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Activists board ship off Spain in palm oil protest – Greenpeace

Nov 18, 2018 - 5:30 AM

According to Greenpeace, the ship is carrying 'dirty palm oil' products, or those linked to mass deforestation

PROTEST. Greenpeace activists board a tanker ship transporting palm oil from Wilmar, the largest palm oil producer in the world. Photo from Greenpeace Spain's Facebook page

Boeing issues advice over sensors after Lion Air plane crash

Nov 08, 2018 - 8:17 AM

The plane maker says local aviation officials believe pilots might have been given wrong information by the plane's automated systems before the fatal crash

This handout photo taken by Pertamina Hulu Energy and released on October 29, 2018 via the Twitter account of Sutopo Purwo Nugroho from Indonesia's National Disaster Mitigation Agency shows personnel looking at items believed to be from the wreckage of the Lion Air flight JT 610, recovered off the coast of Indonesia's Java island after the Boeing crashed into the sea. Photo handout from Pertamina Hulu Energy via National Disaster Mitigation Agency/AFP

Passengers create stink over pungent planeload of durian

Nov 07, 2018 - 1:58 PM

The airline admits it was carrying more than two tons of durian but insists they posed no danger to the flight, adding the smell would dissipate once the aircraft took off

Diver dies in search for Indonesia jet crash dead

Nov 03, 2018 - 2:04 PM

(UPDATED) Forty-eight-year-old Syachrul Anto dies in a search for the bodies of those aboard the Lion Air plane crash

RESCUER DEAD. Syachrul Anto, 48, dies while trying to search for the bodies of the ill-fated Lion Air flight JT 610. File photo shows two Indonesian policemen examining debris of JT 610 in Jakarta. Photo by Adek Berry/AFP

Search teams recover chairs, wheels from Lion Air plane crash site

Nov 02, 2018 - 12:55 PM

Divers are searching an area about 25-35 meters deep, but have been finding fewer body parts than earlier in the week

'Black box' recovered from crashed Lion Air plane

Nov 01, 2018 - 1:22 PM

The devices record information about the speed, altitude and direction of the plane as well as flight crew conversations and could hold vital clues to the cause of the deadly accident

BLACK BOX. This picture from Indonesia media agency 'detikcom' shows officials displaying part of the ill-fated Lion Air flight JT 610's black box, an FDR (flight data recorder), after it was recovered from the Java Sea, during search operations in the waters off Karawang on November 1, 2018. Photo by Pradita Utama/Detikcom/AFP

Indonesia military chief 'strongly believes' crashed Lion Air plane found

Oct 31, 2018 - 12:00 PM

Using sonar technology, Hadi Tjahjanto says authorities are confident they have pinpointed the location of the Boeing 737-MAX plane that plunged into the sea on October 29

INSPECTION. Indonesia's President Joko Widodo (L), Indonesia's Minister of Transportation Budi Karya Sumadi (C), and National Search and Rescue head Muhammad Syaugi (R) inspect recovered debris from the ill-fated Lion Air flight JT 610 while touring the operations center at a port in northern Jakarta on October 30, 2018. Photo by Adek Berry/AFP

Crashed Lion Air plane: What we know

Oct 30, 2018 - 3:30 PM

Here is what we know so far about the Lion Air crash and the investigation

IDENTIFICATION. Indonesian police and SAR personnel identify personal items of passengers of the ill-fated Lion Air flight JT 610 at the Jakarta port on October 30, 2018. Photo by Adek Berry/AFP

More body parts found from crashed Lion Air plane

Oct 30, 2018 - 11:38 AM

(UPDATED) The accident has resurrected concerns about the patchy safety record of Indonesia's aviation industry

DEBRIS. A boat sails in the background as debris from the ill-fated Lion Air flight JT 610 floats at sea in the waters north of Karawang, West Java province, on October 29, 2018. Photo by Adek Berry/AFP

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Oct 29, 2018 - 11:28 PM

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Indonesian Lion Air plane crashes into sea with 189 passengers, crew

Oct 29, 2018 - 12:16 PM

(5th UPDATE) Disaster agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho tweets pictures of debris, including what appeared to be an emergency slide and various parts of a smashed mobile phone

