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Nine face death for trying to make bombs Nine hardline Indonesian Muslims who attended a bomb-making class that went awry have gone on trial here and could face death if convicted under an anti-terror law, court officials said yesterday. The nine were accused of involvement in a bomb-making workshop held under the guise of a Quranic recital at a house in Cimanggis on the central island of Java in March, which ended when one of the assembled devices exploded.

Posted in Terrorism @ 29 September 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


'Year of Living Dangerously' airs in Indonesia The Oscar-winning movie The Year of Living Dangerously, set during the emergence of Indonesia's Suharto and banned by the former dictator, has been broadcast for what is believed to be the first time, in a sign the country may be coming to terms with its brutal past. But Indonesian viewers watching Sunday's broadcast of The Year of Living Dangerously were spared one of the film's most graphic scenes, a gunpoint massacre during the murderous chaos surrounding Suharto's 1965-1966 rise to power.

Posted in Media @ 28 September 2004 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bank Niaga launches syariah operation in Indonesia Bank Niaga, in which Malaysia's Commerce Asset-Holding Bhd (CAHB) has a majority stake, yesterday launched its syariah operation to tap the vast Islamic-based banking potential in the country. CAHB director Dr Rozali Mohamed Ali said at the launching that the syariah operations would be carried out in five of Bank Niaga branches in Jakarta this year before expanding to its other branches in several cities throughout the country.

Posted in Religion @ 28 September 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia requests permanent seat on UN Security Council Indonesia pressed its case on Monday to be the voice of "moderate Islam" at the United Nations by calling for a permanent seat on an expanded UN Security Council. With UN Secretary General Kofi Annan seeking proposals to reform the council after the Iraq war left the council divided, Foreign Minister Hassan Wirajuda said his country was well placed to take a council seat. "A developing world striving not only for social and economic progress but also for democratisation must have a voice on the Security Council," he said in a speech to the UN General Assembly.

Posted in Politics @ 27 September 2004 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Provisional results of the presidential election as of 09:45 WIB Provisional results of the presidential elections based on votes counted by the General Elections Commission (KPU) on Monday.

Posted in Elections @ 27 September 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions






Yudhoyono leads election race; 90% of votes counted Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono is poised to become Indonesia's first president by popular mandate with the official vote tally of Monday's election showing a clear margin of victory with counting almost complete. Yudhoyono leads with a 61 percent share of votes, the General Election Commission said in Jakarta, compared with 39 percent for President Megawati Soekarnoputri. The result is unlikely to change with almost 90 percent of votes already counted, the commission said. About 109 million votes had been counted as of 8:02 a.m. Jakarta time, from an estimated turnout of 122 million.

Posted in Elections @ 26 September 2004 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Busway to eat away at parking space in Roxy The construction of a 2.2-kilometer overpass on Jl. Hasyim Ashari, West Jakarta, for the busway corridor will result in the elimination of on-street parking along the road. "With the existing road only 30 meters wide, we have to widen it to at least 43 meters. Therefore, we have to clear all on-street parking," City Public Works Agency head Fodly Misbach said on Friday. Without alternative parking space available for the time being, he admitted the plan may effect businesses in the area.

Posted in General @ 26 September 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


PKS promises not to take hard-line on nightspots Known for its Islamic outlook, the emergence of the Prosperous Justice Party (PKS) as a major faction in the Jakarta City Council has raised concerns for businessmen who own entertainment spots, who worry that the councillors will take an narrow view on nightspots. This fear, however, was dismissed by council PKS faction chairman Gunawan on Thursday since a hard-line policy would spark unrest in society. He added that a repressive approach would be counterproductive if the public was not ready to accept it.

Posted in Elections @ 24 September 2004 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Matahari to open 50 hypermarkets over 5 years Indonesian retailer PT Matahari Putra Prima (MPPA.JK) said Thursday it plans to invest around one trillion rupiah ($1=IDR9,145) over the next five years to expand its business. "This investment will include a plan to open up to 50 new hypermarkets across the country," Matahari said in a statement. Matahari, which has a 20% share of the domestic retail industry excluding traditional markets, has opened eight supermarkets and seven department stores this year.

Posted in Economy @ 24 September 2004 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Provisional results of the presidential election as of 10:00 WIB Provisional results of the presidential elections based on votes counted by the General Elections Commission (KPU) on Friday.

