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Survival surfing: Indonesians riding the waves to beat tsunami trauma

Dec 24, 2019 - 1:02 PM

For some who lost entire families and communities to the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, surfing is a way to heal

SURVIVAL SURFING. This picture taken on December 9, 2019 shows Dery Setyawan, a survivor of the December 26, 2004 tsunami, carrying his surfboard after surfing on Lhoknga beach in Banda Aceh, Aceh province. Photo by Chaideer Mahyuddin/AFP

Indian warship drives away intruding Chinese vessel

Dec 04, 2019 - 12:35 PM

'Our stand is that if you have to do anything in our EEZ (exclusive economic zone), you have to notify us and take permission,' an Indian admiral tells reporters when asked about the intrusion

Indian Navy sailors unfurl the ensign after the destroyer INS Chennai was commissioned into the Indian Navy in Mumbai on November 21, 2016. Indian Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar has commissioned the ship 'Chennai' into the Indian Navy, the third ship of the indigenously designed Kolkata-class guided missile destroyers built by Mazgaon Dock Shipbuilders Ltd. INDRANIL MUKHERJEE / AFP

India and France hold biggest naval exercises – with one eye on China

May 11, 2019 - 10:32 AM

Without naming the Asian giant, India and France worry about China's growing economic clout and its territorial claims that have caused tensions in the South China Sea

EXERCISE. Technicians prepare to take out a French Rafale fighter jet from a hangar of the aircraft carrier "Charles de Gaulle" during a joint Indo-French naval exercise Varuna, in the Arabian sea, off Goa coast on May 9, 2019. Photo by Punit Paranjpe / AFP

2 dead, 6 missing after high-seas brawl on Taiwan fishing boat

Feb 21, 2019 - 11:29 PM

'A fight broke out when the chief officer hacked two of his crew to death in a disciplinary action dispute,' the Taiwan fisheries department says in a statement

Pro-hunting nations block whale sanctuary bid

Sep 12, 2018 - 3:37 PM

Pro-whaling Japan has voted against the project, backed by commercial whaling states Iceland and Norway, as well as Russia

RESEARCH. This undated handout picture released from the Instutute of Cetacean Research on November 18, 2014 shows a minke whale on the deck of a whaling ship for research whaling at Antarctic Ocean. Photo from The Institute of Cetacean Research / AFP

Magnitude 6.4 earthquake off eastern Indonesia, tsunami alert lifted

Mar 26, 2018 - 7:40 AM

The quake struck deep at some 171 kilometers (106 miles) below the earth's surface in the Banda Sea, the US Geological Survey says

Sea turtles' sad fate: From restaurant menus to plastic 'soup'

Dec 06, 2017 - 1:56 PM

Plastic ocean pollution is a key item on the menu for ministers from over 100 countries gathering in the Kenyan capital of Nairobi for a 3-day UN Environment Assembly

Objects spotted near suspected MH370 crash site – Australia

Aug 16, 2017 - 6:46 PM

Two new studies say photos taken by French military satellites two weeks after the plane s disappearance but not released to the public showed at least 70 identifiable objects floating close to the so called northern area

MH370 SEARCH. In this photo taken from a Royal New Zealand Airforce (RNZAF) P-3K2-Orion aircraft, co-pilot and Squadron Leader Brett McKenzie helps to look for objects during the search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, off Perth, Australia, April 13, 2014. Greg Wood/Pool/AFP

MH370: What's next in hunt for missing airliner

Jan 20, 2017 - 3:05 PM

After spending almost 3 years and US 150 million on a deep sea hunt for the Malaysian passenger jet in the remote Indian Ocean off western Australia top aviation investigators have been forced to admit they have come up with nothing

MH370. A relative of missing Chinese passengers aboard Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 that disappeared on March 8, 2014 cries before a meeting in Beijing on January 18, 2017, a day after authorities announced the end of search operations for the aircraft. File photo by AFP/Fred Dufour

