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  • Pope calls slum conditions in Nairobi an injustice

    Visiting one of Nairobi's many shantytowns on Friday, Pope Francis denounced conditions slum-dwellers are forced to live in, saying access to safe water is a basic human right and that everyone should have dignified, adequate housing.

  • France honors attack victims in city subdued by mourning

    A subdued France paid homage Friday to those killed two weeks ago in the attacks that gripped Paris in fear and mourning, honoring each of the 130 dead by name as the president pledged to "destroy the army of fanatics" who claimed so many young lives.

  • Art program gives Boston's homeless a place to create

    In an elegant church in one of Boston's most chic shopping districts, homeless people from across the city gather once a week to express themselves in ways not possible when living on the streets.

  • Sei Mangkei Economic Zone in North Sumatra still lacks infrastructure

    A tenant of the Mangkei Special Economic Zone (SEZ) in Simalungun, North Sumatera has complained that the first SEZ launched by President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo, has a serious lack of supporting infrastructure.

  • Minister ready to provide more info to ethics council

    Energy and Mineral Resources Minister Sudirman Said has stressed that he is ready to supply more information to the House of Representatives’ ethics council in connection with a report he made to the council about House Speaker Setya Novanto’s alleged misuse of President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo and Vice President Jusuf Kalla’s names in talks with representatives of mining company Freeport Indonesia.

  • Ahok lets regent use governor's boat to save costs

    Jakarta Governor Basuki "Ahok" Tjahaja Purnama has allowed Thousand Islands Regent Budi Utomo to use the governor’s official boat for daily transportation due to high boat rental fees.

  • Social media further alienates unhappy children

    The recent case of a teenager who posted melancholic messages on her Facebook page before taking her own life shows that as children develop, some become susceptible to depression and then tend to turn to social media, a prominent children’s rights activist said on Friday.

  • Tens of thousands of students protest in Nepalese capital

    Tens of thousands of students held hands, waved banners and chanted slogans in Nepal's capital Friday to protest against a border blockade that has caused severe shortages of fuel and an increase in food prices in the Himalayan country.

  • Reevaluation needed to mend disadvantages of Pilkada

    The People’s Representative Assembly (MPR) institute of assessment head Rulli Chairul Azwar commended Rahmat Hollyson and Sri Sundari for their book on the regional elections (Pilkada) titled Pilkada: Penuh Euforia Miskin Makna (Regional Elections: Euphoric but Meaningless) during a book review session on Nov. 19.

  • Yogyakarta's new airport to boost economy, tourism: VP

    Yogyakarta's new international airport in the Kulon Progo regency will provide a significant effect to the city's tourism and economy, said Vice President Jusuf Kalla.

  • Indonesia to show the world how to prevent forest fires at COP21

    Indonesia will present it's ideas on how to prevent forest fires and rehabilitate damaged peatland as part of climate change mitigation efforts at the upcoming UN climate change conference in Paris, France.

  • JCI down as rupiah drops past 13,800

    The Jakarta Composite Index (JCI) was down by 36.49 points or 0.79 percent to 4,560.56 at Friday’s closing, following the rupiah’s depreciation. The index of the 45 most liquid stocks (LQ45) dropped 8.13 points (1.02 percent) to 787.03.

  • Mali arrests 2 over attack on luxury hotel in Bamako

    Malian special forces have arrested two men over last week's attack on a luxury hotel in the capital, according to a statement distributed Friday morning, as the government provided a breakdown by nationality of the 20 people killed in the attack.

  • Two Indonesians detained in Japan for alleged weapons trading

    Japanese authorities had arrested two Indonesians on suspicion that they had violated local laws on rifle possession and trading, an official said on Friday.

  • Indonesia says Australia forced back asylum seekers

    Australian officials destroyed a boat carrying asylum seekers and then pushed them back to sea in another vessel, Indonesia said Friday.

  • Indonesia saving US$15.8 mln per day as fuel imports drop

    Indonesia has successfully cut its fuel imports after several domestic oil and gas facilities were optimized this year. The drop in imports means that the the government is closer to eliminating the mafia that previously caused the nation to be dependent on fuel imports, according to the Energy and Mineral Resources Minister Sudirman Said.

