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  • Nigerian police: Car bomb kills 16 at bus station in Gombe

    Nigerian police say at least 16 people were killed and 25 wounded by a car bomb at a bus station in the northeastern city of Gombe.

  • 88-year-old ex-minister wins Tunisia election

    An 88-year-old veteran of Tunisia's political establishment won the country's presidency, according to official results issued Monday, capping a four-year-long democratic transition.

  • Govt urged to stop repressive war against narcotics

    An anti-narcotics network has called on the Indonesian government to stop its aggressive war against narcotics and instead pay more attention to drug-rehabilitation approaches.

  • Cilacap starts evacuating residents as flooding worsens

    The Cilacap administration has told residents in several areas of the regency in Central Java to move to temporary shelters as flooding increases due to incessant rainfall in southern parts of the province over the last five days.

  • Spain hands out $3b in planet's biggest lottery

    Spaniards who bought lottery tickets in an upper middle class Madrid neighborhood hit the jackpot on Monday, getting 400,000-euro (US$490,000) payoffs from a 2.5 billion-euro ($3 billion) pot of cash that will be divided among thousands of ticketholders.

  • Airbus delivers first A350 jet, at long last

    Airbus has at last delivered its first A350 jet, handing over the wide-body plane to Qatar Airways after years of delays and a multibillion-dollar redesign.

  • EU inspection critical of Frankfurt airport security

    The German government says a European Union inspection found security shortcomings at Frankfurt airport, the country's busiest, and that measures have been taken to address them.

  • US sheriff aims to halt Obama immigration order

    A gadfly attorney and an Arizona county sheriff want to halt President Barack Obama's immigration order in the first courtroom battle over an initiative designed to spare nearly 5 million people from deportation.

  • Spain: Princess Cristina to be tried for fraud

    A Spanish judge on Monday ordered the king's sister, Princess Cristina, to be tried along with her husband on charges of tax fraud — making her the first member of the country's royal family to face charges in court since the royalty was restored in 1975.

  • Fatal shooting reported at Myanmar mine protest

    A woman was fatally shot Monday during a crackdown on protesters at a controversial Chinese-backed copper mine in northwestern Myanmar, activists and an opposition lawmaker said.

  • Rupiah closes at Rp 12,400 per dollar on Monday

    The rupiah interbank trade rate closed at Rp 12,400 per US dollar on Monday, a 97-basis point jump from Rp 12,497 per US dollar in the previous trade.

  • Women must benefit from development: Jokowi

    Along with his aggressive efforts to stimulate national infrastructure development, President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has pledged that the country’s development will benefit all citizens, including women and those living in remote areas.

  • India lawmakers demand Modi speak on Hindu conversions

    Opposition lawmakers, charging that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has done little to stop hard-liners in his party from forcibly converting religious minorities to Hinduism, threw Parliament into an uproar Monday, with the upper house repeatedly adjourned after descending into shouting matches.

  • China indicts Jackie Chan's son on drug charge

    Chinese prosecutors on Monday indicted the son of Hong Kong action film star Jackie Chan on the charge of sheltering others to use drugs, more than four months after he was detained.

  • SKorea holds N-plant drills against cyber threats

    South Korea's monopoly nuclear power company said it began drills Monday against possible cyberattacks after online threats of attack against its plants.

  • Islamic mass organizations participate in securing Christmas celebrations

    The country’s two largest Islamic organizations, Muhammadiyah and Nahdlatul Ulama (NU), are ready to deploy volunteers to work alongside police personnel to provide security ahead of and during Christmas and New Year’s Eve celebrations in Semarang, Central Java.

  • RI, US to enhance collaboration in manpower sector

    The governments of Indonesia and the US are set to enhance their cooperation in the manpower sector after US Ambassador to Indonesia Robert O. Blake met with Manpower Minister Muhammad Hanif Dhakiri at the ministry on Monday.

  • Fatal shooting reported at Myanmar mine protest

    A woman was fatally shot Monday during a crackdown on protesters at a controversial Chinese-backed copper mine in northwestern Myanmar, activists and an opposition lawmaker said.

  • Russian minister talks up the ruble

    A senior Russian minister said on Monday he's expecting the ruble to extend its recent gains and said the government is not planning to introduce currency controls on Russian companies.

