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Calls grow for foreign property ownership Many long-term expatriate residents here cannot consider Indonesia a welcoming second home when they are barred from owning property here. "Property ownership is the core around which one builds one's life. Why should foreigners be handicapped here?" complains Robert Eskapa, a British businessman who has opened a pizza-chain in Indonesia.

Posted in General @ 27 February 2006 15:56 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions

Muslim militant gets life over deadly Maluku attacks An Indonesian court on Monday sentenced a Muslim militant to life in prison for involvement in two terrorist attacks in violence-ravaged Maluku province. Ismail Fahmi Yamsehu was found guilty of violating the country's anti-terror law during a trial at the District Court in the Maluku provincial capital of Ambon.

Posted in Terrorism @ 27 February 2006 15:49 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions

Activists to continue 'surveying' foreigners Twenty-seven Muslim activists, who were released by police in Bandung on Saturday after being detained for "disturbing" foreign nationals during a protest, vowed to continue with their actions. The activists said they would continue distributing questionnaires to foreign nationals to gauge their opinions of the publication of caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad.

Posted in Protests @ 26 February 2006 16:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions

Teams comb streets to test birds Mrs. Jaelani was curious as the bird flu surveillance team tested her neighbor's poultry on Friday's first day of door-to-door checks. "Doctors, after taking samples from these chickens, would you come to my place and check my poultry? We have five chickens and a bird," said the resident of Palmeriam subdistrict in Matraman, East Jakarta.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 25 February 2006 16:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions

Couple told to support boy they adopted in Indonesia The Irish-Azerbaijani couple who adopted a two-month-old Indonesian boy in 2001, and two years later handed him over to an orphanage, have been ordered by the High Court in Dublin to support him until he reaches 18. Carol Coulter, Legal Affairs Correspondent, reports.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 24 February 2006 07:13 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions

Freeport mine production halted for third day Production at a mine operated by PT Freeport Indonesia, a unit of Freeport-McMoran Copper & Gold Inc, remained suspended for a third day as negotiations with protesters staging a blockade pushed on, police said. The stand-off began late Tuesday after security forces attempted to evict small-scale miners who were looking for gold in the waste deposits from the massive Freeport-McMoRan mine in a remote Papua province, claiming they were acting illegally.

Posted in PT Freeport @ 24 February 2006 07:04 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 2 reactions

Official: 'Freeport Indonesia office building in Jakarta vandalized' PT Freeport Indonesia, a unit of Freeport-McMoran Copper & Gold Inc, said a South Jakarta building in which it rents an office space has been attacked by a group of vandals. 'We don't own the building, we are only a tenant. No damage was done to our offices,' spokesman Budiman Moerdijat said. He would not give details of the attack on Plaza 89 building in Kuningan.

Posted in PT Freeport @ 23 February 2006 07:14 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions

Deadly bird flu detected in 161 regencies in 26 provinces The Bali Water Police seized hundreds of green turtles (Selemonia Midas) Wednesday, which were about to arrive on the island. The confiscation of the turtles shows that Bali is still one of the major destinations for trading in protected species.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 23 February 2006 07:11 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions

Flooding, landslides in central Indonesia kills 31 Landslides and floods triggered by torrential rain have killed at least 24 people in the city of Manado, search and rescue officials said on Wednesday. The disaster occurred on Tuesday in the North Sulawesi provincial capital, where parts of the city were inundated with one-meter (three foot) high floodwaters after hours of rain.

Posted in Flooding @ 22 February 2006 07:06 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions

Adam Air offers 'surprise' bonus destinations Indonesia's budget carrier Adam Air is receiving some unwanted scrutiny from law enforcement agencies and Indonesian Air Transportation officials following a series of technical and safety incidents that have received front-page publicity across the nation.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 22 February 2006 07:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions

Locals grow crops in protected Kendari forest "Don't just blame us for stripping the forest -- first take a look at what local people have done to conserve it," said Haji Naim, 58, one of a group of farmers standing at the foot of the hilly Murhum Forest Park in Kendari, Southeast Sulawesi. Along with the others, Haji is cultivating crops in the protected forest park -- part of what he calls an "agroforestry" system.

