Indonesia

Flooding hits Indonesian capital Jakarta, hundreds displaced

Widespread flooding hit the Indonesian capital of Jakarta on Tuesday after heavy overnight rain fell across the city, emergency services have confirmed.

Polls open in Jakarta governor election amid blasphemy controversy

Millions of residents in the Indonesian capital Jakarta went to the polls Wednesday to elect the city's governor after a campaign period marred by religious and ethnic tensions.

Indonesian mayor raids shops selling condoms ahead of Valentine's Day

The mayor of a city on Indonesia's Sulawesi island raided convenience stores selling condoms on the eve of Valentine's Day, local media reported Tuesday.

Indonesian volcano spews hot gas and ash 22 times in two days

A volcano on Indonesia's Sumatra island has spewed hot ash and gas 22 times in the past two days, an official said on Monday.

Indonesian volcano erupts seven times in less than 24 hours

Indonesia's Mount Sinabung in North Sumatra province erupted seven times on Sunday, local media reported.

Police detain captain after boat fire off Jakarta kills 23

Police in the Indonesian capital of Jakarta have detained the captain of a boat that caught fire while carrying New Year holidaymakers, killing 23 people, an officer said Monday.

Fire on boat headed to Jakarta Bay holiday island kills 23 passengers

At least 23 people are dead after a fire broke out on Sunday on a wooden boat headed to a holiday island in Jakarta Bay, off the Indonesian capital, officials said.

Eastern Indonesia hit by 6.6-magnitude earthquake

A 6.6-magnitude earthquake struck early Friday near Indonesia’s Sumba Island, the Indonesian geophysics agency said.

Indonesian police kill three suspected militants

Indonesian police killed three suspected Islamist militants and arrested another during a raid near the capital Jakarta on Wednesday.

Jakarta's Christian governor goes on trial in blasphemy case

The Christian governor of the Indonesian capital went on trial Tuesday to face charges of blasphemy over remarks perceived as insulting to Muslims. 

Indonesian police foil alleged plot to attack presidential palace

Police detonated a bomb found in a rented house near the Indonesian capital on Saturday after arresting three people suspected of plotting an attack on the presidential palace. 

Indonesia's quake toll revised to 100 as president pledges rebuilding

The death toll from an earthquake that devastated parts of Indonesia's Aceh province has been revised to 100 from 102, an official said Friday.

Indonesian soldier found alive two weeks after helicopter crash

A soldier has been found alive two weeks after an Indonesian army helicopter he was travelling in crashed, killing three people, the military said Friday.

Help on its way to victims of Indonesia quake that killed 102

Aid groups began arriving in Indonesia's Aceh province Thursday as the death toll from an earthquake that devastated parts of the region rose to 102.

At least 97 dead after powerful earthquake hits Indonesia

At least 97 people were killed and hundreds injured Wednesday after a 6.4-magnitude earthquake hit Indonesia's Aceh province, officials said.

Strong earthquake rocks Indonesia's Aceh province

An earthquake measuring 6.4 on the Richter scale hit Indonesia's Aceh province Wednesday, injuring at least one person and causing more than a dozen buildings to collapse, officials said.

Indonesian rescuers recover human remains from crashed police plane

Indonesia's national search and rescue agency said on Sunday that it has retrieved the remains of victims killed in a police plane crash in the waters off Lingga Island of Riau Islands province.

Indonesian police release seven accused of treason

Indonesian police on Saturday released seven people, including two former generals and a rock star, a day after they were arrested on suspicion of treason and sedition.

Indonesian police plane carrying 13 people crashes into sea

An Indonesian police plane carrying 13 people crashed into the sea on Saturday, police said. 

At least 200,000 rally in Jakarta to demand governor's arrest

More than 200,000 conservative Indonesian Muslims filled a square in Jakarta on Friday to demand the arrest of the city's Christian governor over remarks they perceived as insulting to Islam. 

12 fishermen missing, 3 dead after freighter hits Indonesian boat

Rescue crews were searching Sunday for 12 fishermen who went missing following a collision between a Vietnamese freighter and an Indonesian fishing boat in the Java Sea.

