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Indonesian official divorces teen wife by text, sparks protests

By Tue, Dec 04, 2012 6:55PM UTC Comments Off

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Hundreds of Indonesians have rallied to demand a district chief’s resignation following his text message divorce to a teenage girl four days after their marriage. Forty-year-old Aceng Fikri, chief of West Java district in Garut, took 17-year-old Fani Oktora as his second wife in July. But he quickly divorced her via...

Strong earthquake shakes eastern Indonesia

By Mon, Aug 27, 2012 10:41AM UTC Comments Off

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Officials say a strong earthquake has shaken a remote area of eastern Indonesia. The quake was located fairly deep below the northern Molucca Sea and no tsunami warning was issued. The U.S. Geological Survey says the earthquake measured magnitude 6.4 and struck late Sunday. It says it was centered 138 kilometers...

90 still missing after boat capsizes off Indonesia

By Fri, Jun 22, 2012 12:35PM UTC Comments Off

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — A search continued Friday for scores of men missing after a steel-hull fishing boat carrying about 200 suspected asylum seekers bound for Australia capsized in heavy seas south of Indonesia. Four Indonesian and Australian warships, four merchant ships and five Australian government aircraft had joined the search in 2-meter (7-foot) swells...

Indonesia searches for 58 missing from sunken boat

By Tue, Jun 19, 2012 3:33PM UTC Comments Off

AMBON, Indonesia (AP) — A rescue official said Tuesday that at least 58 people were missing from a boat that capsized over the weekend in eastern Indonesia — a far higher potential death toll than authorities initially thought. Earlier authorities said only 14 people were missing in Sunday’s sinking. Dony Haryanto of the local search...

Activist slaying sparks riot in Indonesia’s Papua

By Fri, Jun 15, 2012 1:48PM UTC Comments Off

JAYAPURA, Indonesia (AP) — Rioting has erupted in the restive Indonesian province of Papua after a prominent independence activist was shot and killed by police. Police said dozens of angry people killed an onlooker from Java island and burned five shops, two cars and more than 20 motorbikes on Thursday. They say they’ve arrested three...

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