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January 16, 2021

Jakarta Globe - January 16, 2021

Meleva Thorn & Sienna Curnow, Jakarta – Indonesian journalists are waging a war on fake news through a collaborative fact-checking network…

Asia Pacific Report - January 16, 2021

Pacific Media Watch – The pro-independence conflict in West Papua with a missionary plane reportedly being shot down at Intan Jaya has stirred…

Tempo - January 16, 2021

Jakarta – The government is once again unfurling an electric car program. It needs a comprehensive and consistent policy to allow the old dream to…

Jakarta Globe - January 16, 2021

Jakarta – At least 42 people have died from the West Sulawesi earthquake, and more than 800 people suffered minor to serious injuries as the…

Associated Press - January 16, 2021

Niniek Karmini and Yusuf Wahil, Mamuju – Damaged roads and bridges, power blackouts and lack of heavy equipment on Saturday hampered Indonesia's…

January 15, 2021

Jakarta Globe - January 15, 2021

Jayanty Nada Shofa, Jakarta – Technology giant Grab requests early access to the Covid-19 vaccine for their driver partners and merchants as part…

Nikkei Asia - January 15, 2021

Erwida Maulia, Jakarta – Indonesian state oil and gas company Pertamina said on Friday it has begun a second round of test production for a…

Tempo - January 15, 2021

Jakarta – The government is recruiting a million teachers under a contract scheme. A short term solution for the matter of badly distributed…

Reuters - January 15, 2021

Angie Teo, Jakarta – A 6.2-magnitude earthquake on Indonesia's Sulawesi island has killed at least 35 people and injured hundreds the country's…

Jakarta Globe - January 15, 2021

Heru Andriyanto, Jakarta – Indonesia recorded 12,818 coronavirus cases on Friday to set a new high for the third day in a row and take its total…

Jakarta Post - January 15, 2021

Jakarta – Prominent Muslim preacher Syekh Ali Jaber died on Thursday following 19 days' treatment at Yarsi hospital in Central Jakarta.

The…

Jakarta Globe - January 15, 2021

Unggul Wirawan, Dion Bisara, Jakarta – Indonesia's Constitutional Court has rejected on Thursday a motion to expand its broadcasting law that…

Tempo - January 15, 2021

Antara, Jakarta – Health Minister Budi Gunadi Sadikin said he was open to the possibility of paid Covid-19 vaccination programs carried out by…

Tempo - January 15, 2021

Antara, Jakarta – The Search and Rescue (SAR) team of the South Kalimantan Police's Mobile Brigade Unit (Brimob) evacuated residents…

January 14, 2021

Mongabay - January 14, 2021

Agus Susanto, East Lampung, Indonesia – It's early December and Sujiono is busy trimming the branches of a ficus tree in his village in Sumatra's…

Tempo - January 14, 2021

Egi Adyatama, Jakarta – The Coordinating Minister of Politics, Law, and Security Mahfud MD said that the final report on the deaths of six Islam…

Tempo - January 14, 2021

Antara, Jakarta – Social Affairs Minister Tri Rismaharini or Risma initiated a breakthrough by making identity cards for street…

Agence France-Presse - January 14, 2021

Martin Abbugao and Dessy Sagita, Singapore – The mystery plunge of a passenger jet into the sea is another dark chapter in Indonesia's horror…

Associated Press - January 14, 2021

Edna Tarigan, Jakarta, Indonesia – Indonesia started vaccinating health workers and public servants for COVID-19 on Thursday, a day after…

Straits Times - January 14, 2021

Jakarta (Bloomberg) – Indonesia's transport ministry ordered the nation's airlines to inspect their older, so-called classic Boeing 737 aircraft…

Tempo - January 14, 2021

Jakarta – Banning all activity of the Islam Defenders Front solved nothing. There should be a strategic cultural design to address extremism.

Jakarta Globe - January 14, 2021

Heru Andriyanto, Dina Manafe, Jakarta – Indonesia began the campaign for mass vaccination against coronavirus on Thursday, a day after President…

Jakarta Post - January 14, 2021

Sebastian Partogi, Jakarta – Institutional problems have hampered sustainable food systems in Indonesia, making it hard for the country to provide…

Tempo - January 14, 2021

Dewi Nurita, Jakarta – The Presidential Palace stated that it had reprimanded a celebrity, Raffi Ahmad, for neglecting the health…

The Guardian - January 14, 2021

Rebecca Ratcliffe – At the Uluwatu temple in Bali, monkeys mean business. The long-tailed macaques who roam the ancient site are infamous for…

