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  • Government aiming big in fisheries exports

    The government is targeting US$5 billion worth of exports from the fisheries sector this year, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Minister Susi Pudjiastuti has said.

  • Rachmawati to award Kim Jong Un

    Rachmawati Soekarnoputri, daughter of Indonesia’s first president Soekarno, said that she plans to give the Soekarno Award to President of North Korea Kim Jong Un after recently meeting with North Korea’s ambassador to Indonesia Ri Jong Ryul.

  • Papua’s first railroad to connect Sorong-Manokwari

    The National Development Planning Board (Bappenas) has announced that the first railway service in Papua will be the Sorong-Manokwari route in West Papua.

  • Colorful

    Colorful: Hot air balloons fly over the Chambley Airbase, northeastern France, on Friday, during the international hot air balloons meeting "Lorraine Mondial Air Ballons" in Hageville. (AFP/Jean-Christophe Verhaegen)

  • Bali to host fashion festival in August

    A fashion festival is set to grace Bali at the Trans Resort Bali from August 15-22.

  • Beijing selected to host 2022 Winter Olympics

    Beijing has been selected to host the 2022 Winter Olympics, becoming the first city awarded both the winter and summer games.

  • Surf Snowdonia

    A lifeguard is pictured at the head of a 300m long and 110m wide artificial lagoon known as Surf Snowdonia in the village of Dolgarrog in north Wales on July 30, 2015.

  • Wikileaks says US spied on Japanese government, companies

    The Wikileaks website has published documents that it says shows the U.S. government spied on Japanese officials and companies.

  • Afghan Taliban release statement praising new leader

    The Afghan Taliban on Friday praised their new leader, saying he was one of the most "trusted" associates of the late Mullah Mohammad Omar, a statement likely meant to rally followers behind the leadership at a time of a deeply fractured insurgency.

  • Turkey: 5 killed in clashes between authorities and PKK

    Kurdish rebels raided a Turkish police station and fired on railway workers in two separate attacks that left five dead, officials said Friday, amid renewed conflict between the security forces and insurgents that has wrecked the fragile peace process.

  • Google rejects French order on world 'right to be forgotten'

    Google is rejecting an order by the French data privacy agency to remove search results worldwide upon request, saying European law allowing the 'right to be forgotten' doesn't apply globally.

  • Arson attack

    Palestinians look at the damage after a house was set on fire by Jewish settlers in the West Bank village of Duma on Friday. A Palestinian toddler was burned to death and four family members injured in the arson attack on two homes in the occupied West Bank.  

  • Heavy rain

    Indian commuters leave a railway station under heavy rain from Cyclone Komen in Kolkata on July 31, 2015. The cyclone made landfall in Bangladesh as it dropped heavy rain across the Bay of Bengal region. (AFP/Dibyangshu Sarkar)

  • Friday prayer

    Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan (C) attends a Friday prayer at Istiqlal grand mosque in Jakarta, on Friday. Erdogan will have several meeting with high ranking officials during his two-day state visit.

  • OCBC named world's 3rd strongest bank

    Singapore's Big Three banks have been ranked by Bloomberg Markets magazine as among the world's ten strongest lenders.

  • Suicide bomber strikes at Maiduguri market in Nigeria

    Witnesses say a female suicide bomber has killed many people at a taxi rank at a crowded market in Nigeria's northeastern city of Maiduguri.

  • Greek bailout talks to shift gear

    Lead negotiators from the European Union and International Monetary Fund began an intensive round of talks with Greece on Friday to hammer out details of a third international bailout worth some 85 billion euros ($93 billion).

  • Ahok launches BRT buses, issues ultimatum to APTB

    As many as 300 bus rapid transit (BRT) vehicles will be provided by the Transportation Ministry for operation by the state-run city bus company (PPD).

  • Search mission

    Workers for an association responsible for maintaining paths to the beaches from being overgrown by shrubs, search the beach for possible additional airplane debris near the area where an airplane wing part was washed up, in the early morning near Saint-Andre on the north coast of the Indian Ocean island of Reunion Friday.

  • Japanese girl's WWII job: waving goodbye to kamikaze pilots

    As young army pilots took off on suicide-attack missions in the closing days of World War II, the schoolgirls in this southwestern Japanese town waved handkerchiefs and branches of pink blossoms.

  • Labour protest

    Members of Australian labour unions march in protest of a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with China in Sydney on Friday. Around 1,000 unionists attended the rally to condemn the federal government for signing the Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with China, saying it threatens Australian jobs, wages and conditions.

