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World 11 Oct 2020 | 10:15 AM

Freeport does a balancing act as world's biggest gold mine grapples with COVID-19

SINGAPORE/HOUSTON (Reuters) - When miners at Indonesia's giant Grasberg gold and copper mine started testing positive for coronavirus early in the pandemic, the mountain-top mining complex was quickly locked down with a skeletal staff left in place to maintain production.But as months of travel curbs dragged on, angry workers blockaded the mine for four days in August until the operator - a unit of U.S. miner Freeport McMoRan Inc - relented and let them resume weekly rotations out of the site via a four-hour trek by cable car and bus to towns below.

World 06 Oct 2020 | 4:13 PM

Indonesians police fire water cannons at protesters rallying against jobs law

JAKARTA (Reuters) - Indonesian police used water cannons and tear gas on Tuesday to disperse protesters rallying against a new jobs law in two cities on the island of Java, according to a police spokesman and media reports.

World 15 Sep 2020 | 12:56 PM

Starved of wifi, Indonesians trade plastic trash to study online

JAKARTA/BOGOR, Indonesia (Reuters) - When the coronavirus pandemic forced Indonesian schools to shut, it exposed how millions of households in the Southeast Asian country still had no access to the internet or even a device like a mobile phone to do remote learning.

World 10 Sep 2020 | 3:43 PM

As Jakarta heads into lockdown, doctors warn of buckling health system

JAKARTA (Reuters) - Doctors in Indonesia’s capital warned on Thursday the coronavirus pandemic is “not under control” with Jakarta intensive care units nearing full capacity and the city ordering new lockdown measures to stem a spike in infections.