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  • Oz aircraft forced to land in Manado for trespassing

    An Australian twin-engine aircraft Beechcraft 95 en route to The Philippines from Darwin was forced to land at the Sam Ratulangi Airport in Manado, North Sulawesi on Wednesday for allegedly trespassing in Indonesian airspace.

  • Eight names removed from Jokowi’s minister candidate list

    President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo revealed on Wednesday that he would not choose eight individuals who had been red-flagged by the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK), which indicated that they were vulnerable to implication in graft cases.

  • House receives information on changes to ministerial nomenclature

    House of Representatives speaker Setya Novanto said the House had received President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s letter on Wednesday informing it of changes to the names of ministries in his administration.

  • World hero

    Malala Yousafzai holds up her Liberty Medal during a ceremony at the National Constitution Center, on Tuesday in Philadelphia. The honor is given annually to an individual who displays courage and conviction while striving to secure liberty for people worldwide. (AP/Matt Rourke)

  • Street art

    Painter S. Wito makes a finishing touch to a painting of new Indonesian President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo (right) and his deputy Jusuf Kalla at his street-side kiosk in Jakarta. Jokowi was inaugurated as the country's seventh president on Monday, Oct. 20. (AP/Tatan Syuflana)

  • Young photographer

    Britain's Catherine Duchess of Cambridge (right) presents Young Wildlife Photographer of the Year, Carlos Perez Navel with his award watched by David Attenborough, during the Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2014 awards ceremony at the Natural History Museum in London, on Tuesday. (AFP)

  • Jokowi summons prospective Cabinet members to State Palace

    Prior to the announcement of his Cabinet, Indonesia’s new president, Joko “Jokowi” Widodo, arranged on Wednesday a series of closed-door meetings with experts and politicians who have allegedly been tipped to fill several of the 33 ministerial positions in the Cabinet.

  • National Police chief recommends four officers to Jokowi.

    National Police chief Gen. Sutarman says that he has recommended four of his institution’s best officers to newly elected President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo, who is to select an adjutant.

  • Ebola airport checks expand; nurses get training

    The U.S. government is closing a gap in Ebola screening at airports while states from New York to Texas to California work to get hospitals and nurses ready in case another patient turns up somewhere in the U.S. with the deadly disease.

  • Red Cross official: 6 months to contain Ebola

    A top Red Cross official said Wednesday that he is confident the Ebola epidemic that has killed thousands of people in West Africa can be contained within four to six months.

  • AP-GfK Poll: Most expect Republican victory

    Two weeks before Election Day, most likely American voters now expect the Republican Party to take control of the U.S. Senate and with it full control of Congress, according to a new Associated Press-GfK poll. And by a growing margin, they say that's the outcome they'd prefer.

  • Pyongyang races to complete new airport

    Pyongyang isn't exactly an international travel hub. But attracting more tourists is one of North Korea's top agenda items, so thousands of soldier-builders are working feverishly these days to give the capital a fancy new airport.

  • Investigators: Secret Service use 'problematic'

    A new government investigation questions a bizarre Secret Service mission that pulled agents from their assignment near the White House and sent them to the rural Maryland home of a headquarters employee embroiled in a personal dispute with a neighbor.

  • Marine suspect guarded by US in Philippine camp

    A U.S. Marine suspected in the gruesome killing of a transgender Filipino was transferred Wednesday from his warship to the Philippine military's main camp, where he will continue to be guarded by fellow Marines, in a compromise that eased a looming irritant over his custody.

  • Hospital: American video journalist free of Ebola

    An American video journalist being treated for Ebola is now free of the virus and will be released soon, the Omaha hospital where he is being treated said Tuesday.

  • US expands Ebola checks; Rwanda to check Americans

    Fending off demands to ban travel from Ebola-stricken West Africa, the Obama administration instead tightened U.S. defenses against Ebola by requiring that all arrivals from the disease-ravaged zone pass through one of five U.S. airports.

