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Archipelago

  • Authorities investigate Batik Air bomb threat sender

    A bomb threat forced the pilot of Batik Air flight BTK6171 from Ambon, Maluku, to Jakarta, to make an emergency landing at Sultan Hasanuddin International Airport in Makassar, South Sulawesi, on Friday. A police bomb squad combed the airplane and searched passengers, but found no explosives.

  • Police urged to charge child-trafficking suspect

    The National Commission on Child Protection has urged the Medan Police in North Sumatra to press charges against a man believed to be responsible for the deaths of two children from East Nusa Tenggara (NTT) who were victims of human trafficking.

  • Yogyakarta joint Easter celebration peaceful despite threat

    A joint Easter celebration held at the Kridosono Stadium in Yogyakarta on Thursday evening ran peacefully despite a threat from the local branch of the hard-line Indonesian Islamic Front (FUI) to disperse the congregation over fear of religious conversion.

  • Islands in focus: Riau, Norway explore cooperation in fisheries

    PEKANBARU: The Riau provincial administration is exploring opportunities to work together with the Norwegian government to develop freshwater fisheries, the potential of which have not been fully tapped. Both parties on Friday held a meeting in Pekanbaru, Riau, to discuss the cooperation.

  • Islands in focus: HIV/AIDS cases keep increasing in Banyumas

    BANYUMAS: The number of people living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHA) in Banyumas regency, Central Java, has sharply increased throughout the years, with an average increase of over 100 percent in new HIV/AIDS patients last year.

  • Islands in focus: Students arrested after national exams

    KUPANG: Two high school students in Kupang city, East Nusa Tenggara (NTT), were arrested by the local police after taking the three-day national examinations, for having an abortion.

  • Islands in focus: Police ‘excessive’ in naming treason suspects

    JAYAPURA: A lawyer has deemed that the Papua Police were too excessive in naming five Papuans as suspects of treason after meeting Defense Minister Ryamizard Ryacudu in Jakarta, as they had only discussed and expressed the aspirations from the people of Papua and a document on the so-called West Papua Federal Republic (NFRPB).

  • Military restores security, order in restive Poso

    The war game that involved thousands of personnel from the Army, Navy and Air Force has concluded in Poso, Central Sulawesi on Friday with the stationing of 600 personnel from the Army’s Strategic Reserve Command (Kostrad) to maintain the restored security and order in the regency.

  • 5,000 villages to get Internet access this year

    Villages, Disadvantaged Regions Development and Transmigration Minister Marwan Jafar has set a target to provide Internet access to about 5,000 villages throughout the country this year.

  • Bomb threat forces Batik Air plane to make emergency landing in Makassar

    A Batik Air passenger plane serving the Ambon-Jakarta route was forced Friday to make an emergency landing in Makassar, South Sulawesi, after a bomb threat was received through a text message.

  • Islands in focus: Six Poso group members nabbed for theft

    The police have arrested six people, claimed to be members of the Santoso-led armed group, for stealing motorcycles to finance their terror activities.

  • Islands in focus: Former mayor files for pretrial against KPK

    Former Makassar mayor Ilham Arief Sirajuddin, a suspect in a graft case involving the Makassar city tap-water company (PDAM) worth Rp 38.1 billion (US$2.9 million), requested a pretrial hearing against the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) at the South Jakarta District Court on Thursday.

  • Islands in focus: Three nabbed for smuggling meth

    The North Sumatra Police have foiled an attempt to smuggle in 10 kilograms of crystal methamphetamine from Malaysia, arresting three traffickers in Pagurawan waters, Batubara regency, North Sumatra.

  • Jokowi prepares special meeting on regional issues

    President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo said Indonesia scheduled a special meeting on regional issues among heads of state and heads of government during the commemoration of the 60th anniversary of the Asian-African Conference.

  • Police name five treason suspects in Papua

    Papua Police detectives have named five people as treason suspects for their alleged involvement in activities aimed at separation from the Unitary State of the Republic of Indonesia.

  • Five people suspected of conducting separatist activities

    Papua Police investigators have named five people as suspects for allegedly taking arms against the government with an aim to separate Papua from the Unitary State of the Republic of Indonesia.

  • Islands in focus: Southern Brebes route passable in a week

    Central Java Governor Ganjar Pranowo said on Wednesday the main Jakarta-Yogyakarta highway via Brebes-Purwokerto, which was blocked by a landslide on the Ciregol stretch in Brebes, would be passable a week after the disaster.

  • Islands in focus: Foreign boat caught fishing illegally

    Officers from the Marine Resources and Fisheries Surveillance Task Force (PSDKP) in Bitung, North Sulawesi, have intercepted a fishing boat flying the flags of both the Philippines and Indonesia off the Talaud Islands regency.

  • Islands in focus: Waropen regent freed on graft charge

    The Jayapura Corruption Court has acquitted Waropen Regent Yesaya Buiney of a corruption charge surrounding the misuse of Rp 3 billion (US230,000) from the regency budget for the election commission.

  • Islands in focus: Medan maid abuser gets 30 months

    The Medan District Court sentenced on Wednesday an employee of a maid recruitment firm to 30 months in jail for torturing three domestic workers.

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