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  • Turkey vows to protect borders after Russian jet incursion

    Turkey's prime minister vowed Monday to take all necessary measures to protect Turkey's borders from violation after a Russian fighter jet entered its airspace over the weekend, prompting Turkey to scramble jets and summon the Russian ambassador in protest.

  • Britain leads International Emmys with 7 nominations

    Britain has garnered a leading seven International Emmy nominations, including best actress and actor nods for Sheridan Smith and Rafe Spall.

  • UN releases a draft for potential agreement on climate

    The UN has released a first draft of the negotiating text for the major conference on climate taking place in Paris in December.

  • Late Philippine dictator's son to run for vice president

    The son of late Philippine dictator Ferdinand Marcos has announced he will run for vice president in next year's elections.

  • Chinese tourist numbers peak in August

    The growth in Chinese tourists visiting Indonesia reached a high point this year, with 779,348 Chinese visitors from January to August, a 20.74 percent increase from the same period in 2014.

  • JCI skyrockets 3% at Monday’s close

    The Jakarta Composite Index (JCI) rose by 3.23 percent to 4,343.7 at Monday's close, after foreign investors sought Indonesia’s equities following a decrease in US manufacturing jobs in September.

  • Missing Aviastar plane located

    A police evacuation team has found the ill-fated Aviastar airplane, which has been missing since Friday, at Mount Latimojong in South Sulawesi, an officer stated on Monday.

  • House may remove clove cigarettes from cultural heritage bill

    The House of Representative (DPR) seems likely to remove articles acknowledging kretek (clove cigarettes) as Indonesia’s cultural heritage from a culture draft bill.

  • Govt to provide compensation for haze victims

    The government is planning to provide compensation for haze victims in six provinces across Sumatra, a minister has said.  

  • Modernized weaponry defense needed, says Jokowi

    President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo wants to modernize Indonesia’s primary weaponry defense system (Alutsista) to develop the Indonesian Military as a regional maritime force, respected throughout the East Asia region.  

  • Thai junta picks 21-member panel to write new constitution

    Thailand's military government appointed a new committee Monday to write a post-coup constitution after an unpopular earlier draft was rejected last month in a move that has delayed elections until at least 2017.

  • AP count puts Saudi haj disaster toll at over 1,100 killed

    An Associated Press count of casualties from the Saudi haj disaster now shows the crush and stampede killed over 1,100 pilgrims.

  • 3 share Nobel medicine prize for new tools to kill parasites

    Three scientists from Ireland, Japan and China won the Nobel Prize in medicine on Monday for discovering drugs against malaria and other parasitic diseases that affect hundreds of millions of people every year.

  • Jokowi wants RI to be respected maritime force by 2020

    President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has said that in the next five years, the development of Indonesia’s defense force will aim to not only maintain minimum essential forces but also to strengthen Indonesia’s identity as a maritime country.  

  • West Bank clashes with Israeli troops kill Palestinian youth

    A Palestinian youth was killed in clashes with Israeli soldiers in the West Bank on Monday as fears spread of a further escalation in violence that has already killed several Israeli civilians and wounded scores of Palestinian protesters over the past days.

  • Honor 1960s victims, albeit public’s fuzzy memory

    At Thursday’s commemoration of the date when 50 years ago six generals and a young officer were killed, President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo put to rest reports that the state would apologize to the millions of victims, survivors and the families of the 1960s tragedy.

  • Why and how media should promote peace between religious communities

    Indonesia’s 70th anniversary this year is a celebration not only of our independence, but also of our diversity. How more than 250 million people, made up of different races, ethnicities, cultures, traditions, languages and faiths, have survived as one nation for seven decades is a question historians will have to answer.

  • Happy birthday TNI, bring military reform back on track

    The Indonesian Military (TNI) celebrates its 70th anniversary on Oct. 5. This makes TNI one of Asia’s oldest national defense forces. The TNI was born out of the struggle for independence. Now, the TNI has a good reputation in places where our soldiers join in UN peacekeeping operations. Our soldiers’ achievements in the Military Olympics are among the best in the world.

