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A joint team of police, military, transportation agency and Public Orders Agency (Satpol PP) personnel stops and checks a vehicle about to board a ferry at Bakauheni Port in Lampung on May 8.
A joint team of police, military, transportation agency and Public Orders Agency (Satpol PP) personnel stops and checks a vehicle about to board a ferry at Bakauheni Port in Lampung on May 8. `
National

More tests, local monitoring: Authorities step up virus prevention as ‘mudik’ travelers return

The COVID-19 task force will perform more random testing on intercity travelers and tighten checks on people traveling from Sumatra amid the rise of confirmed cases in Indonesia's westernmost island.

Global

2 Palestinians killed, over 100 hurt in West Bank unrest

The army said "the assailant arrived in his vehicle to a military post adjacent to the community of Ofra, north of Ramallah, and accelerated" towards a soldier before the attempted stabbing.

Sports

Klopp keeps cool over Mane's 'high five' snub

Mane, who started on the bench, turned away from Klopp's outstretched hand at the final whistle after coming on as a 74th-minute substitute.

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National

More tests, local monitoring: Authorities step up virus prevention as ‘mudik’ travelers return

The COVID-19 task force will perform more random testing on intercity travelers and tighten checks on people traveling from Sumatra amid the rise of confirmed cases in Indonesia's westernmost island.

SEAsia

Duterte vows not to withdraw ships in South China Sea

In the prerecorded address, Duterte said the Philippines has two ships patrolling the seas near Thitu, an island of the Spratlys inhabited by a Filipino community of about 300 people.

Inforial

Reducing net-zero emissions key to climate action

Exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic, which revitalized concern for the natural world, the conversation on climate change is becoming increasingly serious, with governments and activists pushing for urgent action in combating what is seen as the most pressing matter of this era.

Global

2 Palestinians killed, over 100 hurt in West Bank unrest

The army said "the assailant arrived in his vehicle to a military post adjacent to the community of Ofra, north of Ramallah, and accelerated" towards a soldier before the attempted stabbing.

Sports

Klopp keeps cool over Mane's 'high five' snub

Mane, who started on the bench, turned away from Klopp's outstretched hand at the final whistle after coming on as a 74th-minute substitute.

Science & Tech

Anticipation builds for China's Mars rover landing

The launch of China's Mars probe Tianwen-1 last July marked a major milestone in its space programme, which Beijing views as a sign of its rising global stature and technological might.

Global

Saudi releases Bin Laden construction tycoon detained in 2017

The former chairman of Saudi Bin Ladin group and a half-brother of Osama bin Laden, was released a few days ago but is still barred from travel, the sources, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said.

National

6.6 magnitude quake hits off Sumatra: USGS

The shallow quake hit at 12:30 (0630 GMT) near the island of Nias, about 250 kilometres (160 miles) south of the city of Sinabung.

Global

Australians arriving home from India to be quarantined at old mining camp

The flight will be the first after the lifting of a two-week ban on anyone coming from India, including Australian citizens, aimed at keeping out a fast-spreading variant of the novel coronavirus.

Art & Culture

Picasso painting sells for $103 million in New York: auction house

The painting, completed in 1932, was sold after 19 minutes of bidding for $90 million, which rose to $103.4 million when fees and commissions were added, Christie's said.

Global

American, Swiss climbers die on Mount Everest

Kathmandu-based Seven Summit Treks identified the American as Puwei Liu, 55, and the Swiss national as Abdul Waraich, 41. Both died Wednesday, it said.

SEAsia

Singapore tightens virus curbs after infections spike

After a partial lockdown and a rigorous regime of testing and contact tracing, Covid-19 had almost disappeared in the city-state, with authorities reporting hardly any local transmission in recent months.

Global

US vows to back Australia against China's economic coercion

"The United States will not leave Australia alone on the field, or maybe I should say, alone on the pitch, in the face of economic coercion by China," Blinken told a joint press conference with his Australian counterpart Marise Payne following talks in Washington.

News

Greyhound shuts down bus service in Canada

Featured in movies and songs, the iconic bus company pulled out of Western Canada in 2018 and suspended service in Ontario and Quebec last year after a 95 percent drop in ridership at the start of the pandemic.

Destination

Huge Titanic replica to open as Chinese tourist destination

The project's main backer was inspired to recreate the world's most infamous cruise liner by the 1997 box office hit of the same name -- once the world's top-grossing film and wildly popular in China.

Global

Blinken says US 'deeply concerned' by violence inside Israel

"We're also deeply concerned about the violence in the streets of Israel," Blinken said. 

Entertainment

'Friends' cast joined by Bieber, Beckham for May 27 reunion special

The long-delayed and much-hyped reunion, billed as an "unscripted celebration" of the US smash hit television sitcom, will debut on May 27, the streaming platform said in a statement.

National

Concerns grow over Sumatra's surging COVID-19 cases

Transportation Ministry spokesperson Adita Irawati said antigen or GeNose breathalyzer testing was mandatory for every traveler departing from Sumatra’s airports and seaports.

Science & Tech

Mexican paleontologists identify new 'talkative' dinosaur species

The scientists said the conditions in which the dino was found explain its preservation. 

City

Some Jakartans stay put over Idul Fitri

“I’m terribly afraid of the pandemic, I am not a 'covidiot',” Beni said on Thursday, referring to people who stubbornly ignore health rules in relation to COVID-19.