Rizieq Shihab to undergo swab test following hospital admission for ‘exhaustion’

Speculation that Islamic Defenders Front (FPI) leader Rizieq Shihab has contracted COVID-19 has grown ever stronger after the firebrand cleric was admitted to a hospital in Bogor late yesterday evening due to “exhaustion.”

DC Comics defeats Indonesian snack company in Superman trademark lawsuit

DC Comics defeats Indonesian snack company in Superman trademark lawsuit

DC Comics has finally found justice, the American way, after the comic book publisher won a copyright infringement lawsuit it previously lost related to Superman-themed snacks in...

KPK parades Rolex, LV, and Specialized bike as evidence of bribe in Edhy Prabowo’s arrest

KPK parades Rolex, LV, and Specialized bike as evidence of bribe in Edhy Prabowo’s arrest

Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Minister Edhy Prabowo was living in luxury from the bribe money he allegedly received, the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) said as it...

Indonesians reminisce the good times under Susi Pudjiastuti following Fisheries Minister Edhy Prabowo’s graft bust

Indonesians reminisce the good times under Susi Pudjiastuti following Fisheries Minister Edhy Prabowo’s graft bust

Indonesians are celebrating one of the country’s most popular cabinet ministers in modern history following the arrest of her successor on suspicion of corruption.

74 black-capped lories stuffed inside plastic bottles rescued from smuggling attempt out of West Papua

74 black-capped lories stuffed inside plastic bottles rescued from smuggling attempt out of West Papua

Dozens of black-capped lories were rescued from attempted smuggling out of West Papua’s Fakfak regency, authorities say, after a ship crew heard their distinctive chirps.

South Tangerang Police say woman dunked baby’s head in water out of jealousy for husband’s second wife

South Tangerang Police say woman dunked baby’s head in water out of jealousy for husband’s second wife

A woman in the city of South Tangerang was arrested for assaulting her daughter, police said, after she uploaded a video of the incident online.

Rizieq Shihab tests negative for COVID-19, according to Islamic Defenders Front

Rizieq Shihab tests negative for COVID-19, according to Islamic Defenders Front

Islamic Defenders Front (FPI) leader Rizieq Shihab has been cleared of COVID-19, the hardline Islamic group said, after growing speculation that the firebrand cleric had...

President Joko Widodo may shorten end-of-year break: Minister

President Joko Widodo may shorten end-of-year break: Minister

President Joko Widodo may shorten the end-of-year-break in Indonesia, a minister said today, as it appears the government is becoming increasingly concerned about Indonesians...

Rizieq Shihab refuses swab test amid suspicion he’s infected with coronavirus

Rizieq Shihab refuses swab test amid suspicion he’s infected with coronavirus

Islamic Defenders Front (FPI) leader Rizieq Shihab is refusing health screening by authorities, sources close to him say, as those who have been closely associated with his return...

Education Ministry says schools across Indonesia allowed to reopen in January

Education Ministry says schools across Indonesia allowed to reopen in January

The authorization to reopen is extended to schools in all of Indonesia, regardless of the risk of coronavirus infection in their respective regions.


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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.