Indonesia

  • Neighbors say family that bombed churches well off, friendly

    SURABAYA, Indonesia –  The Muslim family that carried out suicide attacks on three churches in Indonesia’s second-largest city, killing a dozen people as well as its two young daughters, lived comfortably in an upper-middle class suburb and was on friendly terms with a Christian neighbor. The coordinated bombings on...
  • The Latest: UN chief condemns Indonesia church attacks

    SURABAYA, Indonesia — The Latest on suicide bombings at three Indonesian churches (all times local): 7:55 a.m. The United Nations secretary-general has condemned the suicide bombings of three churches in Indonesia’s second-largest city of Surabaya. A spokesman for Secretary-General Antonio Guterres issued a statement saying he was “appalled” at...
  • 10 of the world’s best hotel spas from Switzerland to Indonesia

    Editor’s Note — This article was first published in June 2015. It was reformatted and updated in May 2018. The quality of a hotel’s spa isn’t necessarily measured by square footage or even luxury, but rather in the quiet, practiced skill of its therapists, the variety and caliber of...
  • 73 year old woman marries her 15 year old neighbor!

    A teenage boy has married his 73-year-old lover in a remote village on Indonesia’s Sumatra, officials said, after the unconventional couple threatened a double suicide if their match was thwarted. The romance began when septuagenarian Rohaya Binti Kiagus Muhammad Jakfar took care of her neighbor Selamet Riyadi, 15, who...
  • Obama gets the grand tour of Indonesia’s royal palace

    Obama is definitely having the best vacation ever. The former U.S. president got a tour of Indonesia’s Bogor Palace, from Indonesian President Joko Widodo himself. The duo is seen on video whizzing around all 28 hectares of the palace on a golf cart and enjoying the company of a...
  • Barack Obama is calling on the world to stand up for tolerance, moderation and respect for others

    Former US president says countries must defend tolerance, moderation and respect for others or risk chaos and violence in speech in Indonesia. Barack Obama has called on the world to stand up for tolerance, moderation and respect for others – warning that sectarian politics could lead to chaos and violence....
  • Barack Obama (@BarackObama) journeys back to his roots!

    Former U.S. President Barack Obama and his family arrived Friday in his childhood home of Jakarta on the last leg of a 10-day vacation in Indonesia, where they visited ancient temples and went whitewater rafting. Local television news channels broadcast live coverage of the family’s arrival in the capital. Indonesian...
  • Breaking News: Two Dead in Suspected Suicide Bombing in Jakarta

    Indonesian police said on Wednesday that a suspected suicide bomber and a police officer were killed in explosions near a bus station in the eastern part of the capital, Jakarta. There were two blasts in Kampung Melayu that went off five minutes apart late in the evening, police said...
  • 2 men in Indonesia caned dozens of times for gay sex

    BANDA ACEH, Indonesia — Two men in Indonesia’s Aceh province were publicly caned dozens of times Tuesday for consensual gay sex, a punishment that intensifies an antigay backlash in the world’s most populous Muslim country and which rights advocates denounced as “medieval torture.” More than 1,000 people packed the...