  • High five

    IOC president Thomas Bach (C) gestures to retired Chinese professional basketball player and member of the Chinese delegation Yao Ming (R) during the bid presentation to host the 2022 Winter Olympics in the Chinese city of Beijing, at the 128th International Olympic Committee (IOC) session in Kuala Lumpur on Friday.

  • Landslides, floods kill 34 in Nepal

    Landslides and flash floods triggered by heavy rainfall since Wednesday afternoon killed at least 34 people in various places of Kaski, Myagdi, Baglung and Chitwan districts.

  • Jakarta Police to detain Trade Ministry official related to Tanjung Priok corruption

    The Jakarta Police will detain the Trade Ministry’s head of subdirectory non-imported capital goods Imam Aryanta as a suspect in the dwelling time corruption and money laundering case at the Tanjung Priok Port in North Jakarta as soon as he arrives in the country from a business trip to Canada.

  • Australian seated beside overweight passenger sues Etihad

    Etihad Airways says it will fight a lawsuit by an Australian passenger who says he was left with back pain because he was seated beside an overweight man on a 14-hour flight from the United Arab Emirates to Sydney.

  • Microsoft says 14 million computers now running Windows 10

    Microsoft says its' new Windows 10 operating system is now running on more than 14 million computers, two days after the software was released as a free download.

  • Fire in Taxation Directorate General’s office

    Twenty-two fire trucks are still on location following a fire incident at the Taxation Directorate General’s office in South Jakarta.

  • Child abuse surges by 50% in Korea

    The number of child abuse cases increased by 50 per cent in Korea in 2014 from the year before, with more than 80 per cent of the abusers being parents

  • Spying claims denied by China

    Allegations of economic espionage leveled by the United States against Chinese universities and government-backed companies are completely groundless, the Foreign Ministry said on Thursday.

  • Samsung to focus on premium TVs, chips

    Samsung Electronics on Thursday hinted at cutting prices of its flagship smartphones later this year, pledging to focus on premium TVs and chips for more profits.

  • Korea's Caffe Bene receives halal certification

    South Korea’s Caffe Bene has become the first coffee franchise in South Korea to receive halal food certification, the company said Tuesday.

  • Hansel and Gretel

    Mexican Gray wolve (Canis lupus baileyi) "Gretel" is seen at Aurora zoo in Guatemala City on Thursday. Two Mexican Gray Wolves -- named Hansel and Gretel and the first of their kind to arrive in Guatemala -- were donated to the Guatemalan Zoo by a private hatchery of the Mexican city of Tijuana.

  • Migrant influx

    Migrants try to board a train to Serbia in the town of Gevgelija, on the Macedonian-Greek border on Thursday. The migrants, among them children and elderly people, are trying to cross Macedonia and Serbia and enter the EU via Hungary. Hungarian authorities started building a fence along the country's border with Serbia earlier this week to halt the migrant influx.

  • Beating the heat

    Pakistani children play in a polluted stream to beat the heat in a suburb of Islamabad, Pakistan, Thursday.

  • BMKG says El Niño will extend dry season

    The Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) predicted on Thursday that the intensity of El Niño could strengthen in the next four months and is likely to give rise to a prolonged dry season.

  • A gathering in Pyongyang

    This picture taken by North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on Thursday shows people gathering during the 4th National Conference of War Veterans at Kim Il-Sung square in Pyongyang. (AFP)

  • Thick haze causes flight and health issues

    Thick haze originating from forest and land fires in Riau has started to disturb flights in Pekanbaru, and has also threatened the health of the residents in the provincial capital.

  • Afghan Taliban announce Mullah Akhtar Mansour as new leader

    The Taliban appointed Mullah Akhtar Mansour as the new leader of the Afghan insurgent group, a statement said Friday, marking a historic power transition for the militant movement.

  • Singapore court rules in favor of JIS, teachers

    The Singapore High Court has awarded material compensation for the Jakarta Intercultural School (JIS) and two of its teachers in a defamation case against the mother of one of three alleged victims of sexual abuse.

  • Guess what?: Bogor mayor makes film debut

    Bogor Mayor Bima Arya has appeared in new film Catatan Akhir Kuliah (Last Note at College), as a lecturer.

  • Guess what?: Judika injured while playing soccer

    Singer and actor Judika said he had trouble walking for few days after being injured in a recent soccer game.