  • Strikes on IS city, focus of international campaign, kill 8

    A new wave of airstrikes targeting the Syrian city of Raqqa, the headquarters of the extremist Islamic State group and the focus of an international military campaign, killed at least eight people, including five children, Syrian opposition groups said Friday.

  • Strikes on IS city, focus of international campaign, kill 8

    A new wave of airstrikes targeting the Syrian city of Raqqa, the headquarters of the extremist Islamic State group and the focus of an international military campaign, killed at least eight people, including five children, Syrian opposition groups said Friday.

  • Notorious warlord seeks comeback, leverage in Afghanistan

    After more than 40 years at war, one of Afghanistan's most notorious warlords, designated a "global terrorist" by the United States and blacklisted by the United Nations along with Osama bin Laden, wants to come out of the shadows.

  • Queen Elizabeth II opens Commonwealth meeting in Malta

    Queen Elizabeth II opened the Commonwealth summit Friday on the Mediterranean island of Malta — a meeting that this year will focus on climate change and the threat of extremist violence.

  • Indonesia moves forward to meet renewed SDGs

    Despite the country’s failure to meet the targets outlined in the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), Indonesia and the United Nations are moving on and will try to reach renewed Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

  • Philippine website to seek tips on missing Marcos paintings

    The Philippine government will launch a website to crowd-source tips on the whereabouts of some 200 missing art works, including paintings by Van Gogh, Picasso, and Rembrandt that were owned by former first lady Imelda Marcos, an official said Friday.

  • Newmont acquisition will benefit Indonesian economy: Didu

    Medco Energi Internasional's plan to acquire a 76 percent share of gold mining firm Newmont Nusa Tenggara (NNT) would benefit the Indonesian economy, according Said Didu of the Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry.

  • City introduce app-based flood early warning system

    The Jakarta city administration will introduce an app-based flood early warning system called the Jakarta Flood Information Platform (JAFIP) enabling residents to immediately receive or deliver flood information.

  • Ministry denies rumor of sharia tourism in Bali

    The Tourism Ministry has denied rumors that sharia tourism would be developed in Bali.

  • Jakarta police shoot dead suspected footbridge rapist

    Jakarta police officers have shot dead on Friday a man who was suspected of raping and mugging a woman on a pedestrian bridge in South Jakarta last weekend.

  • BKPM halts license for foreign investment in cemetery park

    The Investment Coordinating Board (BKPM) has received a US$20 million investment proposal from a foreign investor to run a cemetery park development and burial service. The BKPM has not yet issued the license due to uncertainties related to the monitoring process.

  • House's ethics council to question officials over Freeport scandal

    The House of Representatives’ ethics council (MKD) will question officials allegedly involved in the Freeport scandal to follow-up on the report submitted recently by Energy and Mineral Resources Minister Sudirman Said on the misconduct of House Speaker Setya Novanto.

  • House’s ethics council denies bribery offer in Setya case

    The House of Representatives’ ethics council deputy chairman Junimart Girsang has denied allegations that bribes of up to US$2 million had been offered to support House Speaker Setya Novanto, who is being investigated by the council for alleged misconduct.

  • Don’t fear competition in ASEAN Economic Community: Jokowi

    Business leaders and the people should not be afraid of entering the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) next year, said President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo.

  • After Paris attacks, increased resolve for UN climate talks

    Still gripped by shock and grief, Paris will play host to a long-awaited UN climate conference under tragic circumstances that none could have foreseen.

  • Central Sulawesi plans attractions for total solar eclipse viewing

    Five areas in Central Sulawesi are planning to create special focus locations for tourists coming to the province to observe the total solar eclipse in March next year.

  • Affiliate of IS group claims Bangladesh Shiite mosque attack

    An Islamic State group affiliate in Bangladesh said Friday it was behind an attack on a Shiite mosque in the country's north that killed one man and wounded three others.

  • BI interest rate expected to fall slightly in early 2016

    Despite Bank Indonesia (BI) sticking to a tight monetary stance, two economists expect the central bank to cut its interest rate slightly in early 2016.

  • Everyone for leaving no one behind

    At the UN’s Sustainable Development Summit in New York in September, ASEAN leaders were among those who unanimously adopted the bold and ambitious 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals. ASEAN itself promotes people-centered development.

