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Bali eyes September reopening for foreign tourists

Jul 06, 2020 - 8:43 PM

The island will reopen beaches, temples, and other tourism spots for domestic visitors by the end of July and welcome foreign holidaymakers from September 11

REOPENING. In this file photo, a Balinese security employee stand on a deserted beach amid the COVID-19 pandemic, in Kuta near Denpasar on Indonesia's resort island of Bali on May 29, 2020. File photo by Sonny Tumbelaka/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

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

Ceres blanks Bali United in closed-door 2020 AFC Cup match

Mar 11, 2020 - 10:36 PM

Ceres-Negros FC continues its dominant run as the Busmen stay on top of Group G

BRACE. Bienvenido Marañon adds another two goals to his personal scoring list. Photo courtesy of Ceres-Negros FC

Bali prays as virus hits tourism on Island of the Gods

Mar 02, 2020 - 8:20 PM

In Bali, some China-focused businesses are forced to shut down and others say they're on the brink of bankruptcy

This picture taken on February 19, 2020 shows Balinese people praying during the Galungan holiday at Jagatnata temple in Denpasar, Indonesia's resort island of Bali. - Bali's Galungan festival celebrates the triumph of good over evil, but a new enemy is threatening that cosmic balance -- coronavirus. At a temple in Bali's capital Denpasar, many faithful at the annual event hoped incense-and-flower offerings would help the Hindu island get back on its feet after a drastic slump in Chinese visitors hammered the key tourism sector. (Photo by SONNY TUMBELAKA / AFP) / TO GO WITH AFP STORY CHINA-HEALTH-VIRUS-TOURISM-INDONESIA-BALI,FOCUS BY PETER BRIEGER AND AGNES ANYA

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

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 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

PetroGazz stuns reigning champion Creamline in PVL opener

May 26, 2019 - 8:21 PM

Imports fuel PetroGazz’s charge as Creamline suffers a major blow with the injury of MVP Alyssa Valdez

HOT START. PetroGazz makes a statement right in the opener with a huge upset of Creamline. Photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler

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

‘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

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

U.S.-backed Syrian forces battle to take last ISIS pocket

Feb 11, 2019 - 10:47 PM

More than 4 years after the extremists declared a 'caliphate' across large parts of Syria and neighboring Iraq, several offensives have whittled that proto-state down to a tiny holdout

LAST POCKET. Fighters from the Syrian Democratic Forces walk in the front line village of Baghouz in the countryside of the eastern Syrian Deir Ezzor province, on the border with Iraq, on February 2, 2019. FILE Photo by Delil Souleiman/AFP

Agung volcano in Bali spews ash in fresh eruption

Dec 30, 2018 - 5:06 PM

Residents and tourists are advised to stay out of the danger zone or within the four-kilometer radius from the crater

MOUNT AGUNG. A file photo of Mount Agung volcano (in background), taken from Kubu in the Karangasem Regency on Indonesia's resort island of Bali on November 29, 2017. Photo by Sonny Tumbelaka/AFP PHOTO

Released Bali Nine drug-smuggler returns home to more legal woes

Nov 22, 2018 - 9:04 AM

Police want to question Renae Lawrence about outstanding arrest warrants dating from before her ill-fated departure for Bali in 2005

RELEASED. Renae Lawrence (C) of Australia is escorted from Bangli prison after being released in Bangli regency on Bali island on November 21, 2018. Photo by Sonny Tumbelaka/AFP

Indonesia frees Bali Nine drug smuggler Lawrence from prison

Nov 21, 2018 - 3:49 PM

(UPDATED) It is likely that Renae Lawrence will be deported shortly after her release

BALI NINE. In this file photo taken on October 21, 2005, Australian Renae Lawrence holds hands with relative as she asks for support before her trial at a court in Denpasar. File photo by Ardiles Rante/AFP

'Winter is coming,' Indonesian leader warns amid economic gloom

Oct 12, 2018 - 3:08 PM

Joko Widodo's offbeat reference to the wildly popular show draw applause from the audience attending the annual meetings of the International Monetary Fund and World Bank in Bali