  • Insurer considers Ebola exclusion in some policies

    Global property and casualty insurer Ace Ltd. says it may exclude Ebola coverage from some of its general liability policies.

  • RI reelected as member of UN rights body

    In an election held Tuesday at the UN headquarters in New York, US, Indonesia retained its seat on the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC). The news comes on the heels of the inauguration of President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo, whom many are hoping will resolve the country’s past human rights abuses.

  • Jokowi gives Palace tour to former subordinates

    With the announcement of his Cabinet expected sometime today, President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo reserved some time on Wednesday morning to give his former subordinates in the Jakarta administration a tour of his new office.

  • Michael Bublé to hold concert in Indonesia next year

    Canadian singer Michael Bublé, 39, will hold his first concert in Indonesia early next year.

  • Four racing greats greet Indonesian fans

    The party is not yet over for some Indonesians, particularly MotoGP fans.

  • Health Sense: The causes and treatments of lower back pain

    Lower back pain is the most common musculoskeletal disorder and the most common reason for patients to seek medical attention after the common cold. It is the number-two cause of missed work and the number-one cause of disability in patients younger than 45.

  • Guess what?: Michael Bublé to give first show in Jakarta

    Canadian-born singer Michael Bublé is slated to give his first concert in Indonesia next year, according to promoters.

  • Guess what?: David, Gracia to tie the knot in December

    Pop rock band Noah keyboardist David Albert and presenter Gracia Indri are busy with preparations for their nuptials in December.

  • Guess what?: Judika has baby girl

    Singer-actor Judika Nalon Abadi Sihotang is a happy man after his wife, model and presenter Duma Riris Silalahi gave birth to a baby girl on Monday night.

  • Old-school kung fu strikes back

    At 67, martial arts film legend David Chiang still embodies the benefits of practicing traditional Chinese kung fu.

  • Coal miner Bukit Asam ventures into palm oil business

    State-run coal miner Bukit Asam announced Tuesday that it had acquired an 8,000-hectare oil palm plantation located on the company’s South Sumatra mining concession, which would bring not only additional mineable resources to the company, but also diversified revenue from the palm oil business.

  • Mandiri DPLK to manage Semen Padang’s pension benefits

    The Financial Institution Pension Fund (DPLK) under state lender Bank Mandiri has won a financial deal to manage the retirement benefits of West Sumatra-based cement producer Semen Padang, a subsidiary of publicly listed state cement company Semen Indonesia.

  • BSD records strong sales despite property slowdown

    Property developer Bumi Serpong Damai (BSD) has pocketed Rp 5 trillion (US$415 million) in marketing sales during the first nine months of the year, or around 83 percent of the company’s annual target, in contrast to other developers that recorded dwindling sales amid tightened mortgage regulations and an economic slowdown.

  • News Flash: RI has potential to capture spare parts market in ASEAN

    Ipsos Business Consulting, an independent market research company, has found that local automotive spare parts producers are well positioned to capture the automotive spare parts market in ASEAN due to the growing threat of counterfeit automotive components.

  • Pertamina to import LNG from Mozambique

    State-owned oil and gas company PT Pertamina says it will import liquefied natural gas (LNG) from Mozambique.

  • Analysis: Improving financial services for Indonesia’s underserved

    The benefits of financial services are certain in the course of economic development. Policy makers realize that a great deal may be acquired if financial services can reach people who are currently underserved.

  • Cheaper oil eases pressure on govt fuel-subsidy bill

    Recent drops in the world’s crude oil prices have significantly eased pressures on the government’s bill on fuel subsidies, which are estimated to reach Rp 276 trillion (US$22.9 billion) next year.

  • Jokowi to announce Cabinet line-up today

    Two days after his inauguration as Indonesia's seventh president, Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has confirmed that he will announce his Cabinet line-up today.

  • RI needs stronger trade-remedy measures

    As international trade intensifies, trading nations engage in many more disputes, so Indonesia needs to strengthen its trade-remedy capacity, former deputy trade minister Bayu Krisnamurthi has said.