Thousands march for tolerance in Indonesia amid row over blasphemy

Around 3,000 protesters rallied in the Indonesian capital on Saturday calling for unity and tolerance, amid rising ethnic and religious tensions sparked by allegations of blasphemy against the city's Christian governor.

Jakarta's Christian governor named suspect in blasphemy case

Indonesian police on Wednesday named Jakarta's Christian governor a suspect in a blasphemy case over accusations that he insulted the Koran, amid pressure from Muslim groups for his prosecution. 

Indonesian politicians say Trump won't act on anti-Muslim rhetoric

Two senior Indonesian politicians who met Donald Trump during his election campaign expressed confidence Thursday that the US president-elect would not act on his anti-Muslim rhetoric, local media reported.

British banker found guilty of gruesome double murder in Hong Kong

A former banker was found guilty by a Hong Kong court Tuesday after brutally murdering two young Indonesians in a case that shocked the island.

Indonesian president blames political opponents for rally violence

Indonesian President Joko Widodo on Saturday blamed political opponents for the violence that broke out the day before at a protest by Muslims in Jakarta demanding the arrest of the city's governor.

Clashes as thousands rally against Jakarta governor

Indonesian police fired tear gas on Friday to disperse Muslim protestors demanding the capital's ethnic Chinese and Christian governor be arrested over comments perceived as insulting to Islam.

British climber falls to death in Bali ravine

A British tourist has died after he fell into a ravine while climbing a mountain on Indonesia's resort island of Bali, an official said Monday. 

Bridge collapse in Bali kills eight, injures 30

At least eight people are dead and 30 injured after a bridge collapsed in Indonesia's resort island of Bali, an official said Sunday.

Indonesia detains Malaysian, Vietnamese boats for illegal fishing

Indonesian patrol boat apprehended four foreign boats allegedly fishing illegally in Indonesian waters, an official said Sunday.

Muslims in Jakarta protest after Christian governor's Koran comments

Thousands of hardline Muslims in the Indonesian capital rallied against the city's ethnic Chinese and Christian governor for comments perceived as denigrating the Koran.

Indonesian police arrest gay couple over amorous Facebook photos

Two men were arrested in Indonesia's North Sulawesi province after one of them posted photos on Facebook showing them kissing in bed, police said Thursday. 

Indonesian air force to hold military drill near South China Sea

Indonesia's air force will hold a military exercise near the South China Sea on Thursday amid tensions with China over fishing rights in the area, its commander said. 

Three Indonesian hostages in Philippines released

Three Indonesians who had been held hostage by the Abu Sayyaf militant group in the Philippines have been released, local media reported Sunday. 

Indonesia evacuating more than 100 tourists after volcanic eruption

Indonesian authorities urged more than 100 domestic and foreign tourists to leave Mount Rinjani on the resort island of Lombok on Wednesday after a volcano erupted there.

Flash floods, landslides kill 19 in Indonesia

Nineteen people have been killed and nine are missing after landslides and flash floods in Indonesia's West Java province, officials said Wednesday. 

Internet giants' tax records under scrutiny in Indonesia

Indonesia is examining the tax records of US internet giants such as Google, Facebook and Twitter, an official said Tuesday, according to media reports.

Islamist militants free three Indonesian hostages in Philippines

Islamist militants freed three Indonesian fishermen held captive for two months in the southern Philippines, the military said Sunday.

Indonesia seeks to block gay dating apps

Indonesia is seeking to block gay-friendly mobile applications, an official said Friday, adding to a series of measures targeting sexual and gender minorities in the country.

Two killed in tourist boat explosion off Bali

A boat carrying mostly European tourists exploded off Indonesia's resort island of Bali on Thursday, killing two women and injuring more than a dozen others, police said. 

Philippines' Duterte denies giving Indonesia OK for planned execution

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte did not give the go-ahead to Indonesia to execute a Philippine woman currently on death row for drug trafficking, an official said Monday, rubbishing reported comments from the Indonesian president earlier that day.

