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Authorities: Japanese Fugitive Tied to $7.2M COVID Relief Plot

Mitsuhiro Taniguchi is now in custody in Indonesia and set to be deported

(Newser) - For a week or two, Mitsuhiro Taniguchi was holed up in the home of an Indonesian fish trader, trying to convince him of his plan to invest in local fisheries. That won't be happening now, though, as he's been nabbed by authorities over the money he was perhaps...

3 Endangered Sumatran Tigers Die in Traps

They represent almost 1% of the estimated population

(Newser) - Three endangered Sumatran tigers have been found dead, dealing a blow to a population thought to number around 400. Conservation officials discovered the bodies of a male and female tiger, whose legs were ensnared in a trap, in Aceh, at the northern tip of Indonesia's Sumatra island, on Sunday....

'Momentous Occasion' for One of the Rarest Animals on Earth

Indonesia's captive breeding program spawns new Sumatran rhino

(Newser) - Indonesia has just welcomed a bundle of joy in the form of one of the rarest mammals on Earth. A Sumatran rhino was born March 24 in a sanctuary to a mother that had suffered eight miscarriages since she was captured in the wild in 2005 as part of a...

This Crocodile Got Its Brave but Good Samaritan

Reptile stuck in tire since 2016 is freed

(Newser) - Update: A crocodile that has been cursed with a tire around its neck since 2016 is finally free, thanks to a 34-year-old Indonesian man named Tili. He used chicken bait and nylon ropes to wrangle the animal on Monday with the help of dozens of locals who helped cut the...

World's 4th Most Populous Country to Get New Capital
Indonesia Chooses
Name for Its New Capital

Indonesia Chooses Name for Its New Capital

So long, Jakarta

(Newser) - Update: If memorizing capitals is among your pastimes, here's a new one for you: Nusantara. That's the name that will grace Indonesia's new capital, which is set to take shape somewhere around 2024. It will replace the current government seat, Jakarta, areas of which are sinking at...

After Eruption, Search Continues for Survivors

Death toll from Mt. Semeru in Indonesia rises to 15, but more are missing

(Newser) - It's one of the most active volcanoes in a nation known for them, and the eruption that began Saturday on Mt. Semeru in Indonesia isn't over yet. Details:
  • The death toll in East Java province rose to 15 on Monday, but at least 27 are missing, reports CNN

Java Volcano Has Now Killed At Least 13

Indonesian officials say others still missing

(Newser) - The death toll following the eruption of the highest volcano on Indonesia’s most densely populated island of Java has risen to 13, with seven people still missing, officials said Sunday as smoldering debris and thick mud hampered search efforts. Mount Semeru in Lumajang district in East Java province spewed...

'Suitcase Killer' Arrested After Flying Back to US

Heather Mack faces federal charges in connection with mother's murder

(Newser) - After seven years in an Indonesian prison, Heather Mack returned home to Chicago Wednesday—and was promptly arrested. The 26-year-old, who was released early from a 10-year sentence for helping then-boyfriend Tommy Schaefer kill her mother in Bali in 2014, now faces federal charges in the US connected to the...

American in Bali 'Suitcase Murder' to Be Freed Years Early
US Woman in Bali
'Suitcase Murder'
Walks Free

US Woman in Bali 'Suitcase Murder' Walks Free

Heather Mack of Chicago was arrested for helping her boyfriend kill her mother

(Newser) - Update: The Chicago woman who, along with her then-boyfriend, murdered her mother on Bali in 2014 and stuffed her body in a suitcase walked free Friday after serving seven years of a 10-year sentence, the AP reports. Heather Mack, now 26, was escorted through a crush of reporters outside the...

She Came to US to Work for a Diplomat. It Was a Nightmare

Inside one domestic worker's allegations

(Newser) - It was a chance meeting at a gas station that can only be described as incredible: Sri Yatun had been living in Los Angeles where she worked as the housekeeper, cook, and nanny for an Indonesian consular official and her husband. What she had been promised when she left her...

