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Torrential rains flood Indonesia capital

Feb 25, 2020 - 2:02 PM

There are no immediate reports of casualties after the latest deluge, but parts of the city grind to a halt as neighborhoods are swamped in muddy water, while power outages hit some districts

FLOODING. Motorists are seen trapped on a flooded toll road after heavy rain in Bekasi, West Java on February 25, 2020. Photo by Rezas/AFP

Gilas Pilipinas responds to Indonesia blowout challenge

Feb 24, 2020 - 12:07 AM

Parading 5 amateur players in its 12-man lineup, Gilas Pilipinas still manhandles Indonesia to open the FIBA Asia Cup 2021 Qualifiers

CHALLENGE ACCEPTED. Kiefer Ravena and Marc Pingris issued a challenge to the rest of Gilas Pilipinas to beat Indonesia by a big margin, and their teammates did not disappoint. Photo from

Gilas Pilipinas blasts Indonesia behind Thirdy revelation

Feb 23, 2020 - 8:59 PM

Thirdy Ravena shines the brightest in a team with 7 PBA players as Gilas Pilipinas gets off to a rousing start in the FIBA Asia Cup 2021 Qualifiers

FUTURE. Thirdy Ravena powers his way to 23 points in just his second game for Gilas Pilipinas. Photo from

Filipino shuttlers bow out in Badminton Asia quarters

Feb 14, 2020 - 9:37 PM

Top-ranked Indonesia ousts the Philippines in the men’s quarterfinals of the 2020 Badminton Asia Team Championships

GALLANTE EFFORT. Philippine bets Alvin Morada and Ariel Magnaye manage to put up a fight against their Indonesian foes. Photo release

Aussie croc wrangler joins Indonesia bid to save tire-tied reptile

Feb 14, 2020 - 5:21 PM

Matt Wright, joined by fellow Australian crocodile wrangler Chris Wilson, is working with the local conservation agency, which has struggled for years to rescue the croc

OUT TO HELP. File photo of Matt Wright, host of National Geographic's 'Monster Croc Wrangler'. From his Instagram

Indonesia says won't repatriate hundreds of ISIS recruits

Feb 12, 2020 - 2:53 PM

Indonesian president Jokowi says he was not in favor of bringing back suspected militants and their families who went to Syria and other countries to fight for the group's now crumbled caliphate

NOT ACCEPTING. Indonesia's President Joko Widodo speaks during a visit to the Australian Parliament House in Canberra on February 10, 2020. Photo by Rick Rycroft/Pool/AFP

Indonesian woman spared prison for bringing dog into mosque

Feb 06, 2020 - 3:28 PM

A Bogor court rules Suzetthe Margareth is guilty, but does not impose a prison term because she has paranoid schizophrenia

SPARED. File photo of  the Harakatul Jannah Gadog Bogor Mosque in Bogor, West Java,  Indonesia.

No takers for Indonesia's 'pluck a tire off the croc' contest

Feb 05, 2020 - 1:31 PM

A month after the wager, authorities say no would-be crocodile wrangler stepped forward to take up the challenge of removing the unwanted necklace from the 13-foot crocodile

NO HELP. This photo taken on February 2, 2020 shows a crocodile, with a motorbike tyre around its neck, by the riverbanks in Palu, Central Sulawesi province. Photo by Nanang/AFP

Indonesia offers reward for removing tire from giant croc's neck

Jan 30, 2020 - 9:55 PM

An unspecified amount of cash will go to one brave croc hunter who will come face to face with the 13-foot saltwater crocodile

This picture taken on January 22, 2020 shows a crocodile, with a motorcycle tire around its neck, sun bathing by the riverbanks, in Palu, Central Sulawesi. Indonesian authorities are offering a reward to anyone who can rescue a saltwater crocodile with a motorbike tyre wrapped around its neck -- and survive. MUHAMMAD / AFP

U.S. journalist arrested in Indonesia over alleged visa violation

Jan 22, 2020 - 11:12 PM

Borneo officials dispute claims the arrest may have been linked to Philip Jacobson's involvement in sensitive stories about Indonesia's myriad environmental and corruption woes

5 Indonesian fishermen kidnapped by Abu Sayyaf

Jan 21, 2020 - 5:12 PM

Indonesia's foreign ministry says it is working closely with Malaysian and Philippine authorities to rescue the crew, while urging other fishermen to avoid the area

INDONESIAN Indonesian fishermen push their boat after a fishing trip at Banda Aceh beach on October 22, 2018. Photo by  CHAIDEER MAHYUDDIN / AFP

