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  • Urawa Reds stay top in J-League

    Urawa Reds cemented its top spot in the J-League with a 4-0 demolition of neighbor Omiya Ardija on Saturday, while Gamba Osaka thrashed Albirex Niigata in a 5-0 home win.

  • Megawati likely to be reelected as PDI-P chairwoman

    Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) politician Effendi Simbolon has said that the upcoming party congress would probably reelect Megawati Soekarnoputri as leader of the party. 

  • RI awaits go-ahead to send peacekeepers to Syria, Gaza Strip

    The Foreign Ministry’s Director- General for Multilateral Affairs Hasan Kleib revealed on Saturday that the U.N. Security Council had yet to permit Indonesia to send peacekeeping forces to Syria and the Gaza Strip. 

  • Yogyakarta tirade student detained for failing to comply with investigation.

    The Yogyakarta Police have detained Florence Sihombing, a graduate student who was reported to the police for insulting Yogyakarta on her Path account. 

  • PPP to stay away from Jokowi unless good jobs await

    A politician with the United Development Party (PPP) has suggested president-elect Joko "Jokowi" Widodo should not bother asking his party to join the government bandwagon if nothing good awaits it there. 

  • AGO names Angkasa Pura I director as graft suspect

    Attorney General’s Office (AGO) spokesman Tony Tri Spontana said his office has named the director of state-run airport operator PT Angkasa Pura I, Tommy Soetomo, and another businessman, identified only as HL, as suspects in an alleged case of graft involving the procurement of five fire trucks worth Rp 63 billion (US$ 5.38 million). 

  • Tommy advances to semifinals of BWF event

    Tommy Sugiarto reached the semifinals of the 2014 BWF World Championships by beating Eric Pang of the Netherlands 22-20, 21-19 in a quarterfinal match in Copenhagen on Friday.

  • Now showing: ‘Roaring Currents’ makes an epic noise

    South Korean’s latest blockbuster Roaring Currents, released for the American market as The Admiral: Roaring Currents, was based on a battle in 1597 in which a dozen crummy Joseon (Korean old kingdom) battleships took on a fleet of 300-plus warships from Japan backed by fearless pirates.

  • Jakarta goes Los Angeles gets an Indonesian film festival

    Indonesian filmmakers are seeking an opportunity to get more recognition overseas by holding a film festival in the heart of the world movie industry.

  • Guess what?: Academy to honor Belafonte, Miyazaki

    LOS ANGELES: American singer and actor Harry Belafonte and Japanese animated film director Hayao Miyazaki will be honored with Governors Awards, the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences said on Thursday.

  • Guess what?: Souljah reaffirm roots with reggae

    JAKARTA: Music group Souljah wants to reaffirm reggae as its identity of choice through its new album This Is Souljah.

  • Guess what?: Gilang wants to make it in showbiz

    JAKARTA: Actor and TV presenter Gilang Dirga said he wanted to be a versatile artist to make it big in showbiz.

  • Tex Saverio’s Couture-Infused Fall/Winter Collection

    Designer Tex Saverio showcased his Fall/Winter 2014 ready-to-wear collection with the touch of his couture style, “Exoskeleton”.

  • Visionary leadership through a sense of mission and passion

    Investment executive Riki Frindos has adopted an old Javanese leadership style as a strategy for success in the future.

  • Small banks scale down lending expansion

    Small banks operating in the country have revised down their loan growth target this year as the issue of limited cash supply poses a challenge for them to expand lending while still maintaining a healthy capital level.

  • Berau hopes to make up loss with higher output

    Despite posting another net loss in its first half financial performance, Berau Coal Energy says it is optimistic that its financial performance will pick up, the government having approved the company’s request to increase its annual production.

  • Garuda soon to fly Bali-Timor Leste route

    National flag carrier Garuda Indonesia is to open a new route from Denpasar, Bali, to Dili in Timor Leste, in October, in an attempt to tap into the growing number of travelers from the country’s former province.

  • Twitter boosts presence in Indonesian market

    San Francisco-based social media giant Twitter Inc. plans to open an office in Indonesia this year to further build its presence in the country, its fifth-largest market in the world.

  • Annual tourism exhibition eyes Rp 20b worth of transactions

    The Tourism and Creative Economy Ministry along with the Indonesian Tourism Promotion Board (BPPI) officially opened the third Indonesia Tourism and Creative Economy Fair (ITCEF) in Jakarta on Friday as part of their annual campaign to promote domestic tourist destinations.

