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Updated: Apr 22, 2018

Following the massive data breach experienced by Facebook and that company’s role in swaying election results in Europe and the USA, Indonesia has summoned Facebook Indonesia to explain why their social networking service should not be blocked in the Republic.

Leading the news this week: A horrific chain collision involving a tourist bus, 6 cars and 2 motorcycles near the Garuda Wisnu Kencana Monument has left one man dead. An Australian man has been given a rehabilitative sentence in lieu of prison time following a narcotics conviction. A German and his Indonesian wife who were fugitives from the law following a fraud conviction have been captured in Bali and are now headed to prison. North Bali immigration officials have deported a Dutch couple working illegally in Lovina. And, the Government warns that Chinese working illegally as tour guides in Bali face deportation and blacklisting.

The Udayana Military Commander calls on the media to practice self-censorship to help maintain public calm in the lead-up period to the IMF-World Bank Summit in October.

The Egyptian Ambassador to Indonesia praises Bali during an official visit to the Island.

Aviation News; Read our straightforward editorial offering a somewhat contrarian views on the need for a second airport in Bali. A new large duty-free shop has been opened in the arrival hall at Bali’s Ngurah Rai Airport.

Indonesia names 5 dishes to its national menu; we tell you what they are!

Environmental News: The Green Peace sailing ship “Rainbow Warrior” visited Bali last week to champion a number of environmental causes. And, the Australian Government is sponsoring a high level forum to discuss waste management in Bali.

Transportation News: Bali transportation officials announce that they will limit the number of online taxis allowed to operate in Bali. Meanwhile, steps are underway to limit the visit of non-Bali motor vehicles to a maximum 3-month visit to the Island.

A top tourism official has defended the promotion of “10 New Bali’s” as an opportunity to allow Bali to seek higher quality visitors.


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