Indonesia

JAKARTA, Indonesia | Indonesia’s jobs for generals plan alarms rights groups

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — The Indonesian government is planning to post some of the dozens of underemployed generals into high-ranking civilian roles, alarming rights groups who see it as a threat to the country’s young democracy. Indonesia’s military has at least 150 generals without defined positions, partly due to a rise in the retirement age, … Continue reading JAKARTA, Indonesia | Indonesia’s jobs for generals plan alarms rights groups

JAKARTA, Indonesia | Migrant who founded Indonesian business empire dies

JAKARTA, Indonesia — Eka Tjipta Widjaja, patriarch of one of Asia’s richest families and the founder of a sprawling Indonesian conglomerate, has died. He was 97. Widjaja passed away on Saturday evening, according to Gandi Sulistiyanto, a managing director at the Sinarmas conglomerate. The son of migrants from Fujian in China, Widjaja was a coconut … Continue reading JAKARTA, Indonesia | Migrant who founded Indonesian business empire dies

JAKARTA, Indonesia | Governor convicted of blasphemy freed from Indonesian prison

JAKARTA, Indonesia—January 23, 2019— A polarizing Christian politician whose campaign comments ignited protests that were the largest in Muslim-majority Indonesia in years was freed Thursday after serving nearly two years in prison for blasphemy. Basuki “Ahok” Tjahaja Purnama, the former governor of Jakarta, left a paramilitary police prison outside the capital early Thursday with members … Continue reading JAKARTA, Indonesia | Governor convicted of blasphemy freed from Indonesian prison

JAKARTA, Indonesia  | Spokesman for former Jakarta governor who was imprisoned for blasphemy says he was released early Thursday

JAKARTA, Indonesia  —January 23, 2019— Spokesman for former Jakarta governor who was imprisoned for blasphemy says he was released early Thursday. By Associated Press

JAKARTA, Indonesia | Lawyer for ailing radical cleric who inspired Bali bombers says Indonesian gov’t will release him from prison next week

JAKARTA, Indonesia —Jan 18, 2019—Lawyer for ailing radical cleric who inspired Bali bombers says Indonesian gov’t will release him from prison next week. By Associated Press

DENPASAR, Indonesia | Bali volcano shoots new burst of ash; flights unaffected

DENPASAR, Indonesia— A volcano on Indonesia’s tourist island of Bali has shot a new burst of hot ash into the air. The Volcanology and Geological Mitigation agency says Mount Agung erupted for about three minutes Sunday, spewing white clouds of smoke and ash more than 700 meters (2,300 feet) into the air. The eruption of … Continue reading DENPASAR, Indonesia | Bali volcano shoots new burst of ash; flights unaffected

JAKARTA, Indonesia | Anak Krakatau volcano now a quarter of its pre-eruption size

JAKARTA, Indonesia — Scientists say Indonesia’s Anak Krakatau volcano island, which erupted and collapsed a week ago triggering a deadly tsunami, is now only about a quarter of its pre-eruption size. Indonesia’s Center for Volcanology and Geological Disaster Mitigation says Anak Krakatau now has a volume of 40-70 million cubic meters and lost 150-180 million … Continue reading JAKARTA, Indonesia | Anak Krakatau volcano now a quarter of its pre-eruption size

SUMUR, Indonesia | Indonesia asks people to avoid coast near erupting volcano

SUMUR, Indonesia— Indonesian authorities are asking people near an island volcano to avoid the coast while eruptions and weather and sea conditions are monitored for tsunami risks. A tsunami that followed an eruption of Anak Krakatoa hit communities along the Sunda Strait on Saturday night, killing more than 420 people and displacing thousands. The Meteorology, … Continue reading SUMUR, Indonesia | Indonesia asks people to avoid coast near erupting volcano