French investigators have formally identified a washed-up piece of airplane debris found in July on a remote island in the Indian Ocean as part of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, a Boeing 777 that disappeared more than a year ago with 239 people aboard.
The father of a 3-year-old Syrian boy photographed lying dead on a Turkish beach has described how their overloaded boat flipped over in the sea and he quickly realized his two sons and his wife had drowned.
Rich and developing nations thrashing out a UN climate-rescue pact have moved closer on the make-or-break issue of compensation for damages caused by global warming, observers and negotiators said Thursday.
Prime Minister David Cameron on Thursday promised Britain would fulfil its "moral responsibilities" in the migrants crisis but resisted growing pressure at home and abroad to accept a bigger share of Syrian refugees.
Chairman of the National Mandate Party (PAN) Zulkifli Hasan stated on Thursday that his party’s maneuver to join the government doesn’t mean that it had quit from the opposition coalition.
The Asian Development Bank (ADB) said on Thursday it had increased its capital loan for the Indonesian government to up to US$2.2 billion.
Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban warned Thursday that the wave of refugees and migrants coming to Europe and the EU's "failed immigration policy" threaten to undermine the continent's Christian roots.
Turkish authorities have arrested four suspected traffickers over the deaths of 12 Syrian migrants in two boat sinkings, including a three-year-old boy whose image became a viral symbol of the tragedy of refugees, a report said Thursday.
The family of a Syrian boy whose dead body washed up on a Turkish beach had been trying to emigrate to Canada, a report said Thursday.
The family of toddler Aylan whose lifeless body washed ashore on a Turkish beach had been repeatedly displaced by Syria's brutal four-year war, a local journalist said Thursday.
State oil and gas firm Pertamina said on Thursday that its oil and gas production rose 9.8 percent in the first seven months of the year.
The rupiah interbank rate strengthened four points on Thursday afternoon to Rp 14,128 per US dollar from Rp 14,132.
President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo is set to announce which investor will be chosen to build Indonesia's first high-speed railway following the submission of the Office of the Coordinating Economic Minister’s final recommendation.
The South Sulawesi High Prosecutors’ Office has said that it has received the complete case dossier of Abraham Samad, the suspended chairman of the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK), who was accused of counterfeiting documents for an identity card for a woman named Feriyani Lim.
The National Police’s director for special economic crimes Brig. Gen. Victor Edi Simanjuntak said on Thursday that an attempt to dismiss his boss was designed to stop the police from investigating corruption cases.
A wooden boat crammed with migrant workers who were headed back to Indonesia capsized Thursday off Malaysia's western coast, killing at least 14 people, a maritime official said.
Hundreds of passengers crowded an airport in the Riau provincial capital of Pekanbaru on Thursday as flights were delayed as haze grew thicker in city, caused by intensifying forest fires in Riau and its neighboring provinces.
State-Owned Enterprises Minister Rini Soemarno confirmed that stock buybacks by state-owned companies would continue, but would be adjusted to market conditions and local share prices.
The Jakarta Composite Index strengthened in afternoon trading on Thursday on market optimism over the government’s economic policy.
Police do not intend to charge Mel Gibson over an allegation that the Oscar-winning director shoved and abused a newspaper photographer who snapped pictures of him and his new girlfriend in Sydney last month, officials said Thursday.
State-Owned Enterprises Minister Rini Soemarno has called on state-owned shipping firm Pelni and state-owned ferry operator PT ASDP Indonesia Ferry to immediately start their oil-to-gas energy conversion programs.
Guatemalan President Otto Perez Molina has resigned in the face of a corruption scandal that has brought his government to the brink, a spokesman said early Thursday.
The Philippines and Vietnam will sign a "strategic partnership" agreement by the end of the year, officials have said, as common neighbor and rival China flexes its military muscle in disputed waters.
Japan said Thursday it was "disappointed" there were no signs of rapprochement in Chinese President Xi Jinping's speech to mark the 70th anniversary of Tokyo's WWII defeat, as Beijing showed off its growing might with a huge military parade.
Tourism bosses in a Japanese prefecture have come up with what they hope will draw more feline-loving visitors: a Google-style street view for cats.
Indonesia has been declared ASEAN's favorite destination by the Malaysian Association of Tour and Travel Agents (MATTA).
A heavily overgrown sheep had its massive fleece shorn Thursday by an Australian national champion in a life-saving operation that animal welfare officers said may have set a new world record for a single shearing.
