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Landslide kills 12 women at illegal gold mine in Indonesia

Apr. 29, 2022 00:06 AM EDT

MEDAN, Indonesia (AP) — Rescuers retrieved a dozen bodies of women buried under tons of mud from a landslide that crashed onto an unauthorized gold mining operation on Indonesia’s Sumatra island, police said Friday. About 14 women were looking for gold grains Thursday in a pit...

3 critically endangered Sumatran tigers lost to animal traps

Apr. 25, 2022 06:39 AM EDT

BANDA ACEH, Indonesia (AP) — Three critically endangered Sumatran tigers were found dead after being caught in traps on Indonesia’s Sumatra island in the latest setback for a species whose numbers are estimated to have dwindled to about 400, authorities said Monday. A female and...

Earthquakes shake Indonesia, Philippines; no tsunami threat

Mar. 14, 2022 01:20 AM EDT

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Strong, shallow underwater earthquakes shook western Indonesia and the Philippine capital region Monday, but no serious damage was reported and no tsunami warnings were issued. In Indonesia, a magnitude-6.7 quake that was 16 kilometers (10 miles) deep...

More than 100 Rohingya land on beach in Indonesia's Aceh

Mar. 06, 2022 03:09 AM EST

BANDA ACEH, Indonesia (AP) — More than 100 hungry and weak Rohingya Muslims were found on a beach in Indonesia’s northernmost province of Aceh on Sunday after weeks at sea, officials said. The group arrived on Jangka beach near Alue Buya Pasi, a fishing village in Bireuen...

Death toll from Indonesia earthquake rises to 11

Feb. 27, 2022 07:47 AM EST

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Rescuers on Indonesia's Sumatra island retrieved more bodies Sunday from a strong earthquake two days ago, raising the death toll to 11 while another 400 were injured and thousands displaced. The body of the latest victim was recovered from the rubble of...

Searchers dig in Indonesia earthquake rubble for victims

Feb. 26, 2022 01:01 AM EST

PASAMAN, Indonesia (AP) — Searchers in Indonesia continued to dig in the rubble of collapsed buildings and mud from landslides for more victims Saturday, a day after a strong earthquake shook Sumatra island, killing eight people, injuring 86 and leaving thousands displaced. At...

Magnitude 6.2 earthquake kills 7 on Indonesia's Sumatra

Feb. 25, 2022 21:22 PM EST

PASAMAN, Indonesia (AP) — A strong and shallow earthquake shook Indonesia’s Sumatra island on Friday, killing seven people and injuring 85, while causing panic on the island and in neighboring Malaysia and Singapore. The magnitude 6.2 earthquake struck about 66 kilometers (41...