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.
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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Mount Merapi, Indonesia's most volatile and dangerous volcano, started erupting today, with hot ash already causing 20 casualties.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
A plane carrying 16 people disappeared over eastern Indonesia today, an airline official said.
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.
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.
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.=
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 from an Indonesian passenger jet that overshot the runway and burst into flames as it landed recounted their remarkable escapes yesterday.
A STRONG earthquake and a powerful aftershock hit Indonesia's Sumatra island yesterday, killing about 70 people and leaving hundreds homeless.