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Indonesia's Jokowi kicks off new term at heavily guarded ceremony

Oct 20, 2019 - 4:46 PM

(UPDATED) Indonesia President Joko Widodo's new term comes against the backdrop of fears that Indonesia's 2 decades of democratic reforms are being eroded

Indonesia rights commission calls for probe into Papua deaths

Oct 19, 2019 - 10:09 AM

The death toll reaches 43 in Wamena City in Papua, says Indonesia's National Commission on Human Rights

People react as a building burns after fresh protests broke out in Wamena on September 23, 2019. - Fresh unrest broke out in Indonesia's restive Papua region on September 23 as protesters burned down a government office and other buildings in Wamena city, according to an AFP reporter. (Photo by Vina Rumbewas / AFP)

Indonesia's anti-graft bill ushered in after deadly protests

Oct 17, 2019 - 10:11 PM

The legislation will see the appointment of a board to oversee Indonesia's graft-busting agency – known as the KPK – and limits its ability to wire-tap corruption suspects in the graft-riddled nation

KPK. The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) building is seen in window reflections past an Indonesian national flag in Jakarta on September 12, 2017. File photo by Bay Ismoyo/AFP

Indonesia arrests two dozen after minister attack

Oct 16, 2019 - 7:13 AM

The world's biggest Muslim majority nation is on high alert ahead of President Joko Widodo’s second-term inauguration on Sunday, October 20, with some 27,000 troops expected to be deployed in the capital Jakarta

(FILES) This file photo taken on July 27, 2016 shows then-newly appointed Indonesian Security Minister Wiranto posing for photographers prior to an inauguration ceremony at the presidential palace in Jakarta. Indonesia's chief security minister Wiranto suffered "two deep wounds" in his stomach after he was stabbed by a suspected militant on October 10, 2019, according to police and a hospital spokesman, adding that a local police chief was also injured. ADEK BERRY / AFP

Indonesia marks Bali bombings anniversary

Oct 12, 2019 - 8:08 PM

Grieving families and representatives from several embassies lay flowers and lit incense sticks at a memorial in the popular tourist hub Kuta

Indonesia leader orders beefed-up security after ISIS-linked attack

Oct 11, 2019 - 5:14 PM

Security Minister Wiranto, who is knifed twice in the stomach during an official visit on Thursday, is said to be recovering after emergency surgery

ATTACK BRIEFING. Police spokesman Brigadier General Dedi Prasetyo briefs journalists in Jakarta on October 11, 2019 about the attack on Indonesia's chief security minister Wiranto.  Photo by Bay Ismoyo/AFP

Indonesian police ramp up suspect search after ISIS-linked attack

Oct 11, 2019 - 1:56 PM

The assassination attempt comes before President Joko Widodo begins his second term as leader of Indonesia, the world's biggest Muslim-majority nation

WIRANTO'S STABBING. Indonesian security block off the scene after two Indonesians stabbed the country's chief security minister Wiranto in Pandeglang, Banten province, on October 10, 2019. Photo by Ronald Siagian/AFP

Suspected ISIS radical stabs Indonesian security minister

Oct 10, 2019 - 4:19 PM

'Someone approached and attacked him. The local police chief and Pak (Mr) Wiranto were injured,' National Police spokesman Dedi Prasetyo says

WIRANTO. This file photo taken on July 27, 2016 shows then-newly appointed Indonesian Security Minister Wiranto posing for photographers prior to an inauguration ceremony at the presidential palace in Jakarta. Photo by Adek Berry/AFP

Fake news sparks panic among Indonesian earthquake victims

Oct 07, 2019 - 3:45 PM

Fears about aftershocks are aggravated by a stream of hoaxes and fake news – mostly on WhatsApp and other messaging services – warning a tsunami-generating quake was about to strike

EARTHQUAKE VICTIMS. People gather outdoors at Batu Merah village in Ambon, Indonesia's Maluku islands, following a 6.5-magnitude earthquake on September 26, 2019. Photo by Tusnita/AFP