  • Indonesia’s major state enterprises join fray to go global

    As many state-owned enterprises (SOEs) opt to remain small while some head toward failure, a few others have successfully launched overseas operations and aim to expand further.

  • Govt eases rules for distribution of Batam-made cell phones

    The government has relaxed the regulations on the shipment of cell phones produced in Batam, Riau Islands, to other parts of the country.

  • Legal certification for imported timber to be applied soon

    Indonesia has moved ahead with its plan to require imported timber and timber products to comply with the local legality-certification scheme and expects the new policy to be implemented as soon as early next year.

  • BI’s new rulings will boost FX transactions

    Bank Indonesia (BI) will issue two new regulations in the coming week to further drive up foreign exchange (FX) transactions in the country.

  • City to probe cladding incident

    The city administration will involve an independent team in the investigation into Thursday’s incident at City Hall, when cladding from the eastern side of the 24-story Blok G building came loose and fell onto the roof of the lower, adjacent Blok B building, where Deputy Governor Basuki “Ahok” Tjahaja Purnama’s office is located.

  • Monas vendors still in the dark on relocation

    Several hundred vendors located in a parking lot for visitors to the National Monument (Monas) in Central Jakarta are still in the dark regarding the details of a rumored relocation to a new marketplace still under construction.

  • Ahok urged to listen to the poor as he develops the capital

    Activists and low-income residents have criticized Deputy Governor Basuki “Ahok” Tjahaja Purnama for having no plan to include the public’s participation in creating policies on urban poor issues.

  • Comments on other issues: Underage factory worker raped by boss

    A 12-year-old girl filed a police report with the Tangerang Police, Banten, on Friday evening against her boss, identified only by the initials AT, at a shoe factory in Tangerang for allegedly raping her at the factory on July 9.

  • Comments on other issues: China defends intercepting US plane

    China’s Defense Ministry rejected US accusations that a Chinese fighter jet’s intercept of a US Navy surveillance aircraft off the southern Chinese coast was dangerous, and blamed Washington for mounting large-scale and frequent close-in reconnaissance operations.

  • Comments on other issues: KPK warns Anas for witness threat

    The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) said that it is looking into the possibility of charging disgraced former Democratic Party chairman Anas Urbaningrum and his loyalists with obstruction of justice for allegedly threatening a witness not to come forward to testify at a trial hearing.

  • Issue of the day: Alleged corruption at the airport

    Your comments about a report on an alleged difference of opinion between president-elect Joko “Jokowi” Widodo and vice president-elect Jusuf Kalla as they prepare their future Cabinet:

  • Text your say: Jokowi and Kalla prepare Cabinet

    Your comments about a report on an alleged difference of opinion between president-elect Joko “Jokowi” Widodo and vice president-elect Jusuf Kalla as they prepare their future Cabinet:

  • Your letters: Exporting skilled nurses

    This refers to “Japan to increase RI nurse quota in 2015, (The Jakarta Post, Aug. 26)

  • Your letters: Scrapping barriers to our development

    Our archipelago provides a variety of beautiful attractions both on land and at sea, yet strangely, only foreign tourists seem able to see this clearly; only they, too, seem able to see the business opportunities of this country.

  • Your letters: US motives in Iraq

    The United States isn’t escalating military action in Iraq in order to prevent a humanitarian disaster or prevent innocent minorities from being mistreated. Those are just ploys to win public support. Propaganda to convince the masses that good is prevailing over evil.

  • An Asian observation on the use of English in lessons

    While invigilating an end-of-term examination in Indonesia recently, I noticed a student grappling with a question in his science paper. The question was this: “Suggest the advantages of having mass spawning occurring only at certain times of the year and not all year around”. The word “spawning” perplexed the student.

  • Activists urge release of farmers in Palembang

    Scores of farmers and activists convened at Palembang District Court on Thursday and demanded the release of six of their colleagues charged with damaging forests in the Dangku Wildlife Reserve.

  • Police seize vehicles allegedly used to stockpile fuel

    As the shortage of subsidized fuel continues in certain parts of the country, some residents have tried to take advantage of the situation by hoarding fuel supplies.

  • German real estate website offers rental island in Gorontalo

    A website of German domain has advertised an island for rent that it says is part of the Saronde Islands in Kwandang Bay, North Gorontalo regency, Gorontalo province.