Mauritius wing debris from missing MH370 – Australia

Oct 07, 2016 - 2:00 PM

UPDATED A part number was identified on a section of the debris says the Australian Transport Safety Bureau

MH370. An undated combo photo handout received on October 7, 2016, shows a trailing edge section of Boeing 777 left, outboard flap, originating from the Malaysian Airlines aircraft registered 9M-MRO (MH370), the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) says in a report. The piece of debris was found in Mauritius. Handout photo by ATSB/STR/AFP

Malaysia to host meeting on MH370 search plans

Jun 19, 2016 - 9:20 AM

Malaysia Australia and China have said they will call off the Australian lead hunt for the Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 if nothing is found in a designated search area in the remote Indian Ocean

An undated and unplaced handout photo obtained from the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) on December 3, 2015, shows Havila Harmony, one of three ships scouring the southern Indian Ocean for the remains of missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370. AFP PHOTO / FUGRO /ATSB

Wild weather delays completion of MH370 search

Jun 08, 2016 - 6:00 PM

Australia which is leading the search also warns that weather conditions may worsen further in the coming months

epa05200237 A candelight is seen against a commemorative placard for the missing passengers of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 , outside a church at Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia, 08 March 2016. Malaysia has not given up on finding the remains of missing flight MH370 within the current search remit, Prime Minister Najib Razak said on 08 March 2016, on the second anniversary of the flight's disappearance. Relatives of those on board have expressed concern that authorities might call off the search before the wreck and their loved ones' remains are located. The most extensive search in aviation history has failed to locate Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, which went missing on 08 March 2014 while en route from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, to Beijing, China, with 239 passengers and crew on board. Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 went missing on 08 March 2014 while en route from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, to Beijing, China, with 239 passengers and crew on board. Its search is the most expensive and expansive in aviation history. EPA/FAZRY ISMAIL

Search for MH370 likely to end by August

May 20, 2016 - 1:15 PM

The search zone has so far yielded no clues as to what happened aboard MH370 a scheduled flight that disappeared en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing in one of the most enduring mysteries in aviation history

UNTIL AUGUST. A file picture dated March  6, 2016 shows a woman writing messages for the passengers of missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 on a banner during a remembrance ceremony to mark the second anniversary of the plane's disappearance, in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. File photo by Fazry Ismail/EPA

Mozambique debris 'almost certainly from MH370' – Australia

Mar 24, 2016 - 11:10 AM

The hunt for the missing Malaysia Airlines flight is expected to wrap up in June July if the aircraft is not found in the target zone of 120 000 square kilometers

SEARCH FOR MH370. A file picture dated May 10, 2014 shows Malaysians posing behind a slogan reading 'Pray for MH370' made of candles during a vigil for the missing Malaysia Airlines passengers, in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. File photo by Azhar Rahim/EPA

Australia search team still 'hopeful' as MH370 hunt nears end

Mar 04, 2016 - 1:50 PM

Relatives of MH370 passengers have issued an emotional plea to keep searching beyond July with one group representing the families begging authorities not to simply chalk it up as an unsolvable mystery

MH370 families issue emotional plea for open-ended search

Mar 03, 2016 - 2:16 PM

The plea comes after a piece of suspected plane debris was found this week on the coast of Mozambique thousands of kilometers miles from the search zone

A Malaysia Airlines logo is pictured at Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) in Sepang on March 8, 2015. Mohd Rasfan/AFP

Indonesia quake, sanctions vs N. Korea, Manny Pacquiao | 12PM wRap

Mar 03, 2016 - 12:23 PM

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MH370 widow, sons sue Malaysia Airlines in Australia

Feb 24, 2016 - 5:07 PM

The family files a case under the 1999 Montreal Convention which establishes airline liability for accidents

epa04854228 Malaysia Airline aircrafts taxi at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) in Sepang outside Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 20 July 2015. 21 July 2015 marks 500 days missing of Malaysian Airlines flight MH370, which disappeared from radar en route from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Beijing, China with 239 people on board on 08 March 2014. EPA/FAZRY ISMAIL