  • Andika Perkasa inaugurated as new Paspampres commander

    Indonesian Military Commander Gen. Moeldoko inaugurated on Wednesday Brig. Gen. Andika Perkasa as the new commander of the Presidential Security Detail (Paspampres).

  • Russian firm set to build $1.5b mineral facilities

    Russia’s investment and industrial group Vi Holding may pour around US$1.5 billion into building mineral processing facilities in Indonesia, a Russian minister says.

  • JCI, rupiah continue to strengthen in morning trade

    The Jakarta Composite Index (JCI) and the rupiah interbank trade rate opened on a positive note on Wednesday morning.

  • New minimum wage to be set next week

    Tripartite discussions on the minimum wage for 2015 have gotten underway as the Jakarta wage committee has finished conducting surveys on the basic cost of living (KHL) in the capital.

  • Suspects in Ade Sara murder case turn on each other

    Two suspects who allegedly murdered 19-year-old Ade Sara Angelina Suroto blamed each other for the murder during their testimony at the Central Jakarta District Court on Tuesday.

  • PDI-P respects Muhaimin’s decision to decline Cabinet post

    Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) executive Hendrawan Supratikno said that his party would respect a decision made by National Awakening Party (PKB) chairman Muhaimin Iskandar to continue leading his party rather than accept a ministerial post offered by President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo.

  • Police hunt alleged child killer

    The Bekasi City Police are currently searching for a maid who allegedly tortured her employers’ three-and-a-half-year old son to death on Wednesday.

  • Comments: Thanks to ‘Pak’ SBY, democracy remains intact

    When Joko “Jokowi” Widodo takes his oath of office as Indonesia’s seventh president on Monday Oct. 20, it will be a testament to the peaceful and orderly succession of the country’s leadership.

  • Issue of the day: Child obesity in Jakarta sparks concerns

    More and more children in Jakarta are increasingly overweight and obese due to an unhealthy diet and lack of supervision from parents, raising concerns of long-term degenerative diseases. Indonesia Medical Nutritionists Association (PDGMI) secretary-general Yusnita Anie said that the trend was worrisome.

  • S. Korea dismantles border Christmas tree

    South Korea's Defense Ministry says it has pulled down a 43-year-old frontline Christmas tower that North Korea viewed as propaganda warfare.

  • Text your say: Welcoming new leaders

    Your comments on the swearing-in of Joko “Jokowi” Widodo and Jusuf Kalla (JK) as President and Vice President and the greatest challenge for the new leaders in the next five years:

  • Your letters: Oktoberfest: Festival of democracy

    Oktoberfest is a funfair that occurs in Munich, Germany where Germans celebrate with unlimited beer.

  • Citizen journalism: ‘I hope Jokowi remains truthful’

    Mass euphoria drowned out the fractious legislature for a while. After the inauguration ceremony, President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo and Vice President Jusuf Kalla traveled in a horse-drawn carriage accompanied by a parade to the Presidential Palace from the Hotel Indonesia traffic circle.

  • Living with (shackled) schizophrenia

    The World Federation for Mental Health picked an interesting topic, “Living with Schizophrenia”, to commemorate World Mental Health on Oct. 10. The word schizophrenia may sound unusual to us, but when we use a layman’s term, such as “the mentally ill” or “crazy patient”, we know who they are instantly.

  • Low-price Chinese models boost smartphone ownership in SE Asia

    Smartphone ownership continues on an uptrend across Southeast Asia, raising total sales in the last 12 months in the seven markets of Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, the Philippines, Vietnam and Cambodia to a high of nearly 120 million units.

  • A chance for a new provincial mindset

    Indonesia is blessed with a President who calls for a new mindset. Two words that are searching for a new mindset are province and governor. These words were captured by an old mindset in the newly-passed law on regional government.

