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  • Hospital says Pele's condition is improving

    A Brazilian hospital says Pele's condition is improving as he undergoes temporary kidney treatment in an intensive care unit.

  • Rupiah falls to 12,193 per dollar at Friday's close

    The rupiah interbank trade rate closed at Rp 12,193 per US dollar on Friday, down by 18 basis points from Rp 12,175 per US dollar in the previous trading.

  • UK's Cameron to curb benefits for immigrants

    Migrants from Europe will have to leave Britain if they don't get a job within six months, and must work for four years before receiving some benefits, Prime Minister David Cameron announced Friday, in a carefully balanced speech designed to defuse domestic criticism of his immigration policies while averting a showdown with the European Union.

  • JCI rises 0.09% at Friday's close

    The Jakarta Composite Index (JCI) closed on a positive note Friday as it strengthened slightly by 0.09 percent to 5,149.88.

  • Election activists push for an omnibus election law

    A group of election researchers are pushing for the merging of three current laws on elections into an omnibus law.

  • Malaysia Airlines apologizes for tweet, posts loss

    Malaysia Airlines on Friday said its loss widened last quarter and apologized for a promotional tweet slammed as insensitive after two deadly passenger jet disasters this year.

  • Eurozone inflation dips again as energy costs tank

    A fall in energy costs as a result of dramatic declines in oil markets has pushed inflation across the 18-country eurozone down to 0.3 percent in the year to November, official figures showed Friday.

  • Batam military chiefs sacked after attack on police, TNI insists otherwise

    Defense Minister Gen. (ret.) Ryamizard Ryacudu announced on Friday that the military (TNI) had dismissed top commanders within the Bukit Barisan Command in Batam, Riau Islands, following an armed attack by soldiers on the Riau Islands Police Mobile Brigade (Brimob) headquarters last week.

  • Semen Indonesia chief heading Pertamina

    The government appointed on Friday PT Semen Indonesia president director Dwi Soetjipto to head state oil and gas company PT Pertamina, replacing Karen Agustiawan, who resigned for unknown reasons in October.

  • RI to see high inflation in 2015

    The Institute for Development of Economics and Finance (Indef) predicts that inflation in the country will stand at around 5 to 6 percent in 2015, higher than the government’s expected 4.4 percent.

  • Jokowi’s move to protect peatland praised

    President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo praised a local initiative in Riau to dam a canal in order to stop the drainage of a peat forest in Sumatra, signaling a good gesture to tackle Sumatra’s devastating forest fires.

  • 1.2 million Australian Christmas lights set record

    An Australian lawyer has set a world record by stringing up almost 1.2 million Christmas lights in the center of the national capital.

  • Australia out of step with new climate momentum

    Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott, who rose to power in large part by opposing a tax on greenhouse gas emissions, is finding his country isolated like never before on climate change as the U.S., China and other nations signal new momentum for action.

  • Volcano in south Japan erupts, disrupting flights

    A volcano in southern Japan is blasting out chunks of magma in the first such eruption in 22 years, causing flight cancellations and prompting warnings to stay away from its crater.

  • Indonesian, 2 Filipinos convicted in 2002 bombing

    Philippine court has convicted an Indonesian militant and two Filipino extremists for their role in a 2002 mall bombing that killed at least 12 people and signaled the start of the alliance of two of Southeast Asia's most violent terrorist groups.

  • Storm cuts power, lifts roofs in Australian city

    Brisbane, Australia's third-largest city, was lashed by its worst storm in decades, with wind, rain and hail lifting roofs, cutting power lines, flooding streets and injuring a dozen people, officials said.

  • Ahok asks Megawati for thoughts on three candidates for deputy post

    Newly installed Jakarta Governor Basuki “Ahok” Tjahaja Purnama said that he had asked Megawati Soekarnoputri about her thoughts on three candidates for the vacant deputy governor post. The three candidates were former Surabaya mayor Bambang Dwi Hartono, former Blitar mayor Djarot Saefulah Hidayat and head of Governor’s team for development acceleration Sarwo Handayani.