This handout photo taken by Pertamina Hulu Energy and released on October 29, 2018 via the Twitter account of Sutopo Purwo Nugroho from Indonesia's National Disaster Mitigation Agency shows personnel looking at items believed to be from the wreckage of the Lion Air flight JT 610, recovered off the coast of Indonesia's Java island after the Boeing crashed into the sea. Handout photo by Pertamina Hulu Energy/AFP

188 passengers, crew onboard missing Indonesia jet – official

Oct 29, 2018 - 10:49 AM

(4th UPDATE) 'The aircraft was carrying 178 adult passengers, one child and two babies, with two pilots and five flight attendants,' says Sindu Rahayu, directorate general of Civil Aviation at the transport ministry

LION AIR. A Lion Air commercial plane lands at the Mutiara Sis Al Jufri airport in Palu, Indonesia's Central Sulawesi on October 7, 2018. File photo by Adek Berry/AFP

A month on, Indonesia's quake-tsunami hit city faces health crisis

Oct 27, 2018 - 1:06 PM

Aid groups say there has been an increase in cases of diarrhea and respiratory infection, while there are also suspected cases of mosquito-borne illnesses, including malaria and dengue fever

DISASTER. An aerial view shows the earthquake and tsunami devasted neighbouhood in Palu, Indonesia's Central Sulawesi on October 1, 2018. File photo by Jewel Samad/AFP

Indonesia drops disinfectant on quake-hit Palu

Oct 18, 2018 - 9:56 PM

Indonesia’s disaster mitigation agency says helicopters began dousing the areas with disinfectant to prevent flies, cockroaches, and rats from spreading disease

SPRAY. A helicopter operated by Indonesia's Disaster Management Agency sprays disinfectant to sterilize an area, affected by liquefaction due to the September 28 earthquake and where thousands are still feared buried, in Palu on October 18, 2018. Photo by Muhammad Rifki/AFP

Why Philippines and Indonesia are prone to natural hazards

Oct 18, 2018 - 7:35 PM

Just like Indonesia, the Philippines has a big earthquake looming in its future. This raises an important question: what makes the Philippines and Indonesia prone to natural hazards?

World Bank offers disaster-hit Indonesia $1 billion in loans

Oct 14, 2018 - 2:59 PM

World Bank CEO Kristalina Georgieva says the funds could be used for reconstruction and the country's disaster resilience efforts

AFTERMATH. A man walks past vehicle wreckage as a collapsed mosque is seen in the background in Palu, Indonesia's Central Sulawesi on September 30, 2018, following the September 28 earthquake and tsunami. Photo by Adek Berry/AFP

[OPINYON] Yogyakarta Diaries: Pero binabagabag pa rin ako ng komedya sa Pilipinas

Oct 14, 2018 - 8:00 AM

Mabubusog na naman tayo sa pangako habang paparami nang paparami ang nahihirapang tugunan ang totoong pagkagutom

Zero to hero: PH achieves historic 10-gold haul in Asian Para Games

Oct 13, 2018 - 8:18 PM

Swimmer Ernie Gawilan and chess player Sander Severino banner the Philippine para team's golden breakthrough

At least 22 dead in Indonesia floods and landslides

Oct 13, 2018 - 6:04 PM

At least 17 people are confirmed killed in the last 3 days in North Sumatra province, while 5 others are killed in West Sumatra

LANDSLIDE. A woman with a suitcase makes her way along a destroyed road in Palu in Indonesia's Central Sulawesi on October 2, 2018, after an earthquake and tsunami hit the area on September 28. Photo by Jewel Samad/AFP

PH caps Asian Para Games campaign with golden spree

Oct 12, 2018 - 9:11 PM

The country hikes its gold medal haul to 10 – a major turnaround from its zero-gold finish in previous editions

CHAMP. Arthus Bucay races his way to a gold medal in the 2018 Asian Para Games. Photo by Janet Tenorio/Philippine Sports Commission


UN chief tours tsunami-hit Indonesian city as survivors pray

Oct 12, 2018 - 9:07 PM

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres toured Balaroa, where barely a vertical structure remained

Indonesian Muslims hold a mass prayer at Talise village in Palu on October 12, 2018, following the September 28 earthquake and tsunami that hit the area. United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on October 12 visited the disaster-ravaged Indonesian city of Palu, where an earthquake and tsunami killed 2,000 people and left thousands more missing, presumed dead. YUSUF WAHIL / AFP

