February 23, 2019

Aussie teen Bali drug trial fast-tracked

The Australian teenager caught with marijuana in Bali will face trial next week as Indonesian authorities fast-track his case and vow to make his court appearance as stress-free as possible but shutting out the media and public. A judge, Amser Simanjuntak, was appointed to handle the case after … [Read more...]

Indonesian cleric Bashir guilty on terrorism charges

Radical Indonesian cleric Abu Bakar Bashir has been found guilty by an Indonesian court of inciting and financing terrorism. Bashir was convicted for arranging the financing of a terrorist cell uncovered in the Indonesian province of Aceh last year, a new grouping that included a who's who of … [Read more...]

96 year-old Dutch lady confesses to 1946 murder

A 65 year-old murder mystery has been solved with the confession of a 96 year-old woman for the shooting of Construction magnate Felix Gulje in 1946. The mayor of Leiden, Henri Lenferink, said a woman has confessed to the killing, saying she did it because she believed that Gulje had collaborated … [Read more...]

Rare tigers found in condemned forest

The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) has recorded images of 12 rare Sumatran tigers, including cubs, in an Indonesian forest due to be cleared by loggers. The WWF is calling for the planned forest clearance in the Bukit Tigapuluh forest in Sumatra to be stopped to protect the rapidly diminishing habitat … [Read more...]

Aircrash in Indonesia – 27 onboard, no survivors

A Merpati Airlines passenger aircraft has crashed into the sea in eastern Indonesia with up to 21 passengers and 6 crew onboard the Indonesian Transport Ministry says. The Chinese made MA-60 50 seat turbo-prop plane was flying from Sorong city to Kaimana District in West Papua … [Read more...]

The Justin Bieber show hits Australia

The Justin Bieber show is ripping through Australia at the moment. Across the Tasman Sea here in New Zealand we can hear the faint sound of screaming teenage girls on the breeze. Bieber performed in Brisbane on Tuesday and has now arrived in Sydney for a show at the ACER Arena tonight. Justin … [Read more...]

Schapelle Corby release imminent

Iskandar Nawing the lawyer for convicted drug smuggler, Schapelle Corby says Corby could be released immediately if President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono accepts the Indonesian Supreme Courts recommendation that her sentence is cut in half. Nawing says "If the president signs off on it, with the … [Read more...]

Asylum seekers dumped on wrong island by smugglers

People smugglers have conned 128 Afghan asylum seekers by taking their money then dropping them off at a tiny Indonesian island instead of Australia as promised. This is the fourth time that asylum seekers have been dropped off on Indonesia's N'Dao island instead of Ashmore Reef which is about 50 … [Read more...]

Tsunami hits Japan following 7.9 earthquake

Japanese television has shown major tsunami damage in northern Japan following a 7.9 magnitude earthquake off its northeastern coast. The earthquake has now been upgraded to 8.9 on the Richter scale. There has been massive damage and loss of life has been significant. AL JAZEERA LIVE LINK AT … [Read more...]

Mount Merapi cuts Obama Indonesia trip short

US President Barack Obama is cutting short his visit to Indonesia because of fears that volcanic ash from Mount Merapi might disrupt air travel. Specifically Air Force One air travel. White House spokesman Robert Gibbs earlier told reporters that officials were closely monitoring the ash cloud. … [Read more...]

Oil leaks found in Qantas engines

Oil Leaks have been found in three engines on other Qantas A380's inspected following last Thursday's mid-air engine explosion over Indonesia. Qantas is keeping its six A380 superjumbos on the ground as testing continues under supervision from Rolls-Royce and Airbus technicians. ''We are now … [Read more...]

Indonesian volcano Mt Merapi erupts

In what is fast becoming pick on Indonesia week, Mount Merapi an active volcano on the island of Java has erupted forcing thousands to flee and killing at least 15 people. Indonesian media reports that some of the dead were journalists staying at a guest house close to the volcano. The 3,000 … [Read more...]

Indonesian Tsunami death toll rises

A tsunami that hit the Mentawai islands off the coast of Sumatra, Indonesia yesterday has killed more than 100 people with hundreds more missing. The tsunami followed the 7.7-magnitude quake which hit 78 km west of South Pagai, one of the Mentawai islands, late on Monday. Local official Hendri … [Read more...]

Tsunami hits Indonesia after 7.5 Earthquake

A tsunami has hit the Indonesian Island of Sumatra following a 7.5 magnitude earthquake earlier today. The three metre wave has reportedly hit the Mentawai Islands, off Sumatra with charter boats destroyed and people swept several hundred metres inland by the surge. Remarkably there are no … [Read more...]