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Indonesia's new capital to be decided this year – minister

May 15, 2019 - 8:11 PM

'So we hope in 2024 the new capital is ready to be the new government center,' says urban planning minister Bambang Brodjonegoro

JAKARTA. The morning sun rises past buildings and haze over the Jakarta city skyline on August 17, 2018. File photo by Bay Ismoyo/AFP

Indonesia's Mt. Sinabung spews massive smoke-and-ash column

May 07, 2019 - 3:32 PM

Mount Sinabung on Sumatra island spews the thick plume after activity picked up in recent days

ERUPTION. This handout picture taken and released by Indonesia's Badan Nasional Penanggulangan Bencana (BNPB), the accident mitigation agency, on May 7, 2019 shows Mount Sinabung volcano spewing thick volcanic ash, as seen from Karo. Handout photo by BNBP/AFP

Shared meals and torch-lit parades: Indonesia Muslims welcome Ramadan

May 05, 2019 - 6:36 PM

Ramadan begins on May 6, marking the start of devotees' month-long fasting from dawn to dusk

RAMADAN. An Acehnese man and child looking toward a mosque as they shop at a traditional market in Banda Aceh to welcome the holy month of Ramadan. Photo by Chaideer Mahyuddin/AFP)

Indonesia detains Vietnamese fishermen after high seas clash

Apr 29, 2019 - 9:32 PM

The clash in the South China Sea at the weekend saw Jakarta summon Vietnam's ambassador on April 29, after the navy detained a dozen Vietnamese fishermen

SOUTH CHINA SEA. This screen grab taken from handout video on April 27, 2019 and released on April 29 by the Indonesian Navy shows members of the Indonesian Navy (R) watching as a Vietnamese coast guard ship (L) approaches and apparently rams their vessel, off the coast of Borneo in the South China Sea. AFP PHOTO/INDONESIAN NAVY

Floods in Indonesia kill dozens, thousands displaced

Apr 29, 2019 - 2:53 PM

(UPDATED) Indonesia's disaster agency confirms 29 deaths and says at least 13 more people are missing in Sumatra island's Bengkulu province

A police line is placed at a damaged bridge following torrential rain in Bogor, West Java on April 28, 2019. Photo by Rangga Firmansyah/AFP

Torrential rain triggers flooding, evacuations in Indonesia's capital

Apr 26, 2019 - 3:24 PM

Heavy rain pounds the greater Jakarta area, causing the Ciliwung river to burst its banks and prompting flash flooding in at least 17 communities

EVACUATION. A rescue team evacuates a resident from a flooded neighborhood in Jakarta, on April 26, 2019, after several areas were affected by heavy rainfall. Photo by Bay Ismoyo/AFP

Indonesia's Joko Widodo on track to win presidency – pollsters

Apr 17, 2019 - 4:54 PM

Based on data collected at polling stations, Saiful Mujani Research Center, Indo Barometer, and Indikator Politik Indonesia say Widodo is holding a strong lead, although official results are not due until next month

JOKO WIDODO. Joko Widodo (L) and his spouse Iriana Widodo (R) display their inked fingers after casting their ballot at a polling center during the presidential and legislative election in Jakarta on April 17, 2019. Photo by Bay Ismoyo/AFP

Indonesia polls close as 'everyman' president battles firebrand ex-general

Apr 17, 2019 - 4:15 PM

More than 190 million voters were asked to choose between an incumbent president lauded for his infrastructure projects and a fiery nationalist with links to a brutal dictatorship

INDONESIA ELECTIONS. People cast their votes at a polling station during Indonesia's general election in Yogyakarta on April 17, 2019. Photo by Oka Hamied/AFP

Muslim-majority Indonesia votes in its biggest-ever election

Apr 17, 2019 - 11:14 AM

More than 190 million Indonesians are set to cast a ballot

A woman casts her vote at a pooling station during the presidential election in Trumon, Southern Aceh province on April 17, 2019. Indonesia kicked off one of the world's biggest one-day elections, pitting president Joko Widodo against ex-general Prabowo Subianto in a race to lead the Muslim-majority nation. CHAIDEER MAHYUDDIN / AFP

Indonesia polls bring battle over China's Belt and Road push

Apr 14, 2019 - 11:49 AM

Incumbent President Joko Widodo still pushes for Chinese investment, while his opponent Prabowo Subianto wants to review their deals with the Asian economic giant

