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Indonesia military academy hit by virus outbreak

Jul 12, 2020 - 4:15 PM

Of the 1,280 confirmed infections, 991 are cadets and the rest are staff and their family members

OUTBREAK. This picture taken on July 9, 2020 shows the closed main gate of the Indonesian army's Officer Candidate School in Bandung, after more than 1,200 personnel including instructors of the institution were tested positive for COVID-19. Photo by Timur Matahari/AFP

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

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

Indonesia reports another suspected Sumatran tiger poisoning

Jun 29, 2020 - 9:11 PM

Authorities suspect locals attacked the tiger, whose species is critically endangered, for attacking their livestock

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

Indonesia's GoJek latest app to cut jobs as virus takes toll

Jun 24, 2020 - 3:46 PM

GoJek says it will cut 430 posts – or about 9% of its full-time staff – as it cancels massage, house cleaning, and GoFood Festivals, which supplies vending space for food sellers

GOJEK. Two Indonesian drivers of ride-hailing service Gojek chat as they wait for passengers in Jakarta on June 24, 2020. Photo by Adek Berry/AFP

Indonesia's Mount Merapi erupts, spewing ash 6 kilometers high

Jun 21, 2020 - 8:04 PM

Mount Merapi is one of the world's most active volcanoes

10 missing after fishing boat capsizes off Indonesia

Jun 20, 2020 - 2:46 PM

The motorboat sank on Thursday, June 18, after being hit by strong waves in the Sunda strait. Six of the fishermen return to the sinking boat and are rescued the day after as a search continues for the missing.

Indonesia's central bank cuts rates as economy tanks

Jun 18, 2020 - 10:20 PM

Bank Indonesia reduces the key lending rate to 4.25%. It also lowers its 2020 economic growth forecast to between 0.9% and 1.9%.

PRAYERS. Balinese people praying during the Galungan holiday at Jagatnata temple in Denpasar, Indonesia's resort island of Bali, on February 19, 2020. Photo by Sonny Tumbelaka/AFP

Indonesian police battle wave of 'body snatching' by grieving relatives

Jun 12, 2020 - 9:55 PM

Indonesian families have also been urged not to linger at cemeteries, robbing them of the chance to perform prayers for loved ones

Pandemic no match for Indonesia's door-to-door teachers

Jun 12, 2020 - 10:45 AM

'No one's forcing me to do this – it's something inside telling me to do it,' the 57-year-old teacher Henrikus Suroto says

TEACHER. Elementary school students (R) greet their teacher Henrikus Suroto (L) as he arrives to teach them at their homes in Magelang, Central Java, after schools were closed due to the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak. Photo by Agung Supriyanto/AFP

Indonesia posts record virus infections as restrictions eased

Jun 10, 2020 - 7:05 PM

Officially, Indonesia has more than 34,000 cases of COVID-19 and 1,959 deaths. But with one of the world's lowest testing rates, the country's real toll is widely believed to be much higher.

RECORD. Students, wearing face masks amid the coronavirus pandemic have their temperatures taken before sitting a test at an Islamic junior high school in Banda Aceh on June 10, 2020. Photo by Chaideer Mahyuddin/AFP

Indonesia pulls out of annual Mecca pilgrimage over virus fears

Jun 02, 2020 - 4:52 PM

'This was a very bitter and difficult decision,' religious affairs minister Fachrul Razi says of Indonesia's pulling out of the Mecca pilgrimage. 'But we have a responsibility to protect our pilgrims and hajj workers.'

