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Sword-Wielding Men Storm Indonesia Police HQ

Officers shot, killed 4 after latest militant attack

(Newser) - Indonesian police have shot dead four sword-wielding men who attacked a police headquarters in Sumatra, killing one officer in the latest in a spate of militant attacks across the Muslim-majority country. National police spokesman Setyo Wasisto says the men attacked officers Wednesday after driving a minivan into Riau province's... More »

2nd Family Carries Out Indonesia Suicide Attack

Police say church attack family spent time in Syria

(Newser) - Horror in Indonesia: For the second time in two days, a suicide bombing was carried out by an entire family, including a child, police say. Authorities say an 8-year-old girl was among five family members who attacked police headquarters in the city of Surabaya on Monday morning, the Guardian reports.... More »

Church Attacks Carried Out by Family of 6 Suicide Bombers

Including 2 young daughters, ages 9 and 12

(Newser) - Three suicide bombings on Indonesian churches on Sunday carried an unusual twist: They were the work of a single family that included young children, reports the New York Times . The AP reports that at least seven people were killed in the Surabaya explosions, as well as the six family members.... More »

As WWII Ships Were Cut Up, Human Remains Were Tossed in Sea

Bones found based on information from port workers

(Newser) - Indonesian authorities have started to recover the bones of World War II sailors whose metal coffins were reportedly ripped apart by salvagers hoping to make a buck. Following reports that the bones of sailors were dumped in a shallow mass grave in Indonesia, officials have begun excavating three sites, including... More »

Eruption 'Completely Annihilates' Mountain Peak

Mt. Sinabung has changed shape after volcanic blast

(Newser) - The eruption of Indonesia's Mount Sinabung that shot ash three miles high also blew away much of the mountain's summit. Before and after images from Indonesia's Center for Volcanology and Geological Hazard Mitigation show an enormous chunk missing from the peak, which it called "completely annihilated.... More »

Report: Ripped From Ships, WWII Sailors Dumped in Mass Grave

Bones believed buried in shallow grave near Brondong

(Newser) - Their metal coffins ripped apart in the ocean, World War II sailors have reportedly found a new home: a shallow mass grave. Months after reporting that metal scavengers had destroyed some 40 British, American, Australian, Dutch, and Japanese warships in the Java Sea, the Guardian now describes what happened to... More »

50 Injured in Stock Exchange Floor Collapse

Jakarta exchange kept trading

(Newser) - A mezzanine floor inside the Jakarta Stock Exchange tower collapsed on Monday, injuring more than 50 people and forcing a chaotic evacuation. TV footage showed the lobby strewn with debris and people being helped out of the building while others lay on the grass or steps outside the tower, the... More »

Paralyzed Man's Hardship Began When Monkey Stole Hat

American man injured while chasing monkey in Bali

(Newser) - Friends and relatives of an American man paralyzed after falling from a roof in Indonesia have this explanation: A monkey stole his favorite hat. Jeff "Swede" Swedenhjelm had taken shelter from rain under a pavilion in Bali on Dec. 18 when he encountered several monkeys, one of which plucked... More »

American Who Sawed His Way Out of Bali Prison Recaptured

Chrishan Beasley, who'd escaped 'notorious' Kerobokan jail, caught 100 miles away

(Newser) - Two Americans busted out of a "notorious" Indonesian prison earlier this month, with one captured almost immediately. The second escapee, 32-year-old Chrishan Beasley (the BBC reports his name as Christian Beasley), evaded detection for nearly a week, but was finally caught Saturday on the island of Lombok, about 100... More »

When This Volcano Erupted in 1963, It Cooled the Earth

100K ordered to leave Mount Agung volcano zone on the island of Bali

(Newser) - A volcano gushing towering columns of ash closed the airport on the Indonesian tourist island of Bali for a second day Tuesday, disrupting travel for tens of thousands, as authorities renewed their warnings for 100,000 villagers to evacuate. Mount Agung has been hurling clouds of white and dark gray... More »

