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Jakarta: Special Capital Region in Indonesia
Jakarta, officially the Special Capital Region of Jakarta, is the capital and largest city of Indonesia. Situated on the northwest coast of the world's most populous island of Java, it is the centre of economy, culture and politics of Indonesia with a population of more than ten million as of 2014. The Jakarta metropolitan area, which has an area of 6,392 square kilometres, is the world's second most populous urban area after Tokyo, with a population of about 30 million as of 2010. Jakarta's business opportunities, as well as its potential to offer a higher standard of living, have attracted migrants from across the Indonesian archipelago, making it a melting pot of numerous cultures. Jakarta is nicknamed the "Big Durian", the thorny strongly-odored fruit native to the region, as the city is seen as the Indonesian equivalent of New York.


Indonesia ramps up Pacific diplomacy with aid fund

Indonesia launched an international aid agency on Friday to strengthen its regional diplomatic relations, some of which have been strained by Jakarta's approach to the restive Papua region.
Reuters - Published

Indonesia police fire tear gas as rallies over new laws turn violent

Indonesian police fired tear gas in several areas of Jakarta on Monday as a protest against legal reforms descended into running battles, causing traffic gridlock and chaotic scenes in parts of the..
Reuters - Published

▶ Videos for Jakarta

Indonesia's President Joko Widodo sworn in for final term [Video]Indonesia's President Joko Widodo sworn in for final term

Oath ceremony in Jakarta takes place under heavy security as Widodo starts his second term with a series of challenges.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:30Published

Police fire water canons as Indonesians rally against new penal code [Video]Police fire water canons as Indonesians rally against new penal code

Indonesian police fired tear gas and water cannons in Jakarta to disperse thousands of rock-throwing students protesting a new law that they say has crippled Indonesia's anti-corruption agency

Credit: euronews (in English)     Duration: 00:50Published


Indonesia's Habibie, president during transition to democracy, dies at 83

Thousands of people gathered in the Indonesian capital Jakarta on Thursday to mourn the death of former president B.J. Habibie, who came to power as the nation endured a turbulent transition to..
Reuters - Published

Indonesia pledges $40 billion to modernize Jakarta ahead of new capital: minister

The Indonesian government is not abandoning Jakarta after announcing plans to move the country's capital, its planning minister said, pledging to spend $40 billion to save the slowly sinking city in..
Reuters - Published

Indonesia unveils site of new capital on Borneo island

Indonesia on Monday revealed the long-awaited site for its new $33-billion capital on the forested island of Borneo to replace the crowded, polluted megacity of Jakarta, which is slowly sinking into..
Reuters - Published

Indonesia arrests 34, blocks internet in Papua to help curb violent protests

JAKARTA, Aug 22 - Indonesia has cut off internet access in eastern Papua to prevent provocative posts online from fuelling violence, after protesters torched buildings, a market and a prison over..
Reuters - Published

Indonesia president proposes to move capital to Borneo

Indonesia's president on Friday proposed to move the capital from Jakarta, a crowded, polluted city of 10 million people, to the island of Borneo, though he left Indonesians guessing as to the exact..
Reuters - Published

Indonesia president bashes state power company over blackouts

Indonesia's state power company PLN should have had plans in place to prevent a major electricity blackout that affected 21 million customers in Jakarta and neighboring provinces, President Joko Widodo..
Reuters - Published

Power restored to some areas in Indonesia capital, parts of Java after 9 hours

Power has been restored in most parts of Indonesia's capital, Jakarta, after the city of 10 million people went without electricity for more than nine hours due to technical issues, state power company..
Reuters - Published

Millions lose power as Indonesia capital, parts of Java hit by blackout

Indonesia's state power company PLN estimated on Sunday it would take several hours to restore power to Jakarta after a major blackout, blaming technical issues for cutting power to tens of millions of..
Reuters - Published

