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  • French investigators confirm wing part is from Flight 370

    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.

  • Father of drowned Syrian boys: Overloaded boat flipped

    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.

  • Nations narrow gap on make-or-break climate issue

    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.

  • Cameron resists pressure to take more Syrian refugees

    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.

  • PAN hasn’t quit from opposition coalition: Chairman

    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.

  • ADB increases loan limit for RI infrastructure development

    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.

  • Refugees 'threaten Europe's Christian identity': Orban

    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.

  • Turkey arrests 'four traffickers' over migrant toddler's death

    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.

  • Family of drowned Syrian boy wanted to come to Canada: Report

    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.

  • Family of drowned toddler repeatedly displaced in Syria: Journalist

    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.

  • Pertamina’s oil and gas production rises 9.8%

    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.

  • Rupiah strengthens slightly Thursday afternoon

    The rupiah interbank rate strengthened four points on Thursday afternoon to Rp 14,128 per US dollar from Rp 14,132.

  • Jokowi to announce bullet train investor

    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.  

  • Police have completed Abraham Samad’s case dossier, prosecutor says

    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.

  • Budi Waseso’s dismissal threat "interference"

    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.

  • Boat carrying migrant workers capsizes off Malaysia; 14 dead

    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.

  • Passengers crowd Pekanbaru airport as haze grows thicker

    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.

  • Minister confirms stock buybacks will continue

    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.    

  • JCI up 0.72% at Thursday's close

    The Jakarta Composite Index strengthened in afternoon trading on Thursday on market optimism over the government’s economic policy.

  • Australian police won't charge Mel Gibson over tirade claim

    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.

  • Pelni, ASDP told to begin energy-conversion program

    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.

  • Guatemala president resigns amid corruption probe

    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.

  • Philippines, Vietnam to sign partnership deal by year-end

    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 'disappointed' by Chinese leader's WWII speech

    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.

  • Japan eyes tourist boost with Google-style street view... for cats

    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 awarded favorite destination in ASEAN

    Indonesia has been declared ASEAN's favorite destination by the Malaysian Association of Tour and Travel Agents (MATTA).

  • Shear genius: Aussie champ trims 'record' fleece off Chris the sheep

    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.

  • China lauds power, proclaims peace at military spectacular

    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 to launch locally made satellite

    Indonesia is set to launch a locally made satellite from India on Sept. 27.

  • Bangladeshi immigrants run away from shelters in Aceh

    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 dead after migrant boat sinks off Malaysia: official

    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.

  • Malaysia to take over RI national car project: developer

    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.

  • Obama gets Iran deal win as Democrats amass enough votes

    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.

  • TI chief: M'sia yet to reply to 'donation' inquiry

    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.

  • Najib: Never in my wildest dreams Dr Mahathir against me

    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.

  • KPK grills N. Sumatra governor and wife as suspects

    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.   

  • PAN’s switch opens way for Cabinet shake-up, House cohesion

    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's tourism growth beats Malaysia, Singapore

    Indonesia has registered higher tourism growth in the first semester of this year than Malaysia and Singapore.

  • Jakarta bans students from driving to school

    Public school students are no longer allowed to bring cars and motorcycles to school.

  • Fifty years of deadlines

    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)

  • 5 years in prison sought for 2 British journos

    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 found dead in Mentawai

    Another Australian was found dead in Mentawai Islands regency, West Sumatra, on Wednesday, the second incident that occurred in less than two weeks.

  • Kadin asks industry to reduce imported components

    The Indonesian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Kadin) has suggested manufacturers reduce imported components and increase local industrial contents in developing industries.   

  • Police name Nina Nurlina suspect in Pertamina graft case

    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.

  • Lagarde praises government, BI policies

    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.

  • Baby elephant born in conservation forest

    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.

  • Jokowi strengthens his power base

    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.

  • Review: Gibney presents Steve Jobs' darker side in new docu

    Was Steve Jobs a brilliant visionary whose singular mind, capable of blending art, technology and commerce as never before, inspired the world to "think different" and changed the way we live?

  • Companies may spend $412m on shares buyback to support prices

    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.

  • BTN to reduce its outstanding bad loans

    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.

  • Garuda tickets available at Indomaret

    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 to focus on education, SME development

    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.

  • Home industry

    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)

  • Antiques

    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)

  • Economy in brief: 101 RI firms to participate in China-ASEAN Expo

    More than 100 Indonesian firms are set to participate at the 12th China-ASEAN Expo in Nanning, China, on Sept. 18-21.

  • Analysis: Indonesian Infrastructure: Coming from behind

    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.

  • Auto expos fail to boost car sales

    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.

  • City buys 101 new cars for councilors

    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.

  • US firms to take part in RI’s power plant projects

    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.

  • Cattle import

    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)

  • Harvest time

    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)

  • Earth has three trillion trees: study

    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.

  • Urgent actions needed to avert crisis

    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.

  • Palm oil industry group plays down China effect

    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.

  • Trump to Bush: speak English in America

    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."

  • Govt upbeat about biodiesel settlement at WTO

    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.

  • Govt in no rush in high-speed train bid selection

    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.

  • KPK transfers Pelindo probe to cop

    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).