Volcano Strands 60K Travelers on Bali

Alert raised to highest level

(Newser) - Indonesian authorities ordered a mass evacuation of people Monday from an expanded danger zone around an erupting volcano on Bali that has forced the island's international airport to close, stranding tens of thousands of travelers. Mount Agung has been hurling clouds of white and dark gray ash about 9,... More »

No More Selfies With Hitler: Museum Caves to Protests

Indonesian museum said visitors loved taking selfies with the Nazi leader

(Newser) - An Indonesian visual effects museum that encouraged visitors to take selfies with a waxwork of Hitler against a giant image of the Auschwitz extermination camp has removed the exhibit after protests, the AP reports. The De Mata Trick Eye Museum's marketing officer said the statue was removed Friday night... More »

Lightning Strike Instantly Kills 2 Surfers

Ex-soccer pro, instructor die at Bali beach

(Newser) - A single lightning strike in Bali instantly killed two surfers on their boards, authorities in Indonesia say. Belgian-born former soccer pro Denis Dasoul was killed along with his surfing instructor at Batu Bolong beach in Canggu on Sunday when the bolt of lightning hit as they were finishing a training... More »

Study Claims Discovery of New, Highly Endangered Great Ape

It's a frizzy-haired, smaller-headed orangutan

(Newser) - A remote population of frizzy-haired orangutans on the Indonesian island of Sumatra seems to be a new species of primate, scientists say. But the newest member of the family tree of advanced animals that include humans may not be around much longer, the AP reports. Their numbers are so small,... More »

Dozens of Trapped Workers Die in Fireworks Factory Blaze

Police had to smash a wall for them to get out

(Newser) - Investigators are trying to determine the cause of an explosion and fire at a fireworks factory near Indonesia's capital that killed at least 47 people Thursday, mostly young female workers unable to escape. Survivors told authorities the fire started in the factory's drying section, where finished fireworks are... More »

US Ignored Massacre of 500K Indonesians, Documents Show

US, aware of killings, didn't speak out against them

(Newser) - Not only was the US aware of anti-Communist killings in the 1960s in Indonesia that resulted in at least 500,000 deaths, but in some instances it celebrated and supported the situation. Thousands of files from the US Embassy in Jakarta were declassified Tuesday, the Independent reports. According to the... More »

As People Flee Bali Volcano, This Woman Is Saving Its Dogs

Janice Girardi is trying to rescue canines left behind as thousands run from Mount Agung

(Newser) - As the small convoy carrying volunteers, dried food, and canned meat pulls up before a revered Hindu temple on the slopes of Bali's Mount Agung volcano, dogs trot out from the mist shrouding the temple's cascade of steps. Now, an animal welfare organization founded by a Californian woman... More »

Key Witness in Corruption Case Dies After LA Standoff

Johannes Marliem held cops at bay for 9 hours

(Newser) - A man who killed himself during an armed Los Angeles standoff last week was an important witness in a sweeping corruption investigation in Indonesia. Johannes Marliem, 32, died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head, the Los Angeles County coroner's office said Sunday. A spokesman for the Corruption... More »

2K Men Were Freed From Slavery—and Into This

The AP catches up with some of the fishermen freed from Indonesia

(Newser) - On the day they were freed from slavery, the fishermen hugged, high-fived, and sprinted through a stinging rain to line up so they wouldn't be left behind. Two years have passed since an AP investigation spurred that dramatic rescue , leading to the release of more than 2,000 men... More »

A 'Terrifying' Eruption, Then a Deadly Crash

8 in rescue helicopter died trying to get to tourists at Indonesia's Sileri Crater

(Newser) - The Sileri Crater, one of Indonesia's most active volcanoes, erupted Sunday, but although there were injuries, no one perished as the mountain spewed its lava, ash, and mud up to 165 feet in the air—until, that is, a rescue helicopter was sent in to help those at the... More »

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