China offers funds in search for missing MH370 plane

Nov 21, 2015 - 7:55 PM

During a visit in Malaysia Chinese Premier Li Keqiang pledges 14 5 million to help fund the continuing search for the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370

CONFIRMED. A file picture dated July 29, 2015 shows a piece of debris, later identified as a flaperon from the missing Malaysian Airlines Flight 370. Photo by ZINFOS974/EPA

MH370 families reject Malaysia's conclusion on plane debris

Aug 12, 2015 - 12:51 PM

UPDATED Voice 370 an international next of kin support group also reiterates its suspicion over the Malaysian government s handling of the jet s disappearance last year

THE LONG WAIT. Relatives of passengers on missing Malaysia Airlines MH370 wait outside the Malaysia Airlines office in Beijing on August 6, 2015. Greg Baker/AFP

MH370 debris, Binay vs Malacañang, China’s reclamation | 6PM wRap

Aug 06, 2015 - 6:21 PM

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Poe’s 2016 campaign, Veloso’s case, MH370 debris | 12PM wRap

Aug 06, 2015 - 12:17 PM

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Anger, disbelief from MH370 China relatives over debris

Aug 06, 2015 - 11:36 AM

Many Chinese relatives of MH370 passengers have consistently expressed beliefs that their loved ones are alive

THE LONG WAIT. Relatives of passengers on missing Malaysia Airlines MH370 wait outside the Malaysia Airlines office in Beijing on August 6, 2015. Greg Baker/AFP

Malaysia says plane debris is from MH370 wreckage

Aug 06, 2015 - 2:19 AM

UPDATED French prosecutors use more cautious language saying only there is a very high probability the wreckage came from MH370

World hopes for first clues to MH370 mystery

Aug 04, 2015 - 10:47 PM

UPDATED For the victims loved ones though any tangible piece of information is likely to help them in seeking closure

WASHED ASHORE. The remains of a car tyre and a plastic bottle lay among the large stones as members of the media work in the background on the beach near Saint-Denis, where the officials recovered the metallic piece of debris, on the north coast of the Indian Ocean island of Reunion, August 2, 2015. Stringer/EPA

Barnacles on wing part may help in hunt for MH370

Aug 04, 2015 - 3:55 PM

It s one bit of information that may help solve the puzzle And it will be a little bit of information that we didn t have before It s better than zero

A picture made available July 30, 2015 shows a piece of debris from an unidentified aircraft apparently washed ashore in Saint-Andre de la Reunion, eastern La Reunion island, France, July 29, 2015. Zinfos974/EPA

MH370 investigators meet in France ahead of wing analysis

Aug 03, 2015 - 3:50 PM

UPDATED The wing part will undergo physical and chemical analysis in the southern French city of Toulouse in a bid to prove beyond doubt that the flaperon once belonged to MH370

WASHED ASHORE. The remains of a car tyre and a plastic bottle lay among the large stones as members of the media work in the background on the beach near Saint-Denis, where the officials recovered the metallic piece of debris, on the north coast of the Indian Ocean island of Reunion, August 2, 2015. Stringer/EPA

Debris found not from MH370

Aug 03, 2015 - 12:14 AM

Locals on La Reunion island comb the shores since the wing part was found last July 29

Wing part arrives in France as MH370 link investigated

Aug 01, 2015 - 2:05 PM

UPDATED Experts will begin their analysis on August 5 If confirmed the discovery would mark the first breakthrough in a case that has baffled aviation experts for 16 months

MISSING PLANE. A picture made available July 30, 2015 shows officers carrying pieces of debris from an unidentified aircraft apparently washed ashore in Saint-Andre de la Reunion, eastern La Reunion island, France, July 29. File photo by Raymond Wae Tion/EPA

