(INDONESIA) JUST IN: A fire at a jail in Banten province has killed at least 41 people and injured 80 others #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Sept.09: Law and human rights minister Yasonna Laoly said two foreigners from South Africa and Portgual, respectively, were among those killed…..

#AceDailyNews says that a fire breaks out at Indonesian prison as inmates sleep, killing 41 including two foreigners Government spokeswoman Rika Aprianti said the fire at Tangerang prison broke out just after 1:00am on Wednesday (local time)…………..The other inmates, most of whom were sleeping, were evacuated from the facility………..The situation is now under control,” Jakarta Police Chief Fadil Imran said.

A member of a police forensic team stands near body bags
Most of those held in the prison are drug convicts.(AP: Dita Alangkara)

At least 41 inmates were killed and 80 hospitalised, eight of them with severe burns, he said.

“The cause of the fire is under investigation,” Ms Aprianti said.

The blaze started at Block C of Tangerang prison, which is located on the outskirts of Jakarta and used for drug offenders.

Hundreds of police and soldiers were deployed to take control at prison, which was designed to house 1,225 inmates but has more than 2,000, Ms Aprianti said.

Block C was crammed full with 122 convicts when the fire occurred.

She said the fire was extinguished after a few hours and all the victims were moved to a local hospital.

There were indications an electrical fault may have caused the fire, Mr Imran said.

“Our initial assumption is that the fire was caused by an electrical short circuit,” he said.

Four uniformed security guards in face masks stand guard in front of grey modern building
Police officers and guards helped evacuate inmates from Tangerang prison when the fire broke out.(Reuters: Ajeng Dinar Ulfiana)

“It lasted for approximately two hours and has now been handled by firefighters, prison officers and the police.”

Jailbreaks and riots that lead to prisoner injuries are common in Indonesia, where overcrowding has become a problem.

As of March 2020, the country had almost 270,000 inmates, more than double its total capacity of 133,000, according to Human Rights Watch.

Large numbers of people have been arrested in the nation’s war on illegal drugs but most of Indonesia’s prisons struggle with poor funding.

ABC/wires

#AceNewsDesk report ……..Published: Sept.09: 2021:

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(WASHINGTON) State Dept Report: Secretary Blinken Announces the launch of a ‘Strategic Dialogue’ with Indonesia including defending freedom of navigation in the South China Sea #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Aug.05: Indonesia is the largest country and economy in the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), a bloc Washington sees as key to its efforts to stand up to China’s growing influence in Asia….

#AceDailyNews says ….U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken has announced the launch of a “strategic dialogue” with Indonesia on issues that include defending freedom of navigation in the South China Sea…..

Indonesia commits to South China Sea defence with US as India and Germany send warships to the region as China continues its expansionist policies in the deeply contested South China Sea, more countries are joining forces to counter Beijing in the energy-rich waters.

Meeting in Washington, Mr Blinken and Indonesian Foreign Minster Retno Marsudi also committed to work together against #COVID19 and the climate crisis and to boost bilateral trade and economic ties, the State Department said.

The two sides agreed to establish a “strategic partnership” in 2015, but Mr Blinken told reporters while standing alongside Ms Marsudi that the dialogue was only now actually being initiated.

“Indonesia is a strong democratic partner to the United States; we are working together on so many different fronts,” he said, adding that Washington appreciated Jakarta’s strong voice within ASEAN.

Ms Marsudi told Mr Blinken a strong partnership with Indonesia would be “a key asset for your increasing engagement in the region.”

She said the United States was one of the important partners for ASEAN in implementing its Indo-Pacific outlook.

“It is my hope, and the Indonesian government’s, to advance the bilateral relationship with the US, from health to SDGs, from education to economy, and beyond,” she said, using the acronym for sustainable development goals.

Ms Marsudi and Mr Blinken also “expressed shared views on maritime security” and committed to “defending freedom of navigation in the South China Sea, and continuing collaboration in cybersecurity and preventing cybercrime,” the statement said.

The talks came before Mr Blinken was to participate in a virtual meeting with ASEAN, several members of which have competing claims in the South China Sea to those of China.

Beijing sees nearly all the strategic waterways as its own and has built up its forces there.

