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Bank Indonesia Has ‘Window’ to Lower Rate in December: Finance Minister
Sat, 15 Aug 2015 13:51:46 +0200
Finance Minister Bambang Brodjonegoro says Bank Indonesia will have an opportunity to lower its benchmark rate later this year, calling for help from the monetary authority to achieve the government's 5.5 percent economic growth target next year. The...
Euro Ministers Give Blessing to Greek Bailout, Wooing IMF on Debt
Sat, 15 Aug 2015 11:14:38 +0200
Euro zone finance ministers have agreed to lend Greece up to €86 billion, or $96 billion, after Greek lawmakers accepted their stiff conditions despite a revolt by supporters of leftist Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras. The post Euro Ministers Give Blessing...
US Ex-Diplomat Sentenced to Prison For $3m in Visa Bribes
Sat, 15 Aug 2015 09:52:10 +0200
A former US diplomat was sentenced to 64 months in prison on Friday for accepting more than $3 million in bribes to process fraudulent visas in Vietnam, prosecutors said. The post US Ex-Diplomat Sentenced to Prison For $3m in Visa Bribes appeared first...
China Fire Fighter Tells of Water Fuelling Port Blaze Before Blast
Sat, 15 Aug 2015 09:38:18 +0200
Chinese fire fighter Xu Qu was one of the first on the scene of a blaze at a port warehouse but soon noticed the water he was spraying on to the fire seemed to be having a very odd effect. The post China Fire Fighter Tells of Water Fuelling Port Blaze...
Japan Emperor Expresses ‘Deep Remorse’ on WW2 Anniversary
Sat, 15 Aug 2015 09:25:54 +0200
Japanese Emperor Akihito marked the 70th anniversary of the end of World War Two with an expression of "deep remorse" over the conflict on Saturday, a departure from his annual script which could be seen as a subtle rebuke of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. The...
In Germany, Grateful Refugee Names Her Child ‘Angela Merkel’
Sat, 15 Aug 2015 09:10:37 +0200
A Ghanaian refugee who has been granted asylum in Germany named her newborn daughter after Chancellor Angela Merkel in gratitude for being allowed to stay in the country. The post In Germany, Grateful Refugee Names Her Child ‘Angela Merkel’...
Telkom Offers Special Services During The Independence Day
Sat, 15 Aug 2015 02:33:08 +0200
As part of welcoming the 70th Indonesian Independence Day, PT. Telkom Indonesia (Telkom) is committed to retain its contribution by providing the best infrastructure and services of Information & Communication Technology (ICT) for the development...
Kerry, Presiding Over US Flag Ceremony in Cuba, Urges Political Change
Fri, 14 Aug 2015 18:37:29 +0200
US Secretary of State John Kerry declared a new era in relations as he celebrated restored diplomatic ties in Havana on Friday, but he also urged political change in Cuba, telling Cubans they should be free to choose their own leaders. The post Kerry,...
US Welcomes Abe’s Statement on War Anniversary
Fri, 14 Aug 2015 18:20:55 +0200
The United States on Friday welcomed Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s statement of deep remorse to mark the 70th anniversary of the end of World War Two and his commitment to uphold apologies for Japan’s behavior made in the past. The post US...
Japan PM Expresses ‘Utmost Grief’ Over War, but No Fresh Apology
Fri, 14 Aug 2015 18:15:44 +0200
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Friday expressed “utmost grief” for the “immeasurable damage and suffering” Japan inflicted in World War Two, but said that future generations of Japanese should not have to keep apologizing for the mistakes of the...
Lee Continues March Toward Maiden World Title
Fri, 14 Aug 2015 17:46:54 +0200
Lee Chong Wei has dominated the badminton rankings for almost a decade despite never capturing a global or Olympic title, but now the Malaysian finds himself two wins away from a maiden world championship as he continues to thrive following a doping ban. The...
2016 Budget to Focus on Infrastructure Spending to Boost Growth
Fri, 14 Aug 2015 15:55:18 +0200
President Joko Widodo has proposed an expansive state budget for 2016, bidding to accelerate economic growth next year through infrastructure spending, improved exports and policies to boost purchasing power. The post 2016 Budget to Focus on Infrastructure...
