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2005-10-24 01:22:24

JAKARTA (Reuters) - Indonesia's military will complete the second phase of a four-stage troop withdrawal from Aceh on Monday, part of a landmark peace pact to end decades of rebellion in the tsunami-devastated province. The last batch of soldiers involved in the phase that began last week was scheduled to leave from the northern Aceh town of Lhokseumawe, once a hotbed of the Free Aceh Movement (GAM) rebels fighting for independence. "God willing by today we would meet the target on...

2005-10-20 07:17:46

By Bill Tarrant LAMTEUNGOH, Indonesia (Reuters) - Putri's baby is big. At 8.8 lb, baby Angi is, in fact, huge by the natal standards of Indonesia -- all the more remarkable since her mother has been living in a grim tsunami survivors' camp throughout her pregnancy. Born September 23, Angi is the first known baby conceived and born after the December 26th tsunami that killed more than 170,000 people and left half a million homeless in Indonesia's Aceh province on the tip of northern...

2005-10-18 07:14:27

By Bill Tarrant LAMTEUNGOH, Indonesia (Reuters) - Putri's baby is big. At 8.8 lb, baby Angi is, in fact, huge by the natal standards of Indonesia -- all the more remarkable since her mother has been living in a grim tsunami survivors' camp throughout her pregnancy. Born on September 23, Angi is the first known baby conceived and born after the December 26th tsunami that killed more than 170,000 people and left half a million homeless in Indonesia's Aceh province on the tip of...

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2005-09-26 08:55:00

MEULABOH, Indonesia -- From atop the coconut tree where he fled to escape the onrushing water, Muhammad Yacob watched the tsunami turn his rice paddy into a briny, debris-strewn swamp. Nine months later, Yacob and his wife are harvesting their best-ever crop - despite fears that salt water had poisoned the land. "The sea water turned out to be a great fertilizer," said Yacob, 66, during a break from scything the green shoots and laying them in bunches on the stubble. "We are looking at...

2005-09-19 08:58:02

By Achmad Sukarsono JAKARTA (Reuters) - Relief efforts in Indonesia's Aceh province need to speed up because thousands of tsunami survivors still rely on basic rations nine months after the disaster, the United Nations World Food Programme said on Monday. However, WFP's deputy executive director Sheila Sisulu said there was no sign of a drop in aid commitments from donor countries, although other natural disasters, such as Hurricane Katrina in the United States, had shifted...

2005-09-19 03:14:29

(Corrects day of the week in the third paragraph.) A corrected version follows: JAKARTA (Reuters) - Indonesia will pull 2,600 soldiers out of Aceh province on Tuesday as it steps up the withdrawal of troops under a peace agreement that ended decades of conflict with rebels, an army spokesman said. On Sunday, 800 troops were shipped out after the Free Aceh Movement (GAM) fulfilled its part of the first phase of the landmark Helsinki pact by surrendering more than a quarter of its...

2005-09-19 01:59:08

JAKARTA (Reuters) - Indonesia will pull 2,600 soldiers out of Aceh province on Tuesday as it steps up the withdrawal of troops under a peace agreement that ended decades of conflict with rebels, an army spokesman said. On Sunday, 800 troops were shipped out after the Free Aceh Movement (GAM) fulfilled its part of the first phase of the landmark Helsinki pact by surrendering more than a quarter of its arsenal. "Four battalions, each consisting of 650 troops, will leave Aceh on...

2005-09-18 07:39:57

By Tommy Ardiansyah and Heru Asprihanto LHOKSEUMAWE, Indonesia (Reuters) - Indonesia began withdrawing troops from Aceh on Sunday following completion of an initial arms surrender by rebels, a key part of an agreement aimed at ending nearly 30 years of conflict. Soldiers joked and laughed as they carried automatic weapons before boarding a ship at a port in Lhokseumawe on Aceh's northern coast. Aceh army chief Supiadin told reporters 800 soldiers were sent off from the port on...

2005-09-17 07:10:03

By Jerry Norton TEUPIN RAYA, Indonesia (Reuters) - Aceh rebels have more than met their initial commitment to hand in their weapons under an agreement aimed at ending nearly 30 years of conflict, international monitors said on Saturday. Monitoring team spokeswoman Faye Belnis said Free Aceh Movement (GAM) fighters had handed in 279 weapons in three days, the first stage in a peace deal calling for rebels to disarm and the withdrawal of government forces from the province. Three...

2005-09-16 11:38:25

By Jerry Norton BANDA ACEH, Indonesia (Reuters) - Former rebels in Indonesia's Aceh province are set to meet their first target for surrendering weapons under a peace agreement signed in August, the top international monitor for the region said on Friday. The peace deal commits the Free Aceh Movement (GAM) to turning in 840 weapons in four stages between September and the end of this year. Indonesia will reciprocate at each stage by withdrawing about 6,500 troops and 1,200 police...


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  • A landsman who is making his first voyage at sea; a novice who enters naval service from rural life.
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