21 November 2019


Indonesia’s economic growth expected to slow to 4.9% in Q3: LPEM UI

KONFRONTASI -  Indonesia’s economic growth is expected to slow to 4.9 percent in the third quarter of this year as weak global demand affects trade and weakens manufacturing industry, while commodity prices continue to decline, according to a local research house.

"We predict GDP to grow more slowly at 4.9 percent in Q3 2019. We also revise our projection for 2019 as GDP will grow at 5 to 5.1 percent," says the University of Indonesia's Institute for Economic and Social Research (LPEM UI) study on Indonesia’s 2020 economic outlook.

Three critically injured in Hong Kong’s weekend of violence amid calls in China for ‘tougher’ stance

KONFRONTASI - Officials in Hong Kong say three people have been left critically injured during yet another weekend of violent clashes between protesters and police, which prompted calls in mainland China for a “tougher” stance to end months of chaos in the Asian financial hub.

The anti-government protests that hit Hong Kong’s streets for the 22nd consecutive weekend wounded a total of 30 people, out of whom three people were in critical condition and two others in serious condition, according to Hong Kong’s Hospital Authority.

Asean still divided over South China Sea

Eastern German city Dresden declares 'Nazi emergency'

KONFRONTASI-The eastern German city of Dresden has declared a "Nazi emergency" as officials warned of a rise in far-right support and violence.

The city is the birthplace of the Islamophobic Pegida movement, which holds weekly rallies here, while the anti-immigration Alternative fuer Deutschland (AfD) party won 28 percent of the votes in the regional elections in September.

Dresden's city council backed a resolution against far-right ideas with the title "Nazinotstand?", or "Nazi emergency?".

Five candidates to run in Algeria's presidential election next month

KONFRONTASI-Five candidates will run in Algeria’s presidential election next month, including two former prime ministers, the head of the election authority said on Saturday, amid mass protests rejecting the vote.

The authorities have repeatedly said the Dec. 12 vote would be the only way to get out of a crisis Algeria been facing since the resignation of President Abdelaziz Bouteflika in April under pressure from protesters.

Vietnamese Deputy Prime Minister holds talks with Nigerian Vice President

Nigerian Vice President Yeni Osinbajo welcomes Vietnamese Deputy Prime Minister Vương Đình Huệ (left). — VNA/VNS Photo Phi Hùng
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Hong Kong protesters target party district on potentially hazardous Halloween

KONFRONTASI- Thousands of Hong Kong pro-democracy protesters, many of whom still wear now-banned face-masks, plan to combine with fancy-dress clubbers on Thursday in the party district of Lan Kwai Fong on a potentially dangerous and rowdy Halloween.

The protesters say they will march, without police permission, from a park in the Causeway Bay shopping district through the heaving bar streets of Wan Chai to the steep, narrow foothills of the Peak above Central.

After Baghdadi death, what about the rest?

KONFRONTASI-The fight for justice for victims of Islamic State militants does not end with the death of leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, Nobel laureate Nadia Murad said on Wednesday, asking: “How about those that raped us?”

Murad, who won the 2018 Nobel Peace Prize for her efforts to end the use of sexual violence as a weapon of war, is an Iraqi Yazidi woman who was enslaved and raped by Islamic State (ISIS)fighters in Mosul, Iraq, in 2014. Several of her brothers were killed by Islamic State and their wives also held captive.

New Russian submarine test-fires ballistic missile for first time

KONFRONTASI-Russia's most advanced new nuclear-powered submarine has successfully test-launched a Bulava intercontinental ballistic missile, according to its defence ministry.

Wednesday's launch from the White Sea off Russia's northwestern coast came amid arms control tensions between Moscow and the West following the demise of a landmark Cold War-era nuclear pact that has sparked fears of a burgeoning arms race.

California wildfires: New blaze erupts as crews brace for winds

KONFRONTASI-A large new fire has broken out to the north of Los Angeles, prompting further evacuations as crews continue to battle blazes across California, some of which could be made worse by seasonal winds.

The Santa Ana winds are a regional weather phenomenon that sends gusts from desert regions east of the state to the coast of Southern California. They are forecast to reach sustained speeds of 80 to 110 kilometres per hour (50 to 70 miles per hour) on Wednesday and Thursday, raising the risk of sparks and embers being whipped into fresh wildfires in unburned areas.

It is a foreboding forecast for firefighters already battling a 240-hectare (9,600-acre) blaze, which ignited on Monday, that is consuming the shrub-covered hills to the west of Los Angeles. That blaze has already forced about 9,000 people to flee their home. 

An army of some 1,100 firefighters battled the so-called Getty Fire Tuesday in a narrow window of slower winds. By early Wednesday, crews had managed to contain about 15 percent of the blaze.

The fire started when a dry branch from a eucalyptus tree was flung nine metres (30 feet) by high winds into a city Department of Water and Power line and caused sparks, authorities said.

Mayor Eric Garcetti called it an "act of God". The city had previously cut away brush and trees from around the line, officials said.

The most recent fire also started in the southern part of state in the Simi Valley area north of Los Angeles early Wednesday. The flames forced the evacuation of the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and nearby homes. 

Reagan library spokeswoman Melissa Giller said the hilltop museum in Simi Valley was safe and being protected by firefighters.

The National Weather Service had issued an "extreme red flag" warning for wildfires in Los Angeles county and Ventura county, which includes the Simi Valley.

"I don't know if I've ever seen us use this warning," forecaster Marc Chenard told the Reuters News Agency. "It's pretty bad."

Statewide, the weather service issued warnings of dangerous fire weather conditions covering more than 88,000 square kilometres (34,000 square miles), encompassing some 21 million people. 

Scientists have linked an increase in frequency and intensity of wildfires to climate change.