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  • Austria's death truck: 71 migrants dead 'in an hour'

    The discovery of the decomposing bodies of 71 migrants including four children shut inside an abandoned truck on an Austrian motorway on Thursday marked a chilling new low in Europe's migrant crisis.  Police are still investigating the vehicle and autopsies are ongoing, but the following is a breakdown of what we know so far about the passengers, how they died, the vehicle and four suspects arrested in Hungary.

  • 38 girls, young women killed in Swaziland crash, says group

    At least 38 girls and young women were killed in a crash while travelling to a famous traditional festival in Swaziland, a rights group said on Saturday. About 20 others were injured when the truck they were in collided with another vehicle on Friday, the Swaziland Solidarity Network said in a statement. The young women and girls were allegedly travelling on the back of an open truck, the rights group said.

  • Texas officer gunned down in 'cold blooded' shooting: police

    A sheriff's deputy was gunned down from behind in Texas late Friday night while fueling his patrol car, authorities said Saturday. A gunman came up from behind and opened fire on Darren Goforth, 47, in a Houston area gas station, police said.

  • Turkish planes hit IS in Syria with coalition for first time

    Turkish planes have for the first time joined raids by the US-led coalition against Islamic State positions in Syria, the Turkish foreign ministry said Saturday.

  • City police to deploy 8,000 personnel to guard labor demonstration

    Jakarta city police chief Insp. Gen. Tito Karnavian has said that the city police will deploy at least 8,000 police officers to guarantee that the planned labor demonstration on Sept. 1 will run smoothly as the action will occur on a working day.

  • Dishub seizes ten Uber cars

    Ten Uber cars have been seized by the Jakarta Transportation Agency (Dishub) in coordination with Jakarta Police and the Jakarta Organization of Land Transportation Owners (Organda) on Friday due to violation of Law No. 22/2009 on Traffic and Land Transportation (LLAJ).

  • Stay in Indonesia, Susi tells fisheries graduates

    Maritime Affairs and Fishery Minister Susi Pudjiastuti on Saturday inaugurated 386 bachelor and 19 masters graduates in fisheries, calling on them not to work abroad because they are needed to exploit the great potential of fisheries in the country.

  • Indonesia urges OKI to establish contact group on terrorism

    Foreign Minister Retno LP Marsudi is hopeful that the international Islamic Cooperation Organization (OKI) will agree on the establishment of a Contact Group on Joint Islamic Strategic Action (JISA) to handle terrorism and extremism, as proposed by the government.

  • 38 girls, young women killed in Swaziland crash, says group

    At least 38 girls and young women were killed in a crash while travelling to a famous traditional festival in Swaziland, a rights group said on Saturday.

  • Bangkok bomb suspect is 'Turkish national': Thai military

    A man arrested in Bangkok in connection with a recent deadly blast at a religious shrine is a Turkish national who was found with multiple passports, a senior military officer said Saturday.

  • Bayern set to sign Juve teenager Coman: reports

    German champions Bayern Munich are set to sign France Under-21 winger Kingsley Coman from Juventus, according to media reports on Saturday.

  • Air strikes kill 14 militants in Pakistani tribal area: military

    At least 14 militants were killed Saturday in air strikes in northwest Pakistan near the Afghan border, the military said.

  • Garcia demands home win against scudetto rivals Juve

    Roma coach Rudi Garcia is hoping his side can capitalise on home advantage as they look to end a near two-year wait for a league win over champions Juventus on Sunday.

  • South Korean firms to invest in power generation

    South Korean companies are looking to invest in the electricity sector in Indonesia.

  • Greek election could result in new, big coalition govt

    Greece's outgoing prime minister, Alexis Tsipras, is banking on his popularity to win a national election next month and strengthen his grip on power after purging his radical left Syriza party of dissenters.

  • UK prosecutors mull charges for News Corp. over hacking

    British prosecutors say they are considering corporate charges against Rupert Murdoch's News Corp. over phone hacking at the now-defunct News of the World tabloid.

  • Jokowi backs ‘blusukan’ in Jakarta

    President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo met with Jakarta residents in three separate locations on Saturday, shaking hands with residents and distributing basic goods, activities that were a familiar sight back when he was still governor of the city.

  • Workers to rally in Jakarta on Tuesday

    A labor rally involving around 50,000 workers in Greater Jakarta (Jabodetabek) is set to be held on Tuesday.