Indonesian flag carrier bans Samsung Galaxy Note 7 on all its flights

Indonesian flag carrier Garuda Indonesia announced on Sunday that it is banning passengers from using and charging the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 smartphone on all its flights.

Attempted suicide bombing in Indonesia injures priest

A priest was slightly injured Sunday after a suicide bomber attempted to attack him during a church service in Medan, the capital of Indonesia’s North Sumatra province, police said.

Indonesia deploys 7,200 firefighters as smog spreads to Singapore

Indonesia has deployed 7,200 personnel to fight forest fires as smog from blazes spread to neighbouring Singapore and took air pollution there to unhealthy levels, an official said Friday.

British tourist admits to bashing Bali policeman in murder case

A British man detained in connection with the death of a policeman on Indonesia's resort island of Bali has admitted to hitting the officer with a beer bottle and binoculars, media reports said Tuesday. 

Malaysia opposes release of Indonesian terrorist from Guantanamo Bay

Malaysia is opposing Indonesian terrorist Hambali's plea to be released from the US-run detention facility on Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, where he has been held for more than a decade.

10 dead, five missing after boat capsizes in Indonesia's Riau Islands

At least 10 died and five were missing after a boat sank Sunday while taking tourists from Tanjung Pinang to Penyengat Island in Indonesia's Riau Islands province, an official said.

Two Indonesian hostages escape from Abu Sayyaf captors in Philippines

Two Indonesian sailors believed to have been abducted by Islamist militant group Abu Sayyaf in the Philippines escaped Wednesday after almost two months in captivity, the military said.

Legislator blasts US over comments on Indonesia's treatment of gays

An Indonesian lawmaker has warned the United States against meddling in his country's affairs after Washington criticized Jakarta's treatment of sexual and gender minorities, a report said Saturday.

Human Rights Watch: Gay rights under attack in Indonesia

Sexual minorities are under attack in Indonesia, and President Joko Widodo's silence has raised questions about his stated commitment to diversity, Human Rights Watch said Thursday.

Arrests in Indonesia over alleged plot to target Singapore

Indonesian police on Friday arrested six suspected Islamist militants, one of whom had allegedly considered launching a rocket at Singapore's Marina Bay, a spokesman said.

Cabin crew evacuates Indonesia-bound flight after hearing word "bomb"

People on board an AirAsia flight bound for Indonesia on Wednesday were ordered to disembark the plane after a passenger uttered the word "bomb," a police official said.

Indonesia rejects Turkey's request to close Gulen-linked schools

Indonesia has rejected a request by Turkey to close nine schools that the Turkish government said were linked to dissident cleric Fethullah Gulen, the Foreign Ministry said Tuesday. 

Indonesia to sink 71 illegal foreign boats to mark national day

Indonesia will mark its independence day this month by sinking 71 foreign boats that were seized for fishing illegally in the country's waters, the fisheries minister said Monday.

Indonesia executes four convicted drug traffickers

Indonesia executed four convicted drug traffickers on Friday, a top prosecutor said, in the third such group execution since President Joko Widodo took office in October 2014. 

Executions feared in Indonesia despite outcry from rights groups

The executions of 14 people on death row for drug trafficking loomed Thursday in Indonesia despite outcry from the UN and rights groups and that have faulted the country's justice system in finding convictions.

Death-row prisoner moved as Indonesia prepares for executions

A Pakistani drug convict on death row in Indonesia was removed from hospital on Monday as Indonesia appeared to be preparing for a fresh round of executions, local reports said. 

Seven Indonesian migrants drown in boat accident off Malaysia

Seven Indonesians suspected of trying to sneak out of Malaysia after working there illegally drowned after their boat capsized, an immigration official said Sunday.

Indonesia bars police and soldiers from playing Pokemon Go

Indonesia's police and military have banned their members from playing the popular virtual-reality game Pokemon Go, and warned that their premises were off limits to other gamers.

