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Rising domestic tourism driving economic growth: Minister

02 September 2014

Increased number of domestic tourists in the first half of 2014 has driven the Indonesian tourist sector’s growth closer to its end of year target, a minister has said. “Up to the first half of 2014, the number of domestic tourist travels has reached 107 million, with total spending of Rp 76.16 trillion [US$ 6.47 […]

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Rupiah weakens to 11,695 per dollar Tuesday morning

02 September 2014

The rupiah interbank trade rate weakened marginally by only two basis points to Rp 11,695 per US dollar in Jakarta on Tuesday morning. “Sentiments regarding market expectations on immediate [US] Federal reserve rate interest hike has limited room for the rupiah to grow,” Bank Himpuan Saudara analyst Rully Nova said in Jakarta on Tuesday as […]

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Clusters of Salvador Dali

02 September 2014

In the southern sea of Gorontalo, Salvador Dali awaits. Not the prominent Spanish surrealist painter, but clusters of sponges endemic to the Tomini Gulf. Hairy crab is spotted at Leato dive spot in Gorontalo city.  (Courtesy of Kusbianindradi) “The name may have been given due to the sponge shapes, which resemble paintings by Salvador Dali. […]

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Wins for Barbarians, WPP-India XI and Mavecrics

02 September 2014

Wins for Barbarians, WPP-India XI and Mavecrics In the latest weekend action in the Apple Coal JCA League 2014-15, Jakarta Barbarians continued their impressive start to their first season in the top flight with a well-compiled 20-run victory over GMIS on Saturday. In the Sunday action, WPP-INDIA XI … Full News here – Read more on […]

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For One Hothead, a Social Media Minefield

02 September 2014

Jakarta. The tide of public opinion has turned in the case of Florence Sihombing, the postgraduate student widely condemned for an offensive social media post about Yogyakarta, as calls now mount for her release after she was arrested for alleged defamation. Florence, 26, was arrested by Yogyakarta Police on Saturday following two hours of questioning, […]

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Rupiah falls slightly to 11,693 per dollar on Monday afternoon

02 September 2014

The rupiah interbank trade in Jakarta on Monday afternoon depreciated slightly by three basis points to Rp 11,693 per US dollar. Bank Himpuan Saudara analyst Rully Nova said that external sentiment from the US had hampered the appreciation of the rupiah, even though the Indonesian trade balance recorded a surplus and the inflation rate was […]

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Two More Lamborghinis Found With Fake Papers

02 September 2014

Jakarta. Police in Jakarta have seized two Lamborghinis after the drivers were unable to produce valid registration papers during a raid in the early hours of Saturday, following the unrelated discovery that a Lamborghini belonging to a city councilor was also unregistered. Adj. Sr. Comr. Hindarsono, a spokesman for the Jakarta Police’s traffic division, said […]

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Police to Probe Non-Fatal Skid at Papua Airport

02 September 2014

Jakarta. Police are investigating what caused a passenger jet to skid off the runway after landing at an airport in Papua on Saturday afternoon. No one was injured in the incident, which occurred at the Wamena district airport and involved a Boeing 737 operated by Jayawijaya Dirgantara Air, Papua Police spokesman Sr. Comr. Pudjo Sulistyo […]

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Jusuf Kalla to Stay On as Mosque Chief, but Leave Red Cross

02 September 2014

Jakarta. Vice President-elect Jusuf Kalla will continue to chair the Indonesian Mosque Council, or DMI, over the next three years, but will give up his post at the head of the Indonesian Red Cross, or PMI, after he takes office next month, an official said on Saturday. “Pak J.K. will keep leading the DMI. He […]

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Papuan student protestors shout slogans during a rally in Surabaya on Dec. 2, 2013. (EPA Photo/Fully Handoko)

Amnesty: End Attacks on Freedom of Expression

02 September 2014

Jakarta. Human rights watchdog Amnesty International has demanded an end to what it calls the Indonesian security forces’ attacks on freedom of the expression in Papua, following the arrest and torture last month of two students for allegedly painting pro-independence graffiti. “Recent attacks highlight the repressive environment faced by political activists and journalists in the […]

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W. Kalimantan Police Officer Long Believed to Be Dirty Busted in Malaysia Sting

02 September 2014

Jakarta. Police in Indonesia have confirmed that two of their men were arrested in Malaysia last week in a drug trafficking case — one of whom had previously been under public, but not official, scrutiny over the source of his suspiciously large wealth. Adj. Sr. Comr. Idha Endri Prastiono, the head of the West Kalimantan […]

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Berlin, Hamburg tussle for German Olympic bid

02 September 2014

Berlin and Hamburg have presented low-cost models with contrasting approaches in bids to become Germany’s candidate city for the 2024 or 2028 Olympics. Both cities submitted applications to the German Olympic Sports Confederation (DOSB) on Monday, which will make a decision in the next few months. Berlin, which hosted the 1936 Olympics, proposes a decentralized […]

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President-elect Joko Widodo waves to residents in Depok, West Java on Aug. 30, 2014. (Antara Photo/Indrianto Eko)

Jokowi Urges Clerics to Stand Up to Specter of Islamic State

02 September 2014

Jakarta. President-elect Joko Widodo has called on local Muslim leaders to do more to stop the spread of radical Islamic teaching in Indonesia, as politicians warn of a rising tide of support in the country for the extremist group Islamic State. “Muslim clerics must be able to read the situations around them,” Joko said in […]

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Manny Musu who survived terrorist attack on Australian embassy in Jakarta

01 September 2014

Manny Musu who survived terrorist attack on Australian embassy in Jakarta … “This is her story.” Shortly before 10.30am on September 9 2004, a Daihatsu delivery van drove to the gates on the Australian embassy in Jakarta carrying on board a suicide bomber and 200kg of explosives. The al-Qaeda linked Jemaah Islamiah terror … Full […]

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Norwegian ambassador cycles to office

01 September 2014

Ambassador of Norway for Indonesia Stig Traavik sometimes prefers to choose cycling rather than driving a car to his office in Jakarta in order to stay healthy. “I like cycling very much because it is my favorite activity, … Full News here – ANTARA News –

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