'WINTER IS COMING.' Indonesia President Joko Widodo delivers his speech at the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and World Bank annual meetings in Nusa Dua, on Indonesia's resort island of Bali on October 12, 2018. Photo by Sonny Tumbelaka/AFP

3 dead, IMF summit shaken as strong earthquake hits Indonesia

Oct 11, 2018 - 8:03 AM

(UPDATED) Some attendees in Bali for the International Monetary Fund and World Bank annual meetings this week evacuated their hotels as the quake shook the island

Duterte to visit Bali for October 11 meeting with ASEAN leaders

Oct 08, 2018 - 11:21 AM

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte is expected to have a bilateral meeting with Indonesian President Joko Widodo in Bali, Indonesia

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and Indonesia President Joko Widodo engage in a conversation prior to the signing ceremony at the Malacañan Palace on April 28, 2017 following a successful bilateral meeting. Malacañan Photo

Huge drugs haul intercepted in Bali – Indonesia police

Jul 16, 2018 - 7:23 PM

Some 600,000 pseudoephedrine tablets being sent from South Korea to Australia are found during a stopover on the Indonesian resort island. The bust, which occurred in January, is announced Monday.

DRUG BUST. An Indonesian customs officer speaks to journalists during a press conference after they seized cold relief tablets that contained a key ingredient for making illicit drugs at at Ngurah Rai International Airport on Indonesia's resort island of Bali on July 16, 2018. Photo by Sonny Tumbelaka/AFP

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Jun 29, 2018 - 12:47 PM

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Bali reopens airport after volcano eruption strands thousands of tourists

Jun 29, 2018 - 9:09 AM

(UPDATED) The early morning closure has sparked the cancellation of more than 300 flights to and from the tropical paradise with nearly 27,000 passengers affected

MOUNT AGUNG. This handout picture taken on June 29, 2018 and released by Indonesia's Badan Nasional Penanggulangan Bencana (BNPB), the accident mitigation agency, shows Mount Agung erupting in eastern Bali. Handout photo by Badan Nasional Penanggulangan Bencana/AFP

High Flyers escape Water Defenders' threat in 5-set thriller

Jun 06, 2018 - 10:25 PM

PayMaya puts lock on second spot to join the Creamline Cool Smashers as outright semi-finalists

OUTRIGHT SEMIS. PayMaya gets a longer break after jumping straight to the semi-finals. File photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Global Cebu caps off 2018 AFC Cup run with win over Bali United

Apr 25, 2018 - 8:58 PM

Sanchez and Mulders save the Cebu-based club from finishing at the bottom of Group G

STATEMENT. Global Cebu FC's second win comes in their final match against Bali United in Indonesia. Photo from Global Cebu FC Facebook page

Global, Ceres draw in second AFC Cup matches

Feb 28, 2018 - 10:29 AM

Both Filipino clubs look to improve their record as they march into their 3rd matches next week

HUSTLE. Stephan Schrock facilitates Ceres' offense but fell short in the draw with Home United. Photo from Twitter (@AFCCup)

Global Cebu vows to bounce back in home game against Bali United

Feb 26, 2018 - 6:05 PM

Tuesday's match is a 'must-win' for both Global-Cebu and Bali United

BOUNCE BACK. Global-Cebu FC aims to get their first 3 points in the 2018 AFC Cup. Photo by Beatrice Go/Rappler

11 Turkish troops killed in deadliest day of Kurdish offensive in Syria

Feb 11, 2018 - 9:54 AM

The fatalities follow Turkey sending troops and launching air strikes against Kurdish militia in Northern Syria

Bali declares 'garbage emergency' amid sea of waste

Dec 28, 2017 - 1:39 PM

Often dubbed a paradise on earth, the Indonesian holiday island has become an embarrassing poster child for the country's trash problem

WASTE. This photo taken on December 19, 2017 shows rubbish collectors picking up trash on Kuta beach near Denpasar, on Indonesia's tourist island of Bali. Photo by SONNY TUMBELAKA/AFP

Target wisatawan meleset, Bali akan promosi besar-besaran

Dec 19, 2017 - 8:39 AM

Dari target 6 juta wisatawan mancanegara, hanya 5,5 juta yang akan datang ke Bali tahun ini

