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Police find stash of explosive material in Palu Police on Tuesday found a half-tonne of ammonium nitrate, the same explosive material used in the Bali bombings. It was the second such discovery in a week.

Posted in C. Sulawesi conflict @ 31 December 2002 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Gunung Semeru closed to visitors after spewing lava, hot gas Indonesian authorities have again cautioned the public against visiting or climbing Java's highest volcano - Mount Semeru - following an outflow of lava and hot gas. Mount Semeru has been closed for a week after it spewed out lava and heatclouds. The lava went about 250 metres down the mountainside.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 30 December 2002 00:04 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia jails Briton over visa breach An Indonesian court has sentenced a British academic to five months jail for violating visa regulations after she and an American woman were accused of associating with rebels in the province of Aceh. Lesley McCulloch, 40, and American Joy Lee Sadler, 57, were arrested on September 11 accused of having pamphlets of the Free Aceh Movement.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 30 December 2002 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Canadian Embassy warns of attacks in Indonesia Terrorists are planning imminent attacks on a range of targets - including churches and hotels - in four Indonesian cities, the Canadian Embassy has warned. 'The embassy has received credible information that terrorists may be planning attacks in Jakarta, Manado, Balikpapan and Batam soon,' an embassy circular to its citizens, dated Friday but obtained here yesterday, said.

Posted in Terrorism @ 30 December 2002 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


AFTA: A wake-up call for RI business Ira Murweni, a 34-year old housewife, strolled along an aisle in a supermarket in South Jakarta. To meet her family's needs, she goes shopping at least twice a month. She recalled an interesting discovery. "Since the beginning of last year, the price gap between imported and locally made products has shrunk," Ira observed. Susanna Merry, a 35-year-old housewife living in Bekasi, had a similar view.

Posted in Economy @ 29 December 2002 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions






Indonesia opens door to FBI on papua probe Indonesia opened the door on Friday to FBI involvement in a faltering investigation over the killing last August of two American school teachers and an Indonesian in restive Papua province. Police have said weapons used in the August 31 attack near a U.S.-owned mine such as M-16 rifles were mainly the same type as those carried by troops stationed near the site, but that it was too early to point fingers at military involvement.

Posted in PT Freeport @ 27 December 2002 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Floods leave 11 dead, 1 missing Heavy rains caused floods and landslides in a hilly region of southern Sumatra island, leaving at least 11 people dead and one missing, Indonesian police said Friday. A 21-year-old woman and her infant were among those buried under earth and rubble when the landslide struck the village of Laai in South Sumatra, said Sgt. Affandi. Like many Indonesians, Affandi uses a single name.

Posted in Flooding @ 27 December 2002 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Since the terror bombings that killed nearly 200 people and destroyed his Paddy's bar, Kadek Wiranatha has closed two hotels and put off the launch of Bali's first airline. His Bounty Hotel remains open, but employees say their earnings have been halved by the absence of tipping tourists.

Posted in Terrorism @ 26 December 2002 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


300,000 troops guarding Jakarta Haunted by the ghost of Christmas Eve 2000 when a spate of bombings against churches killed 19 people, Indonesia is taking no chances this year and has packed more than 300,000 police and soldiers into Jakarta for the festival. President Megawati Sukarnoputri yesterday flew to Biak in the predominantly Christian province of Papua, where separatists oppose Jakarta's rule. She was due to attend Christmas celebrations before heading to the Papuan capital of Jayapura.

Posted in Military @ 25 December 2002 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Jakarta finds chemical same as used in Bali blasts Indonesian police found on Wednesday 250 kilograms of ammonium nitrate -- the same material used in the Bali bombings -- in Central Sulawesi province that had been hit by bloody religious conflicts in recent years. The chemicals were seized from a car as the world's largest Muslim nation stepped up security on fears over a repeat of the Christmas Eve church bombings two years ago, in which 19 people were killed, and following the October bomb blasts in Bali that left almost 200 people dead, mostly foreigners.

Posted in C. Sulawesi conflict @ 25 December 2002 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions






Despite fear, Indonesia marks Christmas in peace Christians flocked to churches in Muslim countries across Asia on Wednesday for Christmas services that have passed peacefully despite concerns over possible bomb attacks by Islamic militants. In Indonesia, the world's most populous Muslim nation, the mood was festive but sombre in the wake of violence that has bedevilled the country, such as church bombings two years ago that killed 19 people and October bomb blasts in Bali that left almost 200 dead, mostly foreigners.

Posted in General @ 25 December 2002 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Maimun Saleh Airport open to international flights Maimun Saleh Airport, located near Sabang in the province of Aceh, is open to international flights, Sabang Mayor Sofyan Harun said on Tuesday. "International flights are now able to land at the airport after the Ministry of Transportation granted its permission," Sofyan told Antara.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 24 December 2002 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Britain steps up warning on Indonesia The British Foreign Office strengthened its official travel advice on Indonesia on Tuesday, warning British citizens there to avoid places of worship over the Christmas period. Citing "recent information received concerning Jakarta", the Foreign Office warned on its website that Britons should exercise "extreme caution" in all public places.

Posted in Terrorism @ 24 December 2002 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Official: Fresh travel warnings are unwise Jakarta considers the issuance of fresh travel advisories from the United States, Australia and Britain an unwise decision and regrets that the warnings were issued against Indonesia, an official at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has said. Since the country had made progress in the Bali bombing case and heightened security ahead of the holidays, the warnings would be counterproductive to the international cooperation against terrorism, the ministry spokesman, Marty Natalegawa, said on Sunday.

