Oct 19, 2016

Indonesian leader Widodo defends chemical castration for pedophiles

President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has defended the introduction of chemical castration for pedophiles, saying in an interview published Wednesday there can be “no compromise” when it comes to tackling sex crimes. Following an outcry over the fatal gang-rape of a schoolgirl, Widodo introduced a ...

Indonesia rescuers help climbers evacuate off erupting volcano

Sep 29, 2016

Indonesia rescuers help climbers evacuate off erupting volcano

Indonesians rescuers have been evacuating 120 climbers, including 112 foreigners, from a volcano that erupted near the resort island of Bali, a government official said Wednesday. Late on Tuesday, the National Disaster Mitigation Agency said that at least 389 climbers, including 333 foreigners, might ...

Sep 26, 2016

Indonesia collars alleged key trafficker of people Down Under

Indonesian police have arrested an alleged people smuggler who has targeted Australia since 1999, Indonesian and Australian authorities said on Saturday. Abraham Louhenapessy, also known as Captain Bram, was arrested in Jakarta before dawn on Friday, Indonesia’s national police spokesman Boy Rafli Amar said. ...

Sep 24, 2016

Indonesia declares candidacy for U.N. Security Council

Indonesia announced Friday its candidacy for membership on the U.N. Security Council, saying its commitment and contribution to the world body makes it a true partner for world peace. In his speech before the U.N. General Assembly, Vice President Muhammad Jusuf Kalla said the ...

26 dead, 19 missing in Indonesian landslides, floods

Sep 22, 2016

26 dead, 19 missing in Indonesian landslides, floods

The death toll from devastating floods and landslides in Indonesia has risen to 26, an official said Thursday, with hopes fading for 19 others still missing. Aid has begun pouring into Garut in the west of Indonesia’s main island of Java, where 23 people ...

Sep 14, 2016

Indonesian clerics issue fatwa against forest fires

Indonesia’s top Islamic clerical body said Wednesday it has issued a fatwa against intentionally starting forest fires in a bid to stop the blazes that cloak Southeast Asia in haze every year. The religious edict by the Indonesian Ulema Council said it was “haram,” ...