Posted in Elections @ 24 September 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions






House askes SBY to mull fuel hike The incoming government should consider raising fuel prices at home later this year in a bid to cut losses caused by the burgeoning cost of the nation's fuel subsidy that could cripple state finances, the House of Representatives state budget commission said. The recommendation emerged during a meeting late on Wednesday between the commission and Minister of Finance Boediono to conclude the revision of the 2004 state budget.

Posted in Politics @ 23 September 2004 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


West Sulawesi becomes Indonesia's 33rd province The House of Representatives passed the bill establishing West Sulawesi as a province on Wednesday, bring the number of provinces in the country to 33. The plenary meeting was enlivened by the donning of traditional costumes of the Mandar tribe by Deputy House Speaker Soetardjo Soerjogoeritno, who presided over the meeting, and Minister of Home Affairs Hari Sabarno.

Posted in General @ 23 September 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Harvest time in Indonesia Former Indonesian security minister Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono and his advisers are moving ahead with preparations to assume the presidency, discussing policy plans and the formation of a cabinet at his home today, even though he has yet to be officially declared the victor of Indonesia's first direct vote for a head of state.

Posted in Elections @ 22 September 2004 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Susilo-Kalla sweeps Jakarta Presidential front-runner Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono and his running mate, Jusuf Kalla, have won the runoff in Jakarta, securing 3,391,372 votes (69.21 percent) of the 5,018,367 votes cast on Monday. Data released on Wednesday by the General Elections Commission (KPU) showed that 4,899,857 ballots, or 97.64 percent of total votes, were declared valid and 118,510 ballots (2.36 percent) invalid. The Susilo-Kalla duo topped all 24,204 polling stations in the capital.

Posted in Elections @ 22 September 2004 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Provisional results of the presidential election as of 17:00 WIB Provisional results of the presidential elections based on votes counted by the General Elections Commission (KPU) on Wednesday.

Posted in Elections @ 22 September 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions






Minister: RI plans to cut fuel subsidies Indonesia plans to eradicate spending on fuel subsidies next year, except for products widely used by the poor, to ease pressure on the state budget, Energy Minister Purnomo Yusgiantoro said Tuesday. "Our expectation is that we must eliminate subsidies on bunker oil, premium gasoline and industrial diesel," he told reporters.

Posted in General @ 21 September 2004 00:04 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Provisional results of the presidential election as of 20:30 WIB Provisional results of the presidential elections based on votes counted by the General Elections Commission (KPU) on Tuesday.

Posted in Elections @ 21 September 2004 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Golkar party expels Bambang's running mate, Jusuf Kalla The Golkar Party dismissed on Monday nine key Golkar members for defying the executive board's order to support presidential candidate Megawati Soekarnoputri and her running mate Hasyim Muzadi in Monday's election runoff. Two of those, Fahmi Idris and former attorney general Marzuki Darusman, will almost certainly lose their seats in the House of Representatives, even though they were directly elected by the people -- Jakarta and West Nusa Tenggara, respectively -- in April's legislative election.

Posted in Elections @ 21 September 2004 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Provisional results of the presidential election as of 13:00 WIB Provisional results of the presidential elections based on votes counted by the General Elections Commission (KPU) on Tuesday.

Posted in Elections @ 21 September 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Ex-general heads for win over Megawati An urbane former general who promises to fight terror and clean up government headed for an overwhelming victory against incumbent Megawati Sukarnoputri in Indonesia's first direct presidential election Monday. Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, Megawati's one-time chief security minister, had won 59 percent of 10 million votes counted as of noon GMT, the election commission said. Megawati had 41 percent.

Posted in Elections @ 20 September 2004 00:08 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Former general expected to win presidential election A former general, who has promised to uphold civilian rule, appears to have easily defeated the incumbent Megawati Sukarnoputri in Indonesia’s presidential election today, according to a nationwide survey of votes. Gen. Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono was expected to win 61 percent of the vote compared to 39 percent for Ms. Megawati in the runoff election, according to the survey by the Washington based National Democratic Institute.

Posted in Elections @ 20 September 2004 00:07 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Polling stations close in landmark Indonesian polls Polling stations closed on Monday in Indonesia, concluding a peaceful morning of voting to select the country's next president, officials said. Jakarta election commission chairman Mohammad Taufik said ballot boxes were sealed at 1:00 pm (0600 GMT) and counting had begun after six hours of voting across the sprawling archipelago, during which there were no reports of trouble.

