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Magnitude 8.7 Earthquake Hits Off Indonesia Coast, Tsunami Warning Issued

Posted April 11th, 2012 at 5:25 am (UTC-5)
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The U.S. Geological Survey says a huge 8.7-magnitude earthquake has struck off the northwestern coast of Indonesia, sparking a tsunami warning in the Indian Ocean. The quake hit about 430 kilometers southwest of Banda Aceh, the provincial capital and largest city in the province of Aceh, at an estimated depth of 33 kilometers. In 2004, […]

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Magnitude 8.7 Earthquake Hits Off Indonesia Coast

Posted April 11th, 2012 at 5:05 am (UTC-5)
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The U.S. Geological Survey says a huge earthquake has struck off the northern coast of Indonesia, sparking a tsunami warning in the Indian Ocean. The quake, which was given a magnitude of 8.7, hit about 500 kilometers southwest of Banda Aceh, the provincial capital and largest city in the province of Aceh. The massive quake […]

Indonesia’s Aceh Province Votes for Governor

Posted April 9th, 2012 at 4:45 am (UTC-5)
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Residents are voting Monday in the Indonesian province of Aceh to elect a governor of the only province in the country ruled by Islamic sharia law. It is only the second election in Aceh since a December 2004 tsunami which killed 170,000 people in the province and led separatist rebels to lay down their arms […]

Forest Fires Could Kill Off Indonesian Orangutans This Year

Posted March 28th, 2012 at 1:45 pm (UTC-5)
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A coalition of environmental groups says several hundred critically-endangered orangutans in a protected area of western Indonesia could be killed off by the end of the year if land clearing is not stopped immediately. The warning, issued Wednesday in Jakarta, says satellite imagery shows forest fires in the 13,000-hectare Tripa swamp already forcing the powerful […]

Indonesia Police Kill 5 Suspected Militants

Posted March 18th, 2012 at 11:25 pm (UTC-5)
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Indonesian authorities say police on the resort island of Bali killed five suspected militants who were planning to carry out attacks, including robberies, against targets across the island. The authorities said all five suspects died late Sunday in shootouts with police. They described the sites as typical terrorist targets and said police confiscated two firearms […]

Indonesia Police Kill 5 Suspected Militants

Posted March 18th, 2012 at 9:30 pm (UTC-5)
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Indonesian authorities say police on the resort island of Bali killed five suspected militants who were planning to carry out attacks, including robberies, against targets across the island. The authorities said all five suspects died late Sunday in shootouts with police. They described the sites as typical terrorist targets and said police confiscated two firearms […]

Indonesia Reinstates Militant’s Prison Sentence

Posted February 27th, 2012 at 9:45 am (UTC-5)
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Indonesia’s Supreme Court has reinstated the 15-year prison sentence for a radical Muslim preacher linked to the deadly 2002 Bali bombings and convicted of setting up a terrorist training camp in western Indonesia. A court spokesman said Monday the court overturned a lower court ruling that last year reduced Abu Bakar Bashir’s prison term to […]

Trial Starts for Suspected Bali Bomber

Posted February 13th, 2012 at 2:10 am (UTC-5)
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An Islamic militant suspected of making the bombs used in the 2002 Bali attack has gone on trial in Indonesia. Umar Patek was charged in West Jakarta district court Monday with premeditated murder and several other counts, including bomb-making and illegal firearms possession. He also faces similar charges for his alleged role in deadly attacks […]

Indonesian Trial Set for Key Bali Bombing Suspect

Posted February 9th, 2012 at 8:40 am (UTC-5)
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Indonesia says one of Asia’s most wanted terrorism suspects will go on trial Monday for his alleged role in the 2002 Bali bombings, which killed more than 200 people on the resort island. Prosecutors are asking a court in West Jakarta to charge suspect Umar Patek with premeditated murder and the assembly of bombs used […]

Moody’s Raises Indonesia’s Credit Rating

Posted January 18th, 2012 at 5:05 am (UTC-5)
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Indonesia scored its second credit rating upgrade in as many months on Wednesday, as Moody’s raised the status of Southeast Asia’s largest economy to investment grade. The credit ratings agency said it raised Indonesia’s bonds from junk status because of the nation’s ability to withstand global economic shocks. Specifically, the agency cited Indonesia’s efforts to […]

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