Chinese President Xi Jinping lauded his country as a major power and a force for world peace Thursday as he presided over a spectacular military parade marking the 70th anniversary of Japan's defeat in World War II.
Indonesia is set to launch a locally made satellite from India on Sept. 27.
A total of 15 Bangladeshi immigrants have left their temporary shelter in Lhokseumawe, Aceh province, recently while the immigration office was preparing documents for their deportation. Their escape reportedly took advantage of the recent heavy rains that poured down over the area, said an immigration officer.
At least 13 people have drowned after a small wooden boat, believed to have been carrying about 70 Indonesian migrants, sank in the Malacca Strait early Thursday, Malaysian officials said.
After two years of being in the dark, the country’s national car project, Selo, may finally see the light of day now that Malaysia has taken over the project.
President Barack Obama secured a landmark foreign policy victory Wednesday as Democrats amassed enough votes to ensure the Iran nuclear deal survives in Congress, despite ferocious opposition from Republicans and Israel's government.
After his strong statement on the US$700 million 'donation' in Prime Minister Najib Razak's account, Transparency-International chair Jose Ugaz said he had yet to receive a reply from the Malaysian government.
Malaysia Prime Minister Najib Razak took a swipe at his fiercest critic, Dr Mahathir Mohamad, saying he had never imagined that the former prime minister could be so critical of his administration.
Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) investigators on Thursday questioned former North Sumatra governor Gatot Pujo Nugroho and his wife, Evy Susanti, as suspects in a bribery case.
The National Mandate Party (PAN) on Wednesday officially joined the government coalition, a political move that could give the former member of the opposition Red-and-White Coalition (KMP) at least two ministerial seats in a future government in the event of a Cabinet shake-up.
Indonesia has registered higher tourism growth in the first semester of this year than Malaysia and Singapore.
Public school students are no longer allowed to bring cars and motorcycles to school.
Comedian Butet Kertaradjasa (left) narrates the history of Kompas, Indonesia’s most influential daily, during its 50th anniversary celebrations at the Jakarta Conference Center on Wednesday.(JP/Ricky Yudhistira)
Two British journalists detained by Indonesian authorities since May for making a documentary on piracy in the Malacca Strait without proper papers could face five years’ imprisonment for breaching the country’s immigration laws, an official has said.
Another Australian was found dead in Mentawai Islands regency, West Sumatra, on Wednesday, the second incident that occurred in less than two weeks.
The Indonesian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Kadin) has suggested manufacturers reduce imported components and increase local industrial contents in developing industries.
National Police's detective corps Comr. Gen. Budi Waseso has confirmed that the police have named former Pertamina Foundation executive director Nina Nurlina as a suspect in a corruption case connected to the foundation.
International Monetary Fund (IMF) managing director Christine Lagarde has praised the government’s policies in the realm of economics, saying the country is on the right track for economic reform.
A female 75-kilogram baby elephant was born early on Tuesday at Mount Leuser National Park (TNGL) in North Sumatra, giving impetus to ongoing efforts to save the endangered species at the conservation forest.
The National Mandate Party (PAN) announced on Wednesday that it would join the ruling coalition of President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo, a move expected to improve the government’s relationship with the House of Representatives.
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About 16 publicly listed firms have officially submitted requests to buy back shares with funds totaling around US$412 million after the implementation of a new capital market rule that encourages them to prop up the recent slump in domestic stock prices.
State-owned lender Bank Tabungan Negara (BTN) is convinced that the ongoing efforts to reduce the amounts of its non-performing loans (NPL) will show positive results despite economic pressures, its executives said.
National flag carrier Garuda Indonesia is teaming up with minimarket chain Indomaret to allow air passengers to buy tickets from the chain’s outlets across the country in a bid to boost the airline’s sales.
Microsoft plans to utilize its 20-year presence in Indonesia by focusing its efforts on improving access to technology and investing in cloud technology for the education sector, and the small and medium enterprises (SME) sector.
Workers make tempeh at a home industry factory in Kampung Melayu, East Jakarta, on Wednesday. The processing facility, which employs three workers, still produces tempeh despite soaring soybean prices.(JP/P.J. Leo)
Visitors observe a pair of old wayang golek (wooden puppet) at a kiosk at the Triwindu antique market in Ngarsopuro, Surakarta, Central Java. Contrary to other business sectors, the plummeting value of the rupiah against the US dollar has boosted antique transactions at the market as a seller can reap an average Rp 2 million (US$141.61) to Rp 5 million in revenues daily.(JP/Ganug Nugroho Adi)
More than 100 Indonesian firms are set to participate at the 12th China-ASEAN Expo in Nanning, China, on Sept. 18-21.
