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  Indonesia consists of a necklace of some 17,000 islands, over 300 ethnic groups and some 500 different languages. The main island is Java. The population is 85% Muslim. Indonesia has 32 provinces.
    (WSJ, 5/22/98, p.A15)(SFC, 12/18/98, p.D2)(SFC, 12/8/01, p.A6)(Econ, 12/11/04, Survey p.8)
  The Toadja of Sulawesi use ancestral bones for talismans.
 (NH, 6/97, p.14)

2007        Jan 1, Flight KI-574, an Indonesian passenger plane carrying 102 people, disappeared in stormy weather off Sulawesi island. Rescue teams were sent to search in the area where the Boeing 737-400 sent out a distress signal. In 2008 investigators said the pilots had accidentally disconnecting the plane's autopilot. A speed boat capsized in poor weather off the coast of Borneo island, killing 15 people.
    (AP, 1/1/07)(AP, 1/2/07)(AFP, 3/25/08)

2007        Jan 9, A landslide in a western Indonesian village killed up to 13 people, burying several homes and a small mosque.
    (AP, 1/9/07)

2007        Jan 10, A 14-year-old Indonesian boy died from bird flu, just days after being hospitalized. It was the first H5N1 fatality in the country in six weeks.
    (AP, 1/10/07)

2007        Jan 11, Indonesian police raided a house on Sulawesi Island where several alleged Islamic militants were staying, sparking a fierce gun and bomb battle that left one suspected terrorist dead.
    (AP, 1/11/07)

2007        Jan 16, An Indonesian passenger train jumped its tracks, sending a crowded rail car plunging nearly 20 feet near the central Javanese town of Purwokerto. Five people were reported killed and more than 250 injured.
    (AP, 1/16/07)

2007        Jan 21, A major 6.5-magnitude undersea earthquake has rocked Indonesia's northern Sulawesi province. The earthquake left four people dead and four injured.
    (AFP, 1/21/07)(AP, 1/22/07)

2007        Jan 22, In Indonesia 16 people, including a policeman, were shot dead and others wounded in a shootout with residents on Sulawesi, as police searched for suspected militants in the restive town of Poso.
    (AFP, 1/22/07)(Econ, 1/27/07, p.42)

2007        Feb 3, Indonesia’s Environment Minister Rachmat Witoelar said Indonesia will pursue its plans to develop nuclear power as part of efforts to find alternative energy sources to address its growing needs. Officials said flooding has killed at least 44 people and left more than 340,000 others homeless in Jakarta, as neck-high waters submerged large sections of the city. The flooding in Jakarta eventually left 52 people dead.
    (AP, 2/3/07)(AP, 2/6/07)(Econ, 3/17/12, p.48)

2007        Feb 6, An Indonesian ban on sand exports went into effect. The ban was directed at Singapore, which purchased sand to reclaim land from the sea.
    (Econ, 2/10/07, p.42)

2007        Feb 8, In Indonesia fresh rains triggered more flooding, compounding the misery for hundreds of thousands forced from their homes. Irwandi Yusuf, a former rebel leader, was inaugurated as governor of Aceh province, cementing a peace deal to end 29 years of fighting that killed more than 15,000 people.
    (AP, 2/8/07)

2007        Feb 10, The death toll from massive flooding in Indonesia rose to 80.
    (AFP, 2/10/07)

2007        Feb 18, Twin landslides hit Indonesia's Java island, killing at least 12 people after they were buried under mounds of earth.
    (AP, 2/18/07)

2007        Feb 22, A fire broke out on an Indonesian ferry carrying 300 passengers. The number of dead, soon climbed to 49. Scores of passengers jumped into the sea and 120 people remained missing.
    (AFP, 2/23/07)(AP, 2/26/07)

2007        Feb 25, Levina 1, a charred Indonesian ferry, sank while investigators and journalists were on board inspecting the damage from a fire last week. At least one cameraman drowned and three other people were missing. The death toll from the Feb 22 fire continued to rise.
    (AP, 2/25/07)

2007        Feb 26, Indonesian engineers dropped several large concrete balls into Lusi, a volcano, to try to stem a gushing mud eruption that has engulfed hundreds of homes and displaced 11,000 people. Over the next few weeks, authorities plan to drop nearly 1,500 balls, each weighing up to 88 pounds, into the crater that started spewing mud at a gas drilling field on Java island nine months ago.
    (AP, 2/26/07)(Econ, 3/10/07, p.79)

2007        Feb 28, Indonesia said it is planning to ban local carriers from operating jetliners more than 10 years old as part of a safety campaign following a string of crashes and accidents.
    (AP, 2/28/07)

2007        Feb, A UN report said all lowland forests on Indonesia’s Borneo and Sumatra islands could be lost by 2022 at current logging rates of 2.8 million hectares a year.
    (WSJ, 1/3/07, p.A5)

2007        Mar 3, In eastern Indonesian a bomb packed with nails exploded at a port in the city of Ambon, wounding 12 people. Landslides triggered by days of heavy rain killed at least 40 people in eastern Indonesia, and nearly 30 more were believed to be buried under the mud.
    (AP, 3/3/07)

2007        Mar 6, In western Indonesia a 6.3 earthquake crumpled houses across a large swath of Sumatra Island, killing over 70 people and injuring hundreds.
    (AP, 3/7/07)(AP, 3/10/07)

2007        Mar 7, A packed Garuda Indonesia jetliner crash-landed and erupted in flames at Yogyakarta airport, killing 22 people trapped inside the burning wreckage. More than 115 others escaped through emergency exits as black smoke billowed behind them.
    (AP, 3/7/07)(Econ, 3/10/07, p.40)

2007        Mar 16, In Indonesia an official said Bird flu has killed a 32-year-old man, taking the death toll in the nation worst hit by the disease to 65.
    (AP, 3/16/07)

