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Archipelago

  • Rough waters

    Fishermen beach their fishing boats near Pamayang Sari Port in Cipatujah, Tasikmalaya, West Java, on Thursday. They are not going to sea due to the strong currents, which caused their catch to decline from a hundred to ten kilograms. (Antara)

  • Five months sought for housewife arrested for Facebook defamatory comments

    Prosecutors demanded a panel of judges at the Bantul District Court to sentence Ervani Emy Handayani, 29, who stands accused of making defamatory comments on Facebook, to five months in jail with 10 months of probation in a hearing at the court on Thursday.

  • Aceh tsunami response reveals “helpful” timely funding: Oxfam

    The unprecedented generosity of the public around the world in helping people hit by the Indian Ocean Tsunami of 2004 saved lives and gave affected people the means to make genuine long-term recoveries, an international aid agency has said.

  • Death toll in Banjarnegara landslide rises to 83

    Members of the search-and-rescue (SAR) team with the help of thousands of volunteers have managed to recover 19 more bodies at the landslide site in Banjarnegara, Central Java, raising the confirmed death toll to 83 as of Thursday.

  • 5.8-magnitude quake hits Mentawai islands

    An earthquake measuring 5.8 on the Richter Scale shook Mentawai Islands off the western coast of Sumatra on Wednesday.

  • Ambassadors to commemorate tsunami

    At least 35 ambassadors and officials from several countries, along with 34 international NGOs, are scheduled to attend the 10-year commemoration of the deadly tsunami that hit Aceh on Dec. 26, 2004.

  • Film screening on hold due to religious groups’ threats

    The Alliance of Independent Journalists’ (AJI) Yogyakarta branch has postponed the screening of Joshua Oppenheimer’s Senyap (Lock of Silence) as the police could not guarantee security because of threats from certain groups.

  • Complete relocation prepared for landslide victims

    President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has ordered a complete relocation of residents of Banjarnegara, Central Java, who suffered the brunt of a recent major landslide, and those living in vulnerable areas.

  • BP REDD+ helps regions monitor forest fires

    The National Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation Agency (BP REDD+) and 12 regents and mayors in Riau have signed a memorandum of understanding to implement the REDD+ program to prevent and curb forest and land fires. The agreement is to be effective for the next five years.

  • Housing for evacuees ready by Christmas

    The Mount Sinabung Disaster Mitigation Agency (BPBD) task force announced on Wednesday that the first stage of the relocation-housing project for eruption evacuees in the forested Siosar area in Merek district, Karo regency, North Sumatra, would definitely be completed by Christmas this year.

  • Banjarnegara’s displaced attend counseling

    Local residents affected by the Banjarnegara landslide are making use of trauma counseling sessions to help them resolve trauma caused by the incident last Friday, an aid volunteer has said.

  • Galungan celebration

    Balinese Hindus pray at a temple to celebrate Galungan Day in Jimbaran on Indonesia's resort island of Bali on Wednesday. Galungan Day is a holiday celebrated by Balinese as a sign of victory of good against evil. (AFP/Sonny Tumbelaka)

  • 3 dead, 5 missing in Banjarnegara landslide rescue attempts

    Eight people were reported to have been killed attempting to rescue those affected by landslides in Grumbul Jemblung, Sampang village, Karangkobar district, Banjarnegara regency, Central Java, which took place last Thursday and Friday.

  • Death toll from Banjarnegara landslide stands at 70

    A joint search and rescue team found six more bodies of Banjarnegara landslide victims as of noon Wednesday, bringing the death toll of the natural disaster up to 70 people.

  • Watchdog slams West Java’s broadcast commission selection

    Broadcast journalism watchdog the Independent Coalition for Broadcasting Democratization (KIDP) has criticized the lack of transparency in the screening and selection process of candidates for membership of West Java’s broadcast commission.

  • Regent, politician on trial for corruption

    Corruption courts in Jayapura and Semarang tried a former regent and a legislator respectively in different graft cases on Tuesday.

  • Residents to be relocated from landslide danger zones

    Central Java Governor Ganjar Pranowo said on Tuesday that his administration was looking for the right location to relocate those living in landslide red zones, following a devastating landslide that struck a hamlet in Banjarnegara regency recently.

  • Youths celebrate diversity in Lampung

    The Indonesian Youth Diversity Celebration 2014, an event to assemble youth representatives from across the country to discuss and practice nonviolence by promoting equality and diversity, was held in Bandar Lampung from Dec. 15 to 17.

  • School license to be revoked regarding rape

    A rape case involving a student at the Karya Thaiyibah Islamic senior high school in Baiya subdistrict, Tawaeli district, Palu city, has prompted the Central Sulawesi Religious Office to revoke the operational license of the school.

  • Pekanbaru stiffens penalties against littering

    The Pekanbaru municipality has toughened a bylaw on waste management by increasing fines against litterbugs.

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