Entries in Bali (4)


Lion Air Jet Crashes into Sea In Bali

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(BALI, Indonesia) -- An airplane that crashed into the sea Saturday morning of the Indonesian island of Bali snapped into two pieces from the impact.

The plane was carrying over 100 passengers and at least seven crew members, all of whom survived the crash of the Lion Air flight. According to the Wall Street Journal, the airplane overshot the runway and ended up crashing into shallow water.

According to a Lion Air spokesman, the plane and pilot were both fit to fly. The cause of the crash has yet to be determined.

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Obama Wears Indonesian Garb to East Asia Summit Dinner

JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images(BALI, Indonesia) -- After nixing the tradition of wearing festive local garb at the APEC summit in Hawaii this past weekend, President Obama got on board at the East Asia Summit in Bali, joining his counterparts in wearing an embroidered Indonesian dress shirt to dinner Friday night.

Just five days ago, Obama explained his decision to end the practice of wearing matching costumes at APEC. “I got rid of the Hawaiian shirts because I looked at pictures of some of the previous APEC meetings and … I thought this may be a tradition that we might want to break,” he said at a press conference in Hawaii.

Obama, the first U.S. president to attend the East Asia Summit, arrived at dinner Friday in an ornate green dress shirt with orange accents. The other leaders wore similar shirts in a variety of colors.

Earlier Friday the president said he was pleased to be attending the summit for the first time. “This is another example of how the United States is refocusing on the Asia Pacific, and engaging more deeply in regional organizations, so we can meet our common challenges together,” Obama said following a bilateral meeting with the Indonesian president.

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Obama Touts Job-Creating Potential of Boeing Indonesia Deal

SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images(BALI, Indonesia) -- Hailing the deal as a “remarkable example” of the commercial opportunities in the Asia-Pacific region, President Obama touted a new agreement between Boeing and an Indonesian company, claiming it will create more than 100,000 jobs in the United States.

“For the last several days, I’ve been talking about how we have to make sure that we’ve got a presence in this region, that it can result directly in jobs at home.  And what we see here -- a multi-billion-dollar deal between Lion Air, one of the fastest-growing airlines not just in the region, but in the world, and Boeing -- is going to result in over 100,000 jobs back in the United States of America, over a long period of time,” Obama said Thursday morning at a signing ceremony between the two companies in Bali, Indonesia, where the president is meeting with East Asian leaders.

Lion Air has agreed to purchase 230 Boeing airplanes at a list price of $21.7 billion, marking the largest commercial airplane agreement ever for Boeing.

The White House has been eager to show the job-creating potential of investments in the Asia-Pacific region during the president’s nine-day trip to Hawaii, Australia and Indonesia.

“This is a remarkable example of the trade investment and commercial opportunities that exist in the Asia Pacific region,” the president said.

“I want to congratulate Boeing for making outstanding planes, including the one that I fly on,” the president joked. “And this is an example of a win-win situation, where the people of the region are going to be able to benefit from an outstanding airline and our workers back home are going to be able to have job security and be able to produce an outstanding product made in America.”

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Man Suspected of Bali Attacks Extradited from Pakistan to Indonesia

Indonesian police guard the front gate of the police detention centre in Kelapa Dua where Umar Patek, an alleged mastermind of the 2002 Bali bombings extradited from Pakistan, is being held after arriving in Indonesia. BAY ISMOYO/AFP/Getty Images(JAKARTA) -- Authorities extradited one of Asia's most notorious terrorists Thursday from Pakistan to Indonesia.  Umar Patek, who was captured in January in Abbottabad, Pakistan -- the same town where Osama bin Laden was killed -- is thought to be responsible for various bombings in Indonesia, which include the bombing of a church on Christmas Eve in 2000 as well as the 2002 attacks that killed 202 in Bali.

Like bin Laden, the international hunt for Patek, a high-ranking member of the Jemaah Islamiyah terrorist network, lasted a decade before his capture.

Officials say that although Patek has already confessed in Pakistan to making the bombs used in the Bali and church bombings, the attacks' occurrence before 2003 could pose problems for Indonesian authorities who wish to prosecute him under a recent anti-terrorism law.

An Indonesian police spokesperson indicated Patek could be charged for premeditated murder under the country's criminal code, according to The New York Times.

Whatever the charges, anti-terror authorities are eager to find out more about the interconnections among Southeast Asian Islamist militants and other groups, including al Qaeda and the Taliban.

Is is unclear why Patek was in Pakistan at the time of his arrest.

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