People rest in a monastery that has turn into a temporary shelter for internally displaced people (IDPs) at a village in Pauktaw township in Myanmar’s western Rakhine State.//AFP

Indonesia says held ‘positive’ Myanmar political talks

Jakarta, Indonesia – Indonesia on Friday said it had hosted “positive” talks with the main sides of the Myanmar conflict in a bid to kickstart a stuttering peace process almost three years after…

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Indonesia election commission confirms presidential candidates

Jakarta, Indonesia – Indonesia’s election commission on Monday announced the candidates for next year’s presidential vote when the world’s third largest democracy is due to pick a successor to incumbent leader Joko…

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Sri Lanka offers free visas to seven nations including Thailand

Colombo – Sri Lanka has approved issuing free tourist visas to visitors from seven countries including Thailand to boost tourism and help revive its crisis-hit economy. Other countries are China,…

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Gibran Rakabuming Raka (C), the son of Indonesia’s President Joko Widodo, rides a bicycle to meet supporters after declaring victory in the mayoral election in Solo on December 9, 2020.//AF{

Indonesian court paves way for president’s son to run in 2024 election

Jakarta, Indonesia – Indonesia on Monday amended the eligibility requirements to run for president and vice president, creating an exception to the minimum age threshold that could pave the way for the…

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Passengers alight after riding on the Jakarta-Bandung high-speed train during a week-long public trial phase at the Halim station in Jakarta on September 17, 2023. The operation of a high-speed railway running from capital Jakarta to the Javan city of Bandung funded by Beijing is set to open next month after a series of delays. (Photo by Yasuyoshi CHIBA / AFP)

Indonesia to launch China-funded high-speed rail, first in Southeast Asia

Indonesia is set to launch Southeast Asia’s first high-speed railway on Monday, a delayed multibillion-dollar project backed by China that will cut travel between capital Jakarta and another major city…

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An official takes measurements of the blooming Rafflesia Arnoldi flower at the Rafflesia Arnoldi flower conservation center, in Pematang Kota Agung Utara, on November 1, 2022.//AFP

Most species of ‘world’s largest flower’ risk extinction: study

Bangkok, Thailand – Most species of the famously large Rafflesia flower, which has long captured the imagination with its enormous speckled red petals, are now at risk of extinction, new research warned Wednesday….

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Indonesia woman jailed for TikTok video praying before eating pork

Jakarta, Indonesia – An Indonesian court has sentenced a woman to two years in prison and handed her a heavy fine after she recited an Islamic prayer before eating pork in…

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File photo : Luxembourg’s Prime Minister Xavier Bettel gestures as he arrives to attend the EU-ASEAN in December 2022.//AFP

Luxembourg to sign the ASEAN TAC next year

Jakarta – ASEAN leaders have welcomed Luxembourg’s intention to accede to the Treaty of Amity and Cooperation in Southeast Asia (TAC), Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi told a press conference…

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Philippines’ President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. attends the plenary session of the ASEAN Summit in Jakarta on September 5.//AFP

Philippines says ‘ready’ to chair ASEAN in 2026 instead of Myanmar

Jakarta, Indonesia  – The Philippines is ready to chair ASEAN in 2026 instead of Myanmar, President Ferdinand Marcos Jr said Tuesday, as the bloc wrestles with how to engage with…

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(L-R) Singapore’s Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, Thailand’s Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Sarun Charoensuwan, Vietnam’s Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh, Indonesian President Joko Widodo, Laotian Prime Minister Sonexay Siphandone and Brunei’s Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah pose for a family photo during the opening ceremony of the ASEAN Summit in Jakarta on September 5.//AFP

ASEAN leaders seek unity at summit dominated by Myanmar crisis

Jakarta, Indonesia – Southeast Asian leaders met in Indonesia on Tuesday to seek a united voice on the years-long Myanmar crisis and tackle rifts over China’s growing assertiveness in the…

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Japan is ASEAN’s new comprehensive strategic partner

Jakarta – ASEAN will accord Japan a comprehensive strategic partnership (CSP) at the ASEAN summit on Wednesday, according to a diplomatic source. The ASEAN leaders will make the announcement of…

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ERIA launches a digital innovation centre

