A chance to start afresh after volcano's eruption

Tens of thousands of Indonesians who fled their homes to escape an erupting volcano have been offered the chance to start anew on a less populated island.

Troops force villagers away from volcano as Mount Merapi erupts again

INDONESIA'S military forced villagers off the slopes of the country's most volatile volcano yesterday, carrying some away screaming as the mountain sent clouds of grey ash cascading down its slopes in its most powerful explosion yet.

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In pictures: Mount Merapi begins to erupt, scalding 20 with hot ash

Mount Merapi, Indonesia's most volatile and dangerous volcano, started erupting today, with hot ash already causing 20 casualties.

Train collision in Indonesia kills 33 people

A TRAIN crashed into another standing at a railway station in central Indonesia early yesterday, killing at least 36 people and injuring dozens, many seriously.

Washington to resume Indonesian ties

THE United States yesterday announced it will resume co-operation with Indonesia's special forces after ties were severed more than a decade ago over alleged human rights abuses by the commando unit.

Mumbai-style terror plot is foiled by Indonesian police

INDONESIAN police foiled a plot to assassinate the president, massacre foreigners in Mumbai-style terrorist attacks and declare an Islamic state, it was revealed yesterday.

'Sexy dancing' ban fuels fears of Islamic laws

THE arrest of four women for "sexy dancing" during a Hogmanay party in Bandung has raised worries this may be the prelude to wider Islamist restrictions in Indonesia.

Thousands mourn man who helped put Indonesia on road to democracy

THOUSANDS thronged roads in Indonesia yesterday to say farewell to the late former president Abdurrahman Wahid, a beloved, one-eyed cleric who reached out to religious minorities in the world's most populous Muslim-majority nation.

Plane carrying 16 missing in Indonesia

A plane carrying 16 people disappeared over eastern Indonesia today, an airline official said.

Malaysian militant suspected of hotel blasts

SUSPICIONS hardened yesterday that the fugitive leader of a south-east Asian terrorist group masterminded suicide bomb attacks on two American luxury hotels in Indonesia's capital that killed seven people.

Nine dead as Jakarta hotels bombed

A pair of powerful bombs exploded at two luxury hotels in an upmarket Jakarta business district today, killing nine and wounding at least 50, Indonesian officials said.

Survival of tiger at risk as three killed

VILLAGERS in western Indonesia speared to death three Sumatran tigers this month, after the critically endangered cats strayed from protected forests to attack livestock and kill people in a neighbouring province, a conservationist said yesterday.=

Indonesia rocked by earthquakes

A SERIES of powerful earthquakes shook remote eastern Indonesia today, toppling or badly damaging more than 100 buildings and leaving at least four people dead and dozens injured.

Six bodies found in accused's garden

SIX bodies were dug up in the garden of an alleged serial killer's home in Indonesia yesterday, bringing the number of his suspected victims to 11, police said.

Military prepares grave for Suharto

AS INDONESIA'S former President Suharto lay critically ill in hospital yesterday, the military and police rushed to prepare the family's mausoleum in central Java for his burial.

Villagers flee in panic as Java volcano erupts

MONITORS and villagers fled the slopes of Indonesia's Mount Kelud in panic yesterday after seismic readings showed the volcano had begun erupting after weeks of heightened activity.

Tribes go to war near US gold mine

RIVAL tribes armed with bows and arrows fought close to a American-owned gold mine in Indonesia's Papua region yesterday, the latest in a series of clashes that have killed four people, police said.

Jakarta throng calls for Islamic state

NEARLY 90,000 followers of a hard-line Muslim group packed a stadium in the Indonesian capital Jakarta yesterday, calling for the creation of an Islamic state.

Survivors tell of leaping from flames as airliner crash kills 23

SURVIVORS from an Indonesian passenger jet that overshot the runway and burst into flames as it landed recounted their remarkable escapes yesterday.

Earthquake kills 70 in Sumatra

A STRONG earthquake and a powerful aftershock hit Indonesia's Sumatra island yesterday, killing about 70 people and leaving hundreds homeless.

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