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Protests in Jakarta ahead of new MPs swearing-in ceremony

JAKARTA: Street demonstrations and riots took place again outside the Indonesian Parliament building yesterday, ahead of the swearing-in ceremony of parliamentarians today, with rioters destroying public property outside the building. However, the situation was reported to be under control at

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Police fire water cannon as Indonesians rally against new laws

Indonesian police fired water cannon and tear gas to break up protests in Jakarta yesterday evening, as tens of thousands of students gathered in cities nationwide over issues that included a new criminal code that penalises adultery and revised laws

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Dr M: Govt to act against M’sian firms causing haze

PUTRAJAYA: Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad warned that the government will take action against Malaysian companies operating estates in Indonesia responsible for causing the haze choking many areas of Malaysia. He said the government will ask them to put

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Jokowi: We’re doing our best to stop forest fires

JAKARTA: Indonesian president Joko Widodo (Jokowi) said Indonesia is doing everything it can in efforts to tackle forest fires that have led to severe haze in several parts of the republic. “We are doing everything to put out the fire

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Haze: Indonesian activists blast govt for failing to contain forest fires

JAKARTA: Indonesian environmental activists have criticised the government for its apparent lack of seriousness in tackling forest fires, resulting in the bad haze, and affecting public safety. According to press reports, the haze has not only affected locals, but has

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Boosting Malaysia – Indonesia relations

KUALA LUMPUR: Indonesian President Joko Widodo will hold a two-day official visit to Kuala Lumpur starting today which is expected to further strengthen the already close bilateral relations between Malaysia and Indonesia. According to a statement by the Foreign Ministry,

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Komodo Island to be closed in 2020 for ecological rehabilitation

JAKARTA: The East Nusa Tenggara (NTT) Tourism Agency announced yesterday that Komodo Island will be closed by the beginning of 2020. “It is definite; we have decided to close Komodo Island next year,” said its head Wayan Darmawa, as reported

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Jakarta riots: Jokowi announces zero tolerance to threats to unity

JAKARTA: Political tension over disputed election results spilled into angry clashes for a second consecutive night in Jakarta, with protesters hurling rocks and firecrackers at police, who in turn responded with tear gas. Thousands gathered at Indonesia’s election supervisory agency

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Indonesia election: Defeated candidate’s supporters riot

JAKARTA: Six people are dead and more than 200 are injured after mobs clashed with security forces and set fire to a police dormitory and vehicles in the Indonesian capital following the release of official election results. National Police spokesman

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