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Archipelago

  • Activists urge release of farmers in Palembang

    Scores of farmers and activists convened at Palembang District Court on Thursday and demanded the release of six of their colleagues charged with damaging forests in the Dangku Wildlife Reserve.

  • Police seize vehicles allegedly used to stockpile fuel

    As the shortage of subsidized fuel continues in certain parts of the country, some residents have tried to take advantage of the situation by hoarding fuel supplies.

  • German real estate website offers rental island in Gorontalo

    A website of German domain has advertised an island for rent that it says is part of the Saronde Islands in Kwandang Bay, North Gorontalo regency, Gorontalo province.

  • Police alert on widespread armed robberies

    The Medan Police have asked personnel to remain on heightened alert in anticipating armed robberies in North Sumatra’s capital city.

     

  • French tourists cite journalistic duties

    Two French tourists detained at the Jayapura Immigration Office claim they were simply carrying out their journalistic duties while in Papua.

     

  • Ministry allots 40,000 ha as ‘nagari’ forests

    The Forestry Ministry has designated 40,000 hectares of state forest in West Sumatra as nagari (village) forests over the past three years.

     

  • Dolly monitored by Surabaya Mayor through CCTV

    Surabaya Mayor Tri Rismaharini said that she would continue to monitor the Dolly red-light district -- which has been closed since June -- from her office via several closed circuit television (CCTV) cameras.

  • Former Laskar Jihad leaders to be guarantors

    The defense team of Abdul Kholiq, accused of religious-based crime in Sleman, has proposed Jafar Umar Thalib and Umar Said, who are former leaders of the defunct Laskar Jihad paramilitary group, as guarantors for Kholiq being released.

  • KNPB leader buried without autopsy

    The body of West Papua National Committee (KNPB) leader Marthinus Yohame, buried at the Sorong city cemetery on Aug. 27, reportedly did not undergo an autopsy.

  • Pelalawan deputy regent held for graft

    The Riau Prosecutor’s Office has detained Pelalawan Deputy Regent Marwan Ibrahim for his alleged involvement in corruption on land acquisition for the expansion of the Bhakti Praja regency administrative office complex that cased Rp 38 billion (US$3.3 million) in state losses.

  • Gas-line explosion causes huge fire in Subang

    The explosion of a gas line in Subang, West Java, belonging to state-owned oil and gas company PT Pertamina, caused a serious fire on Thursday.

  • Jail, Rp 50m fines sought for damaging trees

    The Surabaya municipality will impose a three-month jail sentence or a fine of Rp 50 million (US$4,280) on anyone found guilty of deliberately destroying and abusing trees across the city.

  • Indian movie ‘fever’ drives travelers

    The Indonesian people are passionate about Indian drama series and this “fever” is expected to boost the number of Indonesian travelers visiting India.

  • Papua activist Marthinus found dead

    Human rights activists called on police on Wednesday to investigate the death of the Sorong Raya West Papua National Committee (KNPB) chairman Marthinus Yohame.

  • Four detained for housing-loan fraud

    Investigators with the Lampung Prosecutor’s Office detained on Monday evening four suspects implicated in a fictitious loan scam for a housing project in East Lampung regency, worth Rp 3 billion (US$361,000), between 2011 and 2012.

  • Locals oppose Jambi brothel closure

    The planned closure of the Payosigadung or Pucuk red-light district by the Jambi municipality has been met by opposition from local residents.

  • Plans for Bandung monorail near completion

    Plans for a monorail network, which will cover the Greater Bandung area, are close to being realized with the president director of the Panghegar Group, Cecep Rukmana, giving his assurances that a consortium has been formed to carry out the project.

  • Rights campaigner found dead in Sorong

    The Papua Police are preparing for an autopsy to be carried out to reveal the cause of death of Marthinus Yohame, 27, who was the head of the Sorong Raya chapter of the West Papua National Committee (KNPB), whose body was found wrapped in a sack in Nana waters near Port Dom in Sorong, West Papua.

  • Singapore’s interests in Riau Islands election high

    Civil society in Riau Islands province has been warned about the interests of neighboring Singapore in the province’s gubernatorial election, considering the big investment the country has and the importance it places on security and political stability in the region, an academician has said.

  • Hiker survives after nine days missing

    The last day of the search for Ramdan Ibrahim, 20, who was missing for more than a week after climbing Mount Gambuta in the Bogani Nani Wartabone National Park (TNBNW), Bone Bolango regency, Gorontalo, ended dramatically.