Jakarta – To promote digital innovation and sustainable economic growth in East Asia, ASEAN’s research think-tank, the Economic Research Institute of ASEAN and East Asia (ERIA), launched the Digital Innovation…

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[FILE] Semi-Finalists take part of the 71st Miss Universe competition at the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans, Louisiana on January 14, 2023. (Photo by TIMOTHY A. CLARY / AFP)

Miss Universe cuts ties with Indonesia chapter after harassment allegations

The Miss Universe Organization has cut ties with its Indonesia franchise, it announced days after allegations of sexual harassment, and will cancel an upcoming Malaysia edition. In the complaint, more than…

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Thailand’s 2023 inflation forecast to be 1-2%, the lowest in ASEAN

Thailand’s inflation rate is the lowest among the seven ASEAN countries which have already announced their rates, with inflation for the whole year expected to range between 1% and 2%,…

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Thailand to host 5th round of IPEF negotiations in September

Thailand is due to hold the 5th Indo-Pacific Economic Framework’s (IPEF) Negotiation Round, from September 10-16, according to an informed source. Thailand is one of the 14 founding signatories to…

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TikTok won’t launch cross-border e-commerce services in Indonesia amid concerns

TikTok said it has no plans to roll out a cross-border business in Indonesia as a government minister on Thursday expressed concerns over how reported plans for a new e-commerce…

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Schoolchildren make their way to school as haze from forest fires blankets Palembang. (Photo by Abdul Qodir / AFP)

As El Nino fuels fire risk, Southeast Asia prepares for haze crisis

Southeast Asian nations are gearing up to tackle the threat of a tougher-than-usual “haze” season together, as the El Nino climate phenomenon raises the risk of soaring temperatures. Ministers and…

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Indonesia says Taliban representatives visited ‘informally’

Representatives of Afghanistan’s Taliban government travelled to Indonesia earlier this month on an unofficial visit, the foreign ministry in Jakarta said Tuesday, despite Kabul saying they held meetings with politicians…

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Indonesia sees rising wildfire risk amid dry weather conditions – govt

Indonesian authorities said on Monday the number of areas where wildfire could occur has doubled over the past week due to dry weather, raising concerns over widespread forest fires even…

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At least 15 killed, 19 missing in Indonesia ferry sinking

At least 15 people were killed and 19 more were missing on Monday after a ferry sank off the coast of Indonesia’s Sulawesi island, search and rescue officials said. The…

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Members of anti-animal cruelty group Humane Society International, (HSI) transport a cage containing dogs from a slaughter house in Tomohon, North Sulawesi, Indonesia, Friday, July 21, 2023. (Photo by Mohammad Taufan / AP)

A notorious Indonesian animal market has ended its brutal dog and cat meat trade, campaigners say

Authorities on Friday announced the end of the “brutally cruel” dog and cat meat slaughter at a notorious animal market on the Indonesian island of Sulawesi following a years-long campaign…

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Fur-ever after: Indonesians sorry after lavish dog ‘wedding’ backlash

Jakarta – Two Indonesian women have apologised after a lavish “wedding” for their dogs sparked a backlash in the middle-income country, where wealth distribution is one of the most unequal in…

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First driverless train in Indonesia begins its operation

The newly launched light rail train LRT service in Jakarta, the first autonomous train designed by Indonesian engineers, begin its operation this month. Although the LRT can run on its own,…

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Indonesia’s Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi (Adi WEDA / POOL / AFP)

Wording on Myanmar delays ASEAN joint communique

ASEAN foreign ministers, winding up their meeting in Jakarta, could not agree on the wording of their joint communique, concerning the current situation in Myanmar, according to an informed ASEAN…

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ASEAN struggles for unity on Myanmar conflict

Southeast Asian countries struggling for unity on how to achieve peace in Myanmar were expected on Thursday to release a statement on their deliberations at a conference this week, with…

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ASEAN chair Indonesia has little to show for Myanmar peace drive – diplomats

Indonesia, working on behalf of southeast Asian nations, has little to show so far for its intense behind-the-scenes efforts to bridge gaps between factions in Myanmar’s conflict, diplomatic sources say….

