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2 Indonesian hostages freed in Philippines

Jan 20, 2018 - 8:28 PM

The two were snatched from their fishing vessel in the waters between the southern Philippines and Malaysia in November 2016

RELEASED. Two Indonesian fishermen captured in November 2016 were turned over to a former governor in Jolo. Photo by Rappler

Indonesian teen jailed for insulting president on Facebook

Jan 17, 2018 - 7:42 PM

The 18-year-old high school student is found guilty of violating the country's internet law by making defamatory and slanderous comments online. Judges also ordered him to pay 10 million rupiah ($700) in fines.

Indonesian President Joko Widodo at the opening day of the 60th Asian African Conference Commemoration in Jakarta on April 22, 2015. Photo by Panca Syurkani/aacc/Rappler

Investigators probe cause of Jakarta stock exchange walkway collapse

Jan 16, 2018 - 12:43 PM

Officials have described the collapse as an accident and not the result of an explosion

COLLAPSE ZONE. This photo received from Amailia Putri Hasniawati via WhatsApp shows people looking for victims after an internal balcony collapsed at Indonesia's stock exchange in Jakarta on January 15, 2018. Amailia Putri Hasniawati/AFP

Floor at Indonesia's stock exchange collapses, at least 75 injured

Jan 15, 2018 - 2:06 PM

(5th UPDATE) A Jakarta police spokesman says the collapse was an accident and not the result of an explosion

COLLAPSED. This photo received from Amailia Putri Hasniawati via WhatsApp shows dust still clouding the lobby after an internal balcony collapsed at Indonesia's stock exchange in Jakarta on January 15, 2018. Amailia Putri Hasniawati/AFP

Mary Jane Veloso's birthday wish: 'Hear my testimony in court'

Jan 10, 2018 - 11:42 AM

January 10 marks trafficking victim Mary Jane Veloso’s 33rd birthday - the 8th time she’s celebrating it behind bars

MARY JANE. Cesar (2L) and Celia Veloso, (L) parents of Filipina drug convict facing execution in Indonesia, hold a candle light vigil in front of Quiapo church in Manila on September 8, 2016, ahead of President Rodrigo Duterte's working visit to Indonesia. Photo by Ted Aljibe/Rappler

Newborn baby found dead on plane in Indonesia

Jan 09, 2018 - 4:42 PM

Police suspect that Hani, who had worked as a domestic helper in Abu Dhabi for four years, secretly gave birth during an Etihad flight from there to Jakarta on Saturday

Indonesia court jails men for 2 years over 'gay sex party'

Dec 18, 2017 - 4:14 PM

The group were among at least 141 men detained during a raid on a building that houses a sauna and a gym in the capital Jakarta in May

Indonesia court rejects bid to outlaw extramarital sex

Dec 14, 2017 - 1:10 PM

The unsuccessful petition would have affected unmarried heterosexuals and gay people, who cannot marry in Indonesia

Indonesia trial delayed by graft-charged speaker's 'diarrhea'

Dec 13, 2017 - 3:27 PM

The claim is just the latest in a string of maneuvers – including allegedly faking an injury in a car crash – that critics say the 62-year-old Setya Novanto has employed to dodge serious charges

ACCUSED. This picture taken on November 19, 2017 shows Parliament speaker Setya Novanto (in orange) being escorted by officials from the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) in Jakarta. Rahmat Kasuba/AFP

Indonesia vaccinates millions to halt deadly diphtheria outbreak

Dec 11, 2017 - 2:34 PM

Some 8 million children and teenagers across the Southeast Asian nation will receive the shot to prevent further spread of the disease which is caused by a bacterial infection

IMMUNIZATION. An Indonesian girl cries as she receives a vaccination shot against diphtheria at a village clinic in Jakarta on December 11, 2017. Adek Berry/AFP

Indonesia's central bank to ban bitcoin, other cryptocurrencies

Dec 08, 2017 - 3:22 PM

'Virtual currencies have weak foundation and are highly volatile – surely this [may] pose negative impacts on our economy,' Deputy Governor Sugeng of the central bank said of the prohibition.

