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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

Indonesia submits formal bid to host the 2032 Olympics

Feb 19, 2019 - 5:35 PM

President Joko Widodo formally solidifies Indonesia's interest in hosting the 2032 event after a successful 2018 Asian Games

HISTORIC. If successful, Indonesia would be the fourth Asian Olympics host after Japan, South Korea and China. Screenshots from 2018 Asian Games media center livestream

Valentine's Day not feeling the love in Indonesia

Feb 14, 2019 - 8:49 PM

Some students in Surabaya say that the chocolates-and-flowers celebration promotes Western decadence and casual sex

A group of Indonesian Muslim students take part in an anti-Valentine's Day rally in Surabaya on February 14, 2019. - Anti-Valentine's Day rallies are not uncommon in Indonesia with some conservative Islamic groups denouncing the day as un-Islamic, promotes promiscuity, casual sex and consumption of alcohol while other groups described the day as foreign cultural influence. (Photo by Juni Kriswanto / 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

Indonesian Islamic State militant killed in Syria – police

Feb 13, 2019 - 10:14 PM

Abu Walid featured in a number of online recruitment videos for the extremist group, including the first Indonesian-language video appealing for Indonesian militants to fight for ISIS in the Philippines if they could not reach Syria

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

BI lawyers seek deportation of taho-throwing foreign student | Midday wRap

Feb 12, 2019 - 2:04 PM

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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

IN PHOTOS: No man's land

Feb 03, 2019 - 5:50 PM

Palm oil is a multibillion-dollar industry for Indonesia. But the people responsible for its production are not the ones reaping the riches.

BEARING THE BRUNT. Palm oil workers transfering the fruits into another truck.

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

Facebook downs hundreds of accounts, groups linked to Indonesian syndicate

Feb 01, 2019 - 4:59 PM

Facebook takes down 207 Facebook Pages, 800 Facebook accounts, 546 Facebook Groups, and 208 Instagram accounts linked to the Saracen Group

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

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)

LOOK: Catriona Gray flies to Indonesia for commercial shoot

Jan 22, 2019 - 8:00 PM

Catriona is now in Indonesia to shoot a commercial for You.C1000 Vitamin

Amputee Sumatran tiger gives birth to cubs

Jan 22, 2019 - 6:36 PM

Sumatran tiger births are rare and the species is considered critically endangered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature

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

Rescuers search for survivors in deadly Indonesian landslide

Jan 01, 2019 - 1:40 PM

5 people are reported dead, while at least 38 are missing after the landslide

LANDSLIDE. This handout picture taken and released by Indonesia's Badan Nasional Penanggulangan Bencana (BNPB), the accident mitigation agency, on January 1, 2019 shows rescue workers searching for survivors after a landslide triggered by heavy rain hit Sukabumi, West Java province.ficial said on January 1, 2019. Photo from Handout / Badan Nasional Penanggulangan Bencana / AFP

IN PHOTOS: World welcomes 2019 with fireworks and festivities

Jan 01, 2019 - 10:29 AM

Here's how the world celebrates the new year

UNITED KINGDOM. Fireworks explode around the London Eye during New Year's celebrations in central London just after midnight on January 1, 2019. Photo by Adrian Dennis/AFP

Agung volcano in Bali spews ash in fresh eruption

Dec 30, 2018 - 5:06 PM

Residents and tourists are advised to stay out of the danger zone or within the four-kilometer radius from the crater

MOUNT AGUNG. A file photo of Mount Agung volcano (in background), taken from Kubu in the Karangasem Regency on Indonesia's resort island of Bali on November 29, 2017. Photo by Sonny Tumbelaka/AFP PHOTO

Indonesian tsunami volcano lost two-thirds of its height

Dec 29, 2018 - 3:45 PM

The Indonesian volcanology agency estimates the volcano lost between 150 and 180 million cubic metres of material as massive amounts of rock and ash have been slowly sliding into the sea following a series of eruptions

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

Indonesia tsunami raises fears for endangered Javan rhino

Dec 28, 2018 - 8:13 PM

Conservationists continue to find another habitat for the critically endangered Javan rhinos which are now believed to have less than 70 living species

CRITICALLY ENDANGERED. Javan rhinos are shy creatures whose folds of loose skin give the appearance of wearing armour plating. Photo from Shutterstock

Indonesia trims tsunami death toll, hikes injury tally

Dec 28, 2018 - 6:54 PM

In the recent tally, authorities count 426 people dead while thousands remain injured and homeless a week after the deadly tsunami struck the coasts of Indonesia

