Latest Indonesia government News

Indonesia's massive metals build-out is felling the forest for batteries

Jul. 15, 2024 21:14 PM EDT

LELILEF SAWAI, Indonesia (AP) — On a steep trek up to his forest farm on the Indonesian island of Halmahera, Librek Loha let out a cry of dismay. “Aduuuuh,” he said, his voice trailing off. “Landslides, again. They happen all the time now.” The mudslide...

Former Indonesian agriculture minister sentenced to 10 years for corruption

Jul. 11, 2024 06:56 AM EDT

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesia’s anti-graft court sentenced a former agriculture minister to 10 years in prison Thursday after finding him guilty of corruption-related extortion, abuse of power and bribery involving ministry contracts with private vendors. Syahrul Yasin...

A study finds Indonesia's deforested land is often left idle. But some see potential in that

Jul. 04, 2024 21:08 PM EDT

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Years after being felled, vast swathes of Indonesia's old-growth forests are left sitting idle. And when the land is finally put to use, it's most often for new palm oil plantations, according to a study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. ...

Indonesia dismisses its chief election commissioner over sexual assault

Jul. 03, 2024 10:49 AM EDT

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesia’s electoral commission fired its chairman on Wednesday after finding him guilty of sexual assault following a complaint by an employee. The General Election Commission's ethics council said its chairman, Hasyim Asyari, committed the assault in...

Indonesia won't pay an $8 million ransom after a cyberattack compromised the national data center

Jun. 24, 2024 22:01 PM EDT

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesia's national data center has been compromised by a hacking group asking for a $8 million ransom that the government says it won't pay. The cyberattack has disrupted services of more than 200 government agencies at both the national and regional...

Thousands of refugees in Indonesia have spent years awaiting resettlement. Their future is unclear

Jun. 20, 2024 03:21 AM EDT

TANJUNGPINANG, Indonesia (AP) — Morwan Mohammad walks down an old hotel corridor on Batam Island in northwestern Indonesia before entering a 6-square-meter (64-square-foot) room that has been home to him and his growing family for the past eight years. Mohammad, who fled war in...

A year of elections in democracies around the world is revealing deep dissatisfaction among voters

Jun. 05, 2024 16:45 PM EDT

In a community center in East London, about 20 men gathered for their regular lunch meeting, sipping coffee and tea from mismatched mugs and engaging in an increasingly popular pastime in the world’s democracies: Complaining about their government. They feel estranged from the...

Indonesia's leader says 1st phase of new capital is 80% complete and he'll have an office there soon

Jun. 05, 2024 03:42 AM EDT

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesian President Joko Widodo on Wednesday said construction of the first phase of the country's ambitious new capital is 80% complete and he will have an office there once clean water is available next month. “I am very optimistic about the office....

Nickel-rich Indonesia pitches EV battery plant plan to Elon Musk

May. 20, 2024 10:52 AM EDT

DENPASAR, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesia’s top investment official said Monday that the government has proposed to Tesla CEO Elon Musk the construction of an electric vehicle battery plant in the nickel-rich country. The official spoke after Musk met with Indonesian President Joko...

Elon Musk launches Starlink satellite internet service in Indonesia, world's largest archipelago

May. 19, 2024 14:45 PM EDT

DENPASAR, Indonesia (AP) — Elon Musk traveled to Indonesia’s resort island of Bali on Sunday to launch Starlink satellite internet service in the world’s largest archipelago nation. Wearing a green Batik shirt, Musk was greeted with a garland of flower petals at a community...