Sumatra's receding forests pushing tigers to the brink

Dec 06, 2017 - 7:50 AM

Deforestation to make way for palm oil plantations is driving critically endangered Sumatran tigers towards extinction, researchers warn

WILD CAT. A file photo taken on March 27, 2014 shows Harfan, a male Sumatran tiger born in 2008, being presented to the public for the first time at Berlin's Tierpark zoo. John Macdougall/AFP

Flights resume as Bali's volcano-hit airport reopens

Nov 30, 2017 - 12:15 PM

The alert level on Mount Agung remains at the maximum, but a change in wind direction blew towering columns of ash and smoke away from the airport

RUMBLING. This general view shows smoke coming from Mount Agung volcano (in background), taken from Kubu in the Karangasem Regency on Indonesia's resort island of Bali on November 29, 2017. Sonny Tumbelaka/AFP

Indonesia reopens Bali airport shut by volcanic ash fears

Nov 29, 2017 - 3:32 PM

(UPDATED) The eagerly awaited decision opens up a window of hope for some of more than 120,000 tourists stranded after a spike in activity at Mount Agung grounded hundreds of flights

WAITING. Passengers gather at the Ngurah Rai International airport in Denpasar, Bali on November 28, 2017 to wait for possible flights out following Mount Agung's volcano eruption. Juni Kriswanto/AFP

Indonesia extends Bali airport closure over volcanic ash

Nov 29, 2017 - 8:01 AM

(UPDATED) Mount Agung, which looms over one of the world's top holiday spots, could produce a thunderous eruption at any moment, officials have warned

CANCELLED. A flight information board shows the list of delayed flights due to the volcano at the Ngurah Rai International airport in Denpasar, Bali on November 28, 2017 to wait for possible flights out following Mount Agung's eruption. Juni Kriswanto/AFP

Evacuation centers, hotels fill up as Bali eruption looms

Nov 28, 2017 - 3:52 PM

Stranded tourists hunt for accommodation while frightened villagers living in Mount Agung's shadow make their way to more than 200 evacuation centers as the mountain gushes smoke and ash

RUMBLING. A general view shows Mount Agung erupting seen from Kubu sub-district in Karangasem Regency on Indonesia's resort island of Bali on November 28, 2017. Sonny Tumbelaka/AFP

Ash from rumbling volcano forces Bali airport to stay shut

Nov 28, 2017 - 8:51 AM

(UPDATED) Massive columns of thick grey smoke that have been belching from Mount Agung since last week have now begun shooting more than 3 kilometers (two miles) into the sky, forcing hundreds of flights to be grounded

STRANDED. Passengers gather at the Gusti Ngurah Rai International airport in Denpasar, Bali on November 27, 2017, after flights were cancelled due to the threat of an eruption by the Mount Agung volcano. Yuda A Riyanto/AFP

Thousands flee as Bali raises volcano alert to highest level

Nov 27, 2017 - 8:10 AM

(UPDATED) Some 40,000 frightened people have fled their homes around the volcano but as many as 100,000 will likely be forced to leave, disaster agency officials say

RITUAL. Balinese Hindus take part in a ceremony, where they pray near Mount Agung in hope of preventing a volcanic eruption, in Muntig village of the Kubu sub-district in Karangasem Regency on Indonesia's resort island of Bali on November 26, 2017. Sonny Tumbelaka/AFP

Bali volcano spews smoke and ash, disrupting flights

Nov 26, 2017 - 1:12 PM

(UPDATED) At least 2,000 passengers are affected, mostly tourists from Australia

NATURE'S FURY. Mount Agung's eruption is seen next to a Balinese temple at Kubu sub-district in Karangasem Regency on Indonesia's resort island of Bali on November 26, 2017. Sonny Tumbelaka/AFP

Indonesian President Jokowi arrives in PH for ASEAN Summit

Nov 12, 2017 - 12:07 PM

It is not the first time the leader of ASEAN's largest democracy has visited the Philippines under President Rodrigo Duterte, with both having paid state visits to each other's countries