  • Grateful son

    A military officer kisses his mother’s feet at his graduation ceremony at the Police Academy in Semarang, Central Java, Thursday. President Joko Widodo inaugurated 793 military and police officers at the event.(JP/Suherdjoko)

  • Congresses to promote moderate view of Islam

    Indonesia’s two largest Islamic organizations, Nahdlatul Ulama (NU) and Muhammadiyah, are preparing to become beacons of moderate Islam as they discuss their programs for the next five years.

  • Company profits take a battering

    A host of benchmark publicly listed companies suffered double-digit plunges in first-half net profits, something unseen since 2008, as weak domestic consumption and low commodity prices linger.

  • Aboriginal Art: Connecting the dots

    Coming all the way from Yirrkala, a small town on the northeast tip of Arnhem Land, about 700 kilometers east of Darwin, Australia, Ronald Nawurapu Wunungmurra’s visit to Indonesia was a noble gesture.

  • Crucifixion

    Bus driver Miguel Garcete, 30, lies in a cart with his hands nailed to a wooden cross, during a protest caravan of recently fired bus drivers, in Asuncion, Paraguay, Thursday. Ten protesters, their hands nailed to crosses, caravanned to the Ministry of Labor to demand that a group of 23 bus drivers be given their jobs back.

  • Concerts to Cheer music lovers

    The party is still on. After the holiday season, renowned international artists — from pop sensation Ariana Grande to old-time favorites Bon Jovi or Frente — will arrive in the country to entertain music lovers. The choice is yours.

  • Survivors

    Women and children rescued by Nigerian soldiers from Boko Haram extremists in northeast Nigeria arrive at the military office in Maiduguri, Nigeria, Thursday. Soldiers rescued 71 people, almost all girls and women, in firefights that killed many Boko Haram militants in villages near the northeastern city of Maiduguri, Nigeria’s military said Thursday.

  • A muddy vacation

    Ultra-Orthodox Jewish men float and cover their bodies with mineral-rich mud during their holidays, at a men's-only beach on the shores of the northern part of the Dead Sea on July 30, 2015, in the West Bank.  

  • AlbumReviews: ‘Currents’ by Tame Impala

    The members of Australia-based band Tame Impala are the kind of musicians who will make you think twice about pop music.

  • Judge leaves Katy Perry's bid to buy convent in limbo

    Katy Perry's dream of owning a hilltop convent near Hollywood is going to have to wait a while longer.

  • Astra sees profit dimming in first semester

    Astra International reported a plunge in its net profit during the first half of the year as the diversified conglomerate firm grappled to ease the impact of the country’s economic slowdown.

  • SMGR net profits drop 20% in first half

    Publicly listed state cement giant Semen Indonesia (SMGR) saw its net profit contract 20.63 percent year-on-year (yoy) to Rp 2.18 trillion (US$161.5 million) in the first semester of this year on weak sales, lower margins and soaring costs.

  • BNI profit plunges, Mandiri maintains earning growth

    Indonesia’s two state banks Bank Negara Indonesia (BNI) and Bank Mandiri reported lower growth in their net profits in the first semester of this year as the country’s economic slowdown hits their corporate borrowers.

  • Carrying on tradition

    A boy who lives in Kramat Pulo in Tanah Tinggi subdistrict in Central Jakarta caries a male Ondel-ondel (Betawi giant effigy) that will be brought to Cipulir in South Jakarta on Thursday. Once used to protect Betawi people from bad luck, Ondel-ondel are now an important element in Betawi cultural festivities.(JP/P.J. Leo)

  • Greater Jakarta: PPD introduces onboard bus e-ticketing

    Albeit late, Indonesia is set to see its first onboard e-ticketing system on a city bus, led by state-run bus company Perum PPD.

  • Greater Jakarta: MRT project prepares for tunneling phase

    MRT project operator PT MRT Jakarta is currently preparing to welcome a giant tunnel-boring machine (TBM) to construct its underground routes.

  • Greater Jakarta: ‘Ojek’ driver released after wrong conviction

    The Jakarta High Court has ruled in favor of an ojek (motorcycle taxi) driver identified as Dedi, who had been sentenced to two years in prison by the East Jakarta District Court for murdering a minibus driver near the PGC Cililitan shopping center in East Jakarta, but appealed his sentence.

  • Weekly 5: Notorious practices during school, club orientations

    The new academic year always stirs up debate on the necessity of school orientation week, which is often used by senior students as an opportunity to exert control over freshmen.