  • A more Indonesia-literate Australia on the horizon

    There is no doubt that just as more Australians visit Indonesia, especially Bali, an increasing number of Indonesians choose Australia as their holiday destination.

  • Interfaith dialogue moves toward more substantive, meaningful collaboration

    For at least the past 10 years, there has been many examples of interreligious or interfaith dialogue carried out by peace activists or activists of faith-based organizations in Indonesia.

  • MPR Assessment Agency ready to amend the Constitution

    People's Consultative Assembly (MPR) Assessment Agency head Bambang Sadono has said his agency is ready with a collection of drafts and supporting documents for the amendment of the Constitution (UUD) should the government reach a political agreement in 2016 or 2017.

  • Imagine there’s no … religion

    Throughout high school and college, I was amused by complaints made by some of my born-again Christian peers with regard to “Imagine.” According to them, John Lennon was such a blasphemous person because, not only had he said that he was bigger than Jesus, he sang the lyric “imagine there’s no religion.”

  • Economists urge more pro-investment policies

    A senior economist from the Center for Economics and Business Research, Danae Kyriakopoulou, has praised the government for its recent economic stimulus packages aimed at attracting long-term investment suitable for Indonesia’s development.

  • 'Volution/groove space': brings a city to the stage

    If one wished to put a finger on the urban rhythm of Jakarta and then transfer it into a performance, the stage would offer one a seamless transition.

  • AlbumREVIEWS: ‘Tempelhof’ and ‘Soryu’ by Celer

    Using his Celer moniker, experimental musician Will Long has been responsible for creating some of the most moving ambient music of the decade.

  • Pattimura and Reconciliation at Fortress Duurstede

    Melodies on piano, bamboo flute and Moluccan tifa drums precede the arrival of Pattimura on stage.

  • Evacuation simulation

    A man is rescued using ropes during a fire extinguishing and evacuation simulation at Senayan City Mall, South Jakarta, on Thursday. The simulation was conducted to test the attentiveness and preparedness of the mall’s employees should a fire break out.(JP/Seto Wardhana)

  • Petral case enters preliminary investigation phase: KPK

    The case of Pertamina Energy Trading Ltd (Petral), in which Pertamina was allegedly forced to accept crude oil and fuel supplies at uncompetitive prices, has entered preliminary investigations, according to the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK).

  • Greater Jakarta: Police arrest four for Bekasi shooting

    The Medan Satria Police in Bekasi, West Java, have nabbed four men who were allegedly involved in the shooting of a man at a fast food restaurant in the area last month.

  • Greater Jakarta: One killed in Johar Baru brawl

    A 19-year-old Jakartan named Rivaldi was shot dead during a brawl in the notorious Johar Baru district in Central Jakarta in the early hours of Thursday morning.

  • Greater Jakarta: Police find new evidence in abuse case

    The Jakarta Police may name House of Representatives member Fanny Afriansyah, also known as Ivan Haz, and his wife, Anna Susilowati, suspects for abuse against their housemaid, Toipah, 20, in the near future.

  • Greater Jakarta: City to make scavengers obtain licenses

    The Jakarta administration will regulate scavengers and pengepul (people who buy recyclable items from scavengers) by obligating them to obtain business licenses to run their operations.

  • Weekly 5: Trendy cafés with ‘artitude’

    Several cafés in Jakarta offer food and art, a combination that many cannot refuse. One of the pioneers of the concept is KOI Restaurant Bar and Gallery in Kemang, South Jakarta, but the past few years have seen new ones popping up. Here are five of them:

  • China to spend $438b on rail network in the next five years

    China is set to invest a total of at least 2.8 trillion yuan ($438 billion) in railway construction during the 13th Five-Year Plan period (2016-2020), reported Economic Information Daily.

  • Chinese stocks fall after probes of brokers launched

    China's main stock market index fell more than 5 percent after two of the country's biggest securities firms announced they are under investigation for possible misconduct.

  • Jakarta urged to develop ‘blueprint’ for street food vendors

    Experts and members of the Jakarta Research Council (DRD) have urged the city administration to develop a new blueprint to regulate street food vendors in order to achieve more sustainable results.

