Scores killed in Indonesian earthquake

Scores have died and dozens were feared trapped in rubble after a strong earthquake struck off the coast of Aceh province on the Indonesian island of Sumatra, officials and local media said. The province’s army chief, Major General Tatang Sulaiman, told the DPA news agency that 92 people have died[…]

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Tuan Yusuf of Macassar, a transnational hero

While South Africa and Indonesia have only enjoyed formal diplomatic ties since August 1994, the link between the two countries is rooted as far back as 322 years. This bond was harnessed by the unparalleled influence of Shaykh Yusuf of Macassar, who secured the vibrancy of Islam and tassawuf within[…]

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Three Nigerians among four executed in Indonesia

Indonesia executed four convicted drug traffickers, including three Nigerians, early on Friday as it pushed ahead with its “war against drugs”, although another 10 scheduled executions were delayed. As many as 14 people were originally set to face the firing squad together on Friday, but officials decided a “comprehensive review”[…]

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Indonesia at risk of bigger attacks: Police chief

Indonesia is bracing for the return of experienced Islamic State fighters from the Middle East who would be capable of carrying out attacks far more deadly than the assault on Jakarta last week, the country’s police chief said on Monday. Thursday’s attack in the heart of Jakarta was a hastily[…]

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Indonesia arrests ISIL suspects after attacks

Indonesian police have arrested three men over links to attacks in Jakarta that left seven people dead including five attackers, local TV reported. The arrests on Friday came less than 24 hours after the shooting and bombing rampage, the first such attack in the country since 2009. Colonel Dwiyono told[…]

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Jakarta attacks: ISIL claims responsibility

The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) group has claimed responsibility for the coordinated bomb and gun attacks in the Indonesian capital, Jakarta, a news agency linked to ISIL reported on Thursday. At least seven people, including five attackers, were killed in the explosions and gun battle between[…]

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VOC departs for Indonesian roots tour

A group of 40 Capetonians have embarked on a unique tour of Indonesia with the aim of retracing the historical lineage of the local Cape Malay community. The group, who will be traveling under the banner of “Moulood 1437: In the Land of our Roots”, are also due to attend[…]

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No survivors in Indonesia plane crash, officials say

Search and rescue teams have found the flight recorder for a Trigana Air passenger aircraft that crashed in eastern Indonesia, killing all 54 on board, according to officials. “At 1:40 local time the Trigana Air black box was found,” Transportation Ministry official Julius Arivada Barata told the Reuters news agency[…]

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Indonesian plane missing in remote Papua region

An Indonesian twin-turboprop aircraft carrying 54 people lost contact with air traffic control on Sunday in the remote, forested eastern Papua region, the National Search and Rescue Agency (BASARNAS) said, with search efforts hampered by failing light as night falls. “We can’t confirm it has crashed. We can say contact[…]

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