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'Suitcase Killer' Arrested After Flying Back to US

Heather Mack faces federal charges in connection with mother's murder

(Newser) - After seven years in an Indonesian prison, Heather Mack returned home to Chicago Wednesday—and was promptly arrested. The 26-year-old, who was released early from a 10-year sentence for helping then-boyfriend Tommy Schaefer kill her mother in Bali in 2014, now faces federal charges in the US connected to the...

American in Bali 'Suitcase Murder' to Be Freed Years Early
US Woman in Bali
'Suitcase Murder'
Walks Free

US Woman in Bali 'Suitcase Murder' Walks Free

Heather Mack of Chicago was arrested for helping her boyfriend kill her mother

(Newser) - Update: The Chicago woman who, along with her then-boyfriend, murdered her mother on Bali in 2014 and stuffed her body in a suitcase walked free Friday after serving seven years of a 10-year sentence, the AP reports. Heather Mack, now 26, was escorted through a crush of reporters outside the...

She Came to US to Work for a Diplomat. It Was a Nightmare

Inside one domestic worker's allegations

(Newser) - It was a chance meeting at a gas station that can only be described as incredible: Sri Yatun had been living in Los Angeles where she worked as the housekeeper, cook, and nanny for an Indonesian consular official and her husband. What she had been promised when she left her...

Students Participating in a River Cleanup Drown

Eleven teens were killed; none were wearing floatation devices

(Newser) - A student outing to clean up a river in Indonesia turned tragic Friday. Of the 150 kids picking up debris along the banks of the Cileueur River, 21 were swept away. Ten were rescued but 11 were found later, drowned. Flash floods are common in the rainy season, but that...

Indonesian PM, 6 Bigwigs Found 'Negligent' on Air Pollution

Court orders Joko Widodo, 6 other top officials to improve air quality in Jakarta

(Newser) - An Indonesian court ruled Thursday that President Joko Widodo and six other top officials have neglected citizens' rights to clean air and ordered them to improve the poor air quality in the current capital of Jakarta. A three-judge panel at the Central Jakarta District Court notched a victory for a...

Indonesian Army Says It's Ending Controversial Practice

No more 'virginity tests' for female recruits

(Newser) - The Indonesian Army has announced an end to the controversial practice of subjecting female recruits to so-called 'virginity tests.' Per the New York Times , the country's army chief Gen. Andika Perkasa said in an interview there would be "no more vaginal and cervix examinations," on...

Your Cup of Coffee May Have an Unpleasant Origin Story

'NYT Magazine' explains how small, illegal farms are shrinking a jungle in Indonesia

(Newser) - When you're pouring a cup of coffee, whether humble drip or some more exotic concoction, it's a safe bet you don't spend much time wondering exactly where those beans come from. As Wyatt Williams writes for the New York Times Magazine , coffee behemoths like it that way....

Guy With COVID Disguises Self as Wife to Get on Flight

Indonesian man was detained after the plane landed

(Newser) - An Indonesian man who tested positive for COVID-19 is accused of disguising himself as his wife in order to board a plane. The man, identified publicly only as DW, allegedly boarded the Citilink flight from Jakarta to Ternate and made it all the way to his destination before he was...

The Eye of the Pandemic Has Shifted
The Eye of
the Pandemic
Has Shifted

The Eye of the Pandemic Has Shifted

Things are worsening in Indonesia

(Newser) - For months, India and Brazil have taken up a disproportionate number of COVID-19 headlines, with stories emerging of bloated bodies in the Ganges and collapsing hospital systems . The New York Times says the eye of the pandemic's storm has shifted to a new location: the fourth most populous country,...

'Violated Through My Nose': Reused Swab Scam Uncovered

Used swabs were allegedly washed, resold, and reused at airport in Indonesia

(Newser) - Just, gross. Police in Indonesia say as many as 9,000 travelers who passed through Kualanamu airport in Medan, North Sumatra, may have had their nose swabbed for COVID with a reused swab. Five Kimia Farma employees have been arrested after being accused of washing the used swabs at their...

