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Jokowi, Indonesian Cabinet to undergo COVID-19 test

JAKARTA: Indonesian President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) and his entire Cabinet will be undergoing COVID-19 test after a minister was found positive for the virus. Transport Minister Budi Karya Sumadi two days ago was confirmed positive for COVID-19 and is now being treated

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COVID-19: Jokowi drinks jamu to boost immunity

JAKARTA: Indonesian President Joko Widodo said he has been drinking jamu each day since the COVID-19 outbreak because he believed it can boost the immune system to ward off the coronavirus. In fact, guests who pay courtesy calls on him are no

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Jokowi: Indonesian Islamic State supporters are ‘ex-citizens’

Indonesian President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has decided to ban Indonesian nationals who joined the Islamic State (IS) movement in Syria from returning to Indonesia, calling them “ex-citizens”, as he instructed his aides to immediately sort out their identities and put

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Jokowi orders permanent solution to forest fires

Indonesian President Joko Widodo today ordered government officials to find a permanent solution to prevent devastating annual forest fires that he understood had been almost entirely started by humans but made worse by climate change. Indonesia last year suffered the

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Collapse of footbridge over Indonesia river kills at least nine

A footbridge across a river swollen by heavy rains collapsed on Indonesia’s island of Sumatra, drowning at least nine people who were swept away by a strong current, with one person missing, disaster mitigation officials said. Seventeen people were rescued

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Indonesia’s president visits island in waters disputed by China

President Joko Widodo visited an island in waters disputed by China today to assert Indonesia’s sovereignty amid a standoff between Indonesian and Chinese vessels. The confrontation began in mid-December when a Chinese coast guard vessel, accompanying Chinese fishing boats, entered

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Indonesia plans cloud seeding to halt rain as floods death toll hits 30

Indonesia will carry out cloud seeding today in a bid to prevent further rainfall over the capital Jakarta, after deadly flash floods and landslides following some of the heaviest rains in more than 20 years. The death toll in Jakarta

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Jokowi: Death penalty for graft convicts if the public wants it

JAKARTA: Indonesia President Joko Widodo today said death penalty could be handed down to graft convicts if the people want it. Joko, also known as Jokowi, said that existing law in the country did not stipulate death sentence for graft

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Jokowi: I’m getting AI to replace top civil servants

JAKARTA: The Indonesian government is planning to redesign bureaucracy next year by removing two ranks of public servants and replacing them with artificial intelligence (AI), Xinhua news agency reported, quoting President Joko Widodo as saying yesterday. The current four echelon

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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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