Indonesian Trade Official Arrested for Cooking Oil Corruption

Indonesian police recently arrested Dirjen Daglu, the director-general of foreign trade at the Indonesian Trade Ministry, for his alleged involvement in a corruption scheme that saw crude palm oil meant for cooking illegally exported out of Indonesia during the nation’s ongoing cooking oil shortage, Indonesian news website Coconuts Jakarta reported on Tuesday.

People queue to buy cooking oil in affordable prices in Palembang on February 24, 2022, following the shortage of Crude Palm Oil (CP) in the country as material for cooking oil. (Photo by ABDUL QODIR / AFP via Getty Images)

Muslims Worldwide Mark Beginning of Ramadan 2022

Muslims across the globe prepared for the start of Ramadan — a month-long holiday during which adherents of Islam participate in a fast from dawn to sunset — on Friday. Islamic faithful observe Ramadan annually as it serves as one of

A Lebanese woman shops for decorations in preparation for the upcoming Islamic holy month of Ramadan, in the southern port city of Sidon, Lebanon, Monday, March 28, 2022. (AP Photo/Mohammed Zaatari)

Indonesia Relocating Capital from Jakarta to Borneo Jungle

Indonesia’s parliament approved a bill on Tuesday that initiates a plan to move Indonesia’s national capital from Jakarta to a location on the southeast Asian island of Borneo — which is politically divided between Indonesia, Brunei, and Malaysia — by 2024, Channel News Asia (CNA) reported.

TOPSHOT - This aerial picture taken on July 31, 2019 by news outlet Tribun Kaltim shows a view of the area around Samboja, Kutai Kartanegara, one of two locations proposed by the government for Indonesia's new capital. - Indonesia has chosen the eastern edge of jungle-clad Borneo island for its …

Indonesian Study Finds Coronavirus Antibodies in 85% of Population

A survey published by the University of Indonesia on Thursday found coronavirus antibodies in over 85% of the population, due to both vaccinations and natural immunity due to viral infections. Researchers credited this surprisingly high level of antibodies for the relatively low number of cases and fatalities during Indonesia’s Delta variant wave over the summer, and the absence of an Omicron surge today.

An Indonesian health officials takes temperature readings of arriving passengers amid concerns of the COVID-19 coronavirus at the Jakarta international Airport on February 23, 2020. - The World Health Organization warned Friday that the window to stem the deadly coronavirus outbreak was shrinking, amid concern over a surge in cases …

Myanmar Junta Snubbed by ASEAN, Political Prisoners Freed

The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) announced over the weekend that General Min Aung Hlaing, leader of the military junta in Myanmar, will not be invited to the association’s October 26-28 summit. The unprecedented snub of Gen. Hlaing was welcomed by the Burmese opposition, which asked ASEAN to go even further and invite a representative from the civilian shadow government.

TOPSHOT - Myanmar's Chief Senior General Min Aung Hlaing, commander-in-chief of the Myanmar armed forces, arrives to pay his respects to Myanmar independence hero General Aung San and eight others assassinated in 1947, during a ceremony to mark the 71th anniversary of Martyrs' Day in Yangon on July 19, 2018. …

Video: Indonesian Police Assault Nigerian Diplomat

Indonesian immigration officials recently arrested and allegedly assaulted a Nigerian consular official based in Jakarta, according to a short video clip of the incident which went viral online this week, Nigeria’s Premium Times online newspaper reported Tuesday. The video footage

"The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has condemned the assault of a Nigerian diplomat by immigration officials in Indonesia. The victim, whose name was not mentioned, was manhandled and arrested by immigration officials on Saturday in front of his official quarters in the Asian country. A viral video of the event …

Indonesia: Religious Leaders Host Sanitary Mask Bonfire

A video circulating this week in Indonesia showing Christian leaders praying over a bonfire and burning sanitary masks has caused alarm, the Asian outlet Coconuts reported on Wednesday, as one of the men praying can be heard asserting, “we do not believe in vaccines.”

BOISE, ID - MARCH 06: Attendees toss surgical masks into a fire during a mask burning event at the Idaho Statehouse on March 6, 2021 in Boise, Idaho. Citizens and politicians, including the Lieutenant Governor Janice McGeachin, gathered in at least 20 cities across the state to protest COVID-19 restrictions. …