Italy's premier on Friday insisted his country's friendship with Egypt can only exist "if the truth emerges" in the death of an Italian doctoral student who was doing research in Cairo.
Documents seen by The Associated Press show that European Union countries are poised to restrict passport-free travel by invoking an emergency rule for two years due to the migration crisis.
Looking to take a harder line after North Korea's recent nuclear test and rocket launch, Seoul and Washington will begin talks as early as next week on deploying a sophisticated US missile defense system in South Korea, officials said Friday.
President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo has inaugurated seven governors and deputy governors, who were elected in the simultaneous regional elections held on Dec. 9, 2015.
Greek farmers wielding shepherd's staffs and throwing rocks clashed Friday with riot police in central Athens as thousands headed to the capital for a two-day protest against government plans to impose new tax hikes and overhaul the pension system.
Representatives of 20 mass organizations signed on Friday an agreement with the Defense Ministry to support a state defense program that will involve Indonesian civilians.
Bank Indonesia (BI) reported a current-account deficit (CAD) of US$17.8 billion in 2015, lower than the 2014 level of $27.5 billion, a result of an overwhelming drop in imports amid low exports and lighter capital outflow over the course of the year.
Philippine government and Muslim rebels have extended the stay of international cease-fire monitors at their first meeting since their peace pact stalled amid fears of fresh fighting.
Active supporters of Jakarta Governor Basuki "Ahok" Tjahaja Purnama, grouped under the banner of Friends of Ahok (Teman Ahok), have expressed the hope that he will run as an independent candidate in next year's gubernatorial election as the group has worked hard to assist the governor.
The European Union is acknowledging that the overall functioning of the Schengen area of borderless travel "is at serious risk" and says Greece must make further efforts to deal with the migrant crisis at its source.
Diplomats agreed Friday to work toward a temporary "cessation of hostilities" in Syria's civil war within a week, although efforts to secure a lasting cease-fire fell short.
The New York-based Human Rights Watch (HRW) urged President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo to defend the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people in a letter sent to the President on Friday.
Opposition to the planned amendment to the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) Law is strengthening in the House of Representatives as the Prosperous Justice Party (PKS) has followed the Democratic Party (PD) and Gerindra Party in rejecting the proposed amendment.
The removal of the local film industry from the negative investment list (DNI) has paved the way for countries like South Korea to invest in Indonesia, an agency head has said.
The World Health Organization says possible Zika vaccines are at least 18 months away from large-scale trials.
Mugi Rekso Abadi (MRA) Group, the holding company of Mabua Harley-Davidson is planning to go public and list its shares on the stock market in 2018, after terminating its dealership business with US-based Harley-Davidson.
The Obama administration says it is urging China and Taiwan to maintain dialogue amid concern that the election of an independence-leaning party on the island could heighten tensions in one of Asia's security hotspots.
What if the world that you knew consisted only of a room with four walls and a ceiling? For Jack (Jacob Tremblay), a five-year-old boy imprisoned from birth with his mother, Joy (Brie Larson), the room he lives in constitutes the whole universe. Such is the premise of a powerful, heartbreaking new film entitled Room.
A plan from the Attorney General’s Office (AGO) to stop criminal cases involving two former commissioners of the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) – Bambang Widjojanto and Abraham Samad – has been rejected by the House of Representatives.
Paragraph 3 of the article titled “Fight Zika smartly, avoid complacency”, which appeared in the Feb. 11 edition of The Jakarta Post, should have read, “The implications for WHO’s Southeast Asia region are many: the potential for the virus to spread — and to do so rapidly — is real”.
Drug dealers and convicted terrorists will be isolated in high security cells on the Nusakambangan prison island in Central Java as part of the government’s efforts to prevent them from interacting with other inmates.
Indonesia is a land of ironies and contrasts; despite having astonishing natural wealth and being one of the world’s fastest-rising economies, environmental degradation and poverty is widespread. The government has been aggressively expanding power generation capacity but almost 90 percent of the installed capacity still depends on dirty fossil fuels and even then about 12 percent of the nation’s population is without electricity.