PH volleyball team bows to Indonesia, settles for 3rd

Oct 06, 2019 - 9:59 PM

The national women’s volleyball team fields a complete lineup yet still falls short against Indonesia

Indonesia quake death toll rises to 30 – gov't

Sep 29, 2019 - 12:12 PM

Among the confirmed dead are 3 young children, with many people killed by falling debris in and around quake-struck Ambon City

DAMAGED. Several homes are damaged in Ambon, Indonesia's Maluku islands following a 6.5-magnitude earthquake on September 26, 2019. Photo by Handout/Badan Nasional Penanggulangan Bencana/AFP

Indonesia marks 1 year since deadly quake-tsunami disaster

Sep 28, 2019 - 2:36 PM

Indonesia is one of the most disaster-prone nations on Earth due to its position straddling the so-called Pacific Ring of Fire, where tectonic plates collide

Indonesia earthquake death toll lowered to 19 – disaster agency

Sep 27, 2019 - 10:05 PM

National disaster mitigation agency spokesman Agus Wibowo says the death toll has been lowered after officials realized some of the deceased has been double-counted

AFTERMATH. This handout picture taken and released by Indonesia's Badan Nasional Penanggulangan Bencana (BNPB), the accident mitigation agency, on September 27, 2019 shows damaged homes in Ambon, Indonesia's Maluku islands, following a magnitude 6.5 earthquake on September 26. AFP PHOTO / BADAN NASIONAL PENANGGULANGAN BENCANA (BNPB)

Second Indonesian student dies in legal-reform protests

Sep 27, 2019 - 4:04 PM

The 19-year-old engineering student dies in a hospital of blunt-force injuries to his head sustained in riots that erupted in Kendari city on Sulawesi island, says the local hospital director

Student protesters and police officers pray for victims during a rally against the government's proposed legal reforms, in a room of the people's representative council (DPR) in Banda Aceh on September 27, 2019. A second Indonesian student protester has died in demonstrations against a raft of divisive legal reforms, including banning pre-marital sex and weakening the anti-graft agency, sources said, as fresh unrest was expected on September 27. CHAIDEER MAHYUDDIN / AFP

Trafficked to extinction: Indonesia and Philippines

Sep 26, 2019 - 8:00 PM

The pangolin trade in Indonesia has become so sophisticated that it reminds experts of the drug trade. Meanwhile, in the Philippines, the country's wildlife protection law is not a deterrent to poachers.

A Malaysia-bound baby pangolin that was rescued by police in Medan, Indonesia. Dozens of pangolins seized in the same bust were later released into the wild. Others were given to the Indonesian Institute of Sciences for research. Photo by Tommy Apriando/Tempo, Mongabay

Infant among at least 20 killed in Indonesian earthquake – officials

Sep 26, 2019 - 1:20 PM

(UPDATED) Initial reports say the earthquake struck offshore, but later analysis finds it hit onshore, raising the potential for damage

EARTHQUAKE. People help an injured woman in Ambon, Indonesia's Maluku islands, on September 26, 2019, following a 6.5-magnitude earthquake on September 26, 2019.  Photo by Aisyah Putri/AFP

4 bodies recovered from crashed Indonesia cargo plane

Sep 25, 2019 - 1:38 PM

Indonesia's search and rescue agency finds the bodies near the wreckage of the crashed plane

PLANE CRASH. The widow of a pilot, whose Twin Otter aircraft went missing en route to Ilaga, grieves at the Mozes Kilangin airport in Timika, Papua province, on September 25, 2019. Photo by Sevianto Pakiding/AFP

Haze in PH: Which masks can protect you and other things you need to know

Sep 24, 2019 - 5:34 PM

Not all masks can protect you against haze pollution

Indonesian forest fires putting 10 million children at risk – United Nations

Sep 24, 2019 - 4:06 PM

Almost 10 million people under 18 live in the areas worst affected by fires on Indonesia's Sumatra island and the country's part of Borneo island, UNICEF says