Indonesia capital, neighboring Java provinces hit by major blackout

Indonesia's capital Jakarta and some neighboring provinces on Java island have been hit by a major electricity outage after problems at a number of power stations on Java, the country's state..
Reuters - Published

Quake hits sea off Indonesia, but tsunami warning lifted

A powerful earthquake struck off the Indonesian islands of Sumatra and Java on Friday, triggering a two-hour tsunami warning that sent coastal-dwellers fleeing to higher ground and panicking people in..
Reuters - Published

Indonesian president sued over congested capital's air pollution

Environmental groups sued the Indonesian president and several government officials on Thursday over worsening air quality in the capital, Jakarta, one of the world's most congested cities.
Reuters - Published

Indonesia arrests six over plot to kill officials during unrest

Indonesian police have arrested six people suspected of plotting to assassinate four state officials during a wave of civil unrest in Jakarta last week, a police spokesman said on Monday.
Reuters - Published

Jakarta protesters disperse after second night of post-election unrest

Calm returned to the streets of central Jakarta on Thursday after a second night of clashes between security forces and protesters angry over the outcome of last month's election, which handed..
Reuters - Published

Six die, protests swell as Indonesia plunges into post-election unrest

Demonstrations over the outcome of last month's presidential election gripped the heart of Indonesia's capital on Wednesday after an overnight face-off between police and protesters in which, according..
Reuters - Published

Indonesia to limit social media features to prevent hoaxes: minister

Indonesia will partially block social media to prevent the spread of hoaxes after violence in the capital, Jakarta, following the announcement of official election results, the chief security minister..
Reuters - Published

Jakarta governor says six dead in Indonesia post-election unrest

Six people died in civil unrest that gripped parts of Jakarta on Tuesday night after the election commission confirmed that President Joko Widodo won last month's election, the governor of the..
Reuters - Published

Indonesian police arrest at least 20 amid post-election violence

Indonesian police have arrested at least 20 people accused of provoking riots in Jakarta following official results showing President Joko Widodo had been re-elected, a police spokesman said on..
Reuters - Published

Police fire tear gas to disperse crowds after Indonesia confirms president's re-election

Indonesian police fired tear gas on Wednesday to disperse protesters in central Jakarta following a rally held after official results showed President Joko Widodo had been comfortably re-elected, a..
Reuters - Published

Indonesian police fire tear gas to disperse protesters

Indonesian police fired tear gas to disperse protesters in central Jakarta following a rally held after official results confirmed President Joko Widodo's re-election, a Reuters witness said.
Reuters - Published

U.S. embassy issues Indonesia security alert ahead of election results

The U.S. embassy in Jakarta has issued a security alert ahead of election results due on Wednesday, as Indonesian authorities have arrested nearly 30 suspected militants, including some who police say..
Reuters - Published

Indonesia election rivals toil in 'war rooms' to check ballots

In a low-rise Jakarta office block, young Indonesian supporters of President Joko Widodo sit hunched over screens to count photographed vote tallies from polling stations, two weeks after an election..
Reuters - Published

Jakarta motorbike taxi driver among hopefuls in Indonesia election

The only motorbike taxi driver running for national parliament in Indonesia says he can't afford the flashy billboards or music concerts used by other candidates to drum up support.
Reuters - Published

'Beam me up': Indonesian president uses holograms to woo rural voters

A crowd of villagers cheers as a holographic image of Indonesia's President Joko Widodo appears at a campaign rally outside the capital, Jakarta.
Reuters - Published

Pushing the envelope: Money politics mars Indonesian poll

Shanti Ramchand learned quickly what was expected when she began campaigning in Jakarta for Indonesia's national parliament – distribute envelopes of cash at a small campaign event, and gift a..
Reuters - Published

Indonesians get first chance to ride subway in traffic-clogged capital

Indonesia's capital, Jakarta, held on Tuesday the first public trial run of its $3 billion mass rapid transit (MRT) system aimed at improving transport conditions in a city suffering some of the worst..
Reuters - Published

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