Mr Blinken is joining a week of meetings with regional counterparts, part of a US effort to show it is serious about engaging with Southeast Asia to push back against China.

India and Germany send warships to region……Meanwhile, India is sending a task force of four warships into the South China Sea on a two-month deployment……..India’s defence ministry said on Monday, the deployment of the Indian Navy ships intends to ensure good order in the maritime domain and “strengthen existing bonds between India and countries of the Indo Pacific.”…..

During the deployment in the Indo Pacific, the ships are scheduled to participate in bilateral exercises with the Vietnamese Peoples’ Navy, Republic of Philippines Navy, Republic of Singapore Navy (SIMBEX), Indonesian Navy (Samudra Shakti) and Royal Australian Navy (AUS-INDEX).

On Monday, Germany also sent a warship to the South China Sea for the first time in almost two decades, joining other Western nations in expanding its military presence in the region.

China claims swathes of the South China Sea and has established military outposts on artificial islands in the waters that contain gas fields and rich fishing.

The US Navy, in a show of force against the Chinese territorial claims, regularly conducts so-called “freedom of navigation” operations in which their vessels pass close by some of the contested islands.

China in turn objects to the US missions, saying they do not help promote peace or stability.

Washington has put countering China at the heart of its national security policy and seeks to rally partners against what it says are Beijing’s increasingly coercive economic and foreign policies.

Officials in Berlin have said the German navy will stick to common trade routes. The frigate is not expected to sail through the Taiwan Strait either, another regular US activity condemned by Beijing.

Nevertheless, Berlin has made it clear the mission serves to stress the fact Germany does not accept China’s territorial claims.

https://www.forbes.com/sites/outofasia/2017/08/22/making-sense-of-the-south-china-sea-dispute/

Ace News Services/ABC with wires/State Dept/ Forbes/

#AceNewsDesk report ………Published: Aug.05: 2021:

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(JAKARTA) #Coronavirus Report: The Indonesian island of Bali is running out of oxygen for its #COVID19 patients as infections surge, the chief of its health agency said, as Southeast Asia’s biggest country struggles with the region’s worst in the epidemic #AceHealthDesk report

#AceHealthReport – July.25: We’ve had an oxygen shortage since July 14 and it’s getting critical by the day because of a surge in new cases,” Ketut Suarjaya, the head of Bali’s health agency, said as quoted by Antara state news agency as saying on Friday.

#CoronavirusNewsDesk says there’s an oxygen crisis in Bali.” As Indonesia, the world’s fourth most populous country, has had more than 3 million #COVID19 infections and 80,598 deaths according to official data the spread being driven by the Delta variant, has shown no sign of slowing acording to Telegram Reuters Wires…

Telegram Reuters Wires

Reuters Wire News, [Jul 24, 2021 at 09:19:

Research organisation Our World in Data said the country had a death rate three times higher than the global average.

The debate over coronavirus restrictions has pitted health experts, who say it is premature to ease curbs during the surge of infections, against employer groups that have warned of mass layoffs unless the curbs are relaxed.

Suarjaya said patients in Bali needed 113.3 tonnes of oxygen on Thursday, while hospitals only had 40.5 tonnes. He was not immediately available for comment on Saturday.

Oxygen shortages have also been seen on Java. The government has begun to import oxygen supplies from countries such as the United States and China.

#AceHealthDesk report ……….Published: July.25: 2021:

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(CANADA) JUST IN: A Canadian-listed mining company has been granted a concession over more than half of an Indonesian island #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – July.22: Mining on small islands in Indonesia was off-limits until a controversial pro-business bill was passed last year.

#AceDailyNews reports on a pro-business-bill and the battle for ‘Indonesia’s Gold Island’ as environmentalists say the gold mine threatens Sangihe island’s ancient forests, which are home to endemic birds and locals fear it will affect their water supply….

The BBC went to visit the remote island to see what’s at stake.

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#AceNewsDesk report ……….Published: July.21: 2021:

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(INDONESIA) #Coronavirus Report: Red Cross says country’s health is in ‘catastrophic’ situation as #COVID19 cases are surging with daily records #AceHealthDesk report

#AceHealthReport – July.01: Indonesia’s #COVID19 surge is on the edge of a “catastrophe” as the more infectious Delta variant dominates transmission and chokes hospitals in South-East Asia’s worst epidemic, the Red Cross says.

