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THE mother of a Blackwood man locked up in a notorious Indonesian prison because his "visa ran out" has pleaded for help in trying to get him released. Mathew Davies, from the Cefn Fforest area, has been held in Cipinang Penitentiary Institution in the country's capital Jakarta for around five weeks.
President-elect Joko "Jokowi" Widodo's decision to award 16 seats in his Cabinet to political party members has drawn criticism, with some saying that Jokowi has failed to form the politically impartial Cabinet he promised. Senior political analyst from the Indonesian Institute of Sciences Syamsuddin Haris said that the Jakarta governor succumbed to the pressure of the political parties supporting him, his party's chairperson, Megawati Soekarnoputri and his running mate, Jusuf Kalla.
Dozens of Indonesians have rallied against a reform proposal that would end the direct election of local and regional officials, a move they say threatens democracy in the country. Demonstrator Anis Hidayah told a crowd near the presidential palace in Jakarta Tuesday that the legislation would be a step backwards for Indonesia.
A new British study concludes that for many Muslim women, the headscarf, or hijab, is correlated with a positive body image - whether the woman is very religious or not. This story is part of the Deseret News National Edition , which focuses on the issues that resonate with American families.
Nobel laureate Muhammad Yunus meets Jusuf Kalla, vice president-elect of Indonesia, at his residence in Jakarta on Sunday. Photo: Yunus Centre The newly elected Indonesian government was full of praise for Prof Muhammad Yunus's microcredit and social business concepts when the Nobel laureate toured the country earlier this week.
Two teachers held by Indonesian police without charge: Ferdinant Tjiong with his wife, Fransisca, and Neil Bantleman, with his wife Tracey. Photo: Michael Bachelard TWO teachers at the prestigious Jakarta International School have had their detention without charge extended for another 30 days as bizarre details emerge of the child sex allegations being made against them.
Australia has no liability to pay compensation for the death of an Indonesian guard crushed by security gates at the Australian Embassy in Jakarta four months ago, the government has confirmed. The accident led to a full review of safety at the diplomatic site which was targeted in a fatal terrorist bomb attack 10 years ago.
Multi-purpose vehicles or MPVs accounted for more than half the 1.23 million cars sold in Indonesia in 2013. Often known as people carriers, larger versions can seat up to eight passengers.
Bank Indonesia will closely monitor the increase of bad loans, particularly in four business sectors, as they are slowly approaching the benchmark set by financial regulators. In a statement issued on Friday, the central bank said that by the end of July it had detected growing non-performing loans , especially in the construction, mining, trading and social services sectors.
In the wake of the arrest of alleged Chinese Turkestan jihadists in Central Sulawesi, religious affairs minister Lukman Hakim Saifuddin has called on the caretakers of mosques across the country to keep an eye out on foreigners. "Houses of worship, I believe, must be more selective in giving space to individuals, let alone to foreigners with dubious backgrounds.
Jakarta: The families of two French journalists imprisoned indefinitely for reporting in West Papua without a visa have spoken out for the first time to beg the Indonesian government for mercy. Valentine Bourrat's mother Martine, and Thomas Dandois's brother Marc, have told Fairfax Media that, forty days after the journalists' capture, their families do not understand why their loved ones are facing criminal charges in an Indonesian prison for a mere visa violation.
Japanese finance company J Trust is set to buy Indonesia's PT Bank Mutiara to tap rising demand for retail finance in South-east Asia's largest economy - [JAKARTA] Japanese finance company J Trust is set to buy Indonesia's PT Bank Mutiara to tap rising demand for retail finance in South-east Asia's largest economy. Bank Mutiara, previously known as Bank Century, was bailed out by the Indonesian government during the global financial crisis in 2008 and has been run by the Indonesian Deposit Insurance Corporation, or Lembaga Penjamin Simpanan .
Indonesian President-elect Joko Widodo said he will appoint technocrats to run about half the departments in his government, including finance, energy and agriculture. Widodo, known as Jokowi, will keep the number of ministries at 34, as well as the current structure of three coordinating ministries, he said at a press conference in Jakarta yesterday.
MP Evans revealed it was, like rival REA Holdings, mulling a listing in Jakarta as the palm oil group flagged concerns over the political climate in Indonesia - besides the meteorological conditions which prompted it to cut production hopes. The palm-to-beef producer said it has been "considering the merits of a partial listing in Jakarta" of its core Indonesian business, "partly to mitigate [the] risk" presented by proposed land reforms which would limit to 30% foreign ownership of plantations.
Indonesia's president-elect Joko Widodo said on Monday just over half of the members of his cabinet will be technocrats, including the ministers of finance, energy and state-owned enterprises. Widodo, who won a July election and will take office on Oct. 20, has promised a technocratic government in a country with a long tradition of ministers being appointed for political reasons.
Indonesian police on Monday said the four foreigners arrested over the weekend suspected of being linked to the Islamic State militant group were from China's ethnic Uighur minority. JAKARTA: Indonesian police on Monday said the four foreigners arrested over the weekend suspected of being linked to the Islamic State militant group were from China's ethnic Uighur minority.
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