7.5-magnitude hits Indonesia, tsunami warning issue

JAKARTA: A powerful 7.5-magnitude earthquake struck eastern Indonesia on Tuesday triggering a tsunami warning, the meteorological department said, but there was no immediate word on any casualties or damage The US Geological Survey later said the quake had a magnitude

Indonesia reviewing Merk COVID-19 pill

Indonesia is reviewing a COVID-19 experimental antiviral pill- molnupiravir- produced by Merck for domestic use, its food and drug agency (BPOM) chief said on Monday, ahead of a possible purchase of up to 1 million doses next month. Britain is

CJP inaugurates Pakistan Corner at Indonesian university

JAKARTA: Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Justice Gulzar Ahmed has inaugurated the Allama Muhammad Iqbal Room and Pakistan Corner in the library of Al Azhar University Jakarta. The Chief Justice is currently on a four-day visit to Indonesia, accompanied by

Sunken missing Indonesian submarine found broken into pieces

JAKARTA: A missing Indonesian submarine has been found, broken into at least three parts, at the bottom of the Bali Sea, army and navy officials said, as the president sent condolences to relatives of the 53 crew. Rescuers also found

Indonesia recovers cockpit voice recorder of crashed jet

JAKARTA: Indonesia has recovered the cockpit voice recorder from a Sriwijaya Air jet that crashed into the Java Sea in January, and the air accident investigator said on Wednesday it could take up to a week to be able to

Fourteen wounded in suicide bombing at Indonesian church

JAKARTA: Two suspected suicide bombers blew themselves up outside a Catholic church in the Indonesian city of Makassar on Sunday, wounding fourteen people on the first day of the Easter Holy Week. The congregation had been inside the church on

AstraZeneca dispels Indonesian Muslim concerns over COVID-19 vaccine

JAKARTA: AstraZeneca said its COVID-19 vaccine contains no pork-derived ingredients, countering an assertion in Indonesia, the world’s most populous Muslim nation, that the drug violates Islamic law. Indonesia’s highest Muslim clerical council, the Indonesia Ulema Council or MUI said on

Divers recover ‘black box’ from crashed Indonesian aircraft

JAKARTA: Indonesian navy divers searching the ocean floor have recovered a “black box” from a Sriwijaya Air jet that crashed into the Java Sea with 62 people on board. The recovery of the device is expected to help investigators determine

Indonesia uses unmanned undersea vehicle to search air crash victims, black boxes

JAKARTA: Indonesia has deployed a remotely operated underwater vehicle to help divers search for the remains of victims and recover the flight recorders from a Sriwijaya Air jet that crashed into the sea three days ago soon after takeoff. The

Indonesian drivers locate black boxes from crashed jet

JAKARTA: Indonesian navy divers scouring the sea bed were closing in on data recorders from a Sriwijaya Air jet that plunged into the sea two days ago with 62 people on board minutes after takeoff from Jakarta’s main airport. The

Indonesian clerics declare Chinese COVID-19 vaccine halal

JAKARTA: A COVID-19 vaccine produced by Chinese pharmaceutical firm Sinovac Biotech is deemed halal, the Indonesian Ulema Council said days before the country is scheduled to start its inoculation programme using the Chinese vaccine. Indonesia, the world’s largest Muslim-majority country,

Indonesian president to receive country’s first COVID-19 vaccine shot

JAKARTA: Indonesian President Joko Widodo said he would be the first person in the country to be vaccinated for COVID-19 as he unveiled a campaign promising free inoculations for everyone in the country. Wikodo’s announcement comes as Indonesia battles misinformation

Usman Wazeer wins ABF Welterweight title in Islamabad

ISLAMABAD: The first-ever professional boxing show was held at Amir Khan Boxing Academy in Islamabad, featuring top boxers from Afghanistan and Indonesia  Pakistan’s young boxer Usman Wazeer showed exceptional skills as the won the Asian Boxing Federation title. British boxer

Indonesia introduces ‘rice ATMs’ to provide food rations

JAKARTA: Indonesia is rolling out “rice ATMs” in a bid to ensure those worst affected by the coronavirus outbreak can get the foods they need to survive. The vending machines are packed with rations of good-quality rice and operated by

Indonesia lauds Pakistan’s role in facilitating Afghan peace process

DOHA: Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi has appreciated Pakistan’s role in facilitating the Afghan peace process. She was talking to Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi in Doha ahead of the peace signing agreement between the US and the Afghan Taliban.

Nine dead, one missing as bridge collapses in Indonesia

BENGKULU: Nine people drowned and the other was missing on Indonesia’s Sumatra Island after a bridge collapsed, the disaster officials said Monday. About 30 people, almost all were students, in the town of Kaur bridge on Sunday afternoon when the

At least 8 killed, 30 other injured in Indonesia’s bus crash

At least eight people were killed and another 30 were injured when a passenger bus overturned in West Java province of Indonesia (today) Sunday. According to local police, the bus was carrying fifty eight passengers and was travelling to tourist

Indonesia deploys fighter jets in disputed waters with China

JAKARTA: Indonesia on Wednesday has deployed fighter jets and warships to protect islands in the area of the contested South China Sea, escalating tensions with Beijing after a diplomatic spat over Chinese vessels “trespassing.” President Joko Widodo also went to

Indonesian minister suggests ban on ‘niqab’ for security reasons

JAKARTA: Indonesia’s Religious Affairs Minister, Fachrul Razi suggested imposing a ban on niqab in government offices. This suggestion was made for security reasons. According to sources, a discussion took place with Islamic religious leaders where the minister put forward his

Indonesian President Jokowi kicks off new term

JAKARTA: Indonesia’s President Joko Widodo was sworn in for a second term on Sunday, as helicopters flew overhead and troops kept watch in the capital Jakarta — days after militants tried to assassinate his top security minister. Foreign heads of

Civil unrest in Papua kills 26, thousands flee to safety

JAKARTA: At least 26 have died in the latest civil unrest in Indonesia’s Papua region, authorities confirmed on Tuesday. Indonesian authorities have confirmed that at least 26 people have been killed when buildings were set to ablaze by the protestors