  • 2 arrested over attack on luxury hotel in Mali

    Mali's security forces say they have arrested two men in connection with last week's attack on a luxury hotel in the capital that killed 19 people.

  • Drying puppets

    An employee of the Radya Pustaka museum in Surakarta hangs hundreds of leather puppets up to dry on Thursday. Drying the puppets is part of a ritual called Ngisis Wayang aimed at maintaining the quality of the puppets.(JP/Ganug NUgroho Adi)

  • Island in focus: Surakarta to disburse museum grant

    After being pressured by various quarters, the Surakarta municipality in Central Java has agreed to disburse the third installment of grant funds for the Radya Pustaka Museum after the museum previously announced it could not survive without it.

  • Island in focus: Corruption cases prevalent in Jambi

    The number of corruption cases involving officials in Jambi province has been quite high, as indicated by the number of cases handled by the Jambi Corruption Court since 2011.

  • Swiss to assist 130 thousand Indonesian farmers

    Switzerland aims to assist 130,000 cacao farmers in Indonesia between 2017 and 2020, adding to the US$40 billion that it has already invested in Indonesian farmers, Swiss Senate chairman Claude Heche said during his visit to Indonesia’s legislative complex in Jakarta on Nov. 18.

  • Official apologizes for Bali Sharia tourism proposal

    Following outcry from locals, Bali Sharia Economic Society (MES) chairman Dadang Hermawan has apologized for proposing Sharia tourism be promoted on the Islands of the Gods.

  • Island in focus: Doctors sent to check cause of child deaths

    The Papua Health Office has sent a pediatrician and a physician to Mbuwa district, Nduga regency, Papua, following the deaths of 41 children from an unknown disease early this month.

  • Island in focus: Fifteen Kupang PDAM wells dry up

    Fifteen artesian wells operated by Kupang municipal tap water company PDAM have dried up owing to the prolonged dry season, forcing the company to supply water to customers using tanker trucks.

  • Japan to strengthen ties over disaster issue

    Japan-Indonesia Parliamentary League chairman Toshihiro Nikai and an entourage from the Japanese Embassy in Indonesia visited Aceh to strengthen ties between the country and the province, especially regarding disaster response.

  • RI, Malaysia commit to protect fishermen in disputed areas

    The Indonesian Maritime Security Board (Bakamla) and the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (APMM) have expressed their commitment to protect fishermen operating in unresolved maritime boundary areas (UMBA) in the framework of implementing a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on common guidelines.

  • Thousands evacuated over fear of landslides

    Some 2,000 residents of Sirukem, Kalisat Kidul and Kertosari subdistricts in Kalibening district, Banjarnegara regency, Central Java, have been evacuated to safe ground in anticipation of landslides.

  • FWD Life Insurance targets aggressive growth

    Life insurance company PT FWD Life Indonesia is eyeing tripling its number of new customers and is aiming for more than 50 percent growth in terms of new premium value by the end of this year.

  • Twitter eyeing Indonesia's ad market

    Twitter, predicting that the number of mobile internet users in Indonesia will rise to 50 percent of the population next year, is aiming for a bigger share of Indonesia’s affluent advertising market.

  • Unilever oleochemical plant open, regional economy boost expected

    Consumer goods giant PT Unilever has officially opened its first ever oleochemical processing plant in the Sei Mangkei special economic zone (SEZ) in Simalungun, North Sumatra, becoming the industrial zone’s anchor investor and spurring hopes that it will boost economic growth in the region.

  • Commonwealth takes to mobile app to reach more people

    Life insurance company Commonwealth Life is taking to mobile applications as part of its efforts to reach out to more people by offering smartphone users interactive information about financial planning and products.

  • Tax handshake

    Finance Minister Bambang Brodjonegoro (left) and National Intelligence Agency (BIN) head Sutiyoso sign a memorandum of understanding (MoU) regarding collaborative efforts between the two institutions to increase tax collection.(JP/Nabil H.)

  • Stay safe

    Korean-based private lender KEB Hana Bank consumer business and operations director Anthony Soewandy (left to right), chief financial officer Lee Hwa-soo, global life insurance ACE Life regional chief partnership officer Graeme Parson and ACE Life director of strategic partnerships and chief marketing officer Dessy S. Masri pose together during the launch of two insurance products specifically tailored for KEB Hana Bank customers in Jakarta, on Thursday.(JP/Ricky Yudhistira)

  • East Natuna development faces possible negotiation delay

    The development of the East Natuna gas block on northern Natuna Island, off Sumatra, may take longer than expected as state-owned company Pertamina, the operator of the gas block, is still working on several issues with its partners.