Aquino endorses Roxas, INC crisis, MH370 probe | 12PM wRap

Jul 31, 2015 - 1:38 PM

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What we know: The riddle of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370

Jul 30, 2015 - 8:34 PM

Here is what we know so far about MH370

A Malaysia Airlines logo is pictured at Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) in Sepang on March 8, 2015. Mohd Rasfan/AFP

Poe-Chiz tandem, China’s reclamation, Cecil the lion | 6PM wRap

Jul 30, 2015 - 5:30 PM

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Investigators scramble to analyze wreckage for MH370 link

Jul 30, 2015 - 6:56 AM

UPDATED The discovery fuel hopes in Malaysia and across the globe that one of aviation history s greatest mysteries could move closer to being solved but authorities and Malaysia Airlines warn against jumping to conclusions

MYSTERY. A policeman and a gendarme stand next to a piece of debris from an unidentified aircraft found in the coastal area of Saint-Andre de la Reunion, in the east of the French Indian Ocean island of La Reunion, on July 29, 2015. Yannick Pitou/AFP

MH370 search zone to double if nothing found – officials

Apr 16, 2015 - 3:43 PM

UPDATED The Indian Ocean search zone will be expanded to 120 000 square kilometers 46 300 square miles if the current area comes up empty

STILL SEARCHING. In this file photo, Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF) P-3K2 Orion Co-pilot Brett McKenzie looking out the flight deck for missing Malaysian Airlines flight MH370 over the southern Indian Ocean, 29 March 2014. Jason Reed/Pool/EPA

Chinese MH370 relatives mark anniversary under police gaze

Mar 08, 2015 - 2:49 PM

Relatives say they have faced harassment from authorities in their own country as they seek answers on the world s biggest aviation mystery

GRIEF. Two relatives of passengers of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 cry as they arrive at the Yonghegong Lama Temple for prayers, in Beijing, China, 08 March 2015. Rolex dela Pena/EPA

Malaysia 'hopeful' to find MH370 a year after crash

Mar 08, 2015 - 11:03 AM

UPDATED Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak says his country remains committed to the search for flight MH370 a year after it went missing

A YEAR AFTER. A man passes by the Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 mural at Shah Alam outside Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on March 6, 2015. Photo by Fazry Ismail/EPA

'Back to drawing board' if MH370 search fails, Malaysia says

Mar 07, 2015 - 4:01 PM

Malaysia transport minister s comment echoes Australia s statement which raised doubts about an open ended search for the aircraft

PLANES. Young passengers take a picture of Malayisa Airline aircraft using their mobile phone at Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) in Sepang outside Kuala Lumpur. Ahmad Yusni/EPA

India clears $8B warships project to counter Chinese navy

Feb 19, 2015 - 9:45 AM

It comes just months after ordering new submarines to close the gap with the Chinese navy in the Indian Ocean

A general view of India's largest indigenously built warship, Indian Naval Ship (INS) Kolkata, a guided-missile destroyer, at the Naval Dockyard in Mumbai, India, 16 August 2014. Divyakant Solanki/EPA

Australian PM criticized for Indonesia tsunami aid 'reminder'

Feb 18, 2015 - 5:17 PM

Indonesian Foreign Ministry spokesman Arrmanatha Nasir says he hopes the prime minister s remarks did not reflect the true colors of Australians

Indonesian Foreign Affairs Minister Retno Marsudi. File photo by AFP

Australia PM to Indonesia: Remember how we helped

Feb 18, 2015 - 9:45 AM

If the Bali Nine pair are executed Abbott says Australia will be letting Indonesia know in absolutely unambiguous terms that we feel grievously let down

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott speaks to the media in Sydney, Australia, 23 December 2014. File photo by EPA

Maisarah: selamat dari tsunami karena nyangkut di pohon Palem

Dec 27, 2014 - 9:38 PM

Istri pendiri Aliansi Jurnalis Independen AJI Aceh ini kehilangan suami dan tiga anak Kisahnya selamat dari tsunami menggetarkan hati