AIR POLLUTION PROBLEMS. A child wears a facemask as a thick haze blankets the sky over Banda Aceh on September 24, 2019, caused when Indonesian farmers use illegal slash-and-burn techniques to clear land for agriculture, spewing toxic haze across Southeast Asia. Photo by Chaideer Mahyuddin/AFP

Papua unrest death toll hits 26 – Indonesian police

Sep 24, 2019 - 2:18 PM

Papua is gripped by weeks of violent protests fuelled by anger over racism, as well as fresh calls for self-rule in the impoverished territory

PROTESTS. People react as a building burns after fresh protests break out in Wamena on September 23, 2019. Photo by Vina Rumbewas/AFP

IN PHOTOS: Indonesia forest fire haze reaches the Philippines

Sep 21, 2019 - 10:37 PM

Haze from the forest fires raging in Indonesia drifts across central and southern Philippines

HAZE.  Haze seen from the North Reclamation Area in Cebu City. Photo by Ryan Macasero/Rappler

Indonesia haze: Cebu residents urged to stay indoors or wear masks during peak hours

Sep 21, 2019 - 9:19 AM

'We encourage especially kids and those with ailments to use masks,' says Cebu City Health Officer Daisy Villa

HAZE. Metro Cebu residents are advised to avoid going outdoors during times of high pollution or continue wearing protective masks. Ryan Macasero/Rappler

Malaysia, Indonesia shut thousands of schools over forest fires haze

Sep 19, 2019 - 2:59 PM

The school closures affect at least 1.7 million students in Malaysia. It is not clear how many pupils were forced to stay home in neighboring Indonesia.

MALAYSIA HAZE. The Kuala Lumpur skyline, including the Petronas Twin Towers (C), is seen shrouded in haze on September 11, 2019. File photo by Mohd Rasfan/AFP

Indonesia haze reaches Metro Cebu

Sep 18, 2019 - 8:52 PM

The environment department recommends that residents minimize outdoor activity as air pollution in Cebu City is already above safe levels

HAZE. Haze seen from the North Reclamation Area in Cebu City. Photo by Ryan Macasero/Rappler

Cargo plane carrying 4 missing in eastern Indonesia

Sep 18, 2019 - 4:09 PM

The aircraft – scheduled for a 50-minute flight but which had not sent any updates after 2.5 hours – carries 3 crew members, a passenger and 1.7 tons of rice

Haze closes Malaysia schools, sparks fears for Singapore F1

Sep 18, 2019 - 2:19 PM

Illegal fires to clear land for agricultural plantations blaze out of control on Sumatra and Borneo islands. Jakarta deploys thousands of security forces and water-bombing aircraft to tackle them.

HAZE. Motorcyclists drive in Kampar, in Sumatra island's Riau province on September 16, 2019 as the city is blanketed by smoke from fires. Photo by Adek Berry/AFP

Indonesia's toxic haze affecting Borneo's orangutans – rescuers

Sep 18, 2019 - 9:08 AM

'The thick smoke does not only endanger the health of our staff... but also it affects the 355 orangutans we currently care for,' says the Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation, referring to just once center in Kalimantan

AFFECTED. File photo of a park employee holding an orangutan as it is shown to the public after several months in quarantine at Bali Safari Marine Park in Gianyar regency on August 19, 2019. Photo by Sonny Tumbelaka/AFP

Indonesia 'doing everything' to put out forest fires – Jokowi

Sep 18, 2019 - 12:35 AM

During a visit to Riau province in central Sumatra, President Joko Widodo says nearly 6,000 troops have been sent to hot spots to help put out fires

FOREST FIRES. Motorists make their way along a street in Kampar, Riau on September 17, 2019 which is covered in thick haze. Photo by Wahyudi/AFP

'Kita Kita' gets Indonesian remake

Sep 16, 2019 - 5:07 PM

'Cinta Itu Buta' (Love is Blind) is scheduled for release in Indonesia on October 10

Indonesia forest fires rage, stoking global warming fears

Sep 12, 2019 - 4:07 PM

Indonesia's forest fires are an annual problem but have been worsened this year by particularly dry weather, and in recent days sent toxic smog floating over Malaysia