  • Govt to introduce industrial zone regulation next month

    The government is set to launch a new regulation on industrial zones by year-end in an effort to expedite the development of industrial zones outside Java and spur economic growth in the regions.

  • Asia stocks lower amid Thanksgiving trading lull

    Asian stocks markets were lower in muted trading Friday after Wall Street was closed for the Thanksgiving holiday, and investors continued to watch for developments in tense relations between Russia and Turkey.

  • Russia, France agree to tighten cooperation against IS

    The presidents of France and Russia agreed Thursday to tighten cooperation in the fight against the Islamic State group, although they remained at odds over their approach toward Syrian President Bashar Assad.

  • JCI continues its rally as commodities markets gain

    The Jakarta Composite Index (JCI) continued its Thursday rally by strengthening 0.2 percent to 4,606.23 at the opening session on Friday, and is predicted to maintain its psychological level of 4,600 throughout the last trading day of the week.

  • Meet the press

    President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo (second left) is seen with Kompas chief editor Budiman Tanuredjo (second right) and Kompas Gramedia Group CEO Lilik Oetama (right) at the Kompas 100–BNI CEO Forum held by Kompas and state lender Bank Negara Indonesia (BNI) at the Jakarta Convention Center on Thursday.(JP/Jerry Adiguna)

  • Ministry expects 90% budget disbursement

    The Public Works and Public Housing Ministry expects its early bidding policy will expedite budget disbursement to at least 90 percent by the end of next year.

  • Thousands petition to remove Adam Lambert from countdown concert

    Within two days more than 7,400 people signed an online petition to remove gay American singer Adam Lambert from the line-up at the New Year countdown concert organized by MediaCorp.

  • Govt needs to stay cautious next year on challenges

    While the economy is predicted to experience better growth next year, the government needs to stay cautious on account of possible challenges stemming from moderate industry growth and “brain drain” owing to regional economic integration, analyst and business player have said.

  • Refinery upgrades to cut $1 billion of imports

    Upgrades on the Cilacap refinery and the resumption of the Trans Pacific Petrochemical Indotama (TPPI) refinery have saved a billion US dollars in foreign exchange spending on oil imports, which should ease pressure on the current account as well as on the rupiah.

  • On the spot

    House of Representatives secretary-general Winantuningtyastiti Swasanani answers questions from the press on Thursday after a questioning session with the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK). She was summoned as a witness in a bribery case involving suspended North Sumatra governor Gatot Pujo Nugroho.(JP/Wendra Ajistyatama)

  • National scene: Whistle-blower judge demands leniency

    Suspended Medan State Administrative Court (PTUN) head and judge Tripeni Irianto Putra, who stands accused of accepting bribes at his office in July, appealed to the panel of judges at the Jakarta Corruption Court on Thursday to hand down a lenient sentence for his alleged offenses.

  • Govt should involve community in combating radicalism

    Experts have urged the government to strengthen ties within communities to increase public participation in combating radicalism.

  • Another regent jailed for bribing ex-justice Akil

    The Jakarta Corruption Court on Thursday sentenced suspended Morotai Island regent Rusli Sibua to four years in prison for bribing former Constitutional Court chief justice Akil Mochtar, who was earlier sentenced to life in prison in connection to the case.

  • Producers claims success in fight against movie piracy

    The banning of 22 illegal film-sharing websites has succeeded in dramatically reducing the number of pirated movies downloaded in the country, according to the Association of Indonesian Film Producers (APROFI).

  • Jokowi urged to intervene in KPK deadlock

    A former advisor to the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) has urged President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo to encourage the House of Representatives to accelerate the final screening to select the antigraft body’s new commissioners for the 2015-2019 period.

  • Surprise as Golkar’s Agung bloc joins council

    While Golkar Party leaders had earlier shown support for House of Representatives Speaker Setya Novanto, who is facing allegations of attempting to broker a deal in a mining company lobby, the results of an upcoming ethics examination may not be in his favor with the party’s faction replacing all of its members on the House’s ethics council (MKD).

