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  • Foreigner and wife nabbed in Yogya for meth possession

    The Yogyakarta National Narcotics Agency (BNNP) has arrested a Nigerian citizen and his Indonesian wife for the possession of 2.7 kilograms of crystal meth, known locally as sabu-sabu, worth around Rp 4.1 billion (US$290,000).

  • Rabies viruses found in 156 villages in Bali

    Efforts to curb rabies in the resort island of Bali have failed as the deadly viruses is now found in 159 villages, up from the 155 villages in which it was found in June.

  • Islands in focus: Four missing in Yalimo landslide

    JAYAPURA: Four residents of Benawa district, Yalimo regency, Papua, have reportedly been missing since heavy downpour hit the region on Wednesday, leading to a landslide.

  • Islands in focus: Batik compulsory for C. Java civil servants

    PEKALONGAN: Central Java Governor Ganjar Pranowo has made batik uniforms compulsory for all civil servants in the province as part of cultural preservation efforts.

  • Youth support sought to save centuries-old wedding ritual

    Cultural observers and activists in Kupang, East Nusa Tenggara, have called on the local youth to study and revive the Timor Amarasi traditional wedding ceremony to ensure the preservation of the centuries-old tradition amid competition from Western culture.

  • Dems, PAN turn to female candidate to challenge Risma

    After two failed attempts, the coalition of the Democratic Party (PD) and the National Mandate Party (PAN) announced on Friday that it would register a new candidate pair for the upcoming Surabaya mayoral election, rebuffing a widespread allegation that the parties were reluctant to challenge the reelection bid of popular Mayor Tri “Risma” Rismaharini.

  • Two arrested Brits request to be deported

    Two British journalists, recently arrested in Riau Islands for illegally making a documentary, have requested that their cases to be processed so they can be deported as soon as possible, their lawyer says.

  • Papuan students call on Jokowi to withdraw military

    Dozens of Papuan students demonstrated on Friday in Malang, East Java, calling on President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo to bring an end to violence in the eastern-most Indonesian province of Papua by, among other things, withdrawing the military from the province.

  • Island in focus: Another Australian dies in Mentawai

    Another Australian was found dead in Mentawai Islands regency, West Sumatra, on Wednesday, the second such incident to occur in less than two weeks.

  • Island in focus: Wife of ninth sultan buried at royal cemetery

    The body of Kanjeng Raden Ayu Nindyokirono, the fifth wife of the late sultan Hamengkubuwono IX of the Yogyakarta palace, was buried on Thursday at the royal cemetery in Imohiri, Bantul regency.

  • Island in focus: Abraham Samad’s dossier completed

    The South Sulawesi Prosecutor’s Office announced on Thursday that the dossier on the former chief of the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK), Abraham Samad, in connection with his alleged involvement in document forgery was ready.

  • Foreign tourists new crime targets in Medan

    Responding to an increasing number of street crimes committed against foreign tourists in Medan over the past few months, the local police said they would intensify patrols and team up with relevant institutions to ensure their safety.

  • Minister defends Yogyakarta’s racist policy on land ownership

    The governor of Yogyakarta’s ban on non-indigenous citizens owning land in the province is not problematic, according to Agrarian and Spatial Planning Minister Ferry Mursyidan Baldan.

  • Passengers crowd Pekanbaru airport as haze grows thicker

    Hundreds of passengers crowded an airport in the Riau provincial capital of Pekanbaru on Thursday as flights were delayed as haze grew thicker in city, caused by intensifying forest fires in Riau and its neighboring provinces.

  • Island in focus: 437 athletes join masters championship

    Veteran athletes from across the country will join the 2015 National Masters Athletics Championship being held from Thursday to Saturday at the Sriwedari Stadium in Surakarta, Central Java.

  • Island in focus: Refined Javanese fading among Yogya youth

    A local government-sanctioned survey revealed that only 50 percent of students in Yogyakarta can speak the refined version of the Javanese language, creating concerns regarding the preservation of Javanese culture in the near future.

  • Island in focus: US fugitive deported from Bali

    After being held in Bali Police custody for more than a month, US fugitive Vontrey Jamal Clark was deported on Wednesday from Indonesia to face trial in Texas for allegedly murdering his fiancée.

  • RI amateur athletes gear up for Homeless World Cup

    A team of eight people from various socially marginalized groups will represent the country in the 2015 Homeless World Cup (HWC) street soccer competition that will be held this month in Amsterdam.

  • Thick haze paralyzes schools, airports in Sumatra, Kalimantan

    Thick haze caused by ongoing land and forest fires in Sumatra and Kalimantan has forced local authorities on the two islands to temporarily shut down schools and delay or cancel flights on safety concerns.

  • Another Australian found dead in Mentawai

    Another Australian was found dead in Mentawai Islands regency, West Sumatra, on Wednesday, the second incident that occurred in less than two weeks.