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Rescuers Battle High Waves In Search For Indonesia Ferry Survivors

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PEMATANG SIANTAR, Indonesia- Indonesian rescue workers fought heavy rains and two-meter waves on Tuesday in a search for survivors after a ferry with at least 80 passengers on board sank in Lake Toba, a popular tourist destination in North Sumatra. An estimated 18 people had been rescued and one passenger was confirmed dead after the…

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Over 50 Dead From Drinking Bootleg Liquor In Jakarta

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JAKARTA – More than 50 people have died in little more than a week after drinking bootleg liquor in western Indonesia, including in the capital, Jakarta, officials said. In the latest incident, 20 people died between Thursday and yesterday in the Cicalengka subdistrict near the West Java capital of Bandung. Head of the state-run hospital…

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Sun Bears Trapped & Killed, Then Made Into Rendang Curry

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PETALING JAYA – Four residents in Riau, Indonesia, are facing the threat of jail-time after admitting to catching and killing three sun bears before cooking them into rendang. According to a BBC Indonesia report, the four men with the initials CS, GS, E and ZDS had caught the sun bears (Helarctos malayanus) with the use…

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12th Malaysia-Indonesia Annual Leaders’ Consultation Begins

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KUCHING – The 12th Malaysia-Indonesia Annual Leaders’ Consultation began here today, with Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak leading the Malaysian delegation and President Joko Widodo heading the Indonesian side. As part of the talks, convened at a hotel here, the two leaders held a Restricted Meeting which began at 10.35 am. They are…

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Indonesia Film Is A Head Above The Pack At Cannes

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IN a year when revenge stories are everywhere at the Cannes film festival, one film has stood out as a “gem” of the genre. Marlina the Murderer in Four Acts is that very rare beast, an Indonesian feminist Western with a neat line in dry humour. Critics have been jumping over themselves to praise it…

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Indonesia Blows Up 81 Fishing Boats Including 49 From Malaysia

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JAKARTA – Indonesia on Saturday (April 1) blew up and sank 81 more fishing boats caught poaching in its waters. This takes the total number of boats confiscated and destroyed to 317 since October 2014 when President Joko Widodo took office and called for tougher action against poachers. Among those sunk so far are fishing…

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Indonesia, Australia To Boost Tourism By Adding New Flight, Cruise Routes

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The Indonesian and Australian governments plan to boost tourism between the two countries by encouraging airlines and cruise liners to add new routes and increase the quantity of existing routes. The plan came after a meeting between the Minister of Transportation Budi Karya Sumadi and Australia’s Minister for Regional Development and Minister for Local Government…

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Indonesia: No Access To Siti Aisyah Until Investigation Concludes

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PETALING JAYA: Indonesia officials will wait for the investigations into the murder of North Korean Kim Jong-nam to conclude before seeking consular access to its citizen, Siti Aisyah (pic), who is one of the suspects in the case. In a statement to Jakarta Post, Indonesia’s Foreign Ministry’s director Lalu Muhammad Iqbal who is in charge…

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Indonesia: Widespread Flooding Hits Jakarta

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Torrential downpours have caused widespread flooding across parts of Indonesia, including in the capital, Jakarta, where the floodwaters are chest-deep in places. The worst of the rains have fallen within the last two days. The Jakarta Observatory reported 144mm of rain in the 24 hours up to 06:00GMT on Tuesday. The average for the entire…

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Second Alleged Jong-nam Killer Holds Indonesian Passport

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KUALA LUMPUR : The second woman arrested in connection with the assassination of North Korean leader’s half-brother Kim Jong-nam was using an Indonesian passport bearing the name of Siti Aishah. Inspector General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar said in a statement that the woman with the Indonesian passport was arrested at 2am on…

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Sexy ‘Dangsut’ Outfits Banned In Tangerang

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JAKARTA: Dangdut groups in Tangerang, Banten, have chosen to comply with a recent ban on the use of revealing outfits by female singers during their performances. The decision was taken in a bid to acquire performance permits from the Tangerang Police.   “Basically, we will just agree [to the ban]. We prefer to comply with…

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U.S Accepts Rohingya Refugees From Indonesia

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JAKARTA: Rohingya Muslim refugees, who are currently staying in Indonesia, will likely head to the U.S. soon despite the tough immigration policy by President Donald Trump. American representatives in Medan and Makassar have begun to resettle Rohingya Muslim refugees, giving light to the country’s recently eclipsed image as the world’s beacon of democracy, freedom and…

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If Singapore Has A Lion, Why Should Indonesia’s Pontianak Not Have A Ghost?

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PONTIANAK, West Kalimantan: Singapore has the Merlion and Kuching in Malaysia has its Cat Statues – both of which long attracted tourists keen to get a shot of the creatures. So why should Pontianak, the capital of the Indonesian province of West Kalimantan, not have its own city personification and build a statue of Kuntilanak,…

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Indonesia, Japan Discuss Maritime Security, Railway Project

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BOGOR – Indonesia and Japan have agreed to step up maritime security and start discussions on a major railway project to link the Southeast Asian nation’s capital and second-biggest city, the leaders of both countries said on Sunday. Japan has historically been one of Indonesia’s biggest investors, but was dealt a blow in 2015 when…

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Indonesian Minister Grants Awards To Garuda Indonesia Flight Attendants

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JAKARTA: Two Garuda Indonesia flight attendants, Vera and Ninik Septinawati, have received awards from Transportation Minister Budi Karya Sumadi for taking the initiative to help an elderly passenger get off the plane on a Kuala Lumpur-Jakarta flight on Saturday. “Their spontaneity in helping passengers who are in need of help is very important in the…

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Indonesia Wants To Promote ‘Warteg’ In Malaysia

