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Strong earthquake hits Indonesia's Papua: USGS

Jayapura - A powerful magnitude 7.0 earthquake rocked the eastern Indonesian province of Papua on Tuesday, US seismologists said, causing panicked people to run out of their homes.

British PM heads to Southeast Asia with trade, IS on agenda

Jakarta - British Prime Minister David Cameron begins a visit to Southeast Asia on Monday, looking to seal $1.2 billion in trade deals and push for greater cooperation in the fight against the Islamic State group.

Volcano briefly forces fresh shutdown of Bali airport

Denpasar - Ash spewing from a volcano closed the airport on the Indonesian resort island of Bali Wednesday for the third time this month, forcing the cancellation of flights and stranding tourists during peak holiday season.

Indonesians stranded for Eid as volcanoes force airports closed

Surabaya - Thousands of Indonesians were spending Eid in misery Friday after failing to make it home to see their families as erupting volcanoes closed six airports, including in the country's second-biggest city.

Indonesia jails orangutan trader caught with baby ape

Jakarta - An Indonesian orangutan trader has been jailed for two years after he was caught trying to sell a baby ape from a backpack, a rare conviction for wildlife crime in the country, authorities said Monday.

Bali tackles backlog after volcano hits nearly 900 flights

Denpasar - Indonesian authorities at Bali's international airport were fighting Monday to clear a backlog after almost 900 flights were cancelled or delayed in recent days due to a volcanic eruption, causing travel chaos during the peak holiday season.

Bali airport reopens after new volcano ash shutdown

Denpasar - The airport on the Indonesian resort island of Bali reopened Sunday after an erupting volcano forced its closure for the second time in just a few days and caused fresh travel misery for stranded holidaymakers.

Pacquiao prayed with death row convict Veloso in tearful meeting

Filipino boxing superstar Manny Pacquiao and wife Jinkee visited death row convict Mary Jane Veloso in her prison cell in Indonesia to give spiritual and moral support to the embattled overseas Filipino worker who was convicted for drug trafficking.

Indonesian volcano closes airports

Denpasar - An erupting Indonesian volcano forced the closure of five airports Friday, including on the holiday island of Bali, causing the cancellation of hundreds of flights and stranding hordes of holidaymakers.

Pacquiao heads to Indonesia to help Filipina on death row

Before his fight against Floyd Mayweather last May, Filipino boxing star Manny Pacquiao made a last-minute appeal to Indonesian president Joko Widodo to spare the life of Mary Jane Veloso, who was scheduled to die by firing squad for drug-related crime.

Indonesian plane crash increases pressure for military overhaul

Jakarta - The deadly crash of a 51-year-old Indonesian air force transport plane this week has turned the spotlight on the country's ageing military equipment and given new momentum to the president's plans to increase defence spending.

Indonesia military plane crash toll rises to 142

Medan - The death toll from the crash of an Indonesian air force plane into a city neighbourhood rose to 142 Wednesday, amid claims civilians had paid for flights on the doomed aircraft in violation of military rules.

Indonesian military plane crashes in ball of flames

Medan - An Indonesian military transport plane crashed Tuesday shortly after take-off in a city on Sumatra island, exploding in a ball of flames in a residential area.

Frenchman loses Indonesia execution appeal, lawyers vow fight

Jakarta - A French drug convict lost an appeal against his death sentence Monday, but his lawyers vowed to fight on and prevent another foreigner from facing the firing squad in Indonesia after a series of executions that generated an international uproar.

Precarious existence in shadow of Indonesian volcano

Berastagi - When Indonesian farmer Elfi Dalimunthe fled to safety last week as a volcano hurled hot ash and rocks across the sky, it marked the third time she was forced to abandon her home in recent years.

Indonesian captain describes alleged Australian boat payment

Indonesia - The captain of a migrant boat has described how Australian authorities allegedly paid US$31,000 to turn the asylum-seekers back to Indonesia, claiming the crew and migrants were sent on their way in "unseaworthy" vessels.

More than 10,000 flee erupting Indonesian volcano

Jakarta - More than 10,000 villagers have fled a rumbling volcano in western Indonesia this month, most in recent days after a series of violent eruptions, an official said Tuesday.

Australia 'paid crew of asylum-seeker boat to turn back'

Kupang - The captain and crew of a boat carrying 65 asylum-seekers say Australian authorities paid them thousands of dollars to turn around and return to Indonesian waters, police said Wednesday.

Op-Ed: Luxury hotels linked to palm oil plantations, forest destruction

If you remember those quaint drawings of big fish eating progressively smaller fish, until there's only one big fish at the end, you have the general gist of how palm oil companies often destroy rain forests.

Indonesia begins search for migrant boats

Jakarta - Indonesia has begun search and rescue operations for stranded migrant boats carrying Bangladeshis and ethnic Rohingya from Myanmar, an official said on Sunday, after it dropped a hardline policy of refusing them sanctuary.
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