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Indonesia leader orders beefed-up security after ISIS-linked attack

Oct 11, 2019 - 5:14 PM

Security Minister Wiranto, who is knifed twice in the stomach during an official visit on Thursday, is said to be recovering after emergency surgery

ATTACK BRIEFING. Police spokesman Brigadier General Dedi Prasetyo briefs journalists in Jakarta on October 11, 2019 about the attack on Indonesia's chief security minister Wiranto.  Photo by Bay Ismoyo/AFP

Indonesian police ramp up suspect search after ISIS-linked attack

Oct 11, 2019 - 1:56 PM

The assassination attempt comes before President Joko Widodo begins his second term as leader of Indonesia, the world's biggest Muslim-majority nation

WIRANTO'S STABBING. Indonesian security block off the scene after two Indonesians stabbed the country's chief security minister Wiranto in Pandeglang, Banten province, on October 10, 2019. Photo by Ronald Siagian/AFP

Suspected ISIS radical stabs Indonesian security minister

Oct 10, 2019 - 4:19 PM

'Someone approached and attacked him. The local police chief and Pak (Mr) Wiranto were injured,' National Police spokesman Dedi Prasetyo says

WIRANTO. This file photo taken on July 27, 2016 shows then-newly appointed Indonesian Security Minister Wiranto posing for photographers prior to an inauguration ceremony at the presidential palace in Jakarta. Photo by Adek Berry/AFP

Fake news sparks panic among Indonesian earthquake victims

Oct 07, 2019 - 3:45 PM

Fears about aftershocks are aggravated by a stream of hoaxes and fake news – mostly on WhatsApp and other messaging services – warning a tsunami-generating quake was about to strike

EARTHQUAKE VICTIMS. People gather outdoors at Batu Merah village in Ambon, Indonesia's Maluku islands, following a 6.5-magnitude earthquake on September 26, 2019. Photo by Tusnita/AFP

Indonesia quake death toll rises to 30 – gov't

Sep 29, 2019 - 12:12 PM

Among the confirmed dead are 3 young children, with many people killed by falling debris in and around quake-struck Ambon City

DAMAGED. Several homes are damaged in Ambon, Indonesia's Maluku islands following a 6.5-magnitude earthquake on September 26, 2019. Photo by Handout/Badan Nasional Penanggulangan Bencana/AFP

Second Indonesian student dies in legal-reform protests

Sep 27, 2019 - 4:04 PM

The 19-year-old engineering student dies in a hospital of blunt-force injuries to his head sustained in riots that erupted in Kendari city on Sulawesi island, says the local hospital director

Student protesters and police officers pray for victims during a rally against the government's proposed legal reforms, in a room of the people's representative council (DPR) in Banda Aceh on September 27, 2019. A second Indonesian student protester has died in demonstrations against a raft of divisive legal reforms, including banning pre-marital sex and weakening the anti-graft agency, sources said, as fresh unrest was expected on September 27. CHAIDEER MAHYUDDIN / AFP

Infant among at least 20 killed in Indonesian earthquake – officials

Sep 26, 2019 - 1:20 PM

(UPDATED) Initial reports say the earthquake struck offshore, but later analysis finds it hit onshore, raising the potential for damage

EARTHQUAKE. People help an injured woman in Ambon, Indonesia's Maluku islands, on September 26, 2019, following a 6.5-magnitude earthquake on September 26, 2019.  Photo by Aisyah Putri/AFP

4 bodies recovered from crashed Indonesia cargo plane

Sep 25, 2019 - 1:38 PM

Indonesia's search and rescue agency finds the bodies near the wreckage of the crashed plane

PLANE CRASH. The widow of a pilot, whose Twin Otter aircraft went missing en route to Ilaga, grieves at the Mozes Kilangin airport in Timika, Papua province, on September 25, 2019. Photo by Sevianto Pakiding/AFP

Indonesian forest fires putting 10 million children at risk – United Nations

Sep 24, 2019 - 4:06 PM

Almost 10 million people under 18 live in the areas worst affected by fires on Indonesia's Sumatra island and the country's part of Borneo island, UNICEF says

AIR POLLUTION PROBLEMS. A child wears a facemask as a thick haze blankets the sky over Banda Aceh on September 24, 2019, caused when Indonesian farmers use illegal slash-and-burn techniques to clear land for agriculture, spewing toxic haze across Southeast Asia. Photo by Chaideer Mahyuddin/AFP

