Indonesia province shuts schools as haze from fires returns
PALEMBANG, Indonesia (AP) — Thick, noxious haze from new deliberately set fires blanketed parts of Indonesia's Sumatra island on Monday after days of improving air quality, causing school closings...
As Indonesia fires rage, schools and airport forced to close
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesian authorities closed an airport on Sumatra island on Friday due to poor visibility caused by smoke from raging fires burning through peatland, while schools in...
Indonesian province shuts schools due to forest fire haze
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Authorities shut most schools in parts of Indonesia's Sumatra island to protect children from a thick, noxious haze as deliberately set fires burned through peatland...
Lightning kills shepherd, 19 buffaloes in western Indonesia
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Lightning struck a livestock cage in western Indonesia, killing a shepherd and 19 buffaloes, police said Tuesday.
Sitor Habeyahan had been driving the animals into...
Indonesia steps up response to massive forest fires
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Forest fires burning throughout Indonesia have prompted six provinces to declare a state of emergency and deploy thousands of security forces, a disaster official said...
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesian police have arrested the owner and two managers of an unregulated factory in North Sumatra that was engulfed by a fire that killed 30 people, a spokesman said...
At least 30 dead in fire at Indonesia home used as factory
MEDAN, Indonesia (AP) — At least 30 people including children were killed in a fire that swept through a house that doubled as a match factory in Indonesia's North Sumatra province, a disaster...
Indonesia floods kill at least 31, thousands displaced
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Floods and landslides from torrential rains in Indonesia have killed at least 31 people and displaced thousands in the past few days, the country's disaster agency said...
Orangutan mother blinded by air gun pellets in Indonesia
SIBOLANGIT, Indonesia (AP) — An orangutan mother has been blinded after being shot with at least 74 air gun pellets on Indonesia's Sumatra island, where threats to the endangered species have...
NOT REAL NEWS: A look at what didn’t happen this week
A roundup of some of the most popular but completely untrue stories and visuals of the week. None of these is legit, even though they were shared widely on social media. The Associated Press...
Indonesian woman detonates bomb, killing herself and child
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — The wife of an Islamic militant arrested for plotting attacks in the Indonesian capital detonated a bomb during a siege of their home in North Sumatra, killing herself...
MEDAN, Indonesia (AP) — Environmentalists lost a court challenge Monday to a Chinese-backed dam in Indonesia that will rip through the habitat of the most critically endangered orangutan...
Anak Krakatau volcano now a quarter of its pre-eruption size
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Scientists say Indonesia's Anak Krakatau volcano island, which erupted and collapsed a week ago triggering a deadly tsunami, is now only about a quarter of its pre-eruption size.
Weather hampers efforts to inspect Indonesia tsunami volcano
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Bad weather and a massive ash column hampered efforts to assess whether Indonesia's Anak Krakatau volcano island could trigger another deadly tsunami as authorities said Friday the search for victims in the worst-affected province will continue into January.
Indonesia says avoid coast near volcano, fearing new tsunami
CARITA BEACH, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesian authorities urged people to avoid the coast in areas where a tsunami killed at least 430 people over the weekend in a fresh warning issued on the anniversary of the catastrophic 2004 Asian earthquake and tsunami.
A look at major tsunamis in Indonesia
A look at major tsunamis in Indonesia in recent years:
September 2018: In the eastern Indonesian city of Palu, on the Palu-Koro Fault, a 7.5 quake and the resulting tsunami kills nearly 2,000 with thousands more missing.
October 2010: A 10-foot (three-meter) wave strikes the Mentawai Islands, off the western coast of Sumatra in Indonesia, just minutes after a massive offshore earthquake. More than 400 people are killed and hundreds of homes are destroyed.
Death toll climbs past 370 in Indonesian tsunami disaster
TANJUNG LESUNG, Indonesia (AP) — Body bags were laid out along the shattered coastline as Indonesian authorities stepped up efforts to collect the dead and save the injured Monday in the aftermath of a tsunami that was apparently triggered by a volcanic eruption. The death toll climbed to 373 and was certain to rise.