#CoronavirusNewsDesk – Red Cross says Indonesia close to ‘catastrophe’ as #COVID19 Delta variant causes case surge and oxygen shortage and health dept has reported record daily infections of more than 20,000 in recent days, in a new wave of infections fuelled by the emergence of highly transmissible virus variants and increased mobility after the Muslim fasting month.

Two patients rest on hospital beds while conected to oxygen tanks, while another person sits behind them
The Delta variant is driving daily infection rates of more than 20,000 cases recently.(Reuters: Willy Kurniawan)

“Every day we are seeing this Delta variant driving Indonesia closer to the edge of a COVID-19 catastrophe,” said Jan Gelfand, head of the Indonesian delegation of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC).

As cases surge, oxygen prices in Indonesia’s capital more than doubled, and some suppliers reported shortages on Tuesday.

With hospitals filling up in Jakarta and patients being turned away, some people sought to secure oxygen for infected family members at home.

The price for a tank of oxygen had jumped to $US140 ($185)  from the usual $66, suppliers said.

“I’m queuing here now to refill oxygen for my wife and son who are now positive with COVID-19,” said Taufik Hidayat.

“I went around and it all was sold out.”

Sellers in others areas of Jakarta told Reuters their stocks had also dried up.

Two men wearing face masks and orange work gloves use gaslines to refill large thin cylinders with oxygen.
Officials say shortages are due to distribution problems that will soon be sorted.(Reuters: Antara Foto/Syifa Yulinnas)

But Sulung Mulia Putra, an official at Jakarta’s health agency, said a shortage at hospitals was temporary and due to distribution issues that were being resolved.

“Distributors don’t have enough transport so hospitals will be helped by the police, parks agency and Red Cross to transport oxygen,” he said.

Almost all isolation beds in use in worst areas

Hospitals in several designated “red zone” areas have reported overcapacity, including in Jakarta, with its isolation beds 93 per cent occupied as of Sunday.Indonesian COVID patients die in self-isolationAs Indonesia’s hospital system struggles with a surge of new COVID-19 cases, many are being turned away from hospitals and are being forced to isolate at home. Some have even died at home.

“Hospitals are full because of the case surge caused by mobility and loosening health protocol adherence, worsened also by the Delta variant,” said senior health ministry official Siti Nadia Tarmizi, when asked about the IFRC’s assessment.

The Delta variant was first identified in India and has been blamed for big spikes in infections in many countries.

Indonesia is banking on mass vaccinations as a means of tackling the virus, but only 13.3 million of the 181.5 million targeted for inoculation have received the required two doses since January.

Indonesia’s Health Minister is leading a push for stricter controls as infections surge to unprecedented levels, sources familiar with government discussions have told Reuters.

Citing unnamed sources, The Straits Times newspaper on Tuesday reported the government will tighten restrictions starting on Wednesday, prohibiting restaurant dining and requiring negative tests for domestic air travel.

Asked for confirmation of that, the health ministry said: “Wait for the official announcement.”

ABC/Reuters/The Straits Times/Reuters/

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(JAKARTA) JUST IN: Generous Indonesians donating their spare change to the poor and needy are unwittingly helping finance deadly terror attacks and militant training camps, in a scam that has netted big money for extremist groups #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – JUne.28: Former radical Khairul Ghazali once spent his days visiting restaurants, convenience stores and supermarkets to drop off charity boxes, wearing an official-looking uniform to avoid suspicion:

INDONESIA: Jihad group finances its activities through charity boxes for the poor and needy Alms for terror according to AFP, June 24, 2021:

Passers-by would slot in coins and crumpled banknotes in the belief that they were helping the impoverished, orphaned children or maybe a Palestinian aid organisation.

But Mr Ghazali’s boxes secretly belonged to Jemaah Islamiah (JI) – the notorious network behind Indonesia’s deadliest terror attack, the 2002 Bali nightclub bombings.

“People can’t tell the difference between these and other charity boxes,” said Mr Ghazali, 56, who now runs an Islamic boarding school and tries to deradicalise former extremists.

“The money collected is usually used to pay for terrorism.”

