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 ...

Scores injured as Indonesia stock exchange building lobby floor collapses

Monday, 15 January 2018

A mezzanine floor overlooking the main lobby of the Indonesian Stock Exchange building collapsed on Monday, injuring scores of people, many of them students, under slabs of concrete and other debris. The high-rise building, constructed in the late 1990s, is part of a two-tower complex in the heart of the financial district and houses dozens of other offices including the World Bank. It was the target of a car bombing by Isis militants in September 2000. Police ruled out a bomb as a cause of ...

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 ...

Jakarta launches first airport train to tackle gridlock

Tuesday, 2 January 2018

Jakarta launched the first train connecting its international airport to the city centre Tuesday as the sprawling Indonesian capital moves to tackle the gridlock that can make the trip an hours-long headache. The new system links Soekarno-Hatta International Airport on the outskirts of Jakarta to downtown in 55 minutes, cutting driving time by half or more. President Joko Widodo inaugurated the new system that officials hope will convince travelers to make the switch from private to public ...

Indonesian police: Two blasts hit bus station in Jakarta

Wednesday, 24 May 2017

Two blasts rocked a bus terminal in the Indonesian capital Jakarta on Wednesday and caused casualties, police said. “There were two blasts at around 9:00 pm (1400 GMT), close to each other, there are three victims,” East Jakarta police chief Andry Wibowo told TV station MetroTV, without saying whether the victims had been killed or injured. “From the damage I can see the explosions were pretty big.” It was not immediately clear what caused the blasts at the Kampung Melayu ...

Jakarta’s Christian governor jailed for blasphemy against Islam

Wednesday, 10 May 2017

Jakarta’s Christian governor has been sentenced to two years in jail for blasphemy, a harsher-than-expected ruling critics fear will embolden hardline Islamist forces to challenge secularism in Indonesia, the world’s largest Muslim-majority nation. Tuesday’s guilty verdict for Basuki Tjahaja Purnama comes amid concern about the growing influence of Islamist groups, who organized mass rallies during a tumultuous election campaign that ended with Purnama losing his ...

How a local election exposes Indonesian society’s faultlines

Tuesday, 14 February 2017

Urnama is backed by President Joko Widodo’s party and is running against Agus Yudhoyono

Indonesia arrests militant planning bomb strike on Myanmar embassy

Saturday, 26 November 2016

The suspect was identified as Rio Priatna Wibawa, 23, who is believed to be a member of an Indonesian group that supports ISIS

Indonesian Islamic hardliners protest Christian Governor

Friday, 14 October 2016

Triggered by accusations Jakarta governor Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, known by his nickname Ahok, insulted Islam

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