  • At least 50 houses gutted in Central Lampung mob violence

    Mob violence that erupted in Tanjungrejo hamlet, Central Lampung regency on Thursday evening resulted in at least 50 houses being deliberately set ablaze.

  • RI trade balance to return to surplus in Oct: Bank Indonesia

    After suffering a US$270.3 million deficit in September 2014, Bank Indonesia (BI) expects that the country’s trade balance will have returned to a surplus in October.

  • Indonesian, 2 Filipinos convicted in 2002 bombing

    A Philippine court has convicted an Indonesian militant and two Filipino extremists for their role in a 2002 mall bombing that killed at least 12 people and signaled the start of the alliance of two of Southeast Asia's most violent terrorist groups.

  • Asian energy shares slide after OPEC decision

    Crude oil and Asian energy shares tumbled Friday as OPEC's decision to keep production steady rippled across the globe. Japanese stocks rose after a slew of economic data releases but other regional indexes were mixed.

  • BKPM expected to boost investment in upstream industry

    The Capital Investment Coordinating Board (BKPM), under its newly installed chief Franky Sibarani, is expected to boost investment in upstream industry in an effort to reduce imports, an employers association chief has said.

  • JCI, rupiah weaken on Friday morning

    The Jakarta Composite Index (JCI) and the rupiah interbank trade rate in Jakarta on Friday morning opened on a negative note.

  • Kazakhstan ready to sell wheat, meat and fuel to RI, envoy says

    Kazakhstan, the biggest economy in Central Asia, is ready to supply wheat, meat and fuel to Indonesia, says a top Kazakhstan diplomat.

  • Soccer Friday: Popovic’s unlikely road to Asian coaching glory

    Tony Popovic’s managerial feats with the Asian champions, the Western Sydney Wanderers, make him a worthy favorite to be named coach of the year at Sunday’s Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Annual Awards in Manila.

  • In Wonosari, a tea dance to welcome the rainy season

    Three horses passed bearing men dressed as traditional Javanese noblemen. The riders bore fruits, vegetables and tumpeng rice cones of thanksgiving.

  • Guess what?: Melanie pulls no punches

    JAKARTA: Singer and activist Melanie Subono says she’s taking up boxing to stay in shape.

  • Guess what?: Musicians to rock clothing festival

    JAKARTA: Fans and fashionistas get ready to rock at the Jakarta Clothing Festival, which runs from Dec. 3 to 7 at Parkir Timur at the Bung Karno Sports Complex in Senayan, Central Jakarta.

  • ‘It’s The Ship 2014’ redefines “party” redefines “party”

    The It’s The Ship 2014 trance musical event took the word “party” to a whole new level.

  • Making sense of simple yet homely decorations

    Picking out the right furniture and decorations to create a comfortable living room.

  • Astra, Aviva life insurance joint venture up and running

    Diversified conglomerate PT Astra International and UK-based insurer Aviva International Holdings Ltd. launched on Thursday a joint-venture life insurance company that aims to be one of Indonesia’s top five life insurers in the near future.

  • AKR Corporindo allocates $1.5 billion for power plants

    Fuel distributor AKR Corporindo says it has earmarked up to US$1.5 billion for the construction of two power plants to supply energy needs in its industrial estate in Gresik, East Java.

  • Telkom to make digital services a major income contributor

    Publicly listed telecommunications company PT Telekomunikasi Indonesia (Telkom) is stepping up efforts to expand its digital services in a bid to boost income.

  • Lion Group buys 40 ATR planes in $1 billion deal

    Indonesian airline Lion Air and French aircraft maker ATR on Thursday signed a US$1 billion purchase agreement for 40 additional ATR 72-600s, raising the total order for the newest generation of ATR turboprops to 100 aircraft.