With little outside funding, hardline Islamist groups depend on the charity box scam to pay for operations across Indonesia, the world’s biggest Muslim-majority nation, which has suffered a series of hotel bombings and other attacks over the years.

North Sumatra police said in March they had seized more than 500 boxes suspected to be funding pipelines for the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) group and radicals linked to Al-Qaeda.

The seizure, weeks before an ISIS-inspired married couple blew themselves up at a church on Good Friday, was the tip of the iceberg.

A JI militant arrested last year admitted that one foundation linked to the notorious terror group was running more than 20,000 boxes nationwide, police said at the time….

#AceNewsDesk report ………Published: Jun.28: 2021:

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(INDONESIA) JUST IN: Thousands of worshippers trudged up an active volcano Saturday to cast livestock and other offerings down its smouldering crater in a centuries-old religious ceremony #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – June.28: Every year people from the Tengger tribe gather from the surrounding highlands to throw fruit, vegetables, flowers and even livestock such as goats and chickens into Mount Bromo’s crater as part of the Yadnya Kasada festival.

Thousands climb Indonesian volcano for ritual sacrifice of offerings in ancient religious festival of Yadnya Kasada

A long line of worshippers, some with goats slung across their backs, made their way to the top in the hopes of pleasing ancestors and Hindu gods — and bringing prosperity to their communities.

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Source: France24

#AceNewsDesk report……..Published: Jun.28: 2021:

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(INDONESIA) JUST IN: Almost 200 passengers have been safely evacuated from a passenger ship that caught fire in the sea in the country’s east #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – May.31: Authorities said there were 181 people on board, including 22 crew, when the ship caught fire early this morning.Passengers were evacuated and taken to a nearby village:

INDONESIA: ‘Hundreds of passengers evacuated from burning passenger ship in east with media posts include dramatic vision of the ship alight and covered in thick black smoke with footage showed many of those on board in life jackets jumping into lifeboats’

Posted Yesterday at 12:58pm

A ferry is in flames on the ocean.
Initial reports suggest the fire may have started in the ship’s engine room.(Supplied)

All were rescued and taken to a nearby village. There were no early reports of injuries.

Initial reports suggest the fire may have begun in the engine room.

The ship was sailing from Ternate in North Maluku province to Sanana in the Sula Islands.

#AceNewsDesk report ……Published: May.31: 2021:

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(INDONESIA) JUST IN: Officials has about 72 hours left to rescue 53 crew members of a missing navy submarine before they run out of oxygen, the navy said #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Apr.22: Six warships, a helicopter and 400 people are involved in the search: Singapore and Malaysia have dispatched ships, and the US, Australia, France, and Germany have offered assistance:

BBC Asia ‘Missing Indonesian submarine has 72 hours of oxygen left, navy says the KRI Nanggala-402 vessel is thought to have disappeared about 60 miles (100km) off the coast of Bali early on Wednesday morning’

1 hour ago

A KRI Nanggala-402 submarine performs an exercise in Surabaya, East Java, Indonesia, in 2014
Indonesia’s navy is racing to find the KRI Nanggala-402, pictured here in a file image

The German-built submarine had been conducting a drill but failed to report back and contact was lost, the navy said. 

“We know the area but it’s quite deep,” First Admiral Julius Widjojono told the AFP news agency. 

Some reports said contact was lost with the submarine after it was given clearance to dive into deeper waters.

Meanwhile, an oil spill found near where the submarine dived could point to fuel tank damage, or could also be a signal from the crew, the navy said.

The missing vessel is one of five submarines operated by Indonesia. It was made in the late 1970s, and underwent a two-year refit in South Korea that was completed in 2012.

A navy spokesman told the BBC the incident was the first time Indonesia had lost one of its submarines. But similar incidents have happened elsewhere. In 2017, an Argentine military submarine went missing in the southern Atlantic with 44 crew on board.

Its wreck was located a year later and officials said that the submarine had imploded.

