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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.

Japan joins Scotland and UK with blooming 'Corpse Flower'

Tokyo's Jendai Botanical Gardens has seen hundreds of visitors lined up to see their prime attraction Friday. For the first time in five years, Japan's Titan arum, or corpse flower, is blooming.

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.

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.

Two Indonesian pilots may pose security threat: Leaked document

Sydney - Australian authorities believe two Indonesian pilots may pose a security threat after being radicalised by Islamic State, a leaked intelligence document obtained by an investigative website shows, although officials Thursday refused to confirm its vera...

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.

Drilling, not quake, caused Indonesia mud volcano: paper

Paris - Geologists reignited the debate Monday about whether to blame nature or humans for the devastating eruption nine years ago of an Indonesian mud volcano still oozing its all-consuming sludge today.

Hollande vows fight to save Frenchman facing death in Indonesia

Brussels - French President Francois Hollande said his country was doing "everything" it can to save a Frenchman accused of drug offences in Indonesia from the firing squad after he lost an appeal against his death sentence on Monday.

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.

Abbott brushes off Indonesia people-smuggling bribery claims

Sydney - Australian authorities work within the law to stop asylum-seeker boats, Prime Minister Tony Abbott insisted Tuesday, after reports officials have made cash payments to members of people-smuggling rings for years.

Australia tells Indonesia to fix its borders

Sydney - Australia on Monday told Indonesia to better secure its borders in a stinging rebuke after Jakarta demanded answers to allegations Canberra paid to turn back a boat of asylum-seekers.

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.

Boat people grateful for sanctuary, baffled by Gambia offer

Indonesia - Boat people who have come ashore in Southeast Asia after harrowing journeys are delighted that Indonesia and Malaysia will give them temporary shelter -- although some were baffled by an offer of sanctuary in a tiny African nation they had never heard ...

Indonesia sinks foreign boats to deter illegal fishing: Reports

Jakarta - Indonesia has sunk 41 foreign boats across the archipelago, reports said Thursday, as part of an ongoing push to stop illegal fishing in its waters.Authorities sank the vessels in public displays at several sites Wednesday, local media reported.

Fishermen wept as they rescued starving migrants off Indonesia

Indonesia - Fisherman Muchtar Ali broke down in tears when he set eyes on the overcrowded boat carrying desperate, starving Rohingya off the coast of Indonesia before going to the rescue of a vessel that has become emblematic of Asia's human-trafficking crisis.

Hundreds of boatpeople rescued off Indonesia's Aceh: official

Banda Aceh - Hundreds of boatpeople were rescued by local fishermen from their wooden vessels off Indonesia's Aceh province on Wednesday, officials and fishermen said.

Bangladeshi, 14, kidnapped, forced into Asian migrant boat

Langsa - Snatched by people traffickers in his native Bangladesh and forced onto a migrant boat, 14-year-old Absaruddin endured a weeks-long nightmare in which he almost starved to death, saw his relatives killed and was forced to jump overboard after being att...

Desperate scenes in migrant boat rescue off Indonesia

Langsa - Desperate migrants facing certain death as their overcrowded boat began sinking fought for space on the stricken vessel, throwing some people overboard before they were plucked to safety Friday by passing Indonesian fishermen.

Indonesia urged to stop military 'virginity tests'

Jakarta - Indonesia faced calls Thursday to stop virginity tests for women seeking to join the military, with a leading rights group calling the practice "cruel, inhuman and degrading".
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The markets will be closed in Bali for Nyepi Day
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An Ogoh-ogoh effigy in Ubud, Bali
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Burial on Nias, a small island off the Sumatra coast.
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Two police, security guard found dead at US-run mine in Indonesian province of Papua.
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Mosque; Aceh, Indonesia
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The colorful disco crab in its natural habitat.
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French businessman Gauthier Toulemonde experimented with telecommuting from a remote Indonesian island.
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Jakarta, where the Q! Film Festival is being held
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Indonesia's Mount Tambora.
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There'll be nobody working in the rice paddies on Nyepi Day
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Indonesia after 2004 tsunami
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WRECKAGE: A salvage ship in the Java Sea carries the tail section of AirAsia Flight 8501 that crashed Dec. 28 on a flight from Indonesia to Singapore.
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The latest revelations come just weeks after a video emerged of Indonesian soldiers torturing two Papuan men. ©Survival
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