Sebastien Blanc

Sebastien Blanc

Sebastien Blanc

 

East Timor votes to heal 'broken' nation

Sebastien Blanc

Voters in East Timor cast their ballots on Monday in a presidential election they hope will pull them from a cycle of violence and political tension that has paralysed efforts to rebuild one of the world's poorest nations. It is the first poll since the former Portuguese colony declared independence in 2002.

At least 49 dead in Indonesia plane disaster

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A Boeing 737-400 passenger jet burst into flames when it landed at Yogyakarta in central Indonesia on Wednesday, killing at least 49 people and leaving dozens more burnt and wounded, officials said. Witnesses said the front wheel of the Garuda Indonesia plane blew out as it touched down, sending flames shooting into the air and triggering a series of explosions.

Dutch railway in Indonesia may rise again after tsunami

Sebastien Blanc

A colonial-era railway that was once the lifeblood of Indonesia's Aceh could paradoxically be revived in the wake of the Indian Ocean tsunami, which obliterated the coastline of the province. Built in 1876 by the Dutch, the 600km single-gauge railway in the north of Sumatra island sank into oblivion a century later amid unrest.

Plan in place to save the world's rarest mammal

Sebastien Blanc

The Javan rhinoceros is the rarest mammal in the world; just 50 of the one-horned beasts remain alive, almost all in a single Indonesian jungle. Now, to save them, scientists are preparing to divide them. Dozens of ecological experts met recently in Jakarta to agree on the old adage that you should not lay all your eggs in one basket.