Boat capsizes in Indonesia; 7 dead, 30 rescued

By Fri, Apr 18, 2014 6:55PM UTC

KUPANG, Indonesia (AP) — Police say a boat loaded with people in a Good Friday procession has capsized in eastern Indonesia, and at least seven people have died. Rescuers and fishermen saved 30 injured people and were looking for more survivors. Local police spokesman Lt. Col. Okto Riwu says the

UN warns banana fungus spreading from SE Asia

By Tue, Apr 15, 2014 9:34AM UTC Pic: AP.

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United Nation’s Food and Agriculture organization is warning banana growers that a fungal disease is spreading through crops from Asia to Africa and the Middle East.

Better late than never: Indonesia gets new presidential plane

By Fri, Apr 11, 2014 10:51AM UTC Indonesia's new official aircraft for the president has arrived  after months of delay. Pic: AP.

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesia’s new presidential plane has arrived after several months of delay. The $91 million Boeing 737-800 plane landed Thursday at the Air Force’s base of Halim Perdanakusuma to a welcoming ceremony presided over by State Secretary Sudi Silalahi.

Indonesia: Violence overshadows elections in troubled Aceh province

By Thu, Apr 10, 2014 12:42PM UTC Armed police officers stand guard as election officials carry ballot boxes to be distributed to polling stations at a local government office in Banda Aceh, Indonesia, Tuesday. Pic: AP.

On Tuesday last week, unidentified gunmen opened fire on a car decked out with political banners in Indonesia’s northernmost province, Aceh. Three people were killed, including a child of 18 months.

Light plane crashes in Papua, killing 2 people

By Wed, Apr 09, 2014 5:06PM UTC

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — A light aircraft has crashed in eastern Indonesia, killing its American pilot and a passenger. Transportation Ministry spokesman Bambang Ervan said the U.S.-made Kodiak plane belongs to a private religious foundation, Advent, and was carrying seven people when it crashed while taking off from an airstrip

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