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Nearly 80 people are still missing nearly 24 hours after a ferry ran into trouble in rough seas off the coast of Indonesia's Sulawesi, with authorities not ruling out the possibility of a sinking.
 
Indonesian police say New Year terror plot foiled, five held
Indonesian police have foiled a major terror plot with the arrest of several men allegedly linked to a planned suicide bombing in Jakarta during New Year celebrations, according to documents seen Sunday.
 
Bali police seize spears, machetes after deadly prison brawl
Police on Indonesia's Bali island said Friday they had seized hundreds of spears, machetes and arrows after fighting between gangs inside a prison and on the streets outside left four dead.
 
The embattled speaker of Indonesia's House of Representatives resigned Wednesday over his involvement in one of the biggest political scandals in years, in which he allegedly sought kickbacks from a giant U.S.-owned gold and copper mine in exchange for helping it extend its operating contract.
 
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.
 
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