  • Luhut lashes out at over-exposed crime probe

    Coordinating Political, Legal & Security Affairs Minister Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan has lashed out at recent over-exposed crime investigations that have caused public controversy.

  • KPK blasts team’s candidate assignments

    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.

  • Teten ‘well-qualified’ for palace chief of staff job

    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.

  • Democracy, Malaysia and us

    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.

  • Renewing beacons of RI-Egypt cooperation

    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.

  • Non-traditional threats are here

    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.

  • Don't misinterpret the influx of Chinese workers: VP

    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.

  • Killer T-cell therapy shows promise against leukemia

    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.

  • Diving deep blue

    Free diving, the art of plumbing the ocean’s great depths in one breath is fast becoming one of the “coolest” athletic arts around.

  • DreamWorks to split from Disney: industry source

    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.

  • JCI opens in the green on Thursday

    The Jakarta Composite Index (JCI) rose on Thursday due to positive sentiments from external stock markets.

  • What to see at ErasmusHuisDocFest

    The Erasmus Huis Documentary Film Festival has five sections, each with its own theme. The following are documentaries from each section that might be worth watching during the ErasmusHuisDocFest:

  • Ahok interviews young people for civil servant positions

    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.

  • Rupiah drops to 14,145 per dollar on Thursday morning

    The rupiah exchange rate traded on Thursday morning weakened by 13 points to Rp 14,145 per US dollar from Rp 14,132.

  • Brazilian mugger to victim: 'call the police!'

    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.

  • Entertaining documentaries set to feature in Jakarta

    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.

  • Happy time

    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)

  • In flames

    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)

  • Greater Jakarta: Suspect arrested for debt-related manslaughter

    Jati Asih Police have arrested Wiharso Lumbanbatu, known as Alex, 20, for the assault and manslaughter of Nesih Fulfilawati.

  • Greater Jakarta: Five nabbed for alleged drugging, robbery

    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.

  • Greater Jakarta: Dozens of Rohingya migrants arrive in Jakarta

    Thirty-six Rohingya migrants recently arrived in Jakarta from Aceh, seeking help from the city administration.

  • Greater Jakarta: City probes illegal parking at council building

    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.

  • Greater Jakarta: Woman jumps to her death from 4th floor

    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.

  • Student entrepreneurs aspire to advance to int’l competition

    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.

  • Thousands petition UK government to accept more refugees

    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.

  • Startup launches digital library to develop reading habits

    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.

  • Australia-Indonesia ties back in 'very good shape': FM

    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.

  • Bike messengers race against time and traffic on city’s street

    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.

  • On the way home

    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)

  • Island in focus: 437 athletes join masters championship

    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.

  • Good game

  • Island in focus: Refined Javanese fading among Yogya youth

    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.

  • Island in focus: US fugitive deported from Bali

    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.

  • Locals feed ‘hungry ghosts’ in annual fiesta

    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.

  • Pilgrimage

    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.

  • RI amateur athletes gear up for Homeless World Cup

    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 paralyzes schools, airports in Sumatra, Kalimantan

    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.

  • The great parade

    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.

  • Groufie

    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.

  • Burning Man

    Participants make their way through dust at Burning Man in the Black Rock Desert of Nevada on Wednesday.

  • Gone fishing

    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.

  • Cops question Bersih rally organisers

    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.

  • Bangkok Blast: Warrants out for 8 suspects so far

    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.

  • 13 million children denied education by Mideast wars: UN

    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.

  • Editorial: North Korea and us

    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.

  • Editorial: Red tape is stifling business

    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 blocks accounts linked to paid edits

    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.

  • Drowned toddler sparks fresh horror over Europe migrant crisis

    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.

  • Guess what?: Lenny to participate in French fashion trade show

    Designer Lenny Agustin says she is busy preparing for her participation in the Who’s Next fashion trade show in Paris, France.

  • Broken lavatories force Malaysia Airlines jet to land

    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.

  • Guess what?: Mulan inspired by Madonna in new video

    Pop singer Mulan Jameela has released a new music video inspired by Madonna for her song “Trauma”.

  • IMF: Impact of China slowdown larger than expected

    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.

  • Deeper ties

    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)

  • Civil groups urge end to forced disappearance in ASEAN

    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 open 1.43% higher

    Tokyo shares opened 1.43 percent higher Thursday after Wall Street rebounded overnight while Chinese markets are closed for a long weekend.

  • Comments on other issues: Kuta Police chief denies extortion

    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.

  • Comments on other issues: Govt to make preschool obligatory

    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.

  • Issue of the day: Bill terrifies alcohol industry

    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.

  • Text your say: Smoking ban in Jakarta still neglected

    Your comments on a resident filing a complaint with Jakarta Governor Basuki “Ahok” Tjahaja Purnama over a tenant of a shopping mall allowing customers to smoke inside the building despite a gubernatorial regulation that bans smoking in public places:

  • Your letters: Parents’ role in education of children

    Our children do face a lot of pressure to perform, but their sense of self-worth should not suffer because of it.

  • Your letters: Flow of Mideast migrants to Europe

    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.

  • Your letters: Economic migrants, not refugees

    A nation without borders is not a nation and a nation has the right to control its borders.