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American cut through steel bars to escape Indonesian prison

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 19:39:55 GMT

A California man is on the lam after he broke through the steel ceiling bars in an Indonesian jail on Monday - the second time foreign inmates escaped from the overcrowded prison this year, authorities said. Cristian Beasley, 31, a suspect in narcotics-related crimes who had not yet been sentenced, bolted from the Kerobokan prison - about six miles from the main tourist beaches of Kuta, a village in Bali - at 4:10 a.m., Bandung police chief Yudith Satria Hananta said.




Indonesian parliament speaker quits amid graft investigation

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 15:10:58 GMT

Indonesian parliament speaker, Setya Novanto arrives at the Corruption Eradication Commission building in Jakarta, Indonesia Nov 21, 2017 JAKARTA: The speaker of Indonesia's parliament, who is being investigated for his suspected involvement in a $170 million graft scandal, has tendered his resignation, two members of the assembly said on Monday. Setya Novanto was arrested last month over his suspected role in the scandal linked to a national electronic identity card scheme.




Indonesians burn US flags in 4th day of Jerusalem protests

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 10:39:28 GMT

Activists burned U.S. and Israeli flags in front of the American embassy in Jakarta on Monday in a fourth day of protests in Indonesia against President Donald Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital. Several hundred protesters from an Islamic youth group rallied outside the embassy, burning flags and images of Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu.




Diphtheria deaths in Indonesia spark immunization campaign

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 10:39:27 GMT

A student receives a diphtheria vaccine at a primary school on the first day of a campaign in Tangerang, Indonesia. Monday, Dec. 11, 2017.




Diphtheria deaths in Indonesia spark immunization campaign

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 10:39:26 GMT

A student receives a diphtheria vaccine at a primary school on the first day of a campaign in Tangerang, Indonesia. Monday, Dec. 11, 2017.




End-of-year deal on Indonesia Australia free trade agreement in doubt

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 05:58:23 GMT

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APNewsBreak: Files show birth of Papua independence struggle

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 03:43:05 GMT

In this Dec. 1, 2016, file photo, West Papuan protesters wear headbands of banned "Morning Star" flag during a rally calling for the remote region's independence, in Jakarta, Indonesia. Prominent Papuans pleaded for the U.S. to give them money and arms in the mid-1960s to fight Indonesia's colonization of their vast remote territory, according to recently declassified American files that show the birth of an independence struggle that endures half a century later.




APNewsBreak: Files show birth of Papua independence struggle

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 03:43:04 GMT

Prominent Papuans pleaded for the U.S. to give them money and arms in the mid-1960s to fight Indonesia's colonization of their vast remote territory, according to recently declassified American files that show the birth of an independence struggle that endures half a century later. The documents add to the historical evidence of deep Papuan grievances against Indonesia at a time when clashes between rebels and Indonesian security forces have flared in the impoverished region and Papuan nationalists have succeeded in drawing more attention to their cause at the United Nations.




LGBT activists in Indonesia face rising death threats, lack of police protection

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 03:43:03 GMT

An LGBT rights activist at the Women's March Jakarta demonstration on 4 March 2017. Source: Women's March Jakarta "THE EXTREMISTS called and told us they planned to attack.




Singapore records increase in skin donations over the last 3 years

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 23:15:49 GMT

SINGAPORE: Over the last three years, Singapore has seen an increase in skin donations for those who need grafts after serious burns. This is an encouraging sign given that Singapore had to turn to tissue banks abroad such as Australia, United States and Canada in the past due to a shortage of local skin donors.




Fire breaks out at Shell's Pulau Bukom unit; no injuries reported

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 18:50:02 GMT

A screengrab of a video showing clouds of smoke coming from a Shell facility in Pulau Bukom on Sunday . SINGAPORE: A fire broke out on Sunday at a Shell facility in Pulau Bukom at about 10am, a Shell spokesperson confirmed, adding that the fire was extinguished by firefighters at the site.




Indonesians partaking in cycling parade - Photo Courtesy: Hany Muhammed

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 14:21:09 GMT

The project started off as a governmental initiative to reduce nation-wide pollution, but it gradually became more popular over time, with a large number of citizens flocking to the streets to enjoy their day free from car noises and the frustrating bumper-to-bumper traffic. In 2015, Indonesia's traffic was the worst in the world, according to The Guardian.




Thousands of Indonesians rally at US Embassy over Jerusalem

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 09:48:38 GMT

About 10,000 people rallied Sunday outside the U.S. Embassy in the Indonesian capital of Jakarta to denounce President Donald Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital. Similar protests, mostly organized by the Islamist Prosperous Justice Party, or PKS, also were held in many other cities in Indonesia, the world's most populous Muslim country.




Thousands of Indonesians rally at US embassy over Trump's Jerusalem move

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 09:48:37 GMT

Protesters hold a rally outside the US embassy in Jakarta, Indonesia, to condemn the US decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel's capital. JAKARTA: Thousands protested outside the United States embassy in the Indonesian capital on Sunday against US President Donald Trump's decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel's capital, many waving banners saying "Palestine is in our hearts".




Robert Kuok's memoir stirs debate

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 05:24:41 GMT

AHEAD of past Umno general assemblies, the preoccupation of Malaysians would be on issues and policies that could emerge from this important Malay political meeting. But this time around, the talk of the town was slightly tilted to the 376-page book authored by Robert Kuok, Malaysia's richest man and one of Asia's top tycoons.




In Indonesia, Women Begin to Fight 'Epidemic' of Street Harassment

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 00:47:44 GMT

Tunggal Pawestri says she'll never forget being groped on a public bus while traveling to her high school in Jakarta, the Indonesian capital, when she was 14. While Ms. Tunggal had become used to enduring daily harassment on her way to and from classes - mostly catcalls and sexually suggestive looks and comments - when a man suddenly began gyrating against her from behind, she said, "I froze."




Liberated and angry in Marawi

Sat, 09 Dec 2017 22:39:12 GMT

More than six months after Filipino and foreign fighters claiming allegiance to the Islamic State stormed this lakeside city, setting off a months-long war with U.S.-backed Philippine troops, liberated Marawi lies in ruins and its people seethe. The heart of the city has been bombed and burned beyond recognition, its domed mosques pierced by mortar fire.