  • RI wants united front in mitigation efforts

    President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo is calling for shared efforts from both developed and developing nations to address climate change ahead of the upcoming UN climate talks, COP21, in Paris at the end of the month.

  • One-horse race

    An official explains the ballot-casting procedure to would-be voters in Blitar, East Java, on Thursday. Only one pair, Rijanto and Marheinis Urip Widodo backed by the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) and Gerindra, will run for Blitar regent on Dec. 9. Voters will have to state “agree” or “disagree” on the candidates.(JP/Indra Harsjaputra)

  • KPUD members dismissed, debate canceled

    Three members of the Boven Digoel General Elections Commission (KPUD) in Papua have been dismissed before finishing their duties in organizing the regional election slated for Dec. 9.

  • White House undergoes holiday lockdown after man jumps fence

    A man draped in an American flag climbed over the fence at the White House on Thursday, prompting a lockdown as the first family celebrated Thanksgiving.

  • Jokowi sees benefits from joining TPP pact

    President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has insisted that Indonesia will benefit from joining the US-led Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) despite strong criticism from experts and lawmakers.

  • IS returnees ‘no cause for alarm’

    The National Counterterrorism Agency (BNPT) assured those concerned on Thursday that 149 Indonesians returning from war-torn Syria, home to the radical Islamic State (IS) movement, would undergo a thorough screening before being allowed to join the community.

  • OCA doubts Jakarta set for Asiad

    Jakarta Governor Basuki “Ahok” Tjahaja Purnama has said that the Olympics Council of Asia (OCA) is doubting the city is making progress in getting ready to host the 2018 Asian Games (Asiad).

  • Over 37,600 Jakarta families living with poor sanitation

    More than 37,600 families in Jakarta still use makeshift facilities, not connected to sewers, as their toilet as a result of economic issues, no access to a proper toilet and in some cases a lack of hygiene awareness according to a recent poll from the community based total sanitation group (STBM).

  • Indonesia is capital of terrorism in Southeast Asia: Police

    A high-ranking police officer has called Indonesia the capital of terrorism in Southeast Asia, pointing to the Indonesian Islamic Group (NII) as one of the regions first groups to spread radical propaganda and to terrorist organization Jamaah Islamiyah (JI).

  • Corruption commission should recruit independent investigators: Survey

    The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) should recruit investigators who are independent or come from outside the police and the Attorney’s General Office (AGO), says a survey released by anti-corruption watchdog Indonesia Corruption Watch (ICW).

  • Turkey-Russia spat over downed Russian warplane escalates

    A tug-of-war over a Russian warplane downed by a Turkish fighter jet at the border with Syria escalated Thursday, with Moscow drafting a slew of economic sanctions against Turkey and the Turkish president defiantly declaring that his military will shoot down any new intruder.

  • Japan ready to submit proposal for Australia submarine deal

    Japan is set to bid on joint development and production of an Australian submarine, Tokyo's first major military transfer since the World War II.

  • Russia, France agree to tighten cooperation against IS

    The presidents of France and Russia agreed Thursday to tighten cooperation in the fight against the Islamic State group, although they remained at odds over their approach toward Syrian President Bashar Assad.

  • Minister urges lower birthrate to support development

    National Development Planning Minister Sofyan Djalil said Indonesia needed a paradigm shift, including a reduction in the birthrate, to support national development.

  • Editorial: Green lending

    The Financial Services Authority (OJK), in cooperation with the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), has succeeded in getting five of Indonesia’s largest banks to commit to not lending to companies found guilty of damaging the natural environment.

  • Guess what?: Hannah proud of old habit

    Actress Hannah Al Rashid has become the butt of the jokes among the cast and crew of her latest movie, Skakmat (Checkmate), on account of her habit of putting on traditional topical oil before and after shooting fight scenes.

  • Guess what?: Dinda takes on acting challenge

    While most religious-themed films in Indonesia are drama-heavy, model and actress Dinda Kanyadewi took on the challenge of getting involved in Ifa Ifansyah’s new film, Pesantren Impian (Dream Islamic Boarding School).