Posted in Environment @ 22 February 2006 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions

Floods, mudslide kill 11 in North Sulawesi Floods and a mudslides that hit Indonesia's North Sulawesi province in the past week have killed 11 persons and left four others missing. The victims were residents of Manado city and Minahasa district,Antara news agency quoted a spokesperson of the North Sulawesi administration Aneke Rondonuwu as saying on Monday. The mudslides which struck Suluun village, Minahasa, on Feb. 13,killed a family of three.

Posted in Flooding @ 21 February 2006 14:22 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions

Indonesia plans mass slaughter of chickens In an effort to combat bird flu, Indonesia plans to slaughter all birds living within one kilometer of any such outbreak. Thousands of chickens are being tested to detect any possible infection. For each chicken killed, the owner will get $1, said Edi Sutiarto, the head of Jakarta's Animal Husbandry Department.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 21 February 2006 07:10 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions

Second militant jailed for life over Maluku bar attack An Indonesian court has sentenced a second militant to life in jail for terrorism linked to a deadly attack on a karaoke bar in the restive province of Maluku in 2004. Judges at Ambon district court sentenced Idim Amin Tabrani Pattimura, alias Ongen, to life for carrying out an attack on the bar at Hative Besar, near the provincial capital of Ambon, which killed three.

Posted in Terrorism @ 21 February 2006 07:08 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions

Ex-Mandiri directors acquitted in graft case An Indonesian court on Monday acquitted the former CEO and two other ex-directors of Indonesia's biggest bank in a corruption trial that has been a key symbol in President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono's war on graft. Prosecutors had demanded 20 years prison each for the men.

Posted in General @ 20 February 2006 07:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions

Fuel imports slump as consumption declines Oil traders looking for a rebound in Indonesia’s oil demand that could resuscitate moribund diesel and gasoline markets may be in for a long wait as Indonesians have quickly learned to live with less fuel. Despite hopes for a quick recovery, consumers in Asia’s fifth-biggest oil user are burning nearly 20 percent or 200,000 barrels per day (bpd) less fuel than a year ago after the government doubled retail prices last October, industry officials say.

Posted in Economy @ 19 February 2006 10:59 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions

Muslim protestors pelt US Embassy About 400 hardline Muslim protestors attacked the US Embassy in Jakarta with rocks, tomatoes and eggs, claiming that the United States was on a mission to destroy Islam. In speeches, members of the Islamic Defenders Front, a Muslim vigilante group, said that US President George W. Bush had supported the publication of cartoons depicting the Prophet Muhammad in European newspapers.

Posted in Protests @ 19 February 2006 10:58 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions

Yudhoyono's plan for Indonesia's resurrection Indonesia is trying to bring back the glory days when it was prominent in Asia. It is doing so by playing a larger role as a negotiator throughout the region, acting as a mediator between the Koreas, and pushing for democracy in Myanmar. At the same time, President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono is trying to unify the Indonesians by promoting a nationalism that hinges on this role as a leader in Asia.

Posted in Economy @ 18 February 2006 10:38 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 5 reactions

Indonesia confirms 19th human bird flu death Bird flu has killed its 19th Indonesian human victim, a 23-year-old man, according to tests by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, an Indonesian health ministry official said on Saturday. "We have received the test result from CDC Atlanta. Purnomo (the victim) was positive," Hariadi Wibisono, director-general of control of animal-borne disease at the health ministry, told Reuters.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 18 February 2006 10:36 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions

Cirebon to close sand mines Regent Dedi Supardi on Thursday promised to put an end to all sand mining activities, which some have blamed for exacerbating recent flooding in the regency. He said, however, the closures would be done in stages. "We've closed illegal sand mining operations, but in the meantime, those which have permits will be closed down in stages, when their operating permits expire. But we'll close all C-type mining (for sand and building materials) by September at the latest," Dedi said.