MECCA. This picture taken on May 24, 2020 shows an aerial view of the Grand Mosque and Kaaba in the center of Saudi Arabia's holy city of Mecca. Photo by AFP

LOOK: Indonesia invokes Hague ruling in UN note

May 29, 2020 - 7:03 PM

Read the communication where Indonesia backs the 2016 Hague ruling the Philippines won against China

RULE OF LAW. This handout picture taken and released on January 8, 2020 shows Indonesia President Joko Widodo (R) saluting troops during his visit to a military base in the Natuna islands, which border the South China Sea. Handout photo /Presidential Palace/AFP

In rare move, Indonesia raises Hague ruling vs China

May 28, 2020 - 1:04 PM

(UPDATED) The move provides an 'important building block' for Manila, which won the historic award against Beijing, says Asia maritime expert Greg Poling

LAW OF THE SEA. This handout picture taken and released on January 8, 2020 by the Presidential Palace shows Indonesia's President Joko Widodo walking past the country's flag on a navy ship during his visit to a military base in the Natuna islands, which border the South China Sea. Photo by Handout/Presidential Palace/AFP

Endangered Sumatran tiger found dead in Indonesia

May 20, 2020 - 2:31 PM

The 18-month-old male's decomposing body is found with its leg caught in a trap near a palm oil plantation in Sumatra's Riau province

This picture taken on May 18, 2020 shows the carcass of a 1.5 year old male tiger being handled by officers from Riau's province's Conservation and Nature Resource agency (BKSDA) in Pekanbaru, after the dead animal was found entangled in steel rope at a concession area in the province. WAHYUDI / 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

Indonesia planning 10% tax on foreign digital services

May 18, 2020 - 9:53 PM

Products and services including video games, music and movie streaming could be subject to the levy, the Indonesian government says

Indonesia eyes $1-billion rescue for virus-hit carrier Garuda

May 11, 2020 - 9:30 PM

Some $500 million in Garuda debt would reportedly be restructured with another $500 million in new loans to help the airline meet operational needs for the next 6 months

GARUDA INDONESIA. An aircraft of Indonesia's flag carrier, in Yogyakarta on July 30, 2016. Photo from Shutterstock

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

Magnitude 6.8 quake strikes in Indonesia's Banda Sea, no tsunami alert

May 06, 2020 - 10:45 PM

The epicenter is about 390 kilometers south of the city of Ambon in the archipelago's Maluku province

Indonesia economy sees weakest growth in almost 2 decades

May 05, 2020 - 5:15 PM

Indonesia, Southeast Asia's biggest economy, grows 2.97% in January-March 2020. It is the worst rate since 2001.

A general view shows residential and commercial buildings in Jakarta on May 5, 2020. - Indonesia's economy grew in the first quarter at its slowest pace for almost two decades, and economists warned on May 5 the coronavirus crisis would likely deal an even greater blow in the next three months. (Photo by ADEK BERRY / 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

Deaf Indonesians turn to clear virus masks

Apr 28, 2020 - 12:53 PM

A husband and wife duo in Makassar on Sulawesi island makes cloth masks with transparent plastic in the middle to help fellow deaf people

SEE-THROUGH MASKS. This picture taken on April 26, 2020 shows Faizah Badaruddin, who is deaf and speech-impaired, wearing a homemade face mask which enables people with disabilities like herself to read lips when communicating, in Makassar, South Sulawesi. Photo by Andi/AFP

Indonesia bans air, sea travel until June over coronavirus fears

Apr 24, 2020 - 11:18 AM

The ban on sea travel could hamper the movement of millions in a country of some 17,000 islands where passenger ferries are a key mode of transportation

PRAYERS. Muslim devotees offer prayers on the first night of Ramadan, in Bireuen of Aceh province on April 23, 2020. Photo by Amanda Jufrian/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

LIST: Countries releasing prisoners over coronavirus fears

Apr 07, 2020 - 6:39 PM

(2nd UPDATE) This is in line with the recommendation of United Nations human rights chief Michelle Bachelet to release low-risk offenders and the sick as the world combats the coronavirus pandemic

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

Indonesia declares state of emergency as virus toll jumps

Mar 31, 2020 - 10:48 PM

Indonesian authorities say 136 people have died after contracting the virus, with 1,528 confirmed cases of infection

STATE OF EMERGENCY. People walk through a disinfectant chamber as a preventive measure against COVID-19, before entering a shopping mall in Surabaya on March 31, 2020. Photo by Juni Kriswanto/AFP)

You may not kiss the bride: Social distancing at Indonesia wedding

Mar 26, 2020 - 9:43 AM

The only hint of physical intimacy during the small ceremony was when the groom took off his mask for his bride to feed him a piece of wedding cake