  • Smog-shrouded Malaysia shuts schools for 2 days

    Malaysia on Monday shut most schools nationwide for two days to protect children from a thick, noxious haze caused by smoke from burning forests in neighboring Indonesia.

  • Indonesia’s Petir missile enters world stage

    Indonesia has proven that its engineering experts constitute a force to be reckoned with in the world community when it comes to producing weapons.

  • BookWorm: Christian Sutardi: Shifting reading habits

    Technopreneur Christian Sutardi is the man behind fast-growing Indonesian furniture startup Fabelio.

  • Hong Kong ex-leader Tsang charged in corruption probe

    A former leader of Hong Kong faces misconduct charges over a luxury apartment in mainland China, authorities said Monday, setting the stage for the southern Chinese business hub's most high-profile corruption trial in recent memory.

  • Abolition of slavery

    In the latter part of the 18th century, public calls to abolish slavery started resonating in colonial European powers such as England and France. England abolished slavery in 1833, followed by France in 1848.

  • Two centuries of slavery on Indonesian soil

    While slavery in Dutch colonies in America is a known historical fact, hardly anyone is aware that up to a million people were bought, sold and had to endure slavery in Holland’s largest possession: Indonesia.

  • Seoul: N. Korea to release detained South Korean student

    North Korea will free a South Korean national who'd been attending New York University before his detention, Seoul officials said Monday, in a possible sign Pyongyang wants better ties with rival Seoul and may back away from a recent threat to launch a long-range rocket later this month.

  • Police criticized for inaction in lead up to activist’s death

    A team of House members have alleged that the Lumajang Police did not respond correctly to threats received by Samsul, or Salim Kancil, a 52-year-old villager from Pasirian district, Lumajang, who was beaten to death for organizing a protest last week.  

  • Are Indonesian soldiers professional enough?

    Seventeen years have passed since the country’s second president, Soeharto — the longest serving Indonesian president — stepped down from power, yet calls for militias-turned-officers of the Indonesian Military (TNI) to be transformed into professional soldiers that are completely free from active political and business involvement are mounting. Questions such as, “Are Indonesian soldiers professional enough?” are frequently asked among professional and military observers.

  • TNI’s 70th anniversary: Choosing the right defense strategy

    The Indonesian Military (TNI) celebrates its 70th anniversary today. As an institution born out of a bunch of poorly equipped nationalistic militias struggling together with other societal factions to bring an end to colonialism and forge the archipelago into a united nation, the TNI has endured the rise and fall of posture, performance and public recognition in view of its achievement and services to the country. The Jakarta Post’s Nani Afrida and Imanuddin Razak offer a two-part analysis into the military’s future and the general public’s expectation of the institution.

  • Up in the air

    A boy takes a turn on a bungee trampoline during Car Free Day (CFD) at the Hotel Indonesia traffic circle in Central Jakarta on Sunday. CFD is a highly popular weekly event for Jakartans, initiated in 2002 by clean-air organizations and made regular by then governor Fauzi Bowo. (JP/DON)

  • New home

    Residents of Cipinang Besar Selatan low-cost apartments in East Jakarta clean a unit on Sunday, having been relocated from the banks of the Ciliwung River to allow widening and the construction of a concrete embankment.(JP/Seto Wardhana)

  • Greater Jakarta: ‘Let’s Go to the Park’ program set for launch

     The Jakarta Parks and Cemeteries Agency is to introduce “Ayo ke Taman” (Let’s Go to the Park), a program that will see the agency promote events once every three months in the city’s best parks in five municipalities.

  • Greater Jakarta: Ahok opts for black plate for official car

    Jakarta Governor Basuki “Ahok” Tjahaja Purnama has said that he changed the color of the plate on his official car from red to black to allow the police to identify it more easily.

  • Greater Jakarta: Go-Jek driver picked up on drug charges

    A driver with app-based ojek (motorcycle taxi) service Go-Jek has been detained by Tanjung Duren subprecinct police on suspicion of selling drugs.

  • Greater Jakarta: Inmates denied right to vote in Depok poll

    The Depok General Elections Commission (KPUD) has said that it will not be able to facilitate voting for the 556 inmates of Pondok Rajeg Penitentiary in Bogor, West Java, in the upcoming Depok mayoral election.