2007        Mar 19, In Indonesia an official announced that bird flu has killed a 21-year-old man, taking the death toll in the nation worst hit by the disease to 66. In Bali the Hindu majority marked the start of the Muslim year 1386 with the new year holiday called Nyepi, a day of silence, rest and reflection.
    (AP, 3/19/07)(Econ, 3/24/07, p.49)

2007        Mar 21, In Indonesia 3 Islamic militants were found guilty of decapitating three Christian schoolgirls in 2005 and dumping their bloodied heads in nearby villages. They were sentenced to between 14 and 20 years.
    (AP, 3/22/07)

2007        Mar 29, Indonesia reopened its border with East Timor because the fugitive rebel who caused its closure is no longer considered a threat.
    (AP, 3/29/07)

2007        Apr 3, Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono told a meeting of Islamic clerics that Muslim nations should ultimately replace coalition forces in Iraq after a period of national reconciliation. Cliff Muntu (21), a student at Indonesia’s Institute of Public Administration (IPDN), died from wounds due to hazing by his seniors. This was the 35th death in the school since 1993.
    (AP, 4/3/07)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cliff_Muntu)(Econ, 4/21/07, p.49)

2007        Apr 5, The editor-in-chief of Playboy Indonesia was acquitted of charges that he violated the Muslim nation's indecency laws by publishing pictures of scantily clothed women.
    (AP, 4/5/07)

2007        Apr 6, Health officials said teenage girls in Cambodia and Indonesia have died of bird flu as the virus continues to stalk across Asia.
    (AP, 4/6/07)

2007        Apr 12, India test-fired a new missile capable of carrying nuclear warheads with a 1,900-mile range. Indonesia said the missile forced 2 of its jetliners off course.
    (AP, 4/12/07)(WSJ, 4/14/07, p.A1)

2007        Apr 15, Blind British aviator Miles Hilton-Barber, With the aid of co-copilot Richard Meredith-Hardy, landed his microlight aircraft in Jakarta to complete another leg of his London-Sydney charity flight.
    (AFP, 4/15/07)

2007        Apr 20, Thousands of mine workers in Indonesia's remote Papua province protested for a third day as marathon talks with US firm Freeport McMoRan over pay and benefits showed signs of progress.
    (AP, 4/20/07)

2007        Apr 24, In Indonesia Richard Ness an American director of Newmont Mining Corp., the world's largest gold producer, was acquitted of charges the company dumped dangerous amounts of toxic waste into a bay off Sulawesi Island.
    (AP, 4/24/07)

2007        Apr 25, In Indonesia the MT Maulana, an oil tanker that had just unloaded its cargo, exploded on a Sumatran river, killing four crew members.
    (AP, 4/26/07)

2007        Apr 28, It was reported that pro-Indonesian militias had regrouped in the mountainous center of Aceh as the Communication Forum for Children of the Nation (Forkab).
    (Econ, 4/28/07, p.47)

2007        May 1, In Indonesia tens of thousands of workers marked May Day by taking to the streets to demand better wages and job security, amid a heavy police presence.
    (AP, 5/1/07)

2007        May 10, The armed forces of Indonesia and Malaysia agreed to step up cooperation to boost security along shared borders after successful patrols in the Malacca Strait.
    (AFP, 5/10/07)

2007        May 29, In Indonesia a teenage girl died of bird flu, taking the death toll in the nation worst hit by the virus to 79.
    (AFP, 6/1/07)

2007        May 30, Indonesian marines shot and killed five people on Java island during a violent protest over a plot of land allegedly owned by the force.
    (AP, 5/30/07)

2007        Jun 8, In Indonesia Dago Simamora (59), a junior high-school teacher in South Sumatra, was shot dead by a killer on a motorcycle. It was later alleged that he was killed because he was accused of trying to convert girls in his class to Christianity. In 2009 ten members of the Palembang jihadist group that killed him were jailed on terrorism charges. One member said: “Dago Simamora was killed because he forbade his students to wear headscarves at school."
    (Econ, 9/12/09, SR p.8)(http://tinyurl.com/mdzqrl)

2007        Jun 9, Indonesian police captured Abu Dujana (37), a leader of the Southeast Asian terror network blamed for the 2002 Bali bombings and a string of other devastating attacks in recent years. Indonesian police also captured Zarkasih (37), aka Mbah, the head of Southeast Asian extremist network Jemaah Islamiyah, blamed for some of the deadliest terror attacks in the region.
    (AFP, 6/13/07)(AFP, 6/15/07)

2007        Jun 11, Indonesia's tropical rain forests were disappearing 30 percent faster than previously estimated as illegal loggers raid national parks, threatening the long-term survival of orangutans, according to a new UN report.
    (AP, 6/11/07)

2007        Jun 12, In Bali, Indonesia, a gathering of religious leaders and victims of terrorist attacks, sponsored by the US Libforall Foundation, denounced Iran’s president for claiming the Holocaust was a myth.
    (SFC, 6/13/07, p.A15)

2007        Jun 28, The European Commission said all Indonesian airlines and several from Russia, Ukraine and Angola will be banned from flying to the EU due to safety concerns.
    (AP, 6/28/07)
2007        Jun 28, In Sudan China's No. 1 oil company, CNPC, and Indonesia's PT Pertamina agreed to co-develop a Sudanese offshore oil block, ignoring international efforts to isolate Sudan over the crisis in its Darfur region.
    (AP, 7/1/07)

2007        Jul 3, Indonesia barred Eni Faleomavaega, the Democrat congressman for American Samoa, from visiting Papua, but has denied the move is to cover up alleged human rights abuses in the remote region. Faleomavaega has been a critic of Jakarta's policies in Papua.
    (Reuters, 7/3/07)

2007        Jul 5, Human Rights Watch released a report saying Indonesian security forces have killed and beat unarmed civilians, and on two occasions raped women during recent operations against separatists in Papua province. The 96-page report detailed 8 alleged killings by police and military officers in the province's central highlands since 2005 and several vicious beatings.
    (AP, 7/5/07)
2007        Jul 5, China's Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi visited Indonesia and said their countries should cooperate to defend the interests of developing nations as they work to enhance bilateral ties.
    (AFP, 7/5/07)

