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Magnitude 7.0 quake strikes Indonesia

The Indonesian region of Irian Jaya in Papua has been struck by an earthquake registering a magnitude of 7.0, the US Geological Survey said. The quake, believed to be 32.8 miles deep, was centred 154 miles west of Jayapura, near Papua New Guinea, at 6:41am local time. There was no[…]

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Over 100 feared dead after Indonesia crash

More than 100 people were feared dead after a military transport plane ploughed into a residential area shortly after take-off in northern Indonesia on Tuesday, in what may be the deadliest accident yet for an air force with a long history of crashes. “For the moment we know there were[…]

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Indonesian fishermen rescue 370 migrants

Indonesian fishermen on Wednesday rescued more than 370 migrants, many from Myanmar’s Rohingya minority, a rescue official said. They were evacuated from two boats off Aceh province, said Khairul Nova, the chief of the search and rescue agency in the town of Langsa. “They were dehydrated, hungry and very weak,”[…]

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Indonesia defends execution of drug convicts

Indonesia has defended the execution of eight drug convicts, including seven foreign nationals, saying that the killings were necessary to fight the country’s “war against drugs”. Attorney General Muhammad Prasetyo told reporters in Cilacap, the gateway to the high-security prison island of Nusakambangan where the executions took place, that the[…]

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Indonesian police arrest 5 over IS links

Indonesian police have arrested five people for allegedly helping recruit and send Muslims to Syria and Iraq to join the Islamic State group, media reports said Monday. The suspects were arrested in three separate locations around Jakarta on Sunday, the Kompas daily said, citing the police. “The arrests are the[…]

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Ships detect two large parts of AirAsia plane

Indonesian ships have detected two large objects believed to be parts of the AirAsia plane that crashed off Borneo island with 162 people on board, the search chief said Saturday. “We managed to detect two large objects – one three-dimensioned, another two-dimensioned,” Bambang Sulistyo said. “I can confirm that they[…]

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Bad weather hampers AirAsia recovery mission

Stormy weather has forced Indonesian search teams to suspend the recovery of the bodies of 162 people aboard the ill-fated AirAsia plane which crashed into the Java Sea. Wednesday’s weather prevented divers from searching the crash zone for sunken remains, with waves of two to three metres high and strong[…]

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AirAsia plane goes missing en route to Singapore

Rescuers scoured the Java Sea for an AirAsia plane carrying 162 people which went missing in bad weather Sunday en route from Indonesia to Singapore, the third crisis for a Malaysian carrier this year. Air traffic controllers lost contact with the Airbus A320-200 around an hour after it left Juanda[…]

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Tsunami survivors recall how mosques stood firm

When a powerful tsunami smashed into this Indonesian city ten years ago, the only structures left standing in many neighborhoods were mosques. For the hundreds who found refuge within their walls, the buildings’ lifesaving role has not been forgotten – and for many, that experience strengthened their faith. Architectural experts[…]

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