Jakarta - the best personalized free web-based Email en en Jakarta Indonesia arrests Japanese man in reptile smuggling JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesian authorities have arrested a Japanese man who conservationists say is a major player in the illegal wildlife trade for allegedly attempting to smuggle more than 250 reptiles out of the country. The head of law enforcement at Jakarta's international airport, Ridwan Alaydrus, said Thursday that Katsuhide Naito was arreste... Thu, 18 May 2017 10:42:00 GMT 2017-05-18T10:42:00Z Shariah court in Indonesia sentences gay couple to caning BANDA ACEH, Indonesia (AP) — An Islamic Shariah court in Indonesia's conservative Aceh province has sentenced two gay men to public caning for the first time, further undermining the country's moderate image after a top Christian politician was imprisoned for blasphemy. The court, whose sentencing Wednesday coincided with International Day Against Homopho... Wed, 17 May 2017 21:14:00 GMT 2017-05-17T21:14:00Z Jakarta governor sentenced to 2 years prison for blasphemy JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — An Indonesian court sentenced the minority Christian governor of Jakarta to two years in prison on Tuesday for blaspheming the Quran, a jarring ruling that undermines the reputation of the world's largest Muslim nation for practicing a moderate form of Islam. In announcing its decision, the five-judge panel said Gov. Basuki "Ahok... Tue, 09 May 2017 11:06:00 GMT 2017-05-09T11:06:00Z The Latest: UN concerned by prison sentence for Jakarta gov JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — The Latest on the blasphemy trial of the Indonesian capital's minority Christian governor, Basuki "Ahok" Tjahaja Purnama (all times local): 4:20 p.m. The U.N. Human Rights Office says it is "concerned" by the two-year prison sentence given to Basuki Basuki "Ahok" Tjahaja Purnama for his "alleged blasphemy" against Islam. ... Tue, 09 May 2017 09:53:00 GMT 2017-05-09T09:53:00Z The Latest: US, Indonesia companies sign investment deals JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — The Latest on U.S. Vice President Mike Pence's trip to Asia (all times local): 11:15 a.m. Friday U.S. and Indonesian companies are signing 11 commercial and investment agreements during U.S. Vice President Mike Pence's visit to Jakarta that the two governments say are worth a combined $10 billion over time. ... Fri, 21 Apr 2017 04:23:00 GMT 2017-04-21T04:23:00Z Nervous about China, Southeast Asia gets Trump's attention JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Southeast Asia, a focus of past U.S. presidents, has been overlooked thus far for the Trump administration, but Vice President Mike Pence's visit to Indonesia Thursday marked a sign of change and he announced the president would follow him to the region later this year. Anxious Southeast Asian governments are looking for America'... Fri, 21 Apr 2017 01:07:00 GMT 2017-04-21T01:07:00Z Indonesia prosecutors seek 2 years probation for Jakarta gov JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Prosecutors on Thursday recommended two years of probation for the minority Christian governor of the Indonesian capital during his trial for blaspheming the Quran. The relatively light sentencing demand was made a day after Gov. Basuki "Ahok" Tjahaja Purnama was swept out of office by a landslide election victory for a Muslim rival backed by conser... Thu, 20 Apr 2017 05:58:00 GMT 2017-04-20T05:58:00Z VP Pence meets Indonesian president on Asia tour JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Vice President Mike Pence is meeting Indonesia's president and other top officials in Jakarta on Thursday with trade and commercial disputes expected to be on the agenda. The two-day stop in Muslim-majority Indonesia comes as President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo deals with a serious political setback after a political ally was defeated by Islamic conserva... Thu, 20 Apr 2017 04:32:00 GMT 2017-04-20T04:32:00Z Early results show defeat for Jakarta's Christian governor JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Unofficial results showed the minority Christian governor of the Indonesian capital was resoundingly defeated Wednesday by his Muslim challenger who swept up votes by appealing to a growing conservatism in the world's most populous Muslim nation. So called "quick counts" by 10 research companies show former Cabinet minister Anies... Wed, 19 Apr 2017 11:10:00 GMT 2017-04-19T11:10:00Z The Latest: Pence to visit mosque in Indonesian capital TOKYO (AP) — The Latest on U.S. Vice President Mike Pence's trip to Asia (all times local): 5:55 p.m. U.S. Vice President Mike Pence will be visiting the Istiqlal mosque in Jakarta on Thursday as part of his visit to Indonesia. The vice president's office says he will be touring the largest mosque in Indonesia and par... Wed, 19 Apr 2017 08:59:00 GMT 2017-04-19T08:59:00Z Indonesians shocked by Trump, but still admire US values JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesians are by turns shocked and bemused by Donald Trump's volatile presidency, but many in the world's most populous Muslim nation say his personality and actions — including his controversial travel ban — haven't changed their positive view of the United States. There is a reservoir of goodwill in Indonesia toward the U.S.,... Fri, 03 Mar 2017 04:49:00 GMT 2017-03-03T04:49:00Z Saudi Arabia announces Indonesia investments as king visits BOGOR, Indonesia (AP) — Saudi Arabia pledged $1 billion in development finance for Indonesia and expanded cooperation in other