  • China scraps loan-to-deposit ratio cap: Xinhua

    China on Saturday scrapped a two decade limit on the percentage of funds banks can lend out relative to deposits, state media reported.

  • French thieves posed as Gulf tourists to steal hotel safes

    Two men have been arrested in France suspected of stealing safes out of a dozen hotel rooms by posing as wealthy Gulf tourists, armed with a chisel and a stethoscope, police said Saturday.

  • Egypt verdict a 'deliberate attack on press freedom': Al-Jazeera

    Al-Jazeera condemned the decision by an Egyptian court on Saturday to sentence three of its journalists to three years in prison as a "deliberate attack on press freedom".

  • Nigeria smashes spy ring at Abuja airport: security agency

    Nigeria's domestic intelligence agency has warned travellers to be ready for an attack on the capital's airport after announcing it had smashed a spy network run by the radical Islamist group Boko Haram.

  • In first, headscarf-wearing woman named minister in Turkey

    For the first time in the history of Turkey, a Muslim but secular country, a woman who wears an Islamic headscarf has been named as a government minister.

  • China toughens sentencing for corruption: Xinhua

    China on Saturday amended the country's criminal law, tightening corruption sentencing and reclassifying sex with underage prostitutes as rape, state media reported.

  • Suspect arrested in Bangkok with bomb making materials

    Police arrested an Arab-looking man at a rented room in Bangkok's Nong Chok district Saturday afternoon and found a lot of bomb making tools and materials.

  • Malaysians involved in Bersih protests overseas could face legal action

    Malaysia's Foreign Ministry is to gather information on Malaysians participating in Bersih 4 demonstrations abroad for eventual legal action against them, said Deputy Minister Reezal Merican Naina Merican.

  • Egypt court hands Al-Jazeera reporters three years in jail

    An Egyptian court sentenced three Al-Jazeera reporters to three years in prison on Saturday, in a shock ruling following global demands for their acquittal.

  • I am not a police suspect, says Johan Budi

    Acting Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) commissioner Johan Budi SP, who is now seeking a permanent leadership role in the antigraft body, has denied that he has been named a suspect by the police.

  • Libya shipwreck toll rises to 111, dozens missing

    Rescuers have retrieved from the sea the bodies of 111 migrants whose boat sank off the coat of Libya, the Red Crescent said on Saturday in a new toll.

  • Pentagon joins Silicon Valley in 'flexible' tech hub

    The Pentagon is building a tech hub in Silicon Valley to help create new gadgetry for the supersoldiers of the future as well as tech-savvy consumers.

  • Don't make us hitch rides with Russia: NASA chief

    The head of NASA appealed to Congress on Friday to put more money into restoring America's ability to send astronauts into space instead of relying on Russian rockets.

  • Number of foreign workers very small: Minister

    Manpower Minister Muhammad Hanif Dhakiri has denied issues regarding the growing number of foreign workers in Indonesia.

  • How will climate change affect your livelihood?

    As the reality of global warming starts to hit home, people may ask: "How will it affect my livelihood?"

  • RI plans to adopt India’s online voting system

    Indonesia plans to adopt India’s online voting system for the upcoming 2019 general elections, a government official says.

  • Timika bishop condemns deadly shootings

    Timika bishop John Philips Saklil has condemned the shootings by military personnel that killed two people and wounded several others in Mimika regency, Papua, early Friday.

  • Satellite images confirm Palmyra temple destruction: UN

    Satellite images confirm the destruction of the Baal Shamin temple in Syria's Palmyra, the United Nations said Friday, after international condemnation of the act claimed by the Islamic State group.

  • Govt to leave fuel prices unchanged in September

    The government has decided to keep fuel prices unchanged in September despite the public’s demands for a price cut following the current slump in global oil prices, an official has said.

  • Police arrest foreigner in Bangkok shrine bombing case

    Thai police say a foreign suspect has been arrested in the investigation of a deadly shrine bombing in Bangkok.

  • French journalists charged with bid to blackmail Morocco king

    Two French investigative journalists have been charged in Paris with trying to blackmail the king of Morocco, legal sources said Saturday.

  • Govt opposes zero-deforestation pledge by palm oil firms

    In stark contrast to Indonesia’s commitment to reduce rampant deforestation, the government has surprisingly become a vocal opponent of a “zero deforestation” pledge signed by the four biggest palm oil companies in Indonesia.

