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Fed keeps rates low, but brace for the inevitable

Record-low interest rates will be around for at least a few more months, the Federal Reserve made clear Wednesday. Enjoy the easy money while it lasts. By mid-2015, economists expect the Fed to abandon a nearly 6-year-old policy of keeping short-term rates at record lows. Those rates have helped support the economy, cheered the stock […]

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Belgium arrests Liberian ex-rebel commander

A spokesman for Belgium’s prosecutors says police have arrested a high-ranking member of the rebel movement that plunged Liberia into conflict more than two decades ago, on charges of war crimes and crimes against humanity. Jean-Pascal Thoreau said Thursday that Martina Johnson, former head of heavy artillery for the National Patriotic Front of Liberia, was […]

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Jakarta Embassy death: Australia cleared of liability for compensation

Jakarta Embassy death: Australia cleared of liability for compensation Australia has no liability to pay compensation for the death of an Indonesian guard crushed by security gates at the Australian Embassy in Jakarta four months ago, the government has confirmed. The accident led to a full review of safety at the … Full News here […]

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Scots decide whether to declare independence

The fate of the United Kingdom was at stake Thursday as Scotland began voting in a referendum on becoming an independent state, deciding whether to unravel a marriage that helped build an empire but has increasingly been felt by many Scots as stifling and one-sided. The question on the ballot paper is simplicity itself: “Should […]

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Government criticized for allowing foreign NGOs operating in Indonesia

President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has made a mistake in 10 years of his administration by allowing foreign non governmental organizations (NGOs) to operate freely in the country, the Pulp and Paper Association (APKI) said. … Full News here – ANTARA News –

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Densus 88 arrests suspected terrorist in Purworejo

The police anti-terrorism unit, Densus 88, arrested a terror suspect in Purworejo, Central Java. “Yesterday, on Tuesday (September 16), at around 4.20 a.m. local time, Densus 88 arrested an alleged terrorist named Chandra … Full News here – ANTARA News –

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Members of the Islamic Defenders Front (FPI) rally on the streets in Jakarta in this file photo taken on July 30, 2011. (Reuters Photo/Supri)

FPI Jakarta Rejects ‘Infidel’ Basuki as Governor

Jakarta. The hard-line Islamic Defenders Front (FPI) will not accept the “arrogant non-Muslim” Basuki Tjahaja Purnama as the new governor of Jakarta and its members are ready to die to prevent him from assuming the post, one of the group’s leaders said on Thursday. Salim Bin Umar Alattas, who heads the FPI’s Jakarta branch, said […]

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President Yudhoyono departs for Portugal

President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono accompanied by First Lady Ani Yudhoyono and his entourage departed from Halim Perdanakusuma Airport at 8 a.m. local time, on Thursday, for Portugal en route for the United States and Japan. … Full News here – ANTARA News –

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Putting it briefly: 42 countries join CISM event in Surakarta

SURAKARTA: The CISM World Military Parachuting Championship is set to commence on Friday in Surakarta, Central Java, for a 10-day competition featuring 406 military athletes from 42 countries. The local administration said they had prepared a cultural parade to welcome the participants. “We will show off [Surakara culture] to them because this is a promotional […]

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PT. PAL awarded a project to build a submarine

The Defense Ministry said it has awarded state-owned shipbuilding company PT PAL Indonesia a project to build a submarine for the navy. “The order is in line with the assignment of PT PAL Indonesia as the lead integrator … Full News here – ANTARA News –

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Director Joshua Oppenheimer poses during the photocall for his movie “The Look of Silence” at the 71st Venice Film Festival on Aug. 28, 2014. (Reuters Photo/Tony Gentile)

‘Act of Killing’ Filmmaker Oppenheimer Gets ‘Genius Grant’ as MacArthur Fellow

Jakarta. Joshua Oppenheimer, who made documentary films about the massacres during the communist purge of 1965-66 in Indonesia, has been named a MacArthur Fellow. He was among 21 individuals cited by the MacArthur Foundation “with a track record of achievement and the potential for significant contributions in the future.” Each fellow receives a no-strings-attached stipend […]

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A Delightful Driving Hyperlapse Sunset from Jakarta

A Delightful Driving Hyperlapse Sunset from Jakarta Since December of 2013 PJ Lifestyle has been collecting sunrise and sunset photos from contributors, readers, and Instagram. Now we're going to begin an effort to organize the ongoing collection. Revised goals: 1. Collect a sunrise from every state in … Full News here – Read more on […]

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Shares rally on speculation Fed will maintain interest rates

Share prices on the Indonesia Stock Exchange (IDX) rallied on Wednesday on speculation that the US Federal Reserve would maintain low interest rates in its monthly meeting. The Jakarta Composite Index (JCI) — the main barometer at the IDX — rose 1.2 percent to close at 5,188.18, its highest level since Sept. 9. Analysts say […]

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Group threatens to close down LGBT seminar

YOGYAKARTA: A radical group has threatened to use force to close down a seminar on LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) issues organized by Sanata Dharma University’s School of Psychology. “We have requested the seminar be cancelled. If not, we will cancel it by force,” Muhammad Fuad, leader of the Ka’abah Defender Movement, one of […]

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Forest fires in Riau on Wednesday. (Antara Photo/Wahyu Putro A.)

BNPB Allocates Big Budget to Douse Wildfires, but More Is Needed

  Jakarta. The National Disaster and Mitigation Agency (BNPB) is ready to spend at least Rp 355 billion ($ 30 million) this year to put out wildfires in Kalimantan and Sumatra. Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, the agency’s spokesman, said Rp 300 billion had already been spent, but additional funding would be requested from the House of […]

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