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17
January

Indonesian Ambassador to Russia and Belarus Jose Tavares attached importance to the bilateral cooperation between Indonesia and Russia to address the current global strategic environmental changes.

Addressing lecturers and students of the Indonesian Christian University (UKI) during a webinar on Friday, Tavares highlighted the long-standing relations between both nations and their common vision to address global issues, including strengthening the UN system.

"The world is currently facing uncertainty and experiencing strategic environmental changes. Indonesia and Russia need to respond to them by intensifying bilateral partnership," he noted in a statement of the Indonesian Embassy in Moscow, a copy of which was available to ANTARA in Jakarta on Saturday.

In fact, Indonesia received support since its early days, including through diplomatic support, weaponry supplies, and military adviser in the 1960s when the country had attempted to regain West Irian, now Papua, he pointed out.

Tavares admitted to the highs and lows in the relations between both nations.

"The bilateral relations had witnessed downs from the late 1960s to the 1980s during the Cold War. The bilateral relations normalized when the then president Suharto met with then president Gorbachev in 1999. Since then, relations have continued to be good until now," he stated.

"Under the bilateral framework, there is vast potential to enhance cooperation, especially in the fields of trade, investment, and tourism as well as Russia serving as a place to study science and advanced technology," he remarked. (antaranews)

17
January

A 5.4-magnitude earthquake hit Pesisir Barat district, Lampung province, on Saturday evening, but no tsunami warning was issued, according to the Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) office in Lampung.

The epicenter of the quake, which struck at 4.26 p.m. local time, was located in the sea, 145 kilometers south of Kru city, Pesisir Barat district, at a depth of 43 kilometers, coordinator of the BMKG office's data and information section, Rudi Hartanto, said.

The quake was a shallow quake caused by subduction activity, he informed.

The tremor was felt in the districts of Lampung Barat, Pesawaran, and Tanggamus, and the Lampung provincial capital of Bandarlampung, he said.

As of 4.55 p.m. on Saturday, he had yet to receive a report on the aftershock and material damage, he added. (antaranews)

17
January

Joe Biden's top aide said Saturday the incoming president would sign about a dozen executive orders on his first day in office, as police fearing violence from Trump supporters staged a nationwide security operation ahead of the inauguration.

Authorities in Washington, where Wednesday's inauguration will take place, said they arrested a man with a loaded handgun and more than 500 rounds of ammunition at a security checkpoint, underscoring the tension in the US capital which is resembling a war zone.

However, the man said it was "an honest mistake," and that he was a private security guard who got lost on his way to work near the Capitol.

Incoming Biden chief of staff Ron Klain said in a memo to new White House senior staff that the executive orders would address the pandemic, the ailing US economy, climate change and racial injustice in America. "All of these crises demand urgent action," Klain said in the memo.

"In his first ten days in office, President-elect Biden will take decisive action to address these four crises, prevent other urgent and irreversible harms, and restore America's place in the world," Klain added.

As he inherits the White House from Donald Trump, Biden's plate is overflowing with acute challenges (jakarta post) 

17
January

The death toll in Sumedang landslides rose to 28 as three more bodies were found by a joint search and rescue team on Saturday, while 12 people remained missing, according to data of the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB).

"Referring to data from the Operations Control Center (Pusdalops) of the BNPB, as of Sunday, January 17, at 3:59 WIB, the joint SAR team has found a total of 28 bodies," Dr. Raditya Jati, the agency's Head of the Center for Data, Information and Communications. Disaster, said in a press statement here on Sunday.

As many as 12 other victims remained missing, he said.

Incessant rains hampered the search operations which had to be carried out carefully and vigilantly because of possible subsequent landslides, as the Geological Agency warned that there were still cracks in several landslide locations, he said.

The joint team used four heavy equipment in the process of evacuating victims, which was expected to last until the next few days.

Two consecutive landslides hit Cihanjuang Village, Cimanggung Sub-district, Sumedang District, West Java, on January 9, displacing 1,020 people and destroying several houses.