Papua unrest death toll hits 26 – Indonesian police

Sep 24, 2019 - 2:18 PM

Papua is gripped by weeks of violent protests fuelled by anger over racism, as well as fresh calls for self-rule in the impoverished territory

PROTESTS. People react as a building burns after fresh protests break out in Wamena on September 23, 2019. Photo by Vina Rumbewas/AFP

Indonesia blames 737 MAX design for Lion Air crash – report

Sep 23, 2019 - 11:06 AM

The report into the crash, which will be formally released in early November, also blames pilot error and maintenance issues for the crash, which killed 189 people in 2018

BLAMING DESIGN. This picture taken at the Tanjung Priok Jakarta port on October 30, 2018 shows two Indonesian policemen examining debris of the ill-fated Lion Air flight JT 610 in Jakarta. Photo by Adek Berry/AFP

Malaysia, Indonesia shut thousands of schools over forest fires haze

Sep 19, 2019 - 2:59 PM

The school closures affect at least 1.7 million students in Malaysia. It is not clear how many pupils were forced to stay home in neighboring Indonesia.

MALAYSIA HAZE. The Kuala Lumpur skyline, including the Petronas Twin Towers (C), is seen shrouded in haze on September 11, 2019. File photo by Mohd Rasfan/AFP

Cargo plane carrying 4 missing in eastern Indonesia

Sep 18, 2019 - 4:09 PM

The aircraft – scheduled for a 50-minute flight but which had not sent any updates after 2.5 hours – carries 3 crew members, a passenger and 1.7 tons of rice

Haze closes Malaysia schools, sparks fears for Singapore F1

Sep 18, 2019 - 2:19 PM

Illegal fires to clear land for agricultural plantations blaze out of control on Sumatra and Borneo islands. Jakarta deploys thousands of security forces and water-bombing aircraft to tackle them.

HAZE. Motorcyclists drive in Kampar, in Sumatra island's Riau province on September 16, 2019 as the city is blanketed by smoke from fires. Photo by Adek Berry/AFP

Indonesia's toxic haze affecting Borneo's orangutans – rescuers

Sep 18, 2019 - 9:08 AM

'The thick smoke does not only endanger the health of our staff... but also it affects the 355 orangutans we currently care for,' says the Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation, referring to just once center in Kalimantan

AFFECTED. File photo of a park employee holding an orangutan as it is shown to the public after several months in quarantine at Bali Safari Marine Park in Gianyar regency on August 19, 2019. Photo by Sonny Tumbelaka/AFP

Indonesia forest fires rage, stoking global warming fears

Sep 12, 2019 - 4:07 PM

Indonesia's forest fires are an annual problem but have been worsened this year by particularly dry weather, and in recent days sent toxic smog floating over Malaysia

A firefighter extinguishes a fire in a forest at Rambutan village, in Ogan Ilir, South Sumatra province, on September 11 , 2019. Malaysia has stepped up pressure on neighbouring Indonesia to tackle huge blazes tearing through its rainforests and smothering Southeast Asia in smog, as fires typically started to clear land for crops send diplomatic tensions soaring. ABDUL QODIR / AFP

Malaysia piles pressure on Indonesia over smog-belching fires

Sep 12, 2019 - 8:49 AM

An official in Sarawak state on Borneo – where air quality dropped to very unhealthy levels this week – demands Indonesia to send face masks and medical supplies to Malaysia for those affected by the pollution

HAZE. The Kuala Lumpur skyline, including the Petronas Twin Towers (centger), is seen shrouded in haze on September 11, 2019. Photo by Mohd Rasfan/AFP

Hundreds of schools shut as forest fire haze blankets Southeast Asia

Sep 10, 2019 - 5:40 PM

Massive jungle areas in Sumatra and Borneo island are ablaze as thousands of personnel battle to quell the fires, frequently started to clear land for crop plantations

SENT HOME. Indonesian schoolgirls wear facemasks as they are sent home after schools were ordered closed in Pekanbaru, Riau on September 10, 2019. Photo by Wahyudi/AFP

Indonesia starts restoring internet access in unrest-hit Papua

Sep 05, 2019 - 3:02 PM

The government says it started lifting the internet blockade in some 29 of 42 districts across Papua late on Wednesday, September 4

PAPUA PEACE. Indonesian activists gather in Surabaya on September 2, 2019, to promote peace in Indonesia's Papua region. File photo by Juni Kriswanto/AFP