The Public Works Ministry, as of Aug. 27, had disbursed only 28 percent of its 2015 budget of Rp 118.5 trillion, lower than the 44 percent managed in the same period in 2014, which can largely be attributed to late budget discussions and ministerial restructuring. The Public Works Ministry acknowledged that it is behind in disbursing this year’s budget, but it still expects to disburse 93 percent of the total budget (figure 1) by the end of year.
Two auto expos, the Gaikindo Indonesia International Auto Show (GIIAS) and the Indonesia International Motor Show (IIMS), both of which ended last week, were not able to boost car sales as expected as a result of the current economic slowdown, an industry group has said.
Dozens of Toyota Corolla Altis cars have been parked in the parking lot of the City Council complex on Jl. Kebon Sirih, Central Jakarta, for the past few days. These cars are only a few among the 101 cars were purchased by the Jakarta city administration for members of the City Council.
The United States will take part in the Indonesian government’s 35,000 megawatt (MW) power plant construction program. American companies will focus on developing environmentally friendly power generation facilities.
Workers unload cattle from a ship at Tanjung Priok Port in North Jakarta on Wednesday. The State Logistics Agency (Bulog) imported 7,100 Australian cattle in September to meet the 50,000 cattle import quota set by the government to stabilize beef prices ahead of Idul Adha next month.(JP/Seto Wardhana)
Farmers harvest 1,500 or around 1 ton of cucumbers in their farm in Tunfeu village, Kupang regency, East Nusa Tenggara. During the dry season, farmers in the village grow alternative plants such as corn, chili, peanuts and cucumbers to maintain productivity.(JP/Djemi Amnifu)
There are about three trillion trees on Earth, roughly 422 for every person and eight times more than previously estimated, researchers said Wednesday, admitting surprise.
The country needs quick policy responses from the government to avert a full-blown crisis reminiscent of the years 1997-1998, local think-thank Institute for Development of Economics and Finance (Indef) says.
The Indonesian palm oil industry has not experienced any major slump in business despite declining Chinese demand. To hedge against a Chinese slowdown, palm oil producers have exported their product to non-traditional markets, the Indonesian Palm Oil Producers Association (Gapki) has said.
Republican frontrunner Donald Trump had a message Wednesday for his Spanish-speaking rival Jeb Bush as they compete for their party's presidential nomination: lead by "speaking English."
The government is optimistic that a panel recently setup by the World Trade Organization (WTO) will settle its issue regarding the European Union (EU)’s anti-dumping measures on its biodiesel.
The government has decided to delay the announcement of the country’s first high-speed railway project winner, as the evaluation team required additional time to assess the proposals submitted by China and Japan.
The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) on Wednesday confirmed that it had transferred its probe into state port operator PT Pelindo II to the National Police’s Criminal Investigations Directorate (Bareskrim).
Coordinating Political, Legal & Security Affairs Minister Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan has lashed out at recent over-exposed crime investigations that have caused public controversy.
The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) has criticized the decision made by the government-sanctioned selection committee to unilaterally divide up its eight final leadership candidates for the antigraft body and suggest which specific bureaucratic divisions they are best suited to lead.
The appointment of former anti-graft campaigner Teten Masduki as the new presidential chief of staff, replacing Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan, has been hailed as a smart move by President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo.
In the past Indonesia ranked among the world’s authoritarian states, but now the nation has emerged as the third-largest democracy in the world and the biggest in Southeast Asia.
The long-awaited visit is upon us. Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi makes an historic visit to Jakarta today, 32 years after then president Hosni Mubarak came to Indonesia. Upon receiving an invitation to attend the Asia-Africa Conference in Jakarta last April, El-Sisi himself decided that it was high time to pay the archipelago a visit.
Thanks to the fast development of information technology, we now rarely see any nation state openly deploying its military arsenal and mobilizing its armed forces to annex another country’s territory. Yet it does not unfortunately mean the world is safer and freer from conflict today than in the past. What has occurred is in fact a shift from “traditional” to “non-traditional” models of conflict.
Vice President Jusuf Kalla has asked the people not to misinterpret the influx of Chinese workers in Indonesia, since they are brought in by investors.
A cancer-killing therapy that engineers a patient's own immune cells to wipe out chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) has shown long-term success in a handful of people, a US study said Wednesday.
Free diving, the art of plumbing the ocean’s great depths in one breath is fast becoming one of the “coolest” athletic arts around.
