November 11, 2009 |
The teenager lay dazed amid the settling dust and debris, his leg trapped by a fallen concrete wall. He sensed that he was going to die. So he made a decision: He would cut off his own limb to save his life. Ignoring the major blood loss, taking deep breaths as he concentrated on the terrible task at hand, the 18-year-old construction worker cut halfway through his right leg just below the kneecap. Finally, too weak to continue, he begged for help, and a fellow worker finished the job for him in the aftermath of the magnitude 7.6 earthquake that struck Sumatra in September.
December 2, 2009 |
The wild bull elephant stood menacingly in the clearing, trumpeting in annoyance and anger, its brain racing with a chemical that unleashes a throbbing and unceasing headache. It was the heart of mating season, and the bull was desperately seeking a mate. Was this really a good moment to be sitting on top of another elephant just a few hundred feet away? But Syamsuardi, a native of the wild Sumatran forest, had his strategy ready: He would pit his own elephant against the amorous stranger.
June 26, 1998 |
Fearing that growing economic hardships could spark new riots, Indonesia and the International Monetary Fund announced a revised bailout deal Thursday loaded with fuel and food subsidies. The deal--the fourth struck by Indonesia and the IMF since October--calls for tough reforms while balancing the needs of the tens of millions hit hard by the region's worst financial crisis in 30 years.
November 26, 2005 |
Roche Holding Ltd. said Indonesia could make a generic version of Tamiflu without its license because the medicine, which may be useful in treating avian influenza, isn't protected by a patent in the Southeast Asian nation. "We've informed the government they can produce it for local use," said Martina Rupp, a spokeswoman for the Swiss drug maker. "Quality guidelines will have to be assured by the Indonesian government."
July 10, 2005 |
Nearly 200 people were feared dead days after a ferry capsized in rough seas off eastern Indonesia, a rescue official said today. The 150-ton Digul sank Thursday night off the coast of Papua province while heading from the port town of Merauke to Tanah Merah, about 125 miles to the north, said Sumpeno Juono of the local search and rescue agency. The ferry was officially reported to be carrying 50 crew and passengers. But survivors said about 200 people were on board, Sumpeno said.
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.
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.
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.
September 16, 2007 |
The toll from a series of earthquakes on Indonesia's Sumatra island has risen to 23 dead and 88 injured, and more than 13,000 homes were destroyed or damaged, officials said today. Since an 8.4-magnitude quake struck off the coast of western Sumatra on Wednesday evening, there have been at least 60 strong aftershocks and numerous tsunami warnings, which were subsequently withdrawn.
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.