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Archipelago

  • Sultan accused of impregnating teenager

    Sultan Pakubuwono XIII of Surakarta has been reported to the police for the alleged sexual assault of a 15-year-old senior high school student in Surakarta, Central Java. The girl is now four months pregnant.

  • Rain disrupts repair work to Comal Bridge ahead of exodus

    Repair work on the northern span of the Comal Bridge in Pemalang, Central Java, was stalled several times on Tuesday due to heavy rains.

  • Former hospital director named graft suspect

    Prosecutors have named the former director of Landak regency General Hospital in central Kalimantan, identified only as KR, a suspect in the misappropriation of regency budget funds amounting to Rp 700 million (US$60,312).

  • Child protection bylaw enacted

    The Bali legislative council officially enacted the Child Protection Bylaw during a plenary meeting held in the council office on Tuesday. The enactment had been postponed for months due to unspecified reasons, it had originally been expected to be enacted at the end of last year.

  • Police seize expired imported food

    Police say they confiscated dozens of boxes of expired food at a warehouse in the Benowo area of Surabaya, East Java, on Monday.

  • Riau sees yet more hotspots

    The presence of hotspots indicating spreading forest and peatland fires has caused increased concern in Sumatra.

  • PMI taking donations for baby with rare disease

    The Surakarta chapter of the Indonesian Red Cross (PMI), in cooperation with Surakarta’s city-owned Moewardi hospital, has taken the initiative to support one-year-old Calista Ramadani, who was diagnosed with Alagille syndrome.

  • Five die in SUV-truck crash in Bungo

    Five were instantly killed and three suffered severe injuries when a Fortuner special utility vehicle (SUV) hit a truck on the Trans Sumatra highway at 34-kilometer point in Pranti Luweh village, Bungo regency, Jambi province, on Sunday evening.

  • Homemade liquor poured down the drain

    The Bantul administration in Yogyakarta on Monday destroyed thousands of bottles of traditional liquor, which had been confiscated over the last two months.

  • Bali stays alert for election result

    Bali Police declared Monday that Bali remained safe and calm prior to the announcement of the official presidential election result today. However, all of the island’s residents were urged to remain alert for possible security threats.