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  • Plan to cut fuel prices sparks polemic

    President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s plan to cut fuel prices in a bid to boost people’s purchasing power has sparked a polemic.

  • BMX rider suffers fatal fall

    A 17-year-old BMX rider from Bandung died on Saturday after performing a dangerous trick during the seventh Indonesia Open X Sports Championship (IOXC).

  • Jokowi urged to resolve political turmoil to speed up economic recovery

    Institute for Development of Economics and Finance (Indef) senior economist Didik J. Rachbini has warned that the successful implementation of Indonesia’s economic stimulus policy package will depend on President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s leadership, in which political turmoil appears to be the biggest challenge he needs to resolve.

  • Police urged to release women accused of being lesbians

    An international rights group has called on authorities in Aceh to immediately release unconditionally two women arrested on suspicion of being lesbians.

  • Third stimulus package must focus on demand side: Indef

    Institute for Development on Economics and Finance (Indef) executive director Enny Sri Hartati said it was unlikely that the government’s first and second economic stimulus packages would be effective in helping the country avoid a further slowdown as they only focused on the supply side.

  • Rupiah could drop to 15,000 per dollar by year-end: Indef

    The Institute for Development on Economics and Finance (Indef) revealed on Saturday that it was possible that the rupiah could fall to Rp 15,000 per US dollar by the end of the year as a result of uncertainty over the US Federal Reserve’s (Fed) interest rate hike plan.

  • De Niro, Hathaway shine in ‘The Intern’

    Robert de Niro is like a wine that gets better with age. From The Godfather 2 to Meet the Fockers, he has shown time and time again his versatility and wide range as an actor.

  • Women bring change to punk

    The road female punk enthusiasts and musicians have to take before they can enjoy or make their mark in the boy-dominated subculture is far from a smooth way ahead.

  • Putting it briefly: No winner in first stage of Tour de Singkarak

    The first stage of the Tour de Singkarak international cycling race in Pariaman,West Sumatra ended with no winner on Saturday on account of technical issues.

  • Putting it briefly: Day 5 of Telomoyo Cup ends early

    Strong crosswinds forced organizers of the 2015 Telomoyo Cup, an international hang-gliding competition, held this year in Semarang, Central Java, to end its fifth day of competition early on Friday afternoon.

  • Don’t dwell on those ‘Top 100’ lists before you leap

    You may have noticed that yet another one of those allegedly authoritative Top 100 rankings of world universities has managed to cut into all the heart-warming wonderful news about Syria and ISIS and Putin vs. Obama and etcetera to get our attention. But this is not all to the good.

  • View Point: Still waiting for bold reforms in infrastructure sector

    We understand the government has been preoccupied with the sharp depreciation of the rupiah and its damaging repercussions on the prices of many basic goods, people’s purchasing power and consumer and business confidence.

  • Brain-eaters prove that human evolution is continuing

    A group of people who ate human brains became immune to several deadly diseases, scientists said. The astonishing report was shown to me by a gourmet who took offense to an article I once wrote about an East Turkestan restaurant in Shanghai where the signature dish — this is not a joke — was “Cold Raw Sheep’s Brain”.

  • Improve care for the elderly: Adapting to an aging population

    Everyone ages. So does a population. Population aging is a term used to explain the period when the demographic makeup of a society experiences a shrinking number of children and youth, and a rising proportion of people aged 60 and older. The growth of the elderly age bracket in a society is generally the result of an improvement of people’s health and welfare.

  • The week in review: Public funds for family outings

    Recent hearings at the Jakarta Corruption Court gave the public a glimpse of how two former Cabinet ministers allegedly spent public funds like their private wealth.

  • Erasmus Huis still young at 45

    Jakarta’s Dutch cultural center Erasmus Huis, the only such institution in the world, is celebrating its 45th anniversary of establishment this year.