OPPOSING VIEWS ON CHINA. Electoral opponents incumbent Indonesian President Joko Widodo (2nd from R) and Prabowo Subiano (2nd from L) 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

Indonesian police arrests 7 in 'record' human trafficking bust

Apr 10, 2019 - 7:58 AM

The alleged traffickers are suspected to have sent some 500 victims to work as domestic helpers in Morocco, 220 to Turkey, 300 more to Syria and another 200 to Saudi Arabia between 2018 and this year

RECORD BUST. Suspects face the wall during a press conference by Indonesian officials in Jakarta, on April 9, 2019, about trafficking-related offenses. Photo by Bay Ismoyo/AFP

Indonesia eyes komodo dragon island closure to thwart smuggling

Apr 04, 2019 - 4:02 PM

Thousands of tourists annually descend on the cluster of islands in the eastern part of the sprawling archipelago nation – the only place in the world where komodo dragons can be seen in their natural habitat

PROTECTED. This file photo taken on December 2, 2010 shows a Komodo dragon searching the shore area of Komodo island for prey. Photo by Romeo Gacad/AFP

Indonesian leader taps 'hologram campaigning' ahead of polls

Mar 29, 2019 - 9:45 AM

Joko Widodo, running for re-election in the world's third biggest democracy, has a tight schedule so he and his vice-presidential running mate are projecting 3-D images of themselves at some campaign rallies

Presiden-terpilih Joko 'Jokowi' Widodo. Foto oleh Romeo Gacad/AFP

Thousands of kids homeless 6 months after Indonesia quake-tsunami

Mar 28, 2019 - 7:47 AM

At least 170,000 residents from Palu and surrounding districts are still displaced and entire neighborhoods are still in ruins, despite life returning to normal in other areas of the city

SURVIVORS. File photo of children in front of a tent in Palu, Indonesia's Central Sulawesi on October 1, 2018, after an earthquake and tsunami hit the area on September 28. Photo by Jewel Samad/AFP

Traffic-choked Jakarta inaugurates mass rapid transit system

Mar 24, 2019 - 6:15 PM

The 16-kilometer line opens to the public on Monday, March 25, with tickets free during the first week

A Jakarta's Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) waits for passengers after it opened for the first time to the public on March 12, 2019. - The project, which is considered the first phase of the city's MRT line, is 16 kilometres long which stretches from the capital's landmark Hotel Indonesia roundabout in Central Jakarta to Lebak Bulus in South Jakarta. The MRT aims to reduce the current two hours travel time to just 30 minutes, the company's president director William Sabandar said. (Photo by BAY ISMOYO / AFP)

Indonesia flood death toll tops 100, dozens still missing

Mar 20, 2019 - 4:13 PM

Nearly 10,000 people have moved to shelters while at least 104 victims are confirmed to have died and 79 remain unaccounted for in the disaster's aftermath

EVACUATION. This handout picture taken and released by Indonesia's Military on March 19, 2019 shows soldiers helping residents to evacuate after the flash floods in Sentani. Handout photo by Indonesian military/AFP

Indonesia flood death toll rises to 89 with dozens missing

Mar 19, 2019 - 3:27 PM

The Indonesian government issues a 14-day state of emergency in Papua

INDONESIA FLOODING. This handout picture taken and released by Indonesia's Badan Nasional Penanggulangan Bencana (BNPB), the accident mitigation agency, on March 19, 2019 shows a flooded area in Sentani. Handout photo by BNBP/AFP

Baby reunited with dad as Indonesia flood death toll hits 79

Mar 18, 2019 - 3:53 PM

(UPDATED) The 5-month old is plucked from debris inside a house where his mother and siblings were found dead in the hard-hit town of Sentani

At least 2 dead, dozens injured after Indonesia quake

Mar 17, 2019 - 11:24 PM

Indonesian disaster official says two people died at the Tiu Kelep waterfall in Lombok Island after the earthquake, and one of them is a Malaysian

QUAKE. This handout picture taken and released by Indonesia's Badan Nasional Penanggulangan Bencana (BNPB), on March 17, 2019, shows damaged houses after quakes in Selong on the resort island of Lombok. Handout / BNBP/ AFP

Bali shuts down for 'Day of Silence'

