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Villagers attend a protest against the military coup, in Launglon township, Myanmar April 4, 2021 in this picture obtained from social media. Dawei Watch-via REUTERS

Five killed in Myanmar as troops open fire on protesters

Myanmar troops fired at anti-coup protesters on Wednesday, killing at least five people and wounding several, media said, as activists defied a bloody crackdown and internet blockade by the ruling junta.
Villagers attend a protest against the military coup, in Launglon township, Myanmar April 4, 2021 in this picture obtained from social media. Dawei Watch-via REUTERS

Bloodshed in Myanmar as troops open fire on protesters

Myanmar troops stormed an anti-coup protest camp on Wednesday, a resident said, in a pre-dawn operation that local media said killed and wounded several demonstrators, as activists defied a bloody crackdown and internet blockade by the ruling junta.
The highly infectious variant of the novel coronavirus that is predominant in the United Kingdom may be up to 70 percent more deadly than previous strains, according to a report by the government’s scientific advisers.

Indonesia reports coronavirus case with ‘Eek’ mutation

Indonesia has reported its first case of a more transmissible new variant of the coronavirus known for reducing vaccine protection, but the government on Tuesday said vaccines being used in the country could withstand the mutation.
A suspected suicide bomb attack outside a Catholic church in the Indonesian city of Makassar has left at least 14 people wounded, police say.

Indonesia cathedral rocked by bomb on Palm Sunday in ‘act of terror’

An Indonesian cathedral was rocked by a suspected suicide bombing on Sunday that wounded more than a dozen as Christians inside celebrated the start of Holy Week, an attack slammed by the country’s leader as an “act of terror”.
Protesters release red balloons during a protest against the military coup in Yangon, Myanmar, March 24, 2021. REUTERS-Stringer

Thousands hold street protests in Myanmar after paralysing strike

Myanmar pro-democracy activists plan to resume street demonstrations on Thursday, a day after a nationwide silent strike saw businesses shut and people stay at home in protest against military rule in the Southeast Asian country.
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Lethal pollution high in 2020 despite lockdowns

Deadly small particle pollution in dozens of nations exceeded World Health Organization (WHO) recommendations last year despite Covid lockdowns, according to a report released Tuesday.
FILE PHOTO - A demonstrator takes part in a protest against the military coup in Yangon, Myanmar, February 22, 2021. REUTERS-Stringer

Myanmar minister flies to Thailand for crisis talks

Myanmar’s military-appointed foreign minister travelled to Thailand on Wednesday, a Thai government source said, as Myanmar’s neighbours intensified efforts to resolve a crisis that began when its army seized power in a Feb. 1 coup.
Protesters opposed to the military coup block the railway between Yangon and the southern city of Mawlamyine, Myanmar February 16, 2021 in this still image taken from social media video. Than Lwin Times Media via REUTERS THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. MANDATORY CREDIT. NO RESALES. NO ARCHIVES.

Myanmar military guarantees new election; protesters block train services

Myanmar’s military on Tuesday guaranteed that it would hold an election and hand power to the winner, denying that its ouster of an elected government was a coup and denouncing protesters for inciting violence and intimidating civil servants.
People take part in a protest against the military coup in Yangon, Myanmar, February 16, 2021. REUTERS-Stringer

Myanmar protesters block railway line; U.N. warns against crackdown

Protesters opposed to Myanmar’s military coup blocked train services between Yangon and a southern city on Tuesday, hours after a U.N. envoy warned the army of “severe consequences” for any harsh response to the pro-democracy demonstrations.
A new variant of the coronavirus, which appears to be more transmissible, has been discovered in South Africa and is being blamed for a new surge in Covid-19 cases in the UK.

303 Doctors die of coronavirus in Indonesia

As many as 303 doctors died due to the Coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19) in Indonesia, according to the Indonesia Medical Association on Thursday.
FILE PHOTO - People sit on a boat driving through Balikpapan bay in East Kalimantan province, Indonesia, August 28, 2019. Picture taken August 28, 2019. REUTERS-Willy Kurniawan

Indonesia seizes Iran, Panama-flagged tankers over ‘illegal oil transfer’

Indonesia said its coast guard seized the Iranian-flagged MT Horse and the Panamanian-flagged MT Freya vessels over suspected illegal oil transfer in the country’s waters on Sunday.
There are indications that the Sriwijaya Air plane was still having a functional engine as at the time it crashed near Jakarta.

