Indonesia to Host FIFA U-20 World Cup

To ensure the readiness of Indonesia to host FIFA's U-20 World Cup this coming May, FIFA representatives inspected several stadiums that are going to host the sports event, including Gelora Bandung Lautan Api Stadium in Bandung, West Java and Gelora Sriwijaya Jakabaring Stadium, in Palembang, South Sumatra.

Escorted by members of Indonesia's football association or PSSI, FIFA representatives inspected Gelora Bandung Lautan Api Stadium at the Gedebage area.

They checked the condition of the grass in the soccer field, security facilities, and dressing rooms.
According to officials from Bandung Municipality, they have tried their best to plant grass on the soccer field.

Meanwhile, FIFA representatives led by Christian Schmolzer as FIFA Project Team arrived at the Gelora Sriwijaya Jakabaring Stadium, in Palembang, South Sumatra, on Friday (24/3/2023) morning, to inspect the preparations of the stadium to host FIFA U-20 World Cup.

They checked several points, such as spectator benches, and the VIP box. Some renovations are still ongoing to fix the stadium to be suited to FIFA standards. The final renovation is expected to end by March 31st.

Kim Raver Makes Solo Directorial Debut on Series

In our top entertainment news tonight: 

Kim Raver makes her solo directorial debut on 'Grey's Anatomy' with an episode concerning reproductive rights.

And Gwyneth Paltrow goes to trial over a utah ski collision.

Ramadan Across The Globe

Muslims in Mecca gathered for the first taraweeh prayers on the eve of the holy month of Ramadan Wednesday (22/3/2023) night.

Ramadan began at sundown on Wednesday as the faithful prepared for a month of dawn-to-dusk fasting, intended to bring them closer to god and to remind them of the suffering of those less fortunate. 

For the next 30 days, muslims will refrain from eating or drinking anything, even the tiniest sip of water from sunrise to sunset. 

Many will strictly observe prayers, read the quran and donate to charity as they seek to draw closer to god. Family and friends will gather for joyful nightly feasts.

Ramadan is also coming back to Jerusalem's old city where Palestinian muslims gathered at Al-Aqsa mosque for offering "taraweeh" prayer in the first Ramadan's night. 

Tonight, they performed prayer peacefully though on Monday, Israel Goverment officialy announced several restrictions on Palestinans who wish to enter Al-Aqso mosque. Israeli official also announce that security cleareance is required. Al-Aqso mosque is the third holiest site in islam.

Meanwhile in Srinagar in Indian-controlled Kashmir, muslims gathered at city's grand mosque to offer afternoon prayers.

Devout muslims abstain from all eating, drinking or smoking from dawn to dusk each day for the entire lunar month, around 30 days. 

Russia Launches Military Satellite

Russian Defense Ministry released footage that showed a Soyuz-2.1a medium carrier rocket, carrying a military satellite being launched from the Plesetsk cosmodrome.

The Ministry reported, that "a stable telemetry link is established and maintained with the spacecraft" and "the onboard systems of the spacecraft are operating normally"

Kygo Holds Concert in Jakarta

One of popular DJ from Norway, Kygo was held a concert in Jakarta, as part of Kygo World Tour 2023.

Last week in the sidelines on his concert, MGN's Anggi Hasibuan and camera person Yusra Ismail, have a chance to interview DJ Kygo, about various issues, ranging from music to mental health. 

President Jokowi Visits Papua

President joko widodo is now in papua on his official visit. President Joko Widodo and entourage arrived on Monday (20/1/2023) evening local time and held a series of meetings, including on Monday evening, in which hostage Susi Air pilot was in the discussion topics.

According to President Jokowi upon his arrival to Papua, he had led an internal meeting to dicuss a number of issues, including about hostage Susi Air pilot, New Zealand national, Captain Philiph Mertens.

President Jokowi said, Mertens safety is the most important thing in conducting rescue operation. Mertens was kidnapped and hostage by a criminal armed group in Papua, more than one month ago, after the light cargo plane operated by Susi Air was burnt by the group following its landing in an airport in Nduga.

Mertens in his last appearance in a video, sending by a criminal armed group stated as he was ordered  by the group, to call all foreign pilots to fly over Papua's skies until its freedom.

China-Russia Relations

Russian President Vladimir Putin gushed about China's economic success as he welcomed his Chinese Counterpart Xi Jinping to the Kremlin on tuesday (21/3/2023), or on second day of Chinese Leader's visit. Xi is in Russia for a three-day visit.

That was more than idle flattery. China isn't just Moscow's diplomatic partner in opposing what they see as US Domination of Global Affairs. 

Its thriving economy is the biggest buyer of Russian oil and gas exports, pumping billions of dollars into Putin's treasury and helping the kremlin resist western sanctions over its special operation in Ukraine.

Putin welcomes the lifeline, but that reliance is accelerating Russia’s slide into the junior role in an uneasy relationship with Xi’s government.

Beijing has ambitions that diverge from Moscow's and sometimes conflict. 

Xi's trip, his first abroad since his re-election earlier this month showed off Beijing's new diplomatic swagger and gave a political lift to Putin, just days after an international arrest warrant was issued for the Kremlin Leader on war crimes charges related to Ukraine.

Earlier today Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin congratulated Chinese President Xi Jinping on his reelection and hailed a new era for Russia-China relations. 

Mishustin said, Xi and Russian President Vladmir Putin will talk about medium-term cooperation and make "important decisions" to be followed by both sides. China and Russia have described Xi's trip as an opportunity to deepen their no-limits friendship.