Students Participating in a River Cleanup Drown

Eleven teens were killed; none were wearing floatation devices

(Newser) - A student outing to clean up a river in Indonesia turned tragic Friday. Of the 150 kids picking up debris along the banks of the Cileueur River, 21 were swept away. Ten were rescued but 11 were found later, drowned. Flash floods are common in the rainy season, but that...

Indonesian PM, 6 Bigwigs Found 'Negligent' on Air Pollution

Court orders Joko Widodo, 6 other top officials to improve air quality in Jakarta

(Newser) - An Indonesian court ruled Thursday that President Joko Widodo and six other top officials have neglected citizens' rights to clean air and ordered them to improve the poor air quality in the current capital of Jakarta. A three-judge panel at the Central Jakarta District Court notched a victory for a...

Indonesian Army Says It's Ending Controversial Practice

No more 'virginity tests' for female recruits

(Newser) - The Indonesian Army has announced an end to the controversial practice of subjecting female recruits to so-called 'virginity tests.' Per the New York Times , the country's army chief Gen. Andika Perkasa said in an interview there would be "no more vaginal and cervix examinations," on...

Your Cup of Coffee May Have an Unpleasant Origin Story

'NYT Magazine' explains how small, illegal farms are shrinking a jungle in Indonesia

(Newser) - When you're pouring a cup of coffee, whether humble drip or some more exotic concoction, it's a safe bet you don't spend much time wondering exactly where those beans come from. As Wyatt Williams writes for the New York Times Magazine , coffee behemoths like it that way....

Guy With COVID Disguises Self as Wife to Get on Flight

Indonesian man was detained after the plane landed

(Newser) - An Indonesian man who tested positive for COVID-19 is accused of disguising himself as his wife in order to board a plane. The man, identified publicly only as DW, allegedly boarded the Citilink flight from Jakarta to Ternate and made it all the way to his destination before he was...

The Eye of the Pandemic Has Shifted
The Eye of
the Pandemic
Has Shifted

The Eye of the Pandemic Has Shifted

Things are worsening in Indonesia

(Newser) - For months, India and Brazil have taken up a disproportionate number of COVID-19 headlines, with stories emerging of bloated bodies in the Ganges and collapsing hospital systems . The New York Times says the eye of the pandemic's storm has shifted to a new location: the fourth most populous country,...

'Violated Through My Nose': Reused Swab Scam Uncovered

Used swabs were allegedly washed, resold, and reused at airport in Indonesia

(Newser) - Just, gross. Police in Indonesia say as many as 9,000 travelers who passed through Kualanamu airport in Medan, North Sumatra, may have had their nose swabbed for COVID with a reused swab. Five Kimia Farma employees have been arrested after being accused of washing the used swabs at their...

Heartbreaking Video Shows Crew of Doomed Sub Singing

Farewell song was filmed weeks before Indonesian tragedy

(Newser) - A heartbreaking video released by the Indonesian military shows the crew of the doomed Indonesian Navy submarine singing a farewell song. The video was shot weeks ago, before the sub went missing Wednesday, its wreckage ultimately found on the sea floor Sunday, split into three pieces, and all 53 crew...

Indonesia Finds Submarine, Declares the Crew Dead

53 were aboard the KRI Nanggala, which disappeared Wednesday

(Newser) - The wreckage of a missing Indonesian Navy submarine with 53 crew members has been located, the military said Sunday. Searchers found items and parts from the submarine, including the anchor and safety suits for crew members, CNN reports. "Based on that authentic proof, I declare here that the Nanggala...

Grim Update From Indonesian Navy on Missing Submarine

It appears there's no hope for survivors of KRI Nanggala after items from sub were found

(Newser) - Indonesia's navy on Saturday said items were found from a missing submarine , indicating the vessel with 53 crew members had sunk and there was no hope of finding survivors. Navy chief Yudo Margono said rescuers found several items from the KRI Nanggala 402, which disappeared after its last reported...

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