Menteri Arief Yahya (tengah) seusai pertemuan dengan para pemangku kepentingan pariwisata di Bali Tourism Board, Denpasar, Senin, 18 Desember 2017. Foto oleh Bram Setiawan/Rappler

Gunung Agung kembali erupsi, bandara di Bali dan Lombok tetap buka

Dec 08, 2017 - 5:15 PM

BNPB mengimbau masyarakat tetap tenang dan berwisata ke Bali

ERUPSI. Gunung Agung kembali erupsi dan menyemburkan abu vulkanik pada Jumat, 8 Desember. Foto oleh @Sutopo_BNPB

Pasca erupsi Gunung Agung, industri pariwisata andalkan kunjungan turis domestik

Dec 07, 2017 - 10:06 AM

Pelaku industri pariwisata berharap kunjungan turis ke Bali masih mampu menembus angka 50 persen

MEROSOT. Pasca erupsi Gunung Agung, jumlah kunjungan turis ke Pulau Bali terus merosot. Foto oleh AFP

Berita selebriti hari ini: Selasa, 5 Desember 2017

Dec 05, 2017 - 3:32 PM

Rangkuman berita seputar selebriti dan dunia hiburan yang tidak boleh Anda lewatkan

Menanti Gunung Agung berhenti erupsi

Dec 05, 2017 - 6:17 AM

Para pengungsi meyakini jika Gunung Agung akan kembali meletus seperti tahun 1963 lalu

Berita selebriti hari ini: Senin, 4 Desember 2017

Dec 04, 2017 - 12:06 PM

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Flights resume as Bali's volcano-hit airport reopens

Nov 30, 2017 - 12:15 PM

The alert level on Mount Agung remains at the maximum, but a change in wind direction blew towering columns of ash and smoke away from the airport

RUMBLING. This general view shows smoke coming from Mount Agung volcano (in background), taken from Kubu in the Karangasem Regency on Indonesia's resort island of Bali on November 29, 2017. Sonny Tumbelaka/AFP

Letusan Gunung Agung tahun 1963 dalam ingatan warga Bali

Nov 30, 2017 - 8:59 AM

Dalam peristiwa tahun 1963 lalu menewaskan 608 orang

MELETUS. Letusan Gunung Agung yang terlihat dari area Karangasem pada Maret 1963. Foto: dokumentasi PVBMG yang dipajang di posko pemantauan Desa Rendang

Indonesia reopens Bali airport shut by volcanic ash fears

Nov 29, 2017 - 3:32 PM

(UPDATED) The eagerly awaited decision opens up a window of hope for some of more than 120,000 tourists stranded after a spike in activity at Mount Agung grounded hundreds of flights

WAITING. Passengers gather at the Ngurah Rai International airport in Denpasar, Bali on November 28, 2017 to wait for possible flights out following Mount Agung's volcano eruption. Juni Kriswanto/AFP

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, November 29, 2017

Nov 29, 2017 - 11:50 AM

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Justice Teresita De Castro testifies before the House Committee on Justice during Chief Justice Ma. Lourdes Serenoo during the Impeachment proceedings on Wednesday. Photo by DARREN LANGIT

Indonesia extends Bali airport closure over volcanic ash

Nov 29, 2017 - 8:01 AM

(UPDATED) Mount Agung, which looms over one of the world's top holiday spots, could produce a thunderous eruption at any moment, officials have warned

CANCELLED. A flight information board shows the list of delayed flights due to the volcano at the Ngurah Rai International airport in Denpasar, Bali on November 28, 2017 to wait for possible flights out following Mount Agung's eruption. Juni Kriswanto/AFP

Evacuation centers, hotels fill up as Bali eruption looms

Nov 28, 2017 - 3:52 PM

Stranded tourists hunt for accommodation while frightened villagers living in Mount Agung's shadow make their way to more than 200 evacuation centers as the mountain gushes smoke and ash

RUMBLING. A general view shows Mount Agung erupting seen from Kubu sub-district in Karangasem Regency on Indonesia's resort island of Bali on November 28, 2017. Sonny Tumbelaka/AFP

