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/ 6 May 2008

Indonesia considers quitting Opec as output falls

Indonesia said on Tuesday it may quit the Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (Opec) as its declining crude oil output prevents the country from meeting its Opec quota and has reduced its influence in the cartel. Indonesia is Asia-Pacific’s only member of Opec, but its crude oil output has fallen in recent years.

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/ 20 February 2008

Strong quake hits near Indonesia’s Aceh

A magnitude-7,5 earthquake struck Indonesia’s Aceh province on Wednesday, killing at least three people, injuring several and sending thousands fleeing their homes and offices in panic, officials and local media said. The quake struck the province that bore the brunt of the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami.

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/ 30 January 2008

Strong quake rocks Indonesia’s Maluku

A strong 6,6-magnitude earthquake rocked the eastern Indonesian province of Maluku on Wednesday, prompting the issuing of a tsunami alert, the meteorology and geophysics office said. The earthquake, which struck at 7.32am GMT was centered 300km north-east of the East Timorese capital Dili, about 23km under the floor of the Banda Sea.

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/ 27 January 2008

Indonesia’s Suharto slips into coma

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.

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/ 18 January 2008

Indonesia reports 97th bird-flu death

An eight-year-old Indonesian boy has died of bird flu, the Health Ministry said on Friday, bringing the toll to 97 in the nation worst hit by the H5N1 virus. The boy was the seventh person from the Jakarta satellite city of Tangerang to die of the disease since October. He died at 4am local time in a Jakarta hospital, the ministry’s bird-flu centre said.

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/ 13 January 2008

Doctor gives Suharto ’50-50 chance’

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.

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/ 27 December 2007

Indonesia struggles to reach landslide victims

Indonesian rescuers struggled on Thursday to pull out bodies and reach survivors following Central Java landslides, as floods blocked roads and damaged bridges in the area where over 80 people are feared dead, officials said. Thousands of people have been left homeless after their homes were submerged by heavy floods or buried by landslides caused by days of torrential rains.

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/ 26 November 2007

Quakes kill at least three on Indonesian island

At least three people were killed and 45 injured when powerful earthquakes struck off the coast of Sumbawa island in central Indonesia, a health ministry official said on Monday. Several buildings, including a health clinic, collapsed in the island’s Bima district, said Rustam Pakaya, the head of the health ministry’s crisis centre.

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/ 2 November 2007

Indonesian volcano critical, may erupt

Indonesia’s Mount Kelud volcano in East Java is in a critical phase and could erupt any time a day after being shaken by hundreds of tremors, the country’s top volcanic expert said on Friday. Authorities raised the alert at Mount Kelud, one of Indonesia’s deadliest volcanoes, to maximum two weeks ago.

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/ 25 October 2007

Huge ash cloud as Mount Soputan erupts

Mount Soputan volcano on the northern tip of Indonesia’s Sulawesi island has erupted, throwing columns of ash 1 000m into the air. Saut Simatupang, of Indonesia’s Centre for Volcanology and Geological Hazard Mitigation, said that the eruption did not appear to pose an immediate threat to residents, although ash had reached the nearest town.

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/ 19 October 2007

At least 31 dead as Indonesian ferry sinks

At least 31 people were killed and 125 rescued after a ferry sank off Indonesia’s Sulawesi island in the latest of a series of transport accidents to hit the archipelago nation, officials said on Friday. Residents near the town of Bau Bau on south-east Sulawesi heard survivors screaming and pleading for help after the Acita 03 capsized.