  • Soccer Friday: Kicking Singapore out of Malaysian soccer helps no-one

    Tuesday night’s Malaysia Cup quarterfinal underlined all that was good about Singapore’s involvement, with a big crowd in Kuantan watching regional superstars like Safuwan Baharudin and Faris Ramli dueling with Pahang’s import players, including Dickson Nwakaeme, Matias Conti and Zesh Rehman.

  • On the bull’s eye

    Archers compete in the recurve finals during the National Archery Championships at Senayan, Jakarta, on Thursday. The event, which will run until Nov. 30, features 400 athletes from 25 provinces.(JP/Seto Wardhana)

  • Do it my way

    Former national badminton star Rexy Mainaky holds a coaching clinic with young players on Wednesday at the Cipayung training camp, East Jakarta. Thirty-six young players from Padang, Tasikmalaya, Semarang and Balikpapan have advanced to the finals of the Milo School Competition, which will be held on Saturday.(JP/Seto Wardhana)

  • Canada to give UN $75 million for Syrian refugee relief

    Canada's Liberal government announced on Thursday a US$75 million (CA$100 million) contribution to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees to help fleeing Syrians, fulfilling a campaign promise from its recent federal election.

  • More in Singapore getting cancer, but survival rates also up

    While more people in Singapore are getting cancer, even more are surviving this killer disease longer, a recently released study has found.

  • Comments on other issues: Your letters: Rise of intolerance

    I held a discussion with three Muslims who lecture at an Islamic university. They consider pluralism a good thing, respect lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people and do not believe in violence.

  • Issue of the day: Papuan people reject circumcision

    Arguing based on religious belief, citizens and church leaders in Paniai regency, Papua, have rejected a local hospital policy of circumcising boys and men to help curb the spread of HIV/AIDS.

  • Text your say: RI urged to pursue economic gain in AEC

    Your comments on the signing by all ten ASEAN member countries, including Indonesia, of the establishment of ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) in Kuala Lumpur last Sunday, and the free flow of professionals in certain sectors in the region:

  • Your letters: I do sympathize with you

    Aulia S. Britain, (The Jakarta Post, Nov. 26, 2015, Your letters at the Readers’ forum, p-8) your letter is indeed universal.

  • Your letters: Setya’s alleged misconduct

    Honestly, I have to give a round of applause to the media for very beautifully portraying Setya Novanto as a scapegoat! Bravo! Yes, it is very clear for everyone — you don’t have to be a rocket scientist — to notice that he’s the culprit. We all know his track record; the many times the ICW has reported who he is. He is allegedly involved in six untouchable corruption cases. He’s the “Indonesian Santa Claus”, Nazaruddin said. No one is able to put him in custody. We will see now buddy!

  • Your letters: PLN’s rights abuse at home

    And while migrant workers have their rights abused abroad, millions locally are having their rights abused by the government, especially PLN in Sumatra.

  • Your letters: Sectarian conflicts

    Mr. Gordon Freeman gave us a very good history lesson, but it is completely one-sided. He forgets to tell us about the many Christian crusades into the Middle East. These where instigated by the Catholic Church for power and wealth.

  • China announces massive reforms to its military

    China has launched its biggest-ever set of military reforms, including the establishment of a new joint operational command, to turn the People's Liberation Army (PLA) into a more combat-ready force.

  • Soeharto era major factor that created extremism: Expert

    Political repression under then president Soeharto’s administration was a major factor that created some of the extremist groups that Indonesia is dealing with today, a terrorism expert said on Thursday.

  • Golkar Party also swaps members in House ethics council

    The Golkar Party has exchanged three of its members of the House of Representatives’ ethics council as the council investigation of House speaker Setya Novanto, a Golkar Party’s politician, heats up.

  • UN: no clear-cut picture of whether Iran worked on nukes

    The U.N. atomic energy agency is preparing to wrap up a more than a decade-long probe of alleged nuclear weapons work by Iran, but its report will stop short of delivering a judgment on whether the suspicions are valid, the agency's chief said Thursday.

  • Cameron: UK must attack IS in Syria to deny group safe haven

    British Prime Minister David Cameron urged skeptical lawmakers to back airstrikes on the Islamic State group in Syria, saying Thursday that the Paris attacks have given the fight new urgency and Britain owes it to key allies to act.