‘Flying bulldog’: world’s largest bee rediscovered in Indonesia

The world's largest bee -- a giant insect roughly the size of a human thumb -- has been rediscovered in a remote part of Indonesia in its first sighting in nearly 40 years, researchers said Thursday.

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MUI, 212 movement to both hold mass prayer events at Monas tonight

MUI, 212 movement to both hold mass prayer events at Monas tonight

Major roads surrounding Monas will be closed for tonight’s mass prayers.

Villagers in Indonesia’s Mojokerto force relocation of Christian’s grave in Muslim cemetery

Villagers in Indonesia’s Mojokerto force relocation of Christian’s grave in Muslim cemetery

Being a religious minority in Indonesia can not only lead to struggles in life, but also after death, as illustrated in this latest story of yet another burial dispute based on...

Indonesian family dies in house fire allegedly caused by father’s suicidal self-immolation

Indonesian family dies in house fire allegedly caused by father’s suicidal self-immolation

On Wednesday at dawn, horror struck a family in the Sukabumi Regency of West Java.

Deputy speaker Fadli Zon says hate-speech convict Ahmad Dhani’s jail is worse than Auschwitz

Deputy speaker Fadli Zon says hate-speech convict Ahmad Dhani’s jail is worse than Auschwitz

"I don't think this [prison] is humane. I have been to the Nazi’s Auschwitz concentration camp and it at least had beds. As it is, I think the conditions there are still...

East Jakarta fire station has not been built due to scavengers squatting on land: officials

East Jakarta fire station has not been built due to scavengers squatting on land: officials

Governor Anies Baswedan's reluctance to carry out evictions is causing some serious issues.

Indonesia set to host MotoGP in 2021 at Mandalika Circuit, soon to be built in Lombok

Indonesia set to host MotoGP in 2021 at Mandalika Circuit, soon to be built in Lombok

Great news for Indonesian MotoGP fans — in 2 years, you won’t have to fly somewhere like France, Japan or Malaysia to watch a race up close and in person.

Government to launch LinkAja e-payment system to rival Go-Pay & Ovo in early March: State Enterprises minister

Government to launch LinkAja e-payment system to rival Go-Pay & Ovo in early March: State Enterprises minister

As Indonesia’s fintech industry continues to grow, consumers have benefited from the rise of mobile wallets, as such as Go-Pay, Ovo and Dana, which have been trying to outdo...

Millennial bloggers with My Little Ponies protest Prabowo’s lack of ‘unicorn’ knowledge

Millennial bloggers with My Little Ponies protest Prabowo’s lack of ‘unicorn’ knowledge

When you tick off tech bronies, they bring ponies to their protests.

Mall Taman Anggrek food court blast is gas pipe explosion, management confirms

Mall Taman Anggrek food court blast is gas pipe explosion, management confirms

An explosion rocked West Jakarta’s Mall Taman Anggrek this morning, with the shopping center’s management saying that it was caused by a gas pipe.


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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.