Steven Spielberg's DreamWorks film studio plans to part ways with Disney when their distribution tie-up ends in a year's time, an industry source told AFP on Wednesday.
The Jakarta Composite Index (JCI) rose on Thursday due to positive sentiments from external stock markets.
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Jakarta Governor Basuki "Ahok" Tjahaja Purnama has said that he will directly interview subdistrict heads and other young civil servants who are performing well to better understand their potential and see if they could fill strategic positions in the Jakarta city administration.
The rupiah exchange rate traded on Thursday morning weakened by 13 points to Rp 14,145 per US dollar from Rp 14,132.
A cry for help during a mugging doesn't sound unusual - except in this case it was the mugger begging police to save him, a Brazilian report said Wednesday.
For many Indonesians, documentaries aren’t considered as entertaining as feature films. A documentary film festival organized by the Dutch cultural center, Erasmus Huis, later this week aims to change that.
Children of Sinarjati village in Cibarusah district, Bekasi, West Java, slide on mud in the bed of the drying Cipamingkis River. People in the village must dig holes in the river bed to fetch water during the dry season.(JP/P.J. Leo)
Lines of semipermanent houses at the Ciliwung River bank caught fire on Wednesday. The fire, which is still under investigation, destroyed dozens of houses in the area included in the Ciliwung revitalization project.(JP/DON)
Jati Asih Police have arrested Wiharso Lumbanbatu, known as Alex, 20, for the assault and manslaughter of Nesih Fulfilawati.
The Soekarno-Hatta Airport Police have arrested five suspects allegedly involved in a syndicate that anesthetized Indonesian female migrant workers, locally called TKW, before robbing them.
Thirty-six Rohingya migrants recently arrived in Jakarta from Aceh, seeking help from the city administration.
The city administration is investigating alleged illegal parking practices at the City Council building’s underground parking area, with civil servants implicated in the wrongdoing.
A 34-year-old woman, identified as MF, died on Wednesday after jumping from the fourth floor of a parking lot at a wholesale shopping center in Permata Hijau, Kebayoran, South Jakarta.
It was never too early for senior high school students like Idris Maulidina, 16, of SMK 6 vocational school Jakarta, and her peers to start their own business venture. Idris and other 19 students, grouped under the Garda Infinity student company flag, were the 20 individuals selected to represent their school to advance to the Indonesia Student Company Competition (ISCC) 2015 in August in Jakarta.
Tens of thousands of British people petitioned their government to do its part to help an unprecedented influx of refugees fleeing war and violence to safety in Europe on Wednesday.
In cooperation with local publishers, digital publishing startup Buqu has launched a digital library app, BuquLib, to boost the reading habits of people in this fast-paced technological era.
Foreign Minister Julie Bishop on Thursday said ties with Indonesia were in "very good shape" after plunging this year when Jakarta executed two Australians, hailing her relationship with "text buddy" counterpart Retno Marsudi.
Battling with speeding cars, reckless bus drivers and raging cabbies for space on the streets may not only be experienced by New York City’s thrill-seeking, elusive bicycle messenger Wilee, the lead character in David Koepp’s Hollywood movie Premium Rush starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt.
US fugitive Vontrey Jamal Clark (center) is escorted by police personnel after leaving his holding cell for Ngurah Rai airbase in Denpasar for deportation on Wednesday. Clark, who is accused of murdering his fiancée, was arrested by the Bali Police on July 31 in North Kuta.9JP/Zul Trio Anggono)
Veteran athletes from across the country will join the 2015 National Masters Athletics Championship being held from Thursday to Saturday at the Sriwedari Stadium in Surakarta, Central Java.
A local government-sanctioned survey revealed that only 50 percent of students in Yogyakarta can speak the refined version of the Javanese language, creating concerns regarding the preservation of Javanese culture in the near future.
After being held in Bali Police custody for more than a month, US fugitive Vontrey Jamal Clark was deported on Wednesday from Indonesia to face trial in Texas for allegedly murdering his fiancée.
Roaming spirits will not disturb people in North Sumatra for a while after hundreds of Indonesians of Chinese descent fed the phantoms during the Hungry Ghost Festival held recently at Gunung Timur Temple in Medan.
An Indian woman pilgrim speaks with her relatives before leaving for the annual hajj pilgrimage to the holy city of Mecca, in Ahmadabad, India, Wednesday.
A team of eight people from various socially marginalized groups will represent the country in the 2015 Homeless World Cup (HWC) street soccer competition that will be held this month in Amsterdam.
