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August 8, 2020

Jakarta Post - August 8, 2020

Jakarta – The police in Surabaya, East Java, have detained a former student of Airlangga University (Unair) alleged to have sexually assaulted…

Jakarta Post - August 8, 2020

Margareth S. Aritonang, Jakarta – One of Indonesia's newest political parties has emerged from an internal leadership struggle with a clear…

The Diplomat - August 8, 2020

Marcus Tantau – Indonesia is no stranger to political dynasties. Since independence in 1945, Indonesia has repeatedly seen the children of past…

Jakarta Globe - August 8, 2020

Heru Andriyanto, Jakarta – The Indonesian capital saw another record in the daily number of coronavirus infection on Saturday, with 686 new cases…

Jakarta Globe - August 8, 2020

Jayanty Nada Shofa, Jakarta – After months of the shutdown, schools in Covid-19 low-risk areas or "yellow zones" will reopen for face-to-face…

Jakarta Post - August 8, 2020

Dzulfiqar Fathur Rahman, Jakarta – The government will resume the preemployment card program on Saturday and prioritize people affected by the…

Jakarta Post - August 8, 2020

Jakarta – President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo has appointed Army chief of staff Gen. Andika Perkasa as the deputy head of the government's COVID-19…

Radio New Zealand - August 8, 2020

Indonesia's military is investigating its personnel linked to the death of a young West Papuan man while in custody.

Eighteen-year-old…

Jakarta Post - August 8, 2020

Dyaning Pangestika, Jakarta – Local religious figures should play a larger role in educating people about COVID-19 health protocols, an official…

Jakarta Post - August 8, 2020

Dzulfiqar Fathur Rahman, Jakarta – Indonesian agriculture has emerged as a buttress against the pandemic's impact on the economy this year,…

August 7, 2020

Jakarta Post - August 7, 2020

Riska Rahman and Adrian Wail Akhlas, Jakarta – The government is planning to expand its social aid program and incentives for micro, small and…

Jakarta Post - August 7, 2020

Adrian Wail Akhlas, Jakarta – Indonesia's foreign exchange (forex) reserves increased to US$135.1 billion in July, the highest level ever,…

Jakarta Post - August 7, 2020

Ivany Atina Arbi, Jakarta – Jakarta reported 658 new cases of COVID-19 on Friday, the highest one-day spike since the first infections were…

Jakarta Post - August 7, 2020

Moch. Fiqih Prawira Adjie, Jakarta – The Home Ministry will provide information about the nation's most-wanted criminals – a list maintained by…

Jakarta Post - August 7, 2020

Ghina Ghaliya, Jakarta – Democratic Party chairman Agus Harimurti Yudhoyono and House of Representatives Speaker Puan Maharani, an executive of…

Jakarta Globe - August 7, 2020

Robertus Wardi, Heru Andriyanto, Jakarta – Indonesia reported the second highest daily rise or coronavirus cases on Friday, with Jakarta hitting…

Jakarta Post - August 7, 2020

Made Anthony Iswara, Jakarta – Indonesia should ratify a landmark United Nations treaty to consolidate its commitment to put an end to the use of…

Jakarta Post - August 7, 2020

Adrian Wail Akhlas, Jakarta – The government is allocating Rp 10 trillion (US$684.72 million) this year to provide loans for regional…

Coconuts Jakarta - August 7, 2020

A shaman in East Java has been named a suspect for sexually assaulting his female customer under the guise of alternative treatment.

The…

Jakarta Post - August 7, 2020

Jakarta – The Indonesian Solidarity Party (PSI) and the Gerindra Party have officially declared their support for President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo'…

Jakarta Post - August 7, 2020

Adrian Wail Akhlas, Jakarta – Indonesia must focus on controlling the spread of the coronavirus to speed up the economic recovery, economists…

Jakarta Post - August 7, 2020

Jakarta – In light of the upcoming 75th Independence Day celebration, the Greater Jakarta administration has restricted any events…

Jakarta Globe - August 7, 2020

Dion Bisara, Jakarta – Global technology giants like Apple, Facebook, and TikTok have followed Netflix's footsteps to collect value-added tax on…

Jakarta Post - August 7, 2020

Arya Dipa, Bandung – Indonesian scientists are set to start the phase III clinical trials of a potential COVID-19 vaccine developed by China-…

August 6, 2020

Jakarta Post - August 6, 2020

Yunindita Prasidya, Jakarta – The government's slow budget realization has hindered the country's economic recovery, as the COVID-19 pandemic…

