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Up to 4,000 buried by Indonesia quake

JAKARTA: Up to 4,000 people are still trapped in rubble following the devastating 7.6-magnitude quake that struck Indonesia this week, the UN and Red Cross told AFP Saturday. “We estimate about 3,000 to 4,000 people are still trapped or buried under the rubble,” UN Humanitarian Coordinator in Indonesia El-Mostafa Benlamlih told AFP. Bob McKerrow, head…

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October 2, 2009


Indonesia quake death toll may be thousands

PADANG: Thousands may have died in an earthquake that struck the city of Padang on Indonesia's Sumatra island, a minister said on Thursday, with officials saying many victims remained buried under toppled buildings. The 7.6 magnitude quake hit Padang on Wednesday afternoon, knocking over hundreds of buildings, but with communications patchy it was hard to…

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October 1, 2009


Quake brings down houses on Indonesia's Sumatra

PADANG: A strong earthquake of magnitude 7.9 struck off the city of Padang on the coast of Indonesia's Sumatra island on Wednesday, damaging houses, bringing down bridges and starting fires, a witness said. A regional tsunami warning was issued, the Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre said. It was unclear if there were any casualties. “Hundreds of…

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September 30, 2009


Indonesia urged to stay alert for militant attacks

JAKARTA: Indonesia will release DNA test results to remove any doubt one of Asia's most wanted militants was killed, police said on Friday, as neigbouring Australia urged Jakarta to keep up the fight against Islamist extremism. Police said Malaysian-born Noordin Mohammad Top, the suspected mastermind behind the bombings of the JW Marriott and Ritz-Carlton hotels…

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September 18, 2009


Asia's most wanted, Noordin Top, killed in Indonesia

JAKARTA: Islamist militant Noordin Mohammad Top, the chief suspect in July's suicide bomb attacks on luxury hotels in Jakarta and other deadly attacks, was one of Asia's most wanted men. Top, a former accountant and maths teacher, was killed during a police raid in Central Java, national police chief Bambang Hendarso Danuri said on Thursday….

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September 17, 2009


Adulterers face stoning in Indonesia's Aceh

BANDA ACEH: Muslims who commit adultery can be stoned to death under a new sharia law approved Monday by lawmakers in Indonesia's staunchly Islamic province of Aceh. The law — which also allows punishments of up to 100 lashes for offences including rape, the consumption of alcohol, homosexuality and gambling — was passed unanimously in…

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September 14, 2009


Strong Indonesia quake kills 35, damages 1,300 homes

JAKARTA: A powerful earthquake killed at least 35 people and forced thousands to flee homes and offices in Indonesia on Wednesday, government agencies said. The 7.0 magnitude quake, recorded by the U.S. Geological Survey, shook buildings in the capital Jakarta and flattened homes in villages closer to the epicentre in West Java. Government officials said…

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September 2, 2009


Indonesia plane wreckage found: airline

JAYAPURA: Wreckage from a plane that went missing over Indonesia's rugged Papua region with 16 people on board was found Tuesday in dense jungle, an airline executive said. Search and rescue teams are trying to land in the area by helicopter but there is little hope any passengers or crew, all Indonesians, will be found…

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August 3, 2009


Bombs at Indonesia hotels kill 9

JAKARTA: Bomb blasts ripped through luxury hotels in the heart of Indonesia's capital on Friday, killing nine people and wounding dozens in attacks the president said badly hurt confidence in the country. The bombs targeted the JW Marriott hotel, scene of a car bomb attack in 2003, and the Ritz-Carlton, both popular with visiting international…

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July 17, 2009


Indonesia's Yudhoyono wins second term; reform ahead

JAKARTA: Indonesia's voters handed President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono a second five-year term on Wednesday, placing their faith in his firm hand on the economic tiller and his promises to quicken the pace of reform. Officials results from the election will not be announced until later this month, but “quick count” results — which have proved…