  • Germans set 10-year plan, want Euro 2024

    At a reception shortly before Christmas, German football federation president Wolfgang Niersbach said his plan for the holidays was to sit back on a sofa, shut off the radio and television and think about the wonderful year behind him.

  • 10 years after tsunami, victim's mom learns body wasn't lost

    Of all the moments to chase a dream, May Aye Nwe chose the morning of Dec. 26, 2004.

  • Global markets gain as oil rebounds

    Global markets were mostly higher Monday after the Federal Reserve's pledge not to rush to raise interest rates prompted investors to add risky assets ahead of the year-end holiday. A rise in the price of oil boosted energy stocks.

  • Indonesian janitors get up to 8 years in rape case

    An Indonesian court sentenced five janitors Monday to up to eight years in prison over the rape of a kindergartner at an international school in Indonesia. 

  • JCI falls 0.31% at Monday's close

    The Jakarta Composite Index (JCI) closed on a negative note on Monday as it declined by 0.37 percent to 5,125.77.

  • Garuda to open Manado-Denpasar route

    National flag carrier Garuda Indonesia will open direct flights between Manado and Denpasar in February 2015, an official has said.

  • USS Fort Worth in Jakarta for first port visit in SE Asia

    A US combat ship, the USS Fort Worth (LCS 3), arrived in Jakarta on Monday as part of a 16-month rotational deployment in support of the Indo-Asia-Pacific rebalance.

  • Police operation launched to secure Christmas, New Year’s Eve

    The National Police launched on Monday Operasi Lilin (Operation Candle), a security operation to guard against security threats and traffic problems that could disrupt Christmas and New Year’s Eve celebrations.

  • KPK questions former coordinating minister over BLBI scandal

    The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) questioned former Coordinating Economic Minister Rizal Ramli in its investigation into the issuance of clearance letters (SKL) in the Bank Indonesia liquidity support (BLBI) case.

  • Belarus enjoys bonanza amid Russia-West tensions

    As relations between Russia and the West have deteriorated, there's one country that's reaping rewards — Belarus, whose authoritarian leader was once dubbed "Europe's last dictator" by the United States and the European Union.

  • Obama takes foreign policy risk, but on his own terms

    President Barack Obama has been criticized as cautious on foreign policy, but the secret negotiations on Cuba suggest a willingness for bold and risky action, if he can keep tight control and rely on a few close aides.

  • Australia family found after 10 days in wilderness

    A 5-year-old boy and his 7-year-old brother were recovering in an Australian hospital Monday after surviving with their father for 10 days in the wilderness with little food and in weather conditions that ranged from stormy to scorching.

  • 2014 frustrates US hopes for Israeli-Palestinian peace

    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is ending 2014 much in the same way he started it, frustrated in efforts to push Israel and Palestinians toward peace.

  • Experts expect surge in Cuba tourism under Obama opening

    As the U.S. and Cuba begin to normalize relations for the first time in half a century, some Americans are already roaming the streets of Old Havana, attending dance exhibitions and talks on architecture as they take part in scripted cultural tours that can cost more than a decent used car back home.

  • NKorean cinema: Kidnappings and evil Americans

    North Korea hates the Hollywood film that revolves around the assassination of its beloved leader, but the country has had a long love affair with cinema — of its own particular styling.

  • US mulls putting NKorea on terrorism sponsor list

    President Barack Obama says the United States is reviewing whether to put North Korea back on its list of state sponsors of terrorism as Washington decides how to respond to what he calls an "act of cybervandalism," not one of war, against a movie company.

  • N. Korea threatens strikes on US amid hacking claims

    President Barack Obama is "recklessly" spreading rumors of a Pyongyang-orchestrated cyberattack of Sony Pictures, North Korea says, as it warns of strikes against the White House, Pentagon and "the whole U.S. mainland, that cesspool of terrorism."

  • META to work with Japanese firms to develop BSD toll road

    Publicly listed infrastructure company PT Nusantara Infrastructure (META) says it will team up with two Japanese investors Japan Expressway International Co Ltd (JEXWAY) and West Nippon Expressway Co Ltd (W-NEXCO) to develop its Bintaro Serpong Damai (BSD) toll road project connecting Serpong and Pondok Aren, both in South Tangerang, Banten.