areas, deepening ties with Southeast Asia's biggest economy as the Saudi king and a huge entourage arrived Wednesday for a 9-day visit. Enthusiastic crowds lined the route of King Salman's heavily guarded motorcade as it arrived i... Wed, 01 Mar 2017 13:16:00 GMT 2017-03-01T13:16:00Z N. Korean envoy blasts Malaysians, calls for joint probe KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — North Korea's ambassador to Malaysia denounced the country's investigation into the death of the exiled half brother of North Korea's ruler, calling it politically motivated and demanding a joint probe amid increasingly bitter exchanges between the once-friendly nations. Malaysia responded with its own accusations, with a for... Tue, 21 Feb 2017 00:10:00 GMT 2017-02-21T00:10:00Z Indonesians at mass prayers urged to vote for Muslims JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Tens of thousands of Indonesians gathered at the national mosque in the capital on Saturday for mass prayers urging people to vote for a Muslim governor of the city as the country prepares for regional elections next week. The crowds overflowed from Istiqlal Mosque in the heart of Jakarta into the surrounding streets. Clerics gav... Sat, 11 Feb 2017 09:04:00 GMT 2017-02-11T09:04:00Z Indonesia, Japan affirm deeper ties during Abe's Asian tour BOGOR, Indonesia (AP) — Japan and Indonesia on Sunday affirmed a deepening of economic and political ties during a visit by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who is using a four-nation tour of Asia to underscore his government's role in countering China's assertiveness in the South China Sea. After meeting with Abe, Indonesian President Joko "Jokowi" Wi... Sun, 15 Jan 2017 14:17:00 GMT 2017-01-15T14:17:00Z 17 still missing after Indonesia boat fire kills 23 JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — A search resumed Monday for 17 people reported missing after a ferry fire off the coast of Indonesia's capital that left at least 23 dead, officials said. The victims died Sunday when the vessel, Zahro Express, carrying more than 260 people from a port near Jakarta to Tidung, a resort island in the Kepulauan Seribu chain, caught fire, officials said... Mon, 02 Jan 2017 09:50:00 GMT 2017-01-02T09:50:00Z Honk if you want to know what the 'om telolet om' meme means JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Honk if you want to know what the internet's latest meme "om telolet om" means. The expression was started by Indonesian children standing on the side of the road yelling for bus and truck drivers to toot their horns, which play a series of jingle-like beeps. Internet videos showed Indonesian kids holding signs... Sat, 24 Dec 2016 00:15:00 GMT 2016-12-24T00:15:00Z Indonesia police kill 3 suspected militants, defuse bombs TANGERANG, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesian police said three suspected militants who were planning a holiday season suicide bombing were killed in a gunbattle Wednesday on the outskirts of Jakarta in the second imminent attack to be foiled in less than two weeks. A residential neighborhood was evacuated after bombs were found in a house rented by the men. Pol... Wed, 21 Dec 2016 10:29:00 GMT 2016-12-21T10:29:00Z Governor of Indonesia capital sobs as blasphemy trial begins JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — The minority Christian governor of Indonesia's capital sobbed in court Tuesday on the first day of his blasphemy trial as he recalled the role of Muslim godparents in his childhood and said he would never intentionally insult Islam. The national upheaval over the governor's alleged blasphemy has challenged Indonesia's reputation ... Tue, 13 Dec 2016 08:35:00 GMT 2016-12-13T08:35:00Z Rescuers comb Indonesia earthquake rubble for second day MEUREUDU, Indonesia (AP) — Rescue workers, soldiers and police combed through the rubble of a devastated town in Indonesia's Aceh province Thursday, resuming a search for earthquake survivors that was halted at night by rain and blackouts. More than 100 people died in the shallow and powerful quake that struck northeast Sumatra before dawn on Wednesday. H... Thu, 08 Dec 2016 05:11:00 GMT 2016-12-08T05:11:00Z The Latest: Indonesia earthquake death toll rises to 102 MEUREUDU, Indonesia (AP) — The Latest on a magnitude 6.5 earthquake in Indonesia's Aceh province (all times local): 11:10 a.m. A spokesman for Indonesia's National Disaster Mitigation Agency says the death toll from Wednesday's earthquake has risen to 102, spread across three districts in northern Aceh but concentrat... Thu, 08 Dec 2016 04:24:00 GMT 2016-12-08T04:24:00Z Indonesia blasphemy protest swells to crowd of 200,000 JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — At least 200,000 conservative Muslims rallied in the Indonesian capital on Friday in the second major protest in a month against its minority Christian governor who is being prosecuted for alleged blasphemy. President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo, who is a political ally of the Jakarta governor, Basuki "Ahok" Tjahaja Purnama, and angered... Fri, 02 Dec 2016 07:04:00 GMT 2016-12-02T07:04:00Z Indonesia protests awaken fears for minority Chinese JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — The capital of Muslim-majority Indonesia is on edge ahead of what is expected to be a second massive protest by conservative Muslims against its Christian governor and no group more so than its Chinese minority. They have reason to be concerned. The movement against the governor, who is being prosecuted for allegedly insulting th... Wed, 30 Nov 2016 11:40:00 GMT 2016-11-30T11:40:00Z