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She Raved About LGBT Lifestyle. Now She's Been Deported

American Kristen Gray deported from Bali, accused of "spreading information that could unsettle public"

(Newser) - For Kristen Gray, Bali proved to be a dream come true, and the 28-year-old American wanted to share that dream—specifically, how the island is tolerant toward the LGBT community and Black visitors like her, and how others should move there. The Indonesian government, however, didn't exactly appreciate her...

Strong Quake Kills Dozens in Indonesia

Many others are trapped in collapsed buildings

(Newser) - A strong, shallow earthquake shook Indonesia's Sulawesi island just after midnight, toppling homes and buildings, triggering landslides and killing at least 34 people. More than 600 people were injured during the magnitude 6.2 quake early Friday, which sent people fleeing their homes in the darkness, the AP reports....

This Drawing of a Pig Might Be Historic

Study suggests image in Indonesian cave is oldest known depiction of an animal

(Newser) - An ancient artist ventured into an Indonesian cave 45,000 years ago and used primitive paint to sketch pigs on the ceiling. In a study at Science Advances , archaeologists have now declared the painting to be the oldest depiction of animals known in history, reports Smithsonian Magazine . The scene depicts...

Plane Didn't Fly for 9 Months. Then, 132 Recent Flights and a Crash

Expert suggests Boeing 737 used for Sriwijaya Air Flight 182 deteriorated in storage

(Newser) - The unexplained crash of Sriwijaya Air Flight 182 in Indonesia has raised concerns for other planes around the world amid the coronavirus pandemic. Though the 26-year-old Boeing 737-500 had been cleared to fly—with a certificate of airworthiness valid until Dec. 17, 2021, per the New York Times —the...

Plane Crashed 300 Feet From 'Shocked' Fisherman

Flight data recorder has been found

(Newser) - Searchers have found clothing, body parts, parts of the fuselage, and now, one of two black boxes aboard the Boeing 737 that crashed into the Java Sea on Saturday. The flight data recorder has been recovered, while officials continue to search for the cockpit voice recorder, reports the BBC . The...

Socialite Books Entire Plane to Avoid COVID

Richard Muljadi took social distancing to an extreme

(Newser) - A Jakarta man who wanted to fly to Bali but feared COVID decided to take social distancing to an extreme. Per India Today , socialite Richard Muljadi bought out an entire flight in order to fly to the vacation island with some peace of mind along with his wife, Shalvynne Chang....

Divers Make Grim Discovery After Indonesia Plane Crash

Body parts, wreckage found in Java Sea

(Newser) - Indonesian divers on Sunday located parts of the wreckage of a Boeing 737-500 at a depth of 75 feet in the Java Sea, a day after the aircraft with 62 people onboard crashed shortly after takeoff from Jakarta, per the AP . Air Chief Marshal Hadi Tjahjanto said in a statement...

Flight Took Off With 62 On Board. Then, a Blank Radar

Indonesia loses contact with Boeing 737 over Java Sea

(Newser) - A Boeing 737 with 56 passengers and six crew members fell off the radar Saturday just minutes after taking off from the Indonesian capital of Jakarta. Per the New York Times , the nation's Transportation Ministry says Sriwijaya Air Flight 182 disappeared over the Java Sea, with the last contact...

Horrors Befall the Women Who Make Beauty Products Possible

The AP investigates the palm oil industry

(Newser) - A 16-year-old girl recalls how her boss raped her amid the tall trees on an Indonesian palm oil plantation that feeds into some of the world’s best-known cosmetic brands. At another plantation, a woman named Ola complains of fevers, coughing, and nose bleeds after years of spraying dangerous pesticides...

Anti-Maskers Face a Spooky Punishment

Some have been forced to dig graves, sit in coffins in Indonesia

(Newser) - Indonesia is dealing out spooky punishments to anti-maskers, some of whom have been forced to dig graves, sit in coffins, and stay in "haunted" houses. "There are only three available gravediggers at the moment, so I thought I might as well put these people to work with them,...