Posted in Elections @ 20 September 2004 00:06 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


KPU launches computerized vote counting A new-and-improved computerized vote counting system was ready for the presidential election and would help to reduce vote-rigging in the poll, the General Elections Commission (KPU) announced on Sunday. As in the legislative election and the first round of the presidential election, the computerized vote counting will provide the public with updates from polling stations nationwide.

Posted in Elections @ 20 September 2004 00:05 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Huge problems await next president Over 100 million people are expected to flock to hundreds of thousands of polling stations on Monday to cast their votes in the final round of the country's first-ever direct presidential election. While recognizing Monday's election as a significant milestone in the country's democratization process, experts nevertheless warned on Sunday against putting too much hope in the next president.

Posted in Elections @ 20 September 2004 00:04 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Susilo team reports tabloid for smear campaign Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono's campaign team has reported the Fakta tabloid newspaper to the General Elections Supervisory Board for articles it says are part of a dirty tricks campaign by supporters of President Megawati Soekarnoputri to smear the presidential challenger. Team lawyers Harry Witjaksono Sh, Antawiriya and Bambang called for Panwaslu to investigate the irresponsible reports and to stop the distribution of the tabloid.

Posted in Elections @ 20 September 2004 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Rectors Forum deploys 10,000 students to monitor elections The Indonesia Rectors Forum (FRI) has sent about 10,000 university students to monitor the second round of presidential elections on Monday at 5,000 polling stations throughout the country. "The deployment of monitoring teams is actually a manifestation of the social control function and moral force of higher learning institutions during this festival of democracy," Trisakti University rector Prof Dr Thoby Mutis said here on Sunday.

Posted in Elections @ 20 September 2004 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Voting underway in Indonesia Voting is underway in Indonesia's first direct election of a president. Up to 150 million registered voters could cast votes in more than 560,000 polling stations in 32 provinces in the 210 million person country. Security is tight with more than 200,000 extra police on duty to guard against a follow up attack to the 9 September blast at the Australian embassy thought to have been masterminded by fugitive Jemaah Islamiah bomber Azahari.

Posted in Elections @ 20 September 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Editor's jail sentence threatens press freedom Handing down a jail sentence for a libel case has serious implications for press freedom in Indonesia, said Natalie Hill, deputy Asia director at Amnesty International, commenting on the jail sentence imposed on the chief editor of leading news magazine, Tempo.

Posted in Media @ 19 September 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia to deploy 1m security personnel for election Indonesia plans to deploy over one million police officers, soldiers and civilian guards to ensure voting in Monday's presidential election passes off peacefully. This comes as some potential suicide bombers remain on the loose following last week's deadly blast outside's Australia's embassy in Jakarta. Indonesia's first two rounds of elections this year passed off relatively peacefully, but the authorities are not letting their guard down.

Posted in Elections @ 18 September 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Govt detains five in connection with embassy bombing Indonesian police have detained five more people over possible links with the suspected masterminds of last week's deadly bombing at the Australian Embassy, the country's detective chief said Friday. Lt. Gen. Suyitno Landung said the five had been taken into police custody for questioning, but had not been formally arrested or charged. The detentions bring to seven the number of people currently in custody in relation to last Thursday's blast, which killed nine people and injured 170.

Posted in Terrorism @ 17 September 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Govt ponders boosting powers of spy agencies Indonesia is scrambling to remedy failures in detecting terror plots, and is considering whether to give its intelligence agencies greater powers, a minister said on Wednesday. A huge explosion last week in front of the Australian embassy in Jakarta killed at least nine people and injured more than 180 in the third major bombing in the world's most populous Muslim country in as many years.

Posted in Terrorism @ 16 September 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Ex-General keeps big poll lead in campaign Presidential candidate Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, or SBYA former army general looks set to snatch Indonesia's presidency by a landslide in next week's election run-off, two surveys showed on Wednesday, but incumbent leader Megawati Sukarnoputri insisted she could win. The release of the surveys follows a deadly bomb blast last week outside the Australian embassy in Jakarta, though pollsters were divided over whether heightened security fears would translate into more votes for either candidate on Sept. 20.