  • Bank Indonesia opens office in world’s tin capital

    The country’s central bank officially opened a representative office on Thursday on the Bangka Belitung (Babel) Islands, dubbed the world’s tin capital, particularly to help the province recover from a declining economy caused by a slump in global tin prices.

  • XL Axiata, Telkomsel, Unilever win first annual ACES awards

    Three Indonesian companies received awards for their outstanding performances in corporate leadership, sustainability programs and corporate social responsibility (CSR) efforts at the first ever Asia Corporate Excellence Awards (ACES) in Singapore on Wednesday.

  • RI joins China in forming World Bank rival

    The Indonesian government has officially agreed to join the US$50 billion, China-led Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB), which will be a rival to the US-based World Bank in channeling development funds for infrastructure projects.

  • Indonesia needs special design authorities, says expert

    Indonesia needs to set up special authorities to help develop designs for its export products to boost their competitiveness in the global market, a prominent Japanese designer says.

  • Govt provides subsidy for certification of fishery products

    The Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Ministry is pushing for wider adoption of its 99 fisheries-related national standard certifications (SNI) by small and medium enterprises (SMEs), subsidizing their application costs and providing them guidance to achieve higher standards.

  • BPS to revise GDP calculation

    In a bid to give a better picture of the country’s current economic condition, the Central Statistics Agency (BPS) will use the year 2010 as the basis for its calculation of the gross domestic product (GDP).

  • Weekly 5: Must-have items during the rainy season

    For Jakartans, the rainy season is far from a dream of hot chocolate and warm blankets in the house as they still have to juggle between uncertain weather forecasts and day-to-day activities. Besides rain and strong winds, residents are usually worried about floods that can inundate roads and their houses even when it is raining in the capital. Here are five things that make the cold and the wet a bit more bearable.

  • Ahok offers grants to partner provinces

    Governor Basuki “Ahok” Tjahaja Purnama has asked member-provinces of the Governors’ Forum (MPU) to cooperate and support each other, especially in food distribution and logistics.

  • Samples of 469 police officers all ‘clean’

    The results of unannounced urine tests that 469 police officers underwent last Wednesday came back negative, said the Jakarta Police narcotics directorate on Thursday.

  • Comments on other issues:

    The Jakarta Traffic Police will focus on ticketing motorcyclists who ride against the flow of traffic and public transportation vehicles that stop recklessly in this year’s Operation Zebra, which is set to commence on Wednesday.

  • Issue of the day: Litterbugs to be fined or imprisoned

    Watch out litterbugs: Bandung Mayor Ridwan Kamil will impose fines for littering starting on Dec. 1. Over the past nine years, Bylaw No. 11/2005 on public order, cleanliness and beauty (K3) and Bandung Mayoral Regulation No. 522/2007, which regulates the fines and guidelines, remained toothless as nobody got punished for illegal littering.

  • Text your say: House of Representatives’ right of inquiry

    Your comments on a move by a number of lawmakers to file a petition to request that the House of Representatives exercise its inquiry right into President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s decision to increase the prices of subsidized fuel:

  • Your letters: Pros and cons of Abenomics

    I would like to respond to “Abenomics undelivered” [referring to Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe] in the Opinion section on Nov. 19 as a Japanese citizen. Regarding the relationship with neighboring countries, such as China and Korea, I think it is difficult to improve our relationship with both countries if they insist upon their present stances, because, in the case of the Senkaku Islands, which are disputed with China, they were owned by a Japanese family, and the family sold them to the Japanese government.

  • Your letters: Happy Teachers’ Day

    “The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires”, William Arthur Ward.

  • Defending diversity as a driver of development

    Indonesian children are taught early about the diversity of their home country. The archipelago is home to countless ethnicities, cultures and languages. The national symbol, the Garuda Pancasila, proudly displays the motto Bhinneka Tunggal Ika under its wings, affirming that despite our differences we are one. Diversity is seen as one of Indonesia’s defining characteristics, a precious heirloom from our rich history of seafaring traders and trailblazing religious missionaries from all corners of the world.

