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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'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

Philippines condemns Jakarta bombings; no Filipino hurt

Jan 14, 2016 - 2:37 PM

UPDATED Jakarta is the site of another explosion in 2000 that wounded then Philippine ambassador Leonides Caday

JAKARTA BLASTS. A general view shows the scene of a bomb blast at a police station in front of a shopping mall in Jakarta, Indonesia, on January 14, 2016. Photo by EPA

Indonesian boat captain testifies about Australia's 'turn-back payment'

Dec 02, 2015 - 3:03 PM

He recounted how his boat was intercepted en route to New Zealand and he was taken aboard an Australian navy ship

REFUGE SEEKERS. Asylum seekers from Sri Lanka stand in their boat at a seaport in Cilegon, Banten, Indonesia, in 2009, looking to make their way to Australia. File photo by EPA

PH court ruling can help Veloso, Indonesia says

Jul 29, 2015 - 9:45 PM

Indonesian Attorney General s Office spokesman Tony Spontana says officials will not let Mary Jane Veloso leave Indonesia at least for now

EXECUTION POSTPONED. Filipino death-row prisoner Mary Jane Veloso, wearing an Indonesian traditional costume, poses during a fashion show at Wirogunan prison in Yogyakarta, Indonesia on April 21, 2015. File photo by Bimo Satrio/EPA

Filipino, Indonesian officials to meet on Veloso case

Jul 28, 2015 - 6:00 PM

Set in Jakarta the meeting is meant to discuss developments in the cases filed in the Philippines against the recruiters of Mary Jane Veloso

EXECUTION POSTPONED. Filipino death-row prisoner Mary Jane Veloso, wearing an Indonesian traditional costume, poses during a fashion show at Wirogunan prison in Yogyakarta, Indonesia on April 21, 2015. File photo by Bimo Satrio/EPA

Mary Jane Veloso's recruiter surrenders to police

Apr 28, 2015 - 12:51 PM

3rd UPDATE Maria Kristina Sergio voluntarily surrenders on the execution day of Mary Jane Veloso The Department of Justice has set the preliminary investigation on Mary Jane Veloso s case on May 8

'I AM INNOCENT.' Maria Kristina Sergio, the alleged recruiter of Mary Jane Veloso, asserts she did not dupe Veloso into drug smuggling. Screen grab from ABS-CBN News on Youtube

Charges filed vs Mary Jane's alleged recruiter

Apr 24, 2015 - 8:20 PM

Crying during a television interview Mary Jane Veloso s alleged recruiter says The truth will come out: I am innocent

'I AM INNOCENT.' Maria Kristina Sergio, the alleged recruiter of Mary Jane Veloso, asserts that she is innocent. Screen grab from www.youtube.com/user/TheABSCBNNews

PH files 'stronger' 2nd appeal for Mary Jane Veloso

Apr 24, 2015 - 5:24 PM

UPDATED While waiting for the court to act on her appeal Mary Jane Veloso tells her mother her final wish: Bring my body home

PREPARING FOR EXECUTION. Indonesian special police force secure the transfer of Filipino death-row prisoner Mary Jane Veloso to Nusa Kambangan prison as they arrive at Wijayapura port in Cilacap, Central Java, Indonesia, on April 24, 2015. Photo by Bayu Nur/EPA

PH not informed of Mary Jane's transfer to island

Apr 24, 2015 - 12:33 PM

Moved to a prison island in the middle of the night Mary Jane Veloso misses her family from the Philippines by around an hour

VELOSO TRANSFERRED. Indonesian armored police vehicles transporting Filipino death-row prisoner Mary Jane Veloso to Nusa Kambangan prison leave the Wirogunan prison in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, on April 24, 2015. Photo by Bimo Satrio/EPA

Mary Jane's mother to Jokowi: Have mercy

Apr 23, 2015 - 7:55 PM

When people leave the country our government is happy But once you re there and you encounter problems our government is gone Celia Veloso says

MARY JANE'S MOTHER. Celia Veloso, the mother of Filipino maid Mary Jane Veloso, cries during a demonstration outside the Philippines' presidential palace on April 10, 2015. Photo by Ritchie Tongo/EPA

Aquino to Jokowi: Grant Mary Jane clemency

Apr 21, 2015 - 3:56 PM

We can always try the Philippines Department of Foreign Affairs says as the Philippine vice president also seeks a meeting with the Indonesian president

FRIENDLY TIES. Philippine President Benigno Aquino III (right) welcomes Indonesian President Joko Widodo (left) in the Philippines' presidential palace on February 9, 2015. Photo by Benhur Arcayan/Malacañang Photo Bureau

Binay eyes meeting with Jokowi on Mary Jane

Apr 20, 2015 - 3:28 PM

Philippine Vice President Jejomar Binay says he wants to relay our people’s hope for compassion to President Joko Widodo for the Filipina on Indonesian death row

ASIAN LEADERS. Indonesian President Joko Widodo (2nd R) is welcomed by Philippine Vice President Jejomar Binay (C) upon his arrival in Manila on February 8, 2015. Photo by Jay Directo/AFP

The wRap Indonesia: Sept. 30, 2014

Sep 30, 2014 - 9:41 AM

Maneuvers by Prabowo and his allies to take over WelcomeMrLiar hashtag greets Yudhoyono s return a surprise gold medal at the Asian Games and more

TAKING OVER? Losing presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto and his allies are seen to be maneuvering to take control of various aspects of the government away from President-elect Joko Widodo. File photo by Hotli Simanjuntak/EPA

Indonesia ruling party backs Prabowo's presidential bid

Jun 30, 2014 - 9:59 PM

The move expands the coalition backing Prabowo Subianto and is a further blow to Joko Widodo

'CLEAR CONSCIENCE.' Ex-general Prabowo Subianto defends himself against human rights abuse allegations hurled at him. File photo by Bagus Indahono/EPA

Indonesia rejects 'military solution' to sea disputes

May 23, 2014 - 7:12 PM

The South China Sea issue is a litmus test for ASEAN Indonesian Foreign Minister Marty Natalegawa tells Rappler s Maria Ressa