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May 31, 2020

Jakarta Post - May 31, 2020

Jakarta – The Central Java Police have arrested a district police chief after he was reported to have crashed his car into a house, killing a 3-…

CNN Indonesia - May 31, 2020

Jakarta – Coordinating Minister for Security, Politics and Legal Affairs Mahfud MD has confirmed that there are no parties seeking to revoke the…

Jakarta Post - May 31, 2020

Jakarta – The ongoing feud between East Java Governor Khofifah Indar Parawansa and Surabaya Mayor Tri Rismaharini aka Risma over how to handle…

Tempo Timor - May 31, 2020

Dili – President Francisco Guterres Lu Olo swore in eight new cabinet members on Friday. For the first time a woman has become deputy prime…

Jakarta Post - May 31, 2020

Rizki Fachriansyah, Jakarta – The Religious Affairs Ministry has issued new guidelines for houses of worship, which are set to reopen soon as…

South China Morning Post - May 31, 2020

Amy Chew – Indonesia's first reported honour killing of a schoolgirl earlier this month has shocked the nation and prompted rights activists to…

Jakarta Globe - May 31, 2020

Heru Andriyanto, Jakarta – Indonesia reported 700 new confirmed cases of coronavirus on Sunday to bring the country's total to 26,473 and…

Jakarta Post - May 31, 2020

Alya Nurbaiti, Jakarta – Yogyakarta's Gadjah Mada University (UGM) has canceled a planned online discussion about the constitutional mechanism…

Channel News Asia - May 31, 2020

Kiki Siregar, Jakarta – Rahima Malik, 29, has dreamed of being a teacher since she was pursuing a teaching degree with a major in Indonesian…

May 30, 2020

Jakarta Post - May 30, 2020

Jakarta – The Social Affairs Ministry hosted a virtual event to celebrate the 24th National Day for Elderly People on Friday.

"The…

Jakarta Post - May 30, 2020

Jakarta – The central government has insisted on holding the simultaneous regional elections in December despite the COVID-19 pandemic, with the…

Jakarta Post - May 30, 2020

Dyaning Pangestika, Jakarta – The World Bank has agreed to provide a US$250 million loan to support Indonesia's COVID-19 response, the…

Jakarta Globe - May 30, 2020

Dina Manafe, Heru Andriyanto, Jakarta – The number of patients recovering from coronavirus in Indonesia hit a new record of 523 on Saturday,…

Jakarta Post - May 30, 2020

Alya Nurbaiti, Jakarta – A law enforcement task force that includes the Environment and Forestry Ministry and the West Kalimantan Natural…

Jakarta Post - May 30, 2020

Budi Sutrisno, Jakarta – The Alliance of Independent Journalists (AJI) has spoken out against a police report filed by an Indonesian Solidarity…

Jakarta Post - May 30, 2020

Jakarta – A 100-year-old woman in Surabaya, East Java, has recovered from COVID-19 after spending a month in the hospital. The woman, identified…

Tabloid JUBI - May 30, 2020

Sorong – Four defendants charged with treason in Sorong City, West Papua province, were finally declared guilty and sentenced to eight months and…

Tempo - May 30, 2020

Jakarta – Senayan has approved the proposal to revise the Constitutional Court Law. There is no urgent need to do so.

The House of…

Jakarta Globe - May 30, 2020

Triyan Pangastuti, Jakarta – President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo has approved a plan to extend the Jakarta-Bandung high-speed rail to Surabaya, East…

Jakarta Post - May 30, 2020

Jakarta – Authorities in East Jakarta are readying the city-owned Pulogadung Sports Hall as a quarantine center for people returning to Jakarta…

Jakarta Post - May 30, 2020

Moch. Fiqih Prawira Adjie, Jakarta – Transparency International Indonesia (TII) has urged the government to increase transparency and…

May 29, 2020

Jakarta Post - May 29, 2020

Gemma Holliani Cahya, Jakarta – At a meeting of artists and cultural activists after the 2018 Indonesian Cultural Congress, President Joko "…

Straits Times - May 29, 2020

Richard Borsuk – It is lagging badly behind Asean rivals in the competition for foreign direct investment. Things could get rougher in post-Covid…

Tempo - May 29, 2020

Antara, Jakarta – Two members of the West Papua National Committee (KNPB) in Timika, Papua, have reportedly been arrested by local…

Mongabay - May 29, 2020

Hans Nicholas Jong, Jakarta – Indonesia is set to receive $56.15 million from Norway, the first payment based on the results of the Southeast…