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July 8, 2009


Indonesia's Yudhoyono heads for election victory

JAKARTA: Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono headed for victory in elections as results poured in on Wednesday, pointing the way to a five-year term of quickening economic reform. “I think it's clear now that Yudhoyono has won in one round,” said Kevin O'Rourke, a Jakarta-based political risk analyst. Early “quick counts” from across the sprawling…

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July 7, 2009


Indonesia detains illegal Afghans migrants

CILEGON: Afghan migrants made an impassioned plea to stay in Indonesia where they were being held at a temporary detention centre in Cilegon in the Banten province on Friday (April 17). Indonesia is struggling to cope with an increased influx of migrants this year, according to officials. They say two women and four children were…

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April 18, 2009


Indonesia kicks off election campaign ahead of April polls

JAKARTA: Indonesia on Monday launched a 20-day election campaigning for the April 9 parliamentary polls, a period when hundreds of thousands are expected to join colourful, flag-waving rallies often encouraged by handouts from political parties. The launch was marked by leaders of the 44 parties signing pledges for peaceful campaigns across the country's 17,000 islands….

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March 15, 2009


Indonesia's Java Jazz festival gets into swing

JAKARTA: Jazz greats gathered in Indonesia's capital Jakarta for the fifth Java Jazz Festival that runs from March 6 to 8. Up to 80,000 visitors are expected to watch the 220 local and international acts over the three days. The event, with a star-studded lineup featuring Jason Mraz, Laura Fygi, Dianna Reeves, Matt Bianco, Swing…

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March 7, 2009


Clinton in Indonesia to expand ties with Islamic world, South Asia

JAKARTA: U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton met Indonesia's president on Thursday (February 19) on a trip to build ties with the Islamic world and Southeast Asia, before heading to South Korea for talks on the North's military threat. Clinton, dressed in a navy-blue jacket, was greeted by President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono at his office…

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February 19, 2009



JAKARTA: Indonesia issues tsunamsi warning as earthquake of 7.5 on the Richter scale hit north Sulawesi.

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February 11, 2009


Search operation continues for Indonesia boat mishap survivors

Almost 250 people remained missing and were feared dead more than 24 hours after a ferry sank in a heavy storm off Indonesia's Sulawesi Island, the transport minister said Monday. “Up to this morning, 18 people have been rescued alive, passengers and crew. Some 249 are still missing,” Jusman Syafii Djamal told foreign news agency….

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January 11, 2009


Quake of 6.7 magnitute rocks Indonesia, no immediate reports of casualties

JAKARTA: An earthquake of 6.7 magnitude on the Richter Scale hit West Papua, Indonesia, with no immediate report of casualties. A series of powerful earthquakes off the northern coast of West Papua, Indonesia early on Sunday (January 4) killed four people, injured several others and flattened buildings, officials and local television said. The U.S. Geological…

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January 7, 2009


Indonesia quakes kill at least four people, injure many

SORONG/MANOKWARI: A series of quakes off the northern coast of West Papua, Indonesia, early on Sunday killed four people, injured several others, and flattened several buildings, officials and local television said. The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) said a magnitude 7.6 quake occurred some 150 km (95 miles) northeast of Manokwari in the Indonesian half of…

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January 4, 2009


Cabinet inks defence cooperation agreement with Ukraine, Indonesia

ISLAMABAD: The Federal Cabinet on Wednesday approved ratification of Protocol of Accession of Afghanistan to South Asian Free Trade Agreement (SAFTA) by Pakistan, besides signing two on defence cooperation with Ukraine and Indonesia. The cabinet was chaired by Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani. The Agreement was signed by ministers of foreign and external affairs…

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December 17, 2008


Earthquake strikes Indonesia's Sulawesi island

GORONATO: A powerful earthquake struck an area off Indonesia's northern Sulawesi island early on Monday (November 17), killing at least one man and damaging scores of homes, television stations said. The magnitude 7.5 quake was at a depth of 21 km, with its epicentre 136 km (84 miles) northwest of the provincial capital of Gorontalo,…

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November 17, 2008

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