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

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...

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...

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...

Man Fleeing Wild Dog Is Trapped in Well for 6 Days

Ukrainian man Roberts Jacob Matthews spent 6 days in it

(Newser) - A Ukrainian man who fell into an abandoned well and broke his leg while being chased by a wild dog on Indonesia’s tourist island of Bali was rescued after being trapped for nearly a week, police said Monday. Roberts Jacob Matthews, 29, stumbled into the nearly empty 13-foot-deep concrete...

No, This Is Not Legit Carry-On Luggage

Russian busted trying to smuggle a drugged orangutan out of Bali in his luggage

(Newser) - In theory, Russian tourist Andrei Zhestkov's plan to smuggle an orangutan out of Bali was ... not great. In execution, it ended exactly as you might expect: With airport scanners somehow failing to miss the 2-year-old sleeping primate in his luggage, and Zhestkov facing smuggling charges that could net him...

Lacking 'Quality' Tourists, Bali Mulls New Restrictions

Too many people are disrespecting temples

(Newser) - Tourists. They don't make them like they used to. At least that's what officials in Bali think. "The quality of tourists is now different from before," Bali's deputy governor, Cok Ace, said this week during a regional council meeting, per the Guardian . And by different,...

Scores Dead After Island's 2nd Strong Quake in a Week

Lombok death toll is 91, expected to rise

(Newser) - Rescuers still haven't reached some devastated parts of the Indonesian tourist island of Lombok after a powerful earthquake flattened houses and toppled bridges, killing at least 91 people and shaking neighboring Bali, authorities said Monday. The death toll is expected to rise. It was the second deadly quake in...

After Fight With Mom, Kid Gives Himself Bali Getaway

Australian 12-year-old steals credit card, flies to posh resort in Indonesia

(Newser) - A 12-year-old Australian boy has pulled off a bold feat that is drawing international headlines: He stole his mom's credit card and managed to fly to Bali, Indonesia, for a posh, four-day vacation before getting caught, reports 9 News . As recounted in the Australian program A Current Affair, the...

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...

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...

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...

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,...

Bali Volcano Sputters to Life
Bali Volcano Sputters to Life

Bali Volcano Sputters to Life

Airport closes, flights canceled as ash spews 13K feet in air

(Newser) - A volcano on the Indonesian island of Bali rumbled to life with eruptions that dusted nearby resorts and villages with ash and forced the closure of the small international airport on neighboring Lombok island as towering gray plumes drifted east. Mount Agung erupted Saturday evening and three times early Sunday,...

A Midflight Discovery by Wife, Then ... Chaos

Angry woman got flight diverted after finding out about husband's alleged affair

(Newser) - Pro tip: If you're going to investigate your husband's phone on the suspicion he may be cheating on you, maybe don't do it while thousands of feet in the air. A woman—who, authorities say, had had a few drinks—on a Qatar Airways flight from Doha,...

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...

Pair Guilty of Killing Mom, Stuffing Her in Suitcase

Bali convicts Chicago couple of battering woman's mom to death on vacation

(Newser) - An Indonesian court found an American couple guilty of premeditated murder and sentenced them to prison today in the death of the woman's mother on the resort island of Bali. The Denpasar District Court sentenced Tommy Schaefer to 18 years in prison and Heather Mack to 10 years for...

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...

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...

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...

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