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Fires cost Indonesia US$16 billion, double tsunami total: World Bank
Indonesia's economy took a US$16 billion hit this year from forest fires that cloaked Southeast Asia in haze, more than double the sum spent on rebuilding Aceh after the 2004 tsunami, the World Bank said Tuesday.
 
Four people, including a baby, were killed and 10 others left missing after a speedboat sank in a river on the Indonesian part of Borneo island, a rescue official said Monday.
 
Millions of Indonesians voted Wednesday in nationwide elections for regional leaders in the sprawling archipelago.
 
Bus, train crash in Indonesia kills 16
A collision between a commuter train and a minibus on a level crossing in the Indonesian capital Jakarta on Sunday killed at least 16 people and injured several others, an official said.
 
Fifteen-year-old Adina curls up in bed under a sheet, her body ravaged by AIDS, one of many caught up in an epidemic sweeping Indonesia's eastern Papua region.
 
Rudder problem, pilot actions led to AirAsia crash
A rudder control system problem that had occurred 23 times in the previous 12 months coupled with the pilots' response led to last year's crash of an AirAsia plane that killed all 162 people on board, Indonesian investigators said Tuesday.
 
Migrants in Indonesia after Oz turn back: police
Sixteen asylum seekers have come ashore in Indonesia after their boat was turned back from Australia, police said Friday, prompting fresh concern from Jakarta over Canberra's tough immigration policies.
 
Indonesia releases Papuan nationalist leader
A high-profile Papuan separatist leader was released from prison Thursday after more than a decade behind bars, a fresh sign that Indonesia may be easing its tight grip on the restive eastern region.
 
Indonesia's health ministry has apologized after a printing error led to posters being put up claiming that HIV can be transmitted through mosquito bites, swimming and sneezing, an official said Wednesday.
 
A newlywed Indonesian couple have been arrested over claims they dined on the genitals of the woman's suspected rapist after her husband allegedly murdered him and cut off his private parts, police said Tuesday.
 
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