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Indonesia returns 5 containers of waste to the U.S.

Jun 15, 2019 - 7:07 PM

Huge quantities of waste have since been redirected to Southeast Asia, including Malaysia, Indonesia and Philippines

Senate approves Philippines-Indonesia maritime boundary treaty

Jun 03, 2019 - 6:45 PM

Under the treaty, there will be a clear boundary between the two nations, helping Filipino and Indonesian fishermen to operate peacefully and properly

MARITIME BOUNDARY DEAL. The map shows the exclusive economic zone boundary between the Philippines and Indonesia. Photo courtesy of DFA

Indonesia steamrolls bootleg alcohol during Ramadan

May 27, 2019 - 2:32 PM

Police lay out thousands of bottles collected in raids over the past few months in the capital Jakarta and then drove a steamroller over them in a messy annual display

BOOTLEG ALCOHOL. Indonesian workers destroy bottles of liquors from the recent raids in Jakarta on May 27, 2019. Photo by Adek Berry/AFP

Attacks vs journalists, social media blocks in Indonesia amid election riots – IFJ

May 23, 2019 - 6:40 PM

Media groups say at least 7 journalists were reportedly attacked while they were covering the protests, while social media platforms WhatsApp and Facebook were blocked

RIOT. Indonesian anti-riot police clash with protesters during a demonstration against Indonesia's President Joko Widodo's victory in the recent election in Jakarta on May 22, 2019. Photo by Bay Ismoyo/AFP

Indonesian troops flood Jakarta streets after post-election riots

May 23, 2019 - 2:08 PM

(UPDATED) The government has also partly blocked access to social media – including Twitter, Facebook and Instagram – in a bid to clamp down on fake news and hoaxes linked to the violence

INDONESIA CLASHES. Indonesian policemen leave the office of the Election Oversight Body (Bawaslu) in Jakarta on May 23, 2019. Photo by Adek Berry/AFP

6 dead after election riots in Indonesia's capital

May 22, 2019 - 2:21 PM

(UPDATED) Dozens are arrested and parts of Jakarta are littered with debris and burned-out cars, as the violence triggers security advisories from the US and Australian embassies

Indonesian anti-riot police take a position to disperse the mob during an overnight-violent demonstration near by the Elections Oversight Body (Bawaslu) in Jakarta on May 22, 2019. Indonesian police fired tear gas to disperse demonstrators in downtown Jakarta early Wednesday after a rally opposed to President Joko Widodo's re-election, an AFP reporter said. BAY ISMOYO / AFP

Indonesia's Joko Widodo reelected president as rival cries foul

May 21, 2019 - 6:59 AM

(3rd UPDATE) The election commission had been due to give the final tally of the divisive poll on Wednesday, but the results are revealed early Tuesday with little advance notice amid fears of unrest

JOKO WIDODO. Indonesian President Joko Widodo (C) and his running mate Ma'ruf Amin (R) hold a press conference in Jakarta on April 18, 2019. Photo by Citra Rafina Aqilasah/AFP

French fighter jets make emergency landing in Indonesia

May 19, 2019 - 10:50 PM

The French navy fighter jets are forced to make an emergency landing due to bad weather

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

Australian DJ Adam Neat dies in accident on Bali holiday

May 06, 2019 - 10:19 AM

He had reported tried to help an injured friend

REST IN PEACE. The popular DJ dies in an accident. Photo from DJ Adam Neat's Instagram

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 to sink scores of boats to deter illegal fishing

May 04, 2019 - 10:17 PM

The practice has resumed since last week when a Vietnamese coastguard boat rammed an Indonesian navy ship attempting to seize an illegal trawler

SCUTTLED. Indonesian authorities sink a Vietnamese fishing boat at Datuk island, in West Kalimantan on May 4, 2019. Photo by Louis Anderson/AFP

Indonesia eyes moving capital from congested Jakarta

Apr 29, 2019 - 11:14 PM

Urban planning minister Bambang Brodjonegoro says the long-stalled relocation plan has won approval from President Joko Widodo who favored moving the capital away from Indonesia's most populous Java island