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Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi is hosting two days of talks with Southeast Asian ministers © AJENG DINAR ULFIANA / POOL/AFP

ASEAN chair Indonesia urges political solution to Myanmar crisis

ASEAN chair Indonesia on Wednesday urged a political solution to the Myanmar crisis at regional talks where Thailand’s envoy announced he met the country’s deposed democratic leader Aung San Suu Kyi last week. Myanmar has been ravaged by deadly violence…

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Indonesia seizes Iran-flagged tanker over suspected crude oil transfer

Indonesian maritime authorities seized an Iranian-flagged tanker carrying more than 200,000 metric tons of light crude oil after a suspected illegal transfer at sea, they said Tuesday. Iran has been…

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Blinken to seek ASEAN pushback on China, pressure on Myanmar

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken will seek in talks with Southeast Asian nations next week to push back on China and to pressure Myanmar’s junta, a top aide said…

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Morning commute traffic streams past the Meta sign outside the headquarters of Facebook parent company Meta Platforms Inc in Mountain View, California, U.S. November 9, 2022. REUTERS/Peter DaSilva/File Photo

Malaysia to take legal action against Meta over harmful content

Malaysia said on Friday it will take legal action against Facebook parent Meta Platforms for failing to remove “undesirable” posts, the strongest measure the country has taken to date over such…

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Indonesia orders 13 long-range military radars from Thales

Indonesia has ordered 13 long-range military radars from Thales to boost airspace surveillance efforts across its immense archipelago, the French manufacturer and state-owned Indonesian defence firm PT Len Industri said…

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Indonesia to host high-level ASEAN Indo-Pacific Forum

Indonesia, the current ASEAN chair, will host the first high-level ASEAN Indo-Pacific Forum, alongside the ASEAN-related summits, on September 6th and 7th, according to an informed source. The forum is…

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Indonesia accuses EU of ‘regulatory imperialism’ with deforestation law

Indonesia sees the European Union as conducting “regulatory imperialism” with its new deforestation law, but both sides would still engage in talks on a free trade deal, an Indonesian minister…

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Indonesia proposes peace plan for Russia-Ukraine war; says conflict is no advantage for anyone

Indonesia’s defence minister proposed a plan Saturday to end the war between Russia and Ukraine at a defence summit in Singapore, an initiative that drew quick criticism from attendees. “I…

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Wages in Thailand are not only one factor in potential investor decisions

Raising the minimum wage in Thailand to 450 baht a day will make workers happy, but certainly not business operators, as reflected in the negative opinions voiced by various business…

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Two Thai national footballers banned for six month for brawling at SEA Games

The Football Association (FA) of Thailand has banned two players from national matches for six months and suspended three staff for a year after brawls during the SEA Games men’s…

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Indonesia says it’s ready to broker Ukraine-Russia peace efforts

Indonesia is ready to broker peace efforts between Ukraine and Russia, said Indonesian President Joko Widodo during a bilateral meeting with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, on the sidelines of the…

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Indonesia President Joko Widodo delivers his speech during the 42nd ASEAN Summit in Labuan Bajo, East Nusa Tenggara province, Indonesia, May 10, 2023. Achmad Ibrahim/Pool via REUTERS

ASEAN must show unity to tackle Myanmar’s escalating crisis, Indonesia president says

Myanmar’s ruling military has made no significant progress on implementing a peace plan agreed with ASEAN two years ago and the bloc must show unity in deciding how to address…

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Indonesia, Singapore condemn ‘shootout’ involving ASEAN officials in Myanmar

Indonesia and Singapore condemned an attack against a convoy including Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) officials delivering humanitarian aid in Myanmar and called for an end to violence in…

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Jakarta mosque leads the way on renewable energy

Jakarta’s Grand Istiqlal Mosque is busy with worshippers this Ramadan. This year they are being encouraged to donate to boost the mosque’s green credentials. A major renovation in 2019 installed…

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This handout picture taken and released on March 24, 2023 by the Vulcanology and Geological Hazard Mitigation Center shows Mount Ili Lewotolok spewing ash into the air on Lembata island, in East Nusa Tenggara province. – Indonesia’s Mount Ili Lewotolok erupted on March 24 belching a tower of smoke and ash almost a kilometre into the sky and prompting authorities to impose a no-go zone in the area. (Photo by Handout / Vulcanology and Geological Hazard Mitigation Center / AFP)

Indonesia volcano erupts, spews tower of smoke and ash

Indonesia’s Mount Ili Lewotolok erupted Friday, belching a tower of smoke and ash almost a kilometre into the sky and prompting authorities to impose a no-go zone in the area….