Indonesia sends back hundreds of shipping containers full of waste

Sep 04, 2019 - 4:41 PM

About 250 containers seized in recent months have already been returned and authorities are inspecting more than 1,000 others, a customs official says

RETURNING TRASH. An Indonesian custom officer examine a process as they prepare to return containers full with hazardous rubbish to original countries in Batam on July 29, 2019.File photo by Sei Ratifa/AFP

Indonesia restricts foreigner travel to restive Papua region

Sep 04, 2019 - 8:19 AM

Indonesia's chief security minister Wiranto says they are limiting foreigners entering its easternmost territory – which has popular beach destinations – over safety concerns and to weed out suspected agitators

This handout picture taken and released on September 1, 2019, by the Indonesian military shows a group of Papuans, who took part in recent mass protests and currently seeking military's help to return to their homes, in Jayapura. Dozens have been arrested over rioting in the capital of Indonesia's Papua region, police said on September 1, following nearly two weeks of mass protests in the easternmost territory of the Southeast Asian archipelago. Handout / The Indonesian Military / AFP

Police in Indonesia's Papua ban 'anarchist' demonstrations after mass protests

Sep 02, 2019 - 8:17 AM

The order comes after police on Sunday, September 1, said dozens had been arrested in connection with rioting in the region's capital

PAPUA. This handout picture taken and released on September 1, 2019, by the Indonesian military shows a group of Papuans, who took part in recent mass protests and currently seeking military's help to return to their homes, in Jayapura. Handout photo by Indonesian Military/AFP

Cargo ship, crew vanish from Indonesian waters

Aug 28, 2019 - 5:12 PM

The 190-meter vessel, carrying nickel ore, is travelling from Halmahera island to Sulawesi island when it sends a distress call shortly before losing radio contact

Indonesia picks Borneo island for new capital

Aug 26, 2019 - 4:50 PM

(UPDATED) The proposed location – near the regional cities of Balikpapan and Samarinda – is an area at 'minimal' risk of natural disasters, where the government already owns some 180,000 hectares of land

Indonesia shuts internet in Papua over unrest fears

Aug 22, 2019 - 3:40 PM

Indonesia slows internet service in recent days to clamp down on hoaxes, provocative comments, and racist abuse targeting Papua's ethnic Melanesian population. It shut down service completely late Wednesday.

Indonesia's Papua hit by fresh unrest as troops deployed

Aug 21, 2019 - 3:45 PM

Jakarta calls for calm in its easternmost territory following riots triggered by the detention of dozens of Papuan students at the weekend

PAPUA UNREST. A burnt-out building is seen in Sorong on August 20, 2019, after it was set on fire by rioting demonstrators. Photo by Arman Namsa/AFP

Thousands riot in Papua, parliament building torched

Aug 19, 2019 - 2:36 PM

Monday's riots are triggered by reports authorities tear-gassed and detained some 43 Papuan university students in Surabaya on Saturday – Indonesia's independence day

RIOTS. Protesters take to the street to face off with Indonesian police in Manokwari, Papua on August 19, 2019. Photo by AFP

Sinking city: Indonesia's capital on brink of disaster

Aug 16, 2019 - 1:30 PM

Decades of uncontrolled and excessive depletion of groundwater reserves, rising sea-levels, and increasingly volatile weather patterns mean swathes of Jakarta have already started to disappear

In this picture taken on July 26, 2019 shops are submerged as seen in northern Jakarta. Indonesia's capital is being swallowed into the ground at such an alarming rate that experts warn much of it could be submerged by 2050. BAY ISMOYO / AFP

Indonesian man walking in reverse to save forests

Aug 11, 2019 - 1:08 PM

Medi Bastoni sets out on his arduous with the goal of reaching Jakarta by August 16, a day before the Southeast Asian nation's independence day anniversary

REVERSE. This handout courtesy of Medi Bastoni taken and released on August 5, 2019 shows Bastoni as he takes a selfie during a quick stop in Kendal, during his ongoing campaign to draw attention to the issue of deforestation in Indonesia.  Medi Bastoni/AFP

Swap trash for tickets on Indonesia's 'plastic bus'

Aug 09, 2019 - 12:40 PM

An hour-long bus ride with unlimited stops costs 3 large bottles, 5 medium bottles or 10 plastic cups. But they must be cleaned and cannot be squashed.

