Despite apology, Indonesia asks why US blocked military chief’s travel

Monday, 23 October 2017

Indonesia on Monday said it had made "urgent" requests for an explanation why the United States barred its military chief from travelling to the US, as anger simmered in the world's largest Muslim-majority country over the diplomatic incident. Armed forces commander General Gatot Nurmantyo was stopped on Saturday from boarding an Emirates flight to the US, despite having a visa and an official invitation to a conference from his counterpart, the chairman of the US joint ...

Goalkeeper dies after collision in Indonesian league game

Monday, 16 October 2017

Indonesia’s soccer community was grieving Monday following the death of a veteran goalkeeper after a collision during a weekend league game.Choirul Huda, 38, slumped to the ground following a collision with Persela teammate Ramon Rodrigues de Mesquita during Sunday’s game against Semen Padang at Surajaya Stadium in East Java. Huda was treated at the stadium before being rushed to a nearby hospital, but died several hours later.In a statement released by the club, doctor Yudistira ...

WATCH: Putin bursts into laughter after ‘pork exports to Indonesia’ gaffe

Sunday, 15 October 2017

Russian President Vladimir Putin burst into laughter during a cabinet meeting after Russian Minister of Agriculture Alexander Tkachev mentioned exporting pork to Indonesia. In details, according to local media outlets, Tkachev was proposing a plan to boost the export of meats and gave Germany as an example in terms of exporting pork to some countries like Japan, China and Indonesia. Putin then smiled and clarified to Tkachev that Indonesia is a Muslim country hence its people do not eat pork, ...

Snake on a plate: Indonesian villagers feast on python after it bit man’s arm

Thursday, 5 October 2017

A group of villagers in the village in the Indagiri Hulu regency of Riau, Indonesia, reportedly feasted on a seven-meter python after it had attacked and nearly mauled a man’s arm.According to Sutarja, chief of the Batang Gangsal police station, Robert Nababan, 37, called his friends after seeing the python lying on the side of a road. They then came to help capture the snake before it bit Robert’s arm.“When Robert tried to cover the snake’s head with a sack, the snake ...

Polygamy dating app draws criticism in Indonesia

Tuesday, 3 October 2017

A Tinder-style dating app for polygamists has sparked controversy in Indonesia, the world’s most populous Muslim nation – but its developer says he “just wants to help” unmarried middle-aged women.Indonesian law defines marriage as between a man and a woman but polygamy is tolerated in certain circumstances, despite being generally frowned upon. Ayo Poligami, loosely translated as “let’s go polygamy”, is a free smartphone app that matches married and ...

Nearly 50,000 flee amid fears of Bali volcanic eruption

Monday, 25 September 2017

Nearly 50,000 people have evacuated their homes amid fears of an imminent volcanic eruption on the Indonesian resort island of Bali, disaster officials said Monday. Mount Agung, about 75 kilometers (47 miles) from the tourist hub of Kuta, has been rumbling since August, threatening to erupt for the first time in more than 50 years. Indonesia’s disaster mitigation agency said Monday 48,540 people had fled, although the number was expected to rise because more than 60,000 people lived in the ...

PHOTOS: ‘Hijabs beautiful’ Indonesians tell NY Fashion Week

Friday, 8 September 2017

The hijab and abaya dazzled center stage on the New York runway Thursday as up-and-coming Indonesian designers kicked off an increasingly diverse fashion week, hoping to change prejudices in the West. “We’re not oppressed and we just want to show the world that we still can be beautiful, stylish with our hijab on,” said designer Dian Pelangi, 26, who has 4.8 million followers on Instagram. She was one of five Indonesian luxury ready-to-wear designers, joined by an accessories ...

Indonesian envoy to urge Myanmar to halt violence against Rohingya Muslims

Sunday, 3 September 2017

Indonesian President Joko Widodo has sent his foreign minister to Myanmar to urge its government to halt violence against Rohingya Muslims, he said on Sunday after a petrol bomb was thrown at the Myanmar embassy in Jakarta. Jakarta police are investigating the incident, said spokesman Argo Yuwono. A group of activists had held a protest at the embassy on Saturday, calling for the Nobel Prize Committee to withdraw the Nobel Peace Prize from Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi, state news agency ...

Indonesians uncover syndicate spreading hate speech online - police

Thursday, 24 August 2017

Indonesian authorities have uncovered a group spreading hate speech and fake news online, one of many that they fear could undermine national unity. Indonesia has an ethnically diverse population of 250 million people, most of them Muslim but with significant minorities from other religions, and unity across the archipelago has been a priority of governments for generations. Three people were arrested this week on suspicion of being part of a syndicate being paid to spread incendiary material ...

Hijab cosplay takes off as Indonesian Muslim women embrace fan culture

Friday, 21 July 2017

After donning a blue Cinderella dress, Sind Yanti carefully arranges her pale yellow “hijab”, or traditional headscarf, into folds that resemble hair. “Wearing a hijab should not be a barrier for anything. We are free to be creative,” said the 24-year-old Indonesian designer after posting selfies of her latest “cosplay” outfit. She is among a growing number of young Muslim women in Southeast Asia who are taking part in “hijab” costume play, finding ...

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