MORE MISSING. Rescuers and residents look for survivors along the coast in South Lampung on South Sumatra on December 23, 2018, after the area was hit by a tsunami on December 22 following an eruption of the Anak Krakatoa volcano. File Photo by Ferdi Awed/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

Photos, DNA tests as Indonesians search for lost relatives

Dec 26, 2018 - 10:16 PM

Survivors queue up showing photos of their loved ones on mobile phones to officials who carry out the grisly task of checking them against bodies in the morgue

Indonesia rescuers scramble to reach isolated tsunami-struck towns

Dec 26, 2018 - 11:07 AM

Hundreds of residents are still stranded on tiny islands in the Sunda Strait

Prayers, fear in tsunami-struck Indonesian towns as toll tops 400

Dec 25, 2018 - 8:44 PM

Many evacuees are too afraid to go home after experts warn more deadly waves could slam the stricken region

'Run to the hills': Tsunami fears spark chaos in Indonesia town

Dec 25, 2018 - 8:29 PM

A desperate exodus underlines the level of fear along Indonesia's gutted coastline after the volcano-triggered tsunami struck without warning, killing over 400 people

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Dec 25, 2018 - 7:51 PM

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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

Sick, hungry Indonesia tsunami survivors cram shelters

Dec 25, 2018 - 12:20 PM

Fears about a public health crisis come as the death toll from the tsunami rose to nearly 400

SURVIVORS. Tsunami survivors collect donated clothing at a help center in Citangkil village in Sumur, Pandeglang, Banten province on December 25, 2018, 3 days after a tsunami. Photo by AFP

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

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Dec 24, 2018 - 1:26 PM

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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

Philippines condoles with Indonesia after deadly tsunami

Dec 23, 2018 - 2:44 PM

No Filipino is reported killed or injured in the Indonesia tsunami, says the Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs

INDONESIA TSUNAMI. Bodies of victims recovered along Carita beach are placed in body bags on December 23, 2018, after the area was hit by a tsunami on December 22, 2018, following an eruption of the Anak Krakatoa volcano. Photo by Semi/AFP

The Jordan Effect

Dec 23, 2018 - 11:39 AM

The Philippines records its best finish in 16 years in the Asian Games with Filipino-American NBA player Jordan Clarkson leading the way

CUT ABOVE THE REST. Jordan Clarkson lives up to the billing as a member of the Philippine team.. Photo by Adrian Portugal/Rappler


Roller-coaster Asiad buildup

Dec 23, 2018 - 11:28 AM

Surprising twists and turns mark the Philippines' preparation for the 2018 Asian Games

FULL OF CHALLENGES. The Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas sure had a crazy 2018. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler


281 dead as volcano-triggered tsunami hits Indonesia

Dec 23, 2018 - 8:39 AM

(6th UPDATE) The tsunami is triggered by the eruption of Anak Krakatoa, giving authorities no time to warn residents of the threat

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

Alab survives CLS Indonesia in rematch for 2nd straight win

Dec 16, 2018 - 11:01 PM

Needing an extra period this time, Alab Pilipinas leans on Renaldo Balkman to dispose of CLS Knights Indonesia in the Asean Basketball League

MONSTER DOUBLE-DOUBLE. Renaldo Balkman drops a huge double-double of 36 points and 12 rebounds to power Alab Pilipinas to back-to-back wins. Photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler

Magnitude 6.1 earthquake rocks Indonesia's Papua

Dec 16, 2018 - 7:39 PM

Officials are still assessing the impact of the earthquake

Alab Pilipinas destroys CLS by 27 to start ABL title defense

Dec 09, 2018 - 10:04 PM

Imports Renaldo Balkman and PJ Ramos team up as Alab Pilipinas overwhelms the visiting Indonesian squad

Photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler

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

Indonesia hunts suspects in alleged Papua mass killing

Dec 05, 2018 - 5:54 PM

Indonesian soldiers are hunting for rebels suspected of killing as many as 24 construction workers in restive Papua province

An Indonesian military ambulance evacuates the body of a soldier in Wamena, Papua province on December 5, 2018, who was killed after coming under rebel gunfire while investigating reports that construction workers had been shot dead by separatist rebels in Nduga. Indonesian soldiers hunted on December 5 for rebels suspected of killing as many as 24 construction workers in restive Papua province, as an eyewitness account supplied by the military described a grisly mass execution. Joseph SITUMORANG / AFP