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Uncontrolled fish farming, population growth, and logging have all taken a toll on Indonesia's Lake Toba. Photographer Binsar Bakkara returns to his home region to chronicle the environmental destruction.

AMERICAN FORK - One cool fall evening, the sound slips out under a glass door just off Main Street, American Fork - repetitive metal bell tones, slightly detuned.
The World Bank estimates that 40 percent of Indonesia's 250 million people get by on incomes that are only just above the national poverty line of $23 a month.
It's getting easier to do business in Indonesia: Report President Joko 'Jokowi' Widodo waves at participants of the Indonesian City Administration Association's (Apeksi) national congress in Ambon, Maluku, in May, 2015. (Antara/Embong Salampessy) ...

Indonesia's food trade restrictions and other policy interventions impose a massive "tax" on consumers, the World Bank said in the report.
Speaking to New Era during a courtesy visit to the Governor of Hardap Region, Indonesia Ambassador Eddy Basuki said the purpose of his visit was to explore investment opportunities and resources to give effect to the technical agreement between the two ...
Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi acknowledged that the militants briefly seized the local government headquarters in the western town of Rutba, offering new details about the assault, which U.S. and Iraqi officials have sought to downplay since it ...
The last submarine will be license-built by the Indonesian state-owned shipbuilder PT PAL in Surabaya, Indonesia's second-largest city, located on the northeastern coast of Java island, under a technology transfer agreement. Work on the third and last ...
AGRA, like SPI, is a national network of regional and village-based peasant movements. It has over 250,000 registered members.
Indonesian women pose in front of one of the many crumbling buildings in Kota Tua in Jakarta. Kota Tua, which means Old Town in Indonesian, was the original city of Jakarta built by the Dutch in the 16th century. (Ed Wray/Getty Images). A spice seller ...
Sumarti, from Cilacap, a southern Javanese town, was a single mother. Seneng was from Indonesia's Sulawesi province, and, having overstayed her visa, was working illegally in Hong Kong.
Each year in Indonesia fires are lit to clear land, spewing toxic haze across South-East Asia. A new a program promises lucrative rewards to communities who do not burn over the dry season to try ste ... Each year in Indonesia fires are lit to clear ...
Haji Muhammad Yunus, the head of Sering is angry his village missed a financial reward. Photo: Rodrigo Ordonez. But there will be no fires in Sering if Yunus has anything to do with it.