  • 500,000 more Indonesians to become jobless, says economist

    Sustainable Development Indonesia director Drajad Wibowo has predicted that Indonesia will have more than 500,000 newly unemployed people this year if the ongoing economic slowdown continues, forcing many factories to lay off their workers.

  • KPK candidate dropped due to alleged crime

    The National Police’s detective division chief, Comr. Gen. Budi Waseso, has revealed that some of the candidates for the next batch of Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) leaders are under police investigation for criminal offenses.

  • Police to summon Pelindo II boss next week

    The National Police's Criminal Investigation Department (Bareskrim) is set to summon state-owned port operator Pelindo II’s president director Richard Joost Lino in early September for questioning regarding the procurement of fixed crane-type loading and unloading equipment.

  • Name of suspect among KPK candidates to be revealed Monday

    The National Police Criminal Investigation Corps (Bareskrim) is set to reveal the name of a candidate for the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) leadership who was declared a suspect on Monday.

  • 139 illegal migrants nabbed in East Nusa Tenggara

    The Indonesian Army arrested 139 undocumented migrant workers in East Nusa Tenggara on Saturday.

  • What you need to know about Malaysia's Bersih movement

    Malaysia's Bersih movement is in the media spotlight again as it plans to hold a massive rally this weekend to demand the resignation of Prime Minister Najib Razak.

  • Soldiers held after fatal shooting in Papua

    Two members of the Military District Command (Kodim) 1710/Timika have been arrested following a shooting in Koperapoka, Mimika regency, Papua, that left two civilians dead and two others wounded.

  • Tens of thousands take holy dip at India's Kumbh Mela

    Dreadlocked Indian holy men and waves of Hindu pilgrims washed away their sins with a religious dip on the first main bathing day of India's massive Kumbh Mela festival Saturday.

  • Break it up

    Workers dismantle the Lebak Bulus soccer stadium to clear the way for the building of the mass rapid transit (MRT) system from Lebak Bulus to the Hotel Indonesia traffic circle in Jakarta on Friday. The stadium, which can accommodate up to 12,000 spectators, was built in 1987. It was used by the soccer clubs Pelita Jaya and Persija as their home ground.

  • Malaysians gather in capital to demand reform, PM's ouster

    Thousands of Malaysians streamed into central Kuala Lumpur on Saturday to call for the prime minister's ouster over corruption allegations and demand broader reforms, spurning warnings by police who have declared the rally illegal.

  • Still not enough women in boardrooms

    Singapore women continue to be under-represented in top management positions, even though they have made strides in education and the broader workforce.

  • Jokowi reassures foreign investors

    As a sign of his seriousness in lifting bottlenecks surrounding infrastructure development, President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo officiated on Friday the construction of Southeast Asia’s biggest power plant four years after its development sputtered out due to protracted problems in land procurement.

  • Japan govt slashes stadium cost by US$1.27b

    The Japan government decided Friday on a new construction plan for the new National Stadium that limits the number of spectator seats to 68,000 and keeps construction costs to 155 billion yen (US$1.27 billion), a sharp drop from the original plan.

  • Competition for bullet train getting fiercer

    Competition to develop Indonesia’s first high-speed train is getting fiercer after Japan provided a new proposal for the project, which could upset its Chinese rivel.

  • 90% of malls probed violate smoking bylaw

    The Jakarta Environmental Management Agency (BPHLD) has disclosed that 90 percent of malls and shopping centers that they inspected in Jakarta were in violation of Gubernatorial Regulation No. 88/2010 on no-smoking areas.

  • Antam set for Rp 5.3 trillion rights issue

    Diversified miner Aneka Tambang (Antam) expects to raise Rp 5.3 trillion (US$378.37 million) from a rights issue that will take place in October.

  • Japfa to ship poultry to Myanmar in landmark export

    Publicly listed poultry firm PT Japfa Comfeed is preparing to ship 100,000 parent stocks of broiler hatching eggs to Myanmar in its attempt to tap the foreign market since the 2004 avian flu outbreak in the country.

  • Pertamina teams up with KAI in building gas, fuel pipeplines

    State-owned gas giant PT Pertamina has signed a memorandum of understanding with state-owned railway operator PT Kereta Api Indonesia (KAI) to help build a gas and fuel pipeline through land owned by KAI, as well as to help with transportation and distribution.