Sriwijaya Air crash: Flight recorder indicates functional engine before crash

There are indications that the Sriwijaya Air plane was still having a functional engine as at the time it crashed near Jakarta. The disclosure was made Friday after the Indonesian investigators successfully downloaded information from...
Chief of National Transportation Safety Committee Soerjanto Tjahjono, left, and Chief of National Search and Rescue Agency Bagus Puruhito with the retrieved flight data recorder on Tuesday.

Indonesia recovers first black box from crashed plane

A black box from the crashed Indonesian passenger jet has been recovered, officials said Tuesday, a discovery that could offer critical clues to explain why the plane with 62 people aboard slammed into the sea.
Finding the boxes - cockpit voice and flight data recorders - could offer crucial clues as to why the Sriwijaya Air Boeing 737-500 plunged 10,000 feet in less than a minute before slamming into the Java Sea. (Reuters)

Indonesia uses unmanned undersea vehicle in search for crash victims

Indonesia has deployed a remotely operated underwater vehicle to help divers search for the remains of victims from a Sriwijaya Air jet that crashed into the sea on Saturday. The Boeing 737-500 plane with 62...
Indonesian search and rescue personnel carrying body bags to be examined by investigators on Sunday in Jakarta, Indonesia. Ed Wray-Getty Images

Indonesia finds body parts, debris, detects emergency signal of crashed jet

Indonesia, on Sunday, detected signals that could come from a flight recorder of a Sriwijaya Air jet that crashed into the sea soon after taking off from the capital Jakarta.
A plane operated by Indonesian carrier Sriwijaya Air lost contact after taking off from Jakarta's airport. EPA-EFE

Indonesian plane crashes after take-off with 62 aboard

A Sriwijaya Air plane crashed into the sea on Saturday minutes after taking off from Indonesia’s capital Jakarta.
The Sriwijaya Air Boeing 737 lost contact en route to Pontianak in West Kalimantan province, officials said.

Indonesian plane missing after take off from Jakarta airport

A passenger plane with more than 50 people on board has gone missing shortly after take-off from the Indonesian capital Jakarta.
Abu Bakar Bashir was jailed in 2011 for links to militant training camps in the Indonesian province of Aceh. He is considered the spiritual leader of the al Qaeda-linked Jemaah Islamiah (JI) network, which was accused of orchestrating the bombings of nightclubs on the holiday island of Bali.

Australia says Indonesia must ensure cleric is not a threat after release

Indonesia must ensure a radical cleric and suspected mastermind of the 2002 Bali bombings does not incite more violence when he is released from jail this week, Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs Marise Payne said on Tuesday.
Jemaah Islamiah’s military leader was arrested by Indonesia’s counterterrorism police in East Lampung district on Sumatra island.

Indonesian police arrest militant leader associated with al-Qaida

Authorities in Indonesia announced on Saturday the arrest of a top leader of the al-Qaida-linked Jemaah Islamiyah, an extremist group that has carried out deadly attacks in pursuit of an Islamic caliphate in Southeast Asia.
Voters wearing protective masks mark their ballots at a polling booth during regional elections in Tangerang, near Jakarta, Indonesia, December 9, 2020. REUTERS-Willy Kurniawan

Indonesia holds regional polls under shadow of rising coronavirus cases

Indonesians streamed into polling stations to vote in regional elections on Wednesday, with health experts warning of the risk of new coronavirus clusters emerging across the archipelago after authorities ignored calls to postpone the vote again.
A manhunt is under way after a group of sword and gun-wielding attackers killed four people in a remote part of the Indonesian island of Sulawesi, including one who was beheaded and one burned to death.

Police hunt suspects after four killed on Indonesian island

A manhunt is under way after a group of sword and gun-wielding attackers killed four people in a remote part of the Indonesian island of Sulawesi, including one who was beheaded and one burned to death.
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Police: IS-linked militants kill four Christians in Indonesia

Islamic State-linked extremists killed four people in a remote Christian community on the Indonesian island of Sulawesi, authorities said Saturday, with one victim beheaded and another burned to death.

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