Tempo - January 14, 2021

Budiarti Utami Putri, Jakarta – The Commission for Missing Persons and Victims of Violence (KontraS) hoped that President Joko "Jokowi…

Tempo - January 14, 2021

Egi Adyatama, Jakarta – Amnesty International Indonesia strongly criticized the controversial statement issued by deputy minister of…

Jakarta Post - January 14, 2021

Dyaning Pangestika, Jakarta – As Indonesia continues to see a spike in COVID-19 cases placing its healthcare system in dire straits, the central…

January 13, 2021

UCA News - January 13, 2021

Ryan Dagur, Jakarta – Merauke Archdiocese in Indonesia's Papua province is set to receive billions of rupiah through a collaboration with an…

Coconuts Jakarta - January 13, 2021

Prof. Abdul Muthalib, the presidential doctor who injected Indonesian President Joko Widodo with the CoronaVac vaccine this morning, is now under…

Al Jazeera - January 13, 2021

Jakarta, Indonesia – In the UK, the first person to receive a COVID-19 vaccine outside trial conditions was a 90-year-old pensioner. In Canada,…

Sydney Morning Herald - January 13, 2021

Niniek Karmini and Andi Jatmiko, Jakarta – Indonesian divers have retrieved from the sea bed the flight data recorder of a Sriwijaya Air plane…

Jakarta Globe - January 13, 2021

Carlos Ky Paath, Farouk Arnaz, Jakarta – President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo has nominated Criminal Investigation Agency Head Comr. Gen. Listyo Sigit…

Suara Papua - January 13, 2021

Reiner Brabar, Kota Sorong – On Monday January 11, hundreds of protesters from the Papuan People's Front (FRP) who oppose the extension of Special…

Asia Pacific Report - January 13, 2021

Ans K in Merauke, Papua – Mama Elisabeth Ndiwaen, one of the Papuan landowners who has been strongly critical of highlighting oil palm investment…

Coconuts Jakarta - January 13, 2021

An Indonesian cartoon for children has become the subject of a controversy related to Islamic radicalism ahead of the show's movie debut.

Agence France-Presse - January 13, 2021

Jakarta – President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo received the country's first Covid-19 jab on Wednesday, as the government kicked off a mass vaccination…

The Interpreter - January 13, 2021

Diwangkara Bagus Nugraha and Filda Citra Yusgiantoro – Indonesian President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo's vision to make the country a destination for…

ABC News - January 13, 2021

Anne Barker – Indonesian President Joko Widodo has received the first dose of a Chinese-made vaccine as part of the launch of the country's…

January 12, 2021

Suara Papua - January 12, 2021

Maria Baru, Kota Sorong – The Papuan people in greater Sorong reject all attempts by the Papuan political elite to extend Special Autonomy (Otsus…

Jakarta Globe - January 12, 2021

Lenny Tristia Tambun & Heru Andriyanto, Jakarta – The Indonesian government has called on hospitals to increase their bed allocation for…

Jakarta Post - January 12, 2021

Jakarta – The Attorney General's Office (AGO) is seeking a four-year prison sentence and a fine of Rp 500 million (US$35,254) for suspended…

Jakarta Post - January 12, 2021

Norman Harsono, Jakarta – Indonesia added 258 kilometers of toll roads in 2020, short of the government's target, as the country strove to…

Sydney Morning Herald - January 12, 2021

Ben Bland – Like many world leaders, Indonesian President Joko Widodo is hoping that 2021 will be a bounce-back year after a terrible 2020. This…

Jakarta Globe - January 12, 2021

Heru Andriyanto, Jakarta – The coronavirus daily death toll reached a new high in Indonesia on Tuesday with 302 deaths, 17 percent higher than the…

Asia Pacific Report - January 12, 2021

[Special Report: By Victor Mambor in Jayapura – final article of a three-part investigation into the Pastor Yeremia Zanambani assassination.]

Bloomberg - January 12, 2021

Shotaro Tani, Jakarta – As rescue workers continue to look for the black box of Sriwijaya Air flight SJ182 in the Java sea on Tuesday, fresh…

Coconuts Jakarta - January 12, 2021

The Indonesian government has restored flight occupancy rate to full capacity until at least Jan. 25, despite soaring COVID-19 cases and amid new…

Tempo - January 12, 2021

Imam Hamdi, Jakarta – The extreme surge in patients treated for Covid-19 is starting to take its toll on doctors tasked in hospitals…

Jakarta Post - January 12, 2021

Jakarta – The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) has detained Ferdy Yuman, the driver of former Supreme Court secretary Nurhadi, for…