Category: Local News

Jakarta Governor Basuki “Ahok” Tjahaja Purnama has questioned the Trade Ministry’s decision to exempt special areas from its alcoholic beverage ban. “Isn’t it absurd?” he said at Jakarta City Hall on Friday, as quoted by tempo.co. The Trade Ministry recently issued a regulation, which went into effect on Thursday, that prohibited the sale of beverages…

Expect delays: world's-worst Jakarta traffic in gridlock for another decade JAKARTA (Reuters) – Millions of Jakarta commuters will have to struggle through the world's most congested traffic for almost another decade, authorities believe, and they may have to wait even longer if $ 4 billion worth of new railway projects don't … Full News here…

Sweden will raise defense spending by 10.2 billion kronor (US$ 1.18 billion) for the period 2016 to 2020, the government said Friday amid concerns over Russia’s military resurgence. “The agreement sends a signal, internationally, that Sweden is reacting to the security situation in the world, that Sweden is a guarantor for peace and stability in…

Japan must repeatedly say sorry to China, Korea and the other countries it invaded in the 20th century until its former victims have heard the apology enough, novelist Haruki Murakami has said. “The issue of historical understanding carries great significance, and I believe it is important that Japan makes straightforward apologies,” he told Kyodo News…