Posted in General @ 17 February 2006 07:16 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions

Dengue in Yogya given crisis status With the increasing number of dengue fever cases in Yogyakarta, the city administration announced Thursday it had become an extraordinary situation requiring immediate measures to combat its spread. "We've decided that dengue has become an extraordinary situation following a field survey, which showed the number of dengue fever patients in the last two months had risen substantially," said the head of the city's health office, Choirul Anwar.

Posted in Dengue Fever @ 17 February 2006 07:15 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction

Ministers sound alarm over bird flu With more human cases of bird flu being reported in the country, ministers warn the virus may be mutating into a more virulent form that is capable of being transmitted from human to human.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 16 February 2006 18:45 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions

Indonesia to buy 50 diesel locomotives The Indonesian government plans to buy 50 diesel locomotives with about 1 trillion rupiah (108.5 million US dollars) to be financed with foreign loans, a local newspaper reported Thursday.

Posted in Economy @ 16 February 2006 07:06 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions

Icy cold kill 95 in Papua province At least 95 people have been killed in the Indonesian province of Papua due to extreme cold temperatures combined with cold-related viral diseases and illnesses in recent weeks.

Posted in Weather @ 16 February 2006 07:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions

Bank Indonesia may raise rates depending on inflation Indonesia's central bank will maintain a "tight-biased" monetary policy in the coming months which means its key interest rate may remain at 12.75 percent or be increased, Governor Burhanuddin Abdullah said. Bank Indonesia on Feb. 7 left its key policy rate unchanged for a second month to stem a slowdown in economic growth.

Posted in Economy @ 15 February 2006 09:09 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions

Bali sentences stoke tensions with Indonesia Australia was last night bracing itself for more tension with Indonesia following the death sentences handed down to two Bali Nine ringleaders and the life sentences that will possibly see the other ring members die in Indonesian jails. Andrew Chan, 22, and Myuran Sukumaran, 24, were convicted of drug smuggling at Denpasar District Court and face death by firing squad unless they launch a successful appeal or are granted a presidential pardon.

Posted in Drugs @ 15 February 2006 09:05 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 3 reactions

A handful of tickets Traveling in Indonesia, whenever you attempt to do this, you will notice the vast amount of small paper - sometimes even like toilet-paper - tickets you get. On virtually every occasion you will get at least one. Not one, but one for your car, motorbike, your friends, your family, your kids. And it gets even worse, since you don't get tickets for everyone, but also for everything. This becomes clear when you take the ferry. It doesn't matter which ferry, but you will get a ticket to enter the seaport, for parking, for boarding the boat, for bringing your car and to be insured during your trip. This results in a handful of tickets, and then you only got onto the ferry.

Posted in Travel @ 15 February 2006 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions

Firing squad for two Australian drug smugglers Two Australians were sentenced to death by firing squad today for leading a drug smuggling ring on Indonesia’s resort island of Bali. The trials of Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran were being closely watched in Australia, which opposes the death penalty and where stiff sentences for drug offences have in the past sparked public outcry.

Posted in Drugs @ 14 February 2006 07:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 3 reactions

Four more suspected cases of bird flu Four people showing symptoms of bird flu have been hospitalised in Indonesia, with doctors saying they became ill after coming into contact with sick chickens, hospital officials said. Three members of the same family were transferred to the Sulianti Saroso hospital for infectious diseases in Jakarta on Sunday from the west Java town of Cirebon, said hospital spokesman Ilham Patu.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 13 February 2006 19:05 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions

Indonesia court gives death to terrorism suspect An Indonesian court sentenced a man to death on Monday for killing eight people in attacks in the Moluccas islands that sparked fears of sectarian bloodshed in the region, local media reported. The court in the islands' main city of Ambon said that Assep Djaja and his accomplices had carried out what it said were terrorist attacks in two villages in the islands last year and in 2004.

