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Archipelago

  • Yogyakarta oplosan death toll rises again

    The number of people falling victim to oplosan (bootleg alcohol) in Yogyakarta rose to 26 on Monday, according to a police officer.

  • Islands in focus: Australian arrested for fraud

    DENPASAR: Police have apprehended an Australian, Eric Bevan Gillet, 55, at his villa in Seminyak, Bali, for alleged embezzlement.

  • Islands in focus: BKSDA curbs trade of protected birds

    GORONTALO: Natural Resources Conservation Agency (BKSDA) Gorontalo chapter conducted an impromptu inspection of the bird market on Jl. Arif Rahman Hakim in Gorontalo city, Gorontalo, on Friday.

  • Islands in focus: Iron ore freighter hits reef near Batam

    BATAM: A Hong Kong-flagged Iranian MV Ocean carrier, sailing from Iran, hit a coral reef off Sambu Island, Batam, Riau Islands, early on Wednesday.

  • Islands in focus: Bottled water contaminated with iron

    JAMBI: The Indonesian Consumers Foundation (YLKI) Jambi chapter has urged members of the public to be careful when consuming bottled water because of reports that bottled water carrying the Wigo brand label allegedly contains substances unfit for consumption, such as iron.

  • Bangka’s Ahmadiyah followers evicted

    Women and children of the Ahmadiyah religious sect in a district in Bangka regency, Bangka Belitung province, were evacuated on Friday evening to save them from the wrath of local residents.

  • Pension Wilhelmina demolished to make way for luxury hotel

    The demolition of heritage buildings in Medan, North Sumatra, continues as the Pension Wilhelmina building on Jl. Veteran, built during the Dutch colonial era, becomes the latest victim.

  • Island in focus: Binjai will not ostracize Gafatar members

    The Binjai municipality on Thursday promised to rehabilitate Gafatar members even though the Indonesian Ulema Council (MUI) has issued an edict calling the group heretical.

  • Island in focus: Bandung public services move online

    Bandung Mayor Ridwan Kamil on Thursday urged all agencies under his administration to maximize use of internet technology in providing information and services to the public.

  • Island in focus: Suspicious backpack causes havoc in Palu

    Unidentified people on Thursday morning placed a black backpack with the word “bomb” written on it in front of a house on Jl. Undata in East Palu, Central Sulawesi, creating panic among residents.

  • Island in focus: Papua police seize ammunition, firearms

    Police on Wednesday seized ammunition, two government-issued firearms and an airsoft gun from two houses in Sentani, Jayapura regency, Papua.

  • Jambi officer hangs himself at office

    An officer from East Tanjung Jabung Police in Jambi was found dead on Thursday morning at the local police headquarters after allegedly hanging himself, the second police officer to have committed suicide in the country this year.

  • Illegal hunting endangers rare birds in Lake Limboto

    A population of endangered bird species in Gorontalo is on the verge of a sharp decline as rampant illegal hunting continues to take place at Lake Limboto, the province’s biggest lake.

  • Elephant electrocuted, investigation urged

    The Riau Natural Resources Conservation Agency (BKSDA) said on Thursday the death of an elephant, the carcass of which was found in the Balai Raja subdistrict, Pinggir district, Bengkalis, was caused by electrocution and is urging the government to probe into the case.

  • Islands in focus: Police bury body of alleged terrorist

    Police have buried the body of the Eastern Indonesia Mujahidin (MIT) terror group member, identified by the initial R, who was shot and killed in a shootout with police and military personnel in Poso on Jan. 15.

  • Islands in focus: Mount Egon status drops to ‘cautious’

    The status of Mount Egon, in Sikka regency, East Nusa Tenggara (NTT), has been lowered from Level III (alert) to Level II (cautious). However, thousands of evacuees staying at shelters have not yet been allowed to return home.

  • Islands in focus: Child killed as truck plunges into ravine

    An elementary school student was killed and 14 others were injured on Wednesday, as the truck they were traveling in plunged into a gorge in Kacinambun village, Tigapanah district, Karo regency, North Sumatra.

  • Islands in focus: Crash victims get treatment at Nabire Hospital

    Aviation Indonesia helicopter pilot Suwondo and two passengers are currently being treated at the Nabire Hospital, Papua, after their chopper crashed in Ndeotadi village, Bogobaida district, Paniai regency, Papua, on Wednesday at 10 a.m.

  • Rising crime leads to threats of retribution

    People in Palu, the capital of Central Sulawesi, have been anxious over the past week as a result of rampant theft, threatening on Wednesday to take the law into their own hands if the police failed to catch the perpetrators.

  • Man arrested for raising terrorism funds

    The police announced on Wednesday that terror suspect Edi Santoso, apprehended earlier by the National Police’s Densus 88 counterterrorism unit, was to have played a major role in recruitment for the Western Indonesia Mujahidin (MIB) movement.