China admits fishing in Indonesian-claimed waters

Jan 17, 2020 - 9:00 AM

Indonesia has protested to China over the incident

JOKOWI. This handout picture taken and released on January 8, 2020 by the Presidential Palace shows Indonesia's President Joko Widodo walking past the country's flag on a navy ship during his visit to a military base in the Natuna islands, which border the South China Sea. (Photo by Handout/Presidential Palace/AFP)

'Kadenang Ginto' gets Indonesian remake

Jan 14, 2020 - 5:13 PM

AnTV's 'Putri Mahkota' began airing on January 5

Angkas-like: Motorcycle taxis in Southeast Asia hit bumpy road toward gov’t recognition

Jan 10, 2020 - 11:00 AM

Like Angkas in the Philippines, app-based services in Indonesia, Thailand, and Malaysia want their governments to recognize motorcycles as official modes of transportation

Indonesia deploys fighter jets, warships to disputed waters in China spat

Jan 08, 2020 - 2:54 PM

The moves come after Indonesia lodges a 'strong protest' over a Chinese coast guard vessel escorting Chinese fishing boats around the islands in mid-December

This handout picture taken and released by the Indonesian Armed Forces (TNI) on January 3, 2020 shows commander of region 1 of defense territory joint command, rear admiral Yudo Margono (front L) inspecting Indonesian troops at Natuna military base in Riau islands. - Indonesia is stepping up sea and aerial patrols of islands near the disputed South China Sea, an official said on January 4, following a diplomatic spat over "trespassing" Chinese vessels. Military aircraft and three warships with some 600 navy, army and air force personnel have been deployed to waters around the Natuna islands, which border the South China Sea. (Photo by Handout / Indonesian Armed Forces (TNI) / AFP) /

Magnitude 6.2 earthquake strikes Indonesia's northwest

Jan 07, 2020 - 5:21 PM

The magnitude 6.2 quake strikes at a depth of 20 kilometers just off the coast of Simeulue island, west of Sumatra, says the US Geological Survey

'Most prolific rapist in British legal history' found guilty of 136 rapes

Jan 06, 2020 - 11:59 PM

The Crown Prosecution Service says Reynhard Sinaga is suspected of attacking 'scores' more men since he moved to Britain in 2007, calling him 'the worst-known sex offender in the country's history'

JAILED FOR LIFE. An undated handout photograph released by Greater Manchester Police on January 6, 2020, shows Indonesian student Reynhard Sinaga. AFP PHOTO/GREATER MANCHESTER POLICE

At least 2 injured in Jakarta building collapse

Jan 06, 2020 - 1:33 PM

(UPDATED) TV images show about half the building, located on the massive city's western side, had caved in with concrete and other debris lying on the road

COLLAPSED. A crowd gathers to watch rescuers as they search a five-story building after part of the structure collapsed in Jakarta on January 6, 2020. Photo by Dasril Roszandi/AFP

Indonesia beefs up patrols after China fishing boat spat

Jan 04, 2020 - 5:32 PM

The move comes after Indonesia summoned the Chinese ambassador and lodged a 'strong protest' over a Chinese coast guard vessel escorting Chinese fishing boats around the islands in mid-December

PATROL. This handout picture taken and released by the Indonesian Armed Forces (TNI) on January 3, 2020 shows commander of region 1 of defense territory joint command, rear admiral Yudo Margono (front L) inspecting Indonesian troops at Natuna military base in Riau islands. Photo by Indonesian Armed Forces (TNI)/AFP

Thousands in shelters as Indonesia flood death toll hits 60

Jan 04, 2020 - 1:21 PM

(UPDATED) This week's disaster marks Jakarta's worst flooding since 2013 when dozens were killed after the city was inundated by monsoon rains

INDONESIA FLOODS. A man carries his sick wife to the river bank to take a boat for medical assistance at the Sukarame village in Lebak, Banten province on January 3, 2020, after flooding triggered by heavy rain which started on New Year's Eve hit the area. Photo by Sammy/AFP

Indonesia flood rescuers hunt for missing after 43 killed

Jan 03, 2020 - 8:41 PM

Around 192,000 residents have been evacuated to temporary shelters, with many unable to return to waterlogged homes in neighborhoods that have been turned into wastelands

Indonesia floods leave nearly 30 dead, several missing

Jan 02, 2020 - 12:05 PM

(3rd UPDATE) Tens of thousands of Indonesia's residents are evacuated to temporary shelters in the area, home to some 30 million, with scores of homes damaged

FLOODS. A fleet of taxis are seen at the operator's submerged parking lot following overnight rain in Jakarta on January 1, 2020. Photo by Ralia/AFP