Posted in Terrorism @ 13 February 2006 19:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 3 reactions

Indonesia Muslim preacher detained under terror law Indonesian police have detained a Muslim preacher in the restive eastern town of Poso as part of a nationwide hunt for one of Southeast Asia's most wanted Islamic militants, police said on Monday. Police in the province of Central Sulawesi said authorities detained the preacher because of his suspected links to Malaysian Noordin M.Top, who is accused of playing a key role in a spate of bombings in Indonesia.

Posted in Terrorism @ 13 February 2006 07:18 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction

Two Indonesian women die from bird flu A World Health Organization-sanctioned laboratory confirmed the deaths of two Indonesian women from bird flu, the country's Health Ministry said Sunday. The confirmation brings Indonesia's human death toll from the deadly H5N1 strain to 18. The women, ages 22 and 37, were from the town of Bekasi, a town just east of the capital, Jakarta. They died within hours of each other last week.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 12 February 2006 09:59 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions

Denmark pulls ambassadors from Syria, Iran, Indonesia Denmark has temporarily withdrawn its ambassadors from Syria, Iran and Indonesia because their safety was at risk in the wake of a Danish newspaper's publication of drawings of the Prophet Muhammad, the Foreign Ministry said Saturday. Denmark's embassy buildings in all three countries had been targeted by angry mobs protesting the publication of the caricatures in September. European and American newspapers subsequently reprinted the drawings.

Posted in Protests @ 11 February 2006 18:24 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 58 reactions

Militant linked to southeast Asia terror held An Islamic militant with suspected links to a Southeast Asian terrorist group has been detained in central Indonesia, police said Saturday. Brig. Gen. Bambang Suwedi said an Islamic teacher in the town of Poso in Central Sulawesi province was arrested Thursday morning.

Posted in Terrorism @ 11 February 2006 10:36 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions

Indonesia records another bird flu death An Indonesian woman has died of bird flu, hospital staff said, citing results from tests carried out by the health ministry. The 22-year-old woman died late yesterday, said spokesman Ilham Patu from the Sulianti Saroso hospital where the patient had been treated. Another woman, 27, who tested positive for bird flu by the health ministry was in critical condition at the hospital, Indonesia's main bird flu treatment center, Patu said.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 10 February 2006 07:11 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions

S&P: Sovereign credit rating outlook raised to 'positive' Standard & Poor's Rating Services said it has raised its outlook on Indonesia's sovereign credit rating to 'positive' from 'stable'. S&P also affirmed Indonesia's 'B+/B' foreign currency and its 'BB/B'local currency sovereign credit rating. 'The outlook revision takes into account the more favorable policy setting that emerged in the wake of significant adjustments in (the government's) fiscal and monetary policy stance, and the expectation that this will improve deficit and debt ratios further,' S&P said in a statement.

Posted in Economy @ 10 February 2006 07:10 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions

Anti-discrimination law to be introduced A new citizenship bill will eliminate the ethnic and racial discrimination that exists in Indonesia's current law, the Jakarta post daily on Thursday quoted a legislator as saying. Lawmaker Slamet Effendy Yusuf, who heads a working team to discuss the final form of the bill, said on Wednesday the House of Representatives would revise Law No. 62/1958 on citizenship, which was widely deemed "discriminatory, not respecting human rights and gender-biased".

Posted in Human rights @ 09 February 2006 17:53 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 11 reactions

Govt set to examine sharia bylaws The Home Affairs Ministry will review regional bylaws amid the issuance of sharia-based regulations by several administrations, which critics say impinge on the rights of minorities. "We have asked local administrations to send their regional bylaws for evaluation," Home Affairs Minister M. Ma'ruf confirmed Monday. The review process would also involve other related ministries, he added.

