Indonesian police dispersed about 100 anti-China protesters and detained a foreign activist on Tuesday as the Olympic torch was to make another restricted relay in Jakarta, the latest stop on its fraught journey around the world. The protesters dispersed after a 30-minute stand-off with police.
Former Indonesian president Suharto, who has been in hospital in a critical condition for more than three weeks, has lapsed into a coma for the first time, one of his doctors said on Sunday. Suharto (86) was rushed to hospital on January 4 suffering from various heart, lung and kidney problems.
Indonesia's former president Suharto, who ruled the country for more than three decades, is in a ''very critical condition'' after almost all his organ functions failed, his doctor told a news conference on Sunday. Mardjo Soebiandono, chief of the medical team treating the 86-year-old at a Jakarta hospital, said there was only a 50-50 chance that he could survive.
Rescue teams struggled on Tuesday to reach parts of Indonesia's Sulawesi island where about 60 people were feared dead and 8 000 displaced by landslides and floods caused by days of torrential rains. Days of heavy downpour have caused landslides and floods up to three metres high.
More than 500 people were still missing in stormy seas off Indonesia's Java island on Saturday, almost a day after a ferry from Borneo capsized, officials said. The sinking was the second Indonesian ferry disaster in as many days after a vessel overturned on Thursday in rough seas off Sumatra