Posted in Elections @ 15 September 2004 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Earthquake rocks Bali, one killed A powerful earthquake rocked Indonesia's premier tourist island of Bali Wednesday, killing one person, injuring at least two and triggering some panic, officials said. The Meteorological and Geophysics Agency in Jakarta said the earthquake measured 5.5 on the Richter scale. Officials said the epicenter was near Denpasar, the island's capital.

Posted in Earthquake @ 15 September 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Unilever Jakarta office evacuated after bomb threat Bomb threats forced the evacuation of the offices of Anglo-Dutch giant Unilever in Jakarta on Tuesday and also an office of Indonesia's election commission in the country's east, workers and media said.

Posted in Terrorism @ 14 September 2004 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Govt: Not enough evidence to outlaw JI The government says there is still not enough evidence that Jemaah Islamiah is a terrorist organisation to pass a law banning its existence. Despite last week's bombing of the Australian embassy - the third major bombing in two years for which JI has been blamed - Indonesia's acting Security Minister, Hari Sabarno, said the Government still had no plans to outlaw the organisation.

Posted in Terrorism @ 14 September 2004 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Official campaign begins for run-off presidential poll The official campaign has begun for Indonesia's run-off presidential election. Incumbent president, Megawati Sukarnoputri faces, her former security minister, Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, in the September 20 election. Analysts are divided over whether the bombing outside the Australian embassy in Jakarta last week will impact on the poll.

Posted in Elections @ 14 September 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Australia to move Jakarta embassy following bomb attack Australia will move its embassy in Jakarta to a more secure location following last week's suicide bomb attack on the mission which killed nine people, the foreign ministry said on Monday. Foreign Minister Alexander Downer said the government's top security body decided over the weekend that the embassy would be moved to a larger and more easily secured location.

Posted in Terrorism @ 13 September 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


My mobile phone had been ringing incessantly and beeping a series of text messages when I first learned that my husband was hurt in the blast at the Australian Embassy on Thursday. I was ignoring it as I was in the middle of an interview during an assignment to East Nusa Tenggara, nearly 2,000 km from Jakarta.

Posted in Terrorism @ 13 September 2004 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia re-enacts Jakarta embassy bombing Indonesian police re-enacted Sunday parts of the bombing that killed nine people in front of the Australian embassy, an act that triggered outrage from ordinary Indonesians visiting the site. The Australian flag was fluttering at full-mast at the embassy, where a temporary wooden wall has been erected in front of the metal security fence blasted apart by Thursday's attack.

Posted in Terrorism @ 12 September 2004 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Video reveals suicide van's path to the embassy gate These photographs are from the 29 seconds of footage obtained from two closed-circuit television cameras that filmed the Daihatsu Zebra light truck, which contained the explosives, as it drove past, and then returned to bomb, the Australian embassy.

Posted in Terrorism @ 12 September 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bali fears Jakarta bomb will ruin tourism again Australians returning yesterday morning from Denpasar said they, and many Balinese, experienced after Thursday's Jakarta attack flashbacks of the 2002 Bali bombings that killed 202 people. "They are really scared that it is going to affect tourism again," Yvonne Moloney said after arriving at Melbourne Airport. "One of the taxi drivers actually said, 'That's Indonesia, that's not Bali. It doesn't belong to us.' "

Posted in Terrorism @ 11 September 2004 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Second cell poised for Indonesia attack Militants behind the deadly bombing of Australia's Jakarta embassy have a second group poised for attack, Australia's top policeman warned as Canberra said on Saturday all its diplomatic missions would be made bomb-proof. "There is intelligence suggesting that there is a second group active in the area," Australian Federal Police Commissioner Mick Keelty told ABC radio.

Posted in Terrorism @ 11 September 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Jemaah Islamiyah claims Jakarta car bombing: Internet site The Al-Qaeda-linked group Jamaah Islamiyah claimed responsibility for Thursday's car bomb attack outside the Australian embassy in Jakarta that killed at least nine people and wounded 182, and warned of further attacks. An Islamist web site, www.islamic-minbar.com, posted a statement saying: "We decided to settle accounts with Australia, one of the worst enemies of God and Islam, ... and a mujahedeen brother succeeded in carrying out a martyr operation with a carbomb against the Australian embassy" in Jakarta.