  • South Korea lowers outlook on weak private sector

    South Korea lowered its growth forecast for next year, citing persistently weak sentiment among consumers and businesses. But the government predicted that overall economic conditions will improve from this year thanks to government measures, recovery in the U.S. economy and the fall in oil prices.

  • JCI up 0.23% Monday morning

    The Jakarta Composite Index (JCI) opened on a positive note on Monday as it rose by 0.23 percent to 5,157.18.

  • Rupiah opens at Rp 12,434 per dollar on Monday

    The rupiah interbank trade rate in Jakarta on Monday morning appreciated by 63 basis points to Rp 12,434 per US dollar from Rp 12,497 per US dollar in the closing session on Friday.

  • RI, S. Korea celebrate popular culture together

    A successful cross-cultural relationship rests on a sincere interest in each other and an eagerness to learn in mutual respect, this is of course true for friendship, love, and not surprisingly also for international relations.

  • Jakarta pledges to increase green space

    Jakartans may see more green parks in the heavily polluted capital if the Parks and Cemetery Agency reaches its target of procuring around three-dozen hectares of land.

  • Public Works Agency urged to work faster

    Jakarta Governor Basuki “Ahok” Tjahaja Purnama has instructed the Public Works Agency to take a greater role in flood-mitigation programs, demanding that the agency’s staff work harder under the supervision of the newly appointed agency head.

  • Stressful city inspires students at Jakarta 32˚C

    A visitor was looking at a glass box with a rotten apple inside when Gema Septian told him it symbolized death and that the artist was trying to tell people that everyone would eventually reach the end of their respective journeys.

  • Asian markets gain as oil rebounds

    Asian markets were mostly higher Monday after the Fed's pledge not to rush to raise interest rates prompted investors to add risky assets ahead of the year-end holiday. A rise in the price of oil boosted energy stocks.

  • Residents continue protest against cement factory

    Residents of Rembang regency in Central Java have continued their protest against the planned construction of a cement factory in their area.

  • Search called off, 13 still missing in Banjarnegara landslide

    A joint search and rescue (SAR) team at the site of the recent landslide in Banjarnegara, Central Java, ceased work on Sunday, declaring 13 residents still missing in the disaster.

  • Planned Makassar city budget criticized

    The Makassar city 2015 budget proposal submitted by the Makassar municipality has been met with sharp criticism as many of the proposed budget allocations have been deemed irrational.

  • Comments: Jokowi to celebrate Christmas in Papua

    Dec. 16, OnlinePresident Joko “Jokowi” Widodo is sticking with his plan to celebrate Christmas in Papua despite mounting calls from a number of Papuan church leaders urging him to cancel his intention to join the festivities in the province, a minister has said.

  • Comments: Jokowi gets tougher on maritime issues

    President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo reiterated his tough stance against illegal foreign fishing on Monday, reminding people that tight control of the country’s territorial waters holds the key to the country’s future.

  • Text your say: Massacre in Pakistan

    Your comments on the killing of more than 140 people, mostly children, on Tuesday when Taliban gunmen stormed a school in the Pakistani city of Peshawar, resulting in the bloodiest insurgent attack in the country in years:

  • Your letters: Landslides in Indonesia

    A leading geologist has explained in the media that the government should pay attention and inform villagers of the dangers of building homes on mountain slopes. The government should also consider geological and topographical conditions in the relevant areas.

  • Your letters: Education is every child’s right

    “Dear sisters and brothers, the so-called world of adults may understand it, but we children don’t. Why is it that countries which we call ‘strong’ are so powerful in creating wars but are so weak in bringing peace? Why is it that giving guns is so easy but giving books is so hard? Why is it, why is it that making tanks is so easy, but building schools is so hard?”

  • Citizen journalism: Be a public eye!

    With your cell phone camera, you can take photographs of anything that you think is interesting. You may also send reports on any events or other topics of interest.

  • Beleaguered Christians seek meeting with Jokowi

    The upcoming Christmas will provide an opportunity for the administration of President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo and Vice President Jusuf Kalla to make good on its campaign promise to unconditionally uphold religious freedom in the country as beleaguered congregations hope to finally hold Christmas services in their sealed church buildings after years of on-street celebrations.