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Mount Merapi volcano spews lava from its crater as seen from Sleman in Yogyakarta early on March 18, 2023. AFPPIX

Indonesia’s Merapi volcano erupts, spews hot lava

Indonesia’s Mount Merapi, one of the world’s most active volcanoes, erupted late Friday and continued to spew hot ash and other volcanic material on Saturday. Footage of flaming lava pouring…

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Twin moms teach hope to marginalised children in Indonesia

In bright pink dresses and flashy straw hats, septuagenarian Indonesian twins Sri Irianingsih and Sri Rossyati strolled through rows of desks as students attentively wrote on workbooks. Known by students,…

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Indonesia landslide kills 15, dozens feared missing

At least 15 people were killed and dozens feared missing after torrential rains and landslides battered one of Indonesia’s outermost islands bordering the South China Sea, disaster officials said Monday. Pictures provided…

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A woman poses with the newly set up logo of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), as Indonesia officially assumes the group’s chairmanship following a ceremony in Jakarta on January 29, 2023. Goh Chai Hin / AFP

ASEAN will issue “Bali Concord 4” at its year-end summit

As has happened during previous Indonesian ASEAN chairmanships, the Bali Concord 4 will be issued to institutionalise human rights and other civic values within the grouping at the 42nd ASEAN-related…

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Collected cough syrups in Banjul. Indian authorities are investigating cough syrups made by a local pharmaceutical company after the World Health Organisation said they could be responsible for the deaths of 66 children in The Gambia. MILAN BERCKMANS / AFP

WHO urges action on contaminated meds after child deaths

Following the deaths of more than 300 children from contaminated cough syrup, the WHO appealed Monday for “immediate and coordinated action” to root out substandard and falsified medicines around the…

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Thailand prepares for Chinese group tours arriving from February 6th

Thailand’s Deputy Prime Minister Anutin Charnvirakul has instructed the Transport, Public Health and Tourism and Sport ministries to take appropriate steps to cope with increased arrivals from China, as the…

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ASEAN Summit to put more emphasis on women’s empowerment

The Indonesian government will put more emphasis on women’s empowerment during its ASEAN chairmanship this year, including by setting an agenda on women’s peace and security. The ministry of women…

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6.2-magnitude quake hits off Indonesia’s Sumatra: USGS

A 6.2-magnitude earthquake hit off the coast of Indonesia’s Sumatra island early Monday, the US Geological Survey reported. The epicentre of the quake was 48 kilometres (30 miles) south-southeast of…

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Rohingya refugees carry their goods as they walk following their arrival at the beach in Gampong Baro village, Aceh Besar, Aceh province, Indonesia, January 8, 2023, in this photo taken by Antara Foto. Antara Foto/Khalis Surry/via REUTERS

Boat with 185 Rohingya refugees lands in Indonesia’s Aceh

JAKARTA, Jan 8 (Reuters) – A boat with 185 Rohingya refugees landed on the shores of Indonesia’s Aceh province on Sunday, a local disaster agency official said, following hundreds who…

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Attendees watch a short film to mark the ASEAN chairmanship being passed to Indonesia at the closing ceremony of the 40th and 41st Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summits in Phnom Penh on November 13, 2022. (Photo by Nhac NGUYEN / AFP)

ASEAN FMs’ retreat to be held on 3-4 February

Indonesia, the new ASEAN chair, will hold its first ministerial retreat in early February to discuss the bloc’s agenda and priorities, according to a diplomatic source. The retreat will be…

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Yasonna Laoly, Indonesian Minister of Law and Human Rights, receives the new criminal code report from Bambang Wuryanto, head of the parliamentary commission overseeing the revision, during a parliamentary plenary meeting in Jakarta, Indonesia, December 6, 2022. REUTERS/Willy Kurniawan

