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Indonesian president gets rock star welcome at inauguration

Indonesian President Joko Widodo greets supporters during a celebration after his inauguration as the country's seventh president at the National Monument in Jakarta, Indonesia, Monday, Oct. 20, 2014. Widodo completed a journey from riverside shack to presidential palace on Monday, cheered through the streets following his inauguration by tens of thousands of ordinary Indonesians in a reminder to the opposition-controlled parliament of the strong grass-roots support that swept him to power. AP PHOTO/DITA ALANGKARA

Joko Widodo, Indonesia’s first president from outside the political and military elite, got a rock-star welcome from a cheering crowd at a celebration marking his inauguration Monday but takes power facing challenges to enact an ambitious reform agenda.

Posted: October 21st, 2014 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Joko Widodo inaugurated as Indonesian president

Indonesia Joko Widodo

Joko Widodo was inaugurated as Indonesia’s president Monday, capping a remarkable rise from an upbringing in a riverside slum.

Posted: October 20th, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Latest News Stories,Photos & Videos,World | Read More »

‘Yolanda’ recovery: From ‘it can’t be fixed’ to ‘we’ve done a lot’

Richard Sandison, Emergency Response Manager for Plan International, believes the pace of rehabilitation in Yolanda devastated areas is going faster than the 2004 Aceh tsunami in Indonesia. He personally headed the relief work in Aceh for two years before working on the Yolanda rehabilitation project of Plan. MATIKAS SANTOS/INQUIRER.net

Despite many criticisms that the recovery and rehabilitation of areas devastated by Supertyphoon Yolanda (international name:Haiyan), an international non-government organization said that the pace has actually been faster compared to other major disasters in the world.

Posted: October 17th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Regions | Read More »

Indonesia votes to scrap direct elections

A police officer drags a protester during a rally, opposing a regional election bill in front of the parliament building in Jakarta, Indonesia, Thursday, Sept. 25, 2014.  AP

Indonesia’s parliament has voted to scrap the direct elections of local officials in what critics say is a blow to the country’s democracy.

Posted: September 26th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Singapore air pollution soars due to Indonesian forest fires

Singapore Air Pollution

Air pollution in Singapore rose to unhealthy levels Monday, blanketing the city-state’s skyline with clouds of smog from fires raging across giant rainforests in the neighboring Indonesian island of Sumatra, officials said.

Posted: September 15th, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Latest News Stories,Photos & Videos,World | Read More »