  • Muhaimin likely to have clear run for 2nd term leading PKB

    National Awakening Party (PKB) chairman Muhaimin Iskandar is not expected to face a challenge when he runs again for party leader in the party’s upcoming national congress (muktamar) in Surabaya.

  • Angkasa Pura I chief named graft suspect

    The president director of state-owned airport operator Angkasa Pura I (API),Tommy Soetomo, has been named a graft suspect by the Attorney General’s Office (AGO) in a case centering on the procurement of five fire trucks worth Rp 63 billion (US$5,3 million) in 2011.

  • New government seeks to reform spy agency

    In a bid to reform the country’s military-style intelligence system, the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P), the leader of a coalition of political parties that support president-elect Joko “Jokowi” Widodo, has been discussing a plan to reform the National Intelligence Agency (BIN).

  • MK questions constitutional losses in Akil case

    Justices demanded that former chief justice and graft convict Akil Mochtar on Friday provide a stronger argument on constitutional losses caused by the 2010 Money Laundering Law that he is petitioning at the Constitutional Court (MK).

  • Batam civil servant with fat bank account goes missing

    The whereabouts of a Batam civil servant whose bank account shows evidence of transactions that run into trillions of rupiah are unknown.

  • Int’l schools: A student’s perspective

    International schools have recently been a controversial topic in our community. The initial purpose of establishing international schools in Indonesia was to provide an international standard of education for the children of diplomats, expatriates and other foreign workers.

  • People-oriented approach to a walkable and bikeable Jakarta

    Fighting against Jakarta’s traffic during peak hours burns us out, and burns our money — for nothing. At some point, driving a car starts to be a symbol of immobility rather than mobility.

  • Editorial: Gross neglect of bus safety?

    An accident involving a Transjakarta bus catching fire, with the fire then spreading to a nearby bus stop in South Jakarta, has again raised concerns about safety on city-owned public transportation. Thankfully there were no reported casualties on Thursday — nevertheless, reports say it was the ninth accident involving Transjakarta since January alone, sparking concern over whether the city-owned operator has improved maintenance of its fleets.

  • Kompolnas member Adrianus caves in to police’s ultimatum

    After days of defending his comments about corrupt practices in police investigations, National Police Commission (Kompolnas) member Adrianus Meliala on Friday apologized and withdrew his statement in the face of National Police chief Gen. Sutarman’s ultimatum.

  • UN chief slams ‘brutal’ IS killings

    UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on Friday slammed “brutal killings of civilians” by jihadists from the Islamic State (IS) organization, also known as ISIL, in northern Iraq, saying the Sunni radical group was tearing apart whole communities.

  • Commentary: Remembering Cak Nur, our last great Muslim intellectual?

    Just by his sheer appearance, you could tell that Nurcholish Madjid, widely known as Cak Nur, was a learned man. When he passed away on Aug. 29, 2005, the nation eulogized his departure by noting his contributions as a Muslim intellectual who solidified the theological foundation of our decades-old secularism.

  • Everyday struggle

  • Corby’s boyfriend arrested for marijuana

    The Denpasar Police have arrested a man who is believed to be the boyfriend of Schapelle Leigh Corby, a convicted Australian drug smuggler, for possessing a total of 8.85 grams of marijuana.

  • Islamic State supporters detected in capital, says TNI

    An intelligence official in Jakarta has revealed that hundreds of the capital’s residents support the Islamic State (IS) organization, also known as ISIL.

  • BI warns of risks of subsidized fuel

    The Indonesian central bank has warned the incoming government that a failure to increase the price of subsidized fuel could have serious consequences for the country’s economy.

  • Marathon bombing suspect: Delay trial until 2015

    Lawyers for Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzohkhar Tsarnaev are asking to delay his trial until at least September 2015. 

  • 3 convicted in US rapper's slaying

    A jury has convicted three men in the shooting death of an Atlanta rapper known as Lil Phat. 

  • Former Jethro Tull bass player Glenn Cornick dies

    Glenn Cornick, the original bass player in the rock band Jethro Tull, died of congestive heart failure at his home in Hilo, Hawaii, on Thursday. 

  • Haitian authorities burn 4.5 tons worth of drugs

    Authorities in Haiti have destroyed nearly 10,000 pounds (4,500 kilograms) of marijuana and 57 kilograms (126 pounds) of cocaine seized in the past two years. 

  • Pentagon: Iraq operations cost $560 million so far

    U.S. military operations in Iraq, including airstrikes and surveillance flights, have cost about $560 million since mid-June, the Pentagon said Friday. 