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 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

Plans to develop 2002 Bali bombing site anger Australia

Apr 27, 2019 - 9:45 AM

Developers were granted permission to build on the site of the destroyed Sari Club in December last year

IN MEMORY. A foreign tourist looks at the name of victims on a monument for the Bali bombing at Kuta near Denpasar, on Indonesia's resort island of Bali on March 23, 2017. Photo by Sonny Tumbelaka / 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

‘Welcome back mama’: Ellen Adarna spotted in Bali

Apr 25, 2019 - 3:24 PM

The actress is photographed by her friend, industrial designer Vito Selma

ELLEN ADARNA. The actress strikes a pose in Bali. Photo from Instagram.com/vitoselma

Indonesia warns against protests as Widodo rival rejects results

Apr 18, 2019 - 2:32 PM

While official results are not due until next month, 'quick counts' show President Joko Widodo between 9 and 11 percentage points ahead of ex-general Prabowo Subianto

INDONESIA POLLS. Indonesians stand next to a poster of Indonesia president candidates in front of a pooling center during the presidential election in Kuta on Indonesia's resort island of Bali on April 17, 2019. Photo by Sonny Tumbelaka/AFP

AFC Cup 2019: PSM Makassar deals Kaya's 1st loss in drama-filled match

Apr 17, 2019 - 5:31 PM

PSM Makassar's keeper Rivky Mokodompit denies Kaya FC's spirited comeback for the away win

TOP SPOT. Eero Markannen doubles the lead which proved crucial in PSM Makassar's goalless second half. Photo from AFC Cup 2019

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

Facebook takes down fake network supporting Indonesian presidential candidate Prabowo

Apr 16, 2019 - 10:25 AM

The takedown takes place ahead of the Indonesian presidential elections on April 17

PRABOWO SUBIANTO. Facebook takes down a network of fake accounts described to be pro-Prabowo Subianto, a candidate in the upcoming Indonesian presidential elections. Shutterstock photo


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

Tsunami warning lifted after strong quake hits off Indonesia

Apr 12, 2019 - 8:33 PM

(UPDATED) But the USGS warns that considerable damage is possible in poorly built or badly designed structures.

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's desperate housewives chase selfies on election trail

Apr 07, 2019 - 12:25 PM

Both Indonesia presidential candidates Joko Widodo and Prabowo Subianto are regularly mobbed by adoring female fans – though Jokowi appears more at home performing in front of the crowds

SELFIE. Indonesian President Joko Widodo (C) takes photographs with supporters during a visit in Sragen, Central Java on April 3, 2019. Photo by Juni Kriswanto/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

Ethiopian 737 pilots followed Boeing guidelines before crash – WSJ

Apr 03, 2019 - 3:48 PM

A Wall Street Journal report says the pilots of the Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 MAX plane that crashed last month initially took the emergency steps outlined by the manufacturer but still could not regain control

CRASH. In this file photo taken on November 28, 2017, an Ethiopian Airline Boeing 737-700 aircraft takes off from Felix Houphouet-Boigny Airport in Abidjan. - An Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 crashed on March 10, 2019, en route from Addis Ababa to Nairobi with 149 passengers and eight crew believed to be on board, Ethiopian Airlines said as Ethiopia's prime minister offered condolences to passengers' families. (Photo by ISSOUF SANOGO / AFP)

Angeles’ late equalizer salvages a draw for Kaya

Apr 02, 2019 - 7:00 PM

Marwin Angeles steps up during injury time to keep Kaya unbeaten

LAST GASP. Kaya-Iloilo FC remains unbeaten in the 2019 AFC Cup. Photo from Kaya FC Facebook

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

Vietnam woman in Kim Jong-nam case in new release bid

Mar 28, 2019 - 6:09 PM

Doan Thi Huong's lawyers have lodged a second application to the attorney-general seeking her release