This picture taken on July 21, 2019 shows a bus conductor collecting used plastic bottles as fare payment on board a Suroboyo bus in the Indonesian city of Surabaya. - Indonesia is the world's second-biggest marine polluter behind China and has pledged to reduce plastic waste in its waters some 70 percent by 2025 by boosting recycling, raising public awareness, and curbing usage. (Photo by Juni Kriswanto / AFP) / TO GO WITH Indonesia-environment-plastic,FEATURE by Harry PEARL

5 dead, several injured after powerful quake rocks Indonesia

Aug 03, 2019 - 5:14 PM

(UPDATED) Officials say over 1,000 people who had earlier evacuated have since returned home

EVACUATION. Resident stand outside an apartment block after a strong earthquake hit the area around Jakarta on August 2, 2019. Photo by Dessy Sagita/AFP

Indonesia lifts tsunami warning after powerful quake off Java

Aug 02, 2019 - 8:50 PM

(3rd UPDATE) Panicked residents flee their homes, but there are no immediate reports of casualties following the magnitude 6.9 earthquake

EVACUATION. Resident stand outside an apartment block after a strong earthquake hit the area around Jakarta on August 2, 2019. Photo by Dessy Sagita/AFP

Indonesia's Banda Aceh whips 11 for sharia-banned romance

Aug 02, 2019 - 1:23 PM

Public whipping is a common punishment for a range of offenses in the deeply conservative region at the tip of Sumatra island, including gambling, drinking alcohol, and having gay sex or relations outside of marriage

A woman is whipped in public in Banda Aceh in Indonesia's staunchly conservative Aceh province on August 1, 2019, as punishment for being too close to the opposite sex. Six men and five women, all in their late teens and early 20s, received between eight to 32 strokes in front of a mosque in the provincial capital Banda Aceh, with dozens of spectators watched curiously. CHAIDEER MAHYUDDIN / AFP

Indonesia returns containers of waste to France, Hong Kong

Jul 30, 2019 - 1:37 PM

The containers are loaded with a combination of garbage, plastic waste and hazardous materials in violation of import rules, according to customs officials on Batam Island near Singapore

RETURNING WASTE. An Indonesian customs officer examines a process as they prepare to return containers full with hazardous waste to their original countries in Batam on July 29, 2019. Photo by Sei Ratifa/AFP

3 Indonesian fishermen rescued by Mati City locals, Philippine Coast Guard

Jul 21, 2019 - 4:24 PM

Mati Police chief Major Bembo Lopez Aying says Paulus Baeruma, Batinus Paniat, and Pente Laberu were rescued off the coast of Barangay Bobon in Mati City on July 17

SAFE. The rescued Indonesian fishermen being interviewed by authorities in Mati City. Photo courtesy of Glen Lazaro Ybañez

Indonesian leader Jokowi, rival Prabowo hold reconciliation meeting

Jul 13, 2019 - 5:24 PM

Jokowi says he initiated a meeting with his two-time presidential challenger on an MRT train because he knew Subianto had never used the new system

Indonesia's President Joko Widodo (R) speaks with former general Prabowo Subianto (L) on the newly-inaugurated Mass Railway Transport (MRT) system in Jakarta on July 13, 2019, as they meet for the first time since the April 17 general election. Defeated Indonesian presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto on July 13 declared a long-overdue congratulation to the incumbent president Joko Widodo for his re-election victory in the highly divisive political contest. SAGARA / AFP

Indonesia to send 210 tons of waste back to Australia

Jul 09, 2019 - 2:36 PM

The 8 containers seized in Surabaya city should have contained only waste paper, but authorities also find hazardous material and household trash, including plastic bottles and packaging, used diapers, electronic waste and cans

TRASH IMPORTS. An Indonesian customs officer inspects containers filled with trash originating from Australia, which should have contained only waste paper, but authorities also found hazardous material and household trash, at a port in Surabaya on July 9, 2019. Photo by Juni Kriswanto/AFP

Indonesia cancels tsunami alert after strong earthquake

Jul 07, 2019 - 11:46 PM

(4th UPDATE) The magnitude 6.9 earthquake on Sunday, July 7, prompts residents to flee to higher ground

Indonesia's famed disaster spokesman dies of cancer

Jul 07, 2019 - 11:05 PM

Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, fondly known as Pak Topo, is a public servant until the end

