Indonesian TV station warned over portrayal of violence in Spongebob Squarepants movie

Children’s cartoon Spongebob Squarepants has fallen afoul of Indonesia’s broadcasting watchdog. Again.

4-month-old baby dies in Indonesia, officials say respiratory infection from forest fire haze likely cause

4-month-old baby dies in Indonesia, officials say respiratory infection from forest fire haze likely cause

A four-month-old infant reportedly died in the city of Palembang, South Sumatra yesterday, with the suspected cause of her death being haze from forest fires that have choked the...

Frontline fight: Indonesia locked in epic battle against jungle blazes

Frontline fight: Indonesia locked in epic battle against jungle blazes

Working around the clock, thousands of firefighters are struggling to contain smog-belching blazes raging across rainforests and farmland in Indonesia, one of the frontlines...

Forest fires in Indonesia among those destroying vital buffer against climate change

Forest fires in Indonesia among those destroying vital buffer against climate change

With fierce blazes raging in jungles from the Amazon to Indonesia, concerns are mounting about the impact as rainforests play a vital role in protecting the planet against global...

Indonesians choked by forest fire haze pray for rain

Indonesians choked by forest fire haze pray for rain

Hundreds of people held a mass prayer for rain in a smoke-filled Indonesian city on Friday, desperately hoping that downpours will extinguish forest fires and wash away the toxic...

Indonesia forest fires surge, stoking global warming fears

Indonesia forest fires surge, stoking global warming fears

The number of blazes in Indonesia's rainforests has jumped sharply, satellite data showed Thursday, spreading smog across Southeast Asia and adding to concerns about the impact of...

He’s sickle of it: Indonesian student brings weapon to school demanding confiscated phone back (Video)

He’s sickle of it: Indonesian student brings weapon to school demanding confiscated phone back (Video)

Many kids are practically inseparable from their phones these days, but one junior high school student from Gunungkidul in Central Java took that attachment to an extreme new...

Former president B. J. Habibie to be buried next to his wife at Kalibata Heroes Cemetery this afternoon

Former president B. J. Habibie to be buried next to his wife at Kalibata Heroes Cemetery this afternoon

Former Indonesian President B. J. Habibie, who passed away at the age of 83 yesterday evening due to reported heart failure, will be buried next to his beloved wife Hasri Ainun...

Former Indonesian president Habibie dies at 83

Former Indonesian president Habibie dies at 83

Former Indonesian president B.J. Habibie, who ushered in an era of democratic reforms after the downfall of long-time dictator Suharto, died on Wednesday at the age of 83 in...

Malaysia piles pressure on Indonesia over smog-belching fires

Malaysia piles pressure on Indonesia over smog-belching fires

Malaysia has stepped up pressure on neighbouring Indonesia to tackle huge blazes tearing through its rainforests and smothering Southeast Asia in smog, as fires typically started...


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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.