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Magnitude 6.6 earthquake strikes off Indonesia – USGS

Jul 07, 2020 - 6:55 PM

'There's no tsunami potential and, so far, no reports of any damage,' says a spokesman for Indonesia's Meteorology, Climatology, and Geophysics Agency

Stranded Rohingya pulled to shore by sympathetic Indonesians

Jun 26, 2020 - 5:16 PM

'It’s a credit to the community in Aceh who pushed hard and took risks so that these children, women and men could be brought to shore. They have shown the best of humanity,' says Amnesty International

A boat carryingg Rohingya people from Myanmar arrives on the shorelines of Lancok village, in Indonesia's North Aceh Regency on June 25, 2020. Nearly 100 Rohingya from Myanmar, including 30 children, have been rescued from a rickety wooden boat off the coast of Indonesia's Sumatra island, a maritime official said. CHAIDEER MAHYUDDIN / AFP

Indonesia jails ISIS-linked couple who tried to assassinate minister

Jun 25, 2020 - 4:51 PM

A Jakarta court hands a 12-year sentence to Syahrial Alamsyah, and 9 years to his wife Fitria Diana, after convicting them on terrorism charges for trying to kill then security minister Wiranto in October last year

CONVICTED. Judges attend the trial, conducted over video conference due to COVID-19 coronavirus concerns, of a couple with extremist links who in 2019 stabbed Indonesian chief security minister Wiranto during a visit to Java island's Pandeglang regency, in a courtroom in Jakarta on June 25, 2020. Photo by Bay Ismoyo/AFP

Baby boom: Indonesia faces virus-driven spike in births

May 19, 2020 - 9:24 PM

By early next year, Indonesia – the world's fourth most populous country – could see 420,000 more babies born than would otherwise be expected, the national family planning agency estimates

CHECKUP. Indonesian obstetrician-gynecologist Ika Sri Purnamaningsih (C) wears protective gear while examining a pregnant woman at the RSIA Tambak hospital in Jakarta on April 22, 2020. File photo by Adek Berry/AFP

Forced exorcisms touted as 'cure' for LGBT Indonesians

May 07, 2020 - 6:26 PM

Conservative Islamic lawmakers are pushing for a so-called 'Family Resilience' bill, which critics decry as sexist and anti-LGBT

This picture taken on November 26, 2019 shows a woman walking in front of a clinic providing exorcisms for people of the LGBT community in Jakarta. Homosexuality is legal everywhere in Indonesia except conservative Aceh province which adheres to strict Islamic laws. But it is still widely believed that being gay or transgender is the result of a person being possessed by evil spirits -- and that these can be expelled by religious ceremony and prayer.  BAY ISMOYO / AFP

Virus pushes Indonesia zoo animals to brink of starvation

May 01, 2020 - 3:28 PM

'If a few more months pass and we don't get any aid from the government or other international organizations, then with a heavy heart we'll have to feed the carnivores.'

This picture taken on April 29, 2020 shows a tiger resting inside its enclosure at the zoo in Bandung, West Java. Indonesian officials said on April 30 that some 60 cash-strapped animal parks -- home to roughly 70,000 creatures -- across the Southeast Asian archipelago have been closed since mid-March and most say they have only enough food until the middle of May. TIMUR MATAHARI / AFP

Indonesians soak up the rays of the sun to battle coronavirus

Apr 29, 2020 - 6:11 PM

Vitamin D, which comes from fish, eggs, milk and sunlight exposure, is important in maintaining a healthy immune system, says a doctor in Jakarta but: 'Sunbathing does not kill the virus that causes COVID-19'

SUNBAKED. This undated handout photo released on April 17, 2020 by the Indonesian military shows members of an Indonesian Marines defense battalion resting in the sun while observing social distancing amid concerns over the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak in Ambon, Maluku.  Handout/Indonesia military/AFP

Bali's miracle: Turning wine into hand sanitizer

Apr 16, 2020 - 3:50 PM

Staff at Bali's Udayana University turn the local fermented palm wine, locally known as arak, into hand sanitizers

ARAK. This handout photo from the Bali police shows a policeman and Udayana University researcher making hand sanitizer from donated palm wine, known locally as arak, in Denpasar. Handout photo/Bali police/AFP

Indonesia frees 18,000 inmates from bursting jails over virus fears

Apr 03, 2020 - 12:22 AM

The UN has called on countries to release vulnerable inmates, with Afghanistan last week announcing it would set free some 10,000 prisoners

ONLINE CALLS. This handout photo taken and released by the Indonesian Ministry of Law and Human Rights on March 31, 2020 shows inmates receiving online calls from their families in Jakarta, following the government's request for social distancing amid the concerns over the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus. AFP PHOTO/Indonesian Ministry of Law and Human Rights

Magnitude 6.3 earthquake strikes south of Indonesia's Bali

Mar 19, 2020 - 1:18 PM

The temblor strikes at 1:45 am with an epicenter 255 kilometers south of the town of Nusa Dua, reports the US Geological Service