  • Indosat sees bright outlook as debts restructured

    Publicly listed telecommunications firm PT Indosat is hoping that early repayment of a US$650 million debt will improve its financial performance after suffering losses in the first half of this year as a result of the plunging rupiah.

  • Split emerges in Japan's biggest 'yakuza' gang

    A rift has emerged in Japan's largest "yakuza" organised crime syndicate, the government has said, with police warning that the split could lead to a wave of gang violence.

  • Australian PM rules out random visa checks

    Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott Saturday distanced himself from a police operation in Melbourne which was cancelled amid public outrage about possible spot checks on people's visas, saying his office had no prior knowledge of it.

  • Central Java’s economy slows down on weak manufacturing

    Central Java, which hosts a number of labor-intensive manufacturing industries, has seen its economy slow along with the broader national economy, as manufacturers are hit by the weak rupiah.

  • Regular people suffering as welfare data worsens

    The ongoing domestic economic slowdown has pinched the country’s lower and middle-classes as food prices soar, income levels drop and more people face the possibility of unemployment, according to a local think-thank.

  • Myanmar approves first-ever national minimum wage

    Myanmar's government has approved the country's first-ever national minimum wage, state media reported on Saturday, after months of bitter negotiations with labour groups and employers.

  • Greek election could result in new, big coalition govt

    Greece's outgoing prime minister, Alexis Tsipras, is banking on his popularity to win a national election next month and strengthen his grip on power after purging his radical left Syriza party of dissenters.

  • Lessons learned as govt expedites 2016 project tenders

    In an attempt to expedite state budget disbursement next year, several ministries will launch early tender processes for 2016 projects as the government’s poor spending this year faced criticized as failing to help stoke growth in a time of need.

  • Seoul proposes Sept 7 talks for family reunions

    South Korea’s Red Cross on Friday proposed to hold working-level talks with its North Korean counterpart on September 7 to arrange a fresh round of reunions for families displaced by the Korean War following a recent cross-border agreement, the Unification Ministry said.

  • National scene: AJI praises Jokowi for stand on press freedom

    JAKARTA: The Alliance of Independence Journalists (AJI)has praised President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s move to revoke a new regulation that would have reintroduced surveillance of foreign journalists working in the country.

  • Life in in-between land

    Trapped in limbo, over 7,000 asylum seekers live in Bangkok and Thailand's other urban centres.

  • National scene: Navy arrests fuel-smuggling suspect

    BATAM: The Indonesian Navy’s Western Fleet Quick Response (WFQR) IV team has arrested the owner of the MT Mascot II, a vessel suspected of smuggling fuel in Indonesian territorial waters, according to a Navy official.

  • National scene: AGO, court to verify Soeharto assets

    JAKARTA: The Attorney General’s Office (AGO) is to verify the assets of the Supersemar Foundation with help from the South Jakarta District Court before seizing Rp 4.4 trillion (US$313 million) in penalties for misuse of scholarship funds.

  • Incumbents warned against misusing Bansos funds

    The ruling Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) has warned its members contesting the upcoming local elections on Dec. 9 against misusing social assistance funds (Bansos), which continues to be a source of illegal funds for political candidates.

  • New party fights for nativist ideology, TNI’s return to politics

    On the 70th anniversary of the country’s independence on Aug. 17, a group of politicians and former Indonesian Military (TNI) personnel declared the formation a new political party, the Partai Priboemi (Indigenous Party).

  • Transforming the known unknowns into the known knowns

    Although he said it more than a decade ago, Donald Rumsfeld was right. “There are known knowns. These are things we know that we know. There are known unknowns. That is to say, there are things that we know we don’t know.”

  • Overcoming teachers’ ‘mission impossible’

    Education is the key to personal growth. If you are poor, the only means to climb up the social-status ladder is education. Vertical mobility is made possible by mastering new skills and knowledge. US founding father Thomas Jefferson even said an educated citizen is the most important factor in building a democratic system. A good education will produce a free human who is mindful and resourceful.

  • Let’s build a joyful learning atmosphere

    Among the reflections around Indonesia’s 70th Independence Day is that most parents want to see their children achieve the best at school in a joyful learning environment.

