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Indonesia announces relocation of capital from Jakarta to Nusantara

Indonesia has announced that its new capital will be called Nusantara, meaning “archipelago” in Javanese. It came as parliament approved a bill to relocate the capital from Jakarta, which is rapidly sinking. The idea of building a new capital 1,300km away on the island of Borneo was first proposed in 2019. But critics have said […]

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Indonesia warns of Mount Semeru blowing up again after increased activity

Authorities in Indonesia raised the alert level for the highest volcano on Java island, warning that Mount Semeru could blow up again after a sudden eruption earlier this month left 48 people dead. Indonesia’s geological agency said on Saturday that it picked up increasing activity that could trigger an avalanche of lava and searing gas, […]

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Indonesia: Magnitude 7.4 earthquake hits South Sulawesi province, brief tsunami warning issued

A 7.4 magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of Indonesia’s South Sulawesi province, prompting people to evacuate homes and buildings. The earthquake happened around 10.30 local time on Tuesday in the Flores Sea. It affected the East Nusa Tenggara region, officials said. No injuries or major damage have been reported yet but locals said they […]

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Mount Semeru Volcano: Indonesia considers relocation of villages after deadly eruption

Indonesia’s volcanology agency is sending a team of researchers to the Mount Semeru volcano to identify areas too dangerous for villagers to stay after it erupted on Saturday, killing dozens of people on the slopes of Java island’s highest mountain. In the days since the disaster, questions have been raised about the effectiveness of the […]

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Indonesia Volcano: Mt Semeru eruption death toll climbs to 34 people, 17 missing; thousands evacuated

At least 34 people were killed in a volcanic eruption in Indonesia on Sunday, the country’s national disaster agency says. Mount Semeru engulfed villages in volcanic ash and hot mud on the island of Java, forcing thousands to flee. Seventeen people are still missing. Emergency teams and rescue dogs are looking for survivors and bodies […]

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Indonesia Volcano: Rescuers scramble to search for survivors buried in hot ash, 14 dead

Rescuers in Indonesia are searching for survivors in villages buried by hot ash, after Mt Semeru on Java island erupted on Saturday. Fourteen people are known to have died and dozens were injured, emergency authorities said. One volunteer in the nearby district of Lumajang filmed police and military officials working to dig out bodies with […]

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Indonesia Volcano: Mount Semeru eruption leaves one dead, injuring dozens

The Semeru, or Mount Semeru volcano erupted on Indonesia’s Java island killing at least one person and injuring dozens others. Pictures showed giant ash clouds coming from Mt Semeru. Witnesses reported villages covered in debris, and thick smoke blocking the Sun, leaving them in pitch darkness. The deputy chief of Lumajang district put the number […]

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Indonesia: Baby elephant dies after losing half its trunk to trap set by poachers

A baby elephant has died after losing half its trunk to a trap set by poachers in Indonesia. The critically endangered Sumatran one-year-old calf was left behind by its herd after being caught in the snare trap. It was found by villagers in the town of Aceh Jaya and was brought to a conservation agency […]

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Australian Border Force burn boats, seize seafood in crackdown against Indonesian vessels

Australian officials swung into action in northern waters, destroying illegal Indonesian boats and seizing hundreds of kilograms of fishing gear and seafood. The Australian Border Force (ABF) has released photographs showing the small colourful boats burning at sea in the wake of the three-day operation near the Rowley Shoals Marine Park off the northern Western […]

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Bali ‘suitcase murder’ accomplice Heather Mack released early for displaying good behaviour

An American woman convicted for helping to kill her mother in Bali has been released from jail early. Heather Mack had been found guilty of assisting in the high-profile 2014 murder which saw her mother’s body stuffed into a suitcase. Mack subsequently was sentenced to 10 years in jail, but was released early on Friday. […]

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Sumatran tiger found dead in an animal trap in Indonesia

A critically endangered Sumatran tiger was found dead after being caught in a trap on Indonesia’s Sumatra island, authorities revealed earlier this week, in the latest setback for a species whose numbers are estimated to have dwindled to about 400. The female tiger, aged between 4 and 5 years, was found dead on Sunday near Bukit […]

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Indonesia: 11 students drown during school outing for river clean-up

Eleven students drowned and 10 others were rescued during a school outing for a river clean-up in Indonesia’s West Java province. Local officials said on Saturday that 150 students, aged 13 to 15, were participating in the clean-up along the banks of the Cileueur river when 21 of them slipped into the water. “The weather […]