The Aceh Ulema Council has allowed daily mass prayers as long as they follow previously announced health protocols, such as wearing masks and bringing their own prayer rugs.
Trade is the key to China’s and Indonesia’s economic recovery. But this will be hampered by their new World Trade Organization designation.
The holiest month in Islam is also when traders make money. This year could be very difficult for them and Muslim countries.
Social distancing imposed by most countries means burials are only attended by one or two family members. As patients with Covid-19 are treated in total isolation at hospitals, many of them die without a chance to say goodbye to family and friends.
The US Geological Survey says the magnitude 5.8 quake just before midnight Saturday was centered 64 kilometers northwest of Central Sulawesi province's Pendolo town, at a depth of 10 kilometers.
The US Senate unanimously passed a $2-trillion bill aimed at helping unemployed workers and industries hurt by the coronavirus pandemic, as well as providing billions of dollars to buy urgently needed medical equipment.
Addressing Australia's parliament on a landmark state visit, Indonesia's President Joko Widodo cast the two nations as would-be "Avengers" – "forces of good" uniting to defeat a "common enemy" and shared challenges.
As the death toll from the Chinese epidemic jumped to 80 with those affected worldwide approaching 3,000, analysts say there are growing fears the crisis could become as bad as the SARS outbreak that hammered Asian markets in 2003.
Whole neighbourhoods in Jakarta were submerged last week by floodwaters that forced tens of thousands into temporary shelters.
Indonesia's Meteorological, Climatological and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) said climate change had increased the risk of extreme weather and warned that heavy rainfall could last until mid-February, with Jan. 11-15 an expected peak.
Indonesia will carry out cloud seeding in a bid to prevent further rainfall over the capital Jakarta after the death toll rose to 43 while tens of thousands of people have been displaced.
At least 26 people were killed in greater Jakarta, while three more were killed by flash floods in neighbouring Lebak regency in the south of Java island, officials say.
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