Entries in Indonesia (21)


Indonesia: Terror Warning Issued Ahead of Bali Bombing Anniversary

Chris McGrath/Getty Images(LONDON) -- Indonesia has issued a terror threat warning, ahead of a somber national anniversary.

Indonesian police are warning of a possible terrorist threat targeting dignitaries planning to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the Bali bombings later this week.

While security has been tightened at all entry points to the island, some tourists aren't bothered.

“We love Bali,” one traveler said. “You know they're not gonna scare us off.”

“I'm not scared,” said another. “This is actually a good place to come to.”

The local police chief says the threat warning is based on what he calls reports on the movements of "certain individuals."

More than 200 people were killed in the Oct. 12, 2002, bombings.

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Indonesian Air Force Plane Crashes into Jakarta Homes

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(JAKARTA, Indonesia) -- An Indonesian air force plane with seven people onboard crashed into a residential area in Jakarta on Thursday, causing several houses to go up in flames, the BBC reports.

According to officials, victims have been taken to nearby hospitals, but it is unclear how many were injured or killed.

The Fokker F-27 was on a routine training flight at the time of the crash.

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Earthquake Rattles Indonesia's Java Island

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(JAKARTA, Indonesia) -- A 5.9-magnitude earthquake struck western Indonesia on Monday, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.  No injuries or damages were immediately reported.

The quake hit at 6:18 p.m. local time just 106 miles south southwest of the capital, Jakarta.  It was nearly 42 miles deep.

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Wreckage of Russian Commercial Jet Found in Indonesia

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(JAKARTA, Indonesia) -- Russia's struggling aviation industry was delivered a severe setback on Wednesday when its new Sukhoi Superjet-100 disappeared on a test flight over the mountains in western Indonesia.

Wreckage of the plane was found Thursday morning on the side of a volcano south of the capital, Jakarta.  Presumably, all 48 passengers on board, that included potential buyers, diplomats, business people and journalists, were killed.

The Superjet is supposed to take the place of the aging fleet of Russian commercial aircraft made before the fall of the Soviet Union.

According to witnesses, the plane was making its second flight of the day when it vanished from the radar about 20 minutes after taking off from Halim Perdanakusuma Airport.

Prior to the apparent accident, the Russians had hoped the Superjet would sell well in international markets with an affordable price tag of $35 million.

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Russian Jet Missing After Falling Off Radar in Indonesia

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(MOSCOW) -- Authorities fear a Russian passenger jet has crashed in Indonesia after it fell off radar screens while it was on a test flight near Jakarta.

The Sukhoi Superjet-100 was carrying at least 44 people and vanished from detection after the pilot requested permission to descend from 10,000 feet to 6,000 feet.  The Russian news agency RIA Novasti reported that the plane was last seen turning toward a tall mountain range south of Jakarta.

Olga Kayukova, a spokeswoman for the United Aircraft Corporation, which owns Sukhoi, said in a statement posted on Facebook that the plane had been checked properly prior to take-off.  She confirmed that air traffic control lost contact with the plane about 20 minutes into the flight.

“We are carrying out search operations, set up operational headquarters,” she wrote.

According to a Russian blogger, search operations began using helicopters, but had to turn back due to bad weather.  A search party has set out on land, but has not yet found the plane.

The plane was part of a pair that were reportedly on a six country swing through Asia where it was being demonstrated for potential customers, including government and military officials.  They had already been to Myanmar, Pakistan and Kazakhstan.  They were to travel to Laos and Vietnam next.

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8.6-Magnitude Quake Strikes Off Indonesia, Prompting Tsunami Watch

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- An 8.6-magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of Indonesia Wednesday, triggering a tsunami watch across the Indian Ocean.  The warning has since been canceled.

There were no immediate reports of injuries or damage.

According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the quake was 20.5 miles deep and hit 269 miles southwest of Banda Aceh, the capital of Aceh province in Sumatra.  The tremor was originally recorded as an 8.9-magnitude quake, but was downgraded to an 8.7 and then an 8.6 by the USGS.

Workers at the Hermes Palace Hotel in Banda Aceh described a scene of panic near the coast as people fled to higher ground.  Employee Cut Arlista said the shaking was so strong, water from the hotel pool spilled out, though the 70 guests at the hotel were not evacuated.

"People were crying, and everybody was running inland as fast as they can," Arlista told ABC News.

Wednesday's quake hit the same region that was devastated by a 9.1-magnitude earthquake in December 2004.  That tremor triggered a catastrophic tsunami in the Indian Ocean that killed 230,000 people.

"I think a lot of people learned from the past," Arlista said.  "Everybody knew to run as soon as the earthquake hit."

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Powerful Earthquake Prompts Tsunami Warning for Indonesia

Photodisc/Getty Images(JAKARTA, Indonesia) -- A tsunami warning was issued for a short time Tuesday following an earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 7.3 off the coast of western Indonesia.

There was no immediate word of damage or injuries.

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Indonesian Girl Feared Dead in 2004 Tsunami Finds Her Way Back Home, INDONESIA) -- It is a Christmas miracle seven years in the making.

The Indonesian news agency, Antara, reported this week a that young girl named Wati, long thought lost and dead in the aftermath of the devastating 2004 tsunami, found her way back home to her family.

Wati, now a teenager, was only 8 years old when a wall of water crashed through and erased her village of Ujong Baroh in Aceh -- one of the hardest hit provinces in Indonesia.

The 8-year-old was clinging with her two siblings to their mother Yusinar as they tried to escape the unforgiving waters. The force of the waves proved too strong and Wati was ripped from her family, consumed by the water, never to been seen again.

Until this week.

According to Antara, Wati’s grandfather Ibrahim was visited by a friend on Wednesday in the city of Meulaboh with a teenager in tow. Initially mistaken for beggar, the teen was found sitting alone in a coffee bar. When approached she said that she had arrived by bus from the provincial capital of Banda Aceh. She was trying to find her way home but did not know how. The teen had lost all memory of her parents’ and relatives’ names but could remember her grandfather’s name was Ibrahim.

Ibrahim reportedly was convinced that this teen was indeed his long-lost granddaughter Wati and immediately called Yusinar and her husband over to his home.

Wati’s parents were able to confirm her identify by distinguishing features: a small mole and a scar she got above her eyebrow when she was 6 years old.

What happened to Wati and where she has been in the years since she was swept away was not immediately disclosed to press but for her family, Wati’s return was sure to have been a long awaited happy ending to seven years of grief.

The deadly 2004 tsunami, triggered by an 8.9-magnitude earthquake in the Indian Ocean, killed more than 150,000 people in Southeast and South Asia.

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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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