Stranded whale saved by locals on Indonesian beach | AFP

Locals living in the remote Raijua island in Eastern Indonesia rescue a stranded short-finned pilot whale by pushing it back to the sea. Ten other whales of similar type, however, were found dead.

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Robots stand in graduates’ place in Indonesian university | AFP

Indonesia’s Diponegoro University holds its graduation ceremony without its flesh-and-blood graduates, with robots receiving diplomas from the rector’s hands in the students’ stead. The 2,500 graduates were only allowed to watch the formalities via live broadcast due to pandemic social distancing, but they were represented by the top three students in each faculty — who had their faces displayed on-screen as the robots took the stage.

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Here’s the latest for Wednesday July 22nd: Trump to expand anti-crime surge to several US cities; Very few Americans back full school reopening; Trump offering Pfizer $2B for December vaccine; Indonesian dog shelter overrun as country deals with virus.

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Indonesia ‘dog doctor’ rescues canines from butcher peril | AFP

An Indonesian doctor runs a facility that shelters about 1400 dogs, many which were rescued from slaughterhouses with their mouths and legs tied, abandoned or sold during the coronavirus pandemic. Susana Somali, the shelter owner, has launched a herculean mission to end the country’s long-criticised dog meat trade.

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Indonesian teachers take on perilous journey to reach pupils | AFP

Poor internet service and poverty have galvanised teachers in Indonesia’s remote villages to hop on their motorbikes and travel for miles to teach pupils as schools remain closed amid the coronavirus pandemic.

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Bali zoo names newborn baby giraffe ‘Corona’ | AFP

A zoo in the Indonesian holiday island of Bali has named a baby giraffe Corona in honour of her birth during the global pandemic. The calf was born on April 9 to mother Sophie and father Matadi, joining two other siblings at Bali Safari Park on the Indonesian holiday island. Bali Safari Park has been closed to visitors since late March as part of efforts to stem the spread of coronavirus infections.

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Indonesian dancers take digital stage amid virus

Some dancers in Indonesia are finding a way to keep their art and incomes alive during the new coronavirus pandemic. Two choreographers in Jakarta have given a traditional system for tipping artists, saweran, a modern twist — posting videos of dancers’ work on YouTube and asking for donations. (May 25)

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Indonesian moviemakers bet on homegrown superhero universe | AFP

Marvel’s Avengers may bring in billions at the box office but Indonesia is taking on the likes of Captain America and Iron Man with its own superhero franchise, tapping into growing global demand for a broader range of characters.

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See-through solution: deaf Indonesians turn to clear virus masks | AFP

Lip-reading suddenly got tricky when everyone covered their face during the coronavirus pandemic, but Indonesian tailors have hit upon the perfect solution — see-through masks.

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Thousands pray at Indonesian mosque despite coronavirus warnings | AFP

Several thousand worshippers in Indonesia’s conservative Aceh province hold prayers at the Baiturrahman Grand Mosque on the eve of Ramadan. The national government advised people to pray at home over coronavirus concerns — advice rejected by Acehโ€™s top islamic organisation.

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Indonesia locks virus quarantine violators in ‘haunted house’ | AFP

Fed up with people breaking virus quarantine rules, one Indonesian municipality has decided to scare them straight by locking them up in a “haunted house”.

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‘Superheroes’ on Indonesian streets raise awareness about coronavirus | AFP

A group of activists and superhero fans in Indonesian city of Makassar wear superhero costumes on the streets and try to raise awareness about the coronavirus. There are over 6,000 cases and more than 500 deaths in Indonesia from the virus.

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Scythes and monsters: Indonesian artists teach coronavirus care | AFP

Indonesian artists have turned to painting murals amid a partial lockdown in the capital Jakarta and its surroundings, to educate the public about the deadly coronavirus.

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Virus lockdown eases infamous Jakarta traffic | AFP

With Jakarta under partial lockdown for two weeks, traffic in the notoriously congested Indonesian capital is running far more freely than usual. IMAGESNยฐ1QL6HM

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Coronavirus: Indonesia uses drones to disinfect dense areas | AFP

Indonesian officials and activists use drones to spray disinfectant in densely populated areas to combat the COVID-19 pandemic. Nยฐ1Q78BTNยฐ1Q78VX

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Erupting Indonesian volcano spews massive ash cloud | AFP

Indonesia’s most active volcano Mount Merapi erupts, shooting a massive ash cloud some 6,000 metres (20,000 feet) in the air.

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Aussie croc wrangler joins Indonesia bid to save tyre-tied reptile | AFP

An Australian television personality has thrown his hat in the ring to help capture a giant Indonesian crocodile and remove a motorcycle tyre stuck around its neck. Matt Wright, host of National Geographic’s “Monster Croc Wrangler” show, was on the island of Sulawesi Thursday with a team using traps baited with duck, a drone and even a harpoon in a bid to reel in the reptile. from Matt Wright’s fellow crocodile wrangler Chris WilsonNยฐ1OZ68M

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Erupting Indonesian volcano spews ash, lava | AFP

Indonesia’s Mount Merapi, one of the world’s most active volcanoes, erupted Thursday as fiery red molten lava streamed down from the crater and it belched clouds of grey ash 2,000 metres (6,500 feet) into the sky.

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Indonesians protest use of island for virus quarantine | AFP

Hundreds of residents of a remote Indonesian island protest at the government’s decision to use it to quarantine evacuees from the Chinese city at the epicentre of the coronavirus outbreak.

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Indonesia offers reward for plucking tyre off giant croc’s neck | AFP

Indonesian authorities are offering a reward to anyone who can rescue a saltwater crocodile with a motorbike tyre stuck around its neck — and survive. The contest will see one brave croc hunter land an unspecified amount of cash, but it will mean coming face to face with the 13-foot (4-metre) reptile Palu, the capital of Central Sulawesi.

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Indonesian police deliver supplies to flood-hit Lebak | AFP

Indonesian police deliver supplies by helicopter to the areas affected by floods in Lebak. Torrential rains that started on New Year’s Eve unleashed deadly flash floods and landslides in the region.

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