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British Women Gets Death Sentence for Drug Smuggling in Bali

Posted January 22nd, 2013 at 4:25 am (UTC-5)
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An Indonesian court has sentenced a British woman to death for attempting to smuggle drugs into the resort island of Bali. Fifty-six-year-old Lindsay Sandiford cried when she heard the sentence Tuesday, but did not comment as she was escorted back to jail. Although Indonesia has notoriously strict drug laws, the sentence was harsher than expected. […]

Floods Cripple Indonesian Capital, 2 Dead

Posted January 17th, 2013 at 2:05 am (UTC-5)
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Much of the Indonesian capital is under waist-high water, after several days of unusually heavy monsoon rains caused floods that forced thousands to seek shelter. Rising flood waters in Jakarta forced many government offices and businesses to close Thursday, and many roads were unpassable in the low-lying, flood-prone city of 14 million. Forecasters warn the […]

2 Killed in Flooding in Indonesia

Posted January 16th, 2013 at 11:35 am (UTC-5)
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Indonesian officials say at least two people have been killed in floods that have driven thousands of people from their homes in the capital, Jakarta. A disaster management official told the French news agency that days of torrential rain have caused rivers to overflow and have triggered floods up to three meters. Seasonal downpours cause […]

Bird Flu Kills 4 Year-Old Boy in Indonesia

Posted December 18th, 2012 at 12:05 am (UTC-5)
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Indonesian officials say a four-year-old boy has died from bird flu, the 10th fatal case in the country this year. The health ministry said Tuesday the boy likely contracted the H5N1 virus after playing with dead birds outside his home west of the capital, Jakarta. Almost half the estimated 360 people worldwide who have died […]

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Strong Earthquake Strikes Eastern Indonesia

Posted December 10th, 2012 at 12:45 pm (UTC-5)
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The U.S. Geological survey says a 7.1 magnitude earthquake has shaken eastern Indonesia. The quake occurred at 1653 UT and was centered about 200 kilometers northwest of the Tanimbar Islands in Maluku Province. The temblor occurred at a depth of 155 kilometers under the Banda Sea. The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center did not issue a […]

Fourteen Dead in Communal Violence in Indonesia

Posted October 31st, 2012 at 2:55 am (UTC-5)
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Security forces have been deployed to a village in western Indonesia where three days of communal violence left at least 14 people dead. Police say the clashes in Balinuraga village in Lampung province were prompted by reports that two young girls of Balinese descent were sexually harassed or assaulted by young men from the Lampung […]

Indonesia Arrests 11 in Plot to Bomb US Embassy, Other Targets

Posted October 27th, 2012 at 5:05 pm (UTC-5)
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Indonesian police say 11 people have been arrested in a suspected plot to attack the U.S. embassy in Jakarta and other domestic and foreign targets. National police spokesman Suhardi Alius said Saturday the arrests by a special anti-terror unit took place in four provinces. Alius said the suspects — members of the newly-formed Harakah Sunni […]

Indonesian Factory Workers Stage Massive Strike

Posted October 3rd, 2012 at 11:30 am (UTC-5)
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Hundreds of thousands of factory workers in Indonesia have walked off the job, demanding better and more job security. Union officials said more than two million workers from 700 companies took part in the one-day, nationwide strike Wednesday. Police said the actual number of strikers was lower but tens of thousands of police officers and […]

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2 Indonesian Militants Killed by Indonesian Forces

Posted September 1st, 2012 at 6:15 am (UTC-5)
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Indonesia’s anti-terrorism squad has killed two suspected militants in an armed raid. Officials say a member of the elite Detachment 88 police unit was killed and another militant was arrested in the operation in Solo in central Java. Authorities say the dead militants were in their late teens. They say the men had been linked […]

45 Rescued, 105 Missing After Asylum Boat Sinks Off Indonesia

Posted August 30th, 2012 at 6:35 am (UTC-5)
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Rescuers working off the coast of Indonesia have pulled 45 people to safety after a boat carrying asylum seekers sank. Australia’s maritime safety agency says three of the survivors rescued Thursday have serious injuries, but are in stable condition. An Australian Navy patrol boat is working with several merchant vessels to search for 105 other […]