October 9, 1997 |
The International Monetary Fund said it will provide a financial rescue package to Indonesia after a sharp fall in the value of the currency of the world's fourth most populous country. The international lending institution said it would send a team of experts to Jakarta this week to work out details and would join World Bank and Asian Development Bank teams already in the field. The move was the latest by the organizations to help financially troubled Asian economies.
December 23, 1999 |
A day after a magnitude 6.4 earthquake struck the main island of Java in Indonesia, fearful residents moved their beds into the street Wednesday in preparation for spending the night outdoors. The quake, which hit Tuesday night, killed four people and injured about 200 others. Hundreds of homes were severely damaged, and many villagers spent Wednesday searching for anything that could be salvaged.
July 17, 2005 |
The Indonesian government and rebels from Aceh province reached a tentative agreement in talks here Saturday to end one of the world's longest-running wars, negotiators from both sides said. The draft accord, which hinged on an agreement to allow the separatist Free Aceh Movement to form its own political party, still has to be endorsed by the government in Jakarta, Indonesia's capital, before the two sides can initial it.
January 25, 2006 |
An internationally funded report supports claims that Indonesian soldiers intentionally killed five foreign journalists who were covering Jakarta's 1975 invasion of East Timor. The Reception, Truth and Reconciliation Commission report was presented to U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan last week. It has yet to be made public, but portions were seen by Associated Press.
October 18, 2002 |
Muslim cleric Abu Bakar Bashir, accused by neighboring countries of heading a regional terrorist group, was named by Indonesian police Thursday as a suspect in a series of church bombings and ordered to appear for questioning. The move appears to be the first step in a crackdown on suspected terrorists in Indonesia following a weekend car bombing on the resort island of Bali that killed more than 180 people, mostly young foreigners.
September 19, 2004 |
Police said Saturday that they have arrested four suspects in the Sept. 9 suicide bombing at the Australian Embassy in Indonesia's capital. The four men were detained under anti-terrorist laws but have not been charged in the attack, which killed nine people, including two bombers, and wounded nearly 180. National Police Chief Dai Bachtiar said he was "convinced" police would capture the alleged masterminds, Malaysian militants Azahari bin Husin and Noordin Top.
November 19, 2002 |
Separatist rebels in Aceh province will sign a peace deal with the Indonesian government Dec. 9 to end 26 years of fighting that has killed thousands of people, international mediators said today. The word came from the Geneva-based Henry Dunant Center for Humanitarian Dialogue, which has facilitated talks between the two sides since 2000. The proposed peace plan offers more autonomy for the province's 4 million inhabitants and elections for a provincial legislature and administration.
April 25, 2004 |
A landslide triggered by heavy rains inundated a bus on Sumatra island, killing at least 44 people and leaving the vehicle barely visible, an Indonesian police official said Saturday. The landslide occurred in West Sumatra's Pasaman district as the bus was heading to the city of Medan. M. Zaini, Pasaman's police chief, said 13 people had escaped the bus. Others remained trapped inside, but he did not expect them to survive.
June 16, 2007 |
Claiming an anti-terrorism double play, Indonesian police said Friday an operation that captured the military commander of Al Qaeda's affiliate here last week also netted the local group's overall leader in Southeast Asia.
April 1, 2006 |
The fault that caused the 9.0 earthquake in Indonesia in December 2004 and the devastating tsunami that followed could still cause some big ruptures, U.S. researchers said Thursday. Analysis of the damage of an 8.7 quake that followed in the same area three months later shows potential for large movements south of the 2004 and 2005 ruptures, said Richard Briggs and Kerry Sieh of Caltech. "This southern part is very likely about ready to go again," Sieh said in a statement.