#AceNewsDesk report ……….Published: Apr.22: 2021:

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(INDONESIA) JUST IN: Three families were part of the bombings, and the jihadist parents included their young children in the attacks #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Mar.31: One of the highest-profile atrocities committed by Jamaah Ansharut Daulah was a spree of bombings in the Indonesian city of Surabaya:

Indonesia: ‘Newly weds identified as the jihad suicide bombers who attacked church on Palm Sunday and is believed to be linked to the group Jamaah Ansharut Daulah, which is itself linked to the #IslamicState

The brazen attack was posted on Twitter HERE.

“Couple who married 6 months ago identified as suicide bombers in Indonesian church attack,” RT, 30March 29, 2021:

Indonesian police have identified the suspects in Sunday’s church suicide bombing as a recently married couple with suspected jihadist ties. Families have been involved in some major terrorist attacks in the region.

The explosion occurred outside a Roman Catholic church in the city of Makassar after two people entered the churchyard on a motorbike and were prevented from entering by security guards. The blast left 20 people injured and killed the attackers. It happened shortly after a Palm Sunday Mass service was held inside the Sacred Heart of Jesus Cathedral.

The perpetrators were identified as a couple living in the same city who got married six months ago, National Police spokesperson Argo Yuwono revealed on Monday. Lab tests matched the male’s DNA to that of his relatives and confirmed the female’s identity via fingerprints. The police only gave the initials of the man, L, and his wife, YSF, but local media pinpointed the young couple’s residence and spoke to neighbors.

Police say the couple are believed to have had links to Jamaah Ansharut Daulah (JAD), an Indonesian jihadist group linked to Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS). The group has been responsible for a number of terrorist attacks in Indonesia and elsewhere in the region.

One of their highest-profile atrocities was a series of bombings in the city of Surabaya, the capital of Indonesia’s East Java province. Three bombs targeted Catholic churches, while one was set off by accident at a perpetrator’s residence and another exploded when police stopped two members of the group for a check. Three families were behind the spree of violence and included their children – as young as seven – in the attacks, investigators reported….

#AceNewsDesk report ………Published: Mar.31: 2021:

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(INDONESIA) JUST IN: Four couples have been lashed with a cane on Monday for committing ‘adultery’ outside marriage in Aceh province governed #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Mar.15: Four couples have been caned with up to 20 lashes for having sex outside of marriage in Indonesia:

Indonesia: ‘Four couples get 20 lashes for sex outside marriage in Sharia province Aceh & the men and women were publicly flogged in the ultra-conservative Aceh province governed by Sharia law on Monday’


“Couples are punished with 20 lashes of the cane for having sex outside marriage in Indonesian region governed under Sharia law,” by Jack Newman, MailOnline, March 8, 2021:

Crowds gathered to watch the brutal punishment being handed out despite the coronavirus pandemic, with many taking pictures and videos on their phones.

The couples, wearing face masks, were checked by medical officers before the caning and escorted in handcuffs to the rug where they knelt to receive the lashings.

A hooded cane-wielding enforcer, whose face could not be seen, delivered the punishment to the offenders.

Aceh is the only province in the world’s most populous Muslim-majority country that imposes Islamic law. About 98 per cent of Aceh’s five million residents are Muslims.

The public canings usually attract large crowds of eager spectators but today’s punishments were handed out indoors with only a small circle of observers. …

#AceNewsDesk report ……….Published: Mar.15: 2021:

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(JAKARTA, Indonesia.) JUST IN: The UAE is to develop several major infrastructure projects including a multimillion-dollar tourism resort in its westernmost Aceh province, the only area that imposes Shariah top Emirati & Indonesian ministers have confirmed according to Arab News sources #AceFinanceDesk report

#AceFinanceReport – May.07: A series of business agreements were signed by the two nations during a Jakarta visit of UAE Energy and Infrastructure Minister Suhail Al-Mazroui on Friday. The agreements are a part of a $22.9 billion deal signed during Indonesian President Joko Widodo’s Abu Dhabi visit in January last year. The investment deal, also covering energy, infrastructure and mining, is seen as the biggest in Indonesia’s history :

‘Aceh, a semi-autonomous province on the northwest tip of Sumatra Island, is the only region in Muslim-majority Indonesia that imposes Shariah’

UAE to develop $500 million tourism resort in Indonesia’s Aceh: ‘The tourism resort development project, which according to Indonesia’s Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs and Investment Luhut Pandjaitan is valued at between $300 million and $500 million, is expected to start in Aceh Singkil district in May

March 06, 2021 20:38:

“I think within two months’ time, we can see the progress of this project in the Singkil area,” Pandjaitan said during a joint conference with Al-Mazroui.

