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Children among 30 killed in Indonesia matchstick factory fire

Jun 21, 2019 - 5:21 PM

(UPDATED) Pictures from the scene show blackened corpses lying on top of each other in the burnt-out house after the blaze, which authorities say broke out early Friday afternoon.

Amputee Sumatran tiger gives birth to cubs

Jan 22, 2019 - 6:36 PM

Sumatran tiger births are rare and the species is considered critically endangered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature

Funerals held for band members killed in Indonesian tsunami

Dec 24, 2018 - 7:53 PM

The band's frontman is the only surviving member of the group which has released a half dozen albums and commands a large fan base in Indonesia

IN PHOTOS: Death and destruction in Indonesia

Dec 24, 2018 - 10:40 AM

A volcano-triggered tsunami leaves a trail of dead bodies after slamming without warning into beaches around Sunda Strait

Rescuers look for survivors along the coast in South Lampung on South Sumatra on December 23, 2018. Photo by Ferdi Awed/AFP

China-backed hydro dam threatens world's rarest orangutan

Oct 21, 2018 - 1:31 PM

The site of the dam in the Batang Toru rainforest on Sumatra island is the only known habitat of the Tapanuli orangutan, a newly discovered species that numbers about 800 individuals in total

THREATENED. This handout picture from the Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Programme (SOCP) taken on August 11, 2018 shows a Tapanuli orangutan in the Batang Toru rainforest, its only known habitat, on Sumatra island. Photo by Nanang Sujana/Sumatran Orangutan Conservation/AFP

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

Police detain captain, crew in deadly Indonesia ferry disaster

Jun 21, 2018 - 2:30 PM

(UPDATED) Official estimates list 193 people missing as of Thursday morning, June 21, raising fears that the incident could become one of Indonesia's deadliest ferry disasters

STILL MISSING. Rescue team members prepare to search for missing passengers at the Lake Toba ferry port in the province of North Sumatra on June 20, 2018, after a boat capsized on June 18. Photo by Ivan Damanik/AFP

Number missing in Indonesia ferry disaster jumps to nearly 180 –police

Jun 20, 2018 - 4:26 PM

The situation sparks confusion – and different estimates from various agencies – about the number of people on board. Police say there are as many as 178 people missing, which if confirmed would make it one of Indonesia's worst maritime disasters.

SEARCHING FOR THE MISSING. A woman shows a photo of her family members, passengers who are missing after a boat capsized on June 18, on her smartphone at the Lake Toba ferry port in the province of North Sumatra on June 20, 2018. Photo by Ivan Damanik/AFP

Indonesia's Mount Sinabung spews massive smoke-and-ash column

Feb 19, 2018 - 4:42 PM

Mount Sinabung on Sumatra island spews the thick plume after activity picked in recent days. There are no reports of injuries or deaths.

MOUNT SINABUNG. Thick volcanic ash spews into the air from Mount Sinabung volcano in Karo, North Sumatra, on February 19, 2018. Photo by Endro Rusharyanto/AFP

LOOK: There's a newly discovered great ape species in Indonesia

Nov 07, 2017 - 4:42 PM

'It's the first declaration of a new great ape species in about 100 years'

NEW SPECIES. A new species of orangutan has been discovered in the remote jungles of Indonesia, immediately becoming the world's most endangered great ape. AFP PHOTO / SUMATRAN ORANGUTAN CONSERVATION PROGRAMME / JAMES ASKEW

Giant python attacks Indonesian man before being eaten

Oct 05, 2017 - 9:45 AM

An Indonesian man, who sometimes liked to eat snake, tried to catch the giant python – but it fought back and bit him on his left arm, nearly severing it from his body.

PYTHON. This handout picture shows villagers beside a 7.8 metre (25.6 foot) long python which was killed after it attacked an Indonesian man. HANDOUT / BATANG GANSAL POLICE / AFP

Indigenous peoples’ ‘humane, sustainable’ ways lead to peace – Magsaysay Awardee Abdon Nababan

Sep 01, 2017 - 10:00 AM

Indonesia s Abdon Nababan asks: Where do we come from? What values what spirit can we offer our society and our earth?

Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Strong 6.4 earthquake hits Indonesia's Sumatra – USGS

Aug 13, 2017 - 11:53 AM

UPDATED The quake hit at a depth of 35 kilometers 22 miles at 10:08 am 0308 GMT 73 km west of Bengkulu according to the United States Geological Survey

The week in photos: July 29-August 4, 2017

Aug 05, 2017 - 4:00 PM

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

ERUPTION. Hot lava flows down the Mount Sinabung volcano in the night in Karo, North Sumatra, Indonesia on July 30, 2017. Photo by Tibta Pangin/AFP

Dozens dead in latest Aceh quake. Here's a list of major Indonesian earthquakes.

