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Parents told to contact doctors amid Indonesia vaccine scandal

Jakarta - Indonesian parents were being advised Wednesday to consult their doctors and consider re-innoculating their children as a massive counterfeit vaccine scandal sweeps the country.

Death toll from Indonesia floods, landslides rises to 47

Banyumas - The death toll from landslides and flooding in Indonesia rose to 47 on Monday, an official said, after hundreds of homes were engulfed by surging torrents of mud and rock.

35 dead in Indonesian floods, landslides

Banjarnegara - Flash floods and landslides in central Indonesia have killed at least 35 people and destroyed dozens of homes, an official said Sunday, as searchers scoured devastated villages for survivors.

Indonesian minister says suspected communists 'deserved to die'

Jakarta - Indonesia's defence minister said Thursday suspected communists killed in 1960s military-backed massacres "deserved to die", as a backlash mounts against efforts to resolve one of the darkest chapters in the country's history.

Map blunder sparks Indonesia-Singapore row, troop dispatch

Jakarta - Furious officials sent troops to Indonesian islets near Singapore after an online map of an eco resort mistakenly suggested they belong to the city-state.

China angry after Indonesia detains fishing boat

Jakarta - Beijing insisted Monday a Chinese boat detained close to Indonesian islands had been fishing legally, in a fresh flare-up of tensions between the countries in the South China Sea.

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.
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