  • Developers ignoring obligation to build low-cost apartments

    As Jakarta’s shortfall of affordable housing deepens, many developers are failing to meet their obligation to build low-cost apartments, a stipulation of permits to construct commercial buildings in the capital.

  • Wing part could help solve what happened to MH370

    A barnacle-encrusted wing part that washed up on a remote Indian Ocean island could help solve one of aviation's greatest mysteries, as investigators work to connect it to the Malaysia Airlines flight that vanished more than a year ago.

  • Editorial: More than congresses of Islam

    The nation’s largest Muslim organizations, Nahdlatul Ulama (NU) and Muhammadiyah, will soon hold their national congresses, with both slated to be opened by President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo. NU’s 33rd congress on Aug. 1 to 3 will be in the East Java town of Jombang, the location of the Tebuireng pesantren (Islamic boarding school) founded by the late Hasyim Asyari, one of NU’s founding fathers and grandfather of former president Abdurrahman “Gus Dur” Wahid.

  • Early learning

    Students work on an interactive game as they take part in PermataBank’s Little Bankers’ event in Jakarta on Thursday. The event was part of the lender’s effort to boost financial literacy among children.(JP/Jerry Adiguna)

  • Harvest time

    Farmers Sulaidah and Kasbulah harvest soybean crops in Kalimati village in Sidoarjo, East Java, on Thursday. Local farmers received soybean seeds from the Agriculture Ministry as part of the government’s Assistance for Farmers program nationwide. The State Logistics Agency (Bulog) will buy the crops as a domestic supply to reduce imports.(JP/Wahyoe Boediwardhana)

  • Economy in brief: China SOEs to invest in West Sumatra

    The Chinese government has expressed interest in investing in renewable energy and infrastructure development in West Sumatra.

  • Economy in brief: Jasa Marga profits slip on falling income

    State-run toll road operator Jasa Marga has seen its net profits slip by nearly 40 percent on a yearly basis due to plunging construction income, after a number of toll roads concluded construction.

  • BRI eyes syndicated loans as it opens Singapore branch

    State-owned Bank Rakyat Indonesia (BRI) will provide syndicated loans as part of a strategy to attract Indonesian companies following the opening of the lender’s branch office in Singapore.

  • Indonesian performing arts groups to tour UK

    The British Council, supported by Indonesia’s Tourism Ministry, launched the “UK National Tour 2015 — Discover Indonesia” on Thursday, a showcase of Indonesian arts within the UK, to promote the country’s rich culture.

  • Supermarket operators feel the pinch of rising expenses in first half

    Supermarket operators PT Supra Boga Lestari and PT Hero Supermarket recorded lackluster performances in the first half of this year as lower revenue growth is exacerbated rising expenses.

  • Kurt Cobain's family wants death-scene photos kept sealed

    Kurt Cobain's widow and daughter are urging a Seattle judge not to release death-scene photos and records that a lawsuit claims will prove the Nirvana frontman was murdered more than 20 years ago.

  • Pertamina starts developing LNG infrastructure

    State-owned oil and gas giant Pertamina plans to work on several infrastructure development projects to tap the liquefied natural gas (LNG) market in the near future amid current demand uncertainty.

  • Protectionism on the rise under Jokowi

    Unlike in the past, where economic hardship produced good policies, Indonesia has recently taken protectionist measures to cope with slower growth, a move that will ultimately hurt consumers as well as businesses, an Australian think tank says in its latest report.

  • Big release

    Tourists hold a green turtle about to be released into the ocean at Kuta Beach, Bali, on Thursday. The turtle is one of 18 seized by police from a vendor’s house in Denpasar on July 21.(JP/Ni Komang Erviani)

  • Islands in focus: 24 yachts from 11 countries arrive in Kupang

    Twenty-four yachts from 11 countries arrived at Kopan Beach in Kupang city, East Nusa Tenggara (NTT), on Wednesday afternoon.

  • Islands in focus: Health office head held for alleged graft

    Prosecutors detained the Banyumas Health Office head Istanto on Thursday on suspicion of misappropriating incentive funds worth Rp 574 million (US$44,000) intended for employees of 39 community health centers (Puskesmas) in the regency.

  • Islands in focus: 10-year-old girl raped and killed

    Police have arrested a 25-year-old man, identified only as M, for allegedly raping and killing his 10-year-old cousin in Soppeng regency, South Sulawesi.

