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Indonesia struggles to tap volcano power

Indonesia - Columns of steam shoot from the ground at an Indonesian power plant sitting in the shadow of an active volcano, as energy is tapped from the red-hot underbelly of the archipelago.

26 dead, 19 missing in Indonesian landslides, floods: official

Jakarta - The death toll from devastating floods and landslides in Indonesia has risen to 26, an official said on Thursday, with hopes fading for 19 others still missing.

Southeast Asian haze crisis killed over 100,000: study

Jakarta - A smog outbreak in Southeast Asia last year may have caused over 100,000 premature deaths, according to a new study released Monday that triggered calls for action to tackle the "killer haze".

Google faces probe in Indonesia over alleged unpaid taxes

Jakarta - Google is facing investigation in Indonesia for allegedly refusing to cooperate with the country’s revenue agency, which is looking into claims the Internet giant failed to settle its local tax obligations.

Honeymooning Spaniard killed in Bali boat blast

Denpasar - A Spanish woman on her honeymoon was killed in an explosion on a Bali tourist boat that left another foreigner dead and about 20 injured, officials said Friday.

Bali tourist boat blast kills two foreigners, injures 18

Denpasar - An explosion on a speedboat in Bali left two foreigners dead and 18 other tourists injured Thursday, sparking dramatic scenes as rescuers rushed to haul stunned and bloodied holidaymakers off the vessel.

Indonesian clerics issue fatwa against forest fires

Jakarta - Indonesia's top Islamic clerical body said Wednesday it has issued a fatwa against intentionally starting forest fires in a bid to stop the blazes that cloak Southeast Asia in haze every year.

Duterte says did not insult Obama, calls UN chief 'fool'

Jakarta - Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte insisted Friday he had not intended to insult US leader Barack Obama, but immediately took aim at another global figure by labelling UN chief Ban Ki-moon a "fool".

Indonesia vows 'war' after haze investigators held

Jakarta - Indonesia vowed Wednesday to "wage war" against illegal land burning after officials were detained and faced death threats from a mob allegedly trying to stop them investigating smog-belching fires.

Briton, Australian re-enact Bali policeman's murder

Abianbase - A Briton and his Australian girlfriend accused of killing a policeman on the Indonesian resort island of Bali were Wednesday forced to re-enact events on the night of the murder.

Jungle school helps rescued orangutans return to wild

Indonesia - Ignoring the shrieks of his rowdy, wrestling classmates, baby orangutan Otan practises swinging alone at his "jungle school" on Borneo island, switching hands and hanging upside down as he builds confidence high above the forest floor.

Indonesian church attacker 'obsessed with IS leader'

Medan - An Indonesian teenager who stabbed a priest in a church and tried to set off a homemade bomb was obsessed with the Islamic State (IS) group leader, a minister said Monday.

Indonesian fires send smoke and haze across Southeast Asia

Air quality in Singapore rose to unhealthy levels on Friday as the acrid smoke from Borneo and Sumatra's slash and burn fires drifted across the Island.

Briton, Australian named suspects in Bali policeman murder

Denpasar - A British man has been named a suspect, along with an Australian woman, in the murder of an Indonesian policeman on the resort island of Bali, police said Sunday.

Indonesia in haze warning as fires flare

Jakarta - Indonesia warned Friday that haze from forest fires was floating over a key waterway towards its neighbours, and that the number of blazes was rising.

Indonesian minister sacked for dual citizenship

Jakarta - Indonesian President Joko Widodo sacked his energy minister late Monday just weeks after filling the key cabinet post, following revelations his new appointee improperly held Indonesian and United States passports.

Papuan tribe preserves ancient rite of mummification

Wamena - Cradling the centuries-old remains of his mummified ancestor, tribe leader Eli Mabel lays bare an ancient tradition that has all but vanished among the Dani people in the Papuan central highlands.

Indonesia orders probe into alleged police role in drugs

Jakarta - Indonesian President Joko Widodo has ordered an official investigation into allegations top police and military officers were involved in trafficking illegal drugs.

Indonesia says 'no room' for gays

Jakarta - Indonesia said Thursday there was "no room" for the gay community in the world's most populous Muslim-majority country, as activists blasted officials for an unprecedented series of LGBT attacks.

New terminal for Indonesian capital's crowded airport

Jakarta - The main airport serving the Indonesian capital Jakarta on Tuesday opened a new terminal that will allow the overcrowded aviation hub to handle tens of millions more passengers a year.
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