Heartbreaking Video Shows Crew of Doomed Sub Singing

Farewell song was filmed weeks before Indonesian tragedy

(Newser) - A heartbreaking video released by the Indonesian military shows the crew of the doomed Indonesian Navy submarine singing a farewell song. The video was shot weeks ago, before the sub went missing Wednesday, its wreckage ultimately found on the sea floor Sunday, split into three pieces, and all 53 crew...

Indonesia Finds Submarine, Declares the Crew Dead

53 were aboard the KRI Nanggala, which disappeared Wednesday

(Newser) - The wreckage of a missing Indonesian Navy submarine with 53 crew members has been located, the military said Sunday. Searchers found items and parts from the submarine, including the anchor and safety suits for crew members, CNN reports. "Based on that authentic proof, I declare here that the Nanggala...

Grim Update From Indonesian Navy on Missing Submarine

It appears there's no hope for survivors of KRI Nanggala after items from sub were found

(Newser) - Indonesia's navy on Saturday said items were found from a missing submarine , indicating the vessel with 53 crew members had sunk and there was no hope of finding survivors. Navy chief Yudo Margono said rescuers found several items from the KRI Nanggala 402, which disappeared after its last reported...

Missing Submarine Down to Its Final Hours of Oxygen

Assuming the Indonesian submarine is still intact

(Newser) - American help is on the way for Indonesian rescuers desperately trying to find a missing submarine before all hope of finding survivors disappears. An American reconnaissance aircraft has been sent to the search area in the Bali Sea as the Pentagon says it is "deeply saddened" by the disappearance...

Missing Sub Has 72 Hours of Oxygen Left

Oil slicks could instead point to a sign from crew, or disaster aboard KRI Nanggala-402

(Newser) - The clock is ticking to find an Indonesian Navy sub with 53 people on board, which has now been missing for more than 24 hours . The last contact came around 3am Wednesday as the sub was completing a torpedo drill north of Bali. Officials believe the crew, led by Marine...

Indonesian Sub Carrying 53 May Have Sunk Into Trench

Sub vanished north of Bali during torpedo drill early Wednesday

(Newser) - A submarine belonging to Indonesia's Navy has gone missing off the coast of Bali, with 53 people on board. The KRI Nanggala-402 sub was conducting a torpedo drill north of Bali early Wednesday when it vanished about 60 miles from shore, per Reuters and the BBC . The country has...

Indonesian Crash Investigators Find 'Needle in Haystack'

Dredging ship pulls up Sriwijaya Air Flight 182's memory module

(Newser) - On Jan. 9, a Boeing 737-500 crashed into the Java Sea , diving more than 10,000 feet in under a minute. It wasn't until March 30 that a potentially vital clue was found—and at the 11th hour. The New York Times reports the cockpit voice recorder's memory...

Newlyweds to Blame for Palm Sunday Church Bombing: Officials

Suicide bombers in Indonesia were married 6 months before attack in Makassar, authorities say

(Newser) - A recently married couple with suspected militant links used pressure cooker bombs to blow themselves up outside a Roman Catholic cathedral during Palm Sunday Mass, Indonesian officials said Monday. The attack wounded 20 people, including four church guards, and broke windows at the church and nearby buildings in Makassar, the...

Bombing as Mass Ends Leaves at Least 20 Wounded

Attackers at Indonesian cathedral set off explosion when guards approached

(Newser) - Two attackers rode a motorbike into a cathedral compound in Indonesia as Palm Sunday mass ended, setting off a bomb that injured at least 20 people. Police said the wounded include churchgoers and four security guards, Yahoo News reports. "We were finishing the service and people were going home...

Returning From Pilgrimage Site, Bus Plunges Into Ravine, Killing 27

Indonesia tragedy also left 39 injured

(Newser) - A tourist bus plunged into a ravine on Indonesia’s main island of Java after its brakes apparently malfunctioned, killing at least 27 people and injuring 39 others, police and rescuers said Thursday. The bus was carrying a group of Islamic junior high school students, teachers, and parents from the...

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