  • Utarakan Jakarta attempts to raise awareness on flooding

    The Utarakan Jakarta project aims to inform and raise awareness on flooding by telling the stories of four people through various media platforms like Facebook, Twitter, website, magazines and exhibitions.

  • Road show increases awareness of art

    Dozens of students from the University of Indonesia (UI) and the Jakarta Creative Media Polytechnic (Polimedia) gathered at the atrium of the UI’s library in Depok, West Java, last Wednesday to listen to the words of mural artist Ryan Riyadi, who is known for his hallmark character The Popo, during a workshop themed “Visual Diary”.

  • House member, wife inflicted injuries on nanny: Lawyer

    A number of organizations held a media conference on Sunday to dispute a statement by a member of House of Representative Commission IV Fanny Afriansyah, known as Ivan Haz, who claimed that he did not abuse his child’s nanny, Toipah, and insisted that her injuries were sustained in an accident.

  • Clowning around

    Traditional artist Tejo Badut (Tejo the Clown) entertains passersby on Jl. Malioboro in Yogyakarta on Saturday. Tejo’s art is part of the city’s rich culture.(JP/Tarko Sudiarno)

  • Islands in focus: Weather hamper Aviastar SAR mission

    Two days after the disappearance of an Aviastar airline light aircraft carrying 10 passengers in South Sulawesi, a search and rescue team once again returned to home base empty-handed, attributing the failure to bad weather and difficult terrain.

  • Islands in focus: No Bali dog meat goes to Jakarta: Governor

    Bali Governor I Made Mangku Pastika has denied Jakarta Governor Basuki “Ahok” Tjahaja Purnama’s claim that the resort island is one of the main suppliers of dog meat to the capital.

  • Islands in focus: Young BMX rider suffers fatal fall

    A 17-year-old BMX rider from Bandung died on Saturday after performing a dangerous trick during the seventh Indonesia Open X Sports Championship (IOXC).

  • Local breeders key to saving Bali bird

    The government has encouraged the involvement of local breeders in the preservation of Bali starlings (Leucopsar rothschildi), as efforts to raise the endangered bird in natural wildlife environments have been impeded by a range of difficulties.

  • Local activist criminalized for uploading alleged bribery video

    Defying public pressure, the North Maluku Police have reiterated that they will continue their investigation into alleged defamation by a local activist who uploaded to YouTube a video showing a Ternate Police officer accepting money from a traffic violator.

  • Banks set up strategy to counter declining transactions

    Banks are seeking ways to maintain their revenue growth this year as the country’s sluggish economy has curbed transactions in various banking channels.

  • Saint-Gobain holds back investment plan

    French multinational Saint-Gobain Group has delayed its plan to build an automotive glass production facility in the country this year as national car sales are forecast to hit a three-year low amid an economic slowdown.

  • Bumi Resources aims to restructure debts

    Bumi Resources, the country’s largest coal mining company, is proposing another debt-restructuring scheme to its lenders, involving converting a portion of its US$3.9 billion debts into 32 percent ownership of the company.

  • Govt to speed up geothermal power projects

    The government is preparing a legal instrument that will allow PT Pertamina Geothermal Energy (PGE), a subsidiary of oil and gas company Pertamina, to develop geothermal-fueled power plants without a tender.

  • Tasty heritage

    People dine at food bazaar Mandiri Pusaka Kuliner (Mandiri Culinary Heritage) at La Piazza in Kelapa Gading, North Jakarta, on Saturday. Bank Mandiri held the food festival, with participation from more than 45 medium-sized businesses, as part of a series of events to celebrate its 17th anniversary.(JP/Jerry Adiguna)

  • Palm oil producers call for government support

    The Indonesian Palm Oil Producers Association (Gapki) says the government should provide support and pay close attention to the national palm oil industry to ensure that it continues to grow in the midst of the country’s economic slowdown.

  • Builders applaud early launch of tenders for 2016

    The Indonesian Builders Association (Gapensi) has applauded the government’s move to conduct early bids for next year’s projects that could speed up government spending in 2016.