Indonesia parliament ratifies criminal code that bans sex outside marriage

Indonesia’s parliament on Tuesday approved a criminal code that bans sex outside marriage with a punishment of up to one year in jail, part of a raft of legal changes…

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Indonesian President Joko Widodo gestures as he delivers his remarks during the annual meeting of Indonesia’s central bank with its financial stakeholders in Jakarta, Indonesia, November 30, 2022. REUTERS/Willy Kurniawan

Indonesia set to pass new criminal code that will ban sex outside marriage

Indonesia is expected to ratify sweeping changes to its criminal code on Tuesday, senior officials confirmed, in a legal overhaul that critics say could wind back hard-won democratic freedoms and police morality in the…

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Gladak Perak Bridge is seen following the eruption of Mount Semeru volcano, in Lumajang, East Java province, Indonesia, December 4, 2022. Antara Foto/National Disasters Mitigation Agency (BNPB)/ via REUTERS

Thousands on alert in Indonesia’s Java after Mt. Semeru eruption

Thousands of residents in Indonesia‘s East Java were on high alert on Monday after a violent eruption at the island’s tallest volcano prompted authorities to impose an 8-kilometer no-go zone and…

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Age is not the main challenge for ASEAN’s young politicians

No political party should see themselves representing a single generation and involving more young politicians is necessary to stay relevant in politics, according to panel discussion on the challenges facing…

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Indonesia raises volcano warning to highest after Semeru erupts – media

Indonesian authorities raised the warning on Semeru volcano to the highest level on Sunday, Kompas TV reported, after an eruption spewed a column of ash high into the air. The evacuation of…

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Challenges for Asian journalists, leaders

Thai Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) and its English website, Thai PBS World, recently gathered journalists and young political leaders from Asia to discuss the challenges they face and the most…

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A woman reacts after watching her destroyed home following Monday’s earthquake that hit Cianjur, West Java province, Indonesia, November 24, 2022. REUTERS/Ajeng Dinar Ulfiana

Indonesia struggles to get aid to quake survivors, rescue continues

Indonesian authorities struggled on Thursday to get aid to thousands of evacuees displaced by a deadly earthquake in western Java, as rain-triggered landslides and difficult mountainous terrain hampered the efforts…

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A damaged house is pictured after an earthquake in Cianjur, West Java province, Indonesia, November 22, 2022. / REUTERS

Traumatised relatives await news of missing in quake-hit Indonesia

Traumatised relatives awaited news on Wednesday of the fate of loved ones missing after an earthquake shattered a town in Indonesia’s West Java on Monday, with more heavy machinery deployed to clear landslides that…

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Rescue workers carry the body of a victim in Cianjur on November 22, 2022, following a 5.6-magnitude earthquake that killed at least 162 people, with hundreds injured and others missing. (Photo by ADEK BERRY / AFP)

Indonesia quake toll jumps to 268, rescuers hunt for survivors

(AFP) – The death toll from an earthquake on Indonesia’s main island of Java jumped to 268 on Tuesday, as rescuers searched for survivors in the rubble and relatives started…

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A view of a collapsed school building following an earthquake in Cianjur, West Java province, Indonesia, November 21, 2022. REUTERS/Iman Firmansyah

Indonesia quake kills over 160, search for survivors continues

CIANJUR, Indonesia (Reuters) – A powerful earthquake killed more than 160 people in Indonesia’s West Java province on Monday, with rescuers searching for survivors trapped under the rubble amid a…

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Municipality officers evacuate their injured colleague following an earthquake in Cianjur, West Java province, Indonesia, November 21, 2022. Antara Foto/Regional Disasters Mitigation Agency (BPBD) via REUTERS

Indonesia quake kills more than 50, injures hundreds and destroys homes

JAKARTA, Nov 21 (Reuters) – A 5.6-magnitude earthquake killed more than 50 people and injured hundreds in Indonesia’s West Java province on Monday, with rescuers trying to reach survivors trapped…

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US Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen (R) chats with her Australian counterpart Jim Chalmers (L) before launching a pandemic fund as part of the G20 dialogue, in Nusa Dua on the Indonesian resort island of Bali on November 13, 2022. (Photo by BAY ISMOYO / AFP)