While authorities have not revealed more details, in response to a question by Arab News, Al-Mazroui said that some islands off the main coast of Aceh have been identified for the resort.

“Hopefully the team will finalize (it) and then we will be moving to the next stage of having some definitive agreements,” he said.

The project agreement was signed by Aceh Governor Nova Iriansyah and Amine Abide, executive director of Murban Energy, a UAE company whose investment portfolio includes the development of luxury resorts in the Maldives and Seychelles.

According to a statement by the Indonesian Ambassador to the UAE, Husin Bagis, one of the considerations for developing the project in Aceh is that it is only five hours away from the UAE by plane. He said that Abide had visited nine islands in the Aceh Singkil district that were shortlisted for the project.

Among the agreements inked in Jakarta, which Al-Mazroui said are follow-ups to those signed in Abu Dhabi last year, is a $1.2 billion deal between UAE’s logistics company Dubai Port (DP) World and Indonesia’s Maspion group to develop a port and an industrial zone in Gresik, East Java.

Other deals signed on Friday, Panjaitan said, included an agreement between Indonesia’s state-owned weapons manufacturer Pindad and UAE’s small-arms manufacturer Caracal to develop assault rifles, drones and defense system technologies.

LuLu Group International is also expected to enter the Southeast Asian country, as its president director also signed a property lease agreement on Friday to open a hypermarket on the outskirts of Jakarta.

Minister Al-Mazroui hinted that other deals may also follow in the wake of the newly forged economic ties between the UAE and Indonesia. 

“Some new deals have been considered, which was not discussed before, and this is the nature of the relationship,” he said.

Al-Mazroui is the first high-level government official from the UAE to visit Indonesia since the signing of a bilateral safe travel corridor agreement in July last year.

He and members of his delegation are in Indonesia to attend a series of events during Indonesia-Emirati Amazing Week, held in Jakarta, Solo, Bandung and Surabaya on March 1-8.

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#AceFinanceDesk report ……..Published: Mar.07: 2021:

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INDONESIA: ‘ Undersea Earthquake Measuring 6.0-Magnitude hits coast of Java ‘

#AceWorldNews – INDONESIA:July.26: A 6.0-magnitude undersea earthquake has hit off the coast of Indonesia’s main island of Java.

There were no immediate reports of damage or casualties, according to AP. Indonesia often sees tremors due to its location on the so-called Pacific “Ring of Fire.”

In 2004, a huge quake off the coast of Sumatra left 230,000 people dead.

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AUSTRALIA: ‘ Tony Abbot refuses to deny officials paid asylum boat crews to turn back to Indonesia ‘

#AceNewsReport – AUSTRALIA:June.12: Prime Minister Tony Abbott is refusing to deny claims Australian officials have paid asylum boat crews to turn back to Indonesia, saying the Government will stop the boats “by hook or by crook“.

Australian border officials reportedly handed over thousands of dollars to the captain and crew of a vessel carrying 65 asylum seekers which was intercepted off Java last week.

An Indonesian police chief was quoted as saying the six crew members said they had each been given $US5,000 by Australian officials to turn back.

Their vessel later crashed into a reef near the remote Rote Island.

Indonesia’s foreign ministry later told the ABC Indonesian police were investigating the claims.

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“This is endangering life. They were in the middle of the sea, but were pushed back,” foreign ministry spokesman Arrmanatha Nasir said.

Mr Abbott said on Friday “creative strategies” had been developed to stop the boats.

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#BREAKING ‘ 5.1 Magnitude Earthquake hits East of Manokwari ‘

#AceBreakingNews – INDONESIA:May.30: A 5.1 magnitude earthquake struck 174 kilometers east of Manokwari, Indonesia at 5:10pm UTC on Friday, the US Geological Survey (USGS) reported.

The quake’s epicenter was at a depth of 46.9 kilometers. No tsunami threat has been issued.

Earthquakes in eastern Indonesia occur rather frequently due to its location on the Australia-Pacific plate boundary.