Dec 07, 2016 - 8:51 PM

A powerful 6 5 magnitude quake struck off Aceh province on Indonesia s Sumatra island killing at least 97 people

DEATH TOLL. Indonesian search and rescue personnel retrieve a body from the rubble of a collapsed building following an earthquake in Pidie, Aceh province on December 7, 2016.AFP PHOTO / CHAIDEER MAHYUDDIN

11 Indonesians feared dead in gold mine accident

Oct 26, 2016 - 7:47 PM

The men were in a narrow 50 meter 160 feet deep shaft on Sumatra island on Monday when heavy rain sent water and earth surging into the mine

Priest injured in Indonesia church attack

Aug 28, 2016 - 3:29 PM

A knife wielding man stabbed a Catholic priest and tried to set off an explosive device police say the latest attack on religious minorities in the mainly Muslim country

Police outside the church in Medan, Sumatra Utara, August 28, 2016. Foto oleh Irsan Mulyadi/Antara

Indonesia plans peat monitoring system to curb choking haze

Jun 29, 2016 - 9:00 PM

Monitoring tools will send data real time to ensure that the restoration of peatland is being properly carried out

epa04946616 Indonesian Officers on burned peat land during Indonesian President, Joko Widodo, inspects their work of emergency services putting out forest fires in the village of Sakakajang,Jabiren, Pulang Pisau, Central Borneo, Indonesia, 24 September 2015. Accoridng to local officials Indonesian authorities have suspended the operations of four plantation companies over forest fires on Sumatra island. Police were questioning officials from two of the domestic companies for possible criminal prosecution, said Muhammad Yunus, Director for Enforcement at the Ministry of Forestry and the Environment, witht he penalty for causing pollution being up to five years in prison. Haze from forest fires on Sumatra and the Indonesian part of Borneo island is an annual hazard which authorities have blamed on the illegal practice of open burning by small farmers and plantation companies. burning by small farmers and plantation companies. EPA/BAGUS INDAHONO

Critically endangered Sumatran elephant gives birth

Jun 02, 2016 - 11:07 PM

Sumatran elephants are critically endangered It is estimated between 2 400 and 2 800 remain in the wild according to conservation group WWF

ENDANGERED. Sumatran elephants are critically endangered. Photo by AFP

Indonesian earthquake causes injuries, damages buildings

Jun 02, 2016 - 10:47 PM

In Padang two people were seriously injured by falling debris said disaster agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho

Student kills professor over thesis argument

May 03, 2016 - 9:36 PM

The student is said to have attacked the professor after a conversation about his thesis escalated

Indonesian minister: DiCaprio doesn't understand our environmental issues

Apr 05, 2016 - 8:01 PM

Following the threat of Indonesian officials to deport the Hollywood actor another minister says Leonardo DiCaprio is not well informed about the country s environmental issues

Leonardo DiCaprio raises awareness about endangered animals in Sumatra. Photo from Instagram of Leonardo DiCaprio.

Indonesian gov't threatens to deport Leonardo DiCaprio

Apr 01, 2016 - 11:14 AM

The government is not too happy with the actor s visit Here s why

Indonesia defends shooting at Taiwanese fishing boats

Mar 24, 2016 - 11:24 PM

It was the latest example of Jakarta taking a tougher approach to defending its waters

Shackled, sexually abused: Mentally ill Indonesians ‘live in hell’

Mar 21, 2016 - 11:00 AM

In Indonesia those with psychosocial disabilities are shackled locked away sexually abused secluded and forced therapies their treatment sometimes resulting to death

Indonesian tsunami warning buoys not working when quake hit

Mar 03, 2016 - 8:46 PM

The process of confirming that a tsunami had not occurred was hindered because none of the country s 22 early warning buoys were working

Rescuers check remote Indonesian islands after quake

Mar 03, 2016 - 12:52 PM

A ship carrying search and rescue officials and military personnel has been dispatched to Tuapejat in the Mentawai Islands off Sumatra s west coast to check on isolated communities

SCRAMBLE. Indonesian residents use a variety of transport options as they rush to higher ground in Padang late March 2, 2016, after a powerful earthquake struck off the coast of the island of Sumatra. Stringer/AFP

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Mar 03, 2016 - 12:23 PM

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Powerful quake in western Indonesia sparks panic

Mar 02, 2016 - 9:27 PM

7th UPDATE The 7 8 magnitude undersea quake strikes at a depth of 24 kilometers 15 miles at about 6:50 pm 1250 GMT the US Geological Survey says

Researchers say Zika case found in Indonesia

Jan 31, 2016 - 8:55 PM

An Indonesian research institute says it had found one positive Zika case on Sumatra Island

Indonesian landslide buries 18 villagers

Dec 03, 2015 - 7:52 PM

3 were found dead while rescuers are searching for the bodies of 15 others

Indonesia's Sumatra rattled by 6.1-magnitude quake

Nov 09, 2015 - 12:45 PM

An AFP correspondent in Padang said the earth swayed back and forth for around 10 seconds

Can't wait for gov't: Desperate residents fight forest fires on their own

Oct 28, 2015 - 1:06 PM

Communities worst exposed to the toxic smog are becoming increasingly frustrated at authorities in Jakarta insisting not enough is being done to aid their plight