  • Stop quick fix mentality in Indonesian ‘democrazy’

    Modern Indonesians are generally bent on quick-fix remedies, preferring revolution to evolution, overhaul rather than maintenance and repair.

  • Editorial: Integrity key for Jokowi

    We apparently must wait another day before learning who will form the working team that will assist President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo in implementing his vision and the mission of his government during the next five years as he needs to ensure that the core members of the team have impeccable integrity.

  • Banyumas Satpol PP chief sacked over bribery

    The Banyumas regency administration has dismissed Banyumas Public Order Agency (Satpol PP) head Rusmiyati for allegedly accepting bribes from the management of Indomaret convenience stores.

  • No witnesses against French journalists

    The Jayapura District Court resumed on Tuesday a trial of two French journalists, Thomas Charles Dandois and Marie Valentine Bourrat, hearing from three witnesses from the prosecution who were not able to confirm that the defendants undertook journalistic activities.

  • Sinabung villages to be turned into tourist sites

    The Karo regency administration in North Sumatra plans to officially turn several locations already used by residents and foreigners to observe Mount Sinabung’s activity into new tourist sites.

  • New president Jokowi hits the ground running

    New Indonesian President Joko Widodo got down to "work, work and work" early yesterday, starting his second day in office by meeting Papua New Guinea Prime Minister Peter O'Neill.

  • British man murdered, suspect not yet known

    A British national was found dead with his throat cut and feet tied in a ditch in a rice field area in Sedang village, Abiansemal subdistrict, Badung regency, around 20 kilometers from Denpasar.

  • SBY, Ani get social media makeover

    Former president Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono and his wife Kristiani “Ani” Herawati have taken steps to rebrand themselves on social media following their return to civilian life on Monday.

  • Three IS militants from RI killed in Syria

    Three Indonesians were among 20 Islamic State (IS) militants who were reportedly killed last week in an attack launched by Syrian Kurdish fighters in the latter’s efforts to reclaim Syrian-Turkish border areas from the militant group.

  • PPP throws full support behind Jokowi-Kalla

    Amid an internal conflict between two rival factions inside the United Development Party (PPP), embattled chairman Suryadharma Ali has hinted at a change of political direction to support newly inaugurated President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo and Vice President Jusuf Kalla.

  • MPR speaker implicated in land-conversion scandal

    The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) said on Tuesday that it would summon People’s Consultative Assembly (MPR) speaker Zulkifli Hasan to clarify a statement made by graft suspect Riau Governor Annas Maamun with regard to suspected graft in the issuance of land-conversion permits in Riau.

  • Jokowi’s demeanor, sartorial choices bring relaxed vibe

    While his predecessor Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono was known for his staid demeanor and formal sartorial preferences, after a day in the country’s highest political office, new President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has stuck to his down-to-earth persona, shunning standard, formal attire.

  • Indian residents in Jakarta to celebrate Deepavali

    Anil, the 40-year-old manager of a large textile store in Pasar Baru, Central Jakarta, has switched his usual day off from Tuesday to another day, so he can hold a prayer ceremony at the shop.

  • Red-and-White Coalition looks to dominate House

    Recent efforts at reconciliation from President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo and losing presidential contender Prabowo Subianto do not appear to apply to the two political coalitions that support them, with the fiery rivalry between the two coalitions alive and well at the House of Representatives.

  • Commentary: A Cabinet of strange bedfellows

    After the party the hangover sets in. Following the evening of euphoria, discord and wariness sets in with the gray dawn light.

  • Indonesia key investment hub for Japan

    Indonesia has become an increasingly important investment hub for foreign companies, especially from Japan, although various issues in the fields of bureaucracy, legal uncertainty and corruption remain a major concern, an international investment consultancy has said.

  • Clean Jokowi Cabinet ‘a must’

    In the wake of revelations that some of President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s ministerial candidates could have questionable histories, the country’s new leader has been urged take more time to carefully rethink his choices.