9 dead after Indonesian capital hit by flooding

Jan 01, 2020 - 7:05 PM

(UPDATED) A 16-year-old is electrocuted by a power line, while 3 more people die of hypothermia

TORRENTIAL FLOODS. This handout aerial picture taken and released on January 1, 2020 by Indonesia's National Board for Disaster Management (BNPB) shows flooded houses and buildings following overnight rain in Jakarta. Photo by AFP

Finding love and jihad

Dec 28, 2019 - 10:00 AM

Many women are radicalized on Facebook, and an expert says they are now a permanent part of the jihadi structure

At least 27 dead in Indonesia bus plunge

Dec 25, 2019 - 9:23 AM

The accident happened in a remote and steep area near the town of Pagar Alam, hampering search efforts

BUS PLUNGE. This handout picture taken and released by Indonesia's national search and rescue agency on December 24, 2019 shows rescue personnel retrieving a victim after a bus careered into a 150-metre deep ravine and ended up in a river killing dozens, near Perahu Dipo village in Pagar Alam, South Sumatra. Photo Handout / BASARNAS / AFP

Survival surfing: Indonesians riding the waves to beat tsunami trauma

Dec 24, 2019 - 1:02 PM

For some who lost entire families and communities to the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, surfing is a way to heal

SURVIVAL SURFING. This picture taken on December 9, 2019 shows Dery Setyawan, a survivor of the December 26, 2004 tsunami, carrying his surfboard after surfing on Lhoknga beach in Banda Aceh, Aceh province. Photo by Chaideer Mahyuddin/AFP

3 students found dead in flooded Indonesian cave

Dec 23, 2019 - 4:33 PM

Authorities say the victims were participants of a basic caving training

ASF kills nearly 30,000 pigs in Indonesia

Dec 19, 2019 - 5:38 PM

The virus, which cannot be transmitted to humans, is 100% fatal in pigs

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Bali's drugged, smuggled orangutan heads back to the wild

Dec 17, 2019 - 10:04 AM

Bon Bon, the baby orangutan, prepares to move to a conservation center in Sumatra – one of just two places where the critically endangered species is found in the wild

A keeper holds orangutan Bon Bon at the Ngurah Rai International Airport near Denpasar on the Indonesian resort island of Bali on December 16, 2019. A baby orangutan that was drugged by a Russian trafficker in a failed bid to smuggle it out of Bali will be released back into the wild. SONNY TUMBELAKA / AFP

Tropical Indonesia's tiny glaciers to melt away in a decade – study

Dec 14, 2019 - 10:22 PM

'Because of the relatively low elevation of the (Papua) glaciers... these will be the first to go,' says Lonnie Thompson, one of the authors of the study

This handout picture taken in November 2015 and received on December 13, 2019 from Global Atmosphere Watch shows a glacier on Indonesia's Puncak Jaya mountain range in Papua. Indonesia's little-known glaciers are melting so fast they could disappear in a decade, a new study says, underscoring the imminent threat posed by climate change to ice sheets in tropical countries. Handout / Global Atmosphere Watch / AFP

Cholera kills over 27,000 pigs in Indonesia

Dec 14, 2019 - 6:14 PM

Authorities say the pace of deaths is increasing

Indonesia hit with $5.2 billion in forest fire losses – World Bank

Dec 12, 2019 - 8:11 AM

The World Bank's cost estimate does not include longer-term effects of repeated exposure to haze, such acute respiratory illnesses, or lost school time after students and teachers were advised to stay home

FUTILITY. A young boy tries to extinguish a fire at a peatland area near their neighborhood in Pekanbaru, Riau province, Indonesia on October 4, 2019. Photo by Wahyudi/AFP

Indonesia sweeps anew as PH settles for SEA Games men’s volley silver

Dec 10, 2019 - 7:38 PM

Despite settling for silver, the Philippine men's volleyball team closes out its best SEA Games campaign in 42 years

FIGHTING FORM. The Filipino spikers try to block Indonesia's attack. Photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler

Gilas Pilipinas proves too much for Toroman-led Indonesia to reach finals

Dec 09, 2019 - 10:03 PM

Chris Ross, Matthew Wright, and Marcio Lassiter all find their touch from long range as the Philippines sets up a SEA Games 2019 finals date with Thailand

Photo by Richard Esguerra/Rappler

Indonesia's Jokowi praises Filipino surfer Casogay: 'Humanity is above all'

Dec 09, 2019 - 2:58 PM

'To win a competition and uphold sportsmanship are important, but humanity is above all,' President Jokowi tweets in Indonesian

