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Plantation Worker Mauled to Death by Tiger

He was reportedly 3rd person in Indonesia killed by Sumatran tiger in 5 months

(Newser) - Screams were heard on Indonesia's Sumatra island before a man's body was discovered Thursday, with one of the hands torn off. Authorities say the 26-year-old, found dead on a plantation in Riau province, was attacked by a tiger. "The area is within the tiger habitat," said...

Flash Floods, Cold Lava Kill at Least 37 in Indonesia

Water swept people away and swamped houses

(Newser) - Heavy rains and torrents of cold lava and mud flowing down a volcano's slopes on Indonesia's Sumatra island triggered flash floods that killed at least 37 people, officials said Sunday. More than a dozen others were missing, the AP reports. Monsoon rains and a major mudslide from a...

Tsunami Alert Issued as Indonesia Volcano Erupts

Officials fear Ruang volcano could collapse into sea

(Newser) - Indonesian authorities issued a tsunami alert Wednesday after eruptions at Ruang mountain sent ash thousands of feet high. Officials ordered more than 11,000 people to leave the area. The volcano off the northern side of Sulawesi island had at least five large eruptions in the past 24 hours, Indonesia'...

In Indonesia's Jungles, a Hunt for an Extinct Beast

Genetic tests on a single hair suggest Javan tiger may still roam Java

(Newser) - In Indonesia, the hunt is on for a tiger thought to have gone extinct some four decades ago. The Javan tiger, native to the island of Java, was last officially spotted in the 1980s and declared extinct by the International Union for Conservation of Nature in 2008. But there have...

A Contentious Pyramid Study Is Retracted

The findings at Gunung Padang were criticized from the start

(Newser) - A study that was published to much criticism has been retracted—a move that in and of itself is being denounced by some. The October 2023 study in Archaeological Prospection made what the New York Times calls an "explosive claim": that a site in Indonesia called Gunung Padang may...

Pilot, Co-Pilot Fell Asleep for 28 Minutes Mid-Flight

Indonesian airline has been 'strongly reprimanded' over incident

(Newser) - A Batik Air flight carrying 153 passengers and four flight attendants had two sleeping pilots at the controls for 28 of its 155 minutes in the air, investigators say. An inquiry into the Indonesian airline has been opened following the January 25 incident, which took place on a flight from...

Ex-General Once Banned From US Claims Win in Indonesia

Prabowo Subianto's opponents have not conceded defeat

(Newser) - A former general linked to past human rights abuses claimed victory Wednesday in Indonesia's presidential election, a result that would raise questions about the commitment to democratic values in the sprawling island nation that is the world's third-largest democracy, the AP reports. Defense Minister Prabowo Subianto, 72, presented...

Indonesia Voted on Wednesday, and the Impact Will Ripple

Why it matters who is at the helm of the world's third-largest democracy

(Newser) - The world's third-largest democracy went to the polls on Wednesday, with an estimated 100 million people casting a ballot in the three-way race for Indonesia's next president. And while the results aren't final, the winner looks to be 72-year-old Prabowo Subianto, who according to unofficial tallies had...

11 Climbers Killed, 12 Missing After Volcano Erupts
Volcano Eruption
Kills 23 Climbers

Volcano Eruption Kills 23 Climbers

Indonesia's Mount Marapi erupted Sunday

(Newser) - Rescuers searching the hazardous slopes of Indonesia's Mount Marapi volcano found more bodies among the climbers caught by a surprise eruption two days ago, raising the number of confirmed and presumed dead to 23, the AP reports. More than 50 climbers were rescued after the initial eruption Sunday, and...

This Little Guy Is Big News for Endangered Species

There's a new calf for the population of Sumatran rhinos, which number fewer than 50

(Newser) - A critically endangered Sumatran rhino was born in Indonesia's western island of Sumatra over the weekend, reports the AP , the second Sumatran rhino born in the country this year and a welcome addition to a species that currently numbers fewer than 50 animals. A female named Delilah gave birth...

