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22 Rescued, 128 Missing After Asylum Boat Sinks Off Indonesia

Posted August 30th, 2012 at 4:50 am (UTC-5)
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An Australian Navy patrol boat has rescued 16 people and a merchant vessel pulled six others to safety after a boat carrying asylum seekers sank in the waters off Indonesia. Rescuers are still looking for another 128 people who were on board the boat Wednesday when someone made a distress call to Australian authorities and […]

Six Rescued, 140 Missing After Asylum Boat Sinks Off Indonesia

Posted August 30th, 2012 at 1:55 am (UTC-5)
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Rescuers have safely pulled six people from the waters off Indonesia, but are still searching for many more after a boat carrying asylum seekers sank. A merchant ship rescued the six survivors early Thursday, about 75 kilometers southwest of Java, after they had spent almost a day in the water. Indonesian ships, along with an […]

6.6 Earthquake Strikes Indonesia

Posted August 18th, 2012 at 6:55 am (UTC-5)
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A strong earthquake has struck the Indonesian island of Sulawesi. The U.S. Geological Survey says the 6.6 magnitude quake struck late Saturday afternoon 56 kilometers from the town of Palu at a relatively shallow depth of 20 kilometers. There are no immediate reports of damage or casualties. The French news agency reports panicked residents in […]

Rights Groups Criticize Indonesia’s Prison Term for Shi’ite Cleric

Posted July 12th, 2012 at 7:50 pm (UTC-5)
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Rights groups are criticizing an Indonesian court for sentencing a Shi’ite cleric to two years in prison for blasphemy. They call the verdict a setback for religious freedom in the predominantly Sunni Muslim nation. In Thursday’s ruling, the court in Madura island’s Sampang district convicted Tajul Muluk of insulting Islam in his religious teachings. Citing […]

Senator Introduces Bill to Protect Indonesian Christians in US

Posted June 27th, 2012 at 1:45 am (UTC-5)
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A U.S. senator has introduced legislation that would allow Indonesian Christians living in the United States to apply for asylum on the grounds of religious persecution in their homeland. The bill from Senator Frank Lautenberg of New Jersey aims to help the hundreds of Indonesian Christians who came to the U.S. on tourist visas, mostly […]

Indonesian Court Sentences Bali Bomber to 20 Years

Posted June 21st, 2012 at 12:25 pm (UTC-5)
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An Indonesian militant accused of helping build a car bomb used in the deadly 2002 Bali nightclub attacks that killed 202 people has been sentenced to 20 years in prison. Umar Patek, dubbed “Demolition Man” by Indonesian media, was charged with premeditated murder and several other counts, including bomb making and illegal firearms possession. An […]

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Indonesian Terror Suspect to Receive Verdict in Bali Bombings Case

Posted June 21st, 2012 at 7:00 am (UTC-5)
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An Indonesian court is set to issue a verdict in the trial of an Islamic militant accused of helping build a car bomb used in the deadly 2002 Bali nightclub attacks that killed 202 people. Prosecutors have asked for a life sentence rather than the death penalty for Umar Patek, who expressed remorse for the […]

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Lady Gaga’s Indonesian Concert Cancelled

Posted May 27th, 2012 at 3:35 am (UTC-5)
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Promoters for American pop singer Lady Gaga said Sunday that her June 3 show in Indonesia has been cancelled after Islamic hard-liners threatened violence if she performs. Concert promotion lawyer Minola Sebayang said that the cancellation was not only about Lady Gaga’s security, but the safety of those who would be watching her. Indonesian police […]

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Prosecutors Seek Life Term for Bali Bombmaker

Posted May 21st, 2012 at 5:20 am (UTC-5)
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Indonesian prosecutors have asked for a life sentence rather than the death penalty for an Islamic militant accused of helping to build the bomb used in the 2002 Bali nightclub attacks. Prosecutors had originally asked for the death penalty for Umar Patek when the trial started in February. Prosecutor Bambang Suharyadi told the West Jakarta […]

Indonesia Predicts Slow Probe of Crashed Jetliner

Posted May 16th, 2012 at 1:50 pm (UTC-5)
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Indonesia says it could take as long as a year to analyze equipment and flight data recovered from the crash site of a Russian jetliner that slammed into the side of a volcano last week near Jakarta, killing all 45 people on board. Aviation authorities, quoted in Indonesian media Wednesday, said the crash probe will […]

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