  • Wet peatlands cool forest fires: Jokowi

    President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo ordered the local administration of Meranti Island regency in Riau to restore the drainage in peatlands to prevent peatland fires, a project that may see nationwide implementation.

  • Surakarta king’s alleged rape victim gives birth to a baby boy

    A teenage victim of sexual assault allegedly committed by the Surakarta palace ruler, has given birth to a baby boy at a hospital in the city and is demanding Pakubuwono XIII take responsibility.

  • All Indonesian political parties are pragmatic: Sarwono

    Former president Soeharto once strongly reprimanded Sarwono Kusumaatmadja for being outspoken in expressing his political stances, both in his capacity as Golkar secretary-general and former environment minister. Sarwono, who applauded the merging of the Environment Ministry with the Forestry Ministry, talked on Tuesday with The Jakarta Post’s Hans Nicholas Jong about the ongoing Golkar conflict and also on environmental issues.

  • KPK grills former minister Dorodjatun on BLBI case

    The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) resumed an investigation on Thursday, after a year-long hiatus, into former president Megawati Soekarnoputri’s Bank Indonesia liquidity support (BLBI) case.

  • KPK, ministry join forces to safeguard Rp 70t village fund

    The Villages, Disadvantaged Regions and Transmigration Ministry has asked the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) to help monitor the transfer next year of Rp 70 trillion intended for the country’s 73,000 villages.

  • W. Nias, Paniai most vulnerable regions

    A recent study by the Central Statistics Agency (BPS) shows that West Nias in North Sumatra and Paniai in Papua are the country’s areas most vulnerable to climate change.

  • People’s president

    President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo and First Lady Iriana wave to hundreds of people from a motorcycle rickshaw in Tebing Tinggi Timur subdistrict, Riau, on Thursday. Jokowi and his entourage paid a working visit to Meranti Island, where Tebing Tinggi Timur is located, on Thursday.

  • Starting a revolution

    Vice President Jusuf Kalla waves at the crowd as he arrives at the Senayan Sports Stadium in Jakarta to attend the 69th anniversary celebrations of the Indonesian Teachers Association (PGRI) on Thursday. This year’s anniversary theme is “Enacting mental revolution by empowering teachers".

  • Risky riding

    Several workers sit on top of a construction-materials truck without care for their safety on the dusty Jl. Daan Mogot in West Jakarta on Thursday. The thick dust, which cut visibility and could inflict passersby with health problems, was caused by an excavation project on the road. 

  • From campus to Red-and-White Coalition

    What does it mean to be an “Islamist” after the 2014 general election, which put Islamic-based political parties, primarily the Prosperous Justice Party (PKS), in the opposition camp in the current political constellation?

  • Irrigation infrastructure prone to climate change, catastrophes

    President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo is looking forward to reaping some low-hanging fruit in the first two years of his presidency. In order to do this in food and agricultural production, he has been stressing the fact that more than half of Indonesian irrigation infrastructure is either damaged or in very poor condition.

  • Editorial: Wooing regional governments

    President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s government is just about 40 days old, yet he has twice convened national meetings with provincial governors to discuss development and coordination issues. He also spent three days this week on an inspection of basic infrastructure, meeting regional leaders and local people in Lampung, Bengkulu and Riau provinces.

  • Newspaper reading can promote virtues, new book says

    Reading newspapers may seem like a novelty for some, but a new book launched on Thursday argues that the habit of reading the news, whether in print or online, could be a powerful tool for schools to promote character development.

  • Old guard Ryamizard to reboot New Order approach

    After retiring from the military almost a decade ago, newly appointed Defense Minister Gen. (ret.) Ryamizard Ryacudu, 64, has returned to the fray with a plan to reboot New Order-era policies.

  • Grammy-winning producer mentors local indie bands

    Legendary music producer Steve Lillywhite is in Jakarta to polish four local bands for the Guinness Amplify Mentor Sessions music competition.