  • Fifteen candidates go through to next stage of MK justice selection

    The selection committee established by President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo to find a replacement for Constitutional Court (MK) chief justice Hamdan Zoelva, whose tenure ends in early January, will start screening 15 candidates on Monday.

  • Guess what?: Tina builds online stores

    JAKARTA: Singer Tina Toon is putting her computing skills to the test by developing two online stores — one for a friend and another for herself.

  • Guess what?: Poet Sitor Situmorang dies

    JAKARTA: One of the country’s most prolific writers, poet Sitor Situmorang, passed away at his home in Apeldoom, the Netherlands on Sunday.

  • The ‘lengkuas’ cleaners of Gunung Putri

    Despite their advanced age, a number of women living in Gunung Putri district in Bogor, West Java continue to make a living cleaning freshly harvested lengkuas or galingale.

  • Shipping is ready for a technological revolution

    The ocean is the highway of international trade. With more than 90 percent of the world’s goods transported across waters, the global shipping industry helps you turn on your lights, cook your favorite meal and even put petrol in your car. But that’s not the only contribution the industry makes.

  • Indonesia emerges as overall champion

    Indonesia emerged as the overall champion among 10 participating nations in the final day of the 17th Asean University Games (AUG) in Palembang, South Sumatra.

  • Overcoming problems in new autonomy era

    The Home Ministry recently published a circular reminding all provincial, regional and municipal governments of the penalties for regional heads and councilors who fail to meet the deadline for the regional budget approval.

  • Bringing the notion of place into AEC debate

    As we approach the inception of the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC), it is wise to take a step back, observe and listen to various opinions that try to make sense of what the AEC will look like and how it will affect our lives.

  • Mother's Day: Stunting remains major concern that needs to be tackled effectively

    Established in 1954, when Indonesia was still a newly established nation state, Sarihusada has a long history both as a business entity and a corporate citizen.

  • The Indian Ocean tsunami’s legacy

    The world has come a long way since 227,000 people from scores of countries lost their lives in the Indian Ocean tsunami on Dec. 26, 2004.

  • Editorial: Auditing regional heads

    The revelation last week that the Attorney General’s Office (AGO) has been examining the bank accounts of eight incumbent and former governors and regents implicated in suspicious financial transactions worth the equivalent of tens of millions of dollars is hardly a surprise.

  • Mother's Day: Stunting remains major concern that needs to be tackled effectively

    Despite Indonesia’s economic growth over the past several years, malnutrition issues, especially stunting, remain major concerns, which, unless they are resolved, will affect future generations. Collaborative efforts involving the private sector are urgently required to solve the issue.

  • Mother’s Day: Collaborative endeavors needed to empower dementia-sufferers

    Disorientation and memory loss are among the signs that a person has dementia or Alzheimer’s. Irritation and forgetfulness are common reactions to people with Alzheimer’s. DY Suharya, whose mother was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, initially reacted in that way, but after learning more about the condition, regretted her attitude. The founder of Alzheimer’s Indonesia tells of her family’s experience with the disease.

  • Healthcare program needs effort, patience, but worth it say users

    A middle-class resident of Serang, Banten, Sinta, 41, had spent almost all of her family’s savings and deposits to pay for her mother-in-law’s hemodialysis treatment since 2012.

  • Freed activist urges Jokowi to release all jailed advocates

    Human rights activist Eva Susanti Bande has thanked President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo for granting her clemency, allowing her to be released from prison on Friday, or just 10 days after the President promised her release before national Mother’s Day, which falls on Dec. 22.

  • Mother’s Day: Why flexibility is a working mother’s best friend

    Mother’s Day is celebrated worldwide, including in Indonesia, which celebrates it on Dec. 22 each year.

  • Tsunami 10 Years on

    In connection with the commemoration of the 10th anniversary of the tsunami tragedy in Aceh and Nias areas, The Jakarta Post is publishing a special edition titled “Tsunami 10 Years on” today. Our readers can find this special report included along with your daily copy of the Post.