Mar 09, 2019 - 6:28 PM

Indonesia's holiday island Bali falls quiet for the annual 'Day of Silence' festival, halting flights, internet and closing tourist attractions to allow time for meditation and introspection

Balinese women perform during the Ogoh-Ogoh effigy parade ahead of the "Day of Silence" in Denpasar on Indonesia's resort island of Bali on March 6, 2019. The predominantly Hindu island of Bali in Indonesia, the world's largest Muslim-populated nation, will celebrate the "Day of Silence", locally known as Nyepi, on March 7. Sonny TUMBELAKA / AFP

Indonesia ends mine collapse search as death toll reaches 27

Mar 07, 2019 - 3:38 PM

Rescuers are forced to stop using excavators as ground conditions deteriorated

ENDING THE SEARCH. This handout picture from Indonesia's Badan Nasional Penanggulangan Bencana released on February 27, shows rescuers preparing to enter in a collapsed illegal gold mine in the Bolaang Mongondow region of North Sulawesi. Photo by BNBP/AFP

Facebook to restrict foreign political adverts ahead of Indonesia poll

Mar 05, 2019 - 2:42 PM

The world's biggest social network is temporarily restricting any paid material from advertisers based outside Indonesia that relates to politicians, parties or attempts to encourage voter suppression

Up to 100 still feared trapped in Indonesia mine

Mar 04, 2019 - 3:54 PM

While authorities say the search and rescue effort would continue for another week, they make no mention of continuing efforts to get food and water to any possible survivors

RESCUE OPERATIONS. This handout picture taken and released on March 4, 2019 by Indonesia's Badan Nasional Penanggulangan Bencana (BNPB), the country's disaster mitigation agency, shows rescuers continuing operationt in an attempt to reach trapped miners after the February 26 landslide at an illegal gold mine in the Bolaang Mongondow region of North Sulawesi. Handout photo by BNPB/AFP

Indonesia, Australia sign long-awaited trade deal

Mar 04, 2019 - 1:55 PM

Indonesian trade minister Enggartiasto Lukita and his Australian counterpart Simon Birmingham wrap up the multi-billion-dollar agreement in Jakarta, some 9 years after negotiations first started

TRADE DEAL. Indonesian Trade Minister Enggartiasto Lukita (R) and his Australian couterpart Simon Birmingham (L) hold documents after signing a trade deal in Jakarta on March 4, 2019. Photo by Adek Berry/AFP

8 dead in Indonesia mine collapse as excavator digs for survivors

Feb 28, 2019 - 11:16 PM

(UPDATED) Three days after the Tuesday night collapse, authorities opt to use an excavator to haul away debris, as they try to get food and water to the miners believed to still be alive

MORE DEATHS. This handout picture from Indonesia's Badan Nasional Penanggulangan Bencana, the accident mitigation agency, taken and released on February 27, 2019 shows rescuers preparing to enter in a collapsed illegal gold mine in the Bolaang Mongondow region of North Sulawesi. AFP PHOTO / BADAN NASIONAL PENANGGULANGAN BENCANA (BNBP)

Dozens buried in Indonesia gold mine collapse

Feb 27, 2019 - 2:56 PM

(UPDATED) Four people have been found dead while 19 others are pulled from the rubble alive with minor and serious injuries, according to officials

DISASTER. This handout picture from Indonesia's Badan Nasional Penanggulangan Bencana (BNPB), the accident mitigation agency, taken and released on February 27, 2019 shows rescuers carrying a survivor from an illegal gold mine collapse in the Bolaang Mongondow region of North Sulawesi.  Handout/Badan Nasional Penanggulangan Bencana BNBP/AFP

Smashing away anger at Indonesia's 'Temper Clinic'

Feb 23, 2019 - 11:27 PM

Young Indonesians unleash their pent-up rage at the Temper Clinic, which also lets clients bust up old televisions and printers for a slightly higher price

ANGER ISSUES. This picture taken on January 26, 2019 shows Genta Kalbu Tanjung (left), a 20-year-old student, posing with her two friends after a session at the Temper Clinic in Jakarta. Photo by Goh Chai Hin/AFP

Hundreds of students flee violence in Indonesia's Papua

Feb 20, 2019 - 3:07 PM

Subsequent clashes prompt the Nduga district government to evacuate more than 400 students to the neighboring Jayawijaya district

