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Indonesian military officer orders that forest burners be shot

File photo of men putting out a forest fire in Indonesia. (Photo: AFP)    JAKARTA: A military official in the Indonesian province of Jambi said on Saturday (Aug 5) he has ordered that anyone who deliberately sets fire to forest areas be shot, as authorities struggle to contain fires that cause choking smoke in the region. Five Indonesian provinces have declared emergencies because of forest fires, according to Indonesia’s disaster mitigation agency (BNPB), with the number of hotspots steadily increasing in many areas over the past week. The BNPB isRead More

Indonesia army beefs up territorial defence to prevent ISIS infiltration amid Marawi insurgency

JAKARTA (Jakarta Post/Asia News Network) – Indonesia’s army and police said they have taken measures to prevent the infiltration and expansion of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) network into Indonesia amid the militant insurgency in southern Philippines. “We always keep a guard against any activities that enable the presence of terrorists in the country,” Army spokesperson Col. Alfret Denny Tuejeh said as quoted by at the Army Media Centre in Central Jakarta on Wednesday (May 31). Alfret said Indonesian authorities had beefed up territorial defense in Ambon, Maluku,Read More

Singaporean linked to terror activities in southern Philippines: MHA

SINGAPORE: A Singaporean man has been implicated in terrorism-related activities in the southern Philippines, said a Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) spokesperson on Friday (May 26). He has been identified as Muhamad Ali Abdul Rahiman @ Muawiya, and has been in the southern Philippines since the 1990s. However, MHA said there is no information about whether he is involved in the armed insurgency in Marawi City on Mindanao island, where the Philippine army has been trying to flush out rebels of the Islamic State-linked Maute group. MHA was responding to mediaRead More


A 50 year old Singaporean tourist got bitten badly by a komodo dragon in Indonesia’s Komodo National Park because he provoked it by going past the designated safe zone for people to watch the animals. He wanted to go closer so that he can take better photos of them. He approached the animals despite warnings by the villagers there, which was what provoked the Komodo dragon into attacking him and biting his left leg. The villagers rushed to carry him as he was bleeding profusely. He was taken to aRead More