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Gunmen kill 24 construction workers in Indonesia

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MNA International Desk: Gunmen in the remote Indonesian province of Papua have killed as many as 31 construction workers who were brought from a distant island to help build a major highway, officials said Tuesday. The police attributed the attacks to separatists who have long pushed for an independent Papua, The Associated Press reported. But there were few details of the killings, which were said to have begun on Sunday with the shooting of 24 workers. Indonesia’s public works minister, Basuki Hadimuljono, told reporters on Tuesday that work on the highway would be halted while the authorities investigated the killings ...

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Death toll from Indonesia’s quake, tsunami jumps to 1,234


MNA International Desk: The confirmed death toll from an earthquake and tsunami on Indonesia’s Sulawesi island has risen to 1,234, from 844, the national disaster mitigation agency said on Tuesday. A 7.5 magnitude earthquake on Friday triggered tsunami waves as high as six metres (20 feet), which swept ashore at the small city of Palu, on the west coast of Sulawesi. Rescuers have yet to reach many affected areas leading to fears the death toll could rise again

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Indonesia readies mass graves as quake toll tops 800

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MNA International Desk: Mass graves were being readied Monday for hundreds of victims of an Indonesian quake-tsunami as authorities battled to stave off disease and reach desperate people still trapped under shattered buildings. With the death toll already at over 830 and expected to rise further on the devastated island of Sulawesi, there were growing questions about why an early tsunami-warning system had notbeen working for years. The strong 7.5-magnitude quake struck Friday, toppling buildings and sending walls of seawater crashing into Palu, a city of about 350,000. Exhausted survivors scoured make-shift morgues for loved ones, and authorities struggled to ...

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Indonesia searches for survivors after powerful quake, tsunami


MNA International Desk: More than 400 people were confirmed killed, many swept away as tsunami waves triggered by a massive earthquake crashed into the Indonesian island of Sulawesi, and authorities expected the toll to rise sharply on Sunday as news arrives from remote areas. Dozens of people were reported to be still trapped in the rubble of a hotel and a mall in the city of Palu, which was hit by waves as high as six meters (20 feet) following the 7.5 magnitude earthquake. With the death toll so far from Palu alone and reports only slowly filtering in from ...

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Death toll rises to 384 in Indonesia after quake, tsunami


MNA International Desk: The death toll from the earthquake and tsunami on the Indonesian island of Sulawesi jumped to 384 on Saturday, authorities said, with many of those killed swept away by giant waves as they played on the beach. Strong aftershocks continued to rock the coastal city on Saturday morning after waves up to six metres (18 feet) high swept through the scenic tourist town on Friday, triggered by a 7.5 magnitude earthquake on land. Hundreds of people were preparing for a beach festival to celebrate Palu’s anniversary. The festival was due to start Friday night. Some people climbed ...

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Asian Games begin with explosive opening ceremony

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MNA Sports Desk: The 18th Asian Games being hosted jointly in the cities of Jakarta and Palembang has been officially declared open by Indonesian President Joko Widodo, reported news agency. A presidential dig at their traffic woes, a colourful display of their cultural heritage and a message for world peace — Indonesia mixed it up all for a vibrant and slick opening ceremony for the 18th Asian Games on Saturday. Indonesian President Joko Widodo was shown taking a motorcycle to the stadium after his convoy was stuck in one of Jakarta’s infamous traffic jams. The footage, played out on the ...

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Indonesia quake death toll nears 100


MNA International Desk: Terrified holidaymakers rushed for boats and planes to leave Indonesia’s Lombok island Tuesday after it suffered a second deadly quake within a week, while rescuers struggled to reach hard-hit areas where survivors are in urgent need of food and shelter. The shallow 6.9-magnitude quake killed at least 98 people and destroyed thousands of buildings in Lombok on Sunday, just days after another deadly tremor surged through the holiday island and killed 17. Rescuers on Tuesday resumed the search for survivors, and to recover the bodies of victims in the rubble of houses, mosques and schools destroyed in ...

