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Spider Burrows Into Tourist's Chest for 3 Days

Doctors finally figure out what's causing growing red scar

(Newser) - Bali's tourist bureau will not be eager to share this story: A tropical spider burrowed into the skin of an Australian tourist and stayed there for three days before doctors finally figured out what was causing the nasty marks on his chest, reports the NT News of Australia. Dylan... More »

Teen's Beau Admits Murder of Mom Found in Suitcase

Daughter says she helped stuff mom's body, police say

(Newser) - Police say suspect Tommy Schaefer has admitted to murdering his girlfriend's mom, a month after her body was found stuffed in a bloody suitcase in Bali. Schaefer, who was arrested along with the victim's daughter, Heather Mack, confessed to killing Sheila von Wiese-Mack, 62, because "he was... More »

After Amazing Rescue, Diver Found Dead

Earlier stories point to 2 divers found alive

(Newser) - Five Japanese scuba divers who'd been missing for days turned up yesterday ; reports later in the day fueled hope for the two still missing, with local police saying fishermen had found the two on a cliff some 16 feet over the water but couldn't reach them in the... More »

5 Scuba Divers Alive After 3 Days at Sea

2 Japanese divers still missing

(Newser) - Rescuers in Indonesia continue to search for two Japanese scuba divers missing since Friday, buoyed by the remarkable rescue of the other five members of the diving group today. Fishing boats spotted the five women clinging to a coral reef off the coast of Bali, reports AFP . They had drifted... More »

Bali Jet Skids Into Ocean

All 100+ people on board appear to be safe

(Newser) - A passenger jet with more than 100 people aboard overshot the runway upon landing in Bali today and ended up in the ocean—but everybody on board appears to be safe, reports the BBC . The Lion Air jet, a Boeing 737-800, came to rest in shallow waters off the Indonesian... More »

6.4 Quake Strikes Indonesia Near Bali

No tsunami warning or injuries reported so far

(Newser) - A powerful 6.4-magnitude earthquake rattled the Indonesian island of Bali early this morning, but no destruction, injuries, or tsunami warning have been reported so far, AFP reports. The epicenter was 172 miles south of Denpasar, 5 miles deep in the Indian Ocean. Indonesia is located on the so-called "... More »

Bali Quake Injures Dozens

6.1 quake jolts Indonesian resort island

(Newser) - At least 50 people were injured when a powerful earthquake shook Bali this morning. The 6.1 quake caused widespread panic on the Indonesian resort island, and witnesses say the roofs of some homes collapsed, AP reports. The quake, centered 60 miles southwest of the island, was not strong enough... More »

Rabid Bali Dogs Kill 78 at Tourist Hotspot

Island dangerously short of vaccine

(Newser) - At least 78 people have been killed over the last two years by bites from rabid dogs roaming Bali, a top tourist hotspot. The island is dangerously short of rabies vaccines for humans, and overwhelmed by more than 30,000 dog bites each year. Officials recently killed some 200,000... More »

US Warns of Bali Terror Attack Tonight

Authorities warn Western tourists to stay alert

(Newser) - Terrorists may be planning a New Year's Eve attack on the Indonesian island of Bali, Indonesian and US Embassy officials warned today. In an Embassy email to US citizens, the island's governor said, "There is an indication of an attack to Bali tonight." Tourism authorities in the popular... More »

Bali Bombing Mastermind Killed in Java Raid

This time, it's really him—they have fingerprints to prove it

(Newser) - Indonesian police say they’ve killed their most-wanted terrorist, Noordin Muhamed Top, and this time, they’re really sure. The last time they declared Noordin dead, after an August raid in Central Java, they later admitted he had actually escaped. But this time they say they’ve done a fingerprint... More »

Mastermind of Bali Attacks Suspected in Jakarta Blasts

(Newser) - Indonesian officials are fairly certain the wanted terrorist who masterminded the 2002 and 2005 Bali bombings is also responsible for yesterday's attacks in Jakarta, the BBC reports. There are “strong indications” that Noordin Mohamed Top—a financier for al Qaeda-linked terror group Jemaah Islamiah who is thought to have... More »

Cranky Travelers Diss 'Overrated' Hot Spots

Paris smelly? Athenians surly?

(Newser) - Italy? Ugly. Grand Canyon? A pain. No travel hot spot is safe after cranky readers filled Los Angeles Times inboxes with their picks for "overrated travel destinations."
  • Bali: "Mosquitoes ate us up," wrote two travelers, and "there was poverty everywhere."
  • Austin: "About the
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Cops Probe US Embassy Bomb Threat

Indonesia tightens security ahead of Bali bombers' execution

(Newser) - Indonesian police are investigating a text-messaged threat to blow up the American and Australian embassies in Jakarta if convicted Bali bombers are executed, Reuters reports. Three Islamic militants convicted of playing a role in Bali nightclub bombings that killed 202 people six years ago have exhausted their avenues of appeal... More »

Econ Crash Could Deflate Climate Crusade

Governments could be 'distracted' by market woes, UN officials warn

(Newser) - As the global economy panics, leaders are in danger of abandoning lofty climate-change goals, top UN climate gurus warned today. At the World Economic Forum in Switzerland, the Guardian reports, the pair urged politicians not to be “distracted” by the crisis. “This is the time to be bold... More »

Bali: What Was Accomplished?

Developed and developing nations agree to work to end global warming

(Newser) - Dismantling the “Berlin Wall of climate change”—the idea that rich nations alone should lead the fight against global warming—was the big breakthrough at the UN climate change conference in Bali, reports Time. It made it possible for the US, after a bruising confrontation and near-collapse of... More »

Last-Minute US Compromise Saves Bali Talks

Officials agree to reach accord in 2009—after end of Bush term

(Newser) - The Bali climate summit averted failure at the eleventh hour today when the US capitulated under sharp criticism and agreed to further talks to forge a successor treaty to the Kyoto Protocol in 2009 that will include the US and developing nations. The deal came after the US dropped opposition... More »

Gas Limits Dumped to Assuage US in Bali Talks

Language softened to break standoff

(Newser) - Negotiators at the UN climate conference in Bali eased off goals to limit emissions of greenhouse gases today in an attempt to overcome US opposition, Reuters reports. The compromise draft has removed a specific target of cutting emissions by 25 to 40% by 2020. The Indonesian hosts are hoping softer... More »

Gore Points Finger at US in Bali

Nobel laureate says Bush and company stonewalling in Bali

(Newser) - Al Gore’s latest inconvenient truth: the US is stonewalling the UN climate conference. “My own country, the United States, is principally responsible for obstructing progress here,” the Nobel laureate raged today in Bali. The US, along with Japan and several other nations, refuses to accept a specific... More »

Bali Eco Summit Nears Collapse

US, EU in standoff over new carbon limits

(Newser) - A face-off between American and European environment officials has pushed the Bali climate change talks to the breaking point, with United Nations officials warning that the summit could collapse "like a house of cards." Delegates in Bali are sharply divided over the guidelines for the next two years... More »

UN Chief Issues Urgent Plea for Warming Battle Plan

Ban: Action is 'moral challenge of generation'

(Newser) - Citing a "desperate urgency," United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon called upon environmental ministers from over 120 nations to forge a new battle plan against climate change by 2009. The new treaty would attempt to improve on the Kyoto Protocol by including every country, and serve as a "... More »

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