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JAKARTA: Indonesia’s cooperatives and small and medium enterprises ministry said on Thursday that it would facilitate the setting up of warteg (an abbreviation for warung Tegal, a stall serving traditional food from Tegal in central Java) in Malaysia next year. Warteg Cooperative (Kowarteg) chairman Sastoro said minister Anak Agung Gede Ngurah Puspayoga believed that the…

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Indonesian Muslim Man Born On Dec 25 Named Merry Christmas

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JAKARTA: A 54-year-old man living in Malang regency, East Java, was named Slamet Hari Natal, meaning Merry Christmas, by his parents because he was born on Dec. 25, 1962. “Yes, that’s my name,” he said as quoted by tribunnews.com on Tuesday. He showed his ID card and family card, which said his name was “Slamet…

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Australian Tourists Paraded In ‘Walk Of Shame’ Over Bicycle Theft In Indonesia

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JAKARTA: Two Australian tourists accused of stealing a bicycle have been forced to take a “walk of shame” through an Indonesian island with signs round their necks, an official said Tuesday. “I am thief. Don’t do what I did,” the signs read. The tourists, whose identities were not revealed, allegedly stole the bicycle about 10…

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6.0-Magnitude Undersea Quake Hits Eastern Indonesia

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Jakarta (AFP) – A strong 6.0-magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of eastern Indonesia on Monday, US seismologists said, but no tsunami warning was issued and there were no immediate reports of casualties or damage. The undersea quake hit about 190 kilometres (120 miles) northeast of Maumere, a holiday destination in Flores, at 09:13 am…

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Indonesia’s Police Chief: Protesters May Storm Parliament Over Blasphemy Row

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JAKARTA (Reuters) – Indonesia’s chief of police warned on Monday that demonstrators may try to storm parliament to protest against the Christian governor of the capital Jakarta, who, they say, insulted the Koran. Police used tear gas and water cannon on Nov. 4 to disperse more than 100,000 protesters demanding that the Christian governor of…

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Jakarta Governor Ahok Named As Suspect In Blasphemy Case

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JAKARTA: After weeks of investigations, the Indonesian police have named incumbent Jakarta governor Basuki “Ahok” Tjahaja Purnama (pic) as a suspect in a blasphemy case, a move that may jeopardise the gubernatorial candidate’s efforts to seek re-election. The police said they made the decision after learning the outcome of a case screening on Tuesday regarding…

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Indonesia Police Brace For Hardline Islamic Protes

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JAKARTA (Reuters) – Truckloads of soldiers and police took the streets of Jakarta on Friday, securing shopping malls and business areas, as residents in the Indonesian capital braced for a large-scale protest planned by hardline Muslim groups. Thousands of protesters, led by the Islamic Defenders Front (FPI), are expected to demand the resignation of the…

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Malaysians Advised To Stay Away From Jakarta On Friday

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JAKARTA: Malaysians have been advised to stay away from Jakarta on Friday to avoid getting trapped in a demonstration planned against the city’s governor Basuki Tjahaja Purnama. Malaysian Ambassador to Indonesia Datuk Seri Zahrain Mohamed Hashim said today Malaysians already in Jakarta should keep away from areas around the National Monument, Istiqal Mosque, Balaikota (City…

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Indonesian Denies Killing College Mate By Poisoned Coffee

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Jakarta :An Indonesian woman accused of murdering her college friend by slipping cyanide into her coffee broke down in tears as she took the stand to deny carrying out the crime. Prosecutors are demanding that Jessica Kumala Wongso, an Australian permanent resident, be jailed for 20 years for the murder of Wayan Mirna Salihin, who…

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Rio Ferdinand Tweet Sparks Southeast Asian Food Fight

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JAKARTA: Former England footballer Rio Ferdinand has unwittingly sparked a cross-border food fight after suggesting that a rice dish was Singaporean, to the horror of Indonesians who claim it as their own. Ferdinand made the food faux pas during a weekend trip to watch the Singapore Grand Prix, when he tweeted a picture of himself…

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We Breathe Easier This September Clearer Skies Due To Indonesia’s Action

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PETALING JAYA: It has been a sunny September with mostly clear skies so far, unlike the hazy days during the same period last year. Natural Resources and Environment Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar said Indonesia took steps to lessen the hotspots in the country. “The Indonesian government took prevention and mitigation measures…

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Indonesia Pushes For ASEAN – Japan Maritime Partnership

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JAKARTA – Indonesia is pushing for strengthening cooperation in maritime and human resource fields between the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) members and Japan since they can be regional partners, Indonesia’s Antara news agency reports. Indonesian president Joko Widodo gave a call for this at the 19th ASEAN-Japan Summit at the National Convention Center,…

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Indonesian Police Bust Online Male Prostitution Ring

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JAKARTA: (AFP) – Indonesian police said Thursday they have arrested three suspects in connection with an online prostitution ring that allegedly linked adult men to about 100 mostly teenage boys. Officers caught the first suspect, a man in his 40s accused of pimping out boys on his Facebook page, on Tuesday in a hotel room…

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Indonesia Steps Up Security In Bali After Arrest Of Suspected Militant

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DENPASAR, Indonesia (Reuters) – Indonesian authorities have tightened security in Bali, a police official said late on Monday, after reports at the weekend of a suspected militant plot to attack the holiday island. “In connection with information about a terror arrest and a planned action in Bali, we are increasing security at all points of…

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Second Indonesian Escapes Abu Sayyaf Kidnappers

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MANILA: The military has found a second Indonesia kidnap victim who escaped his Abu Sayyaf captors in Sulu on Wednesday afternoon, authorities said Thursday. Western Mindanao Command spokesperson Major Filemon Tan said the kidnap victim identified himself as Ismail, chief officer of the tugboat “Charles.” Ismail was one of seven tugboat crew men abducted by…

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