2007        Jul 7, In Indonesia a speeding bus carrying a group of junior high school students and their teachers plunged into a 30-foot ravine on the main island of Java, killing 14 people. Poisonous fumes from the Indonesia’s Salak volcano killed six teenagers who were camping on the mountain.
    (AP, 7/7/07)(AP, 7/8/07)

2007        Jul 9, In Indonesia prosecutors filed a civil lawsuit against former dictator Suharto (1921-2008), toppled in 1998, seeking $1.54 billion in damages and funds allegedly stolen from the state during his 32 years in power. He allegedly forced state banks and others to contribute millions to the Supersemar Foundation, much of which was siphoned off to companies run by members of his family and cronies.
    (AP, 7/9/07)(Econ, 7/14/07, p.48)

2007        Jul 11, A passenger ship carrying 70 people disappeared off eastern Indonesia after reporting engine failure in stormy seas. The bodies of two children were found drifting in nearby waters along with several survivors.
    (AP, 7/11/07)

2007        Jul 23, Officials said flash floods and landslides in central Indonesia have inundated villages, destroyed bridges and roads, and sent thousands fleeing their homes with over 80 people killed.
    (AFP, 7/24/07)(AP, 7/26/07)

2007        Jul 26, In Indonesia a dozen Christian men were convicted and sentenced to up to 14 years in jail for beating to death and beheading two Muslims to avenge the government executions of three Christians last year.
    (AP, 7/26/07)

2007        Jul, In Indonesia the Constitutional Court again struck out clauses in the criminal code that made it a crime to insult senior figures.
    (Econ, 5/24/08, p.64)

2007        Aug 1, Denmark, France and Indonesia offered to contribute to a joint UN-African Union mission for Darfur, a 26,000-strong force expected to be made up mostly of peacekeepers from Africa with backup from Asian troops. Sudan accepted a UN resolution approving a joint African Union-UN peacekeeping force in Darfur.
    (AP, 8/1/07)(AFP, 8/1/07)

2007        Aug 3, China banned Indonesian seafood after checks turned up dangerous contamination. Indonesian authorities called the move an apparent reaction to an Indonesian ban on some tainted Chinese products. The Chinese administration said Indonesian products have been found to contain mercury and cadmium, metals that can accumulate in water and soil from burning garbage, mining or other industrial processes.
    (AP, 8/4/07)

2007        Aug 8, Millions of people in Jakarta, the Indonesian capital, voted for governor for the first time, the latest in a wave of local elections hailed as key to strengthening democracy in the world's most populous Muslim nation.
    (AP, 8/8/07)
2007        Aug 8, Researchers from the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill reported that coral coverage in the Indo-Pacific, an area stretching from Indonesia's Sumatra island to French Polynesia, had dropped 20 percent in the past two decades. They said the decline was driven by climate change, disease and coastal development.
    (AP, 8/8/07)

2007        Aug 12, In Indonesia nearly 90,000 followers of Hizbut Tahrir, a hard-line Sunni organization with an estimated million members, packed a stadium in Jakarta, calling for the creation of an Islamic state.
    (AP, 8/12/07)
2007        Aug 12, A woman (29) in Bali died from infection with the H5N1 strain of bird flu.

2007        Aug 13, Armed pirates attacked a Malaysian barge in the Malacca Strait and kidnapped 2 Indonesian crew, in the first high sea abduction in the busy waterway in more than 2 years.
    (AP, 8/14/07)

2007        Sep 2, Dozens of Muslim clerics issued an edict against the construction of Indonesia's first nuclear power plant on seismically charged Java island, saying the potential dangers far outweighed the benefits.
    (AP, 9/3/07)

2007        Sep 6, Indonesia and Russia signed a $1 billion defense deal that will allow Indonesia to buy dozens of helicopters, tanks and submarines, part of visiting Russian President Vladimir Putin's efforts to boost his country's military clout in Asia.
    (AP, 9/6/07)

2007        Sep 10, Indonesia’s Supreme Court ordered Time magazine to pay $106 million in damages for defaming former Indonesian dictator Suharto by alleging in a May 1999 story that his family amassed billions of dollars during his 32-year rule. Lower courts had earlier ruled in Time’s favor. Time appealed the decision.
    (AP, 9/10/07)(Econ, 5/10/08, p.70)

2007        Sep 12, A massive 8.4 earthquake struck Indonesia, killing at least 10 people, injuring dozens and triggering a tsunami that hit one city on the island of Sumatra.
    (AP, 9/12/07)(Reuters, 9/13/07)

2007        Sep 13, Three powerful earthquakes jolted Indonesia in less than 24 hours, triggering tsunami alerts and sending panicked residents fleeing to high ground. At least 10 people were killed in the tremors.
    (Reuters, 9/13/07)

2007        Sep 14, Powerful earthquakes struck Indonesia for a third day, terrorizing thousands of people who slept outside in fear of tsunami and falling debris. The death toll reached 21 and  seismologists warned that the worst may be yet to come.
    (AP, 9/14/07)(Reuters, 9/15/07)

2007        Sep 16, The death toll from Indonesia's massive earthquake rose to 23 as more villagers started returning home.
    (AP, 9/16/07)

2007        Oct 17, In Indonesia's Papua region rival tribes armed with bows and arrows clashed close to a US-owned gold mine, killing eight people.
    (AP, 10/17/07)

2007        Oct 18, In eastern Indonesia a crowded passenger boat capsized, killing at least 15 people, with several others possibly missing.
    (AP, 10/18/07)

2007        Oct 30, An Indonesian court dismissed a legal challenge to the death penalty brought by lawyers for members of an Australian drugs gang on death row for heroin smuggling.
    (AFP, 10/30/07)

