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Crocodile mauls woman to death

The giant reptile was sedated and removed from its enclosure Monday in a three-hour operation that involved dozens of people, including conservation officials, the army and police.

Indonesia recovers second black box from Lion Air crash

The cockpit voice recorder from an Indonesian Lion Air jet that crashed in October has been recovered, officials said Monday, a discovery that could be critical to explaining why a brand new plane fell out of the sky just after take-off. The Boeing 737 MAX vanished from radar about 13 minutes after departing Jakarta, slamming into the Java Sea moments after pilots had asked to return to the capital and killing all 189 people onboard. The bright orange voice recorder was discovered early Monday about 10 metres from a…

Masked warriors: Indonesia fighters wield whips in traditional duels

JAKARTA: Dressed in bright colours and lunging at each other with long, looping whips, martial arts fighters in Indonesia were cheered by spectators as they dueled during a traditional festival on Sunday. A martial art practised by the Manggarai people from southern Indonesia, Caci bouts typically involve two men wearing masks while wielding shields and whips made out of rattan. A fighter wins by hitting his opponent in the face or the head. The duels are full of symbolism -- the leather-handled whips represent…

Indonesia orders flights to steer clear of erupting Anak Krakatau volcano

LABUAN, Indonesia: Indonesia on Thursday raised the alert level for the erupting Anak Krakatau volcano to the second-highest, and ordered all flights to steer clear, days after it triggered a tsunami that killed at least 430 people. A crater collapse on the volcanic island at high tide on Saturday sent waves up to 5 meters (16 feet) high smashing into the coast on the Sunda Strait, between the islands of Java and Sumatra. Authorities have warned that the crater of Anak Krakatau, or child of Krakatau, remains fragile,…

Indonesia issues ‘extreme weather’ warning for tsunami-hit coast near Krakatau

TANJUNG LESUNG, Indonesia: Indonesian authorities warned on Wednesday of “extreme weather and high waves” around the erupting Anak Krakatau volcano, urging people to stay away from the coast already devastated by a tsunami that killed more than 400 people. Clouds of ash spewed from Anak Krakatau, almost obscuring the volcanic island where a crater collapse at high tide on Saturday sent waves up to 5 meters (16 feet) high smashing into the coast on the Sunda Strait, between Java and Sumatra islands. “We have developed a…

Indonesia hunts for survivors as volcano tsunami toll nears 400

LABUAN: Indonesian military and rescue teams fanned out across a stretch of coastline on Monday, hoping to find survivors of a tsunami triggered by a landslide from a volcano that killed at least 373 people. Thick clouds of ash spewed from Anak Krakatau, a volcanic island where a crater collapse at high tide late on Saturday set off waves that smashed into coastal areas on both sides of the Sunda Strait between the islands of Sumatra and Java. Rescuers used heavy machinery and bare hands to dig bodies out of mud and…

PM Imran condoles with Indonesian president over loss of lives   

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan on Monday telephoned Indonesian President Joko Widodo and expressed his grief over the loss of precious lives and destruction caused by volcano-triggered tsunami. Talking to the president, the PM Imran Khan expressed deep sorrow over the loss of lives in Sunda Strait and added that it is a testing time for Indonesia. He said that the brave Indonesian people would overcome the natural disaster by the grace of Allah. The prime minister reiterated his resolve to further strengthen…

Another tsunami could hit Indonesia, experts warn

Another tsunami could strike Indonesia, experts warned on Sunday, a day after more than 200 people were killed by a wave triggered by a volcanic eruption. What caused the tsunami? The tsunami "appears to have been caused by an underwater collapse" of part of the Anak (or "child of") Krakatoa volcano, said David Rothery of The Open University in Britain. Anak Krakatoa is a new island that emerged around 1928 in the crater left by Krakatoa, whose massive 1883 eruption killed at least 36,000 people. The volcano has been…

Death toll from ‘volcano tsunami’ in Indonesia climbs to over 200

CARITA: A tsunami killed at least 222 people and injured hundreds more on the Indonesian islands of Java and Sumatra following an underwater landslide believed to have been caused by the erupting Anak Krakatau volcano, officials said Sunday. Hundreds of homes and other buildings were "heavily damaged" in the tsunami which struck along the rim of the Sunda Strait late on Saturday. It was the latest in a series of tragedies that have struck Indonesia, a vast archipelago, this year. Successive earthquakes flattened parts of…

Pakistan stands by Indonesia in testing times, says FO

ISLAMABAD: The Foreign Office on Sunday expressed its sadness over the loss of precious lives in a tsunami following a volcanic eruption in Indonesia's Sunda Strait. Spokesperson Dr Muhammad Faisal tweeted: “Deeply saddened over loss of precious lives, injuries to hundreds in #tsunami in #SundaStrait of #Indonesia. Pakistan stands by their Indonesian brethren in these testing times.” Deeply saddened over loss of precious lives, injuries to hundreds in #tsunami in #SundaStrait of #Indonesia. Pakistan stands by their…