Australia, Indonesia sign anti-terror pact as report warns of new attacks

Singapore: Australia has reaffirmed a joint commitment to fight terrorism with Jakarta as a new report warns pro-Islamic State cells in Indonesia are likely to try and launch attacks of their own in the wake of the deadly airport bombing in Taliban-held Kabul. A new counter-terrorism pact between the neighbouring countries was announced in Jakarta on Thursday as Foreign Minister

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Indonesia Covid scam: 9,000 passengers tested with REUSED nasal swabs

Indonesia busts Covid scam after 9,000 air passengers were tested with REUSED nasal swab sticks which were washed and then repackaged Several employees of a state-owned pharmaceutical company have been arrested over the scheme, which police say began in December Thousands of passengers at the Kualanamu International Airport were tested with reused nasal tests, sometimes receiving false positive results The

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Indonesia parliament passes flagship jobs bill, critics vow protests

JAKARTA (Reuters) – Indonesia’s parliament passed into law President Joko Widodo’s flagship “Job Creation” bill on Monday that aims to boost investment in Southeast Asia’s biggest economy, but critics ranging from unions to environmental groups pledged protests.FILE PHOTO: A view of Indonesia’s Parliament building in Jakarta, Indonesia, November 23, 2017. REUTERS/BeawihartaSeven parties backed the bill, while two voted against the

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'New normal': Indonesian army set to enforce COVID-19 measures

Some 340,000 officers across Indonesia tasked with ensuring people observe rules issued to slow coronavirus spread. Indonesia has ordered the deployment of hundreds of thousands of troops and police officers to enforce rules on wearing face masks and physical distancing, as the world’s fourth-most populous nation prepares to reopen its economy after a coronavirus lockdown. Armed forces chief Air Marshal

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Thailand, Indonesia to share intelligence to combat insurgents

ACEH, Indonesia (Reuters) – Thailand and Indonesia on Tuesday signed an intelligence sharing agreement that the Thai army chief said would help limit the movements of insurgents operating in the Muslim-majority southern region of Thailand. Buddhist-majority Thailand and Muslim-majority Indonesia will share information on “movements of extremists, rebels or perpetrator groups who have been undermining national security”, the official document

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Indonesia's president visits island in waters disputed by China

JAKARTA (Reuters) – President Joko Widodo visited an island in waters disputed by China on Wednesday 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 waters off the coast of Indonesia’s northern Natuna islands, prompting Jakarta to summon Beijing’s ambassador. Widodo

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Crumbling seawall heightens worries over flood threat to Indonesian capital

JAKARTA (Reuters) – When part of a seawall protecting Jakarta collapsed last week near fisherman Awing Takalar’s shack it brought back bad memories of when another levee burst in 2007 and all his belongings were washed away. Fortunately, the tides have not been high, and residents in the exposed section of the Indonesian capital’s northern shoreline have not been affected

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Death toll in east Indonesia quake rises to 30, many still in shelters

JAKARTA (Reuters) – The death toll from a strong earthquake in Indonesia’s eastern province of Maluku has risen to 30 people, the national disaster mitigation agency (BNBP) said on Sunday, and hundreds of thousands of people remain in evacuation shelters. The 6.5 magnitude quake hit early on Thursday, damaging hundreds of houses and dozens of public facilities and infrastructure, including

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Indonesia restores internet access in parts of restive Papua region

JAKARTA (Reuters) – Indonesia has partially lifted an internet blackout imposed following civil unrest in the country’s easternmost region of Papua, but is yet to restore access in areas where the most violent protests erupted, a government statement said. The region of Papua has suffered the most serious civil unrest in years since mid-August over perceived racial and ethnic discrimination.

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