  • Insurance law unlikely to stem foreign M&As

    Indonesia’s new comprehensive insurance law, due to take effect on Oct. 23, has added restrictions to foreign investment in the sector, but is unlikely to discourage future M&A activity involving international insurers, says Fitch Ratings.

  • Former Golkar lawmaker to lead BPK

    Harry Azhar Azis, a senior Golkar Party politician and former member of House of Representatives Commission XI overseeing financial affairs, has been selected as the chairman of the Supreme Audit Agency (BPK) for the 2014-2019 period.

  • Police officer stabbed, seriously injured

    A police officer was stabbed on Monday evening by a drunk 19-year-old man with a boar fang, while patrolling the presidential inauguration celebration at the National Monument (Monas) compound in Central Jakarta.

  • Curfew for underage Gandaria residents

    Community unit (RW) 06 in Gandaria, Cilandak, South Jakarta, has imposed a curfew requiring the neighborhood’s children to be home and studying by 7 p.m.

  • Youngest driver

    A 15-year-old boy (name withheld), who works as a driver, waits for passengers on his Metromini public bus at the Manggarai bus terminal in Jakarta on Tuesday. He drives his bus on the Manggarai-Pasar Minggu route. He may be the youngest public transportation driver in the world, but how he escaped from the eyes of police and transportation authorities is a mystery. He has been working as a driver for four years. (JP/DON)

  • Old man jumps to death in Kelapa Gading

    A 78-year-old man named Iwan Setiawan allegedly committed suicide on Tuesday by jumping from his residence on the 15th floor of the Wisma Gading Permai apartment block in North Jakarta.

  • Tons of garbage pile up after party

    Tons of garbage from the people’s party celebrating the inauguration of President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo on Monday remained piled up at the National Monument (Monas) in Central Jakarta on Tuesday.

  • Universal cleansing

    Balinese Hindus carry Pratima (a symbol of God) during the Melasti ritual at Watu Klotok Beach, Klunkung, on Tuesday. Participated in by thousands of Hindus, the ceremony was aimed at purifying Bhuana Alit (small world) and Bhuana Agung (the universe). (JP/Agung Parameswara)

  • Child sexual violence cases on the rise

    The Jambi City Police’s Women and Children Protection (PPA) unit has recorded 31 cases of sexual violence against minors so far this year.

  • Girl missing after birthday swimming accident

    Fifth-grader Dian P., 11-year-old, was swept away Monday by swift currents in the Kampar River, in Kampar regency, Riau, during a birthday party.

  • Habibie kept under medical observation

    Indonesia’s third president, BJ Habibie, was put under 12-hour medical observation at the Borromeus Hospital in Bandung, West Java, after returning home from Jakarta, where he had attended the swearing-in ceremony for President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo and Vice President Jusuf Kalla on Monday morning.

  • Central Java hit by blackout

    Residents in a number of areas across Central Java and Yogyakarta were hit by power outage from 5:30 p.m. on Monday as they watched the post-inauguration celebrations for President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo and Vice President Jusuf Kalla on television.

  • Govt offices’ AC should be at 25 degrees

    Vice President Jusuf Kalla has reminded government officials that air conditioners (AC) in government offices should not be lower than 25 degrees Celsius to minimize operational costs.

  • New RI president must prioritize Papua: HRW

    President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo should use his first official visit to Papua and West Papua on Thursday to endorse specific measures to address serious human rights problems on the country’s easternmost island, according to a New York-based rights watchdog.

  • US expands Ebola checks; Rwanda to check Americans

    Fending off demands to ban travel from Ebola-stricken West Africa, the Obama administration instead tightened U.S. defenses against Ebola by requiring that all arrivals from the disease-ravaged zone pass through one of five U.S. airports.

  • Hospital: American video journalist free of Ebola

    An Omaha hospital says an American video journalist is free of Ebola and will be released soon.

  • FBI: US girls may have tried to join jihadis

    The FBI said Tuesday that it's investigating the possibility that three teenage girls from the Denver area tried to travel to Syria to join Islamic State extremists.