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Labor Strike at Indonesian Mining Giant to End

Posted July 11th, 2011 at 2:25 pm (UTC-5)
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Officials at a giant U.S.-owned gold and copper mine in Indonesia’s Papua province say they have reached a deal to end a weeklong labor strike. Freeport McMorRan says miners are likely to return to work this week, cutting short a strike that was expected to continue until mid-month. Under the deal, the company says, it […]

Indonesia to Evacuate Hundreds Living Near Active Volcano

Posted July 11th, 2011 at 3:30 am (UTC-5)
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Indonesian officials said Monday they will evacuate hundreds of people living near Mount Lokon on Sulawesi island after raising the volcano’s danger status to the highest level – red alert. A government volcanologist said there had been a significant rise in volcanic activity in the past few days. He said the volcano spewed ash 500 […]

Indonesia Intercepts Sri Lankan Asylum Seekers

Posted July 11th, 2011 at 3:05 am (UTC-5)
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Indonesian police say they have intercepted a ship heading to New Zealand with 85 Sri Lankan asylum-seekers on board. Indonesian officials said Monday that the vessel was taken to the port of Tanjung Pinang, but the Sri Lankans are refusing to leave the boat, demanding instead that they be allowed to travel to New Zealand. […]

Indonesia Strike Hits US Mining Giant

Posted July 6th, 2011 at 9:30 pm (UTC-5)
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Thousands of miners have gone on strike in one of the world’s biggest copper and gold mines, located in Indonesia’s Papua province. About 8,000 workers took part in the industrial action Wednesday at the mine run by the U.S. firm Freeport McMoRan. Some of the strikers blocked the main access road to the mining area, […]

Australia Lifts Ban on Live Cattle Shipments to Indonesia

Posted July 6th, 2011 at 6:40 am (UTC-5)
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Australia has lifted a nearly month-old ban on live cattle exports to Indonesia which was imposed over concerns about the treatment of the animals. Agriculture Minister Joe Ludwig announced the end of the ban Wednesday, expressing confidence that Indonesian slaughterhouses will meet Australian standards for humane practices. Ludwig says Australian beef exporters will now be […]

Australian FM to Hold Live Cattle Talks With Indonesia

Posted July 4th, 2011 at 8:45 pm (UTC-5)
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Australian news reports say Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd will seek to restore Australia’s live cattle exports to Indonesia during his visit to Jakarta later this week. The reports say Rudd will meet with Indonesian officials Friday in an effort to salvage the $320 million annual trade. Indonesia suspended cattle import licenses until the end of […]

Indonesian Volcano Erupts

Posted July 3rd, 2011 at 1:35 am (UTC-5)
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A volcano erupted in central Indonesia early Sunday, but so far poses no danger to people. Scientists say no one was injured when Mount Soputan, located on Sulawesi island, exploded. Officials say the nearest villages are well outside the danger zone and there are no immediate evacuation plans. Soputan, one of Sulawesi’s most active volcanoes, […]

Indonesian President Picks Relative as Army Chief

Posted June 30th, 2011 at 9:25 am (UTC-5)
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Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has appointed his brother-in-law as the country’s new army chief. Pramono Edhie Wibowo will replace retiring General George Toisutta. Wibowo currently commands the military’s Strategic Reserves and is the brother of Mr. Yudhoyono’s wife. Officials have rejected claims of nepotism, saying Wibowo is the best person for the post. Analysts […]

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Indonesian Playboy Editor Released

Posted June 24th, 2011 at 11:05 am (UTC-5)
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The former editor of Playboy Indonesia is a free man again after the country’s Supreme Court overturned his conviction for indecency. Erwin Arnada walked out of prison Friday after serving part of a two-year sentence for publishing pictures of scantily-clad women. Arnada had been imprisoned since last October. His lawyer had appealed the verdict, but […]

4 Russians Die after Drinking Indonesia Brew

Posted June 24th, 2011 at 6:00 am (UTC-5)
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Indonesian police say four Russian sailors died and three others were hospitalized after drinking a potent alcoholic brew in Borneo island, where their ship is anchored. Central Kalimantan police said the deadly liquor was purchased from a local man. The four died on Wednesday and Thursday and three others suffered from breathing problems, dizziness and […]

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