TikTok in Process of Obtaining Indonesia E-Commerce Permit

[ad_1] JAKARTA (Reuters) – Short video app TikTok is in the process of obtaining an e-commerce permit from Indonesia’s government, state news agency Antara reported, citing the deputy trade minister. In September, Indonesia banned e-commerce transactions on social media, a major blow for TikTok, which had pledged to invest billions of dollars in Southeast Asia, … Read more

Campaigning Gets Underway in Indonesia for February Presidential Election

[ad_1] JAKARTA (Reuters) – Campaigning for Indonesia’s presidential election was officially underway on Tuesday, with two of the three candidates kicking off two months of whistle-stop touring to woo voters in a race to lead the world’s third largest democracy. Indonesia holds presidential and legislative elections on Feb. 14, with Defence Minister Prabowo Subianto, former … Read more

Hamas Releases Israeli, Thai Hostages Under Temporary Truce

[ad_1] By Nidal al-Mughrabi and Maayan Lubell GAZA/JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Thirteen Israeli and four Thai nationals released from Hamas captivity arrived in Israel on Sunday and were set to be reunited with their families as part of a crucial hostage deal, which briefly risked falling apart due to a dispute over aid supplies. The short-lived … Read more

Israel Receives List of Hostages to Be Released Saturday by Hamas

[ad_1] By Bassam Masoud and James Mackenzie GAZA/JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israel has received a list of hostages set to be freed from Gaza on Saturday by Palestinian militant group Hamas, officials said, following the release of 24 hostages during the first day of a planned four-day truce on Friday. Israeli security officials were reviewing the … Read more

Philippines’ South China Sea Patrols With US Within Its Rights -Security Adviser

[ad_1] MANILA (Reuters) – The Philippines’ joint patrols with the United States in the South China Sea are within Manila’s rights, and it will continue to support a free and open Indo-Pacific, its national security adviser said on Friday. The Southeast Asian nation rejects China’s assertion that the Philippines enlisted “foreign forces” to patrol the … Read more

Israel, Hamas to Start First Truce in Gaza War

[ad_1] By Andrew Mills and Bassam Masoud DOHA/GAZA (Reuters) – Israel and Hamas start a four-day truce on Friday morning with the militants to release a first group of 13 Israeli women and child hostages later in the day, the first break in a war that has devastated the besieged Gaza enclave. The truce is … Read more

Far-Right’s Wilders Seeks to Form Dutch Government After Shock Election Win

[ad_1] By Bart H. Meijer, Charlotte Van Campenhout AMSTERDAM (Reuters) -Dutch anti-EU far-right populist Geert Wilders will start looking for coalition partners on Thursday after a massive election win that is set to have wide repercussions in the Netherlands and Europe. A fan of Hungary’s eurosceptic Prime Minister Viktor Orban, the vocally anti-Islam Wilders has … Read more

Indonesian Court Papers Reveal Chain of Events That Led to Cough Syrup Deaths

[ad_1] JAKARTA (Reuters) – Indonesian court documents have revealed for the first time the chain of events that led to toxic ingredients being used in cough syrup that was among the products blamed for the deaths of more than 200 children in the country last year. According to the previously unreported 373-page court ruling in … Read more

No Gaza Hostage Release Will Start Before Friday, Says Israel

[ad_1] By Bassam Masoud and Emily Rose GAZA/JERUSALEM (Reuters) – The release of hostages under a temporary truce between Israel and Palestinian Hamas militants will not happen before Friday, Israel’s national security adviser said, thwarting hopes of relatives that some would be freed on Thursday. Israel and Hamas had agreed early on Wednesday to a … Read more

France’s Le Pen Says Wilders Election Upset Gives Hope to Europe

[ad_1] PARIS (Reuters) – French far-right leader Marine Le Pen on Wednesday hailed what looked like a major election victory for Dutch anti-EU and anti-Islam populist Geert Wilders saying it showed people in Europe were ready to defend national identities. Dutch far-right politician Wilders of the Freedom Party (PVV), who has vowed to halt all … Read more