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Indonesia quake kills 82 on tourist island


MNA International Desk: At least 82 people were killed when Indonesia’s resort island of Lombok was hit by a powerful magnitude 7.0 earthquake on Sunday, triggering widespread panic as thousands fled their homes for emergency shelters as buildings collapsed, reported news agency. The death toll is expected to rise with hundreds injured and thousands of houses damaged, the National Disaster Mitigation Agency said in a statement on Monday. Singapore Law and Home Affairs Minister K. Shanmugam, who was on the 10th floor of a hotel in the Lombok town of Mataram at the time of the quake, wrote on Facebook ...

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6.4 magnitude quake hits Indonesia; kills 10


MNA International Desk: At least 10 people were killed as a powerful 6.4 magnitude earthquake hit the popular tourist destination of Lombok in Indonesia on Sunday, reported news agency. It also damaged many buildings, authorities said. The quake hit Lombok island early hours when many people were still sleeping. Twelve people were injured and many fled into open fields away from collapsed buildings. The quake was centred 50 km (31 miles) northeast of the city of Mataram on the northern part of Lombok island, the US Geological Survey (USGS) said. Around 43 quakes were recorded after the initial 6.4 magnitude ...

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Indonesia suicide bombings at churches kill 6


MNA International Desk: Suicide bombers suspected to be from an Islamic State-inspired group killed at least nine people and wounded 40 in attacks on Christians attending Sunday morning services at three churches in Indonesia’s second-largest city of Surabaya, security officials said. Indonesia, the world’s largest Muslim-majority country, has seen a recent resurgence in homegrown militancy inspired in part by Islamic State. Wawan Purwanto, communication director at Indonesia’s intelligence agency said Islamic State-inspired group Jemaah Ansharut Daulah (JAD) was believed to be behind the bombings. JAD is an umbrella organization on a US State Department ‘terrorist’ list that is estimated to ...

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At least 10 killed in Indonesia oil well fire

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MNA International Desk: At least 10 people have been killed and dozens more injured after a fire at an illegal oil well in Indonesia’s Aceh province, authorities said Wednesday. An oil spill sparked a huge blaze about 1.30am (1830 GMT Tuesday) in a residential area that torched at least three houses and was still out of control mid-morning. “The fire is still soaring high and has not yet successfully been extinguished,” Saiful, head of Aceh’s Ranto Peureulak subdistrict, said. At least 10 bodies have been recovered and the death toll is expected to rise, police said, while injured victims were ...

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Dhaka, Jakarta sign five instruments

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MNA Business Desk: Bangladesh and Indonesia on Sunday signed five instruments, including two memorandums of understanding (MoUs), aiming to enhance bilateral relations, trade and investment, and boosting cooperation. The instruments were inked in presence of visiting Indonesian President Joko Widodo and Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at the Prime Minister’s Office. Tofail Ahmed and Minister of Trade of Indonesia Enggartiasto Lusitania signed the joint ministerial statement on launching negotiations for Bangladesh-Indonesia preferential trade agreement. The MoU on development of the integrated gas infrastructure and independent power producer was signed by Chairman of Bangladesh Power Development Board Khaled Mahmud and Vice ...

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Indonesia fireworks factory fire killed 50

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MNA International Desk: Nearly 50 people have been killed and huge injured in a blaze that tore through a fireworks factory outside the Indonesian capital, police said Thursday. The fire broke out at an industrial complex in Tangerang, a satellite city of Jakarta. Parts of the building collapsed after being gutted by the blaze which scorched nearby cars. Witnesses reported hearing two major blasts erupt from the site. The factory—part of a complex that borders a residential area—had only been operating for six weeks, district government official Toni Rustoni told news agency. The blaze, which broke out in the morning, ...

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PM Hasina to Attend IORA Leaders’ Summit at Jakarta


MNA National Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is set to fly for Jakarta, Indonesia on a three-day visit to attend the Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA) Leaders’ Summit in commemoration of the 20th anniversary of the association. Ihsanul Karim, Prime Minister’s Press Secretary told the media on Saturday that, a VVIP flight of Biman Bangladesh Airlines will leave Dhaka’s Shahjalal International Airport for Jakarta at 8:40am on Monday with the prime minister and her entourage on board. The flight is scheduled to reach Jakarta at 3pm local time. Bangladesh Ambassador in Jakarta Maj. Gen. Azmal Kabir along with representatives of ...

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