We have recently been exposed to three diverse issues, all following a familiar line — the tyranny of the majority. The latest is the threat to expel the Ahmadiyah community in Bangka; second, the expulsion of members of the Fajar Nusantara Movement (Gafatar) by people in Mempawah, West Kalimantan, and the burning of their property; third, the rise of negative prejudice against and verbal online persecution of members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community.
The global economy is now in a period of super accommodative monetary policy to build up momentum in growth and to tackle low inflation caused by low commodity prices.
The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) has strongly urged the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, or North Korea, to comply with all relevant United Nation Security Council Resolutions.
Craftsman Abdul Majid, 65, makes baking sheets at his workshop in Bidaracina, East Jakarta, on Wednesday. Baking sheet makers in the area receive various orders from bakeries, especially ones in Bandung, West Java.(JP/PJ Leo)
Customers browse discounted items at the Mabua Harley Davidson showroom in Jakarta on Thursday. The sole distributor of the motorcycle is selling its remaining stock of around 100 motorcycles and merchandise at 30 to 70 percent discounts, having previously announced that it would not extend its franchise license due to the skyrocketing tax.(JP/Seto Wardhana)
A backhoe clears out trash stuck at the Kalibaru sluice gate in Cililitan, East Jakarta on Wednesday. Although it is a regular activity, the workers usually have to put in extra efforts during the rainy season as the amount of trash carried by the stream increases.(JP/P.J. Leo)
The mayor of Bogor, West Java, Bima Arya Sugiarto, has been severely criticized by a number of civil society organizations after he made a speech at the opening of an office of Hizbut Tahrir Indonesia (HTI), an organization known for its strong opposition to state ideology Pancasila.
The rare phenomenon of a total solar eclipse on March 9 will be broadcast live by the Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) at http://media.bmkg.go.id/live.bmkg.
The Supreme Audit Agency (BPK) inaugurated an insider on Thursday to head the Jakarta branch of the BPK after former chief Efdinal was moved to the BPK headquarters. BPK Jakarta’s new chief, Samsuddin, was previously a chief auditor at the agency.
The Jakarta Police have used various methods to discover the motive behind the alleged murder of 27-year-old Wayan Mirna Salihin, including by having the sole suspect, Jessica Kumala Wongso, 27, undergo psychological and psychiatric assessments at Cipto Mangunkusumo General Hospital in Central Jakarta on Thursday.
A grand plan to overhaul the city’s public transportation is progressing, with 124 routes plied by full-size buses set to be discontinued and their operators integrated with city-owned bus operator PT Transportasi Jakarta (Transjakarta).
The rich can spoil their partners with candle-lit dinners in high-end restaurants or romantic picnics on private islands, but couples who are not that well-off have their own ways of spending “we” time for free but just as romantically. Ahead of Valentine’s Day on Sunday, here’s a look at five spots popular with lovebirds in the capital that cost less but provide the same quality of time.
A man types in an amount on an electronic data capture (EDC) device at a shopping center in Jakarta on Thursday. Major banks target high growth in consumer credit this year to anticipate weakening corporate credit. The banks depend much on consumer credit programs, including credit cards and motorcycle credit.(JP/Jerry Adiguna)
Ahead of the peak of the rainy season, the Jakarta administration, in anticipation of flooding, has teamed up with the Communications and Information Ministry to create a system to broadcast text messages warning residents in areas threatened by floods.
Research and Technology and Higher Education Minister Muhammad Nasir (second right) talks with Pertamina president director Dwi Soetjipto (second left), Pertamina University consultant Mohammad Nuh (left) and the university’s rector, Akhmad Loka, talk after the official opening of the university in Jakarta on Thursday. The institution offers 15 bachelor programs, including exploration technology, science, infrastructure planning and diplomacy.(JP/DMR)
Airline passengers will be able to enjoy lower domestic fares starting the end of the month, as the global oil price slump has lowered jet fuel prices.