2007        Oct, Hardline Indonesian cleric Abu Bakar Bashir likened tourists to "worms, snakes, maggots" and called for signs to be placed in Muslim areas warning them to dress modestly in a speech to an Islamic youth organization in east Java.
    (AFP, 3/23/08)

2007        Nov 3, In Indonesia continuous tremors beneath the Mount Kelud volcano, in the heart of densely populated Java island, became so strong that they could no longer be read on seismological instruments, leading scientists to evacuate their posts and warn that an eruption appeared to have occurred. It was a false alarm but the volcano showed signs of an imminent eruption.
    (AP, 11/3/07)(AFP, 11/4/07)

2007        Nov 12, IUCN, a Geneva-based conservation group, said the world's smallest bear species faces extinction because of deforestation and poaching in its Southeast Asian home. The sun bear, whose habitat stretches from India to Indonesia, has been classified as vulnerable by the World Conservation Union.
    (AP, 11/12/07)

2007        Nov 16, A coroner urged the Australian government to seek war crimes charges against former Indonesian military officers over the 1975 killing of five Australian newsmen during Indonesia's invasion of East Timor.
    (AP, 11/16/07)

2007        Nov 24, In central Indonesia a fire on a crowded passenger bus killed 12 people, including three children.
    (AP, 11/24/07)

2007        Nov 25, Two strong earthquakes struck Indonesia’s eastern island of Sumbawa and killed at least three people, including a child, and injured 45 others.
    (AP, 11/26/07)(Econ, 12/1/07, p.58)

2007        Nov 26, In Indonesia the capital of Jakarta was partially flooded, forcing thousands of people to flee homes and cutting off a highway to the international airport.
    (AP, 11/27/07)

2007        Nov 27, The Mezzanine, a Panamanian freighter, hit rough seas off Taiwan's north coast and 26 Indonesian sailors were feared dead.
    (AFP, 11/28/07)

2007        Nov 28, Indonesia, which is losing its forests at a faster rate than any other country, launched a campaign to plant 79 million trees ahead of a critical climate change conference on the resort island of Bali.
    (AP, 11/28/07)

2007        Dec 3, In Jakarta, Indonesia, 6 Islamic militants were sentenced to up to 19 years in prison for terrorist acts in eastern Indonesia that include beheading three Christian schoolgirls in 2005 and shooting to death Rev. Irianto Kongkoli in 2006.
    (AP, 12/3/07)
2007        Dec 3, In Bali, Indonesia, climate experts at a massive UN conference urged quick action toward a new international pact to stem global warming. The UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCC) hoped for an agreement to mitigate climate change after the Kyoto protocol runs out in 2012.
    (AP, 12/3/07)(Econ, 12/1/07, p.73)

2007        Dec 6, In Indonesia American climate negotiators refused to back down in their opposition to mandatory cuts in greenhouse gas emissions, even as a US Senate panel endorsed sharp reductions in pollution blamed for global warming.
    (AP, 12/6/07)

2007        Dec 8, The chief US negotiator at the climate conference in Bali, Indonesia, said the US will come up with its own plan to cut global-warming gases by mid-2008 and won’t commit to mandatory caps.
    (SSFC, 12/9/07, p.A17)

2007        Dec 10, Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono said a 10-year program has begun to save endangered orangutans from extinction by protecting tropical jungle habitat from logging, mining and palm oil plantations. As many as 50,000 orangutans have been lost over the past 35 years due to shrinking habitat. As of January 2004, about 6,650 Sumatran orangutans and 55,000 Borneo orangutans remained in the wild.
    (AP, 12/10/07)

2007        Dec 12, In Indonesia new Australian PM Kevin Rudd completed ratification of the Kyoto Protocol as he pressed for all nations, rich and poor, to commit to fighting global warming.
    (AP, 12/12/07)

2007        Dec 13, Nobel laureate Al Gore accused the United States of blocking progress at the UN climate conference, and European nations threatened to boycott US-led climate talks next month unless Washington compromises on emissions reductions.
    (AP, 12/13/07)

2007        Dec 14, Indonesia, the nation hardest hit by bird flu, announced its 93rd death due to the H5N1 virus. In China, the military in eastern Nanjing banned the sale of poultry this week after a father and son came down with the disease earlier this month. Health officials confirmed the 24-year-old man died from the virus a day before his father, 52, became sick. It was the country's 17th bird flu death. The WHO confirmed Myanmar's first human case of bird flu and praised the secretive country for its quick and open handling of the infection. State media reported a girl (7) was hospitalized on Nov. 27 and released on Dec. 12 in good condition after being treated with the antiviral drug Tamiflu.
    (AP, 12/15/07)

2007        Dec 15, In Indonesia 2 weeks of international climate talks marked by bitter disagreements and angry accusations culminated in a last-minute US compromise and an agreement to adopt a blueprint for fighting global warming by 2009.
    (AP, 12/16/07)

2007        Dec 26, In western Indonesia rescuers dug for survivors after landslides and floods triggered by days of torrential rain killed over 87 people.
    (AP, 12/26/07)(AP, 12/27/07)

2008        Jan 26, In Indonesia a small cargo plane disappeared and apparently crashed during a short flight over Borneo island, and all three people aboard were feared dead.
    (AP, 1/26/08)

2008        Jan 27, Indonesia, the nation hardest hit by bird flu, recorded its 100th human death as the virus picked up speed across Asia.
    (AP, 1/28/08)
2008        Jan 27, Former Indonesian President Suharto (b.1921) died. The US Cold War ally led one of the 20th century's most brutal dictatorships over 32 years that saw up to a million political opponents killed.
    (AP, 1/27/08)

2008        Feb 2, An Indonesian health ministry official said floods in Jakarta have killed three people and displaced nearly 100,000 after two days of torrential rain.
    (AP, 2/2/08)

2008        Feb 7, A new security pact between Australia and Indonesia came into force at a ceremony in Perth attended by the foreign ministers of the at-times testy neighbors.
    (AP, 2/7/08)
2008        Feb 7, Libya’s National Oil Corp and Indonesia signed a deal for the north African state to supply the world's most populous Muslim nation with crude oil for the next 20 years.
    (AFP, 2/7/08)

