7 arrested in South Sulawesi for alleged gang rape of university student

Police in the South Sulawesi capital of Makassar have arrested seven people who were allegedly involved in the gang rape of a university student last weekend.

Loud booms heard in Jakarta were part of welcoming ceremony for new recruits at Indonesian Air Force base: officials

Loud booms heard in Jakarta were part of welcoming ceremony for new recruits at Indonesian Air Force base: officials

The public can finally let out a collective sigh of relief as the riddle surrounding mysterious “boom” sounds that were recently heard in parts of East and South Jakarta has...

Officials say loud booms reportedly heard in Jakarta caused by lightning, not volcanic activity

Officials say loud booms reportedly heard in Jakarta caused by lightning, not volcanic activity

Residents in the Greater Jakarta Area reported hearing strong “boom” sounds yesterday and earlier this morning, an occurrence of which have prompted responses from relevant...

Indonesian Religious Affairs Minister Fachrul Razi in isolation after contracting COVID-19

Indonesian Religious Affairs Minister Fachrul Razi in isolation after contracting COVID-19

Indonesia’s Religious Affairs Minister Fachrul Razi has tested positive for the novel coronavirus, his ministry confirmed today, making him the country’s third minister to...

Helmet not always mandatory: Transportation Ministry issues safety regulations for cyclists

Helmet not always mandatory: Transportation Ministry issues safety regulations for cyclists

It’s quite something that there was not a complete set of safety regulations for riding a bicycle in Indonesia all this time, and now we have some pretty obvious ones (and one...

Couple arrested for murder of mutilated man, targeted victim via Tinder

Couple arrested for murder of mutilated man, targeted victim via Tinder

A couple, identified by their initials 26-year-old DAF and 27-year-old LAS, have been named as suspects in the gruesome murder of RHW, whose mutilated remains were found in a...

Should you wear a mask in your own car? Jakartans question rule

Should you wear a mask in your own car? Jakartans question rule

Just what is the point of wearing a mask in your own car, especially if you’re driving alone? That is a rule that has come under criticism in Jakarta as the capital restored...

Another ‘ospek’ video goes viral, but this time faculty official defends hazing

Another ‘ospek’ video goes viral, but this time faculty official defends hazing

Only days after the now-viral hazing in a virtual ospek (campus orientation) carried out by college students in Surabaya became the subject of ridicule online, another clip has...

Panties-flashing motorcyclist in viral TikTok video may be charged with pornographic action

Panties-flashing motorcyclist in viral TikTok video may be charged with pornographic action

Police in Indonesia are on the hunt for a female motorcyclist who flashed her panties on the road for all of TikTok to see, with the act of alleged exhibitionism possibly in...

Mutilated remains found in Kalibata City apartment identified as missing man

Mutilated remains found in Kalibata City apartment identified as missing man

The mutilated remains of a man was found stuffed inside a suitcase in the Kalibata City apartment complex in Pancoran, South Jakarta yesterday evening. Police have identified the...


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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.

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