'Winter is coming,' Indonesian leader warns amid economic gloom

Oct 12, 2018 - 3:08 PM

Joko Widodo's offbeat reference to the wildly popular show draw applause from the audience attending the annual meetings of the International Monetary Fund and World Bank in Bali

'WINTER IS COMING.' Indonesia President Joko Widodo delivers his speech at the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and World Bank annual meetings in Nusa Dua, on Indonesia's resort island of Bali on October 12, 2018. Photo by Sonny Tumbelaka/AFP

Indonesia calls off grim search for dead in quake-tsunami

Oct 11, 2018 - 2:35 PM

More than 2,000 bodies have been recovered since the twin disaster on Sulawesi island

AFTERMATH. A quake survivor salvages items from the debris of a house in Wani in Indonesia's Central Sulawesi on October 3, 2018, after an earthquake and tsunami hit the area on September 28. File photo by Jewel Samad/AFP

3 dead, IMF summit shaken as strong earthquake hits Indonesia

Oct 11, 2018 - 8:03 AM

(UPDATED) Some attendees in Bali for the International Monetary Fund and World Bank annual meetings this week evacuated their hotels as the quake shook the island

Winnie the Pooh brings laughter to Indonesian quake kids

Oct 09, 2018 - 3:03 PM

Volunteers are cheering up children across Palu with songs and games as the youngsters come to grips with a city hollowed out and twisted by nature.

WINNIE THE POOH. Indonesian children hug a Winnie the Pooh character as they attend a trauma healing program at a shelter in Palu, Indonesia's Central Sulawesi on October 8, 2018, following the September 28 earthquake and tsunami. Photo by Adek Berry/AFP

Monuments to remember dead and missing in quake-ravaged Indonesia

Oct 09, 2018 - 2:00 AM

Memorials will be erected at Balaroa, Petobo and Jono Oge outside Palu where liquefaction engulfed entire villages

An aerial view shows the earthquake and tsunami devasted neighbourhood in Palu, Indonesia's Central Sulawesi on October 1, 2018. The death toll from the Indonesian quake-tsunami nearly doubled to 832 but was expected to rise further after a disaster that has left the island of Sulawesi reeling. / AFP PHOTO / JEWEL SAMAD

PH hauls in another gold, bronze in Asian Para Games

Oct 08, 2018 - 9:21 PM

After ending its gold-medal drought in the quadrennial showcase, the Philippines adds another one for a total of 6 medals after Day 2

MEDAL HAUL. The Philippines now has two gold, two silver and two bronze medals heading into Day 3 of the 2018 Asian Para Games.


Duterte to visit Bali for October 11 meeting with ASEAN leaders

Oct 08, 2018 - 11:21 AM

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte is expected to have a bilateral meeting with Indonesian President Joko Widodo in Bali, Indonesia

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and Indonesia President Joko Widodo engage in a conversation prior to the signing ceremony at the Malacañan Palace on April 28, 2017 following a successful bilateral meeting. Malacañan Photo

More bodies found as death toll from Indonesia earthquake nears 2000

Oct 08, 2018 - 11:07 AM

The death toll from the twin disaster on Sulawesi island that erased whole suburbs in Palu has reached 1,944, says local military spokesman M. Thohir.

THE DEAD OF PALU. People attempt to identify the bodies of their relatives at the compounds of a police hospital in Palu, Indonesia's Central Sulawesi on September 30, 2018, following a strong earthquake in the area. File photo by Bay Ismoyo/AFP

5,000 believed missing from Indonesia earthquake, tsunami

Oct 07, 2018 - 6:23 PM

Indonesia's disaster agency said they have recovered 1,763 bodies so far from the 7.5-magnitude and subsequent tsunami

SEARCHING. A quake survivor looks for salvageable items from the debris of a factory complex in Palu, Indonesia's Central Sulawesi on October 3, 2018, after an earthquake and tsunami hit the area on September 28. Photo by Jewel Samad/AFP

Children born aboard floating hospital in quake aftermath

Oct 06, 2018 - 7:06 PM

A miracle arrives out of the blue in devastated Palu port – the KRI Dr Soeharso, an Indonesian naval ship, kitted out with a top-rate medical clinic