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

Indonesia busts Malaysians for virus-mask smuggling

Mar 12, 2020 - 5:31 PM

Authorities in Sumatra's Medan city prevent a pair of Malaysians from trying to smuggle 12,000 face masks back to their home country

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

Global rallies for International Women's Day despite virus fears

Mar 08, 2020 - 6:19 PM

(UPDATED) Marches take place in Thailand, Indonesia, and the Philippines, while women rally in ultra-conservative Pakistan demanding 'freedom'

WOMEN'S DAY. Veiled female supporters of Pakistani Islamic political party Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) carry placards and banners as they march during a rally to mark the International Women's Day in Islamabad on March 8, 2020. Photo by Aamir Qureshi/AFP

LOOK: Pia Wurtzbach attends Puteri Indonesia 2020

Mar 07, 2020 - 5:45 PM

Pia is one of the judges of the Puteri Indonesia beauty pageant attended by the reigning queens from Miss Universe, Miss International, and Miss Supranational

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

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

Indonesia confirms first coronavirus cases

Mar 02, 2020 - 1:46 PM

A 64-year-old woman and her daughter, 31, test positive for the virus at a Jakarta hospital, says health minister Terawan Agus Putranto

CORONAVIRUS IN INDONESIA. In this file photo taken on January 26, 2020, Chinese tourists, some wearing facemasks as a preventative measure against the COVID-19 novel coronavirus, walk after arriving from Nusa Penida at the fast boat pier in Serangan island in Denpasar, on Indonesia's resort island of Bali. Photo by Sonny Tumbelaka/AFP

Virus slows China's major projects in Asia

Feb 28, 2020 - 11:30 PM

Many Chinese workers who left for the Lunar New Year holidays have not returned. Deliveries of supplies and equipment are also disrupted.

In this photograph taken on February 24, 2020 a Chinese labourer works at a construction site on reclaimed land, part of a Chinese-funded project for Port City, in Colombo. - From an artificial island in Sri Lanka to a bridge in Bangladesh and hydropower projects in Nepal and Indonesia, China's trillion-dollar Belt and Road plan is stuttering under the effects of the deadly coronavirus. (Photo by Ishara S. KODIKARA / AFP) / TO GO WITH AFP STORY 'HEALTH-VIRUS-DIPLOMACY-TRADE-CHINA-SASIA' FOCUS BY POORNIMA WEERASEKARA

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

Torrential rains flood Indonesia capital

Feb 25, 2020 - 2:02 PM

There are no immediate reports of casualties after the latest deluge, but parts of the city grind to a halt as neighborhoods are swamped in muddy water, while power outages hit some districts

FLOODING. Motorists are seen trapped on a flooded toll road after heavy rain in Bekasi, West Java on February 25, 2020. Photo by Rezas/AFP

Gilas Pilipinas responds to Indonesia blowout challenge

Feb 24, 2020 - 12:07 AM

Parading 5 amateur players in its 12-man lineup, Gilas Pilipinas still manhandles Indonesia to open the FIBA Asia Cup 2021 Qualifiers

CHALLENGE ACCEPTED. Kiefer Ravena and Marc Pingris issued a challenge to the rest of Gilas Pilipinas to beat Indonesia by a big margin, and their teammates did not disappoint. Photo from

Gilas Pilipinas blasts Indonesia behind Thirdy revelation

Feb 23, 2020 - 8:59 PM

Thirdy Ravena shines the brightest in a team with 7 PBA players as Gilas Pilipinas gets off to a rousing start in the FIBA Asia Cup 2021 Qualifiers

FUTURE. Thirdy Ravena powers his way to 23 points in just his second game for Gilas Pilipinas. Photo from

Filipino shuttlers bow out in Badminton Asia quarters

Feb 14, 2020 - 9:37 PM

Top-ranked Indonesia ousts the Philippines in the men’s quarterfinals of the 2020 Badminton Asia Team Championships

GALLANTE EFFORT. Philippine bets Alvin Morada and Ariel Magnaye manage to put up a fight against their Indonesian foes. Photo release