Jakarta Post - August 6, 2020

Rizki Fachriansyah, Jakarta – President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo has ordered the nationwide enforcement of COVID-19 protocols, making violations…

Jakarta Post - August 6, 2020

Moch. Fiqih Prawira Adjie, Jakarta – The government is set to step up its public campaign to encourage mask-wearing in the next few weeks as…

Jakarta Post - August 6, 2020

Ghina Ghaliya, Jakarta – A coalition of disability rights groups has turned to the Supreme Court to challenge a number of articles they deemed…

Thomson Reuters Foundation - August 6, 2020

Harry Jacques, Jakarta – Indonesia has cut back its planned transfer of state forests to local communities this year by half – an area twice the…

Tabloid JUBI - August 6, 2020

Jayapura – Indonesia's public Khairun University on Ternate Island should reinstate four students who were expelled after taking part in a…

Tempo - August 6, 2020

Francisca Christy Rosana, Jakarta – Indonesia Stock Exchange (IDX) Commissioner Pandu Patria Sjahrir on Thursday said a large portion…

Jakarta Globe - August 6, 2020

Anselmus Bata, Jakarta – The government would transfer a fixed amount of money to the bank accounts of 13.8 million workers every month for the…

Jakarta Post - August 6, 2020

Adrian Wail Akhlas, Jakarta – Economists have urged the government to ramp up state spending and control the coronavirus spread to speed up…

Jakarta Post - August 6, 2020

Norman Harsono, Jakarta – The domestic oil and gas industry is reeling under the pressures of the global pandemic as investment falls short and…

Jakarta Post - August 6, 2020
Jakarta – Home Minister Tito Karnavian is set to ban on-street and large-scale campaign rallies for candidates running in the upcoming regional…
Jakarta Post - August 6, 2020

Ardila Syakriah, Jakarta – The possible development of a vaccine has brought as much hope to Indonesia as it has to any other country battered by…

Vanuatu Daily Post - August 6, 2020

Len Garae – Chairman of Vanuatu West Papua Association and Unification Committee (VWPAUC), Pastor Alan Nafuki, has welcomed Prime Minister Bob…

Tempo - August 6, 2020

Bisnis, Jakarta – Finance Minister Sri Mulyani announced on Wednesday the issuance of three revised economic stimuli covering…

Tempo - August 6, 2020

Taufiq Siddiq, Jakarta – Head of the Jakarta Health Agency Widyastuti said that the city could not work alone in containing the COVID-19 pandemic…

Jakarta Globe - August 6, 2020

Antara, Jakarta – A civil servant in the Central Java district of Banyumas was sentenced to 3.5 months in prison on Thursday for provoking…

Jakarta Post - August 6, 2020

Norman Harsono, Jakarta – The International Energy Agency (IEA) has urged the government to boost Indonesia's use of renewable energy and to…

Jakarta Post - August 6, 2020

Dzulfiqar Fathur Rahman, Jakarta – To attract investment in the post-COVID-19 period, Indonesia needs to step up its handling of the pandemic to…

Jakarta Post - August 6, 2020

Mardika Parama, Jakarta – Indonesia is the second most confident nation in Southeast Asia about reopening its tourism sector with 71 percent of…

Tempo - August 6, 2020

Friski Riana, Jakarta – University of Indonesia epidemiologist, Pandu Riono, reacted to President Jokowi's instruction for stricter field-…

Jakarta Post - August 6, 2020

Nina Loasana, Jakarta – Airlangga University (Unair) in Surabaya, East Java, has officially expelled a student who had reportedly tricked…

August 5, 2020

Tempo - August 5, 2020

Taufiq Siddiq, Jakarta – Jakarta Health Agency reported that the COVID-19 positivity rate in the capital city has again increased. At present,…

Jakarta Post - August 5, 2020

Yunindita Prasidya, Jakarta – Despite improvement in July, Indonesia's manufacturing industry has yet to recover from the deep downturn earlier…

Jakarta Post - August 5, 2020

Jakarta – Indonesia continues to record a high COVID-19 death rate, with the rate being higher than the global average, an official has reported…

Jakarta Post - August 5, 2020

Mardika Parama, Jakarta – A minister has urged travelers to comply with health protocols in Bali as the island has reopened for domestic tourists…

Jakarta Post - August 5, 2020

Jakarta – The Jakarta administration has collected billions of rupiah in fines from violators of the capital's large-scale social restrictions (…