  • There’s no free concert

    For dozens of years, we Indonesians have enjoyed many great performances by fabulous international artists, thanks to the generosity of foreign embassies in Jakarta. Those performances have opened our minds, broadened our insight and deepened our (artistic) knowledge. They are also usually presented largely free of charge, so the people who are really interested and have the necessity to learn from them but are not terribly well off can have access to the performances.

  • After Uber and Airbnb, meal-sharing sites under fire in France

    First taxis rose up against Uber, then hotels challenged Airbnb and now, restaurants in France are taking on meal-sharing sites they believe create unfair competition and could sap jobs.

  • Polish official '99% sure' Nazi train exists

    Poland's deputy culture minister said Friday he saw a ground-penetrating radar image of the alleged Nazi train that has set off a gold rush, adding that he is 99 percent sure it exists.

  • Glastonbury sends abandoned rubber boots to Calais migrants

    Hundreds of pairs of rubber boots left behind by music fans who attended Britain's Glastonbury music festival have been donated to migrants in Calais, organisers said Friday.

  • African superstars, Bono in campaign to empower women

    African stars joined U2 frontman Bono on Friday in a campaign to use music to help empower women around the world.

  • Hell money

  • House betting on constituency funds despite poor performance

    The House of Representatives has revived hopes that the government will support its controversial constituency fund mechanism, despite its poor performance in the first 10 months of its 2014 to 2019 term.

  • 83% of Japanese high schoolers use social networking services

    About 83 per cent of Japanese high school students use social networking services such as LINE, Twitter and Facebook, according to a government institution’s survey on high school students in Japan, the Untied States, China and South Korea. The figure of Japanese was the highest among the four countries.

  • Duty-free stores coming soon in Ginza

    A series of new duty-free stores will open in Ginza, Tokyo, from this autumn to cater to the growing number of foreign customers coming to the shopping district.

  • Show me the money

    Ethnic-Chinese Indonesians throw "hell money", prepared as offerings for their ancestors' souls into the air during the "hungry ghost" festival in Medan, North Sumatra, Indonesia, Friday. During the month-long festival, Chinese people make offerings of food, hell money and paper-made models of items such as televisions, servants and cars to be burnt to appease the wandering spirits as it is believed that the gates of hell are opened during the month and their dead ancestors return to visit their relatives. (AP/Binsar Bakkara)

  • Inflated protest

    A giant inflatable in prison stripes in the likeness of Brazil's former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva towers over anti-government demonstrators outside City Hall, in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Friday. A small group of demonstrators assailed President Dilma Rousseff, whose standing in the polls has plunged amid a snowballing corruption scandal that has embroiled politicians from her Workers' Party as well as a sputtering economy, a weakening currency and rising inflation. (AP/Andre Penner)

  • 'Fluctuations are linked to dollar'

    Economists are insisting that recent global financial market sell-offs should not be blamed on the depreciation of the Chinese currency.

  • Dear, Erika

    Strong winds and waves batter the coast as Tropical Storm Erika approaches Santo Domingo, in the Dominican Republic, Friday. Tropical Storm Erika began to lose steam Friday over the Dominican Republic, but it left behind a trail of destruction that included several people killed on the small eastern Caribbean island of Dominica, authorities said. (AP/Tatiana Fernandez)

  • Four luxurious ways to travel in Bali

    So you think you’ve done it all when holidaying in Bali? Consider these interesting tours and services to explore the island all over again from a different perspective.

  • Dear Erika

    Strong winds and waves batter the coast as Tropical Storm Erika approaches Santo Domingo, in the Dominican Republic, Friday. Tropical Storm Erika began to lose steam Friday over the Dominican Republic, but it left behind a trail of destruction that included several people killed on the small eastern Caribbean island of Dominica, authorities said. (AP/Tatiana Fernandez)

  • Seven tips for travel photographers

    Capturing great photos of a picturesque destination when traveling might seem easy and effortless, but other than basic knowledge in photography techniques, there are some tips that you can practice to take your skills to a higher level.

  • Bangkok Blast: Police 'no closer to solving case'

    After questioning some 200 witnesses over the August 17 Erawan Shrine bombing, police investigators are still unable to rule out any of the possible motives, a senior police officer said yesterday.

  • ‘A Copy Of My Mind’ A fun project selected to compete at prestigious festivals

    A Copy Of My Mind, the latest work from director Joko Anwar, proves that a unique and solid story can be far more important for a film’s success in gaining artistic recognition than major support from big studios and production companies.