FIGHTING FIRE. College students fight fires themselves. Photo by Febriana Firdaus/Rappler

The wRap Indonesia: Churches demolished, wildfire kills hikers

Oct 20, 2015 - 6:00 AM

Other stories include the state of the rupiah and updates on the raging forest fires

CHURCHES DESTROYED. A photo of the church destroyed in Aceh during riots on October 14. Photo by EPA

Malaysia schools close again due to haze from Indonesia

Oct 19, 2015 - 12:46 PM

Despite the biggest operation to combat forest fires the haze still forces school closures in neighboring Malaysia

HAZE IN KL. An aerial view of the skyline shrouded in a thick haze, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Photo by EPA

CoC filing, Samal kidnapping, Indonesian crash survivor | 12PM wRap

Oct 14, 2015 - 12:34 PM

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The wRap Indonesia: Church burned in Aceh, survivor found from chopper crash

Oct 14, 2015 - 6:00 AM

Other stories include the results of the MH17 probe Thailand s big football win against Vietnam and Indonesia as the guest of honor at the Frankfurt Book Fair

HELICOPTER. The helicopter that crashed was of this model. File photo: EPA

Indonesian found alive, naked in lake, after chopper crash

Oct 13, 2015 - 5:57 PM

The survivor in his 20s was one of 5 people aboard the Eurocopter EC 130 when it disappeared Sunday

HELIKOPTER. Heli ini sejenis dengan helikopter yang jatuh. Foto: EPA

The wRap Indonesia: Helicopter missing, scores dead in Turkey blast

Oct 12, 2015 - 6:00 AM

Other top stories include the arrival of international aid to combat forest fires and a long term investment between Indonesia and PT Freeport Indonesia

INTERNATIONAL HELP. Malaysian aircrew members stand in front of the Bombardier 415 Superscooper aircraft as they arrive at Sultan Mahmud Badaruddin airport in Palembang, South Sumatra, Indonesia to help combat forest fires. Photo by EPA

Missing again: Indonesian helicopter carrying 5 loses contact in Sumatra

Oct 11, 2015 - 8:07 PM

We don t want to speculate on what might happen to the aircraft Our priority now is to find it as soon as we can says transport ministry spokesman J A Barata

The wRap Indonesia: Indonesian experts in Saudi, new mammal discovered

Oct 07, 2015 - 6:00 AM

Other stories include the importance of Indonesia for the Trans Pacific Partnership Indonesia s defense of its haze fighting efforts and Malaysia s sanctions from FIFA

DEAL SEALED. Trade ministers from the twelve Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) member countries participate in the closing press conference in Atlanta, Georgia, USA, October 5, 2015. Erik S Lesser/EPA

Indonesia insists it's doing all it can to combat haze

Oct 06, 2015 - 5:24 PM

Indonesia has rejected suggestions it is not doing enough with the country s disaster chief saying everything possible was being utilized

VERY UNHEALTHY. Singapore's air quality reached 'very unhealthy' levels on its third week of being covered in smog. Photo by EPA

Singapore schools in emergency shutdown as air quality worsens

Sep 25, 2015 - 3:21 AM

Singapore s air quality steadily worsened during the day as thick smog blown in from forest fires on Indonesia s neighbouring island of Sumatra bore down on the city state

Singapore air quality now 'hazardous' over Indonesia fires

Sep 24, 2015 - 1:56 PM

Singapore orders emergency school closures as Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong says face masks will be distributed at community centers across the island on Friday for needy and elderly citizens

VERY UNHEALTHY. Singapore's air quality reached 'very unhealthy' levels on its third week of being covered in smog. Photo by EPA

Endangered Sumatran elephant killed, netizens angered

Sep 21, 2015 - 8:16 PM

A critically endangered Sumatran elephant who had patrolled Indonesia s jungles to help protect threatened habitats has been killed for his tusks sparking online anger

RIP YONGKI. The body of a critically endangered Sumatran elephant, named Yongki, lies on the ground after he was found dead in his enclosure. Photo from Bukit Barisan Selatan National Park

Indonesia declares a state of emergency in haze-choked province

Sep 14, 2015 - 7:08 PM

Fourteen helicopters were dumping water on blazes on western Sumatra island and the Indonesian part of Borneo island as haze thickened and pushed air quality to unhealthy levels in neighboring Singapore and Malaysia

SMOG. Forest fires have caused widespread smog across the country and neighboring nations. Photo by AFP

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Sep 10, 2015 - 6:48 PM

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Second Australian surfer dies in Indonesia in one week

Sep 03, 2015 - 4:48 PM

The death of Adam Albert Dube comes after a 54 year old Australian surfer was killed by heavy surf last week

DANGEROUS WAVES. Another Australian surfer dies during a surf trip to Indonesia's famed Mentawai Islands. Screengrab from YouTube

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Jul 01, 2015 - 8:47 PM

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Jul 01, 2015 - 12:10 PM

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