BIRTH. Indonesian Dinar, 38-year-old, tends to her newborn baby named after the KRI floating hospital Dian Suharsi On the floating hospital in Pantoloan on October 6, 2018. Photo by Adek Berry/AFP

The week in photos: September 29-October 5, 2018

Oct 06, 2018 - 5:46 PM

This week's selection of photo highlights here and around the world

SURFER DUDES. Dogs ride a wave in tandem during the 10th annual Surf City Surf Dog contest in Huntington Beach, California on September 29, 2018. Photo by Frederic J. Brown/AFP

Disease fears as more bodies found in Indonesia disaster

Oct 06, 2018 - 5:32 PM

There are fears that vast numbers of decomposing bodies could still be buried beneath Petobo and Balaroa – two areas virtually wiped off the map

WIPED. Mass graves were being readied on October 1, 2018 for hundreds of victims of the Indonesian quake and tsunami as authorities battled to stave off disease and reach desperate people still trapped under shattered buildings. Photo by Jewel Samad/AFP

Will Indonesia ride-hailing giant Go-Jek enter PH?

Oct 06, 2018 - 5:00 PM

The multibillion-dollar firm plans to introduce ride-hailing services for sedans, SUVs, AUVs, and taxis in 3 Philippine cities as part of its $500-million overseas expansion drive

Last-ditch search for survivors as Indonesia disaster toll tops 1,500

Oct 05, 2018 - 2:15 PM

After days of delays, international aid has finally started to arrive in the disaster zone, where the UN says almost 200,000 people are in need of humanitarian assistance

AFTERMATH. A quake survivor searches for salvageable items from the debris of a factory complex in Palu, Indonesia's Central Sulawesi on October 3, 2018, after an earthquake and tsunami hit the area on September 28. Photo by Jewel Samad/AFP

DFA finds missing Filipino inmate after Indonesia earthquake

Oct 04, 2018 - 6:25 PM

A native of Sulu, the Filipino inmate says he 'had permission from the warden...to seek refuge at his friend's place after the prison wall collapsed'

Indonesia earthquake: Cancer-stricken disaster spokesperson battles on

Oct 04, 2018 - 4:26 PM

'Illness or death is in God's hands, but while I'm still alive I still want to do my best to serve others,' says Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, who has Stage IV lung cancer

UPDATES. This photo taken on October 2, 2018 shows Indonesia's disaster agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho (R) addressing the media during a press conference in Jakarta on the latest updates following the powerful earthquake and tsunami which hit Central Sulawesi. Photo by Goh Chai Hin/AFP

Indonesia earthquake: Kids traumatized as rescuers race against clock

Oct 04, 2018 - 1:06 PM

(UPDATED) According to Save the Children, many youngsters are sleeping on the streets among ruins in Palu, and authorities urgently need to identify and reunite them with their relatives

REFUGE. Children pose in front of a tent on a field of a mosque where they took refuge in Palu, Indonesia's Central Sulawesi on October 1, 2018, after an earthquake and tsunami hit the area on September 28. File photo by Jewel Samad/AFP

Indonesian soldiers ordered to fire on looters in disaster zone

Oct 03, 2018 - 10:27 PM

An official of the local military says soldiers had now been given orders to shoot people spotted stealing from shops

Indonesian soldiers bury quake victims in a mass grave in Poboya in Indonesia's Central Sulawesi on October 2, 2018, after an earthquake and tsunami hit the area on September 28. The Indonesian government on October 2 said the death toll from a devastating quake-tsunami on the island of Sulawesi had risen to 1,234 people, up from the previous count of 844. / AFP PHOTO / JEWEL SAMAD

Time running out for survivors as Indonesia toll tops 1,400

Oct 03, 2018 - 8:13 PM

Indonesian authorities set a tentative deadline of Friday, October 5, to find anyone still trapped under rubble, at which point the chances of finding survivors will dwindle to almost zero

A man (L) walks past vehicle wreckage as a collapsed mosque is seen in the background in Palu, Indonesia's Central Sulawesi on September 30, 2018, following the September 28 earthquake and tsunami. The death toll from a powerful earthquake and tsunami in Indonesia leapt to 832 on September 30, as stunned people on the stricken island of Sulawesi struggled to find food and water and looting spread. / AFP PHOTO / ADEK BERRY