G20 ministers launch billion-dollar pandemic fund

(AFP) – G20 health and finance ministers launched a $1.4-billion fund Sunday to tackle the next global pandemic ahead of the bloc’s leaders gathering for a summit on the Indonesian…

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This aerial picture shows a row of housing units (bottom) in downtown Jakarta on November 1, 2022. (Photo by BAY ISMOYO / AFP)

Indonesia Q3 growth rises but remains below forecasts

(AFP) – Indonesia’s economic growth accelerated in the third quarter of 2022 on the back of strong exports and domestic consumption, official data showed on Monday, but it remained below…

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Indonesia says 74 children have died from acute kidney injury this year

More than 70 children in Indonesia have died from acute kidney injury (AKI) since January this year, a health ministry official said on Wednesday, as a team of experts investigates the spike in…

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A supporter soccer club Arema FC prays for victims of Saturday’s soccer match stampede inside the Kanjuruhan Stadium in Malang, Indonesia, Monday, Oct. 3, 2022. Panic at an Indonesian soccer match Saturday left over 100 people dead, most of whom were trampled to death after police fired tear gas to stop the violence. (AP Photo/Achmad Ibrahim)

Indonesia police chief, others removed over soccer disaster

An Indonesian police chief and nine elite officers were removed from their posts Monday and 18 others were being investigated for responsibility in the firing of tear gas inside a…

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Football supporters named Ultras chant slogans during a candlelight vigil to show their condolences to victims of a stampede, in Jakarta on October 2, 2022. (Photo by ADEK BERRY / AFP)

Anger grows against Indonesia police over football stadium tragedy

Anger against police mounted in Indonesia on Monday after at least 125 people were killed in one of the deadliest disasters in the history of football, when officers fired tear…

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This picture shows torched vehicles outside Kanjuruhan stadium in Malang, East Java on October 2, 2022. (Photo by PUTRI / AFP)

At least 127 dead after riot at Indonesia football match

(AFP) – At least 127 people died at a football stadium in Indonesia when fans invaded the pitch and police responded with tear gas, triggering a stampede, authorities said Sunday….

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Seven dead in Indonesia mine landslide: district chief

Indonesian rescuers have recovered seven bodies after a landslide at an illegal gold mine buried an estimated 20 people, officials said on Saturday. The victims were mining gold on a…

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Magnitude 6.2 earthquake strikes Papua, Indonesia, no tsunami warning -BMKG

An earthquake of magnitude 6.2 struck the region of Papua in Indonesia on Saturday and has no potential to trigger a tsunami, the country’s geophysics agency (BMKG) said. The quake struck about…

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U.S. Secretary of State Blinken to make first official visit to Thailand

The U.S. Secretary of State, Antony Blinken, will pay his first official visit to Thailand on July 9th and 10th and will meet Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha and Foreign Minister…

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Brazilian arrested in Indonesia carrying cannabis bought in Thailand

A Brazilian student was caught at Bali airport in Indonesia with 9.1 grams of cannabis, which he had allegedly bought in Thailand, prompting warnings to both Thais and foreigners travelling…

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(File) Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi (SAM PANTHAKY / AFP)

Indonesia summons India envoy over ‘derogatory’ Prophet remarks

Indonesia has summoned India’s envoy in Jakarta over “derogatory” remarks made about the Prophet Mohammed by two officials of the South Asian country’s ruling party, the foreign ministry said Tuesday. The move by the most populous Muslim-majority country came after…

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China’s destroyer flotilla conducts naval drill in South China Sea

China’s destroyer flotilla has conducted a live-fire multi-subject combat drill in the South China Sea, reported by Chinese state media CCTV. The report said the drill was to verify the…

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Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction (GPDRR) 2022 in Bali, Indonesia (27/5/2022). ANTARA FOTO/Akbar Nugroho Gumay/nym.

