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New boa constrictor species found on remote island in Bahamas

A new species of boa constrictor has been discovered on an uninhabited island in the Bahamas. One of the manners in which the species introduced itself was to slither out of a tree right up upon the head of a researcher.

Indonesia villages in ashes after deadly volcanic eruption

Angkasa - Indonesian rescuers searched for survivors in scorched villages and devastated farmlands Monday after a volcano erupted in clouds of searing ash and gas, killing seven and leaving others fighting life-threatening burns.

Death toll from Indonesian volcano climbs to 6: official

Jakarta - The death toll from a volcanic eruption in western Indonesia has climbed to six, an official said Sunday, with fears more could have been trapped by the hot ash.

Disaster tourism: bitter lifeline for mud volcano survivors

Sidoarjo - Harwati forces a smile as she guides visitors around a bubbling mud volcano in Indonesia, pausing as they snap selfies on the bleak wasteland she once called home.

Birth of rare Sumatran rhino hailed as major boost

Jakarta - The rare birth of a Sumatran rhino in Indonesia has been hailed a victory for the critically endangered species, which has been almost wiped out in the wild by poaching and habitat destruction.

Rare Sumatran rhino born in Indonesia

Jakarta - A Sumatran rhino gave birth to a female calf at a sanctuary in Indonesia on Thursday, taking the critically endangered species a step further away from extinction.

Indonesian teens jailed for brutal murder, gang rape

Indonesia - Seven Indonesian teenagers were jailed Tuesday for the brutal murder and gang rape of a 14-year-old girl that sparked a national debate on sexual violence.

Bali police shoot dead Frenchman resisting arrest

Denpasar - Police on the Indonesian holiday island of Bali shot dead a French national Monday after he killed a policeman while resisting arrest, an official said.

Militants threatened to slit our throats: Indonesian hostage

Jakarta - An Indonesian sailor told Monday how Philippine Islamic militants threatened to slit his throat during a terrifying kidnap ordeal, a day after he and nine other crew members were released.

Indonesia takes aim at palm oil after forest fires

Jakarta - Indonesia is pushing to ban new palm oil operations after last year's haze-belching forest fires were partly blamed on the industry's expansion, but producers are warning the move could hit the economy and green groups are sceptical.

Pacquiao's effort to save Mary Jane Veloso hampered by slow trial

About year ago today, Manny Pacquiao visited Filipino death row convict Mary Jane Velasco in Indonesia and made an appeal to the country's president Joko Widodo to spare spare the life of the suspected drug mule from execution by firing squad.

Satellite data latest tool in Indonesia's fight against illegal fishing

Jakarta - Indonesia will use data from miniature satellites around the globe to pinpoint the location of illegal fishing vessels trawling its vast waters, under an agreement announced Wednesday with a Silicon Valley tech firm.

Greedy wives to blame for corruption: Indonesian minister

Jakarta - An Indonesian minister has suggested an unusual reason for the scourge of corruption in the graft-ridden country -- men are just trying to please their greedy wives.

Indonesian navy impounds Chinese trawler for illegal fishing

Jakarta - Indonesian warships have detained a Chinese trawler allegedly operating illegally in Indonesian waters, just weeks after a confrontation between vessels from the two countries caused tensions, the navy said Sunday.

Rare tiger dies at Indonesia's 'death zoo'

Jakarta - A critically endangered Sumatran tiger has died at a notorious Indonesian zoo where hundreds of animals have perished in recent years, an official said Wednesday.

Strict Indonesian province canes non-Muslim for selling booze

Banda Aceh - An elderly Christian woman has been caned in a conservative Indonesian province for selling alcohol, the first time someone from outside the Islamic faith has been punished there under strict religious laws.

Singer dies after being bitten by cobra on stage

Karawang - Earlier in the week, an Indonesian pop star was performing on stage when she was bitten by a cobra. After she was bitten, she collapsed and died.

Indonesia prepares to execute more foreigners

Jakarta - Indonesia is set to resume the execution of more foreigners convicted of illegal drug offenses following the completion of inventory of death-row inmates.

Sumatran rhino dies weeks after landmark discovery

Jakarta - A critically endangered Sumatran rhino has died weeks after its chance discovery on the Indonesian part of Borneo island was hailed as a landmark conservation success, an official said Tuesday.

Indonesia demands 'bully' China hand over fishing boat

Jakarta - Indonesia called on China Friday to hand over a fishing boat it claims was operating illegally in its waters near the South China Sea, saying big countries should not "bully" smaller ones.
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