  • Korean power

    Members of the DrumCat group perform at the Korea Festival, held at Lotte Shopping Avenue in Mega Kuningan, South Jakarta, on Saturday. The festival, which runs until Sunday, showcases various arts and cultural performances.(JP/Wendra Ajistyatama)

  • A step closer to organic, green living

    Health-conscious Jakartans are on a shopping spree this weekend.

  • Aviastar plane still missing, 10 feared dead

    Indonesian authorities on Saturday said they were still unable to locate the Aviastar plane that has been declared missing in South Sulawesi since Friday despite massive search and rescue efforts carried out during the first 24 hours after the incident.

  • Israel bars Palestinians from Jerusalem's Old City

    Israeli police took the unprecedented step of preventing Palestinian residents of Jerusalem from entering the walled Old City on Sunday after two Palestinian stabbing attacks against Israelis.

  • Govt trains more young people to become farmers amid low prices

    Following a warning by the Indonesian Institute of Sciences (LIPI) that Indonesia may face a shortage of farmers as more and more young people object to becoming farmers, the government has claimed that farmers today are more prosperous and that young people are still interested in taking up the job thanks to several ongoing programs offered by the agriculture ministry.

  • Typhoon roars into south China; tens of thousands evacuated

    A strong typhoon roared into southern China on Sunday, bringing powerful winds and heavy rain to the region after leaving more than a dozen fishermen missing in the Philippines.

  • Dozens of RI pilgrims still missing in S. Arabia

    At least 34 Indonesian pilgrims are still unaccounted for nine days after the tragic stampede that took place during Idul Adha (the Islamic Day of Sacrifice) in Mina, Saudi Arabia.

  • By the way ... The past is always present: Haunted by 1965

    My family is a victim of the tragedy of 1965. The revelation came to me 50 years on during a family road trip. And it began with an idle question.

  • School hazing gets stern penalty in military-ruled Thailand

    At a military facility outside Bangkok, a drill sergeant barks orders at a group of film students learning the hard way that creative license has its limits in Thailand.

  • Bangladesh plays down IS claim of killing Japanese man

    Bangladesh's government on Sunday played down a statement by the Islamic State group that it was responsible for gunning down a Japanese man in the South Asian country, saying it would investigate the "fishy" claim.

  • Foley clinches the game, and the No 10 jersey for Australia

    When Bernard Foley arrived in England for the World Cup, he wasn't even sure he'd be Australia's first-choice at No. 10.

  • Gunmen kill Japanese man in Bangladesh; IS says responsible

    Masked assailants riding a motorbike shot and killed a Japanese man in northern Bangladesh on Saturday, police said, the second foreigner in a week to be gunned down in the South Asian country.

  • Dozens of deaths likely from VW pollution dodge

    Volkswagen's pollution-control chicanery has not just been victimless tinkering, killing between five and 20 people in the United States annually in recent years, according to an Associated Press statistical and computer analysis.

  • US searches Bahamas for ship lost during Hurricane Joaquin

    An intensive, dawn-to-dark search Saturday turned up a life ring but no other sign of a cargo ship with 33 people on board that lost power and communications off the southeastern Bahamas during Hurricane Joaquin.

  • Guatemalan mudslide death toll reaches 69, hundreds missing

    Rescue workers using shovels and pickaxes recovered more bodies from the rubble of a collapsed hillside on the outskirts of Guatemala City on Saturday as an official said the death toll had risen to 69 with another 350 people believed missing.

  • Doctors Without Borders: 19 dead in Afghan clinic airstrike

    Confusion reigned in the wake of the deadly bombing Saturday of a hospital compound in the northern Afghan city of Kunduz that killed at least 19 people and wounded dozens more. It remains unclear exactly who bombed the hospital run by Doctors Without Borders and the international medical charity has demanded an investigation into the incident.

  • Clinton promotes gay rights as a main pillar of 2016 bid

    Hillary Rodham Clinton on Saturday delivered the strongest speech in support of gay rights in the 2016 presidential race on Saturday, promising that ending discrimination against gay, lesbian and transgender people would be a central pillar of her administration.