The first 7.8 kilometer section of the trans-Sumatra highway in Tanjung Bintang, South Lampung, will be usable in July before the Eid holiday, President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo said on Thursday after visiting the construction site.
Radio broadcasting company PT Mahaka Radio Integra might have enjoyed a smooth ride on its first day listed on the Indonesian Stock Exchange (IDX) on Thursday, but its celebrations could be short-lived amid likely tighter competition with existing visual-media giants on the bourse.
After opening up 35 industrial sectors to foreign investment, the government plans to work on a new package to better organize the nation’s bureaucracies, which have long been a serious problem in the country.
After struggling with the impact of a sluggish economy in 2015, major automotive financing firm Adira Finance expects business to recover following a slump last year caused by weak demand in the national automotive market.
Workers build structures made of bamboo in Biromaru district, Sigi regency, Central Sulawesi, for people who want to observe the total solar eclipse next month. Astronomers are predicting that a total solar eclipse will occur on March 9, visible only from Indonesia.(JP/Ruslan Sangadji)
The Purwakarta Police in West Java said on Thursday that they had formed a team to track arsonists who set fire to the regency’s iconic Arjuna Statue earlier in the day.
The Indonesian Navy said on Thursday that it had raided a Malaysian-flagged boat running illegal fishing activities in Tanjungbalai waters in North Sumatra. One Myanmarese fisherman and was killed in the raid while three boat crew members were arrested.
Thousands of people affected by floods and landslides in a number of regions of Sumatra are calling on the government to provide emergency logistics and medical aid as the disasters have paralyzed activities in many places.
Copper mining company PT Newmont Nusa Tenggara will continue offering shares to the government to comply with a mandatory divestment rule, though there is no clear indication whether the offer will be accepted.
Indonesian Air Force personnel on Thursday managed to recover all remaining debris from a Brazil-made Super Tucano aircraft that nose-dived into a residential area in Malang, East Java, on Wednesday.
Jazz prodigy Joey Alexander has made history by becoming the first Indonesian musician to be nominated for a Grammy Award and is set to perform during the event's ceremony on Feb. 15.
A bag of granular salt is carried from a warehouse to be processed into salt bars in Batangan in the regency of Pati, Central Java. Pati produces 210,000 tons of salt every year, or 16.09 percent of the nationwide salt demand, which reaches 1.3 million tons. The regency has five salt-producing areas: Batangan, Juwana, Wedarijaksa, Trangkil and Margoyoso.(JP/Suherdjoko)
Corn on the cob is displayed at a market in Bumi Serpong Damai, Tangerang, Banten. Farmers currently sell corn for Rp 6,000 (45 US cents) per kilogram. They are concerned that corn prices will drop with the expected arrival of imported corn following the harvest season this month. The government says it will buy their corn for Rp 3,500 per kg through the State Logistics Agency (Bulog).(JP/Ricky Yudhistira)
The government has stepped up its efforts to reach the 23 percent targeted renewable energy utilization over the next nine years, by boosting regional partnership, research and clean energy investment despite cheaper fossil-based fuels.
Yanni, who has performed across the globe and whose sound is arguably its own genre of music, says his method is simple: He embraces the unknown.
State-owned oil and gas giant Pertamina is seeking external funding to upgrade its refineries following the withdrawal of its Japanese partner from the project.
Indonesia is predicted to see stable growth in the near future after taking several measures, but the economy remains susceptible to external headwinds, according to a report by rating agency Moody’s.
President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s plan to overhaul the government’s spending system will depend on his ministers and whether or not they have a clear and strong will to direct their subordinates to follow through with the changes.
The House of Representatives’ ethics council will investigate the assault case involving lawmaker Masinton Pasaribu after coordinating with the National Police's Criminal Investigation Department (Bareskrim), a council deputy chairman said on Thursday.
Activists hold another rally on Thursday in front of the State Palace in their ongoing protest to urge the government to resolve past cases of human rights abuse.(JP/Seto Wardhana)
The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) warned six provinces on Thursday over their poor budget management, which shows signs of corruption.
