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Indonesia tsunami alert lifted

Indonesia tsunami alert lifted

Brief tsunami warnings have been lifted after a 7.3-magnitude earthquake under the Molucca Sea in eastern Indonesia. The earthquake struck at a depth of 46km (28 miles) northwest of Kota Ternate in the Maluku islands, according to the US Geological Survey. A 9 cm (3.5 inch) wave reached the island of Jailolo but caused no...

Widodo warns Australia over territorial sovereignty issue

Widodo warns Australia over territorial sovereignty issue

Indonesia's newfound chest-thumping may simply be a fledgling administration's efforts to win domestic approval, but is nonetheless indicative of shifting powers in the region. Two days before his October 20 inauguration, new Indonesian President Joko Widodo, gave Australia a stern warning not to test the territorial sovereignty of the world’s largest archipelago, reports TIME...

Indonesia alerted about floating MH370 wreckage

Indonesia alerted about floating MH370 wreckage

Indonesia has been alerted that wreckage from the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 may wash up on the country's coastline, reports The Sydney Morning Herald. Floating debris from the aircraft, which disappeared in March with 239 people on board, may have drifted west away from the coastline of Australia and towards Indonesia. The Australian Transport...

Indonesian volcano erupts after 400 years

Indonesian volcano erupts after 400 years

Indonesia Mount Sinabung has erupted four times in the past two weeks. It has not only claimed over 50 lives, but engulfed the island of Sumatra in billowing smoke and incandescent lava, reports Hindustan Times. Mount Sinabaug has lay dormant for 400 years when sporadic eruptions began in 2010. It is now among more...

Cave paintings change ideas about the origin of art

Cave paintings change ideas about the origin of art

Scientists have identified some of the earliest cave paintings produced by humans. The artworks are in a rural area on the Indonesian Island of Sulawesi. Until now, paintings this old had been confirmed in caves only in Western Europe. Researchers tell the journal Nature that the Indonesian discovery transforms ideas about how humans first developed the...

Growing inequality challenges sustainable Asia-Pacific growth

Growing inequality challenges sustainable Asia-Pacific growth

The growing disparity in incomes and access to social opportunities in Asia-Pacific developing countries, including Bangladesh, not only threatens social stability but is also a key constraint to the region’s economic dynamism, according to Survey 2014. Latest data from about 40 countries in the region show that the poorest 20 percent of the population...

The world's first 'Metalhead' President

The world's first 'Metalhead' President

Heavy metal music is often associated with angst, hostility, dark emotions and disruptive cacophony, but Indonesians seem to have placed their faith in a man to run their nation, who is a self-declared 'metalhead' (a term coined by heavy metal fans to describe themselves). 53-year old Joko Widodo, the governor of Jakarta, has just...

Joko Widodo party claims Indonesia election win

Joko Widodo party claims Indonesia election win

The party of popular Jakarta Governor Joko Widodo has claimed victory following Indonesia's hotly-contested presidential election. No official result has been announced, but a tally announced on TV showed Widodo, also known as Jokowi, won 53.15 percent of the vote. His rival, former general Prabowo Subianto, won 46.85 percent of the vote. He says he is withdrawing from the election process, alleging fraud, and has vowed to challenge the result. Indonesia's election commission is due to announce formal results at 20:00 local time (14:00 GMT). The chairperson of Widodo's PDI-P party, Megawati Sukarnoputri, claimed victory on behalf of Widodo and his running mate Jusuf Kalla. "I want to declare that we, the party that supports...

61 Indonesians missing after boat sinks

61 Indonesians missing after boat sinks

A boat carrying 97 Indonesians has sunk off Malaysia, with at least 61 people missing, Malaysian authorities say. The passengers, who include women and children, were illegal migrants, said a spokesperson for the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency. The wooden vessel sank about midnight (16:00 Tuesday) off Port Klang, near Banting on the Strait of Malacca,...

Indonesian presidential candidate under fire for rights record

Indonesian presidential candidate under fire for rights record

Indonesian presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto was forced to defend his human rights record during his military career late Monday during the first debate ahead of the July 9 election. Prabowo was accused of involvement in the kidnappings of dissidents during the last months of president Suharto's autocratic rule and deadly riots that precipitated the...

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