Indonesian orangutan caught puffing on zoo visitor’s cigarette

Saturday, 10 March 2018

Indonesia can now add a smoking orangutan to its roster of nicotine addicts. A video taken recently shows the beast picking up a cigarette butt that was flicked into its zoo enclosure by a visitor and then puffing away on it like a pro. The images of 22-year-old Bornean orangutan Ozon at the zoo in Bandung, about 150 kilometers southeast of Jakarta, promptly went viral. This not the first that a zoo orangutan has been caught sneaking a smoke in Indonesia, which has an abysmal record of animal ...

Saudi embassy in Indonesia: No death records of girl’s alleged Saudi father

Wednesday, 7 March 2018

Saudi Ambassador to Jakarta Osama Al-Shoaibi, who pledged to follow-up on the case of the Indonesian girl whose Saudi father died few years ago, said the embassy did not find anything in its records or archives about the death of Sultan al-Harbi, the girl’s alleged father. If there is someone called Sultan al-Harbi who died 9 or 10 years ago, then his body was not transferred to Saudi Arabia via the embassy and the Saudi airlines, the ambassador said, adding that no one with the name ...

Embassy in Indonesia follows up on girl’s search for Saudi father’s family

Monday, 5 March 2018

Saudi Ambassador to Jakarta Osama Al-Shoaibi pledged to follow-up the case of a girl whose Saudi father died a few years ago. Ten-year-old Haifa Sultan Al-Harbi, who lives in Indonesia, appeared in a video recording on social media in recent days appealing for help to reach out to her late father’s family and relatives in Saudi Arabia. The ambassador received her along with her mother and pledged to follow-up on their case. The Saudi Embassy announced that it had given them a sum of money ...

WATCH: Saudi girl from Indonesian mother looks for deceased father’s family

Sunday, 4 March 2018

A video of a little girl and her Indonesian mother who claims that the girl’s father is Saudi gained widespread attention on social media. In the video, shot by a Saudi man in Kota Bunga in the Puncak mountain pass, the mother Mona said that the girl’s father died nine years ago in a car accident in Indonesia. Mona added that she had been with the Saudi man, Sultan al-Harbi, since she was 18 years old, and he was 23 years old. She said they were in a customary marriage for four ...

Indonesia's next goal: making world dirtiest river’s water drinkable

Saturday, 3 March 2018

The scabies on Indonesian rice farmer Yusuf Supriyadi's limbs are a daily reminder of the costs of living next to the "world's dirtiest river". Supriyadi depends on the Citarum's murky waters -- a floating carpet of household rubbish, toxic chemicals and animal feces -- to irrigate a small rice plot in West Java that sustains his family of six. The farmer’s rice yield is now down by two-thirds in the rainy season as textile factories dump more and more industrial waste into the ...

Indonesia volcano erupts, airlines warned from flying over area

Monday, 19 February 2018

The Mount Sinabung volcano on Indonesia’s Sumatra island erupted on Monday causing clouds of ash to reach heights of 5,000 kilometers prompting Indonesia to raise aviation warnings.The volcano, which is 2,460 meters high, has been erupting sporadically since late 2013, forcing thousands of people to leave.The warning level of Sinabung volcano remains at its highest level since June 2015.Airlines have been issued a ‘red notice’, barring them from flying over parts of Indonesia ...

IN PICTURES: Indonesian couple bike their way to Mecca in yearlong trip

Saturday, 17 February 2018

While Muslims from around the world make the pilgrimage to Makkah as a demonstration of their submission to the will of God, most of them get there by air in view of the long distance to travel. Some put out to sea while a lot many others, especially those from neighboring countries, travel overland in cars and buses to reach the holiest place on earth for the journey of a lifetime. However, Hakam Mabruri and his wife Rofingatul Islamiah, both 35, share a passion for adventure. The Indonesian ...

Indonesia quake shakes capital, causes some injuries, damage in Java

Tuesday, 23 January 2018

Office workers fled high-rise buildings in the Indonesian capital on Tuesday after a strong earthquake shook the city, causing some injuries and damage to at least 130 buildings elsewhere on the densely populated island of Java. The relatively shallow quake of magnitude 6 struck off Java, the US Geological Survey said, and authorities ruled out the risk of a tsunami. Many people ran along the streets of downtown Jakarta, pointing at the buildings above them, witnesses ...

Indonesian ‘halal science’ professor wins 2018 King Faisal Prize

Thursday, 11 January 2018

Indonesian Professor Irwandi Jawsir has won the first prize of prestigious King Faisal Prize this year. He has been honored for his contribution toward establishment and development of ‘Halal Science’. Here is what we know about the man. Professor Jawsir was born on December 20, 1970. He obtained his bachelor’s degree in Food Technology and Human Nutrition from Bogor Agriculture University. Prof. Jawsir did his PhD in Food Chemistry and Biochemistry from the University Putra in ...

Indonesia launches cyber agency to tackle fake news and extremism

Wednesday, 3 January 2018

In a battle to combat online extremism and a surplus of fake news on social media, the world’s largest Muslim majority country, Indonesia, has launched a new cyber security agency. Internet hoaxes have reached an all-time high while millions of Indonesians are going online for the first time. The recent high-profile case where fake news was published on social media that Beijing was seeking to wage biological warfare against Indonesia is just one example. The viral hoax prompted the ...

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