Coral reefs and the marine ecosystem in the eastern part of the country are under threat, with more and more fishermen in the region resorting to the use of fish bombs, a survey conducted by the Indonesian Institute of Sciences (LIPI) has revealed.
A graft case involving senior officials at the Agriculture Ministry could implicate Minister Amran Sulaiman following the Corruption Eradication Commission’s (KPK) plan to summon him as a witness.
More than a year after the passing of the Village Law, village administrations around the country remain in the dark over the legal status of the village-run businesses mandated by the law.
The Attorney General’s Office (AGO) said on Thursday that it had dropped a plan to question oil kingpin Reza Chalid as a witness in an alleged attempt to extort shares from a mining company.
Members of the nomadic Anak Dalam tribe in Jambi have been among the first to struggle with the health impacts of environmental damage and water pollution in the province, as a recent study revealed that more than one-third of them have contracted the hepatitis B virus (HBV).
Surfers in the Mentawai Islands, West Sumatra, can soon expect a much better experience in one of the world’s best surfing destinations in exchange for a small additional fee.
The government will not accede to the demand by thousands of contract teachers for an upgrade to civil servant status, which would guarantee a stable income and pension, unless they are willing to be redeployed to remote areas of the archipelago.
After long ignoring the issue of the correct disposal of electronic goods, the Jakarta Sanitation Agency has launched a new initiative for treating the dangerous garbage, involving deploying special trucks to collect it in cooperation with a private waste-treatment company.
Aside from certain senior citizens, neglected 15 year olds, hyper-religious practitioners and AM radio purists, does anybody still consider rock music at all out-of-the-mainstream? Or — assume dramatic voice — Music for the disenfranchised?
UK-based Manor Racing still expects Rio Haryanto to join the team as a driver for this year’s Formula One (F1) season, giving the 23-year-old an extra week to come up with the required guarantee fee.
President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo stepped in on Thursday to lend support to Attorney General M. Prasetyo in his dropping of prosecutions against former Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) leaders.
Italian cellist Matteo Montanari believes that performing on stage gives experience that cannot be taught.
Former president Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono (SBY) succeeded on Thursday in forcing the House of Representatives to temporarily delay a controversial plan to amend the 2002 Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) Law.
President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has flung open sectors including roads, the film industry, e-commerce marketplaces and restaurants to foreign investors in a major liberalization effort aiming to attract investment.
Durban, located on South Africa’s east coast, is a city with endless wonders and many tourist attractions, from its warm beachfront and breathtaking game reserves to its awe-inspiring historical and cultural sites.
The Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) is urging Jakartans to prepare themselves with umbrellas and rain coats as it predicts that rain will pour over Jakarta and its surrounding areas on Friday from morning until night.
South Korea has cut off power and water supplies to a factory park in North Korea, officials said Friday, a day after the North deported all South Korean workers there and ordered a military takeover of the complex that had been the last major symbol of cooperation between the rivals.
Telecommunications company PT XL Axiata is gradually shifting its 2G network from the faster 1,800 MHz spectrum to its lower frequency 900 MHz spectrum in order to make more room to accommodate its 4G/LTE network.
The government is seeking to promote Indonesian coffee and boost coffee exports, particularly to the US, by confirming its participation at an exhibition in Atlanta, Georgia, in April.
PT Pelni plans to buy one cruise ship this year as part of its participation in the government’s marine tourism campaign.
Education start-up Ruangguru.com is to launch a beta version of its mobile app and a revamped website in the coming weeks ahead as a way to step up its operations within the education sector.
The Indonesian Export Financing Agency (LPEI), also known as Indonesia Eximbank, has signed a loan agreement with state-owned train manufacturer Industri Kereta Api (INKA) to export railway cars to Bangladesh. The state-run financing firm was appointed by the government to provide working capital loans worth Rp 270 billion (US$20.1 million) to INKA, which will use the funds to finance the shipment of railway cars to the South Asian country.