  • Banks look to govt projects for loan growth

    Banks continue to hold out hope that the government’s efforts to step up infrastructure projects will provide a final pick-up in loan disbursement in the final quarter of this year.

  • BI package expected to give short-term relief to investors

    Bank Indonesia’s (BI) latest raft of measures is expected to provide short-term relief to address exchange rate woes, but more time is needed to prove their effectiveness, bankers and economists have said.

  • Land registration

    Agrarian and Spatial Planning Minister Ferry Mursyidan Baldan (front) briefs residents on how to apply for land certificates during an event at the Hotel Indonesia traffic circle in Jakarta on Sunday.(JP/DON)

  • Sukarno’s ride

    Visitors observe a limousine once used by the country’s first president, Sukarno, during an exhibition in Surabaya, East Java, on Sunday. The Yanka vehicle was produced in the former Soviet Union in 1959.(JP/Bambang Muryanto)

  • National scene: Golkar camps meet to discuss future

    Representatives of two rival camps of the Golkar Party have met to discuss options for the party’s future, including holding an extraordinary meeting for reconciliation.

  • National scene: Police question foreign firms over forest fires

    The National Police are investigating two foreign companies for alleged involvement in causing land and forest fires in Central and West Kalimantan.

  • Experts skeptical over planned tax amnesty

    Despite criticism from the Financial Transaction Reports and Analysis Centre (PPATK) and Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK), President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s administration has insisted that it will go ahead with its implementation of a tax amnesty for financial criminals by the end of the year to help right the staggering economy.

  • Tribute paid to ethnic Arabs for independence efforts

    Eighty-one years ago on Monday, a group of young people of Arab descent, led by Abdurrahman Baswedan, also known as AR Baswedan, pledged their lives to Indonesia and promised to fight for the nations’s independence.

  • TNI intrusion into public life met with wariness

    Marking its 70th year of existence on Monday, the Indonesian Military (TNI) has been accused of becoming more unprofessional, with increasing involvement in political, social and economic affairs.

  • Police hunt multiple suspects in murder case

    Jakarta Police said Sunday they were still investigating the rape and murder of 9-year-old Putri Nur Fauziah, saying that it was likely that more than one perpetrator had been involved in the brutal crime.

  • JCI records gain as US employment drops

    The Jakarta Composite Index (JCI) surged 1.61 percent, or 678.5 points, to 4,227.6 at Monday’s opening, with all sectoral indices also rising.

  • Indonesian Mina death toll reaches 100

    The Religious Affairs Ministry has said that on the tenth day of searching, the Indonesian Haj Management Committee (PPIH) had identified 126 out of the total 154 Indonesian pilgrims who went missing after a deadly stampede, which killed around 767 people, in Mina, Saudi Arabia.

  • Asian stock markets rise after weak US jobs numbers

    Asian stocks rose Monday after weak U.S. jobs data prompted expectations the Federal Reserve might postpone an interest rate hike.

  • Jokowi mulls dropping Bambang charges

    After months of legal uncertainty, President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo and the Attorney General’s Office (AGO) are considering halting a perjury case involving suspended Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) leader Bambang Widjojanto.

  • Air quality in West Sumatra again hits ‘dangerous’ level

    Air quality reached officially dangerous levels on Sunday in many parts of West Sumatra as a result of worsening haze as the province’s international cycling race Tour de Singkarak (TdS) reached its second day.

  • More debris but no word on fate of ship lost off Bahamas

    The search for a U.S. cargo ship that was lost during Hurricane Joaquin off the southeastern Bahamas turned up more clues Sunday but no word yet on the fate of the vessel or its 33-member crew.

  • Economy needs quick fix

    The government’s economic policy package to be released this week should focus on prompt solutions to boost sluggish purchasing power, economists and industry groups have said.

  • 5 Argentine presidential hopefuls hold debate, blast Scioli

    Five Argentine presidential candidates shared their ideas with the nation during a debate on Sunday, expounding on topics from high inflation to combating drug trafficking while saving their most withering critiques for the poll leader who skipped the event.

  • Bermuda whipped by weakening Hurricane Joaquin

    Bermuda was lashed Sunday by gusting winds and pelting rains from a weakening Hurricane Joaquin as its spinning center tracked just west of the wealthy financial haven and tourist destination after plowing through the Bahamas as a major storm. 

