6 killed as landslides, massive tidal waves hit Manado city

At least 6 people were killed and 500 others were evacuated from their homes in the North Sulawesi capital of Manado, which was hit with a deadly extreme weather combo over the weekend.

Residents on alert following Mount Semeru eruption in East Java

Residents on alert following Mount Semeru eruption in East Java

Residents of nine sub-districts located near the slopes of East Java’s Mount Semeru have been put on alert after the volcano spewed clouds of ash and gas over the weekend.

Indonesia’s daily case spikes do not reflect real-time data: COVID-19 Task Force

Indonesia’s daily case spikes do not reflect real-time data: COVID-19 Task Force

Experts and the general public alike have pretty much known all along that Indonesia’s official COVID-19 cases count, however worrying it is, does not reflect the even more grim...

Indonesian YouTuber makes monkeys consume energy drink, eat chili in series of abuse videos

Indonesian YouTuber makes monkeys consume energy drink, eat chili in series of abuse videos

An Indonesian YouTuber who has uploaded videos of himself abusing his pet monkeys has outraged netizens in the country, who are also calling people to mass report his account.  

At least 8 dead as 6.2-magnitude earthquake strikes West Sulawesi’s Majene regency

At least 8 dead as 6.2-magnitude earthquake strikes West Sulawesi’s Majene regency

At least four people were killed and hundreds were injured after a 6.2-magnitude earthquake struck Majene regency in West Sulawesi and its surrounding areas this morning, with...

Social media live streaming not subject to Indonesian broadcast regulation: court

Social media live streaming not subject to Indonesian broadcast regulation: court

The Constitutional Court (MK) has rejected a controversial judicial review appealing that social media live streams be subject to Indonesian broadcast regulations.

Celebrated Indonesian cleric Syekh Ali Jaber passes away

Celebrated Indonesian cleric Syekh Ali Jaber passes away

Indonesia is mourning celebrated cleric Syekh Ali Jaber, who passed away this morning after he was said to have beaten COVID-19. He was 44.

SJ-182 preliminary crash report expected in early February: KNKT

SJ-182 preliminary crash report expected in early February: KNKT

Indonesia’s National Transportation Safety Committee (KNKT) says it will release a preliminary report in February determining the cause of the crash of Sriwijaya Air flight...

Shaky doctor steals the show at President Jokowi’s vaccination

Shaky doctor steals the show at President Jokowi’s vaccination

Prof. Abdul Muthalib, the presidential doctor who injected Indonesian President Joko Widodo with the CoronaVac vaccine this morning, is now under the spotlight thanks to his shaky...

Flight data recorder found, 3 more victims identified from Sriwijaya Air flight SJ-182

Flight data recorder found, 3 more victims identified from Sriwijaya Air flight SJ-182

The Flight Data Recorder (FDR) from Sriwijaya Air flight SJ-182 was found yesterday evening, as authorities identify more victims from the crash. 


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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.