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INDONESIA: ‘ JOKO WIDODO SWORN IN AS NEXT PRESIDENT WITH A KEEN EYE ON POLITICAL REFORM ‘

#AceWorldNews – INDONESIA – October 20 – Joko Widodo, sworn in as Indonesia’s president on Monday, reached out to political foes seeking support for his agenda.

Joko Widodo is sworn-in as Indonesian president during the inaugural ceremony at the House of Representative in Jakarta, on October 20, 2014 (AFP Photo/Romeo Gacad)

Joko Widodo is sworn-in as Indonesian president during the inaugural ceremony at the House of Representative in Jakarta, on October 20, 2014 (AFP Photo/Romeo Gacad)

Widodo is the first leader without deep roots going back to the era of dictator, Suharto, AFP reported. 

Indonesian President Joko Widodo (centre) rides on a horse-drawn carriage as they greet the crowd as their motorcade makes its way towards the presidential palace in Jakarta, on October 20, 2014 (AFP Photo/Romeo Gacad)

Indonesian President Joko Widodo (centre) rides on a horse-drawn carriage as they greet the crowd as their motorcade makes its way towards the presidential palace in Jakarta, on October 20, 2014 (AFP Photo/Romeo Gacad)

Widodo, a 53-year-old former furniture exporter known by his nickname Jokowi, won the presidency in July after a close race against controversial ex-general Prabowo Subianto.

The former Jakarta governor, who won legions of fans with his man-of-the-people image, is the country’s first leader since the end of Suharto’s three decades of dictatorship in 1998 to have no major links to that era.

Hopes are high for a new style of leadership in the world’s third-biggest democracy, but there are also fears an opposition-dominated parliament could make it hard for Widodo to enact reforms to revive the G20 economy and help society’s poorest.

The inauguration was attended by foreign dignitaries, including US Secretary of State John Kerry and Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott. 

A hostile parliament dominated by parties that opposed Widodo at the election could make it hard for him to push through reforms aimed at reviving South East Asia’s top economy and helping the poorest.

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IRAN: ‘ Foreign Minister Tongue Lashes Australia for Mistreating Asylum Seekers on the Death Ships’

#AceNewsServices – IRAN (Tehran) – October 07 – Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for Consular, Parliamentary and Expatriates’ Affairs Hassan Qashqavi lashed out at Australia for mistreating asylum seekers, and warned Iranians, specially the youth, not to travel to Australia through illegal channels, particularly on “death ships” sailing from Indonesia to Australia.

' Death Ships Sailing from Indonesia to Australia '

‘ Death Ships Sailing from Indonesia to Australia ‘

“Young people travel to some regions legally and then get on these death ship to sail the way between Indonesia and Australia (illegally), which in 90 percent of the cases leads to ship sinking and their death,” he added.

He further expressed regret that even if the Iranian nationals reach Australia sound and safe, they will still lose their lives in refugee camps, and demanded Iranian families to discourage their youth from travelling to Australia through illegal channels.

Last month, the Iranian deputy foreign minister had rapped Australia for mistreating the refugees after an Iranian national died in the country due to the inhuman conditions of a refugee camp.

The "Death Ships" Sailing from Indonesia to Australia.

The “Death Ships” Sailing from Indonesia to Australia.

“The islands that Australia has considered for sheltering the refugees who intend to enter the country via the sea have hard and inhumane weather conditions and the refugees are not treated well in them,” Qashqavi said.

He referred to the Iranian refugee who lost his life after suffering septicemia and then brain death in Australia, and said, “The bad respiratory conditions in Manus Island and the impacts of this region’s sewage on people’s living conditions made the Iranian national’s health conditions grow critical and led to his septicemia.”

Noting that he had held several meetings with Australian officials and the country’s ambassador has been summoned to the Iranian foreign ministry to protest at the situation of the Iranian nationals seeking asylum in Australia, Qashqavi called on human rights activists and institutions to use their capacities to put an end to such inhumane conditions in Australia.

“Sometimes, the refugees are deliberately kept in bad weather conditions, made to suffer malnutrition and don’t receive proper medical treatment, and we have always protested at such a behaviour of the Australian government,” the deputy foreign minister stressed.