Gunung Agung meletus, Julie Estelle tak takut pulang ke Bali

Nov 28, 2017 - 3:32 PM

Bali seperti rumah kedua bagi Julie karena orang tuanya menetap di sana

GUNUNG AGUNG. Julie Estelle mengaku tak takut pulang ke Bali meski kondisi Gunung Agung maish tak pasti. Foto dari akun Instagram @julstelle

Ash from rumbling volcano forces Bali airport to stay shut

Nov 28, 2017 - 8:51 AM

(UPDATED) Massive columns of thick grey smoke that have been belching from Mount Agung since last week have now begun shooting more than 3 kilometers (two miles) into the sky, forcing hundreds of flights to be grounded

STRANDED. Passengers gather at the Gusti Ngurah Rai International airport in Denpasar, Bali on November 27, 2017, after flights were cancelled due to the threat of an eruption by the Mount Agung volcano. Yuda A Riyanto/AFP

Thousands flee as Bali raises volcano alert to highest level

Nov 27, 2017 - 8:10 AM

(UPDATED) Some 40,000 frightened people have fled their homes around the volcano but as many as 100,000 will likely be forced to leave, disaster agency officials say

RITUAL. Balinese Hindus take part in a ceremony, where they pray near Mount Agung in hope of preventing a volcanic eruption, in Muntig village of the Kubu sub-district in Karangasem Regency on Indonesia's resort island of Bali on November 26, 2017. Sonny Tumbelaka/AFP

Bali volcano spews smoke and ash, disrupting flights

Nov 26, 2017 - 1:12 PM

(UPDATED) At least 2,000 passengers are affected, mostly tourists from Australia

NATURE'S FURY. Mount Agung's eruption is seen next to a Balinese temple at Kubu sub-district in Karangasem Regency on Indonesia's resort island of Bali on November 26, 2017. Sonny Tumbelaka/AFP

Bali volcano spews smoke for second time in a week

Nov 26, 2017 - 12:46 AM

The alert level for Mount Agung remains at the second-highest, a volcanologist says

EVACUATION. In this file photo, a truckload of livestock leaves a village at the slope of Mount Agung volcano in Karangasem, on paradise island of Bali on September 28, 2017. Photo by Bay Ismoyo/AFP

Terlibat narkotika, pelarian Wakil Ketua DPRD Bali berakhir di kandang sapi

Nov 14, 2017 - 2:58 PM

"Dia tangkap di dalam kandang sapi, tidur di dalam kandang itu."

Kapolresta Denpasar Kombes Pol Hadi Purnomo bersama Kasat Reserse Narkoba Polresta Denpasar Kompol I Wayan Arta Ariawan memperlihatkan daftar pencarian orang yang salah satunya Wakil Ketua DPRD Bali, Jro Gede Komang Svastika sebagai tersangka bandar narkoba, dalam konferensi pers di Polresta Denpasar, Senin (6/11). FOTO oleh Nyoman Budhiana/ANTARA

Angry woman discovers husband's affair mid-flight, forces emergency landing

Nov 07, 2017 - 5:20 PM

As her husband slept, she used his hand to unlock his fingerprint-protected phone, revealing the alleged affair in all its sordid detail

EMERGENCY LANDING. A Qatar airways flight gets diverted over a mid-flight marital spat.

Pia Wurtzbach, Marlon Stockinger's vacation pics are giving us all the feels

Oct 31, 2017 - 8:01 PM

Pia and Marlon spend some time together in Bali

Walau status Gunung Agung diturunkan, tidak boleh ada aktivitas di zona bahaya

Oct 30, 2017 - 6:37 AM

Pasca status Gunung Agung diturunkan, sudah ada pengungsi yang kembali ke rumahnya

DITURUNKAN. Status Gunung Agung diturunkan dari level awas menjadi siaga. Foto diambil dari akun Twitter @Sutopo_BNPB

Mengolah sudut pandang dan berbicara sastra Indonesia bersama Intan Paramaditha

Oct 23, 2017 - 11:30 AM

Intan akan berbicara di Ubud Writers and Readers Festival 2017 dan membahas mulai dari keberadaan seni Indonesia hingga diskusi kehidupan sastra di Asia Tenggara

Intan Paramaditha, novelis dan akademisi kelahiran Bandung, akan berbicara di Ubud Writers and Readers Festival 2017. Foto dari UWRF