Posted in Terrorism @ 10 September 2004 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Jakarta intelligence chief says terror laws too weak Indonesia's anti-terrorism laws are too weak to allow security agencies to catch suspects before they carry out acts such as Thursday's car bombing outside the Australian embassy, Jakarta's intelligence chief said. Hendropriyono, who has long sought tougher laws to catch operators within militant Islamic groups such as the al Qaeda-linked Jemaah Islamiah, said punishments meted out to those convicted of terror acts were not enough of a deterrent.

Posted in Terrorism @ 10 September 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Australian embassy prepared for the worst Location of the Australian embassy in JakartaDespite Thursday's powerful explosion in front of the Australian Embassy, the building did not suffer heavy damage unlike its glass-clad high-rise neighbors. An embassy official said the building had been readied for bombing, fire and shooting incidents. "That's why the damage was minimal when compared to (that of) nearby buildings," he said requesting anonymity.

Posted in Terrorism @ 09 September 2004 00:06 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Police: Embassy bombing similar to two previous bombings National Police chief Gen. Da'i Bachtiar said on Thursday the Australian Embassy bombing, killing at least seven people, was similar to Bali and JW Marriott Hotel bombings. "The modus operandi is similar to the October 2002 Bali bombings and August 2003 JW Marriot Hotel bombing," he told reporters. The powerful bomb went off at about 10:30 a.m. in front of the Australian Embassy on Jl. HR Rasuna Said in the busy Kuningan business and financial district, South Jakarta.

Posted in Terrorism @ 09 September 2004 00:05 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


President flies home from Brunei President Megawati Soekarnoputri cancels all of her itineraries in Brunei Darussalam and flies back home upon immideately hearing the bombing of Australian Embassy in Kuningan, South Jakarta, Anteve reported.

Posted in Terrorism @ 09 September 2004 00:04 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Jakarta stock exchange plunges 4% after explosion Location of the Australian embassy in JakartaIndonesian share prices slumped nearly four percent in morning trade Thursday as investors rushed to dump stocks on news of a large blast near the Australian embassy in central Jakarta, dealers said. The cause of the blast is not yet known but hospital officials said at least three people were killed.

Posted in Terrorism @ 09 September 2004 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


At least 8 dead as bomb rocks Australian embassy Location of the Australian embassy in JakartaAt least eight people were reportedly dead following a powerful blast outside the Australian Embassy in Jakarta on Jl. HR Rasuna Said in South Jakarta. The explosion caused extensive damage to the Australian Embassy building and other high rise buildings nearby.

Posted in Terrorism @ 09 September 2004 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Explosion near Australian embassy in Jakarta Big mess after the explosion near the Aussie embassyA powerful explosion outside Australia's embassy in central Jakarta left at three people dead and at least three badly injured Thursday and caused extensive damage to nearby buildings, officials and witnesses said. According to local television, Anton Sujarwo, a security guard at the embassy, was killed in the blast but the identities of the other two have yet to be confirmed.

Posted in Terrorism @ 09 September 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Antam seeks financing for massive bauxite project State-owned mining company PT Aneka Tambang (Antam) said it would seek financing for its massive bauxite processing project in Tayan, West Kalimantan, next year after it completed negotiations with overseas partners to form a joint venture for the project. "We expect to start seeking financing for the project next year after we sign a joint venture deal for the project with our partners," said Antam President Director Dedi Aditya Sumanagara during a meeting with the House of Representatives' energy and mining commission on Monday.

Posted in Economy @ 07 September 2004 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Flights disrupted as haze worsens in Jambi Increasing smoke and haze from bush and forest fires in the past week around Jambi city have disrupted flights and led to respiratory problems among residents. M. Sidabutar, the head of Sultan Thaha Airport Management, said on Monday that the worsening haze had decreased pilot visibility so many flights in and out of Jambi had to be delayed. "We have informed Jakarta and other airports in order to delay flights to Jambi as the haze thickened this morning," said Sidabutar.

Posted in Weather @ 07 September 2004 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Candidates availing of every opportunity to woo voters Two weeks to go before the election runoff on Sept. 20, 2004, both presidential candidates are availing of every opportunity they can to woo the voters. As the Central Jakarta District Court was slated on Monday to hand down its verdict in a high-profile defamation case against three Tempo magazine journalists, Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono used the opportunity to seek the support of the media. He said there should be no journalists sent to prison for articles they wrote.