Posted in Religion @ 09 February 2006 17:52 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions

Padang mayor defends sharia as good for development Padang Mayor Fauzi Bahar dismisses concerns about his mayoralty's gradual enactment of sharia, arguing that Islamic law is beneficial to development because it makes people more devout. Fauzi told The Jakarta Post it was the duty of the state to encourage people to live according to religious teachings, not to prevent it.

Posted in Religion @ 09 February 2006 17:51 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 3 reactions

Indonesia says reaction to prophet drawings 'out of proportion' Indonesia's Foreign Minister said on Wednesday that radical groups around the world were exploiting public Islamic anger over cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad, and the reaction was now ``out of proportion.'' As scattered protests continued in the country, police said they were questioning two editors at a local news magazine that reprinted several of the caricatures to accompany a story on the uproar generated by them.

Posted in General @ 09 February 2006 07:07 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 11 reactions

Indonesia invites North Korean leader to Jakarta President Susilo Bambang Yodhoyono has invited North Korean leader Kim Jong Il to Jakarta for talks on how to reduce tension with South Korea, presidential spokesman Dino Patti Djalal said on Wednesday.Kim Jong Il, who rarely travels abroad, has said he "welcomed" the offer and also invited Yudhoyono to North Korea, Dino said. He said possible dates for both trips were still being discussed.

Posted in Politics @ 08 February 2006 14:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions

Govt may review Freeport contract on pollution charges The government may review the mining contract of PT Freeport Indonesia, pending the results of an investigation into whether its operations in Papua are causing pollution, The Jakarta Post reported citing Minister for Energy and Mineral Resources Purnomo Yusgiantoro.

Posted in PT Freeport @ 08 February 2006 07:15 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions

Former Indonesia religion minister jailed in graft case A former Indonesian minister of religion was sentenced to five years in jail on Tuesday over a funds scandal involving the Haj pilgrimage, one of a number of cases underscoring the president's war on corruption. The Central Jakarta District Court found Said Agil Munawar, religious affairs minister from 1999-2004, guilty of involvement in the scandal, which focussed on some 700 billion rupiah (43 million pounds) in surplus funds from the government Haj programme to Saudi Arabia.

Posted in General @ 07 February 2006 18:52 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions

Denmark advises citizens to leave Indonesia amid protests Denmark advised its citizens to leave Indonesia on Tuesday as anger over the drawings of the Prophet Muhammad in Western newspapers spread across the world's most populous Muslim nation, the ambassador said. "The Foreign Ministry recommends that Danes already in Indonesia leave and that those interested in coming postpone their plans," said Geert Aagaard Anderson, Denmark's ambassador to Indonesia, who said there was little security in place to protect his citizens.

Posted in Protests @ 07 February 2006 08:23 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 9 reactions

Scientists find 'Lost world' in West Papua jungle SCIENTISTS have found a "Lost World" in an Indonesian mountain jungle, home to dozens of exotic new species of birds, butterflies, frogs and plants. "It's as close to the Garden of Eden as you're going to find on Earth," said Bruce Beehler, co-leader of the US, Indonesian, and Australian expedition to part of the cloud-shrouded Foja mountains in West Papua.

Posted in Environment @ 07 February 2006 07:06 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 3 reactions

Singapore holds terror suspect caught in Indonesia Singapore's most-wanted man, believed to have planned bomb and plane-crash attacks on the island's airport, has been arrested under the Internal Security Act (ISA), the Ministry of Home Affairs said on Monday. Mas Selamat Kastari, said to belong to the Southeast Asian Islamic militant network Jemaah Islamiah, was arrested in Indonesia two weeks ago and deported to Singapore on February 3, a Ministry spokeswoman said in an emailed statement.

Posted in Terrorism @ 06 February 2006 18:16 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions

Police fire warning shots at protesters outside US consulate Police fired warning shots outside the US consulate here to disperse protesters who earlier smashed windows at the Danish consulate, an Agence France-Presse photographer said. About 200 members of the hardline Front of the Defenders of Islam (FPI) protested cartoons portraying the Prophet Mohammed at the building that houses the Danish consulate before the group moved to the US mission.