A firefighter extinguishes a fire in a forest at Rambutan village, in Ogan Ilir, South Sumatra province, on September 11 , 2019. Malaysia has stepped up pressure on neighbouring Indonesia to tackle huge blazes tearing through its rainforests and smothering Southeast Asia in smog, as fires typically started to clear land for crops send diplomatic tensions soaring. ABDUL QODIR / AFP

Malaysia piles pressure on Indonesia over smog-belching fires

Sep 12, 2019 - 8:49 AM

An official in Sarawak state on Borneo – where air quality dropped to very unhealthy levels this week – demands Indonesia to send face masks and medical supplies to Malaysia for those affected by the pollution

HAZE. The Kuala Lumpur skyline, including the Petronas Twin Towers (centger), is seen shrouded in haze on September 11, 2019. Photo by Mohd Rasfan/AFP

Hundreds of schools shut as forest fire haze blankets Southeast Asia

Sep 10, 2019 - 5:40 PM

Massive jungle areas in Sumatra and Borneo island are ablaze as thousands of personnel battle to quell the fires, frequently started to clear land for crop plantations

SENT HOME. Indonesian schoolgirls wear facemasks as they are sent home after schools were ordered closed in Pekanbaru, Riau on September 10, 2019. Photo by Wahyudi/AFP

DNA tests confirm Indonesian couple behind Jolo Cathedral bombing

Sep 05, 2019 - 8:01 PM

'They shared DNA with their parents so it's them,' says Indonesian national police spokesperson Dedi Prasetyo

CONFIRMED. In this file photo, policemen and soldiers are seen in front of a Catholic Church, where the bombing took place in Jolo, Sulu province on the southern island of Mindanao. Photo by Nickee Butlangan/AFP

Indonesia starts restoring internet access in unrest-hit Papua

Sep 05, 2019 - 3:02 PM

The government says it started lifting the internet blockade in some 29 of 42 districts across Papua late on Wednesday, September 4

PAPUA PEACE. Indonesian activists gather in Surabaya on September 2, 2019, to promote peace in Indonesia's Papua region. File photo by Juni Kriswanto/AFP

Indonesia sends back hundreds of shipping containers full of waste

Sep 04, 2019 - 4:41 PM

About 250 containers seized in recent months have already been returned and authorities are inspecting more than 1,000 others, a customs official says

RETURNING TRASH. An Indonesian custom officer examine a process as they prepare to return containers full with hazardous rubbish to original countries in Batam on July 29, 2019.File photo by Sei Ratifa/AFP

Indonesia restricts foreigner travel to restive Papua region

Sep 04, 2019 - 8:19 AM

Indonesia's chief security minister Wiranto says they are limiting foreigners entering its easternmost territory – which has popular beach destinations – over safety concerns and to weed out suspected agitators

This handout picture taken and released on September 1, 2019, by the Indonesian military shows a group of Papuans, who took part in recent mass protests and currently seeking military's help to return to their homes, in Jayapura. Dozens have been arrested over rioting in the capital of Indonesia's Papua region, police said on September 1, following nearly two weeks of mass protests in the easternmost territory of the Southeast Asian archipelago. Handout / The Indonesian Military / AFP

Police in Indonesia's Papua ban 'anarchist' demonstrations after mass protests

Sep 02, 2019 - 8:17 AM

The order comes after police on Sunday, September 1, said dozens had been arrested in connection with rioting in the region's capital

PAPUA. This handout picture taken and released on September 1, 2019, by the Indonesian military shows a group of Papuans, who took part in recent mass protests and currently seeking military's help to return to their homes, in Jayapura. Handout photo by Indonesian Military/AFP

Cargo ship, crew vanish from Indonesian waters

Aug 28, 2019 - 5:12 PM

The 190-meter vessel, carrying nickel ore, is travelling from Halmahera island to Sulawesi island when it sends a distress call shortly before losing radio contact

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 shuts internet in Papua over unrest fears

Aug 22, 2019 - 3:40 PM

Indonesia slows internet service in recent days to clamp down on hoaxes, provocative comments, and racist abuse targeting Papua's ethnic Melanesian population. It shut down service completely late Wednesday.