The Public Works and Public Housing Ministry will allocate Rp 2.1 trillion (US$156 million) from the 2016 state budget to aid the development of West Nusa Tenggara (NTB).
Human Rights Watch on Friday urged Indonesian President Jokowi Widodo to protect gay and lesbian rights, a day after his government told instant messaging apps to remove stickers featuring same-sex couples in the latest high-profile attempt to discourage visible homosexuality in the socially conservative country.
It seems the world is powerless against the North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, as shown by that country conducting its fourth nuclear test on Jan. 6 and the killing of senior government officials, many of whom were formerly Kim’s most trusted aides and close relatives. But how long should the world tolerate such brutal behavior?
The Religious Affairs Ministry released on Wednesday the results of an interfaith national survey conducted to find out how tolerant the nation is of religious differences. The result: Not so bad, with a score of 75.36 out of 100, based on assessed perceptions of tolerance, equality and cooperation from 2,720 respondents across 34 provincial capitals from last June to December.
What happens when singer/songwriter Giring has a lot of free time? The vocalist of pop band Nidji changes his iconic curly hair into a dyed crop.
Young actor Kevin Julio now knows the importance of time management in his work.
It was just a tiny, almost imperceptible "chirp," but it simultaneously opened humanity's ears to the music of the cosmos and proved Einstein right again.
Singing the national anthem of his adopted country took a while to get used to for Perth-born Matthew Davies. But almost a year since becoming a Malaysian citizen, the Pahang defender can now confidently belt out the words of the Negaraku before club and international matches.
Despite the lack of success of the national soccer team, the fascination for the sport in the country is at an all-time high.
A decline in bilateral trade, along with maritime and transnational crime, was among the issues addressed in Thursday’s meeting between the Indonesian and Thai foreign ministers, and the two have vowed to enhance economic relations to boost trade figures.
Feb. 10, 2016The government has agreed to provide a legal guarantee for the country’s first high-speed railway project, assuring that the project will not be affected by regulatory changes and that the government will not unilaterally cancel the concession agreement.
Feb. 7, 2016The double burden of malnutrition, which comprises under-nutrition and over-nutrition, has become one of key development challenges faced by Indonesia.
Your comments on President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s demand for regulatory breakthroughs and accelerated development of 10 of the nation’s key tourist destinations, including Lake Toba in North Sumatra, Labuan Bajo in East Nusa Tenggara and Morotai in North Maluku, to boost the tourist sector:
Before continuing my studies abroad, I was a teaching assistant at a public university in Indonesia. While the instructors gave lectures, I sat in the back and noticed that some students were surfing the internet to check social media, shop online and play video games. From the instructor’s viewpoint, the students were taking notes with their laptops.
Isn’t it time for America to forge diplomatic relations with North Korea? Let’s put things in perspective. When George W. Bush was president, he called Iraq, Iran and North Korea the “axis of evil”. Yet he only invaded Iraq, the weakest of the three. So naturally Iran and North Korea feel they have to be as strong as possible in order to avoid being next on America’s hit list.
I refer to the press articles on the preliminary International Monetary Fund (IMF) Staff Report on the Malaysian Economy which was released on Feb 5. This report followed intense IMF annual consultations held between Jan. 11 and 22 in Kuala Lumpur and Kuching.
Surely every teen is worried about their body image, being popular, and being the first in class. Nonetheless teens face huge stress around academic studies, athletic performance and other areas. They are pressured early on to do everything right, to get into the best school. As a way to escape from their pressurized lives, stress may lead teens to use drugs or consume alcohol.
Diplomats trying to secure a ceasefire for the civil war in Syria fell short in organizing an immediate truce but agreed to try to work out details and implement a temporary "cessation of hostilities" in the coming week.
The Associated Press is all over New York Fashion Week, from the runway designs to the celebrity-filled front rows. Here are some highlights from Thursday's opening day:
A pregnant woman in Australia has tested positive for the Zika virus after traveling overseas. It's the second such case this week