  • Storm kills at least 20 in Dominica, menaces Haiti

    Tropical Storm Erika left at least 20 people dead when it swept over the tiny island nation of Dominica, officials reported Friday, as the system barreled through the Caribbean threatening Haiti.

  • ‘Strike Back: Season Four’ More bang, louder boom

    High-octane action-fueled series Strike Back, in its fourth and final season, plays to the gallery with a bigger boom and a louder bang.

  • The battle of flowers

    The battle of flowers: Participants stand atop a float decorated with flowers during the Battle of Flowers Parade, in Laredo, northern Spain, Friday. For a long months, participants prepare their floats which decorate with thousands flowers during several nights and days previous to take part in the parade. (AP/Alvaro Barrientos)

  • Fashion Rocks - Designers, musicians live up the street

    There was a fascinating vibe going on in the parking lot of Jakarta’s Sarinah Thamrin Plaza, indulging the senses of mall visitors and those passing by.

  • Indonesian smog hits southern Thai provinces

    Thick haze has affected the navigation of small fishing trawlers and taxi boats in the south and caused health concerns on land.

  • Burning man

    Mima Hall of Sparks pulls her son Makai Hall around in a wagon while their camp is being set up at Burning Man on Friday, in the Black Rock Desert near Gerlach, Nev. Once a year, participants gather for Burning Man in Nevada's Black Rock Desert to create Black Rock City, dedicated to community, art, self-expression and self-reliance. (Andy Barron/The Reno Gazette-Journal via AP)

  • Greater Jakarta: Police shoot two motorcycle thieves, kill one

    JAKARTA: A fugitive motorcycle thief was shot to death by the Jakarta Police on Thursday, while another was arrested after receiving a gunshot to the leg.

  • Tens of thousands expected at weekend Bersih rally

    Thousands of supporters of electoral reform group Bersih who have travelled from out of town are gearing up for a 36-hour rally in the Malaysian capital on Saturday to demand for the resignation of Prime Minister Najib Razak.

  • Greater Jakarta: Agency threatens to revoke motorboat license

    JAKARTA: The Thousand Islands Transportation Agency has threatened to revoke the operational license of KM Bintang Alam motorboat after almost 70 passengers drowned en route from Panggang Island to Kali Adem on Friday morning when the vessel sprung a leak.

  • Greater Jakarta: C. Jakarta to promote urban farming

    JAKARTA: The Central Jakarta administration plans to create kampung hijau (green neighborhoods) by planting vegetables in all subdistricts, in an attempt to maintain food security and revitalize the municipality.

  • Onlooker

  • Greater Jakarta: Pickpocket nabbed after 25-year career

    JAKARTA: The Jakarta police have arrested a man, named Tomo, on suspicion of pickpocketing on intercity buses plying routes from Pulo Gadung bus terminal in East Jakarta.

  • 'Cure' for Chernobyl children: sun, sea, clean air in Portugal

    Anya wasn't even born when Chernobyl exploded nearly 30 years ago, but even today its radioactive fallout stalks her and other Ukrainian youngsters growing up near the disused plant.

  • RI ‘failing’ to protect religious freedom

    A prolonged spat over the Indonesian Christian Church (GKI) Yasmin in Bogor, West Java, has once more drawn attention from abroad, with a US rights body witnessing in situ the situation faced by the beleaguered congregation.

  • Austria truck death suspects to appear in court

    Four people arrested after the decomposing bodies of 71 migrants were found in a truck in Austria will appear before a judge in Hungary Saturday, officials said as the discovery sent shock waves through Europe.

  • World champion eater to take on celebs in Jakarta

    A Japanese holder of seven Guiness World Records for competitive eating, Takeru “the Tsunami” Kobayashi, is slated to show off his skills at an event to mark the 10th anniversary of bakery chain Breadlife at Central Park shopping mall in West Jakarta on Saturday.

  • Jamkrida to help SMEs develop business through loan guarantees

    The Jakarta administration has launched city-owned lender PT Penjamin Kredit Daerah Jakarta (Jamkrida) in order to ease the provision of credit for small and medium enterprises (SMEs), including street vendors, which are usually not bankable.