2008        Feb 9, A stampede at an Indonesian punk rock concert left 10 people dead and dozens more injured, most of them teenagers.
    (AP, 2/10/08)

2008        Feb 15, A 3-year-old Indonesian boy died of bird flu, the country's second death from the illness in one day. The two cases, which were apparently unrelated, brought Indonesia's bird flu death toll to 105.
    (AP, 2/16/08)

2008        Feb 20, A powerful earthquake struck western Indonesia, killing three people and injuring 25 others.
    (AP, 2/20/08)

2008        Feb 28, An Indonesian court rejected a civil case against the youngest son of ex-dictator Suharto for alleged corruption and awarded him 550,000 dollars in a countersuit he filed.
    (AP, 2/28/08)

2008        Mar 17, Indonesia and South Africa agreed to reduce obstacles to trade and business and jointly explore new avenues for electricity generation.
    (AFP, 3/17/08)

2008        Mar 25, Officials said Indonesia plans to restrict access to pornographic and violent sites on the Internet after the country's parliament passed a new information bill.
    (Reuters, 3/25/08)

2008        Mar 28, Indonesian police said they were investigating the deaths over the last 2 weeks of 21 people who drank a concoction labeled an herbal remedy.
    (AP, 3/28/08)

2008        Apr 4, Indonesia's Supreme Court overturned the conviction of a notorious militia leader accused in attacks that left about 1,000 people dead following East Timor's 1999 independence vote. With Eurico Guterres' upcoming release, all 18 suspects originally indicted will have been acquitted or set free.
    (AP, 4/5/08)

2008        Apr 8, Indonesian Internet companies blocked access to YouTube and MySpace, heeding a government order aimed at stopping people from watching an anti-Islam film by a Dutch lawmaker.
    (AP, 4/8/08)

2008        Apr 16, Mount Egon volcano on Flores island in eastern Indonesia spewed ash and smoke 2 1/2 miles into the sky, forcing the evacuation of hundreds of nearby villagers.
    (AP, 4/16/08)

2008        Apr 20, In Indonesia several thousand hardline Muslims protested outside the presidential palace in Jakarta demanding that Pres. Yudhoyono ban Ahmadiyah, an unorthodox but moderate Muslim sect founded in India in the 19th century.
    (Econ, 4/26/08, p.59)

2008        Apr 21,     In Indonesia Self-proclaimed Jemaah Islamiyah (JI) leaders Abu Dujana and Zarkasih, blamed for the 2002 Bali bombings, were sentenced to 15 years each at separate trials in the South Jakarta district court.
    (AFP, 4/21/08)

2008        Apr 22, In Indonesia torchbearers ran laps with the Olympic flame in front of an invitation-only crowd after officials changed the relay route from Jakarta's streets to a sports stadium amid pressure from China to keep away demonstrators.
    (AP, 4/22/08)

2008        Apr 28, In Indonesia hundreds of protesters in West Java province chanted "Kill, kill" and set fire to a mosque belonging to the Muslim Ahmadiyah sect they claim is heretical. Last week, a team of prosecutors, religious scholars and government officials said the sect "had deviated from Islamic principles" and recommended it be outlawed.
    (AP, 4/28/08)

2008        May 6, Officials in Indonesia said at least 13 illegal gold miners were killed in a landslide in remote Papua province.
    (AP, 5/6/08)

2008        May 21, In Indonesia thousands of students took to the streets across the country to protest the government's plan to raise fuel prices.
    (AP, 5/21/08)

2008        May 22, Indonesians faced runaway inflation and higher interest rates after the government vowed to hike subsidized fuel prices by an average 28.7% despite widespread protests.
    (AP, 5/22/08)

2008        May 23, Indonesia's government raised gasoline pump prices by nearly 30 percent because of the surging cost of oil and gas on the global market. The move triggered generally peaceful protests throughout the vast Indonesian archipelago.
    (AP, 6/24/08)

2008        May, Churchill Mining, a London-listed firm, announced that it had found 150 million tons of coal in Indonesian Borneo. In 2011 it raised the amount to 2.8 billion tons.
    (Econ, 10/1/11, p.72)

2008        Jun 4, Indonesian police launched a major crackdown on Islamic Defenders Front (FPI), a radical Islamist group blamed for a weekend attack on a rally for religious tolerance, arresting 59 including the outfit's firebrand leader.
    (AP, 6/4/08)

2008        Jun 9, Indonesia issued a quasi-ban against a minority Islamic sect in the face of violent protests by Muslim hardliners. Liberal Indonesians accused the government of caving in to extremists. Ahmadiyah leaders said they did not recognize the decree and would appeal.
    (AFP, 6/10/08)

2008        Jun 12, In Indonesia a local health official said at least 21 toddlers have died of malnutrition in eastern Indonesia in recent months due to a food shortage that threatens the lives of thousands more children.
    (AP, 6/12/08)

2008        Jun 13, The leaders of Australia and Indonesia pledged to join forces to fight climate change by saving forests and promoting carbon trading.
    (AFP, 6/13/08)

2008        Jun 20, Maftuh Fauzi 27) a student at Indonesia’s National University, died in hospital. He had been among 100 fuel price protesters arrested May 24, but there were conflicting reports about the cause of death.
    (AP, 6/24/08)

2008        Jun 24, In Indonesia about 1,000 Indonesian protesters angered by a student demonstrator's death after his arrest burned tires and hurled stones at police guarding the Parliament. Participants in the demonstration in Jakarta also demanded that the government revoke a 30 percent fuel price increase imposed last month.
    (AP, 6/24/08)

2008        Jun 26, In Indonesia a 1984 Casa-212 plane disappeared during an aerial surveillance mission about 60 miles south of the capital, Jakarta. All 18 aboard were killed.
    (AP, 6/27/08)(AP, 6/28/08)