Agus woos Chinese-Indonesian voters Jakarta gubernatorial candidate Agus Harimurti Yudhoyono (second right) and his running mate Sylviana Murni (center) visit Avalokitasvara Buddhist temple in Mangga Besar, Central Jakarta, on Oct. 19.
Formerly organized under different names, from "Library Festival" ("Festival Taman Bacaan") to "Indonesia Reads Festival" ("Festival Indonesia Membaca"), this year marks the festival's third edition. Firman, forum head of TBM, told Detik that even ...
Amir says pesticides and other poisons used to kill pests are not permitted in the village. Instead, they use the knowledge of their ancestors.
A 23-year-old woman from Tilburg was killed when she ended up under a train at the Lempuyangan train station in Yogyakarta on the Indonesian island of Java.
Jakarta: The infamous Jakarta rat is wanted dead or alive (preferably alive) with a hefty price on its head, as the city outsources its vermin eradication program to the people.
The Constitutional Court of Indonesia in August held a hearing on a lawsuit that seeks to criminalize consensual same-sex sexual relations in the country.
Dancing to the tune of viral song "PPAP (Pen-Pineapple-Apple-Pen)," officers in the Indonesian city of Balikpapan urge young people to say no to drugs and alcohol.
For the month of October, people walking past Times Square in New York City will see a large billboard with a picture of Indonesia's Raja Ampat islands, accompanied with the tagline "escape to a magical place". But the appeal of the image hides the ...
Indonesia's parliament ratified the Paris climate change agreement on Wednesday, obligating one of the world's biggest polluters to limit its carbon emissions.
Agus woos Chinese-Indonesian voters Jakarta gubernatorial candidate Agus Harimurti Yudhoyono (second right) and his running mate Sylviana Murni (center) visit Avalokitasvara Buddhist temple in Mangga Besar, Central Jakarta, on Oct. 19.
Meanwhile, the artist in question was 9,000 miles away in Jakarta, the muggy, perennially hazy capital of Indonesia, where, being 17, he still lives with his parents.
Jakarta. Hundreds of activists and members from Taman Bacaan Masyarakat gathered in Palu, the capital city of Central Sulawesi, for the kick off event of the Indonesian Literacy Festival on Oct. 18-20. The event has been organized to commemorate the ...
Indonesian prosecutors on Monday demanded an eight-year prison term for a Chinese Uighur accused of involvement in plots to attack Jakarta's ethnic Chinese governor and minority Shiite Muslims.
Amir says pesticides and other poisons used to kill pests are not permitted in the village. Instead, they use the knowledge of their ancestors.
At least eight people were killed and 30 others injured Sunday after a small suspension bridge crowded with people returning from temple prayers collapsed near the Indonesian resort island of Bali, officials said. The bridge, linking the small islands ...
Look again though, and you are stuck in a traffic snarl on a narrow, potholed road that pumps cars, noise and fumes into the heart of the town. At the top of busy Raya Campuhan Street is the airy Neka Art Museum, one of the venues for the annual Ubud ...
London - A group of up to 17 countries led by Belarus has blocked a plan to include the rights of gay, lesbian and transgender communities in a new urban ...
Amid allegations of widespread abuses on its plantations, including the use of child labor, three NGOs this week lodged a formal complaint against Indonesian palm oil giant Indofood, calling for two of its Subsidiaries to be suspended from the industry ...
gunmen raided the house of a US aid worker in central Niger overnight, killing his two guards and kidnapping him, the mayor of the town said. The kidnappers reportedly drove the unnamed US citizen across the desert towards Mali. "First they came on a ...
Indonesian property developer Intiland Development was named this year's Best Developer at the annual Indonesia Property Awards 2016, an international event organised by PropertyGuru Group and presented by Hansgrohe.
Garuda Indonesia, the country's flag carrier, on Friday (14/10) announced a codeshare partnership deal with AeroMexico, Mexico's flag carrier airline, to tap into ...
But I found that it is easy to become a millionaire in Indonesia, Vietnam, Sao Tome and Principe, Turkmenistan and Somalia.
police in the city of Manado said that the couple could be prosecuted under the country's laws against 'obscenity and pornography', despite homosexuality not being illegal.
Cargill's oil palm plantation business, Cargill Tropical Palm (CTP), together with the Ministry of Forestry and Environment of Indonesia, have launched the Cargill Fire Free Village Program aimed at empowering local communities in fire prevention and ...
Indonesia presents unique challenges in the form of renewable energies, but currently lacks significant infrastructure capable of supporting such expansion,..
... vehicle for prosperity. The Indonesian government is just beginning to make changes to focus on resource efficiency and management, with both established companies and startups working together with Indonesia's utilities to provide innovative ...
The dried mangoes represent a new economic opportunity for smallholder farmers and low-income workers in Tiron village. Nicholson said some workers who would otherwise pull rocks out of a river, break them up and sell the result as gravel can now, ...
Italy will spend billions of euros to rebuild more than 60 central Italian towns destroyed in the devastating August earthquake.
But sometimes the most exciting travel destination may be closer than we thought: your own city. We do not need to fly to an exotic destination, costing significant amount of money, to travel.
Purnama, Jakarta's second Christian governor and the first from Indonesia's ethnic Chinese community, has won huge popularity with his no-nonsense style and determination to clean up Jakarta, an overcrowded, disorganised and polluted metropolis.
Indonesian priest experiences Church's work worldwide. Submitted on October 13, 2016. By Joseph Kenny ... Father Aloysius Irawan, a priest of the Missionaries of the Holy Family, has seen firsthand the importance of the Church's work with seminarians ...
The foundation will take several Nobel prize winners to cities and towns across Indonesia.(JP/Wendra Ajistyatama)(second left) talks to international peace Foundation founding chairman Uwe Morawetz (second right) after a press conference in Jakarta on ...
The Catholic Church of Indonesia last week concluded its Second Indonesian youth Day (IYD2) in Manado, the capital of the northern province of North Sulawesi, with nearly 2,460 young men and women from all of the nation's 37 dioceses taking part in ...







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