VIOLENCE IN PAPUA. Indonesian police officers and airport officials push a stretcher with a survivor after they arrived in Timika, Papua province on December 6, 2018. File photo by Joseph Situmorang/AFP

Saudi crown prince to visit Indonesia next week

Feb 14, 2019 - 2:12 PM

Prince Mohammed bin Salman's two-day visit to Indonesia kicks off Monday, February 18

VISITING INDONESIA. A handout picture provided by the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) on December 18, 2018 shows Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman attending the 2019 budget meeting in Riyadh. Photo by Saudi Press Agency/AFP

Scales of justice: Indonesia police probe snake interrogation

Feb 11, 2019 - 7:39 PM

Shocking viral footage emerges online showing an alleged pickpocket screaming hysterically as another officer shouts abuse at a police station in restive Papua province

Strong magnitude 6.1 quake rocks western Indonesia

Feb 02, 2019 - 6:43 PM

The earthquake hit at a depth of 10 kilometers in the Mentawai island region in West Sumatra province, some 100 kilometers southeast of the town of Tuapejat and 200 kilometers south of the major port city of Padang

Indonesian cop charged over French drug suspect's jailbreak

Feb 01, 2019 - 3:06 PM

Indonesian police says the female officer – head of inmate security at the police detention center on Lombok island – received $1,000 before Felix Dorfin's jailbreak nearly two weeks ago

(FILES) This file photo taken on December 21, 2018 shows Frenchman Felix Dorfin (R) under escort after he was brought to a ceremony where Indonesian officials destroyed various drugs seized in 2018, in Mataram on the holiday island of Lombok. An Indonesian police officer has been arrested for allegedly taking a bribe to help a French drugs suspect escape from jail, authorities said Friday, as the search for the fugitive continued. Pikong / AFP

Dozens of ex-graft convicts running for office in Indonesia polls

Jan 31, 2019 - 5:23 PM

The Southeast Asian nation is riddled with corruption at all levels of society and its House of Representatives is widely viewed as one of its most graft-hit institutions

INDONESIAN POLITICS. This picture shows a banner featuring many of the political parties campaigning in the upcoming election, at the offices of the General Elections Commission (KPU) in Jakarta on January 31, 2019. Photo by Adek Berry/AFP

Indonesia floods, landslides death toll climbs to 59

Jan 25, 2019 - 12:38 PM

Lashed by the heavy rain, rivers swell, bursting their banks and inundating dozens of communities in 11 districts of southern Sulawesi. Parts of the provincial capital Makassar are also affected.

FLOODING. Indonesian soldiers evacuate flood-affected residents in Makassar on January 23, 2019. Photo by Indra Abriyanto/AFP

Jakarta ex-governor freed from prison after blasphemy sentence

Jan 24, 2019 - 1:59 PM

Basuki Tjahaja Purnama – the Indonesian capital's first non-Muslim governor in half a century and its first ethnic Chinese leader – leaves a prison outside the capital after dawn nearly two years after his conviction for blasphemy

Jakarta's Christian governor Basuki Tjahaja Purnama (C), popularly known as Ahok, speaks to his lawyers after judges delivered their sentence during the verdict in his blasphemy trial in Jakarta on May 9, 2017. - Jakarta's Christian governor was jailed for two years on May 9 after being found guilty of committing blasphemy, capping a saga seen as a test of religious tolerance in the world's most populous Muslim-majority nation. (Photo by BAY ISMOYO / POOL / AFP)

Floods, landslides kill at least 8 in Indonesia

Jan 23, 2019 - 10:40 PM

At least 4 people are missing but authorities say data is still being collected across hard-hit areas

AFTER HEAVY RAINS. This handout picture taken and released by Indonesia's Badan Nasional Penanggulangan Bencana (BNPB), the accident mitigation agency, on January 23, 2019 shows an aerial view of the flood situation in Gowa, Sulawesi. AFP PHOTO / BADAN NASIONAL PENANGGULANGAN BENCANA (BNBP)

Strong 6.1-magnitude earthquake hits off Indonesia

Jan 22, 2019 - 12:38 PM

The quake hits at a depth of 31 kilometers (19 miles) off Sumba island, some 150 kilometers west southwest of the city of Waingapu, according to the United States Geological Survey