Pokemon Go could be used to detect secret info, Indonesian minister warns

Indonesian Defense Minister Ryamizard Ryacudu has warned players of Pokeman Go that their games may be used to detect the secretive information by foreign countries through smartphone cameras.

Frenchman arrested while hunting Pokemon on Indonesian army base

A Frenchman has been arrested in Indonesia for entering a military base while hunting for Pokemon, police said Tuesday.

Man caught trying to board Indonesian plane with snakes in socks

A man has been arrested for trying to board a Garuda Indonesia plane bound for Saudi Arabia with 10 pythons in his socks, an airline official said Monday. 

Indonesia revaccinates children after fake-vaccine scandal

Indonesia began revaccinating children on Monday after a revelation that hospitals and clinics had administered fake vaccines, prompting parents to attack doctors and other staff members.

Indonesian suicide bomber was fugitive terror suspect, police say

A suicide bomber who struck a police station in Indonesia Tuesday was suspected to be a militant who escaped a raid six months ago, police said.

Suicide motorcycle bomb strikes Indonesia police station

A suicide bomber struck a police station in Indonesia Tuesday, killing himself and injuring an officer, police said.

Indonesian president says drug traffickers deserve to die

Indonesian President Joko Widodo said he would personally ask the police to shoot drug traffickers summarily if the law allowed it.

Indonesian leader asserts sovereignty amid China row

Indonesian President Joko Widodo boarded a warship patrolling waters off the Natuna Islands on Thursday to assert sovereignty amid a row with China over fishing rights in the area. 

Death toll rises to 47 in Indonesian landslides, floods

The death toll rose to 47 from landslides and floods in parts of Central Java in Indonesia over the weekend, officials said Monday.

Death toll rises to 24 in Indonesia, 26 missing

The death toll rose to 24 from landslides and floods in parts of Central Java over the weekend, with at least 26 people missing.

Indonesian teenager jailed for 10 years for rape, murder

An Indonesian court sentenced a 16-year-old boy to 10 years in prison on Thursday over the rape and murder of a woman.

Indonesia to execute 30 death-row convicts in 2017

The Indonesian government plans to execute 30 death-row convicts in 2017, a deputy attorney general reportedly said Monday.

44 Sri Lankan migrants found stranded off Indonesia's Aceh waters

Forty-four Sri Lanka migrants including nine children have been found in the waters off Lhoknga in Indonesia's westernmost province of Aceh, local media reported Sunday.

16 injured, houses damaged after quake hits Indonesian Sumatra

At least 16 people were injured and 64 houses damaged after an earthquake measuring 6.5 on the Richter scale rocked the western part of Sumatra island on Thursday, officials said. 

Quake hits Indonesian Sumatra

An earthquake measuring 6.5 on the Richter scale rocked the western part of Sumatra island on Thursday, but there were no immediate reports of damage, the geophysics agency said. 

Child rapists in Indonesia face castration under presidential decree

Child sex offenders in Indonesia may be chemically castrated and planted with microchips, according to an emergency decree signed by Indonesian President Joko Widodo Wednesday. 

Landslide kills 15 on Indonesia's Sumatra

At least 15 people were killed and four others missing after landslides hit a popular waterfall site in Indonesia's North Sumatra province, an official said Monday.

10 die in Indonesia after drinking tainted liquor

At least 10 people have died after drinking contaminated alcohol in Indonesia's Yogyakarta province, police said Monday.

Severe turbulence over Indonesia injures 31 plane passengers

Three people suffered spinal fractures after an Etihad Airways flight bound for Jakarta hit severe turbulence, reports said Thursday.

Indonesian sailor says Abu Sayyaf threatened to kill hostages

One of 10 Indonesian sailors released after being held hostage by the Philippine Islamic militant group Abu Sayyaf for more than a month said his captors had threatened to kill the hostages.

10 Indonesian sailors arrive home after kidnap by Abu Sayyaf

Ten Indonesian sailors held hostage by the Islamic militant group Abu Sayyaf in the Philippines arrived home after being released by their captors, an official said Monday.

