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October 15, 2020

Jakarta Post - October 15, 2020

Jakarta – The Indonesian Child Protection Commission (KPAI) has urged regional administrations across the country to refrain from infringing on…

Jakarta Post - October 15, 2020

Jakarta – The city of Bogor, which is currently designated an "orange zone"for moderate risk of COVID-19 transmission, has decided to restore dine…

Jakarta Post - October 15, 2020

Jakarta – The Prosecutors Commission (KomJak) will look into reports of ethics violations allegedly conducted by three prosecutors who are…

Nikkei Asia - October 15, 2020

Toru Takahashi, Bangkok – While a so-called omnibus law has sparked ongoing protests in Indonesia, another move shows President Joko Widodo's…

Jakarta Post - October 15, 2020

A. Muh. Ibnu Aqil, Jakarta – The Defense Ministry has played down criticism leveled at Minister Prabowo Subianto over his working visit to the…

Coconuts Jakarta - October 15, 2020

West Java may undergo a fundamental change in the near future – one that has raised concerns about ethnic exclusivity in Indonesia's most populous…

Voice of America - October 15, 2020

Eva Mazrieva, Washington – At least a dozen non-government organizations are protesting the U.S. decision to grant Indonesian Defense Minister…

Tempo - October 15, 2020

Budiarti Utami Putri, Jakarta – University of Indonesia's Law Faculty Center for Constitutional Law Studies (PSHTN FHUI) concludes that the…

Tempo - October 15, 2020

Jakarta – The Job Creation Law ignores environmental aspects and workers' rights. It will end up reducing investment.

President Joko Widodo'…

Jakarta Post - October 15, 2020

Ghina Ghaliya, Jakarta – A university lecturer has challenged the revised Constitutional Court Law that increases the maximum term and minimum age…

Reuters - October 15, 2020

Phil Stewart and Idrees Ali, Washington – President Donald Trump's administration will welcome Indonesian Defense Minister Prabowo Subianto to the…

Jakarta Post - October 15, 2020

Adrian Wail Akhlas, Jakarta – The government aims to lure Japanese companies into relocating to Indonesia, as it launched on Wednesday an…

Jakarta Post - October 15, 2020

Jakarta – A total of 136 doctors in the country have died of COVID-19 after four doctors succumbed to the respiratory disease this week, the…

Jakarta Post - October 15, 2020

Yunindita Prasidya, Jakarta – The government's target for mass adoption of electric vehicles (EV) in Indonesia is facing challenges amid consumers…

Straits Times - October 15, 2020

Jakarta/Manila – Indonesia has overtaken the Philippines to become South-east Asia's new pandemic hot spot on Thursday (Oct 15), as it struggles…

Detik News - October 15, 2020

Elza Astari Retaduari, Jakarta – The Indonesian military (TNI) has reasserted that it will firmly punish soldiers who are lesbian, gay, bisexual…

Coconuts Jakarta - October 15, 2020

A man who owns a distro (distribution store) in Lamongan regency, East Java has been named a suspect for allegedly sexually assaulting at least 16…

Brisbane Times - October 15, 2020

Susan Connelly – Forty-five years ago, on October 16, 1975, five Australian-based journalists near the town of Balibo were reporting on the…

Tempo - October 15, 2020

Dewi Nurita, Jakarta – The Press Legal Aid Institute (LBH Pers) Director Ade Wahyudi on Thursday criticized the statement made by the…

Tempo - October 15, 2020

Antara, Jakarta – The British government has praised Indonesia for checking the spread of coronavirus disease infections in the country, State…

Jakarta Post - October 15, 2020

Galih Gumelar, Jakarta – A high possibility of a low voter turnout, coupled with increased probability of money politics in the midst of the COVID…

Jakarta Post - October 15, 2020

Victor Mambor, Jayapura – Family members of pastor Yeremia Zanambani, who was recently shot dead in Intan Jaya regency, Papua, claimed they were…

Jakarta Post - October 15, 2020

Jakarta – The Executive Office of the President has said that the government will "immediately" begin drafting regulations for the implementation…

Jakarta Post - October 15, 2020

Ghina Ghaliya, Jakarta – Local authorities allegedly clashed with members of an indigenous community in Pubabu-Basipae village in South Central…

Jakarta Post - October 15, 2020

Jakarta – The national COVID-19 task force has called on regional administrations not to let their guards down even if their region has been…