Posted in Protests @ 06 February 2006 18:13 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions

200 BUMN officials probed over graft At least 200 officials at state-owned companies (BUMNs) are being investigated for their alleged involvement in graft and abuse of authority, State Minister for State Enterprises Sugiharto said Saturday. Sugiharto said several of the officials being questioned had officially been named suspects, but he declined to give their names at this early point in the investigation.

Posted in Economy @ 06 February 2006 07:14 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions

'Smoking ban part of public education' The administration has vowed to clean up Jakarta's air. Besides vehicle owners being obliged to get their exhaust emissions tested, the 2005 Bylaw on air pollution control also stipulates a smoking ban in public spaces and buildings, schools and on public buses and trains. The Jakarta Post asked residents about the implementation of the ban.

Posted in General @ 06 February 2006 07:12 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions

Indonesia plans new cartoons protest Thousands of Muslim protesters are scheduled to march on the Danish Embassy in Indonesia to protest against drawings of the prophet Mohammed that have ignited Islamic anger around the world. "We will condemn the publications of the cartoons," said Dedi Supriyadi, from the Justice and Prosperity Party, the Islamist political party organising the protest.

Posted in Protests @ 06 February 2006 07:08 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction

Is affordable, clean water for all just a dream? The number of Indonesian urban poor without access to running water, an estimated 50 million people, exceeds the combined populations of Australia, Malaysia and Singapore. Nearly half of all people currently living in Jakarta, the fourth most populous city in the world, lack a piped water connection; this number of unconnected is greater than the urban population of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Posted in General @ 06 February 2006 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions

72 feared dead in Kupang ferry sinking About 72 passenger are still missing from a ferry that sank in waters off Kupang in Indonesia's East Nusa Tenggara province, the Jakarta Post daily reported on Sunday. Search and rescue teams are still trying to find the missing passengers, a local official was quoted as saying.

Posted in Accidents @ 05 February 2006 10:37 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions

WHO confirms four more bird flu cases, two deaths A World Health Organization reference laboratory in Hong Kong has confirmed four more cases of bird flu in Indonesia, including two fatalities, an Indonesian health official said Saturday. Hariadi Wibisono, a senior Health Ministry official, told Kyodo News that the H5N1 strain of bird flu killed a 22-year-old market vendor in Jakarta and a 15-year-old boy from the West Java town of Padalarang.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 04 February 2006 19:49 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions

Rakyat Merdeka publishes, and removes, cartoons The simmering controversy over the publication of cartoons depicting the Prophet Muhammad in a number of European media as well as a local newspaper's website ignited protests here Friday. In Jakarta, hundreds of members of the Islamic Defenders Front (FPI) and the Indonesian Mujahidin Council (MMI) held a protest against Rakyat Merdeka online on Friday after the website ran the cartoons -- showing the image of the Prophet, which is forbidden in Islam -- earlier this week.

Posted in Protests @ 04 February 2006 11:04 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction

Indonesia allows Qantas to buy stake in local airline The Indonesian government said Saturday it would allow Australia's Qantas Airways Ltd. to buy a stake in local budget carrier PT Adam Sky-Connection Airlines but warned against majority ownership. "We welcome the cooperation between national airlines with their (foreign) strategic partners as long as they abide by the law," Minister of Transportation Hatta Radjasa told reporters here.

Posted in Economy @ 04 February 2006 10:56 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions

Police: 'Militant mastermind hiding in Indonesia' One of Southeast Asia's most wanted militants is hiding in Central Java province, police said on Friday as they declared more suspects in attacks on the holiday island of Bali last October. Deputy national police spokesman Brigadier-General Anton Bahrul Alam said police had arrested 12 suspects for their involvement in last year's October 1 suicide bombings on restaurants in Bali, which killed 20 people.