The Latest: Indonesia tsunami death toll climbs to 373
TANJUNG LESUNG, Indonesia (AP) — The Latest on a tsunami that hit along Indonesia's Sunda Strait (all times local):
Indonesia's disaster agency says the death toll from the weekend tsunami has climbed to 373.
Disaster agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said Monday that 128 others were missing in the disaster, with 1,459 injured.
The waves washed ashore along western Java and southern Sumatra islands Saturday night following a volcanic eruption.
Tsunami hits without warning in Indonesia, killing over 220
CARITA BEACH, Indonesia (AP) — The deadly tsunami struck in the dark, without warning.
At least 222 people were killed as waves smashed into houses, hotels and other beachside buildings Saturday night along Indonesia's Sunda Strait, in a disaster that followed an eruption and possible landslide on Anak Krakatau, one of the world's most infamous volcanic islands.
Indonesian airline whose plane crashed a low-cost high flyer
BANGKOK (AP) — Lion Air, the airline whose plane crashed early Monday while traveling from Jakarta to an island off Indonesia's Sumatra with 189 people on board, is a fast-growing low-cost airline...
Court keeps Indonesia woman irked by noisy mosque in prison
MEDAN, Indonesia (AP) — A High Court on Thursday upheld an 18-month prison sentence for a woman convicted of blasphemy in Indonesia after complaining about the volume of a mosque's loudspeakers.
The woman's lawyer, Ranto Sibarani, told The Associated Press that the decision would be appealed to the Supreme Court.
The ethnic Chinese woman, Meiliana, was sentenced in August, more than two years after her comments sparked rioting in her hometown Tanjung Balai on the island of Sumatra.
27 dead in floods, landslides on Indonesia’s Sumatra island
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Torrential rains triggered flash floods and landslides on the Indonesian island of Sumatra, killing at least 27 people, including a dozen children at a school, officials said Saturday.
A flash flood with mud and debris from landslides struck Mandailing Natal district in North Sumatra province and smashed an Islamic school in Muara Saladi village, where 29 children were swept away on Friday afternoon, said local police chief Irsan Sinuhaji.
Rare Sumatran tiger caught in animal trap dies
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — A critically endangered Sumatran tiger pregnant with two cubs was found dead in the Indonesian province of Riau after being caught in a pig trap, authorities said Thursday, in the latest setback to a species whose numbers are estimated to have dwindled to about 400.
Indonesia’s main Muslim group criticizes blasphemy sentence
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesia's largest Muslim organization has criticized the blasphemy conviction and imprisonment of a Buddhist woman who complained that the call to prayer from her neighborhood mosque was too loud.
Officials from Nahdlatul Ulama, which claims 60 million members, said Thursday the woman's complaint about mosque loudspeakers doesn't constitute blasphemy under Indonesian law.
Indonesia woman irked by mosque noise convicted of blasphemy
MEDAN, Indonesia (AP) — An Indonesian court has sentenced a woman who complained about a noisy mosque to 18 months in prison for blasphemy.
The ethnic Chinese woman, Meiliana, burst into tears as presiding Judge Wahyu Prasetyo Wibowo announced the sentence Tuesday. She was taken from the court in handcuffs.
Prosecutors said the 44-year-old defendant violated the criminal code by committing blasphemy against Islam, the dominant faith in Indonesia, the world's most populous Muslim nation.
Indonesia: Lombok quakes don’t meet national disaster status
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesia's disaster agency says earthquakes that killed more than 500 people on the island of Lombok in the past month and caused half a billion dollars in damage don't rise to the level of a national emergency.
The agency's response to criticism, released Monday evening, strikes a nationalistic tone, noting that declaring a national disaster opens the "door as wide as possible" to international assistance that can cause new problems.
Indonesia woman irked by mosque noise on trial for blasphemy
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesian prosecutors have demanded an 18-month prison term for a woman who was charged with blasphemy after she complained about the volume of a mosque's loudspeakers.