Why Indonesia's tsunamis are so deadly

Oct 03, 2018 - 5:33 PM

A combination of plate tectonic in the region, the shape of the coastline, vulnerable communities, and a less-than-robust early warning system all combine to make Indonesian tsunamis especially dangerous

DEADLY DISASTER. A man carries the body of a child after an earthquake and tsunami hit Palu, on Sulawesi island on September 29, 2018. File photo by Muhammad Rifki/AFP

Indonesia's Mount Soputan erupts on tsunami-hit island

Oct 03, 2018 - 3:57 PM

The state disaster agency warns people to stay at least 4 kilometers away but says there is no need to evacuate for the time being

MOUNT SOPUTAN. This handout picture taken and released on October 3, 2018 by Indonesia's National Agency for Disaster Management (BNPB) shows Soputan volcano erupting ash up to 4,000 metres above the crater, as seen from Pinabetengan in Southeast Minahasa, North Sulawesi Province. AFP PHOTO / National Agency for Disaster Management (BNPB)

Indonesia tsunami worsened by shape of Palu bay – scientists

Oct 03, 2018 - 2:18 PM

Experts say at least 3 factors caused the deadly waves that ravaged the Indonesian city of Palu

AFTERMATH. Residents trying to salvage belongings from their homes which collapsed after an earthquake and tsunami hit Palu on Sulawesi island on September 29, 2018. File photo by Muhammad Rifki/AFP

U.N. says needs are 'vast' in Indonesia as toll nears 1,400

Oct 03, 2018 - 11:29 AM

Survivors are battling thirst and hunger, with food and clean water in short supply, and local hospitals are overwhelmed by the number of injured

HELP NEEDED. Earthquake-affected people wait for an evacuation flight by the Indonesian military at the airport in Palu, Indonesia's Central Sulawesi on September 30, 2018, following the September 28 earthquake and tsunami. File photo by Adek Berry/AFP

3 Filipino missionaries safe after latest Indonesia earthquake

Oct 02, 2018 - 9:11 PM

In an earlier earthquake, a Filipino detainee 'is reported to have joined the mass jailbreak after the prison was damaged,' says the Department of Foreign Affairs

Indonesia clamps down on looting as death toll tops 1,200

Oct 02, 2018 - 3:08 PM

Almost 200,000 people are in need of urgent help, among them thousands of children, says the UN

LOOTING. People loot a convenience store in Palu, in Central Sulawesi, on September 30, 2018, after a strong earthquake trigered a tsunami that struck the area. File photo by Bay Ismoyo/AFP

Twin earthquakes send residents fleeing on Indonesia's Sumba

Oct 02, 2018 - 8:40 AM

There are no immediate reports of serious damage

Dozens of students found dead as Indonesia rescue ramps up

Oct 02, 2018 - 8:15 AM

(UPDATED) Survivors are battling thirst and hunger, with food and clean water in short supply, and local hospitals are overwhelmed by the number of injured

MASS GRAVE. Officials carry body bags into a mass grave ahead of a mass funeral for quake victims in Palu, in Central Sulawesi, on October 1, 2018, after an earthquake and tsunami hit the area on September 28. Photo by Bay Ismoyo/AFP

Filipino detainee missing after Indonesia earthquake, tsunami

Oct 01, 2018 - 2:20 PM

The Filipino detainee, earlier reported by the Department of Foreign Affairs as safe, is among 800 prisoners 'now missing,' says Consul General Oscar Orcine

A man (L) walks past vehicle wreckage as a collapsed mosque is seen in the background in Palu, Indonesia's Central Sulawesi on September 30, 2018, following the September 28 earthquake and tsunami. The death toll from a powerful earthquake and tsunami in Indonesia leapt to 832 on September 30, as stunned people on the stricken island of Sulawesi struggled to find food and water and looting spread. / AFP PHOTO / ADEK BERRY

Prison break: convicts on the run after Indonesia disaster

Oct 01, 2018 - 2:15 PM

The mass prison break occurs after the powerful tremor sparked a wall of water that devastated the small city of Palu on Friday

PRISON BREAK. Earthquake photo by Muhammad Rifki/AFP. Prison gate image from Shutterstock