UN disaster summit concludes with ‘Bali Agenda for Resilience’

The Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction was a ‘wake-up call’ to improve preventative measures and ‘stop the spiral of increasing disaster impact and risk’. May 27, 2022, Bali, INDONESIA…

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Representatives of 193 countries discuss disaster risk mitigation in Indonesia

About 5,000 representatives of governments, the private sector and civil societies from 193 countries are in Bali, Indonesia, to attend the 7th session of the Global Platform (GP2022), convened by…

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Devotees light lanterns during Vesak day celebration at the Borobudur temple in Magelang, central Java on May 16, 2022. (Photo by JUNI KRISWANTO / AFP)

Vesak Day celebration in Borobudur with thousands of lanterns

Indonesia organized the 2566 Vesak day celebration at the Borobudur temple in Central Java, local media TVRI reported. The event, by the Indonesian Buddhists Council and the Indonesian Buddhists Association,…

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U.S. President Joe Biden participates virtually with the ASEAN summit from an auditorium at the White House in Washington, U.S. October 26, 2021. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

ASEAN seeks US support for peace efforts in Ukraine

ASEAN hopes the US will play a constructive role in backing an ASEAN effort to maintain peace and stability, to mitigate the negative impacts of the Ukraine conflict. Director General…

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Japan’s Prime Minister Fumio Kishida inspects the honour guard at Government House in Bangkok on May 2, 2022, on his official visit to Thailand. (Photo by Lillian SUWANRUMPHA / AFP)

Japan’s reaffirms middle-of-the-road approach to diplomacy

During his three-nation visit to ASEAN member countries over the past five days, Japan’s Prime Minister Fumio Kishida demonstrated his country’s middle-of-the-road approach to diplomacy when it comes to special…

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Indonesian navy arrests two crude palm oil smuggling foreign tankers

The Indonesian navy arrested two foreign-flagged tankers attempting to smuggle crude palm oil or CPO. The navy arrested mt world tanker on its way from Dumai in Riau province to…

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Indonesia to lift the ban on palm oil export when domestic market well supplied

President Joko Widodo has ensured that the ban on the export of cooking oil and its raw materials will be lifted only if the cooking oil supply in the market…

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Mout Batur, South Batur, Indonesia. (Photo by Anatoliy Shostak)

Bali to deport man for dancing naked at sacred mountain

A Canadian actor and self-proclaimed wellness guru is facing deportation from Indonesia’s Bali island after a video of him dancing naked at a sacred mountain went viral. Jeffrey Craigen posted…

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Indonesia greets Ramadan with mass prayer as COVID curbs ease

JAKARTA, April 3 (Reuters) – The world’s largest Muslim-majority nation of Indonesia welcomed the start of the holy fasting month of Ramadan with a mass prayer at Jakarta’s grand mosque on Saturday,…

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6.7-magnitude quake strikes Indonesia’s Sumatra

Jakarta (AFP) – A strong quake struck off the west coast of Indonesia’s Sumatra island early on Monday, sending residents fleeing from their homes, but no damage or victims were reported…

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Myanmar to skip ASEAN ministerial meeting, Cambodia says

Cambodia said on Tuesday that Myanmar had confirmed its absence from this week’s meeting of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), a day after its ruling military criticised neighbours…

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A man stands as he travels on a wooden boat near a port in Tanjungpinang, on the island of Bintan, Indonesia, June 15, 2019. REUTERS/Willy Kurniawan

Indonesia reopens islands to Singaporean tourists

JAKARTA, Jan 24 (Reuters) – Indonesia opened up two islands close to Singapore to visitors from the city-state on Monday, officials said, as part of calibrated moves to reboot its…

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Biden sends letter to ASEAN assuring them of US commitment

Last week, US President Joe Biden sent a letter to ASEAN leaders assuring them that the proposed special US-ASEAN summit is still on the agenda, according to a highly placed…

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Indonesian Air Force helicopters carrying a big flag fly above high rise buildings during the country’s 76th Independence Day celebrations in Jakarta, Indonesia, August 17, 2021. REUTERS/Willy Kurniawan

Indonesia passes law paving way for capital’s move to Borneo

Jakarta (AFP) – Indonesia’s parliament on Tuesday passed a law approving the relocation of its capital from slowly sinking Jakarta to a site 2,000 kilometres (1,200 miles) away on jungle-clad Borneo…

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People wearing protective masks lean on the poles while waiting for a commuter train at a platform of a station during the afternoon rush hours as the Omicron variant continues to spread, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, in Jakarta, Indonesia, January 3, 2022. REUTERS/Willy Kurniawan

Indonesia reports over 1,000 daily COVID-19 cases, highest in 3 months

JAKARTA, Jan 15 (Reuters) – Indonesia reported 1,054 new COVID-19 cases on Saturday, the highest daily increase in three months, as the government braces for a new wave of coronavirus…

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ASEAN-Japan ties – The next chapter

Japan has launched multi-pronged initiatives aimed at promoting ASEAN-Japan relations, taking it from a development to a co-creation partner, according to Japan’s Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry, Koichi Hagiuda….