Indonesia's Papua hit by fresh unrest as troops deployed

Aug 21, 2019 - 3:45 PM

Jakarta calls for calm in its easternmost territory following riots triggered by the detention of dozens of Papuan students at the weekend

PAPUA UNREST. A burnt-out building is seen in Sorong on August 20, 2019, after it was set on fire by rioting demonstrators. Photo by Arman Namsa/AFP

Thousands riot in Papua, parliament building torched

Aug 19, 2019 - 2:36 PM

Monday's riots are triggered by reports authorities tear-gassed and detained some 43 Papuan university students in Surabaya on Saturday – Indonesia's independence day

RIOTS. Protesters take to the street to face off with Indonesian police in Manokwari, Papua on August 19, 2019. Photo by AFP

Indonesia police shoot suspected militant after station attack

Aug 18, 2019 - 9:12 PM

The incident comes as Indonesia continues to be on high alert for attacks by local groups sympathetic to the Islamic State

7 killed in Indonesia ferry accident

Aug 17, 2019 - 9:09 PM

The dead include 2 children aged 2 and 4

FERRY FIRE. A ferry caught fire early Saturday in Indonesia after a reported diesel tank explosion, killing seven people.

Sinking city: Indonesia's capital on brink of disaster

Aug 16, 2019 - 1:30 PM

Decades of uncontrolled and excessive depletion of groundwater reserves, rising sea-levels, and increasingly volatile weather patterns mean swathes of Jakarta have already started to disappear

In this picture taken on July 26, 2019 shops are submerged as seen in northern Jakarta. Indonesia's capital is being swallowed into the ground at such an alarming rate that experts warn much of it could be submerged by 2050. BAY ISMOYO / AFP

Indonesian man walking in reverse to save forests

Aug 11, 2019 - 1:08 PM

Medi Bastoni sets out on his arduous with the goal of reaching Jakarta by August 16, a day before the Southeast Asian nation's independence day anniversary

REVERSE. This handout courtesy of Medi Bastoni taken and released on August 5, 2019 shows Bastoni as he takes a selfie during a quick stop in Kendal, during his ongoing campaign to draw attention to the issue of deforestation in Indonesia.  Medi Bastoni/AFP

Swap trash for tickets on Indonesia's 'plastic bus'

Aug 09, 2019 - 12:40 PM

An hour-long bus ride with unlimited stops costs 3 large bottles, 5 medium bottles or 10 plastic cups. But they must be cleaned and cannot be squashed.

This picture taken on July 21, 2019 shows a bus conductor collecting used plastic bottles as fare payment on board a Suroboyo bus in the Indonesian city of Surabaya. - Indonesia is the world's second-biggest marine polluter behind China and has pledged to reduce plastic waste in its waters some 70 percent by 2025 by boosting recycling, raising public awareness, and curbing usage. (Photo by Juni Kriswanto / AFP) / TO GO WITH Indonesia-environment-plastic,FEATURE by Harry PEARL

Tens of millions hit by Indonesia power blackout

Aug 04, 2019 - 8:24 PM

The shutdown plunged buildings in the sprawling capital Jakarta – home to some 30 million people – into darkness and forced the temporary closure of its new mass rapid transit system

5 dead, several injured after powerful quake rocks Indonesia

Aug 03, 2019 - 5:14 PM

(UPDATED) Officials say over 1,000 people who had earlier evacuated have since returned home

EVACUATION. Resident stand outside an apartment block after a strong earthquake hit the area around Jakarta on August 2, 2019. Photo by Dessy Sagita/AFP

Indonesia lifts tsunami warning after powerful quake off Java

Aug 02, 2019 - 8:50 PM

(3rd UPDATE) Panicked residents flee their homes, but there are no immediate reports of casualties following the magnitude 6.9 earthquake

EVACUATION. Resident stand outside an apartment block after a strong earthquake hit the area around Jakarta on August 2, 2019. Photo by Dessy Sagita/AFP