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Cops: Woman Laced Study Partner's Coffee With Cyanide

Jakarta police arrest Jessica Kumala, 27

(Newser) - Indonesian authorities arrested a woman Saturday for allegedly lacing her friend's coffee with a lethal does of cyanide, Australia's News Network reports. Investigators say Jessica Kumala, 27, arrived early at a cafe in central Jakarta and ordered an iced coffee for friend Wayan Mirna Salihin, 27—who soon... More »

The World's 5 Most Disaster-Prone Cities

Asia is apparently especially risky, insurer's rankings suggest

(Newser) - In the wake of Chile's earthquake, the Guardian was wondering which cities were the riskiest to live in from a natural-disaster perspective. So they checked with a source with a vested interest in knowing precisely that: The re-insurance company Swiss Re. Here are the five cities it's most... More »

Indonesian Cops Nix Lady Gaga Concert

Permit denied after extremists vow to stop 'Satanic' singer

(Newser) - Religious fanatics appear to have made the world's biggest Muslim country a no-go for Gaga. Police in Indonesia have refused Lady Gaga a permit for her sold-out Jakarta concert, saying they would be unable to guarantee her safety following threats from an extremist group , reports the Guardian . The chief... More »

Bodies Found at Site of Russian Jet Wreck

Sukhoi Superjet-100 spotted on side of volcano south of Jakarta

(Newser) - The wreckage of a Russian passenger jet that vanished over Indonesia during a demonstration flight yesterday has been located on the side of a volcano south of Jakarta, and rescuers have spotted bodies. Helicopter crews spotted wreckage on a cliff on the side of Mount Salak at an elevation of... More »

Muslim Group Vows to Stop Gaga Concert

'We will stop her from setting foot here,' warns Jakarta FPI

(Newser) - Conservative Muslims' latest holy war is being waged against Lady Gaga and her Indonesia tour. The extremist Islamic Defenders’ Front (FPI) accuses Gaga of promoting devil worship, and has vowed to mobilize 30,000 protesters to intercept her at the Jakarta airport so she can't perform next month at... More »

Russian Jet Vanishes Mid-Flight

It may have crashed or been hijacked: Indonesian officials

(Newser) - A Russian Sukhoi SuperJet-100 disappeared during a demonstration flight in Indonesia today, vanishing from radar screens while it was still at high altitudes and failing to land at its appointed time. The plane was last heard from when it requested, and was granted, permission to descend from 10,000 feet... More »

Obama Reflects on Dogged, Flawed Mom

Reminiscing comes in profile about his time in Indonesia

(Newser) - Barry Obama was just 6 years old when Ann Dunham decided to take him to war-torn Indonesia, and Sunday’s New York Times Magazine examines the reverberations of that decision. On the surface the answer is simple: She was following her second husband, Lolo Soetoro, an Indonesian native who’d... More »

Obama Relives Childhood Memories as Asia Trip Ends

Trip offered opportunities for personal moments

(Newser) - President Obama finished off his 10-day Asia trip on a personal note, visiting the Great Buddha statue in Japan that he last saw as a 6-year-old boy. “It is wonderful to return to this great treasure of Japanese culture,” he wrote in the guest book. "Its beauty... More »

Obama: 'Indonesia Is Part of Me'

America is not at war with Islam, president tells Jakarta audience

(Newser) - President Obama called for a fresh beginning with the Muslim world in a speech in Jakarta today. Obama, revisiting the nation where he lived for four years as a boy, praised Indonesia for fighting terrorism and called for both the US and the Islamic world to overcome "suspicion and... More »

Indonesia Brings Little Obama to the Screen

Country to present boyhood flick to pres. in June

(Newser) - Indonesia will have a special present for President Obama when he visits in June: a movie about his years living in Jakarta. Little Obama tells the story of the president's life from ages 6 to 10, when he lived there with his mother and Indonesian stepfather. "It's about his... More »

Serial Rape, Murder of Street Kids Shatters Jakarta

Cigarette vendor gave them food, shelter, death

(Newser) - The serial rape and murder of 14 young Jakarta street boys by a cigarette vendor has shocked a nation where such attacks are almost unheard of. The vendor—known as Babe, or father, to the boys he lured with food and a comfortable place to stay—killed boys as young... More »

Obama Statue Booted From Jakarta Park

Controversial bronze is moved to school Obama attended

(Newser) - A controversial statue of Barack Obama as a boy has been removed from a Jakarta park after an angry campaign to boot the homage to the American president. The bronze statue of a 10-year-old Barack is being moved nearby to the grounds of an affluent Indonesian school Obama attended. The... More »

Obama Statue Will Leave Indonesian Park

'Little Barry' bound for president's old school

(Newser) - A statue of President Obama that has drawn the ire of tens of thousands on Facebook will be moved from a park in Jakarta, Indonesia, to a less prominent spot near his old school. That location “is more appropriate,” an official tells AFP . He said the statue will... More »

Indonesia May Tear Down Obama Statue

Facebook drives puts matter on government agenda

(Newser) - Under pressure from a 55,000-member-strong Facebook group , Indonesian authorities are considering tearing down a statue of Barack Obama as a boy, less than a month after it was erected in a Jakarta park near Obama’s childhood home. “We’ve been discussing ... whether to take it down, move... More »

Obama Jakarta Statue Attacked on Facebook

Website founder says Barack is no national hero

(Newser) - A statue in Jakarta of President Obama as a boy is being attacked on a Facebook site by members who are demanding its removal. Some 15,500 members have joined the "Take Down the Barack Obama Statue in Taman Menteng Park" site since the 43-inch statue was erected last... More »

Veiled Women Nabbed in $12.5M Jakarta Drug Bust

Iranians arrested in record airport drug haul

(Newser) - Eight veiled women were among a group of 10 Iranians arrested on suspicion of drug smuggling at Indonesia's main airport today. The $12.5 million haul of methamphetamines found in their hand baggage is the biggest drug bust in the airport's history, authorities say. Indonesian authorities have never seen veiled... More »

7.4 Indonesia Earthquake Triggers Tsunami Alert

(Newser) - A powerful 7.4 earthquake today swayed buildings 125 miles south in Indonesia's capital city of Jakarta and triggered a tsunami alert, reports AP. There were no immediate reports of large waves, but several buildings in the town closest to the epicenter, Tasikmalaya, were damaged. 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 »

'Strategic Patience' Will Neuter Al Qaeda

(Newser) - Al Qaeda is weak militarily and “has been rejected by a great majority of Muslims,” Steve Coll writes in the New Yorker, but the terrorist organization and its affiliates can still create a “shock” like today's bombings in Jakarta. Despite the group's apparent inability to pull off... More »

Jakarta Bombings Blamed on Resurgent Terror Group

(Newser) - Today's terror attack in Jakarta appears to be the work of a group Indonesia thought it had put out of business years ago, experts tell ABC News. The twin attacks on luxury hotels that killed 8 people and injured at least 50 are being blamed on Jemayah Islamiyah, a group... More »

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