Philippine militants free 10 Indonesian sailors abducted in March

Indonesian president Joko Widodo on Sunday thanked the Philippines government for the release of 10 Indonesian crew of a tugboat that had been held hostage by suspected members of the Abu Sayyaf terrorist group since March. 

Four Indonesians held hostage after ships hijacked near Malaysia

Four Indonesian nationals are being held hostage after their ships were hijacked in the maritime borders of Malaysia and the Philippines, an official said Saturday. 

Parliament speaker, Indonesian delegation talk defence cooperation

The Indonesian delegation was led by the deputy chair of the Committee on Defence, Foreign Affairs and Information, Asril Hamzah Tanjung.

Clashes as Indonesian taxi drivers rally against ride-sharing apps

Clashes erupted Tuesday as thousands of taxi drivers took to the streets of the Indonesian capital to protest against Uber and other smartphone ride-sharing applications.

Indonesian military helicopter crashes, killing 13

An Indonesian military helicopter crashed on Sunday in Central Sulawesi province, killing all 13 people on board, an armed forces spokesman said.  

Solar eclipse plunges much of Indonesia into day-time darkness

A total solar eclipse plunged parts of the Indonesian archipelago into eerie day-time darkness on Wednesday. 

Organization of Islamic Cooperation

The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) comprises 57 countries in which more than 1 billion Muslims live, and aims to promote Islamic solidarity.

Powerful quake strikes off Indonesia, sparks panic

A powerful earthquake struck off Indonesia's Sumatra island on Wednesday, prompting residents fearful of a tsunami to flee to higher ground. 

Tsunami warning issued after powerful quake strikes off Indonesia

The US Geological Survey (USGS) said a magnitude-7.9 earthquake struck some 660 kilometres south-west off the Indonesian island of Sumatra, at a depth of 10 kilometres.

High court overturns acquittals in Indonesia school sex-abuse case

Indonesia's Supreme Court overturned the acquittals of a Canadian administrator and a local colleague accused of sexually abusing pupils at a well-known international school, and increased their jail terms, officials said Thursday.

Singapore deports Indonesians on their way to join Islamic State

Singapore has deported four Indonesians allegedly en route to Syria to join Islamic State, a media report said Tuesday.

Indonesian cities start charging shoppers fees for plastic bag use

Indonesian retailers in 22 cities began charging fees for the use of plastic bags Sunday, an effort to reduce plastic waste. 

13 missing after cargo ship sinks off Indonesia's Papua

Rescuers were searching for 13 people who were missing after a cargo ship sank off Indonesia's Papua province over the weekend, a report said Wednesday.

Rescuers attempt to free Indonesian miner trapped for seven days

A rescue operation was under way Sunday to free a miner who has been trapped for seven days in an underground gold mine on Halmahera island in Indonesia's North Maluku province. 

Communications restored, no casualties after Indonesia island quake

There were no reports of casualties or serious damage after a 6.6-magnitude earthquake struck Indonesia's Sumba island, a disaster management official said Saturday.

Rights group urges Indonesia to tolerate gays amid emojis flap

Indonesia's president should do more to ensure official tolerance of gays in the conservative country, and stand up for social inclusion, Human Rights Watch said Friday.

Indonesia wants gay emojis dropped from messaging, social media apps

Indonesia has asked all social media and messaging platforms to drop emoticons featuring same-sex couples, a government official said Thursday, after popular application Line removed some of its emojis for the local market.

Three dead after Indonesian military jet crashes in residential area

Three people were killed on Wednesday when a military plane crashed into a residential area in Indonesia's East Java province, officials said.

Landslide, flooding leave 3 dead, 4 missing on Indonesia's Sumatra

A landslide and flooding killed three people and left four others missing in Indonesia's West Sumatra province, an official said Monday.

Five more bodies found after Malaysia migrant boat accident

Five more bodies were recovered Wednesday along the coast of southern Malaysia, bringing to 18 the number of victims from a boat accident two days ago, a district police chief said.