Posted in Elections @ 07 September 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Uncluttered by tenses, prepositions and grammatical quirks, Indonesia’s national tongue was once a gift to travellers who quickly grasped the basics. Now a bizarre passion for acronyms is threatening to engulf the language, leaving visitors and even locals lost in translation.

Posted in Culture @ 06 September 2004 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia chokes on smoke from 1,100 forest fires More than 1,100 forest fires burning in central Indonesia have enveloped the region in a choking haze that's reduced air quality and delayed flights, officials said yesterday. Bush fires have sent smoke billowing over large parts of Indonesia's Sumatra and Kalimantan islands in recent months, and the cloud has also spread to neighboring Malaysia.

Posted in Forest fires @ 05 September 2004 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Baby among ten dead at level crossing Ten women travelling to an Islamic Koran recital and a baby were killed today when a passenger train hit a utility at a level crossing in Indonesia, police said. Another woman and a small girl were in hospital with serious injuries after the accident in the Talun district of East Java province. The train was travelling from Surabaya to Blitar when it hit the truck on an unguarded crossing. The ute's driver escaped with minor injuries.

Posted in Accidents @ 05 September 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Police defend Bali bomber's Starbucks outing Indonesian police Thursday confirmed that a convicted Bali bomber was allowed to visit a branch of Starbucks in Jakarta, defending the move as a "proper procedure". Ali Imron, who has been sentenced to life for his role the October 2002 attacks which left 202 dead, was spotted relaxing in a cafe in an upmarket city center shopping mall on Wednesday in the company of a senior police officer. The incident is likely to generate outrage among relatives of victims of the blasts, blamed on the al-Qaeda-linked Jamaah Islamiyah terror network.

Posted in Terrorism @ 03 September 2004 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Official: Tourist arrivals 2.55 million as of August The number of tourist arrivals through 13 main entry points throughout Indonesia jumped by 31.23 percent to over 2.55 million in the first seven months of the year from only 1.94 million in the corresponding period last year, an official saidon Thursday. "This is the highest increase ever recorded within the last five years after the country's tourist industry was hit by a series of terror attacks and catastrophes ranging from SARS outbreak to bird flu infection over the last two years," Udin Saifuddin of the office of the Minister of Tourism and Culturesaid.

Posted in Tourism @ 03 September 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Nigerian drug smuggler sent to death row The Tangerang District Court handed down another death sentence on Wednesday; to a Nigerian citizen, Sylvester Obiekwe Nwolise, 39, who was convicted of smuggling 1.2 kilograms of heroin into the country from Pakistan in December. The court granted the prosecutors' call for the death penalty but did not fine him the requested Rp 50 million (EUR 4450).

Posted in Drugs @ 02 September 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Police seek suspects in local porn film Police in the West Java capital of Bandung are searching for the makers and stars of a pornographic film called ‘Bulan Madu’ (Honeymoon) that was apparently filmed in a hotel in the city. The film, shot with a camcorder and now being sold for up to Rp75,000 a copy on video compact disc (VCD) format, runs for 45 minutes and 7 seconds. Also being sold under the title ‘Bandung Lautan Asmara II’ (Bandung Love Ocean II), the film shows a young man and young woman having sex in various positions in a room - reportedly at the Greenhill Hotel.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 01 September 2004 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Man heads for Indonesia in canoe Police will search the Northern Territory coastline for a 38-year-old man headed for Indonesia in a canoe. Authorities were concerned for the welfare of the American, who was wearing only shorts and a t-shirt when he set out, a police spokesman said. The man launched his 6m outrigger canoe from Dundee Beach, near Darwin, late on Monday night.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 01 September 2004 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Yudhoyono slams foreign funding rumour Indonesian presidential frontrunner Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono rejected on Tuesday rumours he and his party have received foreign funding. Ex-general Yudhoyono, who topped the July first-round presidential vote with 33.6 percent in a field of five, faces incumbent President Megawati Sukarnoputri in a Sept. 20 run-off after failing to win a clear majority. As he fended off accusations of foreign backing Yudhoyono's campaign was boosted by further defections from the powerful Golkar party, a partner in Megawati's coalition.

Posted in Elections @ 01 September 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions
    
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