Quake death toll at 73 as Indonesia struggles with string of disasters

JAKARTA: At least 73 people have been killed after an earthquake struck Indonesia’s West Sulawesi province on Friday, the disaster mitigation agency (BNPB) said on Sunday, the latest in a string of disasters to hit the Southeast Asian country.More than 820 people were injured and over 27,800

At least 34 killed as quake rocks Indonesia

JAKARTA, Indonesia: A strong, shallow earthquake shook Indonesia’s Sulawesi island just after midnight, causing landslides and sending people fleeing from their homes in the nighttime darkness. At least 34 people were confirmed dead and more than 200 injured but authorities were still collec

President Joko Widodo takes first jab as Indonesia starts mass COVID-19 vaccinations

JAKARTA: Indonesian President Joko Widodo on Wednesday received the first shot of a Chinese-made COVID-19 vaccine after Indonesia approved it for emergency use and began efforts to vaccine millions of people in the world’s fourth most populated country.After Widodo, top military, police and

Indonesia frees cleric linked to deadly 2002 Bali bombings

A radical cleric linked to the Bali nightclub bombings was freed from prison on Friday, stirring grief and anger among victims nearly two decades after 202 people were killed in Indonesia's worst terror attack. Abu Bakar Bashir, 82, is seen as the spiritual leader of Islamist terror network Jemaa

Indonesia reports biggest daily rise in COVID-19 infections

JAKARTA: Indonesia recorded its biggest daily rise in COVID-19 infections on Wednesday with 8,854 new cases, bringing the total number to 788,402, according to data from the country’s COVID-19 task force.It also reported 187 new deaths, bringing the total number of fatalities to 23,296. Indo

Indonesia says to start COVID-19 vaccinations programme next week

Indonesia’s mass vaccination programme is set to start next week, a senior minister said on Monday, pending authorisation from the country’s food and drug agency (BPOM), as about 700,000 doses of vaccines have already been widely distributed.  Currently battling one of Asia&rsquo

Indonesia will never normalise relations with Israel

A senior Indonesian MP has said that his country will never normalise relations with Israel, confirming that the US offered it $2 billion to make such a move, Shehab news agency reported yesterday. Chair of the Committee on Inter-Parliamentary Cooperation in the Indonesian Hou

Indonesia bans international visitors for 2 weeks over new virus strain

JAKARTA: International visitors will be barred from entering Indonesia for a two-week period in a bid to stem the spread of a new potentially more contagious strain of the coronavirus, its foreign minister Retno Marsudi said on Monday. The new regulation, effective Jan. 1, comes days after Indone

Indonesia minister arrested over coronavirus pandemic aid corruption

Indonesia’s social affairs minister was arrested Sunday for allegedly taking $1.2 million in bribes linked to food aid for those hit by the coronavirus pandemic.Juliari Batubara was named as a suspect after Indonesian anti-corruption agents seized suitcases, backpacks and envelopes stuffed w

Rains in Western Indonesia Leave 2 Dead, 2,700 Homes Flooded

Torrential rains in Indonesia´s third largest city caused four rivers to overflow, flooding thousands of homes and killing at least two people, officials said Friday. The local disaster mitigation agency said rescuers were searching for six missing people, including a toddler, after the hea

Thousands Flee as Indonesian Volcano Bursts to Life

Thousands have fled the scene of a rumbling Indonesian volcano that burst to life for the first time in several years, belching a massive column of smoke and ash, the disaster agency said Monday. The evacuation of more than 4,400 residents came as Mount Ili Lewotolok erupted Sunday, spouting a th

Daesh-linked militants kill four Christians in Indonesia: police

Daesh-linked extremists killed four people in a remote Christian community on the Indonesian island of Sulawesi, authorities said Saturday, with one victim beheaded and another burned to death.The group of sword-and-gun wielding attackers ambushed Lembantongoa village in Central Sulawesi province

Indonesia Virus Cases Pass Half Million Mark

Indonesia’s coronavirus caseload has surpassed the half million mark, with 4,442 new infections reported on Monday, data from the country’s health ministry showed. Southeast Asia’s biggest and most populous country has the region’s highest number of COVID-19 cases and deat

Indonesian police discover smuggled parrots stuffed into plastic water bottles

Dozens of parrots stuffed into plastic water bottles have been discovered on a ship docked in Indonesia's Papua region, authorities said on Friday. Police in the town of Fakfak said the vessel's crew reported hearing noises coming from a large box where 64 live black-capped lories and another 10

Strange sanctions for violators of anti-Corona rules in Indonesia

A British newspaper has revealed strange punishments for violators of anti-Corona virus rules in Indonesia. The British newspaper "Daily Mail" reported, Thursday, November 12, 2020, that the Indonesian police decided to impose strange sanctions to limit the spread of the Corona virus in the count

Thousands Continue Protests Against Indonesia’s New Jobs Law

Thousands of workers in Indonesia on Monday continued their protests against the country’s new jobs law that critics said will erode labor rights and weaken environmental protections. The Confederation of Indonesian Trade Unions, or KSPI, said thousands of workers from cities in West

Indonesian unions vow mass protests if president signs jobs law

Indonesia’s workers will stage further mass protests across the country if President Joko Widodo signs new jobs measures into law next week, the head of the main labor group said on Saturday.“It is the exploitation of labor that we’re against,” said the head of the Confeder

Heavy Rain Causes Landslide in Indonesia, Killing 11 Miners

Intense rains caused a landslide at a coal mine on Indonesia's Sumatra island that killed 11 miners, authorities said Thursday. The slide occurred Wednesday in a mine tunnel about 20 meters (65 feet) deep at Tanjung Lalang village in Muara Enim district of South Sumatra province, according to Nat