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‘ Machete Wielding Pirates Hijack Tanker and Steal a Million Litres of Oil ‘

#AceWorldNews – MALAYSIA (Kuala Lumpur) – June 13 – Malaysia is hunting for a group of machete-wielding pirates who hijacked a tanker off its eastern coast, stealing a million litres of oil, in the latest in a spate of attacks in its waters, an official said Thursday.

Pirates hijacked the Malaysia-registered tanker MT Budi Mesra Dua last Saturday off Bintulu in the oil-rich Sarawak state as the ship sailed from neighbouring Singapore.

“Ten machete-wielding pirates boarded the ship, which was carrying about a million litres of diesel. They took control of the tanker for about 10 hours,” Mohamad Sufi Mohamad Ramli, a local commander with the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency told AFP.

The armed pirates siphoned off the diesel fuel to another ship, robbed the crew of their valuables and destroyed communication equipment before escaping, he said.

“We have activated 24-hour sea patrols around Bintulu waters (in the South China Sea) to prevent similar attacks,” Mohamad Sufi said.

“We are hunting down the pirates,” he added.

Pirates have attacked a number of vessels in waters off Indonesia, Singapore and Malaysia recently.

In April, pirates injured the captain and stole diesel fuel from a Thailand-owned tanker off the eastern coast of Malaysia.

In the same month, three Indonesian crew were kidnapped and diesel fuel stolen from a Singapore-managed tanker in the Strait of Malacca, an important shipping lane.

The International Maritime Bureau’s Kuala Lumpur-based Piracy Reporting Centre urged maritime agencies in Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia to bolster security measures to stop the piracy menace.

“In recent weeks, we have recorded five hijackings (including this latest incident), in the South China Sea area and in the Malacca Strait,” the centre’s head Noel Choong told AFP.

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Let’s join the indigenous people of West Papua…

Let’s join the indigenous people of West Papua in their fight for self determination and freedom from oppressive Indonesia. Please see the Free West Papua| Trailer of documentary the “Forgotten Bird of Paradise”.
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` Indonesia Tests Products of Cadbury to Check if they Comply to Islamic Standards '

#AceWorldNews INDONESIA (Jakarta) – May 30 – Indonesia is testing products made by British confectioner Cadbury to check they comply with Islamic standards, officials said on Friday.

The move follows a scandal in neighbouring Malaysia, after two chocolate varieties were found to be contaminated with pork DNA, Reuters said. “It is prudent to do a test on the other variants to see if they also have traces of the pig DNA,” said Roy Alexander Sparingga, head of Indonesia’s Food and Drug Monitoring Agency.

Some Muslim groups in Malaysia have called for a boycott on all products made by Cadbury over the ingredient banned under Islamic dietary laws.

(Asiaone) – Malaysian Islamic authorities tried to cool anger against Cadbury by saying it remained unclear if the contamination was the company’s fault. “People need to understand that we can’t immediately take action against Cadbury when there’s no solid evidence yet or if contamination occurred in the factory itself or if it was external factors,” said Othman Mustapha, the director general of Malaysia’s Department of Islamic Development, or JAKIM. “What’s happening to Cadbury now is akin to a person who’s remanded and placed in lockup. They have not been found guilty so this is just a suspension,” he added.

JAKIM, which is responsible for awarding halal certification in Malaysia, is conducting further tests on the suspect Cadbury products to confirm the initial findings by the health ministry.

Malaysia Authorities Dampen Concerns

Cadbury Malaysia said in a statement that it had withdrawn the two products as a precaution and that it had no reason to believe there was pork-related content in its other foods.

“We stand by our halal certification and we have the highest levels of product labelling standards,” it said.

Products in Muslim nations are regularly checked to ensure they are halal. Besides pork, items considered non-halal by Muslims include alcohol and the meat of animals and birds that have not been slaughtered according to Islamic rites.

Ace Related News:
1. Asia One – 30/05/2014 – http://tinyurl.com/kurv45t
2. RT News – 29/05/2014 – Enraged Muslims in Malaysia have called for a holy war or Jihad to be waged on Cadbury after traces of pig DNA were picked up in their chocolates. As a result of the complaint, the company has pulled two of its products from Malaysian shop shelves. http://on.rt.com/21247b

Reuters – Islamic Standards Officials – Asia One

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