LIVE UPDATES: Philippines vs Indonesia - SEA Games 2019 basketball semifinals

Dec 09, 2019 - 10:09 AM

Gilas Pilipinas vies for a spot in the gold medal match against an Indonesia side mentored by former Philippine coach Rajko Toroman

Sumatran tiger kills farmer in Indonesia

Dec 06, 2019 - 5:26 PM

Authorities say the coffee farmer's body was found Thursday, December 5, by relatives who grew worried when he failed to return home

ATTACK. A Sumatran tiger has killed an Indonesian farmer, according to police. File photo by Dick Mudde via Wikimedia Commons

Indonesian mourns as SEA Games triumph coincides with father's death

Dec 04, 2019 - 6:04 PM

Two-time gold medalist Edgar Marvelo returns home to Indonesia to attend to his father's wake

FOR PAPA. Edgar Marvelo dedicates his two gold medals to his late father. Photo from Instagram/@edgarmarvelo

2 injured after smoke grenade explodes in Jakarta

Dec 03, 2019 - 2:42 PM

The blast occurs around 7 am as military and police personnel are taking a morning jog around the leafy grounds in the center of the capital

Indonesian police cover a blood spilled with soil at the blast site in Jakarta on December 3, 2019. A blast in the centre of Indonesia's capital that injured two military personnel was caused by a smoke grenade, police said, ruling out an attack. BAY ISMOYO / AFP

Hong Kong deports Indonesian worker who reported on protests

Dec 03, 2019 - 8:20 AM

Award-winning writer Yuli Riswatiis held for 28 days after failing to extend her visa and is put on a flight to Surabaya on Monday afternoon

DEPORTED. Screen grab of the Twitter account of the International Domestic Workers Federation based in Hong Kong.

Indonesia sports board denies athlete cut off over virginity – report

Nov 30, 2019 - 1:39 AM

Indonesia's Ministry of Youth and Sports says the female gymnast was replaced due to her misbehavior

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Hyundai Motor to invest $1.5 billion in Indonesia factory

Nov 27, 2019 - 7:10 PM

Hyundai will build a car plant in Bekasi, Indonesia. The target is to start production in 2021.

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Indonesia arrests dozens of Chinese over online scam

Nov 26, 2019 - 5:57 PM

Indonesian police say they conducted a half dozen raids on Monday evening in the capital Jakarta and Malang city, arresting 85 Chinese nationals and 6 Indonesians

Strong magnitude 7.1 earthquake off Indonesia

Nov 15, 2019 - 7:57 AM

The US tsunami warning center says a 'destructive Pacific-wide tsunami is not expected'

1 dead, 6 injured in suicide bombing at Indonesian police station

Nov 13, 2019 - 12:48 PM

(UPDATED) The explosion occurs at around 8:45 am local time at the compound in Medan on Sumatra island during morning roll call

BOMBING. Indonesian police secure their headquarters in Medan, North Sumatra, on November 13, 2019, after a suspected suicide attack occurred during their morning roll call. Photo by Rahmad Suryadi/AFP

Indonesia buries over 1,000 cholera-hit pigs

Nov 12, 2019 - 8:36 PM

Some 6,000 pigs have died across North Sumatra since September with many dumped into local waterways

Indonesian palm oil exec arrested over journalist killings

Nov 09, 2019 - 9:36 PM

Indonesian police arrest businessman Wibharry Padmoasmolo as the suspected mastermind in the killing of two journalists in North Sumatra

SUSPECTS. This picture taken on November 8, 2019 shows Indonesian local police chief inspector general Agus Adrianto (left) asking a question to suspect in the killing of  journalists in Medan, North Sumatra. Photo by Dedi Hermawan/AFP

Climate-fueled flooding to imperil 300 million by 2050

Oct 30, 2019 - 7:39 PM

Destructive storm surges fueled by increasingly powerful cyclones and rising seas will hit Asia hardest, according to scientists

Mass prayer at sea on 1st anniversary of Indonesia jet crash

Oct 29, 2019 - 7:21 PM

The ceremony is closed to media, but video footage supplied by relatives shows victims' family members praying and casting flowers into the Java Sea where the plane dived moments after takeoff from Jakarta

ONE YEAR AFTER. Yoda prays for his best friend who died in the Lion Air plane crash in 2018, at a cemetery in Jakarta October 29, 2019. Photo by Bay Ismoyo/AFP

Boeing design flaw a factor in Lion Air crash – Indonesian probe

Oct 25, 2019 - 6:35 PM

Indonesia's National Transportation Safety Committee says there are flaws in Boeing's design of the anti-stall mechanism and of its certification by US regulators

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. File photo by Adek Berry/AFP