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West Java cracks down on ‘adult’ foreign pop

JAKARTA — Indonesia’s most populous province has set restrictions on when certain English-language songs can be aired on television and radio, citing concerns over “vulgar” and “negative” lyrics.

Interest rate hikes in store for Thailand, Indonesia

THE OUTLOOK for interest rates in Southeast Asia’s two biggest economies is upward even after mixed inflation data on Monday.

Strong 6.2 magnitude quake strikes off eastern Indonesia

Kupang, Indonesia -- A strong 6.2 magnitude earthquake struck eastern Indonesia on Tuesday, the US Geological Survey said, but there was no tsunami warning...

Four Japan athletes booted from Asian Games in prostitute scandal

Jakarta -- Four Japanese basketball players have been sent home from the Asian Games in disgrace for allegedly paying prostitutes for sex, the Japanese...

Multiple quakes rock Indonesia’s Lombok island, five dead

Mataram, Indonesia -- Multiple earthquakes -- including a powerful and shallow 6.9-magnitude tremor -- have rocked the Indonesian holiday island of Lombok, killing at...

Indonesia fights Turkey contagion with surprise hike

INDONESIA’S central bank surprised most economists by raising its benchmark interest rate a fourth time since May, moving swiftly to contain the volatility sweeping across emerging markets and curb a slide in its currency.

Lights out for Indonesia’s LRT just days before Asian Games

Jakarta, Indonesia -- Indonesia is investigating a series of malfunctions that have plagued its first light rapid transit (LRT) system just days out from...

More than 500 hikers stranded on mountain after Indonesia quake

Mataram, Indonesia -- Indonesia mounted a rescue operation Monday to reach more than 500 hikers and guides stranded by landslides on an active volcano...

How the World Cup made eggs more expensive in Indonesia

A rally in egg prices in Indonesia to the highest in at least two years on lower supplies and good demand during the FIFA...

Asia’s biggest cocoa grower has a chocolate problem. This icy treat...

Asia’s biggest cocoa grower has a chocolate problem. Cocoa production in the 130-year old industry in Indonesia is set to shrink for the third straight...

PHL-Indonesia joint sea patrols continuing

COORDINATED SEA patrols are continuing between the Philippines and Indonesia, according to Lt. Gen. Benjamin R. Madrigal, Jr. of the Eastern Mindanao Command (Eastmincom).

MPTC increases stake in Indonesian infra firm

An Indonesian unit of Metro Pacific Tollways Corp. (MPTC) has hiked its stake in Indonesian infrastructure firm PT Nusantara Infrastructure Tbk to more than...

Zamboanga-Kalimantan sea transport service being considered

DAVAO CITY — A sea transport service linking Kalimantan and Zamboanga is being eyed to boost trade and tourism between Indonesia and the Philippines, according to Indonesian Consul General Berlian Napitupulu.

PHL govt’s ‘friendly attitude’ lures Indonesian crypto startup

Pundi X aims to deploy its blockchain-powered products Pundi XPOS to the country as part of its global expansion plan.

India, Indonesia among Asia’s most debt risky nations

THE PHILIPPINE Institute for Development Studies (PIDS) wants to broaden the level of transparency in the government's foreign investment negative list.

Indonesia passes tougher terror law after suicide attacks

Indonesia passed a new law Friday that will give police more power to take pre-emptive action against terror suspects following the country's deadliest Islamist...

Indonesia’s stock rout claims another victim: the IPO market

The selloff sweeping the Indonesian market is turning into a spoiler for the local bourse’s goal of listing the most new companies in two...

Another family behind new Indonesia suicide bombings: police

Surabaya, Indonesia -- A family of five, including a child, carried out the suicide bombing of a police headquarters in Indonesia's second city Surabaya...

Emerging market sell-off has Indonesia in crosshairs

INDONESIA’S market rout shows no signs of abating, with its two-year bonds the latest to be dumped in anticipation that the central bank may...

Duterte to hold bilateral meetings with leaders of Singapore, Indonesia, Vietnam

President Rodrigo R. Duterte is set to hold bilateral meetings with leaders of Singapore, Indonesia, and Vietnam on the sidelines of the 32nd Association...

Counselling, not crocodiles: Indonesia anti-drug czar flags new strategy

JAKARTA — Indonesia’s new anti-narcotics chief Heru Winarko called for an expansion of rehabilitation centers across the country on Wednesday, flagging a new approach...

Security in check as gov’t prepares Tawi-Tawi as ecozone, says MinDA

CLOSER COORDINATION among maritime forces between the Philippines, Indonesia, and Malaysia have strengthened security in shared waters, according to Secretary Datu Abul Khayr D....

Movies in spotlight as Jokowi seeks to reshape Indonesia economy

JAKARTA — Indonesia wants to lower its reliance on natural resources and President Joko Widodo is turning the spotlight on films, fashion and handicrafts. Growth...

Jokowi says his reforms are a success with Indonesia’s economic growth...

JAKARTA — Indonesian President Joko Widodo said government reforms to boost the economy are starting to pay off, enabling it to embark on the...

Metro Pacific expanding into Indonesia

METRO PACIFIC Investments Corp. (MPIC) is expanding into Indonesia, as its toll road unit raised its stake in infrastructure holding company PT Nusantara Infrastructure...

Indonesia’s Finance chief says no stigma in China links

JAKARTA -- Indonesia is open to all foreign investment and any stigma attached to China is likely driven by a lack of information or...

Philippine builder gets contract for $980-M Indonesian LNG terminal

ATLANTIC, Gulf and Pacific Co. (AG&P) will build and operate a $980-million liquefied natural gas (LNG) receiving terminal in Bantaeng, South Sulawesi that will...

Indonesia, Vietnam look to blaze trail for solar in Southeast Asia

SINGAPORE/JAKARTA -- Indonesia and Vietnam are looking to join Thailand in blazing a trail for solar power in Southeast Asia, introducing targets to fire...

Ride-hailing firm Grab pulls gory Indonesia ad

JAKARTA — Ride-hailing start-up Grab has withdrawn an advertisement in Indonesia after the video’s portrayal of a woman covered in blood sparked an online...

Words, history, and traffic

By Nickky Faustine P. de Guzman WHILE JAKARTA, Indonesia may not be a top favorite on lists of the best foodie places in Southeast Asia,...

Red Bull apologizes to Indonesia over offensive ad

JAKARTA — Red Bull has publicly apologized for shooting a commercial in which an athlete performed acrobatic stunts across one of Indonesia’s ancient holy...

Indonesia plans peat monitoring system to curb choking haze

JAKARTA -- Indonesia is planning a hi-tech monitoring network to protect peatland at the center of last year’s raging fires that cloaked Southeast Asia...

Indonesia plans tougher punishments for poachers

JAKARTA, INDONESIA -- Indonesia plans to quadruple maximum jail terms for animal poachers and traffickers in a major overhaul of wildlife crime laws, but...

Carbon from Indonesia fires exceeds US emissions: green groups

JAKARTA — Fires raging across huge areas of Indonesia are spewing more greenhouse gases into the atmosphere every day than the US economy, according...