The wRap Indonesia: 4th economic stimulus, Sumatran elephants found dead
JAKARTA, Indonesia – From the 4th installment of the government's economic stimulus to more Sumatran elephants found dead, here are the top stories from Indonesia and around the world.
1. Workers' protection
Indonesia unveiled new measures designed to protect workers from exploitation and provide certainty for business as Southeast Asia's biggest economy tries to reverse a sharp slowdown.
It is the 4th time fresh stimulus policies have been revealed in just over a month, as the government seeks to shore up its weak currency and spur the economy, which is growing at its slowest pace in 6 years. In the latest installment, Chief Economics Minister Darmin Nasution announced new rules for determining minimum wage rises, something business has long blamed for denting investor confidence. Read more.
2. Damning report on death row
Foreigners on death row in Indonesia have been denied basic rights and beaten for confessions, Amnesty International said Thursday, October 15 in a damning report that slammed the country's continued use of the death penalty for drug-related crimes.
The London-based rights group also claims in a new report that foreign death row inmates were denied proper legal assistance and access to interpreters during their trials, and signed legal documents in a language they didn't understand. Read more.
3. Rare elephants found dead
Two critically-endangered Sumatran elephants have been found dead from suspected poisoning in Indonesia's Aceh province, an official said Thursday, October 15.
Villagers found the carcasses of the female elephants, aged two and 15, bleeding from their mouths and rectums in the forest near Panggong village in Aceh Jaya district on Wednesday, local conservation agency chief Genman Suhefti Hasibuan told AFP. "Based on our preliminary findings, we suspect they were poisoned but we still need to conduct further tests to confirm," he said. Read more.
4. Not Obama 2.0
Drilling in the Arctic Ocean is too risky, she argues. Deportations? The administration's record rate of sending undocumented immigrants home is unnecessarily "breaking up families," according to Clinton. The White House has dilly-dallied long enough on whether to approve the Keystone XL Pipeline, and Clinton recently came out against it. As for Syria, she has complained that aiding and arming Syrian rebels was taking too long. Read more.
5. Klopp's first game
New Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp said his players will have a clean slate against Tottenham Hotspur this weekend and urged them to play "like in your best dream".
"The most important information is to start new and that is what we will do," he told his pre-match press conference at the club's Melwood training ground. "I am not interested in what the faults were a few weeks ago. I only think about what we can do to be stable in a game, close all our doors and if it is possible, look a little bit out." Read more. – Rappler.com