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Nazi-themed Indonesian cafe reopens

A Nazi-themed cafe in Indonesia that closed shop after sparking international outrage reopened Saturday with its walls still bearing swastikas and a painting of Adolf Hitler. Henry Mulyana voluntarily shut down his SoldatenKaffee last year after media reports exposed his swastika-clad establishment, prompting death threats and accusation of inciting racial…

6.2-magnitude earthquake strikes off Indonesia: USGS

A 6.2-magnitude quake struck off the western Indonesian island of Sumatra Sunday, prompting panicked people to run out of their homes. However there were no reports of damage and a tsunami warning was not issued. The US Geological Survey said the quake……

Blackberry hopes to reverse slump in emerging markets with Z3 budget handset

BlackBerry Ltd launched a low-cost touchscreen device in Jakarta, the Z3, as the embattled smartphone maker looks to revive sales in emerging markets like Indonesia where its once-fervent following has shriveled. The handset, unveiled at a glitzy launch event in the Indonesian capital on Tuesday, is the first in a…

Indonesia’s ‘Elvis’ leads celebrity charge at polls

A white jumpsuit stretched over his bulging belly, an ageing crooner known as Indonesia's Elvis launches into song ahead of elections Wednesday, one of a parade of celebrities standing as candidates or acting as cheerleaders. Rhoma Irama, who was seeking……

Three dead, 200,000 told to evacuate as Indonesian volcano erupts

A spectacular volcanic eruption in Indonesia has killed three people and forced mass evacuations, disrupting long-haul flights and closing international airports Friday. Mount Kelud, considered one of the most dangerous volcanoes on the main island……

Indonesia seeks to protect Tana Toa’s ancient Kajang tribe

Deep in a remote forest in the Indonesian archipelago, the Kajang tribe lives much as it has done for centuries, resisting nearly all the trappings of modern life. Their lifestyle has drawn comparisons with the Amish in the US, but they live in even……

Indonesia reports 163rd death from H1N1 virus

An Indonesian woman living near the capital Jakarta has died of bird flu, the health ministry said, the latest death from H5N1 in the country hardest hit by the virus. The 31-year-old housewife from Bekasi in West Java province is the 163rd fatality from the virus in Southeast Asia’s biggest…

Second endangered orangutan dies at Indonesian ‘death zoo’

An endangered Borneo orangutan died Thursday at Indonesia’s “death zoo”, the latest in a series of suspicious animal deaths that have prompted calls to close the notorious facility. Fifteen-year-old Betty the orangutan had difficulty breathing before she died, Surabaya Zoo spokesman Agus Supangkat said, adding she had just undergone a…

Muslim beauty pageant challenges Miss World

Muslim women in headscarves and elaborately embroidered dresses took to the stage Wednesday for the finale of an Islamic beauty pageant in Indonesia, a riposte to the Miss World contest that has sparked hardline anger. The twenty contestants began the Muslimah World show by elegantly descending a flight of stairs…

Thousands flee as volcano erupts in Indonesia

Nearly six thousand people have fled their homes on Indonesia’s Sumatra island after a huge volcanic eruption at the weekend, officials said, as the volcano belched out more smoke Monday. Mount Sinabung in the Karo district of North Sumatra province erupted before dawn on Sunday, spewing rocks and red-hot ash…

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