  • Islands in focus: Belgium invited to build cacao plants

    MEDAN: The North Sumatra provincial administration has invited investors from Belgium to build cacao processing plants in the province given the abundance of the commodity.

  • Islands in focus: Three sex workers apprehended in Gang Dolly

    SURABAYA: The Gang Dolly red-light district of Surabaya, East Java, is apparently not completely free of prostitution. Two days ago, a joint team of police and public order police raided the former New Borneo brothel.

  • Islands in focus: Man arrested for claiming to be God

    SUKABUMI: Police have nabbed a man, identified as Indra Okata Permana, alias Raden, 35, for claiming to be God and for allegedly burning a Koran.

  • Cecil and Caitlyn heat up the Halloween costume wars early

    Who gets to decide what grown people wear for Halloween?

  • Islands in focus: Woman lodges police report for naked photos

    AMBON: A woman with the initial of Y, of Ambon city, Maluku, lodged a report against a man, identified only as ANS, 26, at the Ambon Island Police’s Police Integrated Service Center (SPKT) on Friday.

  • Banjarnegara dam badly silted, threatens power supply

    The Mrica Dam in Banjarnegara regency, Central Java has become badly silted up and is at risk of not being able to feed PT Indonesia Power’s hydroelectric power plant (PLTA), potentially threatening electricity supply for areas in Java and Bali.

  • Calm on Wall Street: A turbulent week ends on a placid note

    Well, that was exciting.

  • Kalasan Temple suffering from salt damage, to be restored

    The Yogyakarta Cultural Heritage Preservation Center (BPCB) has decided to totally restore the Kalasan Temple as its structure is unsafe and facing salt damage.

  • Haze plagues Sumatra, fires destroy forests in Central Java

    Haze that has been covering most parts of West Sumatra and Jambi is worsening, while fires are continuing to burn forested areas in the mountains of Central Java.

  • Editorial: Great green hopes

    There is hope for Indonesia’s environment, at least according to the President’s special envoy on climate change, Rachmat Witoelar, who revealed this week the government’s bid to set a higher national emissions reduction target ahead of the UN climate change conference in Paris at the end of the year.

  • Guess what?: Christian Sugiono enjoys managing humor site

    JAKARTA: Actor Christian Sugiono has turned his attention from the glitz and glamour of the entertainment industry to managing his humor site, malesbanget.com.

  • Guess what?: Mira reveals conception of ‘AADC?’ sequel

    JAKARTA: A week-long film screening event in 2012 has inspired producer Mira Lesmana to produce a sequel to hit drama Ada Apa Dengan Cinta? (What’s Up With Cinta?).

  • Casual runners push themselves for satisfaction

    The fifth finisher in the 10 kilometer category of the BII Maybank Bali Marathon (BMBM) 2015 can still pocket Rp 3 million (US$215), but Perdana Alamsyah is not entertaining such a goal even if it would ease the travel costs for three members of his household.

  • Saab strikes technology cooperation with BPPT, ITB

    Swedish defense and security giant Saab AB has signed two technology cooperation agreements that will mainly help foster the defense and aeronautics sectors in Indonesia.

  • Comments on other issues: The culture of tax (non-) compliance

    The directorate general of taxes (DGT) operates in a difficult climate. Indonesia is widely known to have an unfavorable atmosphere in terms of corruption.

  • Issue of the day: Foreigners cleared for owning homes in KEKs

    Agrarian and Spatial Planning Minister Ferry Mursyidan Baldan has urged foreign residents living in Special Economic Zones (KEK) to buy permanent residences or properties in the area.

  • Text your say: Fears of a looming economic crisis

    Your comments on the weakening rupiah, soaring prices of commodities and the government’s efforts to regain investors’ trust in the rupiah:

  • Your letters: Preparing for the impending crisis

    There are big differences between now and 1998. Different problems and a different world.

  • Your letters: Exporters told to release US dollars

    It’s saddening that so many people here want Indonesia to have another crisis, to the point of actually hoping it will happen and then laughing when their wishes come true!! Why? Is it simply because this is not your home country that you expect many people to die and suffer in another crisis so you can laugh about it? That you have enough money that you can be safe when it happens?

  • Your letters: Find concrete solutions to the haze

    This haze problem is a perennial issue affecting Malaysia and Singapore, and leaders of both countries have been sending letters year in, year out to their Indonesian counterparts expressing frustration over their continued inability to resolve it.