Cyclops Mountains Expedition Makes Amazing Finds

Team captured first images of a platypus relative long feared extinct

(Newser) - The Cyclops Mountains in a remote part of Indonesia are not an easy place to explore—but braving the rugged terrain—and leeches that drop from trees—was worth it, expedition members say. An expedition led by Oxford University researchers found dozen of creatures new to science and one that...

Behind This Endangered Rhino, Reason to Celebrate
With This Birth,
'Hope for a Species'

With This Birth, 'Hope for a Species'

Endangered Sumatran rhino calf born in Indonesia through captive breeding program

(Newser) - In a birth being celebrated around the world, a baby girl has been delivered healthy, weighing in at 60 pounds. Don't worry, it's not a human baby but a critically endangered Sumatran rhino, whose birth "represents hope for a species threatened with extinction," per CNN . The...

Woman Gets 2 Years for Eating Pork in TikTok Video

Indonesian woman found guilty of blasphemy

(Newser) - A court in Indonesia has convicted a woman of inciting religious hatred and sentenced her to two years in prison for saying a Muslim prayer and then eating pork—considered forbidden in Islam—in a TikTok video. Judges at Palembang court in South Sumatra province also ordered Lina Lutfiawati to...

Surfers Found Safe, on Surfboards, After 38 Hours Lost at Sea

Along with 2 of the 3 crew members on their boat

(Newser) - Four Australian tourists and two Indonesian crew members have been rescued after 38 hours adrift in a remote part of the ocean off the coast of Indonesia. The Australians were part of a larger group, 17 members total including crew members, that launched Sunday in two boats headed from the...

Pro Surfer Dies in Freak Accident With Board

Hawaii native Mikala Jones was 'arguably one of the most barreled surfers on the planet'

(Newser) - An American professional surfer who became famous for taking cameras and viewers inside barrel waves has died in a freak surfing accident. Mikala Jones, 44, was fatally injured while riding waves in Indonesia's Mentawai Islands on Sunday morning. According to Surfline , the native Hawaiian was surfing near Awera Resort...

One Nation's Capital Is Sinking. Solution? Build a New One

Indonesia is trying to do that, and the 'New York Times' digs into the huge challenges

(Newser) - Indonesia's capital of Jakarta has a fundamental problem: To put it simply, the city of 30 million people is sinking. President Joko Widodo has tried all kinds of "Sisyphean" solutions to fix things, writes Hannah Beach in the New York Times , but it appears the rising sea will...

Report: 6 Soldiers Killed in Search for Captured Pilot

Indonesian military says troops were attacked by separatist rebels in Papua province

(Newser) - Separatist gunmen attacked Indonesian army troops who were deployed to rescue a New Zealand pilot taken hostage by the rebels in Papua province, leaving at least six dead and about 30 missing, officials said Sunday. Military reports seen by journalists said 21 soldiers fled into the jungle after an attack...

First the Smell of Gas, Then Thunder, a Blast, and Fire

At least 18 dead after blaze at fuel storage depot in Jakarta, Indonesia

(Newser) - Indonesian rescuers and firefighters on Saturday searched for more than a dozen missing people under the rubble of charred houses and buildings, after a large fire spread from a fuel storage depot in the capital and killed at least 18 people. The Plumpang fuel storage station, operated by state-run oil...

Palm Oil, Long the Bad Guy, Has Something to Teach Us

Other industries could learn something from its turnaround story

(Newser) - Depending on how you look at it, palm oil is an angel or a devil. The angelic part is its versatility: no other vegetable oil is like it. As the Guardian puts it, palm oil is cheaper than other options, and works in wonderous ways, making "cookies more healthy,...

Parliament Nears Outlawing Adultery, Insulting President
Parliament Votes to Outlaw
Extramarital Affairs

Parliament Votes to Outlaw Extramarital Affairs

Human rights organizations and Indonesian business groups worry about the fallout

(Newser) - Indonesian lawmakers on Tuesday voted to criminalize adultery. Parliament unanimously approved the penal code revision, which must still be signed by the president and will then take effect sometime in the next three years, the AP reports. "(The new Criminal Code) has a lot of implementing regulations that must...

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