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Jakarta Governor Concedes Election After Divisive Campaign

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JAKARTA Gov. Basuki “Ahok” Tjahaja Purnama conceded his loss in a re-election bid Wednesday, bringing to an end what one newspaper called Indonesia’s “dirtiest, most polarizing” campaign. His defeat will likely be seen as a victory for the country’s conservative Muslims, who have campaigned strongly against the ethnic Chinese Christian governor commonly known as Ahok.…

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Two Arrested In Connection With Jakarta Mass Murders

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JAKARTA: Indonesian police have arrested two suspects allegedly connected to the recent mass killing in a house in Pulo Mas, East Jakarta, where six people died while five others suffered injuries. The two suspects, Ramlan Butar Butar alias Pincang and Erwin Situmorang, were arrested in Ramlan’s brother’s house in Bekasi, West Java, Jakarta police spokesman…

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Malaysia Gives Aid To Religious School In Jakarta

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JAKARTA – The problems and poverty faced by religious schools known as ‘pondok pesantren’ in Indonesia constantly received attention from Malaysia. Malaysia, via the Malaysian Ambassador to Indonesia, today handed over a cash donation amounting to more than Rp30 million (about RM10,000) to the Pondok Pesantren Al I’tishom in Southern Jakarta here. The contribution was…

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Jakarta Governor Fights Blasphemy Charges

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Jakarta, Dec 20, 2016 (AFP) – Jakarta’s Christian governor returned to court Tuesday to fight allegations of insulting the Koran that could see him jailed under tough blasphemy laws in the world’s largest Muslim-majority country. The high-profile case against Basuki Tjahaja Purnama — the first Christian to govern the capital in more than 50 years…

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Indonesia Transfixed As Tearful Jakarta Governor Appears At Blasphemy Trial

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JAKARTA (Reuters) – A tearful governor of Jakarta denied on Tuesday he had intended to insult the Koran at the start of his blasphemy trial in the Indonesian capital, which is seen as a test of religious freedom in the world largest Muslim-majority nation. Around 100 Muslim protesters calling for the jailing of Governor Basuki…

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Thousands Of Muslims Gather For Protest Against Jakarta Governor

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JAKARTA (Reuters) – Thousands of white-clad Muslims streamed towards a central Jakarta park on Friday, gathering for a rally expected to draw more than 100,000 Indonesians demanding the arrest of the capital’s governor, a Christian accused of insulting the Koran. National news agency Antara said 22,000 police personnel would be deployed to avoid a repeat…

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Stop Slash And Burn By Farmers, Jakarta Told

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KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia has urged Indonesia to rethink allowing its smallholders to carry out open burning to clear land. This traditional method, if stopped, will help lessen the transboundary haze that plagues Malaysia annually, said Natural Resource and Environment Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar. “I understand that it is a tradition for…

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Haze Descends On Jakarta

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JAKARTA: A haze has descended on this Indonesian capital city, reducing visibility to between five and 10 kilometres and making several skyscrapers “disappear” from view. This Bernama correspondent snapped some photographs which had several tall buildings, such as the 132-metre high National Monument, “missing”. The air pollutant index table on the website of the Agency…

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Jakarta Hosts Extraordinary Meeting Of OIC Foreign Ministers On Palestine

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From Azeman Ariffin JAKARTA: Malaysian Foreign Minister Datuk Seri Anifah Aman is leading the country’s delegation to the 5th Extraordinary Ministerial Meeting of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) on Palestine and Al-Quds Al-Sharif being held here Monday. More than 600 delegates from 57 OIC member countries and two international organisations are attending the meeting.…

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Four Suspected Attackers Dead In Jakarta, Area Being Secured – Police

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JAKARTA (Reuters) – Indonesian police shot dead four suspected militants who were part of a bomb and gun attack in the capital, Jakarta, on Thursday and the area is being secured, a police spokesman said. “We are sterilising the building from basement to top,” Iqbal Kabid told reporters, explaining that a gunbattle between the attackers…

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Single Window System For Foreign Workers To Tackle Human Trafficking

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JAKARTA – The single window system to register foreign workers online next month will be able to tackle the issue of human trafficking and victimisation of foreign workers. Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, who is also home minister, said the system would apply to all manpower-supplying nations, except Indonesia which would…

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Jakarta Mulls Legalising Prostitution

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JAKARTA: Controlling prostitution activities by allowing it – this is the proposal which was made by the Jakarta Special Capital Region  provincial government. Prostitution activities maybe permitted in several areas here in an effort to control illegal prostitutions in rented rooms and apartments. The idea to legalise prostitution and create registered sex industry workers was raised by Jakarta…

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Inauguration of Jakarta’s 1st Ethnic Chinese Christian Governor In 50 Years Delayed

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JAKARTA – The inauguration of Jakarta’s first Christian governor in 50 years was postponed to next week to allow for a presidential decree on his appointment, the Jakarta Globe reported on Tuesday, quoting the home affairs minister. Deputy Governor Basuki Tjahaja Purnama (pic), better known by his nickname “Ahok”, was initially scheduled to be sworn…

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