indonesia

Daesh Cells in Nearly all Indonesian Provinces: Military Chief

JAKARTA, June 13 – The militant group Daesh has a presence in nearly all provinces across Indonesia, the world’s largest Muslim-majority country, the military chief in Jakarta has said. General Gatot Nurmantyo’s comments late on Monday that there are clandestine “sleeper” cells across the sprawling Indonesian archipelago underscored concerns about Daesh’s growing influence in Southeast

[ Read More ]

Indonesian Slum Converted into Insta-worthy “Rainbow Village”

By Budi Purwanto SEMARANG, Indonesia, May 21 – A slum area on Indonesia‘s Java Island has become an unlikely tourist attraction, as well as a social media hit, after its homes were painted vivid colors to transform the district into what is now being called “Kampung Pelangi” (“Rainbow Village”). As long as you don’t suffer

[ Read More ]

Indonesia Arrests Militant Planning Bomb Strike on Myanmar Embassy

JAKARTA, Nov 26 – Police in Indonesia have arrested a suspected Islamist militant and seized a large quantity of bomb making material that he planned to use in attacks on government buildings and the Myanmar embassy in Jakarta next month, a police spokesman said. The suspect was identified as Rio Priatna Wibawa, 23, who is

[ Read More ]

Thousands of Indonesians Rally Against Racial, Religious Intolerance

By Agustinus Beo Da Costa JAKARTA, Nov 19 – Thousands of Indonesians held a peaceful rally on Saturday to promote unity, saying they were worried by signs of growing racial and religious intolerance in the world’s largest Muslim-majority country. Dressed in red and white shirts, the colours of the Indonesian flag, religious leaders, members of

[ Read More ]

Most Child Deaths Concentrated in Ten Asian, African Nations: Study

By Beh Lih Yi KUALA LUMPUR – Sixty percent of the world’s 5.9 million children who died before their fifth birthday last year were in 10 countries in Asia and Africa, said a study published on Friday, prompting calls for action to reduce the mortality. The study published in The Lancet medical journal said the

[ Read More ]

Two Syria-Bound Malaysians Arrested in Turkey

Two Malaysians were arrested by Turkish authorities on their way to Syria, where they were planning to join up with Daesh militant group, Malaysian police said on Friday. Inspector-General of Police Khalid Abu Bakar said in a statement the two suspects, a factory technician and a welder, had been recruited by Muhammad Wanndy Muhammad Jedi,

[ Read More ]

Boat Sinks off Indonesian Island Killing 18 Migrant Workers

By Pradanna Putra Tampi and Fransiska Nangoy NONGSA, Indonesia, Nov 2  – A speedboat carrying 93 Indonesian migrant workers from Malaysia sank off an Indonesian island on Wednesday, killing 18 of them, police said. The boat set sail from the southern Malaysian state of Johor and was headed towards Indonesia’s Batam island, just south of

[ Read More ]

Pakistan Urges Indonesia to Delay Execution of Man Convicted of Drug Smuggling

JAKARTA, July 25 – Pakistan on Monday urged the Indonesian government to stay the execution of one of its nationals convicted of smuggling drugs, citing concerns that his 2005 trial had been unfair. Indonesia, which is among Southeast Asia’s biggest markets for narcotics, has declared a “drug emergency” and vowed no mercy for drug traffickers.

[ Read More ]

Ramadan Around The World

A look at how Ramadan is celebrated across the world. BY Arfa Shahid UNITED COLORS OF ISLAM: Muslim worshippers stretch their hands to touch the door of Kaaba, Islam’s holiest site in Makkah, Saudi Arabia. It was rebuilt by Prophet Mohammed(PBUH) after elements of nature eroded its foundation. PRAYING FOR PEACE: A Palestinian girl prays in front of the

[ Read More ]

After Shootout, China Says Uighur Militants A Threat to Indonesia

BEIJING, March 17  – Ethnic Uighur militants from western China are increasing their presence in Indonesia, China’s Foreign Ministry said on Thursday, after Indonesian security forces said they killed two Uighurs belonging to a militant network. Indonesia has launched an aggressive, military-backed, security campaign in the jungles of Sulawesi island as it battles the threat

[ Read More ]