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Yet another quake hits Indonesia, three die; IMF summit shaken

JAKARTA: An earthquake on Thursday killed three people in Indonesia and rattled hotels where IMF delegates are attending a major summit, a fortnight after a quake-tsunami killed more than 2,000 elsewhere in the archipelago. The 6.0-magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of Indonesia’s Bali and Java islands in the early hours, injuring nearly 30 people and sending residents rushing into the streets. Some attendees in Bali for the International Monetary Fund and World Bank annual meetings this week evacuated their…

Bali volcano on highest alert level, thousands flee

JAKARTA: Indonesian officials raised the highest possible alert for a volcano on the resort island of Bali late on Friday, after tremors prompted thousands to flee over fears it could erupt for the first time in more than 50 years. Mount Agung, about 75 kilometres (47 miles) from the tourist hub of Kuta, has been rumbling since August and officials have recommended that people stay at least nine kilometres away from the crater. Hundreds of small tremors have rattled the mountain this week, causing almost 10,000 people…

Obama visits childhood home Jakarta

BOGOR: Former US president Barack Obama arrived on Friday in his former childhood home Jakarta, where he met Indonesia's president at the end of a ten-day family holiday. Indonesia's President Joko Widodo met with Obama at the presidential palace on the outskirts of Jakarta, with Obama delighting local media by greeting Widodo with "apa kabar" -- how are you in Indonesian. The former first family arrived a week ago on the resort island of Bali and then visited the historic Yogyakarta city in central Java before coming…

Obama kicks off tropical holiday in Indonesia

JAKARTA: Barack Obama kicked off a 10-day family holiday in Indonesia that will take in Bali and Jakarta, the city where he spent part of his childhood, officials said on Saturday. The casually dressed former president arrived in the resort island of Bali with his wife Michelle and their two daughters, a local military commander said. "They arrived late last night and went straight to the hotel in Ubud," a local military commander, I Gede Widiyana, told AFP. Obama woke up early and did some exercise in the lush green…