Jakarta Post - May 29, 2020

Budi Sutrisno, Jakarta – On April 3, Indonesia released two regulations, a government regulation and a Health Ministry regulation, to pave the…

Jakarta Post - May 29, 2020

Moch. Fiqih Prawira Adjie, Jakarta – Jakarta Corruption Court judges sentenced Saeful Bahri, a member of the ruling Indonesian Democratic Party…

Jakarta Post - May 29, 2020

Mardika Parama, Jakarta – Publicly listed pharmaceutical company Kalbe Farma has signed an agreement with South Korea-based biotechnology firm…

Jakarta Post - May 29, 2020

Mardika Parama, Jakarta – Automaker Nissan Motor Indonesia (NMI) announced the official closure of its factory in Indonesia as its Japanese…

Jakarta Globe - May 29, 2020

Heru Andriyanto, Jakarta – Indonesia reported 678 confirmed cases of coronavirus on Friday, bringing the total number of infections in the…

Reuters - May 29, 2020

Jakarta – Indonesia has imposed tariffs on imports of some textile products for the period until November 2022, according to a finance ministry…

International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) Press Release - May 29, 2020

A journalist from one of Indonesia's largest digital media companies, DetikCom received death threats following their coverage of Indonesian…

Jakarta Post - May 29, 2020

Sri Wahyuni, Yogyakarta – As Indonesia has yet to see the curve of COVID-19 infection flatten, the government's decision to roll out guidelines…

Tempo - May 29, 2020

Antara, Jakarta – The Indonesian Military (TNI) and the National Police planned to establish a database post to monitor the public's…

Tempo - May 29, 2020

M Rosseno Aji, Translator: Dio Suhenda (Intern), Jakarta – Chief of the Papuan Human Rights Lawyers Association, Gustaf Rudolf Kawer, reported…

Coconuts Jakarta - May 29, 2020

Indonesia's Finance Ministry recently estimated that the national poverty rate will continue to increase amid the COVID-19 pandemic, with Java…

Jakarta Post - May 29, 2020

Dzulfiqar Fathur Rahman, Jakarta – Millennials still find it difficult to buy houses despite the COVID-19 pandemic, which has impacted the…

Jakarta Post - May 29, 2020

Alya Nurbaiti, Jakarta – Commuter line operator PT Kereta Commuter Indonesia (KCI) has asserted that it will maintain COVID-19 health protocols…

Jakarta Post - May 29, 2020

Galih Gumelar, Jakarta – As the government stands firm in its decision to push back the 2020 simultaneous regional elections until the end of the…

Jakarta Post - May 29, 2020

Alya Nurbaiti, Jakarta – The COVID-19 pandemic might have largely affected the elderly and chronically ill adults, but a recent assessment has…

Nikkei Asian Review - May 29, 2020

Erwida Maulia, Jakarta – Ramadan is usually a bumper time of year for shopping malls in the Indonesian capital as friends meet for dinner after…

Jakarta Post - May 29, 2020

Jakarta – With the COVID-19 pandemic having challenged sustainable development in many parts of the world, it is necessary to use the United…

Sydney Morning Herald - May 29, 2020

John Martinkus – It was a simple insult that started it: "Monkey."

The Indonesian police, alongside Islamist and nationalist Indonesians,…

Tempo - May 29, 2020

M Julnis Firmansyah, Jakarta – On the fifth day after 2020 Eid al-Fitr, Thursday, May 28, Jakarta Metro Police recorded that a total of 3,095…

Voice of America - May 29, 2020

Amanda Siddharta, Jakarta, Indonesia – Six activists charged with treason in Jakarta for organizing a protest rally last August outside the…

Jakarta Post - May 29, 2020

Ivany Atina Arbi, Jakarta – According to the Women's Empowerment and Child Protection Ministry, around 5 percent of all people found to be COVID-…

Jakarta Post - May 29, 2020

Adrian Wail Akhlas, Jakarta – Bank Indonesia (BI) has injected an additional Rp 167.6 trillion (US$11.33 billion) this month to stabilize the…

Jakarta Globe - May 29, 2020

Tara Marchelin, Jakarta – Indonesia's Supreme Audit Agency, or BPK, plans to audit how regional governments have been reallocating their budget…

Agence France-Presse - May 29, 2020

Bengkulu, Indonesia – Indonesian officials are forcing social distancing violators to recite Koran verses, stay in "haunted" houses and submit to…

Jakarta Post - May 29, 2020

Made Anthony Iswara, Jakarta – Parents and the government must pay more attention to children's health and education as the pandemic casts a…