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

Indonesians Take to the Streets to Protest New Labor Law

Protests against Indonesia's new jobs law were held in cities across the country on Tuesday, with demonstrators calling on the president to revoke the legislation they say will erode labor rights and weaken environmental protections. More than 1,000 students and workers gathered near the Presiden

Indonesia FM Calls for 'Equal Access' to COVID-19 Vaccines

Developing countries must have 'equal access' to future Covid-19 vaccines, Indonesia's foreign minister warned, as wealthy nations scoop up billions of doses. Retno Marsudi said it was crucial for rich and poor nations to work together so "we can guarantee equal access to a safe and affordable va

Kelapa Gading district head latest Jakarta official to die of COVID-19

M. Hermawan, the district head of Kelapa Gading in North Jakarta, died of COVID-19 on Saturday, officials said, only days after Jakarta administration secretary Saefullah succumbed to the disease. Jakarta Personnel Agency (BKD) head Chadir confirmed the news the same day, kompas.com reported. Jaka

Indonesia reports sixth consecutive day of over 3,000 new infections

Indonesia on Sunday reported its sixth consecutive day of over 3,000 new cases of novel coronavirus infection, just as the capital city of Southeast Asia's most populous country prepares to re-impose social distancing restrictions. New infections on Sunday reached 3,636 with new deaths at 73, sho

Nearly 300 Rohingya Migrants Come Ashore in Indonesia

Nearly 300 Rohingya migrants came ashore on Indonesia's Sumatra island early Monday, authorities said, in one of the biggest such landings by the persecuted Myanmar minority in the nation in years. The migrants, including more than a dozen children, were spotted at sea by locals who helped them l

Indonesia NGOs: UAE-Israel normalisation deal a ‘crime’

The Alliance of Indonesian NGOs yesterday denounced the UAE-Israel normalisation deal, saying it harms the Palestinian cause and is “robbery” of Palestinian rights, Anadolu reported. The Indonesian Coalition Defending Baitul Maqdis, an alliance of 30 NGOs, said the normalisa

Indonesia keeps Bali closed to foreign tourists

JAKARTA - Indonesia will remain closed to foreign tourists at least until the end of the year, a senior minister announced during a meeting with the country’s business community on Thursday. As Indonesia still grapples with the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, Coordinating

'Look at America right now': Indonesian minister hits back at critics, flags Bali bubble

Indonesia is negotiating with key regional governments, including Australia's, to allow international tourism to re-start. Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan, one of the most influential members of President Joko Widodo's cabinet, said the country would not "hurry" to reopen its borders but planned to begin

Indonesia's Mount Sinabung Erupts for 2nd Time in 3 Days

Indonesia’s Mount Sinabung erupted Monday, sending a huge cloud of volcanic ash and dust as high as five kilometers into the sky. The eruption, the volcano’s second since Saturday, blackened the skies over Sumatra Island and reduced visibility on the ground.  Authorities in S

Indonesia's virus-hit economy contracts for first time in two decades

JAKARTA: Indonesia's economy contracted in the second quarter for the first time in more than two decades as it was slammed by coronavirus restrictions, with warnings that the recovery could be among the weakest in Southeast Asia. Output in the region's biggest economy slumped 5.3 per cent on-yea

Indonesia reports 1,519 new coronavirus infections, 43 deaths

JAKARTA: Indonesia reported 1,519 new coronavirus infections on Sunday, bringing the total to 111,455, data from the country’s COVID-19 task force showed.The data also showed 43 COVID-19 related deaths, bringing the toll to 5,236.

Indonesia’s Hajj and Umrah operators count cost of pandemic

As Indonesia faces the health implications of a surge in coronavirus cases, the country’s Hajj and Umrah tour operators have been particularly badly affected by the economic fallout from the global pandemic. After authorities in Saudi Arabia announced that only a few thousand pilgrims who res

Indonesia’s Muslims switch to online services for annual sacrifice ritual

A few weeks before Eid Al-Adha is usually a busy time for Dudi Rustandi, an employee of a private information technology firm based in Indonesia’s capital city of Jakarta.  For the past 20 years, Rustandi has volunteered at his local mosque in South Tangerang, south of Jakarta, to organi

Anger after Indonesia agrees to pave paradise for coal road project

Conservationists on Tuesday slammed a decision by the Indonesian government to allow a mining contractor company to build a road through a restoration forest in South Sumatra. Critics claim the project could damage the sensitive ecosystem and threaten the critically endangered Sumatran tiger, the o

Tech-savvy Indonesians go off-grid to help to remote villages fight virus

JAKARTA- A group of tech-savvy young locals in Indonesia’s northern North Halmahera regency is spreading awareness about the dangers of COVID-19 in remote corners of the archipelago at a time when bureaucracy has impeded a rapid response to the pandemic. The Relawan Merah Putih, or Red and Wh

Nine missing after Indonesia boat accident

Nine fishermen are missing in Indonesia after their boat capsized off Sumatra island, an official said Tuesday, as poor conditions hamper the search for them.Their vessel sank Monday after it was hit by bad weather and high waves off the island’s northwestern coast.“The search has not be

Indonesia launches cloud-seeding operation in bid to alleviate deadly flooding

Indonesia has launched an emergency cloud-seeding operation to try and divert rain from the capital Jakarta where floods have claimed 53 lives and forced more than 200,000 people to flee their homes.Two air force planes were deployed to inject sodium chloride over clouds in a bid to induce and break

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