Indonesian Masters 2023 Finals

Indonesia got two titles in Indonesia Masters 2023, both from men's singles and men's doubles. Jonatan Christie and the pair of Leo Rolly-Daniel Marthin succesfully became the winners at the BWF World Tour Super 500 Tournament.  

All Indonesian finals happened in the men's singles event, when Jonatan Christie met his compatriot Chico Aura Wardoyo on Sunday. Playing in Istora Senayan Jakarta, Jonatan versus Chico's game  was interesting and managed to entertain spectators. Chico attacked aggresively, while Jojo patiently tended to be defensive and gave his best. Jonatan beat Chico in a straight set 21-15 and 21-13.

Leo Rolly Carnando and Daniel Marthin, extended the record of winning the national men's doubles event from this tournament every year at Istora Senayan. Leo-Daniel defeated China's men's doubles pair, He Ji Ting and Zhou Hao Dong in the finals, with consistently playing from the beginning of the final round to a match point in the second game. The Indonesian pair called The Babies, won 21-17 and 21-16, and won the title for the first time.

Suicide Bomber Attacks Mosque in Pakistan

A suicide bomber struck inside a mosque within a police compound in the northwestern Pakistan City of Peshawar on Monday, killing at least 34 people and wounding as many as 150 worshippers, most of them policemen.

The bombing drew nationwide condemnation from opposition political parties and government officials. Ghulam Ali, the Provincial Governor in Khyber Pakhtun-Khwa, where Peshawar is the capital, said there were fears the death toll could rise even further.

Most of the casualties were police officers. The targeted mosque is located within a sprawling compound, which also serves as the city's police headquarters. Police said between 300 to 350 worshipers were inside the mosque when the bomber detonated his explosives.

No one immediately claimed responsibility for the bombing, said Saddique Khan, a senior Police Official in Peshawar. It was unclear how the bomber managed to penetrate deep inside the zone unnoticed.

The impact of the explosion collapsed the roof of the mosque,which caved in and injured many.

Daisy Jones & The Six Teaser

Riley Keough stars in the upcoming musical drama "daisy jones & the six" as the tv series adapts the bestselling book and casts Lisa Marie Presley's daughter - Elvis Presley's granddaughter - as the charismatic lead singer of the title.

A trailer for the series was unveiled Wednesday, three days after Keough attended the memorial service for her late mother who died earlier this month.

In "daisy jones & the six", Keough who starred in "mad max: fury road", "magic mike", and "the runaways" stars opposite Sam Claflin who plays the band's other singer, Billy Dunne.

The fictional tale follows the rise and fall of a renowned rock band who after rising from obscurity to fame in the 1970s play a sell-out show at Chicago's soldier field - then disband. Decades later, members of the six agreed to reveal the truth about their time in the band.

The series is based on the novel by Taylor Jenkins Reid "daisy jones & the six" and is executive produced by Reese Witherspoon.

Episode one premieres on prime video on 3 March  3rd with new episodes following each Friday through  March 24.

Indonesia to Host 4 Sports Tourism Events

The Indonesian government is targeting to increase the number of foreign tourist visits in Indonesia through sports tourism.

Tourism and Creative Economy Minister Sandiaga Uno said that this year Indonesia will host four international sports, namely F-one Powerboat World Series held in Danau Toba in North Sumatra, the basketball world championships in Jakarta, FIFA U-20 world championships in Jakarta, and lastly the anoc world beach games in Bali.
According to Minister Sandiaga these 4 sporting events are in line with the Indonesian government's strategy to increase international tourist visits to Indonesia this year. The government's target is 7 point 4 million tourist visits in 2023.

Meanwhile, the foreign exchange projections from these sports tourism events can reach 500 million US dollars. 

Gunman Attacks Azerbaijan Embassy in Iran

A man armed with a Kalashnikov-style rifle stormed the Azerbaijan Embassy in Iran's capital on Friday. Killing the head of security at the diplomatic post and wounding two guards.

Tehran's Police Chief General Hossein Rahimi blamed the attack on family problems and the attacker is now under arrest.

A statement from Azerbaijan's foreign ministry said that an investigation is currently underway. The ministry also described the attacker as destroying a guard post with assault rifle fire before being stopped by the wounded guards. 

Australia Open: Rybanika Defeats Azarenka By 7-6, 6-3

Wimbledon champion Elena Rybakina booked her place in her first-ever Australian open women's singles final.

Rybakina rules the match with a straight-set 7-6 and 6-3 victory over Victoria Azarenka at the rod laver arena in Melbourne on Thursday.

In the first set, Elena Rybakina hit a forehand winner down the line to bring up break point on Victoria Azarenka's serve at advantage and at 4-3 up in games.

In the second set, Elena Rybakina broke Victoria Azarenka's serve and win the second set 6-3 after Azarenka sends her backhand return into the net.

Japan & South Korea Suffer Heavy Snow

Cars slowed and stopped on icy roads and bundled-up commuters gingerly navigated snow-covered sidewalks as a snowstorm swept through South Korea.

Seoul and nearby regions suffer heavy snow, but there were no immediate reports of major disruptions or damage caused by snow ice and subzero temperatures as of Thursday afternoon.

Traffic in major roads was normal, although 110 hiking trails across three national parks remained closed.

About 2,100 public workers and 1,100 vehicles were deployed to spray more than 3,100 tons of snow-clearing chemicals and salt on major roads and expressways from midnight to 4 in the morning on Thursday.

While earlier, Niigata prefecture observes the coldest weather this season bringing in heavy snowfall and strong winds Wednesday. 

A car was seen turned over in Sado city, Niigata prefecture as snow also disrupted commutes and transport in many places across Japan.

According to the Niigata local meteorological observatory, the prefecture is expected to get as much as 60 centimeters of snow in the next 24 hours.