  • MH370 victims’ families seek clarity

    Families of victims of the Malaysia Airline flight MH370 in Medan have received a notification about the missing plane, and are now urging the airline company to give details in the incident.

  • Elders urge Jokowi to postpone Jatigede Dam filling

    West Java elders and community figures held a ruwatan ritual on Thursday, urging President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo to delay plans to fill Jatigede Dam in the face of pro-blems and conflict.

  • Regions begin to suffer as dry spell continues

    Prolonged drought has begun to take its toll on the populations of Batam, the capital of Riau Islands province, as well as a number of regions in Central Java, as water sources dwindle.

  • Hundreds protest in Taipei after student suicide

    Hundreds of protesters gathered in Taipei early on Friday calling for the education minister to resign after a student committed suicide, amid a deepening row over the island's "China-centric" school curriculum.

  • Greece's Tsipras prevails over rebels at party meeting

    Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras has defeated a bid by dissenters in his left-wing Syriza party to push for an end to bailout talks and an exit from the euro currency.

  • Surfer seriously injured in Australian shark attack

    A surfer was seriously injured as he fought a shark off the Australian east coast on Friday, less than a week after a fatal attack, police said.

  • Facebook ready to test Internet-beaming drones

    Facebook on Thursday said it is ready to begin test flights of a high-altitude drone designed to provide Internet access to remote locations of the world.

  • HBO chief: 'Game of Thrones' could wrap after 3 more seasons

    "Game of Thrones" fans, brace yourselves: The fantasy saga's end is perhaps just a few years away.

  • Soccer friday: New AFC guru Andy Roxburgh on England v Scotland, sir Alex and Asia

    England drawing Scotland in the 2018 World Cup qualifiers this week generated excitement all over the globe, including in the city of Kuala Lumpur, which Scottish football icon Andy Roxburgh now calls home.

  • Good neighbor

    Kingdom of Morocco Ambassador to Indonesia Mohamed Majdi and his wife Rachida Sibari welcome Minister of Transportation Ignasius Jonan (center) during the celebration of the 16th anniversary of the Enthronement of King Mohammed VI in Jakarta Thursday.(JP/Seto Wardhana)

  • Erdogan to discuss economy, counterterrorism with Jokowi

    Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan will discuss a range of economic issues and counterterrorism with President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo during his three-day state visit in the capital.

  • Diploma screening

    General Elections Commission head Husni Kamil Manik (center) signs an agreement with Election Organizers Ethics Council (DKPP) head Jimly Asshidiqie (left) and Research and Higher Education Minister Muhammad Nasir on Thursday to mark a cooperation for screening diplomas of regional head candidates.(JP/Wendra Ajistyatama)

  • National scene: MUI denies issuing edict against BPJS

    A senior cleric with the Indonesian Ulemas Council (MUI) has denied that the council declared the national health insurance (JKN) program haram.

  • National scene: Billions confiscated from PT Sang Hyang Seri

    The National Police have confiscated Rp 69 billion (US$5.1 million) in their probe into a graft case involving a botched development project in Ketapang, West Kalimantan, from state-owned agriculture firm PT Sang Hyang Seri, the company originally in charge of the project in 2012.

  • Golkar troubled with multiple candidacy

    Although two conflicting camps in the Golkar Party have agreed on nominating the same 219 pairs for the December regional elections, the registration of nominees got messy as more than one pair signed up, claiming support from both camps.

  • Discourse: Nationalizing Freeport could be disastrous for the economy

    The future of PT Freeport McMoran in Indonesia is hanging in the balance with the government refusing to negotiate the extension of its contract until 2019, two years before it will expire. The American gold mining giant, which operates the world’s largest gold mines in Papua, is lobbying to get the negotiations underway. Political analyst Ikrar Nusa Bhakti of the Indonesian Institute of Sciences (LIPI), who has done extensive research in Papua, talks to The Jakarta Post’s Safrin La Batu to discuss the future of Freeport. The following are excerpts from the interview.

  • TNI, police officers should maintain unity: Jokowi

    President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo instructed hundreds of newly graduated National Police and Indonesian Military (TNI) officers to be role models in maintaining the unity of the pluralistic nation.

  • Papua Police chief to be replaced after Tolikara

    The National Police chief Gen. Badrodin Haiti will replace Papua Police chief Insp. Gen. Yotje Mende, two weeks after a fatal clash in Tolikara which left one person dead and a mosque razed.