JOINT EFFORTS. Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte and Indonesian President Joko Widodo hold a meeting at Malacañang Palace in April 2017. Malacañang file photo

Armed separatists occupy villages in Indonesia's Papua – police

Nov 10, 2017 - 2:09 PM

Around 1,300 residents are being held hostage by a two-dozen strong group that authorities say is part of the Free Papua Movement (OPM)

Angry woman discovers husband's affair mid-flight, forces emergency landing

Nov 07, 2017 - 5:20 PM

As her husband slept, she used his hand to unlock his fingerprint-protected phone, revealing the alleged affair in all its sordid detail

EMERGENCY LANDING. A Qatar airways flight gets diverted over a mid-flight marital spat.

LOOK: There's a newly discovered great ape species in Indonesia

Nov 07, 2017 - 4:42 PM

'It's the first declaration of a new great ape species in about 100 years'

NEW SPECIES. A new species of orangutan has been discovered in the remote jungles of Indonesia, immediately becoming the world's most endangered great ape. AFP PHOTO / SUMATRAN ORANGUTAN CONSERVATION PROGRAMME / JAMES ASKEW

Strong earthquake of 6.3 magnitude hits eastern Indonesia

Oct 31, 2017 - 10:16 PM

The US Geological Survey (USGS) reports that the quake struck at a depth of 32.4 kilometers (20 miles) and was centered 32km west of Hila on the island of Ambon

TEMBLOR. The earthquake struck at a depth of 32.4 kilometers (20 miles) and was centered 32km west of Hila on the island of Ambon.

Indonesian factory owner named suspect over deadly fire

Oct 28, 2017 - 9:54 PM

The fireworks factory blaze is caused by sparks from welding equipment, says police

RAZED. Indonesian forensic policemen work after a fire disaster in Tangerang Kota, Banten province on October 26, 2017. Photo by Demy Sanjaya/AFP

Indonesia seizes 101 pangolins on fishing boat

Oct 28, 2017 - 12:38 PM

Pangolins – docile animals with a thick armor – are indigenous to parts of Southeast Asia and Africa and are the world's most trafficked mammal

SEIZED. Indonesian officials discover more than 100 pangolins on Tuesday, October 24, in a raid on a fishing boat off the east coast of Sumatra island. Screenshot from AFP

Indonesia fireworks factory fire leaves 23 dead, dozens injured

Oct 26, 2017 - 5:32 PM

A firefighter on the scene says the victims had been burned beyond recognition

RAZED. Indonesian forensic policemen work after a fire disaster in Tangerang Kota, Banten province on October 26, 2017. Photo by Demy Sanjaya/AFP

U.S. barred Indonesia's top general due to 'administrative error'

Oct 25, 2017 - 7:15 PM

The incident sparks a diplomatic upset, with Jakarta demanding an explanation and Washington apologizing several times through its embassy

GLITCH. Indonesian General Gatot Nurmantyo was turned away at Jakarta airport.

How the Marawi siege affected terrorism in Indonesia

Oct 24, 2017 - 9:10 PM

'The [Islamic State] narrative for Indonesians was to do hijrah in the Philippines, not commit attacks at home,' states a report by the Terrorism Research and Analysis Consortium

MARAWI SIEGE. Philippine troops in action in the battle zone, during the war against IS-linked terrorists. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

Strong 6.7 earthquake hits Indonesia, no tsunami warning

Oct 24, 2017 - 7:59 PM

The US Geological Survey says the quake hit East Nusa Tenggara province about 318 kilometers northwest of the provincial capital Kupang at a depth of 549 kilometers

TEMBLOR. Strong earthquake rocks Indonesian island

Indonesia says military chief barred from U.S., seeks explanation

Oct 22, 2017 - 9:02 PM

Military spokesman Brigjen Wuryanto says the US Customs and Border Protection agency refused entry to General Gatot Nurmantyo

BARRED. Indonesian military says Commander General Gatot Nurmantyo was refused to enter United States. Antara Foto

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

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

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