  • Syrian activists: IS group destroys ancient Palmyra arch

    Syrian activists said late Sunday that Islamic State militants have destroyed a nearly 2,000-year-old arch in the ancient city of Palmyra, the latest victim in the group's campaign to destroy historic sites across the territory it controls in Iraq and Syria. 

  • The societal costs of CEO overconfidence

    Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) often loses out when it comes to resource allocation, since it’s far from guaranteed to generate high quarterly returns for shareholders. Yet many top firms apparently sense that CSR holds some value for them over the long term.

  • How businesses can win in unstable times

    For a generation of business executives, Kodak is the poster child for an industry giant that failed to see the future coming. But the truth is actually more revealing.

  • Budi Tirtawisata: Keeping a legacy through democratic approach

    Second-generation business leader Budi Tirtawisata capitalizes on a leadership that inspires his people and taps potentials in tourism.

  • Editorial: TNI and us

    Today, the Indonesian Military (TNI) celebrates its 70th anniversary. Unintentionally established by a bunch of nationalistic militias in a collective fight for independence from colonization, the TNI has evolved into a structured, hierarchical organization that helped establish a sovereign Indonesian state and shaped it into what it is now.

  • Guess what?: 12 music awards stolen from Piyu’s home

    The guitarist with pop band Padi, Satrio Yudi Wahono a.k.a Piyu, lost 12 music awards when his house in Menteng, Central Jakarta, was robbed in the small hours of Sunday.

  • Guess what?: Kelly learns acting from JKT48

    Model and actress Kelly Tandiono says she has learned everything she needs to know for her role as a Japanese woman in the upcoming film Ayah: Menyayangi Tanpa Akhir (Father: Endless Love).

  • Guess what?: Joko to make film about haze

    Filmmaker Joko Anwar says he is planning to make a movie about Indonesia’s haze issues.

  • Putting it briefly: Ade/Wahyu win Thailand Open

    Ade Yusuf/Wahyu Nayaka Arya Pankaryanira chalked up their first success in a grand prix gold badminton championship by winning the Thailand Open on Sunday.

  • Comments on other issues: Procedure causes hardship for rape victims

    The Central Jakarta Police have confirmed that the family of an allegedly raped child had to pay for a forensic examination themselves because the 3-year-old victim was not a participant of the Healthcare and Social Security Agency’s (BPJS Kesehatan) national health scheme.

  • Issue of the day: Jokowi rejects apology, promotes stability

    In a statement during the annual ceremony commemorating Pancasila Sanctity Day on Thursday, President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo told the country to remain vigilant against the prospect of socio political unrest that could threaten the country’s stability, just as the botched coup blamed on the Indonesian Communist Party (PKI) in 1965 unleashed a squall of turmoil across the archipelago.

  • Text your say: Independent candidates

    Your comments on the Constitutional Court’s decision to relax requirements for independent candidates running for local elections:

  • Your letters: Business interests ignite forest fires

    Deforestation of two of the world’s largest islands, Sumatra and Kalimantan, really got going back in the 1980s and accelerated in the 1990s, based on earlier deforestation business models provided by Thailand and Malaysia.

  • Your letters: Soldiers to assist, not to kill

    I have read many articles about victims of military operations in Davao del Sur and other parts of Mindanao. At first glance, the articles are touching but as one reads on, the customary blaming of the military for the death of civilians becomes obvious.

  • Your letters: Help prevent accidents in Mina

    It was a tragic loss and I could not avoid being deeply saddened to learn the news of the recent tragic accident at the site of the jumrah (stoning of the Devil) ritual in Mina, Saudi Arabia, which left hundreds of pilgrims, including several of our beloved Indonesian families and friends, dead. We solemnly pray that God Almighty will bless all victims and grant fortitude to all bereaved families.

  • Your letters: Endangered tigers still in trap cages

    I want to raise the awareness of the public and especially readers of The Jakarta Post, that two critically endangered Sumatran tigers are still being kept in small cages at the office of the Conservation Agency (BKSDA) in Bengkulu. They have been confined to the cage like chickens for seven months.