This photo taken on October 2, 2018 shows Indonesia's disaster agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho (R) addressing the media during a press conference in Jakarta on the latest updates following the powerful earthquake and tsunami which hit Central Sulawesi. - Indonesia's disaster agency spokesman is fighting a daily battle to update the world 24/7 on the latest developments in a deadly quake-tsunami, despite his own impending date with death from terminal cancer. (Photo by GOH Chai Hin / AFP) / TO GO WITH Indonesia-quake-tsunami-spokesman

Jakarta residents sue Indonesia government over air pollution

Jul 04, 2019 - 8:51 PM

Fed up with what they say is worsening air pollution, a group of 31 concerned residents has sued President Joko Widodo, as well as the ministry of environment and forestry, ministry of health, and Jakarta's governor

AIR POLLUTION. Jakarta has been shrouded in hazardous smog for much of the past month. File photo shows the sun rising over Jakarta, Indonesia. File photo by Bay Ismoyo/AFP

Indonesia to return 49 containers of waste to Europe, U.S.

Jul 03, 2019 - 7:29 AM

Jakarta joins a chorus of Southeast Asian nations that are increasingly unhappy about being used as dumping grounds for trash from Western countries

In this picture taken on June 19, 2019, Indonesian officials check one of the 49 containers loaded with a combination of garbage, plastic waste and hazardous materials in violation of import rules, in Batam island. Dozens of shipping containers full of waste will be returned to France and other developed countries, Indonesia said on July 2, 2019 as Southeast Asian nations increasingly reject serving as dumping grounds for international trash. Andaru / AFP

Indonesia arrests leader of Al Qaeda-linked extremist network

Jul 02, 2019 - 11:06 AM

Indonesian police say Para Wijayanto, a long-time leader of Jemaah Islamiyah, is involved in the 2002 Bali bombings

ARRESTED. Indonesian police show photographs of leader Para Wijayanto and various seized items, at a press conference in Jakarta on July 1, 2019. AFP Photo

Indonesia court rejects bid to overturn Jokowi's victory

Jun 27, 2019 - 10:32 PM

The court throws out the case lodged by ex-general Prabowo Subianto, saying he did not prove he lost the April vote because of widespread cheating and voter fraud

RIVALS. This file photo shows Indonesia's President Joko Widodo (L) and then presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto (C) walk during a peace declaration for the general election campaign at the National Monument in Jakarta on September 23, 2018. File photo by Adek Berry/AFP

Heavy security as Indonesia court set to rule on election-rigging claims

Jun 27, 2019 - 3:42 PM

The court is weighing ex-general Prabowo Subianto's claims the April poll was plagued by 'systematic, structured and massive' electoral fraud, costing him victory

PROTEST. A Muslim protester waves an Islam flag during a rally near the constitutional court in Jakarta on June 27, 2019. Photo by Bay Ismoyo/AFP

Powerful Indonesian earthquake felt in Australia

Jun 24, 2019 - 10:00 AM

(UPDATED) Indonesia's disaster agency says the tremor was felt in faraway Bali, while residents of the northern Australian city of Darwin also felt the earthquake

Children among 30 killed in Indonesia matchstick factory fire

Jun 21, 2019 - 5:21 PM

(UPDATED) Pictures from the scene show blackened corpses lying on top of each other in the burnt-out house after the blaze, which authorities say broke out early Friday afternoon.

Death toll in Indonesia ferry sinking rises to 18

Jun 18, 2019 - 3:40 PM

(UPDATED) The overloaded boat carried around 50 people when it overturned in rough seas near Madura island, East Java Police spokesman Frans Barung Mangera says

FERRY SINKING. Indonesian villagers examine victims of a ferry accident in Dungkek, East Java on June 18, 2019. Photo by Vero/AFP

12 killed in Indonesia bus crash after passenger argument

Jun 17, 2019 - 3:27 PM

Some 43 people are also injured in the multi-vehicle accident and are rushed to the hospital

Indonesia returns 5 containers of waste to the U.S.

Jun 15, 2019 - 7:07 PM

Huge quantities of waste have since been redirected to Southeast Asia, including Malaysia, Indonesia and Philippines

Indonesia steamrolls bootleg alcohol during Ramadan

May 27, 2019 - 2:32 PM

Police lay out thousands of bottles collected in raids over the past few months in the capital Jakarta and then drove a steamroller over them in a messy annual display

BOOTLEG ALCOHOL. Indonesian workers destroy bottles of liquors from the recent raids in Jakarta on May 27, 2019. Photo by Adek Berry/AFP