A decade on, tourist survivors revisit tsunami-hit Thai beaches

Dec 27, 2014 - 1:40 PM

Foreign tourist survivors of the 2004 tsunami that hit Thailand revisit to seek recovery and solace

How the 2004 Asian tsunami helped the Philippines

Dec 26, 2014 - 8:15 PM

Unknown to many the December 2004 tsunami had a big and positive impact on the Philippines

Aceh anugerahkan gelar ‘Sri Paduka Tuan Seberang’ pada 35 negara

Dec 26, 2014 - 7:04 PM

Tiga puluh lima negara dianugerahi gelar Sri Paduka Tuan Seberang karena telah membantu Aceh membangun kembali daerahnya Namun penganugerahan itu tak bisa disaksikan semua masyarakat Aceh

TSUNAMI ACEH. Foto perbandingan kondisi sebuah daerah di Aceh, sebelum dan sesudah diterjang tsunami/Rappler

Kisah Bidan Asma, menolong kelahiran untuk mengobati duka

Dec 26, 2014 - 6:13 PM

Hari ini satu dekade lalu Bidan Asma kehilangan empat dari lima anak anaknya Kini dia menyibukkan diri mengurusi pasien diabetes dan pergi ke sekolah mengajar anak anak soal kesehatan

TSUNAMI DI MEULABOH. Sisa-sisa terjangan tsunami di Meulaboh, Aceh. Foto diambil pada 6 Januari 2005. EPA/MAST IRHAM

IN PHOTOS: Remembering the 2004 tsunami

Dec 26, 2014 - 4:52 PM

Images from the commemoration of the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami from across the region

VICTIMS. Thai Buddhist monks sit next to portraits of tsunami victims during the buddhist ceremony on the the ten year anniversary of the Boxing Day Tsunami at the Tsunami Memorial Park at Baan Nam Khem, Phang Nga province in southern Thailand, 26 December 2014. Narong Sangnak/EPA

The wRap Indonesia: Dec. 26, 2014

Dec 26, 2014 - 3:17 PM

The 10th anniversary of the Indian ocean tsunami a shocking case of migrant worker abuse in Malaysia a new ISIS video and more

Screengrab from the new ISIS video circulating in Indonesia.

Sri Lanka train guard mourns tsunami dead 10 years on

Dec 26, 2014 - 3:01 PM

UPDATED The Ocean Queen Express train is a symbol of the 2004 disaster in Sri Lanka and is at the center of commemorations for the country s 31 000 victims

SYMBOLIC. A commemorative banner placed on a train compartment that was swept away during the 2004 tsunami and later retrieved and restored, as the Ocean Queen Express prepares to set off from the Colombo Fort railway station in Colombo on December 26, 2014. Ishara S. Kodikara/AFP

Jusuf Kalla dan ombak perdamaian di Aceh

Dec 26, 2014 - 12:13 PM

Hari ini JK memimpin peringatan 10 tahun tsunami di Banda Aceh Dia melihat Aceh yang berubah Membangun kembali dengan lebih baik Ada ekses tapi sulit dipungkiri bahwa kerja JK di serambi Aceh fenomenal

JUSUF KALLA. Joko Widodo memberikan selamat pada Jusuf Kalla sebagai pasangannya dalam Pemilu Presiden 2014 lalu. Foto oleh by Mast Irham/EPA

Ibu penjual roti: Bangkit dari kehancuran tsunami Aceh

Dec 26, 2014 - 11:41 AM

Kisah inspiratif seorang korban tsunami Aceh yang berhasil bangkit dari nol dan sekarang sudah menjadi pengusaha roti dengan omset Rp 25 juta per hari

Nelly Nurila membangun kembali bisnis rotinya setelah ditimpa musibah tsunami Aceh.