Second black box from Lion Air crash found – Indonesian officials

Jan 14, 2019 - 12:18 PM

Haryo Satmiko, deputy head of Indonesia’s National Transportation Safety Committee (NTSC), says the box had been recovered early Monday morning, January 14

THE FIRST BLACK BOX. This picture from Indonesia media agency "detikcom" shows officials displaying part of the ill-fated Lion Air flight JT 610's black box, an FDR (flight data recorder), after it was recovered from the Java Sea in the waters off Karawang on November 1, 2018. File photo by Pradita Utama/Detikcom/AFP

Indonesia landslide death toll reaches 32 – official

Jan 07, 2019 - 1:22 PM

Rescuers who have been pulling bodies from mountains of mud call off the search with one person still unaccounted for

LANDSLIDE DEATHS. In this file photo taken on January 1, 2019, rescue workers search for survivors at the site of a landslide triggered by heavy rain in Sukabumi, West Java province. Photo by AFP

Indonesia hikes danger level for deadly tsunami volcano

Dec 27, 2018 - 12:32 PM

(2nd UPDATE) Authorities raise the crater's status to high alert, the second-highest danger warning, while aviation officials order flights to be redirected away from the area

ERUPTION. This picture taken on December 26, 2018 shows the Anak (Child) Krakatoa volcano erupting, as seen from a ship on the Sunda Straits. AFP/STR photo

Life and death choices for Indonesia tsunami victims

Dec 25, 2018 - 4:50 PM

Udin Ahok, 46, is forced to choose between saving his wife, or saving his mother or baby, in the face of a volcano-triggered tsunami in Indonesia

TSUNAMI AFTERMATH. Damage caused by a tsunami is seen in the Sumber Jaya village in Sumur, Pandeglang, Banten province on December 25, 2018, three days after a tsunami hit the west coast of Indonesia's Java island. Photo by Adek Berry/AFP

Indonesian pop group singer to bury wife killed in tsunami

Dec 25, 2018 - 2:57 PM

'How can I live without you, Dylan Sahara?' lead vocalist Riefian Fajarsyah writes on his widely followed Instagram account

GOODBYES. Only one member of Indonesian band Seventeen survived the deadly tsunami. Photo from Seventeen'€™s official Instagram

Funerals held for band members killed in Indonesian tsunami

Dec 24, 2018 - 7:53 PM

The band's frontman is the only surviving member of the group which has released a half dozen albums and commands a large fan base in Indonesia

'Everything's gone': Indonesian villagers recount tsunami horror

Dec 24, 2018 - 7:19 PM

'We're very poor and now this happens,' one of the survivors of the volcano-triggered tsunami says

Hunt for survivors as Indonesian tsunami death toll climbs to 373

Dec 24, 2018 - 5:13 PM

(UPDATED) Rescue teams use their bare hands, diggers and other heavy equipment to haul debris from the stricken area around the Sunda Strait

IN PHOTOS: Death and destruction in Indonesia

Dec 24, 2018 - 10:40 AM

A volcano-triggered tsunami leaves a trail of dead bodies after slamming without warning into beaches around Sunda Strait

Rescuers look for survivors along the coast in South Lampung on South Sumatra on December 23, 2018. Photo by Ferdi Awed/AFP

Shocking video shows tsunami rip through stage as band performs

Dec 23, 2018 - 9:15 PM

The video shows a band playing to a large crowd when the wall of water hit

Lion Air to resume search for victims of Indonesia crash

Dec 17, 2018 - 3:45 PM

Following requests from victims' families, Lion says it allocated 38 billion rupiah ($2.6 million) to hire a Dutch company to continue the search with its ship, the MPV Everest

CRASH DEBRIS. 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. File photo by Adek Berry/AFP

Magnitude 6.1 earthquake rocks Indonesia's Papua

Dec 16, 2018 - 7:39 PM

Officials are still assessing the impact of the earthquake

Indonesia military finds 16 bodies after Papua massacre

Dec 06, 2018 - 3:51 PM

(UPDATED) The confirmed deaths, believed to be of construction workers, mark the deadliest bout of violence in years to hit a region wracked by a low-level independence insurgency

SURVIVOR. Indonesian police officers and airport officials push a stretcher with a survivor after they arrived in Timika, Papua province on December 6, 2018. Photo by Joseph Situmorang/AFP