2 Massive Earthquakes Have a Hidden Cause

A new study looks deep below the Indian Ocean

(Newser) - Looks like scientists have uncovered the source of two huge earthquakes—a fracture in a tectonic plate that's slowly breaking apart, LiveScience reports. A new study says two massive undersea quakes near Indonesia, magnitude-8.6 and 8.2, were likely caused by a breakup in the India-Australia-Capricorn plate in...

US Pilot Dies Flying COVID Test Kits to Villagers

Joyce Lin is killed in remote Indonesia

(Newser) - A pilot in a small plane went down in a remote part of Indonesia last week, and the fatal crash is making headlines in the US. It turns out the pilot, the sole person on the plane, was an American missionary named Joyce Lin who was flying COVID-19 test kits...

A Volcano Reawakens, Leaving Locals 'Traumatized'

Indonesia's Anak Krakatau, which spurred deadly 2018 tsunami in the Krakatoa crater, has erupted

(Newser) - In December 2018, hundreds of people died when a section of the Anak Krakatau island volcano, located in Indonesia's Krakatoa crater, collapsed, setting off a deadly tsunami . Now, there's new activity from the volcano, with the longest eruption noted since the 2018 disaster. The AP reports that Anak...

Welcome to the World of Coronavirus Shaming

For Bella Lamilla's loved ones, grief is compounded by people's intolerance

(Newser) - Bella Lamilla was hospitalized in terrible shape, but did she know what others were saying? One hopes not. "It was ugly," says her great-nephew. "It hurt a lot." That's because Lamilla, Ecuador's "patient zero," was ripped apart on social media for contracting...

This Crocodile Is in Need of a Brave but Good Samaritan

Indonesia officials are offering a reward to free reptile from tire

(Newser) - Got a death wish? Head to Indonesia, where officials are looking for a person willing to free a 13-foot crocodile from the tire wrapped around its neck. The croc was first spotted, wearing the motorcycle tire like a necklace, in the Palu River of Central Sulawesi in 2016, reports CNN...

15 Years Later, Tsunami's Toll Remains Mind-Boggling

Survivors mark anniversary of disaster that claimed 230K lives in Indonesia, other nations

(Newser) - "It still haunts me." The line from 28-year-old Thai resident Suwanne Maliwan to Reuters expresses a common sentiment Thursday, the 15th anniversary of the Indian Ocean tsunami that claimed 230,000 lives. Maliwan, for instance, lost both her parents and five other relatives. "Sometimes I dream that...

This Cave Art May Be a Game Changer

Depiction of hunt in Indonesia could date back 44K years, the oldest one yet

(Newser) - The history of art just got an update. A large cave drawing in Indonesia has been dated back 44,000 years, which would make it the oldest known cave art in existence. But that date would also make it "the oldest pictorial record of storytelling and the earliest figurative...

He Helped Introduce Flogging Laws, Gets Flogged Himself

Mukhlis bin Muhammad was reportedly caught having affair in Aceh, Indonesia

(Newser) - A religious leader and employee of an organization that helped draft strict religious laws in the Indonesian province of Aceh, including those in favor of public flogging, was himself flogged for adultery on Thursday. Aceh Ulema Council (MPU) member Mukhlis bin Muhammad was whipped 28 times after he was reportedly...

Indonesia Chooses Island for New Capital

It's moving from Java to Borneo

(Newser) - Indonesia's president has announced that the country's capital will be moved from overcrowded, sinking, and polluted Jakarta to East Kalimantan province. President Joko Widodo told a news conference Monday the decision to choose the province on the Indonesian side of Borneo island, which is shared with Malaysia and...

500-Mile Trek for Environment Has Unusual Twist

Indonesia's Medi Bastoni will be doing it backward, with the help of a rearview mirror

(Newser) - He's walking backward for a month in the hope of moving forward with forest conservation. The Guardian has the story of Medi Bastoni, an Indonesian man who set out Thursday to walk 500 miles in reverse from his village of Dono in East Java to the State Palace in...

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