DISINFECT. A health worker sprays disinfectant as a preventive measure against the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus in a tourist area in Sanur on Indonesia's resort island of Bali on March 16, 2020. Photo by Sonny Tumbelaka/AFP

Dutch king apologizes for violence during Indonesian independence war

Mar 11, 2020 - 1:43 PM

Dutch King Willem-Alexander give the statement during a state visit to the country with Queen Maxima after a ceremony with Indonesian President Joko Widodo in the capital Jakarta

APOLOGY. King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands (left) shakes hands with Indonesian President Joko Widodo during a joint press conference at the presidential palace in Bogor, West Java on March 10, 2020. Photo by Achmad Ibrahim/Pool/AFP

Indonesia detains 'illegal' Vietnamese fishing boats

Mar 05, 2020 - 5:12 PM

Maritime officials say they intercepted 5 fishing boats and apprehended its 68 crew near Indonesia's Natuna islands, which border the South China Sea, most of which is claimed by Beijing

DETAINED. This picture taken in Batam, Kepulauan Riau on March 4, 2020 shows Indonesian officials standing next to Vietnamese fishermen detained by Indonesian authority for illegal fishing in Natuna water. Photo by Teguh Prihatna/AFP

Wealthy Indonesians use names of low-income people to avoid paying tax

Mar 04, 2020 - 5:57 PM

Registering a car, a company or other property in the names of low-income people and subordinates is a common scheme used by wealthy Indonesians to avoid paying tax

This picture taken on January 14, 2020 shows Dimas Prayitno standing at his home in Jakarta. - No one was more surprised to learn that Dimas Prayitno owned a Rolls-Royce than the 21-year-old Indonesian himself, who was baffled when told he owed 15,000 USD in taxes on the luxury vehicle. (Photo by HAERIL HALIM / AFP) / To go with AFP story Indonesia-taxation-economy-crime, FOCUS by Haeril Halim

Erupting Indonesian volcano spews massive ash cloud

Mar 03, 2020 - 5:32 PM

Ash mixed with sand rains down on towns as far as 10 kilometers from the belching crater near Indonesia's cultural capital Yogyakarta.

Ash and smoke rise into the air from Mount Merapi volcano, seen from Sleman on the outskirts of Yogyakarta, on March 3, 2020. Indonesia's most active volcano Mount Merapi erupted on March 3, shooting a massive ash cloud some 6,000 metres (20,000 feet) in the air which coated nearby communities with grey dust and forced an airport closure. RANTO KRESEK / AFP

Indonesia space agency takes small step towards 'dream'

Mar 03, 2020 - 12:57 PM

'We've got a dream to put our own satellite-launching rocket 200 or 300 kilometers into space within 5 years,' says head of Indonesia's Rocket Technology Centre. Some experts question how realistic that timeline is.

ROCKET READY. This picture taken on November 19, 2019 shows workers preparing a miniature test rocket as Indonesia's little-known space agency, the National Institute of Aeronautics and Space (LAPAN), prepares for its latest launch on barren scrubland in Lumajang, East Java. Photo by Juni Kriswanto/AFP

Indonesia official in hot water over 'pool pregnancy' claims

Feb 27, 2020 - 7:01 PM

A child protection commission member of Indonesia draws controversy and online ridicule after her unscientific comments to a major media outlet last week

Thai drug smugglers spared from death penalty in Bali

Feb 27, 2020 - 5:26 PM

The district court in Bali's capital Denpasar says the two Thai women – a janitor and an operator of a motorcycle rental shop in Thailand – had shown remorse for their crimes and deserved leniency

This picture taken on February 26, 2020 shows Kasarin Khamkhao (C) and Sanicha Maneetes of Thailand (L) attend their trial at a Denpasar court on Indonesia's resort island of Bali. The two Thai women convicted of smuggling methamphetamines into Bali have escaped a possible death sentence after the court slapped them with a 16-year prison sentence instead. Tut PARWATA / AFP

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

Sumatran elephant found decapitated in Indonesia

Nov 22, 2019 - 1:14 PM

Indonesia's environment ministry estimates there are fewer than 2,000 of the critically endangered subspecies Sumatran elephants still in the wild

ENDANGERED. File photo of Sumatran elephants, a sub-species of Asian elephants.  Their scientific name is Elephas maximus sumatranus.

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'

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

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

Indonesian president Jokowi taps election arch-rival for defense minister

Oct 24, 2019 - 12:00 PM

Jokowi unveils his new cabinet at an informal presentation, with more than 3 dozen new ministers in eye-catching batik shirts sitting in front of the imposing neoclassical columns of the Merdeka Palace

RIVALS NO MORE. Indonesian President Joko Widodo (right) shakes hands with Defense Minister Prabowo Subianto during the inauguration ceremony at the State palace in Jakarta on October 23, 2019. Photo by Adek Berry/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

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

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

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

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

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

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