photo released by Indonesia's National Police and taken on May 9, 2018 shows a prisoner (center) surrendering to police (in foreground) after a riot at the Mobile Police Brigade headquarters in Depok, West Java. Handout/National Police/AFP

Indonesia oil well explosion death toll climbs to 21

Apr 26, 2018 - 3:59 PM

Three dozen victims remain in hospital

EXPLOSION. An illegal oil well (R) bursts gas into the air as houses burnt down in Peureulak on April 26, 2018. Photo by Ilyas Ismail/AFP

Trouble in Paradise: Tourism surge lashes Southeast Asia's beaches

Apr 11, 2018 - 4:56 PM

Southeast Asia's once-pristine beaches are reeling from decades of unchecked tourism as governments scramble to confront trash-filled waters and environmental degradation without puncturing a key economic driver

TOURISTS. This photo taken on April 9, 2018 shows tourists in front of a row of speedboats in Maya Bay, on the southern Thai island of Koh Phi Phi. Photo by Lillian SuwanrumphaU/AFP

Magnitude 6.4 earthquake off eastern Indonesia, tsunami alert lifted

Mar 26, 2018 - 7:40 AM

The quake struck deep at some 171 kilometers (106 miles) below the earth's surface in the Banda Sea, the US Geological Survey says

Indonesia wants Australia as full ASEAN member

Mar 16, 2018 - 4:04 PM

The Australian Strategic Policy Institute has earlier argued that Canberra should aim for ASEAN membership by 2024

ASEAN. In this file photo, Indonesian President Joko Widodo inspects a guard of honor during a ceremonial reception at the Presidential Palace in New Delhi on December 12, 2016. Photo by Money Sharma/AFP

Indonesia makes criticizing politicians a crime

Mar 15, 2018 - 9:08 PM

The vaguely worded bill passes the 560-member house, but has just become official, over the objections of President Joko Widodo who refused to sign off on the controversial legislation

Martabak in Manila: Jokowi’s son to expand business in PH

Mar 13, 2018 - 5:59 PM

Markobar, which has participated in trade fairs in the Philippines, will open 'inside a mall' to offer Indonesian-style pancakes

Indonesian universities 'ban' niqab over fundamentalism fears

Mar 08, 2018 - 8:05 PM

Although niqabs are common in ultra-conservative Saudi Arabia and some other Gulf states, they're rare in secular Indonesia, where around 90% of its 260 million people have traditionally followed a moderate form of Islam

NIQAB IN INDONESIA'S SCHOOLS. This photo taken on March 7, 2018 shows a student wearing a niqab face veil outside a university in Yogyakarta. Photo by Agus Wardoyo/AFP

Waste waters: Plastic trash chokes Bali's sea

Mar 08, 2018 - 4:29 PM

An underwater video shot by British diver Rich Horner this week showing a sea overflowing with plastic and other garbage at Manta Point, a well-known diving site near Bali's main island, highlights trouble in paradise

TRASH IN THE WATER. A screenshot of Rich Horner's video showing trash in the waters of Bali. Screenshot from YouTube.

LIVE STREAM: Puteri Indonesia 2018 Traditional Costume and Talent Night

Mar 06, 2018 - 7:15 PM

Puteri Indonesia or Miss Universe Indonesia is the oldest and one of the biggest national beauty pageants in Indonesia, which selects the country's representative for Miss Universe

Indonesia blocks Tumblr blogs over porn

Mar 06, 2018 - 6:07 PM

The Indonesian government blocks Tumblr, saying the New York-based company had not replied to its February letter demanding that pornographic content be scrubbed from the platform within 48 hours

Human limbs found inside belly of Indonesia croc – police

Mar 02, 2018 - 6:46 PM

'Inside the crocodile's stomach, we found the left arm and a leg that we believe belonged to the victim,' local police chief Teddy Ristiawan says