Ukraine war, tensions with China loom over big Bali summit
A showdown between Presidents Joe Biden and Vladimir Putin isn’t happening, but the fallout from Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and growing tensions between China and the West will be at the fore when leaders of the world’s biggest economies gather in tropical Bali this week.
Indonesia gears up to start its first high-speed rail line
Indonesia is preparing to start Southeast Asia’s first high-speed rail service that will cut travel time between two cities from the current three hours to about 40 minutes. The railway line, which connects Indonesia's capital Jakarta and Bandung, the heavily populated capital of West Java province, is part of China’s Belt and Road infrastructure initiative. As the Jakarta-Bandung portion of the rail project approached 90% completion, Indonesia’s President Joko Widodo on Thursday visited Bandung’s Tegalluar station — one of the railway’s four stations — where eight train cars and an inspection train that arrived from China in early September were parked.news.yahoo.com
Indonesia police chief, others removed over soccer disaster
An Indonesian police chief and nine elite officers have been removed from their posts and 18 others are being investigated for responsibility in the firing of tear gas inside a soccer stadium that set off a stampede, killing at least 125 people.
Cambodian, Japanese among winners of Magsaysay Awards
A psychiatrist who helped fellow Cambodians recover from trauma resulting from the Khmer Rouge’s genocidal rule and a Japanese ophthalmologist who led an effort to treat thousands of Vietnamese villagers are among those selected for this year’s Ramon Magsaysay Awards, regarded as Asia’s version of the Nobel Prizewashingtonpost.com
Russia's war in Ukraine to overshadow G-20 talks in Bali
Foreign ministers from the Group of 20 leading rich and developing nations are gathering in Indonesia’s resort island of Bali for talks bound to be dominated by the conflict in Ukraine despite an agenda focused on global cooperation and food and energy security.
Draghi: G-20 presidency says Putin won't go to Bali meeting
The Indonesian presidency of the Group of 20 nations has ruled out in-person participation by Russian President Vladimir Putin at the November meeting of the group in Bali, Italian Premier Mario Draghi said Tuesday. The Nov. 15-16 summit had risked awkward diplomatic encounters if Putin were to have come, or the specter of Western leaders not even showing up given Russia's war in Ukraine. The issue was a topic at the smaller Group of Seven summit in Germany that wrapped up Tuesday and included leaders from five major emerging democratic economies — India, Indonesia, Senegal, South Africa and Argentina — which don't all share the G-7's views on the war in Ukraine or on sanctions against Russia.news.yahoo.com
Putin confirms his attendance at G20 summit in which Zelenskyy is set to participate
DENYS KARLOVSKYI - MONDAY, 27 JUNE 2022, 17:59 Russian President Vladimir Putin has accepted the invitation extended to him by Joko Widodo, President of the Republic of Indonesia, to participate in the G20 summit in November.news.yahoo.com
Indonesian leader denies delay of 2024 polls to extend term
Indonesia’s President Joko Widodo has denied that his administration is attempting to delay the 2024 presidential elections after senior politicians including his close ally supported the idea of extending his stay in office beyond the two-term legal mandate.
Indonesian Muslims divided over when Ramadan begins
The Muslim holy month of Ramadan is set to begin in Indonesia and most of the Middle East, though many in the Southeast Asian nation and elsewhere are not planning to start observing the month of dawn-to-dusk fasting, prayer and religious devotion until Sundaywashingtonpost.com
Indonesia's capital is sinking, polluted and now moving
Jakarta is congested, polluted, prone to earthquakes and rapidly sinking into the Java Sea. Now the government is leaving, and moving the country's capital to the island of Borneo. President Joko Widodo envisions the construction of a new capital as a panacea for the problems plaguing Jakarta, reducing its population while allowing the country to start fresh with a “sustainable city” that has good public transportation, is integrated with its natural environment and is in an area that's not prone to natural disasters.news.yahoo.com
Indonesia raises Semeru volcano alert, fearing new eruption
Indonesian authorities have raised the alert level for the highest volcano on Java island, saying Mount Semeru could blow up again after a sudden eruption earlier this month left 48 people dead and 36 missing in villages that were buried in layers of mud.
Indonesian Muslims mark grim Eid amid devastating virus wave
Muslims across Indonesia are marking a grim Eid al-Adha festival for a second year as the country struggles to cope with a devastating new wave of coronavirus cases and the government has banned large gatherings and toughened travel restrictions.
Indonesia holds mass vaccination to scale up virus fight
Thousands of Indonesians lined up at a sports stadium to get a COVID-19 vaccine dose Thursday in a one-day, mass vaccination event that’s part of a push to dramatically scale up the nation’s virus fight as hospitals fill with sick patients. Meanwhile, President Joko Widodo announced new community restrictions and the mobilization of the National Police and other resources to combat the surging infections. The efforts follow the warning earlier this week from the Red Cross that Indonesia was “on the edge of a COVID-19 catastrophe" and urgently needed to increase medical care, testing and vaccinations.news.yahoo.com
Indonesia is building a new capital from scratch no matter the environmental impact
Indonesias president has picked the remote province of East Kalimantan to build a new capital from scratch to replace Jakarta. Shifting the capital east, he said, would help even out Indonesias development, which is overwhelmingly concentrated on the island of Java, where Jakarta and its sprawling suburbs command the nations attention. Fears now abound that the relocation of the nations capital will result in the trading of one environmental mess in Jakarta for another in Borneo. The government has tried to placate concerns with such buzzwords as green city, smart city and sustainable city to describe the project though detailed plans wont emerge until next year. Boys walk across a makeshift bridge to reach their neighborhood, which lies below sea level in Jakarta, Indonesia.latimes.com