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A healthcare worker wearing personal protective equipment (PPE) takes a swab sample to test for the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Jakarta, Indonesia, December 16, 2021. REUTERS/Ajeng Dinar Ulfiana

Indonesia to give booster shots to public from Jan 12 as Omicron spreads

JAKARTA, Jan 3 (Reuters) – Indonesia will begin giving COVID-19 booster shots to the general public from January 12, health minister Budi Gunadi Sadikin said on Monday, as the Omicron…

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Thailand win Suzuki Cup for record sixth time

Thailand lifted the AFF Suzuki Cup for a record sixth time on Saturday, after a 2-2 draw with Indonesia in the final’s second leg sealed a 6-2 aggregate victory at the…

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Thailand thump Indonesia 4-0 to take control of AFF Suzuki Cup final

Chanathip Songkrasin scored twice as Thailand closed in on a sixth AFF Suzuki Cup title with a 4-0 thumping of Indonesia in the first leg of the final on Wednesday. The Thai…

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Thailand book place in AFF Suzuki Cup final

Thailand booked their place in the AFF Suzuki Cup final for a ninth time in 13 attempts after they held defending champions Vietnam to a goalless draw on Sunday in the…

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Villagers stand outside a building in Maumere in East Nusa Tenggara on Flores island on December 14, 2021, after a 7.3-magnitude earthquake struck off the coast in eastern Indonesia. (Photo by YANUARIUS ARLINO WELIANTO / AFP)

7.3-magnitude quake strikes Indonesia

Jakarta (AFP) – A 7.3-magnitude earthquake struck eastern Indonesia on Tuesday, the US Geological Survey said, with monitors briefly warning of the possibility of hazardous tsunami waves before lifting the threat….

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An area is seen covered in volcanic ash at Sumber Wuluh village in Lumajang on December 5, 2021, after the Semeru volcano eruption that killed at least 13 people. JUNI KRISWANTO / AFP

  Indonesia volcano eruption kills 13, dozens injured

 The death toll from a sudden, spectacular eruption of Indonesia’s Mount Semeru has risen to 13, disaster officials said Sunday, as rescuers searched villages blanketed in molten ash for survivors….

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Thailand extends list of countries and territories, the citizens of which can enter the Kingdom without quarantine

Thailand has extended the list of “low risk” countries and territories whose citizens will be allowed to enter the kingdom without quarantine from Tomorrow (Monday), according to an announcement issued…

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Sultan of Brunei Hassanal Bolkiah (C) takes part in the ASEAN-China Summit on the sidelines of the 38th Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) summit held online on a live video conference in Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei, on October 26, 2021. Hakim S. Hayat / AFP

Southeast Asian leaders hold summit, excluding Myanmar coup leader

Southeast Asian leaders begin their annual summit on Tuesday without Myanmar military leader Min Aung Hlaing, who overthrew a civilian government on Feb. 1, in a rare exclusion for the…

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Indonesia’s international airport in Tuban on Indonesia’s resort island of Bali. (Photo by SONNY TUMBELAKA / AFP)

Indonesia set COVID19 Quarantine set to five days

The Indonesian government has officially cut the quarantine period from eight days to five days, following the Circular of the Covid-19 Task Force Number 20 of 2021 concerning International Travel…

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Sanur Beach in Bali, Indonesia (Photo by SONNY TUMBELAKA / AFP)

Indonesia to partially reopen resort island Bali

Jakarta (AFP) – Indonesia will reopen the resort island of Bali to select international travellers next week, a senior minister said, after the pandemic starved the holiday hotspot of one of…

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