Jakarta Post - October 15, 2020

Jakarta – Muhammadiyah, one of Indonesia's largest Muslim organizations, has criticized what it called an excessive use of force by police…

Channel News Asia - October 15, 2020

Jakarta – Indonesia on Thursday (Oct 15) reported 4,411 new coronavirus infections, taking its tally to 349,160, passing the Philippines with the…

Java Post - October 15, 2020

Sabik Aji Taufan – Human rights organisations have slammed a visit to the United States by Defense Minister Prabowo Subianto. The chairperson of…

Coconuts Jakarta - October 15, 2020

A woman who flushed away her good sense by hurling feces at a healthcare worker has received criminal charges for her action, weeks after the…

Common Dreams - October 15, 2020

Brett Wilkins – Human rights advocates this week sounded the alarm on a meeting scheduled for Friday between American Defense Secretary Mark Esper…

Tempo - October 15, 2020

M Rosseno Aji, Jakarta – The National Commission on Human Rights (Komnas HAM) asked President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo to come up with solutions for…

Jakarta Post - October 15, 2020

Rizki Fachriansyah, Jakarta – Amnesty International has raised concerns over the United States' decision to lift a 20-year travel ban on…

Jakarta Post - October 15, 2020

Adrian Wail Akhlas, Jakarta – Factory activity in Indonesia showed signs of improvement in the third quarter after recording the deepest slump…

October 14, 2020

Jakarta Post - October 14, 2020

Jakarta – State-owned pharmaceutical company PT Bio Farma has confirmed that the COVID-19 vaccine will be priced at around Rp 200,000 (US$13.57)…

Jakarta Post - October 14, 2020

Riska Rahman, Jakarta – The government has started the process of merging three state-owned banks' sharia subsidiaries, creating the country's…

The Diplomat - October 14, 2020

Phelim Kine – The Indonesian parliament gambled that its hasty approval of a controversial economic stimulus plan on October 5 would effectively…

Tempo - October 14, 2020

Fikri Arigi, Jakarta – Amnesty International Indonesia executive director Usman Hamid argues the arrests made against members of the…

Jakarta Globe - October 14, 2020

Rangga Prakoso, Jakarta – Indonesia Asahan Aluminium, the state-owned mining holding company, has unveiled a $12 billion plan to create an…

Jakarta Post - October 14, 2020

Jakarta – The Save Indonesia Coalition (KAMI) has objected to the arrest of eight people affiliated with the movement for allegedly spreading hate…

Jakarta Post - October 14, 2020

Jakarta – Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati has once again been named the Finance Minister of the Year for East Asia Pacific by…

Jakarta Post - October 14, 2020

Ghina Ghaliya, Jakarta – The House of Representatives has handed over the final draft of the controversial Job Creation Law to President Joko "…

Jakarta Post - October 14, 2020

Jakarta – The National Commission on Human Rights (Komnas HAM) has urged the central government to evaluate its COVID-19 handling by prioritizing…

Jakarta Post - October 14, 2020

Jakarta – The Jakarta Corruption Court has sentenced three former directors of state insurer PT Asuransi Jiwasraya to life in prison after finding…

Jakarta Post - October 14, 2020

A. Muh. Ibnu Aqil, Jakarta – Some 208 people remain unaccounted for following mass demonstrations against the controversial Job Creation Law last…

Straits Times - October 14, 2020

Jakarta – Indonesia's Defence Minister Prabowo Subianto is scheduled to visit Austria later this month to discuss the possible purchase of…

Tempo - October 14, 2020

Fikri Arigi, Jakarta – Volunteers of Muhammadiyah's disaster mitigation organization (MDMC) claims that police members tasked to…

Jakarta Post - October 14, 2020

Apriadi Gunawan, Medan – Judges at the Simalungun District Court in North Sumatra have sentenced Gernal Luncu Nainggolan to one year in prison…

Jakarta Post - October 14, 2020

Jakarta – A police general has allegedly ordered his subordinates to falsify information contained in a travel letter issued to allow graft…

Jakarta Post - October 14, 2020

Tri Indah Oktavianti, Jakarta – Coordinating Political, Legal and Security Affairs Minister Mahfud MD has defended a joint fact-finding team…

Jakarta Post - October 14, 2020

Jakarta – The West Java administration is looking for people with medical backgrounds to serve as volunteers to help mitigate the impacts of COVID…