Thick haze caused by ongoing land and forest fires in Sumatra and Kalimantan has forced local authorities on the two islands to temporarily shut down schools and delay or cancel flights on safety concerns.
A military band performs prior to the start of a parade commemorating the 70th anniversary of Japan's surrender during World War II held in front of Tiananmen Gate in Beijing, Thursday.
Tourists Joseph Lin, Ning Chao, center, and Linda Wang, left, pose for a selfie along the south rim at Grand Canyon National Park, Ariz. on Wednesday.
Participants make their way through dust at Burning Man in the Black Rock Desert of Nevada on Wednesday.
President Barack Obama reacts as a fish he is holding releases milt, the sperm-containing fluid of a male fish, while visiting with Commercial and Subsistence Fisher Kim Williams on Kanakanak Beach, Wednesday, in Dillingham, Alaska.
The organisers of Bersih 4 rally were questioned for more than two hours at the police headquarters on their involvement in the two-day rally over the weekend.
The eighth arrest warrant was issued by a court yesterday in relation to the Erawan Shrine and Sathon Pier bomb attacks, while two suspects are under under military custody.
More than 13 million children are being denied an education by Middle East conflicts, the UN said Thursday, warning "the hopes of a generation" would be dashed if they cannot return to classrooms.
The fact that Chinese President Xi Jinping has held six bilateral summits with South Korean President Park Geun-hye in just the last two years — their last encounter came on Wednesday — should send a very clear message to North Korean leader Kim Jong-un that China has lost patience with his leadership.
More than six months after President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s administration launched the one-stop integrated investment services (PTSP) in Jakarta, business-licensing processes remain lengthy and complicated, a study by the Asian Development Bank and Regional Autonomy Watch (KPPOD) in five major cities has concluded.
Wikipedia on Wednesday said that it has blocked more than 300 accounts being used by people being paid to create or tweak entries at the communally sourced online encyclopedia.
Heart-rending pictures of a toddler's lifeless body washed ashore on a Turkish beach sparked horror on Wednesday as the cost of Europe's burgeoning refugee crisis hit home.
Designer Lenny Agustin says she is busy preparing for her participation in the Who’s Next fashion trade show in Paris, France.
Malaysia Airlines said one of its jets made an unscheduled landing in India on Thursday due to broken lavatories while flying the same route as flight MH17, which was shot down over Ukraine last year.
Pop singer Mulan Jameela has released a new music video inspired by Madonna for her song “Trauma”.
China's economic slowdown is having a broader impact on the global economy than originally expected, especially on emerging markets, the International Monetary Fund said late Wednesday.
Celebrating Vietnam’s 70th anniversary and the commemoration of the 60th anniversary of diplomatic ties between Indonesia and Vietnam in Jakarta together on Wednesday are (from left to right) Law and Human Rights Minister Yasonna Hamonangan Laoly, Ambassador of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam to Indonesia Nguyen Xuan Thuy, ASEAN secretary-general Le Luong Minh and Vietnam’s permanent representative to ASEAN, Nguyen Hoanh Nam.(JP/DON)
As ASEAN moves toward a single economic community, civil society groups have urged regional governments not to tolerate human rights violations and to address past abuses, including cases of forced disappearance.
Tokyo shares opened 1.43 percent higher Thursday after Wall Street rebounded overnight while Chinese markets are closed for a long weekend.
Kuta Police chief Comr. Dedy Januarta has denied that he was involved in an alleged case of money being extorted from a group of Australian tourists, as was recently reported by Australian media.
The Education and Culture Ministry is planning to make it compulsory for parents to enroll their children for early childhood education (PAUD) before entering kindergarten.
Publicly listed PT Multi Bintang Indonesia, the country’s largest brewery, has put on hold its US$42 million plant expansion projects in East Java after the ban on alcohol sales slapped on minimarts by the Trade Ministry in April slashed its sales by 40 percent and its profits by 47 percent in the first half.
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Our children do face a lot of pressure to perform, but their sense of self-worth should not suffer because of it.
Europe is facing its worst migrant crisis since WWII and things are going from bad to worse. According to news reports, 2,000 migrants lost their lives when their overcrowded boat capsized near Zarwa Libya. In another tragic incident, 71 migrants suffocated to death in a small container as they tried to enter Austria, just miles from where EU leaders gathered to discuss the recent flow of migrants into Europe.
A nation without borders is not a nation and a nation has the right to control its borders.