2008        Jul 3, In Indonesia a police source said that a group of 10 suspected Muslim militants detained in raids on Sumatra island by Indonesia's anti-terrorism unit was plotting to attack Western targets. The raids followed the capture of a suspected militant after a tip-off by authorities in Singapore.
    (Reuters, 7/3/08)

2008        Jul 8, At Developing Eight summit of Islamic nations, meeting in Kuala Lumpur, the leaders of Indonesia and Malaysia called for boosting world food production and finding a permanent solution to skyrocketing oil prices, saying the twin problems have become "grave threats" to the world economy.
    (AP, 7/8/08)

2008        Jul 10, Indonesia executed Ahmad Suradji (57), a man convicted of killing 42 women and girls in a series of ritual slayings he believed would give him magical powers.
    (AP, 7/11/08)
2008        Jul 10, In Indonesia Asnawi Sandri, a 38-year-old father of two, died in the hospital, days after he came down with symptoms of bird flu. This raised the unofficial toll in the world's hardest hit nation to 111 in three years.
    (AP, 7/17/08)

2008        Jul 12, In Jakarta, Indonesia, Brazil’s President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva and President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono pledged cooperation on biofuels during talks in a bid to take advantage of surging oil prices.
    (AFP, 7/12/08)

2008        Jul 13, Algeria’s government newspaper El Moudjhaid said a consortium of British-based oil services company Petrofac and Indonesian engineering company IKPT provisionally won a contract to build an LNG plant in western Mediterranean port of Arzew.
    (AP, 7/13/08)

2008        Jul 15, Indonesia's president acknowledged that his country carried out gross human rights abuses during East Timor's 1999 break for independence, but stopped short of offering a full apology and said no one would be prosecuted.
    (AP, 7/15/08)

2008        Aug 3, In Indonesia a top health official said a factory worker had died of bird flu west of Jakarta, bringing the death toll in the country worst hit by the virus to 112.
    (AP, 8/3/08)

2008        Aug 7, Japan accepted over 200 Indonesian nurses into the country, an unprecedented move as Tokyo struggles to quell a labor shortage triggered by sinking fertility rates.
    (AP, 8/7/08)

2008        Aug 16, On Indonesia's Sumatra island at least nine people have died and dozens were injured when a slow-moving passenger train hit a parked freight locomotive.
    (AP, 8/16/08)

2008        Sep 15, In Indonesia at least 23 people were killed in a stampede as they crowded an alley to receive $4.25 in cash handouts for the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.
    (AFP, 9/15/08)(WSJ, 9/16/08, p.A20)

2008        Sep 26, In eastern Indonesia a packed ferry caught fire and sank between two coastal villages in the Maluku islands, killing at least eight people.
    (AP, 9/27/08)

2008        Oct 21, Indonesia's parliament ratified the Southeast Asian charter committing ASEAN member nations to promote democracy and human rights, clearing the way for its formal adoption before year's end. Anti-terrorism police seized bomb-making materials and a large cache of weapons and ammunition during a raid on a house in Jakarta. Anti-terrorism squads arrested five suspected Islamic radicals believed to have been plotting to blow up Indonesia's largest fuel depot.
    (AP, 10/21/08)(AP, 10/22/08)

2008        Oct 30, Indonesia's parliament passed a bill banning pornography, ignoring opposition from lawmakers and rights groups who worry it will be used to justify attacks on artistic, religious and cultural freedom.
    (AP, 10/30/08)

2008        Nov 9, Indonesia boosted security after three Islamic militants (Imam Samudra, 38, and brothers Amrozi Nurhasyim, 47, and Ali Ghufron, 48) were executed for the 2002 Bali bombings that killed 202 people. Emotional supporters thronged ambulances carrying their caskets through narrow streets, some calling for revenge.
    (AP, 11/9/08)

2008        Nov 12, Indonesian health officials said test results from two laboratories in the capital came back positive confirming that a girl (15) died of bird flu last week.
    (AP, 11/12/08)

2008        Nov 14, In Indonesia 5 people were killed and 14 were feared dead after a landslide triggered by heavy rain crushed scores of houses in West Java.
    (AFP, 11/14/08)

2008        Nov 17, In eastern Indonesia a 7.5 magnitude earthquake off the coast of Sulawesi killed at least 6 people, damaged hundreds of homes and briefly triggered a region-wide tsunami warning.
    (AP, 11/17/08)(SFC, 11/17/08, p.A3)(AP, 11/18/08)

2008        Nov 23, Indonesia rescued Bank Century at a cost of 6.76 trillion rupiah ($730m). In 2010 Indonesia’s parliament ruled that the bailout was illegal and suggested that indications of corruption be investigated.
    (Econ, 3/6/10, p.55)(http://tinyurl.com/y8l28yq)

2008        Nov 24, In Indonesia health workers and rights activists sharply criticized a plan by lawmakers in remote Papua province, who have thrown their support behind a controversial bill requiring some HIV/AIDS patients to be implanted with microchips, part of extreme efforts to monitor the disease.
    (AP, 11/24/08)

2008        Dec 10, Indonesia launched the Bali Democracy Forum to promote human rights and democracy. The forum was attended by foreign ministers from around 20 countries, with President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono and Australian PM Kevin Rudd as co-chairs.
    (Econ, 2/19/11, p.43)(http://tinyurl.com/6hbsxh5)

2008        Dec 11, Indonesia and Malaysia agreed to heighten intelligence cooperation to anticipate rising cross-border crime due to the impact of the global economic crisis.
    (AP, 12/11/08)

2008        Dec 16, An Indonesian province beleaguered by a spiraling HIV infection rate scrapped plans to implant microchips in those with full-blown AIDS, following strong opposition from government officials, health workers and rights activists.
    (AP, 12/16/08)