  • Jokowi lures $18.7 billion investment

    The new administration’s investment push, led by President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo, has turned fruitful but the Investment Coordinating Board (BKPM) aims for more in the future, buoyed by the country’s long-term economic prospects.

  • Floods inundate thousands of Cilacap homes

    Floods continued to engulf areas across the country on Sunday, inundating thousands of houses and forcing many residents to take shelter.

  • KPK unveils leakage in education budget

    An investigation led by the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) in 20 regencies and cities has found that the management of the country’s 2014 Rp 368 trillion (US$29.4 billion) education budget is marred with irregularities that may lead to corruption.

  • Solusi Tunas eyes 70% growth in total revenues next year

    Independent tower company PT Solusi Tunas Pratama (SUPR) is aiming to see an over 70 percent increase in total revenues next year following the acquisition of around 3,500 telecommunication towers from cellular operator PT XL Axiata.

  • Asian Agri aims output at 1m tons in 2015

    Palm oil heavyweight Asian Agri (AAG), through its flagship company PT Inti Indosawit Subur, expects crude palm oil (CPO) production to remain at around 1 million tons next year as the company focuses on increasing productivity in existing plantations rather than expanding plantation areas.

  • Europe imposes stricter standards for RI products

    With increasing global demand for socially and environmentally responsible palm oil, Europe has raised the bar again for the industry in Indonesia by introducing a new sustainable standard, activists for the Roundtable for Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) standard revealed.

  • Corporate bonds expected to grow flat next year

    Slower economic growth and falling prices of commodities will most likely affect the country’s corporate bonds issuance next year, according to the Indonesian Bond Pricing Agency (IBPA).

  • Dems welcome probe into ambassador Fauzi

    The Democratic Party said on Sunday that it encouraged the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) to launch an investigation into the party’s central board member, Fauzi Bowo, on allegations that the Indonesian ambassador to Germany had a suspicious amount of transactions worth billions of rupiah in his bank accounts.

  • Bank Indonesia prevails in forex reserve-rupiah tradeoff

    Bank Indonesia (BI), the central bank, emerged triumphant in its latest currency stabilization battle after a bold move to pour dollars into the market succeeded in preventing the rupiah’s steep depreciation from turning into a panicky spiral.

  • Brazil may challenge RI’s poultry rules

    Brazil may step up its fight at the World Trade Organization (WTO) against Indonesia’s poultry import rules after a recent consultation failed to provide a definitive answer, a trade official has said.

  • New ports to boost connectivity, equality

    Transportation Minister Ignasius Jonan has launched the development of 20 non-commercial seaports and 10 airports that are expected to help boost connectivity and economic equality throughout the country, the biggest economy in Southeast Asia.

  • Strong quake hits Halmahera

    A strong earthquake struck off the coast of eastern Indonesia on Sunday evening, but there were no immediate reports of injuries or damage, and authorities said there was no threat of a tsunami.

  • ‘Senyap’ film screening canceled, again

    A screening of Senyap (The Look of Silence) that was planned for Sunday at the Yogyakarta Institute of Technology campus was canceled due to the threat of an act of religious intolerance.

  • Australians detained for assault, urination

    Two Australian brothers, Scott O’Hehir, 32, and Timothy O’Hehir, 27, have been detained at the North Kuta Police station after they allegedly assaulted a local man in Canggu village, North Kuta, Bali.

  • City eliminates 34,000 budget items

    The city administration has removed thousands of items from next year’s city budget, down to about 20,000 from 54,000 entries the previous year, citing increased efficiency as the reason.

  • Victim of Krakatau Posco explosion dies

    A victim of an explosion at steel-smelting plant PT Krakatau Posco in Cilegon, Banten, died at the weekend after being treated at Pertamina Hospital in South Jakarta.

  • Satpol PP raids bootleg liquor

    The city’s Public Order Agency (Satpol PP) has begun a crackdown on the illegal distribution of oplosan (bootleg liquor).

  • Heavy rains likely this week

    The Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) has predicted that starting Monday, there will be an increased likelihood of heavy rain in the city after the intermittent rain of the past week.

  • Dealing with scoliosis

    Scoliosis is a medical condition of which, in 90 percent of cases, the cause is unknown . Scoliosis can happen to anyone, including toddlers.