  • Colombian accused in 5,000-plus killings arrested

    Panamanian authorities say they have arrested a fugitive Colombian right-wing militia leader accused in more than 5,000 murders who officials say was posing as a construction company owner. 

  • IMF board expresses confidence in Lagarde

    The executive board of the International Monetary Fund is expressing confidence in IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde after receiving a briefing on a French corruption probe in which Lagarde is being investigated. 

  • Marseille routs Nice 4-0 in French league

    Marseille earned a second straight victory in the French league by thrashing Nice 4-0 Friday to recover from a sluggish start to the season. 

  • Suriname leader's son pleads guilty to US charge

    The son of the president of Suriname pleaded guilty on Friday to U.S. charges he sought to offer a home base in his South American country to the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah. 

  • Brazilian club promises to punish racist fans

    Brazilian club Gremio has promised to help identify and punish the fans who taunted a player in the latest case of racism to taint the national game. 

  • Man burned alive over motorcycle theft in Bogor

    A man was reportedly burned alive by local residents in Bogor, West Java after being caught red-handed in a motorcycle theft attempt. 

  • Ban Ki-moon asks for peaceful solution for Ukraine in Bali meeting

    United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has requested peaceful resolutions to the escalating tensions between Ukraine and Russia. 

  • Rhoma Irama refuses to attend PKB congress

    Self-styled king of ‘dangdut’ Rhoma Irama has refused to attend the national congress of the National Awakening Party (PKB), which will be held in Surabaya, East Java from Aug. 31 to Sept. 1.  

  • Automotive industry not bothered by planned fuel-price hike

    Figures in the automotive industry are shrugging off worries that subsidized fuel-price increases will have a long-term affect on them.  

  • Rio looking for volunteers

    The Rio de Janeiro Olympics and Paralympics want diversity in the ranks as they begin the search for 70,000 volunteers.  

  • KPMG assesses APRIL’s forest management

    The Stakeholder Advisory Committee (SAC) of Asia Pacific Resources International Ltd. (APRIL), one of Indonesia’s largest pulp and paper producers, has appointed KPMG Performance Registrar Inc. (KPMG PRI) to conduct specified auditing procedures to assess the implementation of its sustainable forest management policy (SFMP).   

  • Benakat revenue surges in H1, but profit drops

    Publicly listed oil company Benakat Integra on Friday reported that while its first-half revenue soared by more than three times compared to the same period last year, its net profit plunged due to delays in infrastructure projects.  

  • Local unit of S’pore retailer invests in RI

    PT Courts Retail Indonesia, a subsidiary of Singaporean retailer Courts Asia Ltd., is looking to build 10 to 12 megastores in Indonesia over the next five years.  

  • Iceland reopens Bardarbunga airspace

    Iceland reopened the airspace over the Bardarbunga volcano system Friday afternoon, lowering a red alert to aviation declared earlier following an overnight eruption.  

  • 25 trapped in mine landslide in Nicaragua

    Rescuers are working to reach at least 25 miners trapped in a gold mine landslide in northern Nicaragua.  

  • Libyan interim govt submits resignation

    Libya’s interim government submitted its resignation to the newly elected parliament it said on Friday, raising the possibility that a more inclusive government will be formed, while militias in the capital accepted a UN call for a cease-fire.  

  • 53 people stripped of ID cards for littering

    Officials in Tamansari district have confiscated 53 identity cards belonging to visitors to the Fatahillah Museum in Old Town, West Jakarta, after they were caught littering the area with trash and cigarette butts.  

  • Deputy head agency posts to be removed

    Employment Agency head I Made Karmayoga says the city administration will remove deputy head agency posts as they have proven useless.  

  • Three injured in Senayan collision

    A driver was seriously injured and two passengers, including a child, suffered less severe injuries when an electric commuter train collided with their car at the railway crossing in Patal Senayan, South Jakarta, on Friday morning.  

  • Police alert on widespread armed robberies

    The Medan Police have asked personnel to remain on heightened alert in anticipating armed robberies in North Sumatra’s capital city.  

  • French tourists cite journalistic duties

    Two French tourists detained at the Jayapura Immigration Office claim they were simply carrying out their journalistic duties while in Papua.  

  • Ministry allots 40,000 ha as ‘nagari’ forests

    The Forestry Ministry has designated 40,000 hectares of state forest in West Sumatra as nagari (village) forests over the past three years.