Posted in Tourism @ 23 December 2002 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Xmas alert: come home Aussies told Foreign Minister Alexander Downer today reminded Australians to defer travel to Indonesia as its president urged nations to lift warnings that deter tourists and hurt the economy. The latest travel update says the threat of terrorist attacks still exists in Indonesia and warns that Christmas and New Year are times of special concern.

Posted in Tourism @ 23 December 2002 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions






Indonesia to launch anti-terror coordination desk A special unit linking the police, the military and several ministries will start work Monday to coordinate Indonesia's fight against terrorism. The 42-member "Anti-Terrorism Coordination Desk" will be headed by a senior policeman rather than a soldier. A deputy to top security minister Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono said this is to avoid accusations that the military "is taking into its hands matters outside its scope of duties."

Posted in Terrorism @ 23 December 2002 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia warned of possible Xmas attacks The United States on Friday warned that bombings were possible in Indonesia over Christmas and the New Year, and urged Americans to avoid churches, nightclubs and shopping centres. Britain also updated its travel warning to Indonesia, advising its citizens to exercise "extreme caution" when visiting public places, including churches and nightspots.

Posted in Terrorism @ 21 December 2002 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia vows to rebuild Aceh The Indonesian government on Wednesday promised to rebuild the violence-wracked Aceh province to help ensure a recent peace deal between Jakarta and separatist rebels in the region does not unravel. Since last week's accord, international aid organizations and the United Nations have visited the province to assess its reconstruction needs.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 19 December 2002 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Cops: Bombers planned X-Mas attacks The suspects in the fatal bomb attack on a McDonald's restaurant earlier this month also planned to blow up churches on Christmas Eve, police said Monday. Maj. Gen. Firman Gani, the South Sulawesi police chief, said the plot was revealed in interviews with the suspects and searches of their houses that uncovered church blueprints and bomb-making materials including TNT.

Posted in Terrorism @ 16 December 2002 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Megawati to stay night in restive Aceh Indonesian President Megawati Sukarnoputri will visit Aceh province on Tuesday, a week after the signing of a landmark peace accord with separatist rebels, a minister said on Thursday. Indonesia and separatist Free Aceh Movement (GAM) rebels signed the accord, aimed at ending over two decades of violence in which thousands have died in the staunchly Muslim province on the northern tip of Sumatra island.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 14 December 2002 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Germany clears Indonesia for travel Germany on Thursday dropped its travel warning for German nationals wishing to travel to Indonesia, citing an improvement in the security situation following the government's successful investigation into the Bali bombing. "The German Foreign Office has updated positively the travel security advice for Indonesia," said a statement issued by the German embassy in Jakarta.

Posted in Tourism @ 13 December 2002 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Muddslide hits Air Panas: 54 feared dead At least eight children are among up to 54 people feared killed after a mudslide at a hot springs resort in Indonesia. Scores of holidaymakers were bathing in the springs at the Padusan Air Panas resort in East Java when the mudslide hit. Emergency services confirmed 24 people were killed. Up to 30 others are believed to be trapped in debris and are feared dead, police said.

Posted in Weather @ 12 December 2002 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Military ends Aceh operations Indonesia's military said Tuesday it has stopped all military operations in Aceh province as part of a peace deal to end a 26-year conflict between separatist rebels and government troops. Meanwhile, an advance team of international observers arrived in the provincial capital, Banda Aceh, to prepare for the deployment of international monitors to oversee the accord, signed in Switzerland Monday.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 10 December 2002 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Al-Qaeda linked to McDonalds blast Indonesian police on Saturday searched a house linked to a possible al Qaeda suspect in their hunt for those behind two bomb blasts in Sulawesi, including one at a McDonald's restaurant that killed three people. Indonesia, the world's most populous Muslim nation, has stepped up its anti-terror drive since the October 12 Bali bombings that killed at least 191 people, about half of them foreigners.

Posted in Terrorism @ 07 December 2002 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Sony pullout plan rocks Indonesia In the past three years Japanese electronics giant Sony has shut down 16 plants across the globe and laid off thousands of its workers. Sony said last month it would stop making audio-visual products at its Indonesian subsidiary, PT Sony Electronics Indonesia, as part of its "overall, global restructuring effort". Indonesian Manpower Minister Jacob Nuwa Wea, however, has publicly threatened to lead a campaign for a boycott of Sony products unless it "explains" the proposed closure of its Indonesian factory.

Posted in Economy @ 07 December 2002 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bomb blasts in eastern Indonesia A bomb ripped through a McDonald's restaurant and a car dealership on Thursday in eastern Indonesia, killing one and injuring two, a radio report said. The bombs exploded one hour apart in the South Sulawesi capital of Makassar, about 1,600 kilometers (1,000 miles) east of the Indonesia capital of Jakarta, according to Radio 68H.

Posted in Terrorism @ 05 December 2002 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Seven dead in road crash Seven people have died after their minivan crashed into an approaching truck in Indonesia's West Java province, local media reported. All except one passenger aboard the minibus died when it collided with the truck at daybreak, said Nurkaya, a police officer in Subang, about 250kms east of Jakarta. He was quoted by the Detikcom online news agency.

Posted in Accidents @ 01 December 2002 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions
    
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