DOAN THI HUONG. Vietnamese national Doan Thi Huong is escorted with a heavy police presence after a court appearance at the magistrates' court in Sepang on March 1, 2017. File photo by Mohd Rasfan/ AFP

Malaysia, Indonesia to help Philippines settle palm oil dumping

Mar 28, 2019 - 3:40 PM

Malaysia and Indonesia, the two sources of the Philippines' palm oil imports, agree to help combat further dumping and smuggling of the product

This picture taken in Kampar on August 20, 2018 shows a palm oil farmer collecting palm oil seeds in Kampar, Riau province. - Indonesian palm oil farmer Kawal Surbakti says his livelihood is under attack, but the threat is not from insects or hungry orangutans eating his prized crop. Half a world away, the European Parliament is moving to ban the use of palm oil in biofuels, while British grocer Iceland has announced it will stop using the commodity over concerns that it causes widespread environmental destruction. (Photo by WAHYUDI / AFP) / TO GO WITH Indonesia-Malaysia-EU-environment-food-agriculture, FOCUS by Ridwan Nasution and M. Jegathesan

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

Brunei to impose death by stoning for gay sex and adultery

Mar 27, 2019 - 11:03 PM

The tiny sultanate will implement the harsh new penal code – which also prescribes amputation of a hand and foot for theft – next Wednesday, April 3

Image via Shutterstock

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

Indonesia gets its own 'It's Showtime' on March 25

Mar 19, 2019 - 10:53 AM

The long-running variety show gets an Indonesian treatment

PH EXPORT. The long-running 'It's Showtime' will soon get an Indonesian version via franchise. Image from the It's Showtime Facebook page

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

At least 42 dead in floods in Indonesia's Papua province

Mar 17, 2019 - 10:35 AM

(3rd UPDATE) The floods in Sentani, near the provincial capital of Jayapura, were triggered by torrential rain on Saturday

Vietnam 'regrets' murder suspect not freed in Malaysia

Mar 14, 2019 - 7:46 PM

'We want Doan Thi Huong to be tried fairly and objectively and for her to be freed,' says Vietnam's foreign ministry spokeswoman Le Thi Thu Hang

REGRET. In this file photo, Vietnamese national Doan Thi Huong (C) is escorted by Malaysian police after a special court session to rule on witness statements at the Shah Alam High Court, outside Kuala Lumpur on December 14, 2018 for her alleged role in the assassination of Kim Jong Nam, the half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. File photo by Mohd Rasfan/AFP

U.S. grounds Boeing 737 MAX as black boxes flown to France for analysis

Mar 14, 2019 - 10:42 AM

(UPDATED) Ethiopian Airlines says the black box flight recorders from the Boeing 737 MAX 8 that crashed have been flown to Paris for analysis

TORONTO, ON - MARCH 13: An Air Canada Boeing 737 MAX 8 jet approaches the Toronto Pearson International Airport for a landing on March 13, 2019 in Toronto, Canada. U.S. President Donald Trump announced today that all 737 MAX 8 jets would be suspended from use following the recent crashes in Indonesia and Ethiopia. Several other countries, including Canada, China, and Australia have announced that they would also be grounding the jets. Cole Burston/Getty Images/AFP  Cole Burston / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / AFP

Malaysia court frees Indonesian in Kim Jong-nam murder case

Mar 11, 2019 - 11:17 AM

(UPDATED) The news is a surprise as the court has only been scheduled to hear Doan Thi testify. The Vietnamese woman is left in shock that she is not released alongside Siti Aisyah.

RELEASED. Indonesian national Siti Aisyah (center) smiles while leaving the Shah Alam High Court, outside Kuala Lumpur on March 11, 2019 after her trial for her alleged role in the assassination of Kim Jong Nam, the half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. Photo by Mohd Rasfan/AFP

Boeing 737 MAX safety record questioned after two tragedies

Mar 11, 2019 - 7:18 AM

For the second time in less than 6 months, a Boeing 737 MAX 8 crashes minutes after takeoff, killing everyone on board

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