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Indonesia fears bird flu outbreak could cause shuttlecock shortage

Badminton-crazy Indonesia is concerned a deadly bird-flu outbreak could claim an unlikely victim — the shuttlecock. Jakarta is to halt the import of all Chinese poultry products, including dried duck feathers used in the shuttlecocks, after the new H7N9 bird flu strain killed seven people and made 24 ill in…

Asian tsunami warnings test post-2004 systems

Giant quakes off Indonesia in which five people died caused panic but little damage, with warning systems introduced after the catastrophic 2004 Asian tsunami proving successful, experts said Thursday. In the tense hours that an Indian Ocean-wide tsunami watch remained in effect Wednesday, Indonesian meteorologists were monitoring offshore buoys that measured the…

Convicted Australian marijuana smuggler recommended for clemency

Indonesia’s justice ministry said Wednesday it had recommended granting clemency to an Australian drug trafficker, whose lawyers argue she went insane after being jailed in a notorious Bali prison. Schapelle Corby, 34, was convicted in 2005 of smuggling 4.1 kilograms (nine pounds) of marijuana and is serving a 20-year jail…

Chevron accused of graft in Indonesian green project

Indonesia on Saturday accused five Chevron employees of being involved in a scam to set up a fictitious green project that lost the state some $270 million, a charge denied by the US oil giant. “The Attorney-General’s Office (AGO) has named seven suspects, five of whom are from Chevron,” the…

Monster zookeepers starve animals at Indonesia zoo

Animals are “plagued by a lack of funding for and understanding of” proper care at The Surabaya Zoo in Indonesia, according to the AP. Doctors found more than 20 pounds of plastic in a giraffe’s stomach after he died, indicating the zoo is under extreme mismanagement. The zoo’s rare white…

Indonesia to ban female MPs from wearing miniskirts

JAKARTA — Women’s groups expressed outrage Tuesday after Indonesia’s parliament said it would draft rules banning female lawmakers from wearing “provocative” clothing such as miniskirts to work and claimed such dress invited rape. “We know there have been a lot of rape cases and other immoral acts recently, and this…

Indonesia releases orangutans into the wild

Four orangutans were released into the wild on Indonesia’s Borneo island on Tuesday, an official said, as the country ramps up efforts to protect the animals from extinction. They were the first among 40 orangutans planned to be released by the end of the year, Mega Hariyanto, the forestry ministry’s conservation chief for Central…

Orangutan ‘exterminators’ on trial in Indonesia

Three Indonesians and a Malaysian went on trial Tuesday for killing endangered orangutans and other protected primates as a means of pest control at a palm oil plantation on Borneo island. Prosecutors said the plantation manager, Malaysian national Phuah Chuan Hun, and his employee Widiantoro paid two men between 2009 and 2010…

Migrant boat sinks off Indonesia with 250 on board

A boat packed with around 250 migrants sank off Indonesia’s Java island Saturday, search and rescue officials said, with efforts to reach survivors hampered by bad weather and heavy seas. “A boat carrying around 250 people has sunk south of Prigi beach in eastern Java and we have started a…

RIM Indonesia chief named suspect in BlackBerry chaos

Indonesian police named Research In Motion’s country director a suspect for negligence Monday after a BlackBerry promotion turned chaotic and left dozens injured and others knocked unconscious. Andrew Cobham, president director for Research in Motion (RIM) in Indonesia, and British security consultant Terry Burkey were named as two of four suspects in the incident…

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