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Latest June 2006 in Southeast Asia Stories

2006-06-16 02:23:02

By Supriyatin MOUNT MERAPI, Indonesia (Reuters) - Two men trapped in a bunker by debris from Indonesia's Mount Merapi volcano have died, disaster management officials said on Friday. The bunker where the two men had taken shelter was inadequate, vulcanologist Triyani told Reuters from the ancient royal center of Yogyakarta, which is 440 km (270 miles) east of Jakarta and is the nearest city to Merapi. "The first person was in a singed condition because of hot steam," regency...

2006-06-14 04:33:27

JAKARTA (Reuters) - An Indonesian agency has raised the alert status of Mount Merapi volcano to its highest level again after it spewed more hot clouds, an official said on Wednesday, a day after it downgraded the status. "The status was upgraded at 2 p.m. because of the increasing hot clouds," Triyani, an official at the state-run volcano monitoring center, told Reuters. Merapi in central Java, near the ancient royal city of Yogyakarta, had been on the highest alert level since...

2006-06-06 12:30:00

JAKARTA (Reuters) - Indonesia has evacuated about 2,000 people from areas at risk from a volcano spewing hot gas and lava, and expects to move thousands more amid signs of increased activity from Mount Merapi, officials said on Tuesday. The volcano, on Indonesia's main island of Java and about 450 km (280 miles) east of the capital Jakarta, has been sporadically belching out toxic gases and lava for many weeks, with experts saying a major eruption might come at any time. "The lava has spread...

2006-06-06 09:53:39

By Paul Eckert, Asia Correspondent JAKARTA (Reuters) - Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld hailed restored U.S. military ties with Indonesia, but was told that America was seen as "overbearing" when it appeared to be pushing its anti-terrorism policies on others. The Pentagon chief heard the blunt message from Indonesian Defense Minister Juwono Sudarsono, who said "as the largest Muslim country, we are very aware of the perception or misperception that the United States is...

2006-06-06 07:54:46

By Paul Eckert, Asia Correspondent JAKARTA (Reuters) - Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said on Tuesday the restoration of U.S. military ties with Indonesia was good for both countries and he was committed to ensuring Jakarta access to American training and equipment. The Pentagon chief held talks with Indonesian Defense Minister Juwono Sudarsono, who said Jakarta would study "limited" participation in a U.S.-led program to halt the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction -- a...

2006-04-28 05:05:34

JAKARTA (Reuters) - Two people were killed in clashes between East Timor police and rampaging sacked soldiers on Friday, the East Timor police chief said. "Two citizens were killed," police chief Paulo de Fatima Martins told Reuters by telephone from the capital, Dili. It was unclear how many people were hurt, but a Reuters photographer on the scene said a hospital official had told him of 30 injuries.

2006-04-18 03:27:30

JAKARTA (Reuters) - Many villagers living near a tremoring Indonesian volcano have ignored calls to evacuate and officials said on Tuesday local governments must be vigilant in prepare for the worst. Authorities have placed Mount Merapi, which overlooks the ancient city of Yogyakarta, on Orange Code, or the second highest alert level, following fears of an eruption due to an increase in the number of tremors. "We have tried to make people understand that danger is lurking and up...

2005-11-14 04:04:26

JAKARTA (Reuters) - Indonesia's president said on Monday that seven people had died in the country from bird flu, announcing a higher death toll than the World Health Organization, which puts the number of confirmed fatalities at five. "I have paid special attention to the greater Jakarta area. From what I have gathered there are 11 (positive) sufferers and out of those seven have died," Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono told a news conference after a cabinet meeting to discuss the deadly...


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