Editorial: Time to Get to Work for Real Now
Fri, 14 Aug 2015 15:15:08 +0200
It’s easy to berate Joko for his early failings and his cabinet’s at-times farcical performance. But with the reshuffle, there is reason to believe he means business. The post Editorial: Time to Get to Work for Real Now appeared first on The Jakarta...
Joko’s Address Draws Praise, Criticism
Fri, 14 Aug 2015 14:45:55 +0200
President Joko Widodo’s first state of the nation address received mixed responses from politicians, lawmakers and observers. The post Joko’s Address Draws Praise, Criticism appeared first on The Jakarta Globe.
Drug Regulator Deems Tolak Angin Safe Despite US Labeling
Fri, 14 Aug 2015 14:34:48 +0200
Indonesia’s food and drug regulator says Tolak Angin, a herbal tonic, or jamu, sold in plastic sachets and meant to treat the common cold, is safe for consumption, in response to a warning label slapped onto the product by a distributor in California. The...
China Minsheng Investment Aims to Double Planned SEA Investment to $10b
Fri, 14 Aug 2015 14:26:57 +0200
Singapore. China Minsheng Investment, the country's biggest private investment group, and partners aim to double planned investment in Southeast Asian infrastructure to $10 billion, a senior executive said on Friday. The post China Minsheng Investment...
Shuttler Lindaweni Exceeds Expectations After Battling Into Semis
Fri, 14 Aug 2015 13:32:51 +0200
Lindaweni Fanetri defeated fourth-seed Tai Tzu Ying of Taiwan 14-21, 22-20, 21-12, in the quarterfinals of the Total BWF World Championships 2015 at the Istora stadium in Jakarta on Friday. The post Shuttler Lindaweni Exceeds Expectations After Battling...
Chen Survives Marathon as Top Seeds Advance
Fri, 14 Aug 2015 12:56:50 +0200
Top seed and defending champion Chen Long survived a mammoth second-game tussle to advance to the semifinals of the badminton world championships with a 21-18, 30-29 victory over Danish seventh seed Viktor Axelson on Friday. The post Chen Survives Marathon...
Indonesia’s Widodo Takes Swipe at Egos Blocking Economic Progress
Fri, 14 Aug 2015 12:39:04 +0200
Indonesian President Joko Widodo on Friday called on bureaucrats and politicians to set aside their egos and work together to revive an economy whose growth has slumped since he took office last October. The post Indonesia’s Widodo Takes Swipe at...
Economists Call for More Focus on Manufacturing, Revenue Collection to Gird Growth
Fri, 14 Aug 2015 12:29:33 +0200
Jakarta. Economists have urged the government to introduce concrete steps to improve the country’s economic structure amid a slowdown caused by rupiah depreciation, low government spending and global issues. Emerging markets, including Indonesia,...
Commentary: As Morsi Faces the Gallows, Where Are the Defenders of Democracy?
Fri, 14 Aug 2015 12:23:49 +0200
We have long heard about Islam’s presumed inability to separate religion and politics. Do we hear those same voices ask now: why is the Egyptian government mixing religion and politics, sham judicial trails and shariah? Did anyone object to el-Sisi...
PGA Fans Thrilled by the ‘Rory and Jordan’ Show
Fri, 14 Aug 2015 12:16:50 +0200
The “Rory and Jordan” show did not retain top billing by the end of the opening round of the PGA Championship on Thursday, but the fans certainly got what they wanted from the marquee grouping at Whistling Straits. The post PGA Fans Thrilled by the...
Blatter Urges Europe to Revisit Foreign Player Limits
Fri, 14 Aug 2015 12:07:50 +0200
Outgoing FIFA president Sepp Blatter wants European football to look again at stricter limits on foreigners, saying each club should have six players in their starting lineups who are eligible for the national side. The post Blatter Urges Europe to Revisit...
New Top Economy Minister Outlines Priorities for 2nd Semester
Fri, 14 Aug 2015 09:31:35 +0200
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Two Men Held on Densus 88 Raid
Fri, 14 Aug 2015 09:30:04 +0200
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