• RI, Rwanda vow to strengthen diplomatic and trade ties

    Rwandan president Paul Kagame met with Vice President Jusuf Kalla on Friday, discussing various issues related to trade, investment, cultural exchange and conflict resolution to strengthen bilateral ties between Indonesia and Rwanda.

  • No entry

    A Palestinian woman shouts at Israeli policemen in the old city of Jerusalem on Thursday after Israeli authorities temporarily closed the al-Aqsa mosque compound, Islam's third holiest site but also the most sacred place in Judaism. Israel's closure of the flashpoint Al-Aqsa mosque compound to all visitors following the shooting of a Jewish hardliner is tantamount to a "declaration of war," Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas said today. (AFP/Menahem Kahana)

  • On alert

    Pigeon Forge City firefighter Pete Griffioen, wearing a protective suit, walks in front of a projection of the Ebola virus during a training slideshow at the fire department in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee on Thursday. Earlier in the month, the Tennessee Hospital Association, Tennessee Medical Association and Tennessee Nurses Association issued a joint statement saying they're on heightened awareness for anyone showing up in their emergency rooms and physicians' offices who exhibit symptoms similar to the Ebola virus. (AP/The Mountain Press, Curt Habraken)

  • Nations urged to address malnutrition

    Nations across the world have been urged to show their political commitment to fighting malnutrition and food crises by taking part in the upcoming Second International Conference on Malnutrition (ICN2) in Rome.

  • N. Korea cracking down on a distant threat: Ebola

    North Korea announced Thursday it will quarantine foreigners entering the country for 21 days over fears of the spread of the Ebola virus, even though no cases of the disease have been reported anywhere in Asia, and very few foreigners are allowed to enter.

  • Plane crashes at Kansas airport, killing 4

    A small plane lost power after takeoff and crashed into a flight-training building while trying to return to a Kansas airport Thursday, killing four people, injuring five others and igniting a fire that sent up towering plumes of black smoke that could be seen for miles (kilometers) around Wichita.

  • Sweden recognizes Palestinian state; Israel upset

    Sweden's new left-leaning government on Thursday recognized a Palestinian state — a move that comes during increased tensions between Arabs and Jews over Israel's plans to build about 1,000 housing units in east Jerusalem.

  • Ukraine-Russia gas talks deadlocked in Brussels

    Talks to guarantee that Russian gas imports flow into Ukraine throughout the winter appeared to be at an impasse Thursday because of doubts over payments from Kiev.

  • Amid murder case, Philippines says US pact stays

    A security pact that allows thousands of American troops to join large-scale combat exercises in the Philippines is "imperfect" but Manila is unlikely to amend it, the country's top diplomat said Thursday.

  • German FM to visit RI in bid to boost maritime partnership

    German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier will visit Indonesia on Nov.2-3 to give an impetus to stronger maritime defense cooperation between Germany, the third-largest arms exporter globally, and Indonesia, whom President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has envisioned to become the world’s maritime axis .

  • Landslide

    Sri Lankan residents stand at the site of a landslide caused by heavy monsoon rains in Koslanda village in central Sri Lanka on Thursday. Soldiers using heavy diggers stepped up their desperate search for victims of a landslide in Sri Lanka, feared to have buried alive 100 people on a tea plantation. (AFP/ Ishara S. Kodikara)

  • Unrest

    Men shout slogans in front of burning cars, near the Burkina Faso's Parliament where demonstrators set fire, on Thursday in Ouagadougou, as they protest against plans to change the constitution to allow President Blaise Compaore to extend his 27-year rule. Police had fired tear gas on protesters to try to prevent them from moving in on the National Assembly building in the capital Ouagadougou ahead of a vote on the controversial legislation. But about 1,500 people managed to break through the security cordon and were ransacking parliament, according to AFP correspondents. Protesters ransacked offices, setting fire to documents and stealing computer equipment, and set fire to cars outside. (AFP/Issouf Sanogo)

  • RI, Dutch extend diplomatic training to 2016

    Indonesia and the Netherlands on Thursday signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on diplomatic training, which is set to last until 2016, a top envoy said.

  • Activists: Myanmar clinging to political prisoners

    Myanmar has freed more than a thousand political prisoners since former military rulers handed over power three years ago, a move that has smoothed the former pariah state's international rehabilitation. Now the government says the job is done. Human-rights activists and the U.S. say, not so fast.

  • Obama on Ebola fight: US can't seal itself off

    Pushing to confront Ebola at its West African source, President Barack Obama said Wednesday the United States was not immune to the disease but cautioned against discouraging American health care workers with restrictive measures that confine them upon their return from the afflicted region. "We can't hermetically seal ourselves off," he declared.

  • Maine can't hold Ebola nurse without judge's order

    A nurse who treated Ebola patients in West Africa said Wednesday she plans to end her voluntary quarantine, signaling a potential showdown with state police monitoring her home and state officials seeking to legally enforce it.

  • WHO: Ebola decline in Liberia could be real trend

    The rate of new Ebola infections in Liberia appears to be declining and could represent a genuine trend, the World Health Organization said Wednesday, but the epidemic is far from over.

  • Returning ISIS fighters 'pose threat to region', says Indonesia's military chief

    The commander of Indonesia's armed forces (TNI) said yesterday that he plans to call for a meeting of his counterparts from the region to discuss how best to counter the threat of extremism from militant group ISIS.

  • Russia plans special maritime policy for Indonesia

    The Russian government will offer various forms of modern technology to support Indonesia’s maritime sector, which has been made a priority by new government of President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo.

  • RI’s focus on agriculture, maritime praised

    Leading international agencies dealing with food, agriculture and health affairs, the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), have praised Indonesia’s political platform to accelerate the agriculture and maritime industries.

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