JAKARTA, Indonesia (UPDATED) – From the tragic accident at Mecca’s Grand Mosque to Bon Jovi visiting Jakarta, here’s the top news to start your day.
Mecca accident kills 10 Indonesians
Ten Indonesian citizens are confirmed dead in the Grand Mosque tragedy, which left 107 people dead, officials said Sunday, September 13.
42 other Indonesians are injured, out of the nearly 200 who were hurt from the incident. The death and injuries were caused by the collapse of a massive construction crane, which crashed into Mecca’s Grand Mosque in stormy weather on Friday, Saudi authorities said, days before the annual hajj pilgrimage. Here’s a user-generated video of the incident. Read more.
Jokowi visits Saudi Arabia
Indonesian President Joko Widodo expressed his condolences and sympathy for the victims of the Grand Mosque tragedy, which left 107 people dead including 7 Indonesians.
Jokowi expressed his condolences at the King Faisal Palace on Saturday, September 12 Indonesia time. He is in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia for a 5-day state visit and to encourage investments and heard the news upon his arrival. Read more.
Bon Jovi rocks Jakarta
What a night it was in Jakarta on Friday, September 11, when rock legend Bon Jovi performed for thousands of eager fans.
Bon Jovi sang 20 songs to a thrilled, enthusiastic crowd that were on their feet for most of the 2-hour megashow in Bung Karno Stadium. Here’s the list of songs he performed, and a recap of the concert. Read more.
Japanese woman murder
Indonesian police have arrested a man suspected of robbing and strangling a Japanese woman to death in her apartment in Jakarta.
The woman identified as Yoshimi Nishimura, 28, was found dead with strangulation marks on her neck at Casa Grande apartment building in south Jakarta on Monday, September 7 the capital’s police chief Tito Karnavian told reporters. Police arrested the apartment building’s security guard, Mursalim, 25, who like many Indonesians goes by one name, and who had fled to Sumatra.
US Open upset
Flavia Pennetta won her first Grand Slam singles title Saturday, September 12, defeating Italian compatriot Roberta Vinci 7-6 (7/4), 6-2 in the US Open women’s final, then promptly retired.
Pennetta became, at 33, the oldest first-time Grand Slam women’s champion in the Open era with the 93-minute triumph. Vinci shattered the hopes of Serena Williams to achieve the first calendar Slam since 1988 with a semi-final win over the top-ranked defending champion while Pennetta dispatched Romania’s second-ranked Simona Halep. Read more. – Rappler.com