2008        In Indonesia Prabowo Subianto (b.1951), a former son-in-law of Suharto, formed the Great Indonesia Movement Party (Gerindara) with backing from his billionaire brother Hashim Dojohadikusumo. Subianto had led a special forces unit under Suharto (1995-1998) that over the years was accused of many atrocities.
    (Econ, 3/14/09, p.45)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prabowo)
2008        Indonesia achieved rice self-sufficiency for the first time in 24 years.
    (Econ, 1/10/09, p.38)

2009        Jan 4, In eastern Indonesia a series of powerful earthquakes toppled or badly damaged more than 100 buildings and left one person dead and dozens injured.
    (AP, 1/4/09)(AP, 1/5/09)

2009        Jan 11, In Indonesia scores of people were feared dead after a ferry carrying more than 260 passengers and crew sank in stormy seas off Sulawesi island.
    (AP, 1/11/09)

2009        Jan 21, Indonesia’s Health Ministry said 2 people have died of bird flu, apparently after contact with sick chickens, raising the country's death toll to 115.
    (AP, 1/21/09)

2009        Jan 27, Indonesian police opened fire on hundreds of people in Papua province during a protest against alleged police violence. 4 people were injured.
    (AP, 1/27/09)

2009        Jan 30, Indonesia said it will repatriate 174 "economic migrants" who fled Myanmar claiming persecution, as new accounts emerged of their harrowing sea journey and alleged abuse by the Thai navy. The 174 Rohingya and 19 Bangladeshis being kept at an Indonesian naval base landed in Weh Island off northern Sumatra on January 7.
    (AFP, 1/30/09)

2009        Feb 2, Indonesia's navy picked up 198 starving, dehydrated boat people from Myanmar who said they drifted for three weeks after authorities in Thailand forced them to sea in a boat without an engine. Indonesian fishermen had discovered the 40-foot (12-meter) boat off Aceh's coast in northern Sumatra and towed it to shore.
    (AP, 2/3/09)

2009        Feb 3, Indonesia’s central bank cut its key interest rate a half point to 8.25%.
    (WSJ, 2/4/09, p.A10)

2009        Feb 12, In Indonesia at least 42 people were injured and hundreds of homes and buildings damaged when a major earthquake struck off Sulawesi island near the Philippines.
    (AP, 2/12/09)

2009        Feb 19, About 12 pirates armed with guns attacked the tug and barge in the Malacca Strait and kidnapped two crew members as the vessel was en route to Singapore.
    (AP, 2/20/09)

2009        Feb 21, In western Indonesia a Sumatran tiger mauled two illegal loggers to death, bringing to 5 the number of people killed by the critically endangered cats in less than a month.
    (AP, 2/22/09)

2009        Mar 3, An official said 4 Indonesians have died of bird flu over the last 2 months, bringing the death toll in the country over the past several years to 119.
    (AP, 3/3/09)

2009        Mar 5, Indonesia and South Korea agreed to cooperate more closely on a range of issues including defense, the global financial crisis and alternative sources of energy.
    (AP, 3/6/09)

2009        Mar 10, Two cargo ships collided off the coast of a central Japanese island, leaving 16 South Korean and Indonesian crew members missing.
    (AP, 3/10/09)

2009        Mar 11, Forbes magazine released its list of 793 of the world’s richest people. Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, a suspected drug lord and Mexico's most-wanted fugitive, made the list of billionaires with a fortune described as "self made." He was No. 701 on the list. The list included 5 Indonesians.
    (AP, 3/11/09)(SSFC, 3/15/09, p.A4)

2009        Mar 12, The leaders of two of Indonesia's biggest political parties signed an agreement on shared goals amid speculation they could join forces against President Yudhoyono.
    (AFP, 3/12/09)

2009        Mar 14, In Indonesia Nasrudin Zulkarnaen, the head of a state-owned pharmaceutical company, was shot dead. On May 4 Jakarta police arrested Antasari Azhar, chairman of Indonesia’s Corruption Eradication Commission, as the alleged mastermind of the drive-by murder.
    (Econ, 5/9/09, p.46)

2009        Mar 23, In eastern Indonesia 2 Komodo dragons mauled a fruit-picker to death. An 8-year-old boy was killed in 2007, the first recorded deadly attack on a human by one of the endangered lizards in three decades.
    (AP, 3/24/09)

2009        Mar 24, Indonesia's controversial Health Minister Siti Fadillah Supari said she wants to end vaccinating children against meningitis, mumps and some other diseases because she fears foreign drug companies are using the country as a testing ground.
    (AP, 3/25/09)
2009        Mar 24, In Indonesia rangers found the bodies of 2 rare Sumatran elephants with gunshots to the head hours after they were used for a patrol against illegal loggers and several hundred yards from their camp.
    (AP, 3/31/09)

2009        Mar 27, In Indonesia torrential rain caused a dam to burst outside Jakarta, sending a wall of muddy water crashing into a densely packed neighborhood and killing at least 96 people with some 130 still missing. The earthen dam, built in 1933 when Indonesia was still under Dutch rule, surrounded a man-made lake in Cirendeu on the southwestern edge of Jakarta.
    (AP, 3/27/09)(AP, 3/29/09)

2009        Apr 6, An Indonesian military plane carrying 24 people crashed into an airport hangar during heavy rains and burst into flames, killing everyone on board.
    (AP, 4/6/09)

2009        Apr 9, Indonesians flooded polling stations across the sprawling island nation, capping a decade of democracy in a parliamentary election that boosted the reform-minded president's chances of re-election. Pres. Yudhoyono’s party won 20.8% of the popular vote. Nine parties appeared to have passed the 2.5% threshold to win seats in the 560-member parliament.
    (AP, 4/9/09)(SFC, 4/10/09, p.A2)(Econ, 4/18/09, p.44)(AP, 5/10/09)