Posted in Terrorism @ 04 February 2006 10:52 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions

Govt condemns publication of prophet's caricatures Indonesia, which has the biggest Muslim population in the world, Saturday condemned the publication of caricatures of Prophet Muhammad by a Danish newspaper late last year and their reprint in several Western European countries recently. President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, leader of 212 million people, said the publication of the caricatures clearly showed insensitivity towards the views and faiths of other religions.

Posted in Human rights @ 04 February 2006 10:42 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 58 reactions

At least 30 bodies found from sunken ferry The death toll in the sinking of a ferry off eastern Indonesia jumped to 30 Friday after rescue workers pulled more than 20 more bodies from the sea, officials said. "We found a total of 30 bodies in the sea and have managed to evacuate at least 125 survivors," Navy Colonel Agus Susilo, chief coordinator for the search and rescue team, told Deutsche Presse-Agentur.

Posted in Accidents @ 03 February 2006 10:29 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions

Asian Muslims vow new cartoon protests as anger spreads Asian Muslims angered by cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed called new protests after prayers on Friday as dozens of protesters stormed a block housing the Danish embassy in the Indonesian capital. Afghanistan's president and the governments of Pakistan and Indonesia have all condemned the publication of the drawings in Denmark and then in other European newspapers.

Posted in Protests @ 03 February 2006 10:28 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 176 reactions

Bank Indonesia keeps 2006 inflation forecast at 8% Bank Indonesia kept its inflation forecast for this year unchanged at 8 percent even after the measure rose more than expected in January, Governor Burhanuddin Abdullah said on Friday. Consumer prices in Indonesia rose 17 percent in January from a year earlier, after gaining 17.1 percent in the previous month.

Posted in Economy @ 03 February 2006 10:27 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions

Indonesia denies rights abuses in Aceh Indonesia diminished a report by three non-governmental organizations (NGOs) to the United Nations which said that the Indonesian authorities had failed to meet human right standard during the reconstruction and rehabilitation in Aceh province, an official said here Thursday.

Posted in Earthquake @ 03 February 2006 07:08 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions

Bandung teenager dies of suspected bird flu A 15-year-old boy whose results from local tests came back positive for bird flu has died at Hasan Sadikin Hospital in the Indonesian town of Bandung, local press reports said Thursday. If the local lab tests are confirmed by the WHO-accredited lab in Hong Kong, it would be Indonesia's 15th human fatality from bird flu, said The Jakarta Post newspaper.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 02 February 2006 10:38 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions

Foreign tourist arrival down 10 pct in 2005 The number of foreign tourists visiting Indonesia in 2005 decreased to 4.07 million people, or 10. 28 percent lower than in 2004, Statistic Bureau announced here Wednesday. The bureau chief Choirul Maksum told a press conference that the number of foreign tourists coming to the Indonesis's beautiful resort of Bali island in December last year rose to 81,000 people, or 19.81 percent lower than in the previous month.

Posted in Tourism @ 02 February 2006 07:09 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 6 reactions

Belo supports Yudhoyono's nomination for Nobel Peace Prize The 1996 winner of Nobel Peace Prize Bishop Carlos Filipe Ximenes Belo has expressed his sincere support to the nomination of Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono for the 2006 prize. In his statement by phone from Portugal to ANTARA News here on Wednesday, Belo said he sincerely supports President Yudhoyono`s nomination for this year`s Nobel Peace Prize.

Posted in Politics @ 01 February 2006 18:42 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 4 reactions

Indonesia ferry sinks in heavy seas, scores rescued An Indonesian naval vessel rescued scores of survivors in the early hours of Wednesday after a ferry carrying more than 100 people sank in heavy seas in the country's east overnight, port officials said. The navy ship had picked up 74 people, one port official, Marthen Manu, said. After initial sunny skies, heavy rain had whipped up the seas again, hindering rescue efforts, he said.

Posted in Accidents @ 01 February 2006 07:10 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions
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