  • House heading toward paralysis

    The House of Representatives has once again been thrown into paralysis as the Red-and-White Coalition struggled to maintain control of the legislative body, following the breakdown of a peace deal on Wednesday.

  • Indonesia: On track for a strong recovery

    The recent election that brought President Joko Widodo to power has taken Indonesia’s democracy to a new level. Popularly known as Jokowi, the new president is seen as a man of the people. This image, coupled with his pragmatic reform programs, has made him immensely popular in Indonesia.

  • BKPM vows to help investors

    Following his inauguration on Thursday, new Investment Coordinating Board (BKPM) head Franky Sibarani promised to further simplify investment permits as his top priority in a bid to attract more investment.

  • 10 extra trains on Xmas holidays

    State-owned train operator PT KAI will operate 10 extra trains in Java from the end of December to early January 2015 on account of expected surging demand from passengers during the Christmas and New Year holidays.

  • Megawati will let me choose deputy: Ahok

    Jakarta Governor Basuki “Ahok” Tjahaja Purnama had a closed-door meeting with the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) chairwoman Megawati Soekarnoputri at her residence in Jl. Teuku Umar in Central Jakarta on Thursday.

  • Freeport’s production still below capacity

    Production at Freeport-McMoRan Inc’s huge Indonesian copper mine has yet to return to full capacity after an export dispute with the government and disruption related to workers’ safety concerns, the local CEO said on Thursday.

  • Indonesia should halt tin shipments: Governor

    Tin smelters in Indonesia, the world’s largest exporter, should ban shipments to support prices, Bangka Belitung province Governor Rustam Effendi said.

  • City to cut back on meeting fees, honoraria

    The Jakarta administration plans to cut back on meeting fees and honoraria to save money.

  • City to evict Kali Jodo squatters, build green area

    The city administration plans to evict squatters in Kali Jodo, which is located on the banks of the West Flood Canal (KBB) in Tambora, West Jakarta, and shut down the area’s red-light district.

  • Couple arrested for drug smuggling attempt

    The police at Soekarno-Hatta International Airport in cooperation with aviation security at the airport’s Terminal 1 arrested two people on Wednesday for possession of more than 1 kilogram of sabu-sabu when their Lion Air flight from Medan to Balikpapan made a transit at the airport.

  • Freeport mining activities return to normal

    Activities at the PT Freeport Indonesia (PT FI) Amamapare Port Site in Timika, Papua, returned to normal on Thursday after access to the location — which had been blockaded by residents and employees from seven tribes possessing customary rights to the PT FI mining concession — was reopened.

  • Phony generals caught by police

    Police nabbed on Thursday three men who earlier claimed to be United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) generals for illegally using military symbols.

  • One dead in protest against fuel price hike

    A protester died Thursday as a stone-throwing crowd clashed with police in central Indonesia during a demonstration against a dramatic increase in fuel prices, police said.

  • Ministry reins in officials’ lavish lifestyles

    On orders from President Joko “Jokowi’ Widodo, Administrative and Bureaucratic Reform Minister Yuddy Chrisnandi has issued a circular banning government officials from throwing lavish parties or partaking in other wasteful spending activities.

  • Jokowi inaugurates new BNP2TKI chief

    President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo swore-in on Thursday Golkar Party politician Nusron Wahid as the Head of the Agency for the Placement and Protection of Indonesian Migrant Workers (BNP2TKI).

  • Storm cuts power, lifts roofs in Australian city

    Brisbane, Australia's third largest city, has been lashed by the worst storm in decades, with wind, rain and hail lifting roofs, cutting power lines, flooding streets and injuring a dozen people.

  • Europa League game halted after 3 pitch invasions

    The Europa League game between Tottenham and Partizan Belgrade was briefly suspended near the end of the first half on Thursday following an apparently orchestrated series of pitch invasions that led to three people being arrested.