The ethnic Chinese defendant, Meiliana, 44, was arrested on May 18, about two years after her case triggered a riot in Tanjung Balai, a port town in North Sumatra province.
As Asian Games host, Indonesia has more at stake than sport
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesia is deploying 100,000 police and soldiers to provide security for the Asian Games, the biggest event ever held in its terror attack prone capital Jakarta, parts of which have been dramatically spruced up as the city readies to welcome tens of thousands of athletes and visitors.
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Passengers trapped for a night on a stricken ferry off the Indonesian island of Sulawesi were rescued early Wednesday, officials said, as the death toll rose to 31 with three people missing and believed drowned inside the vessel.
The latest in a succession of boat tragedies in Indonesia began on the same day that officials called off a search for 164 people presumed drowned when a wooden ferry sank on June 18 in a deep volcanic crater lake on the island of Sumatra.
Indonesia ends search for dozens of victims of ferry sinking
TIGARAS, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesia on Tuesday ended a search of one of the world's deepest lakes for the bodies of dozens of victims of a ferry sinking two weeks ago.
The day, dreaded by families of the missing, was marked with prayers and a groundbreaking ceremony for a monument that will be inscribed with the names of victims. Weeping relatives cast flowers into the lake.
Divers search Indonesian lake for 192 missing after sinking
TIGARAS, Indonesia (AP) — Distraught relatives slammed Indonesia's government for not enforcing basic safety measures on passenger boats and pleaded Wednesday for a bigger search effort for more than 190 people presumed drowned after a ferry sank on a picturesque Sumatran lake early this week.
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesian police on Wednesday shot dead four sword-wielding men who attacked a police headquarters in Sumatra, killing one officer, the latest in a spate of militant attacks across the Muslim-majority country.
National police spokesman Setyo Wasisto said the men attacked officers after driving a minivan into Riau province's police headquarters.
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Scientists are calling for cancellation of a Chinese-backed hydroelectric dam in Indonesia that threatens the habitat of a newly discovered orangutan species numbering only 800 animals.
In the journal Current Biology, the experts say the 510-megawatt dam in Sumatra will flood or otherwise alter part of the habitat and likely make it impossible to take a crucial step toward ensuring the species survives — reconnecting fragmented forests the primates are spread across.
Rohingya refugees rescued after drifting at sea for 9 days
BIREUEN, Indonesia (AP) — A Rohingya Muslim man among a group of 76 rescued in a wooden boat in Indonesian waters says they were at sea for nine days after leaving Myanmar, where the minority group faces intense persecution, and were hoping to reach Malaysia.
Indonesian fishermen rescue Rohingya Muslims fleeing Myanmar
BIREUEN, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesian fishermen rescued 76 Rohingya Muslims stranded off the coast of Aceh on Friday, authorities said, in the latest attempt by members of the persecuted ethnic group to flee Myanmar by sea.
Tthe group of eight children, 25 women and 43 men was brought ashore in their wooden boat Friday afternoon. It was unclear how long they had been at sea, said Riza Yulianto, the police chief of Bireuen regency in Aceh on the island of Sumatra.
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesian police arrested the alleged head of a bootleg liquor empire on Wednesday following the deaths of dozens of people this month from drinking tainted alcohol.
West Java police spokesman Trunoyudo Wisnu Andiko said Samsudin Simbolon was captured in a palm oil plantation in southern Sumatra.
"The official announcement about him would be held on Thursday after he is interrogated," Trunoyudo said.
Indonesia mobilizes to combat health-damaging forest fires
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Four Indonesian provinces have declared emergencies in anticipation of worsening forest fires that each year spread health-damaging haze across much of Southeast Asia.
The National Disaster Mitigation Agency said Wednesday that emergency alerts in Riau and South Sumatra provinces on the island of Sumatra and West and Central Kalimantan on Borneo will make it easier to mobilize fire-fighting operations and support from the central government.
