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  • Former inmates plead for death row Australians

    Two Australians awaiting execution have been hailed for improving Kerobokan Penitentiary and for helping many of its Indonesian prisoners to prepare for life after jail.

  • Govt wants to rehabilitate 100,000 drug addicts in 2015

    Following President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s statement that the nation faces an emergency due to drug abuse and trafficking, government officials say they will work to rehabilitate 100,000 addicts in 2015, promising not to prosecute those who volunteer for treatment.

  • Korean food gives Jakarta FOOD FOR THOUGHT

    There are currently at least 150 Korean restaurants in Greater Jakarta, catering to the palates of those hooked on Korean dramas and reality shows — or on the favorite food of their favorite actors and singers.

  • Pasar Rebo Puskesmas favorite among LGBTs

    It takes one hour for Yanti to reach the clinic facility at the Pasar Rebo Puskesmas (community health center) in East Jakarta.

  • Komnas HAM finds flaws in KPK arrest

    The National Commission on Human Rights (Komnas HAM) has alleged that its investigation shows that the National Police misused their power when arresting Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) commissioner Bambang Widjojanto late last week.

  • Japan outraged as video purportedly shows hostage beheaded

    Japan condemned with outrage and horror on Sunday an online video that purported to show an Islamic State group militant beheading Japanese journalist Kenji Goto.

  • All about the bling

    Gemstone traders display their merchandise at the Jakarta Gem Center in East Jakarta on Friday.  

  • No to reclamation

    People stage a protest outside the Provincial Legislative Council in Denpasar, Bali, Friday against a planned reclamation of the Benoa Bay that they say can create an environmental calamity. They demanded that the central government in Jakarta cancel a 2014 presidential decree permitting the controversial project.

  • Obama budget sets up battle with Republican-led Congress

    After a year of relative peace in Washington's budget battles, President Barack Obama will lay out a $4 trillion budget on Monday that challenges Republicans with proposals for higher taxes on the wealthy and businesses to pay for education, public works projects and child care.

  • Kerry: 'Enormous interest' in new relationship with Cuba

    North America has an "enormous interest" in building diplomatic relationships with Cuba, Secretary of State John Kerry said Saturday during a weekend meeting with his counterparts from Canada and Mexico.

  • Balloon pilots make history with trans-Pacific flight

    An audacious, nearly 7,000-mile (11,265-kilometer)-long trip across the Pacific Ocean came to an end Saturday as two accomplished pilots safely touched down in the water just off the coast of Mexico in their helium-filled balloon after shattering two long-standing records.

  • Scientist considered father of birth control pill dies

    Carl Djerassi, the chemist widely considered the father of the birth control pill, has died.

  • We are all Muath

    Members of Al-Kaseasbeh, the tribe of Jordanian pilot, Lt. Muath al-Kaseasbeh, who is held by the Islamic State group militants, light candles by posters with his picture and Arabic that reads "we are all Muath," at the captured pilot's tribal gathering divan, in his home town of Karak, Jordan, Saturday, Jan. 31, 2015. An online video released Saturday night purported to show an Islamic State group militant behead Japanese journalist Kenji Goto, ending days of negotiations by diplomats to save the man.

  • Video: Islamic State group beheads Japanese journalist

    Japan condemned with outrage and horror on Sunday an online video that purported to show an Islamic State group militant beheading Japanese journalist Kenji Goto.

  • Falcao scores in United win; Sturridge nets on injury return

    Robin van Persie and Radamel Falcao rediscovered their scoring touch for Manchester United in a 3-1 win over Leicester, and Daniel Sturridge made a goal-scoring return for Liverpool in a 2-0 victory against West Ham on Saturday.

  • Title-chasing Roma held to 1-1 by Empoli in Serie A

    Title-chasing Roma was held to 1-1 at home by relegation-threatened Empoli on Saturday and looks set to lose more ground on Serie A leader Juventus.

  • Benzema nets 2 as Madrid beats Sociedad 4-1 without Ronaldo

    Karim Benzema scored twice as Real Madrid brushed off an early goal and thrashed Real Sociedad 4-1 without the suspended Cristiano Ronaldo, ensuring it remained top of the Spanish league on Saturday.

  • Suspected danger

    Officers from the Food and Drug Monitoring Agency check Granny Smith and Gala apples, which were suspected to have been carrying bacteria, in a shopping mall in Jambi on Friday. The officers seized 209 kilograms of apples during the sudden inspection.

  • Endangered deaths

    East Java Police spokesman Sr. Comr. Awi Setiyono (center) displays bones and deceased endangered animals as evidence at the police headquarters in Surabaya on Friday. Based on information from the British Metropolitan Police Wildlife Crime Unit, the East Java Police have foiled the smuggling attempts of hundreds of dead and preserved endangered animals, which would have been sold overseas.

  • Seeking unity and peace

    Seeking unity and peace: Several activists stage a theatrical performance demanding peace between the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) and the National Police in front of the KPK building in South Jakarta on Friday. According to them, all the state institutions must work together like the state motto Bhinneka Tunggal Ika (Unity in Diversity) for the people’s welfare and justice.

  • Wake up dad!

    Christine Kiangan (right), widow of Noble Kiangan, one of 44 elite police commandos killed last Sunday during the Philippines’ biggest single-day combat loss in recent years, reaches out to her son as he touches a commando’s flag draped coffin at Camp Bagong Diwa, Taguig city, south of Manila, the Philippines, on Friday. Philippine President promised grieving relatives of the slain commandos that government forces will capture suspected bomb-maker Abdul Basit Usman.   

  • Selfie time

    Denis Irwin (second right) and Louis Saha (right) from Manchester United pose for pictures with fans at the “United: Live in Jakarta” event at Balai Kartini in Jakarta, On Saturday. The one-day event featured music performances and a mini-training camp with members of the legendary English Premier League soccer team.

  • Zaripova faces losing gold

    In the latest of a slew of Russian doping cases, Yulia Zaripova faces being stripped of her gold medal in the 3,000 steeplechase from the 2012 London Olympics after being banned for a drug violation.

  • Ko takes lead at LPGA opener

    Lydia Ko is one round from potentially making golf history.

  • Fernandez wins 3rd skating gold

    Spain’s Javier Fernandez won his third straight European figure skating gold on Friday with a free program that had some technical faults but never faltered on verve. 

  • Civilians killed in Philippines anti-terror raid

    An eight-year-old girl and three men -- one with his hands bound -- were among those killed in a botched anti-terror police operation in the Philippines last weekend, a local official said Saturday.

  • Aung San Suu Kyi’s mansion gates to be auctioned

    A set of gates that became an enduring symbol of Myanmar democracy champion Aung San Suu Kyi’s years under house arrest are to be auctioned, a businessman who now owns them said Saturday. 

  • Islamic State negotiations ‘deadlocked’

    Japan’s deputy foreign minister has said negotiations with the Islamic State group threatening to execute a Jordanian pilot and a Japanese journalist have become “deadlocked”, local media reported Saturday.