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Same-sex newlyweds in South Sulawesi arrested for forgery

A same-sex couple who recently held a wedding ceremony in Soppeng regency, South Sulawesi have been arrested and accused of falsifying their sexual identities prior to their marriage. The Soppeng Police have detained the 24-year-old groom, identified only as MTR, and the 21-year-old bride, identified as MT, following a medical...

Verdict on Rappler, Maria Ressa cyber libel case out June 15

Postponed due to the coronavirus lockdown, judgment day for Ressa and former researcher-writer Rey Santos will take place in a court under quarantine restrictions MANILA, Philippines – Initially scheduled on April 3 but postponed because of the coronavirus lockdown, the Manila Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 46 has scheduled for...

Black Lives Matter Protests Around the World

In the nearly three weeks since videos surfaced of George Floyd's death at the hands of Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, thousands have participated in the Black Lives Matter protests. In Los Angeles, Athens, Tel Aviv, Sydney, and Mexico City, protestors have left their homes and taken to the streets amid...

ASEAN chair Vietnam proposes face-to-face summit in June: RI Foreign Ministry

Vietnam has made a proposal as this year's ASEAN chair for the regional bloc to hold a physical summit later this month despite the COVID-19 pandemic, a senior official from the Indonesian Foreign Ministry has said. Should the face-to-face meeting be realized for the 36th ASEAN Summit – instead of a virtual...

Internet ban during Papua antiracist unrest ruled unlawful

The Jakarta State Administrative Court (PTUN) ruled on Wednesday that it was unlawful for the government to shut down the internet in Papua and West Papua during heightened security tensions caused by antiracism protests in the two provinces last year. The panel of judges found that the government had violated...

Indonesia Deploys Military to Enforce ‘New Normal’ in Jakarta

Soldiers were deployed to the Bundaran HI MRT Station in Central Jakarta on Wednesday to enforce "new normal" health protocols as the government prepares to relax large-scale social restrictions (PSBB) put in place to curb the spread of Covid-19. President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo said yesterday a total of 340,000 police officers and soldiers will be deployed in 25 cities across Indonesia...

A massive database of 8 billion Thai internet records leaks

Thailand’s largest cell network AIS has pulled a database offline that was spilling billions of real-time internet records on millions of Thai internet users. Security researcher Justin Paine said in a blog post that he found the database, containing DNS queries and Netflow data, on the internet without a password. With...

Philippines tops world for online child sex abuse: Study

MANILA (AFP) - The Philippines has become the world's largest known source of online child sexual exploitation, with endemic poverty helping drive a surge in abuse, a report said on Thursday (May 21). Parents and relatives were responsible for facilitating the abuse in nearly all cases, according to the International...

Land conflicts flare across Asia during coronavirus lockdowns

Lockdowns to contain the novel coronavirus in Asia have made farmers and indigenous people more vulnerable to losing their land, according to land rights activists who are backing new technologies to help track the growing number of conflicts. More than 4.4 million people have been reported to be infected by...

Indonesia edging towards 1,000 new infections in a day for the first time.

Indonesia has recorded a huge jump in its daily coronavirus infections, with 973 new patients confirmed on Thursday. The jump in new infections easily beats the previous one-day record of 693 infections, set just a day earlier and again calls into question the Indonesian government's handling of the crisis -...