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Archipelago

  • Senior journalist nabbed for drugs in C. Java

    A senior journalist from a newspaper in Semarang, Central Java, identified as E.B., was arrested by the Central Java Police’s narcotics unit for allegedly possessing 10 ecstasy pills.

  • Fire burns dozens of houses in Batam

    A nine-year-old girl, identified as Stella, went missing after a blaze destroyed tens of houses in Batam, Riau, on Tuesday morning.

  • SAR team searches for flash flood victims in Leuser

    A search and rescue (SAR) team continues its search for the four residents reported missing after a flash flood struck a number of villages in Leuser district, Southeast Aceh regency, on Friday.

  • 5.7-magnitude earthquake jolts southwest Banda Aceh

    An earthquake measuring 5.7 on the Richter scale jolted southwestern Banda Aceh on Monday at 6:18 p.m., the Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) reported.

  • Indonesian Red Cross to evacuate earthquake victims in Palu

    The Indonesian Red Cross to provide a helicopter to help evacuate the isolated earthquake victims in Sigi, Central Sulawesi, the governor has said.

  • Earthquake victims in Palu remain beyond reach

    Limited road access to earthquake victims in the district of Lindu in Central Sulawesi’s Sigi regency, has disrupted the delivery of medicine and relief supplies to the area, which was jolted by a 6.2-magnitude earthquake last Saturday, the local health agency said.

  • Aboge sect celebrates Idul Fitri on Monday

    Thousands of followers of an Islam minority sect, Aboge, situated in Banyumas, Central Java, celebrated the first day of Idul Fitri on Monday, different from most Muslims in the country who celebrated instead on Sunday.

  • Ghost town

    As Idul Fitri is observed on Sunday, few were seen at the Pasar Baru shopping area on Jl Oto Iskandar Dinata in Bandung, West Java.

  • After you've gone

    Sweepers clean Gasibu Square in Bandung, West Java after mass prayers for Idul Fitri ended on Sunday. The local administration dispersed 240 sweepers throughout the city to tend to post-prayer sanitation at a cost of about Rp 30,000 (US$3) per person.

  • Six dead in car accident in C. Java

    Six people died and six were injured in a pile up involving a bus and two minivans on Saturday in Kendal, Central Java.

  • Sects observe Idul Fitri earlier

    Some Muslim minority sects across the country have already celebrated the first day of Idul Fitri on Friday and Saturday, in advance of the government's decision as to when the religious holiday should begin.

  • Media sparks Idul Fitri shopping sprees

    The habit of compulsive shopping ahead of Idul Fitri is not only about buying necessities, but also as a way to flaunt ones social status, a study indicates.

  • At least 283 travelers killed in traffic accidents during exodus

    The National Police have disclosed that at least 283 people have been killed in 1,602 traffic accidents during the current exodus across the nation in the period between Aug. 11 to Aug. 15, 2012.

  • Police post shot at in Surakarta

    A police post on Jl. Brigjen Sudiarso, Pasar Kliwon district, Surakarta, was shot at by two unidentified perpetrators riding a motorcycle on Friday morning at around 1 a.m.

  • Indonesia – Malaysia border monument inaugurated in Kalimantan

    The Nunukan regency administration inaugurated an Indonesia – Malaysia border monument on Sebatik Island, East Kalimantan, during Indonesia’s Independence Day on Friday, Antara news agency reported.

  • Traffic apocalypse

    Vehicles inch their way forward on the Nagreg ring road in Bandung, West Java, on Thursday. The 5.4-kilometer road is the main artery between West Java and Central Java. (JP/Arya Dipa)

  • Gayus poised for sentence reduction

    Graft convict Gayus Halomoan Tambunan, the former tax official in a large-scale corruption case, is scheduled to have his sentence cut by up to four months on Aug. 17, the 67th anniversary of Indonesia’s Independence, and on Idul Fitri, which will likely fall two days later.

  • BLHD conducts ‘proper’ on 25 companies

    The Sarolangun Environment Agency (BLHD) is carrying out an environmental management evaluation, locally known as a proper, to evaluate the practices of 25 mining and plantation companies in the regency.

  • Riau lawmakers tried for PON graft case

    Two Riau councilors, M Dunir and M Faisal Aswan, stood trial on Wednesday at the Pekanbaru Corruption Court where prosecutors indicted the two lawmakers for bribery.

  • Accusation that Batam companies cheat ‘baseless’

    The Batam Free Trade Zone Management Agency (BPK FTZ) claims that the accusation made by a number of Western countries that companies in Batam acted as transshipment points, relabeling Chinese products as being manufactured in Indonesia for export to Europe, is premature and baseless, an official said on Wednesday.

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