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Australia Tries to Win Release of Boy Arrested in Indonesia

Posted October 7th, 2011 at 5:45 am (UTC-5)
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Australian officials say they are doing all they can to win the release of a 14-year-old boy held in Indonesia for possessing marijuana. The boy told police he bought the drug from a man who said he had not eaten for a day and needed money. The teenager has been held at Denpasar police headquarters […]

Crisis Group Warns Indonesia of Looming Religious Violence in Maluku

Posted October 4th, 2011 at 10:55 am (UTC-5)
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The International Crisis Group says rising tensions between Christians and Muslims in Indonesia’s troubled Maluku province could lead to a return of the communal fighting that left some 9,000 people dead there a decade ago. The Brussels-based think-tank, in a warning Tuesday, said the Jakarta government must take urgent steps to establish the causes of […]

Indonesia Arrests Bombing Suspect

Posted October 2nd, 2011 at 5:10 am (UTC-5)
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Indonesian authorities said Sunday that they have arrested one of the country’s most wanted Muslim militants, accused of plotting suicide attacks. Police said Beni Asri was captured last week in the town of Solok in West Sumatra province. Asri is suspected of helping plot a suicide bombing in a packed church in the central Java […]

All 18 in Indonesia Plane Crash Dead

Posted October 1st, 2011 at 1:20 am (UTC-5)
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Indonesian rescuers say all 18 people aboard a plane that crashed in Sumatra are dead. The Spanish-designed CASA 221 turboprop was traveling from Medan city for the nearby province of Aceh on Sumatra island Thursday, when it sent out a distress signal and then disappeared from radar. Hopes were raised that there might be survivors […]

US Reduces Indonesian Debt, Supports Forest Conservation

Posted September 30th, 2011 at 4:30 am (UTC-5)
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The United States has forgiven almost $30 million in Indonesian debt in return for forest conservation. The United States says the so-called debt-for-nature swap is the second such deal with Indonesia, aimed at reducing deforestation and climate change. The U.S. State Department says it will reduce Indonesia’s debt payment to the U.S. government over the […]

Rescuers Hope for Survivors in Indonesia Plane Crash

Posted September 30th, 2011 at 3:35 am (UTC-5)
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Rescuers trying to reach a downed plane in western Indonesia said Friday the fuselage is intact and a door is open, sparking hopes that there may be survivors. Eighteen people were aboard the CASA 221 turboprop when the plane went down Thursday on Sumatra island after departing Medan city for the nearby province of Aceh. […]

US Reduces Indonesian Debt, Supports Forest Conservation

Posted September 29th, 2011 at 6:15 pm (UTC-5)
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The United States has forgiven almost $30 billion in Indonesian debt in return for forest conservation. The United States says the so-called debt-for-nature swap is the second such deal with Indonesia, aimed at reducing deforestation and climate change. The U.S. State Department says it will reduce Indonesia’s debt payment to the U.S. government over the […]

Search Crews Head For Indonesian Crash Site

Posted September 29th, 2011 at 2:33 am (UTC-5)
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Officials in Indonesia say a small aircraft carrying 18 people has crashed in a mountainous area on Sumatra island. The Spanish-built CASA 212 plane took off Thursday on a short flight from North Sumatra to the nearby province of Aceh when it lost contact with air traffic controllers. Officials say the aircraft sent out an […]

Indonesia Ferry Fire Sparks Deadly Stampede

Posted September 28th, 2011 at 1:43 am (UTC-5)
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Eight people are dead after a stampede on a docked ferry boat in Indonesia. The tragedy happened Wednesday when a truck caught fire on the ferry and panicked passengers tried to escape. Officials said eight people were fatally trampled in the stampede and dozens of others were injured. The ferry was docked at the Tanjung […]

Indonesian Foreign Minister Says Papua Needs Autonomy

Posted September 27th, 2011 at 9:55 pm (UTC-5)
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Indonesian Foreign Minister Marty Natalegawa says his government is fully aware of rights abuses in Indonesia’s resource-rich Papua region. Natalegawa told the Council on Foreign Relations in New York the government understands the two provinces of Papua “need special attention, special empowerment” and that autonomy is the solution. Indonesia took over Papua in 1969 from […]

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