Indonesia’s Sinabung volcano unleashes towering ash column
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Rumbling Mount Sinabung on the Indonesian island of Sumatra shot billowing columns of ash more than 5,000 meters (16,400 feet) into the atmosphere and hot clouds down its slopes on Monday.
There were no fatalities or injuries from the morning eruption, the National Disaster Mitigation Agency said.
Raw: Indonesian Volcano Blasts Out Tower of Ash
Mezzanine collapse inside Jakarta tower hurts nearly 80
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — A mezzanine floor inside the Jakarta Stock Exchange tower collapsed on Monday, injuring nearly 80 people and forcing a chaotic evacuation.
Security camera footage circulated online showed the collapse, with a group of people plunging several meters (feet) to the ground as the structure gave way beneath them.
People fled the building through a lobby strewn with debris. Emergency personnel tended to the injured on the grass and pavement outside the tower.
Frizzy-haired, smaller-headed orangutan may be new great ape
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — A remote population of frizzy-haired orangutans on the Indonesian island of Sumatra seems to be a new species of primate, scientists say.
But the purportedly newest member of the family tree of advanced animals that include humans may not be around much longer. Their numbers are so small, and their habitat so fragmented, that they are in danger of going extinct, say the scientists who studied them.
Strong quake shakes Indonesia’s Sumatra; no major damage
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — A strong earthquake struck Sunday off the coast of southern Sumatra in Indonesia, causing panicked residents to run from their homes but no major damage.
The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake Sunday morning had a magnitude of 6.4 and occurred at a depth of 35 kilometers (21 miles).
It was centered 74 kilometers (46 miles) west of the coastal city of Bengkulu and also felt in Singapore, about 590 kilometers (370 miles) from the epicenter. It did not generate a tsunami.
New eruption at Indonesia volcano spreads ash for miles
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Mount Sinabung on the Indonesian island of Sumatra blasted volcanic ash as high as 4.2 kilometers (2.6 miles) on Wednesday, one of its biggest eruptions in the past several months of high activity.
Isya Nurrahmat Dana, an official at a volcano monitoring post in North Sumatra province, said at least 19 eruptions followed by lava flows were recorded by midday Wednesday.
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Five Indonesian provinces have declared states of emergency as peatlands burn in Aceh and the risk of fires spreading elsewhere increases during the annual dry season, an official said Wednesday.
National Disaster Mitigation Agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said 18 helicopters have been deployed to help extinguish fires in Sumatra and Kalimantan.
Satellite images show that the number of fires increased from 150 on Sunday to 179 on Tuesday, he said.
MEDAN, Indonesia (AP) — Two suspected militants attacked a provincial police headquarters in western Indonesia on Sunday, leaving an officer and an assailant dead during Islam's most important holiday, an official said.
Wielding a knife and a machete, the men stormed the police headquarters in North Sumatra's provincial capital of Medan and stabbed to death an officer who was at his post, said National Police spokesman Setyo Wasisto.
MEDAN, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesian authorities say they arrested two suspected wildlife smugglers after a raid on a port warehouse in Sumatra uncovered more than 200 pangolins, many of them dead from stress and dehydration.
Ministry of Environment and Forestry official Halasan Tulus said Wednesday that only 110 of the 225 pangolins found in the raid by navy personnel at Belawan port in Medan were alive.
PEKANBARU, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesian authorities said about 200 inmates remained at large two days after a mass escape from an overcrowded prison on Sumatra island.
The prison break Friday occurred when prisoners were let out of their cells at Sialang Bungkuk Prison in Pekanbaru, the capital of Riau province, to perform prayers. They broke through a prison door, overwhelming the few guards on duty.
NILES, Ohio (AP) — A former Ohio man who a brother says survived explosions and battles as a U.S. Army combat engineer in Iraq and Afghanistan has drowned while saving a 6-year-old boy during a missionary trip in Indonesia.
WKBN-TV reports (http://bit.ly/2oRyEO2 ) 35-year-old Tim Adams, of Warren, drowned last month while swimming with a group of children in the sea off the island of Sumatra.