BREAKING: Two explosions rock Jakarta’s Kampung Melayu neighborhood, suicide bombing suspected

Two explosions rocked Jakarta's Kampung Melayu neighborhood tonight, believed to be the work of suicide

Indonesian police steamroller alcohol before Ramadan

Indonesian authorities typically make a show of seizing large quantities of drink and destroying it in the run-up to Ramadan in a reminder to Muslims to abstain from drinking...

Indonesian police steamroller alcohol before Ramadan

New police taskforce to target Indonesian gays

Police in Indonesia's most populous province plan to deploy a taskforce to investigate lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) activity, a move likely to fuel concerns of a...

New police taskforce to target Indonesian gays

Gruesome video of gang attacking random motorists goes viral, police: they just want to hurt people

Recently, a video showing an attack on random motorcyclists by a gang of thugs in Jagakarsa, South Jakarta, went viral. In the video, the thugs appear to be wielding sharp weapons...

Gruesome video of gang attacking random motorists goes viral, police: they just want to hurt people

VIRAL: Mitsubishi-loving Indonesian parents supposedly name their child Pajero Sport

“May you grow up to be a handsome boy, with soft suspension, not too loud and ergonomically

VIRAL: Mitsubishi-loving Indonesian parents supposedly name their child Pajero Sport

GNPF-MUI alleges two bloggers to be behind Rizieq’s sex scandal, blames news site for making issue viral

The National Movement to Safeguard the Indonesian Ulema Council’s Fatwa (GNPF-MUI) claims that they now know the identity of the people behind the “engineering” of an...

GNPF-MUI alleges two bloggers to be behind Rizieq’s sex scandal, blames news site for making issue viral

President Joko Widodo approves two-year extension of forest moratorium

Indonesian President Joko Widodo has approved a two-year extension to a moratorium on issuing new licenses to use land designated as primary forest and peatland, the environment...

President Joko Widodo approves two-year extension of forest moratorium

Police in Depok claim to have confiscated Superman ecstasy that can turn people into cannibals

Indonesian law enforcement have been known to exaggerate some claims when it comes to narcotics in order to whip up public support to fight Indonesia’s “drug emergency”...

Police in Depok claim to have confiscated Superman ecstasy that can turn people into cannibals

Celebrity cleric Arifin Ilham threatens to report satirists to police for making fun of his video about polygamy

The family of Indonesian celebrity cleric Arifin Ilham has threatened to report three people to the police for defamation after they made a satirical video in which they poked fun...

Celebrity cleric Arifin Ilham threatens to report satirists to police for making fun of his video about polygamy

National Commission on Human Rights denounces police’s ‘inhumane’ treatment of those detained at ‘gay party’ in Jakarta

"Komnas HAM regrets the arrest of 144 people by North Jakarta Police at Atlantis Gym and Sauna for allegedly being involved prostitution, which was carried out through raids that...

National Commission on Human Rights denounces police’s ‘inhumane’ treatment of those detained at ‘gay party’ in Jakarta

Coconuts Jakarta News

In a city of just over 10 million people (over 30 million if the surrounding satellite cities of Bogor, Depok, Tangerang and Bekasi were included) and many different cultures, news in Jakarta is obviously as varied as it is plentiful. Being a capital city, it’s a given that Jakarta news mostly revolves around politics and economics on a regular day. Jakarta’s Governor Basuki “Ahok” Tjahaja Purnama is quite the headline maker, as he’s known to be a no-nonsense, assertive figure who’s actually proving to be the leader the city needs in order for it to progress infrastructurally, socially, and economically. He also has his critics – many of whom like to discredit him based on his race and religion, as Ahok is a double minority as both Chinese and a Christian. Apart from coverage of men in suits and ties (and batik), Jakarta’s news sphere also heavily features crime stories. Many Jakartan crime stories have been covered and obsessed about nationally, the biggest of which in recent times is the case of Wayan Mirna Solihin, who was allegedly murdered in early 2016 by her friend, Jessica Kumala Wongso, who apparently slipped cyanide in her coffee. Of course, there is also good and uplifting news coming out of Jakarta, like stories of selfless citizens who dedicate their time and effort to help other people, such as victims of flooding, which is quite a regular occurrence in parts of Jakarta, especially during the monsoon season.