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Indonesian Passenger Ferry Sinks, Killing 18 People

Posted June 7th, 2011 at 12:25 am (UTC-5)
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Indonesian authorities say 18 people are dead after a passenger ship capsized in the waters off Borneo Island. A local port authority official said a search and rescue operation was underway Tuesday for another 18 passengers who are still missing. The official said the vessel sank Monday when it was overcome by heavy winds and […]

Australian Cattlemen Propose Limits on Exports to Indonesia

Posted June 6th, 2011 at 4:45 am (UTC-5)
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Australia’s cattle industry has advanced a plan to ensure the humane slaughter of livestock in Indonesia in the wake of a television expose that shocked Australian viewers. The Australian government immediately banned exports of live cattle to 11 Indonesian abattoirs after last week’s program, which showed cattle being beaten, gouged and kicked before being killed […]

Indonesian Cleric Accuses US as Terrorism Trial Winds Down

Posted June 6th, 2011 at 3:40 am (UTC-5)
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Radical cleric Abu Bakar Bashir issued a final statement at his Indonesian terrorism trial Monday, once more charging that the case against him was orchestrated by the United States and Australia. The cleric, who faces a possible life sentence, charged that the foreign powers were working through “devils” in Indonesia to carry out a crusade […]

Malaysia Bans Smoking at World Heritage Site

Posted June 6th, 2011 at 12:50 am (UTC-5)
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The world heritage site of Malacca will become the first smoke-free city in Malaysia when a new smoking ban comes into effect on June 15. Health Minister Liow Tiong Lai said Monday that the move was being made to create fresh air and a clean environment for tourists and Malaysians to enjoy the historic city. […]


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