2009        Apr 16, Indonesia's top court cleared Time Magazine of charges it had defamed former dictator Suharto in a cover story that alleged his family amassed billions of dollars during his decades-long rule.
    (AP, 4/16/09)
2009        Apr 16, Five people were killed and dozens wounded when a blast tore apart a boat carrying more than 40 Afghan refugees off Australia's northwest coast. The Australian Broadcasting Corporation later said it was told the refugees had doused the boat in petrol to try to force the navy to land them in Australia and not turn them back to Indonesia, but that the blast was an accident. On Oct 28 two Indonesian fishermen were jailed for five years for smuggling the boat full of Afghan refugees.
    (AFP, 4/20/09)(AFP, 10/28/09)

2009        Apr 19, The annual Goldman Environmental Prize was awarded to 7 activists from 6 nations. Rizwana Hasan (40) of Bangladesh was awarded for exposing environmental damage and exploitative practices used in the country’s ship dismantling industry; Marc Ona Essangui (45) of Gabon, the founder of Brainforest, was awarded for exposing secret agreements for a Chinese mine project that threatened Gabon’s rain forests; Yuyun Ismawati of Indonesia was awarded for designing environmentally safe waste management systems for poor Indonesia n communities; Olga Speranskaya (46) of Eco-Accord in Russia was awarded for her efforts to control and store chemicals in Russia and former Soviet republics; Wanze Eduards (52) and Hugo Jabini (44) of Suriname, leaders of the maroon community, were awarded for their efforts that led to a landmark ruling ending tribal exploitation by the government. Maria Gunnoe (40) of West Virginia was awarded for her fight against the practice of removing of the tops of mountains and filing valleys below with tailings.
    (SSFC, 4/19/09, p.A18)

2009        Apr 28, An Indonesian court sentenced a Singaporean man to 18 years in prison on terrorism charges. Mohammad Hasan bin Saynudin (36), who claimed to have met Osama bin Laden on many occasions, was convicted of plotting to kill a teacher and planning a deadly attack on a bar frequented by Western tourists.
    (AP, 4/28/09)

2009        May 1, Indonesia's top graft-buster, Antasari Azhar (56), was named a suspect and a mastermind in a murder case, dealing a blow to the agency that's played a key part in President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono's fight against corruption. He was one of several suspects in the March 14 murder of Nasrudin Zulkarnaen, a businessman who, according to local media reports, had been a witness in a corruption case investigated by the agency.
    (Reuters, 5/1/09)

2009        May 4, Indonesia's top graft-buster, Antasari Azhar (56), was arrested as a suspect and a mastermind in the March 14 murder of businessman Nasrudin Zulkarnaen.
    (AP, 5/5/09)

2009        May 7, In northwestern Indonesia 2 rare Sumatran elephants, believed to have been poisoned with cyanide-laced pineapples, were found dead with their tusks removed. Just 3,000 Sumatran elephants are believed to still be living in their natural surroundings.
    (AP, 5/8/09)

2009        May 15, In Indonesia 6 Asia-Pacific countries, meeting at the World Oceans Conference, agreed on a management plan to protect one of the world's largest networks of coral reefs, promising to reduce pollution, eliminate overfishing and improve the livelihoods of impoverished coastal communities. The Coral Triangle Initiative on Coral Reefs, Fisheries and Food Security covered an area defined as the Coral Triangle, which spans Indonesia, the Philippines, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea, the Solomon Islands and East Timor.
    (AP, 5/15/09)

2009        May 19, Environmental groups in Indonesia said Singapore-based Asia Pulp & Paper,  one of the world's largest paper companies, plans to clear a large swath of unprotected forest in Indonesia being used as a sanctuary for critically endangered orangutans.
    (AP, 5/19/09)

2009        May 20, An Indonesian C-130 Hercules military transport plane, carrying troops and their families, crashed into a row of houses in East Java and burst into flames, killing 99 people.
    (AP, 5/20/09)

2009        May 28, A ship packed with Afghan migrants sank off Indonesia's western coast, killing at least 9 people and leaving 11 others missing.
    (AP, 5/28/09)(AP, 5/29/09)

2009        May 29, Indonesian government marine geologist Yusuf Surachman said that a massive underwater mountain discovered off the island of Sumatra could be a volcano with potentially catastrophic power. It was discovered earlier this month about 330 kilometers (205 miles) west of Bengkulu city during research to map the seabed's seismic faultlines.
    (AFP, 5/30/09)

2009        Jun 7, In Indonesia 19 leading agricultural exporting nations, including Australia, Brazil and South Africa, kicked off talks in Bali aimed at pushing forward troubled world trade negotiations. The Cairns Group of nations accounted for more than 25% of the world's agricultural exports was also expected to take aim at US and European dairy export subsidies.
    (Reuters, 6/7/09)

2009        Jun 12, In Indonesia a male Sumatran elephant was found dead in a pulp plantation in Riau province, Sumatra with its tusks removed. Six other endangered Sumatran elephants had been killed in Riau in the last two months and two were found with missing tusks.
    (AP, 6/15/09)

2009        Jun 16, In Indonesia 16 miners were rescued after a massive explosion of methane gas collapsed a coal mine owned by local residents in West Sumatra province. 5 of the rescued miners died in hospital and the death toll rose to 31 the next day after rescuers unearthed more bodies. One more miner was believed to be buried.
    (AFP, 6/16/09)(AP, 6/17/09)

2009        Jun 30, Indonesia committed to the conservation of its dwindling tropical forests in a multimillion dollar debt-swap deal signed with the American government. Jakarta's payments to Washington will be reduced by $30 million over the next eight years under the US Tropical Forest Conservation Act.
    (AP, 6/30/09)

2009        Jul 8, Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono won a second term. Exit polls gave him a massive lead in only the second presidential vote since the fall of Suharto. Yudhoyono won 61% of the vote. Jusuf Kalla, his former vice-president, won 12%. Megawati Sukarnoputri won 27%.
    (AP, 7/8/09)(Econ, 9/12/09, SR p.4)

2009        Jul 12, In Indonesia gunmen killed a security guard working for US mining conglomerate Freeport, then ambushed police responding to the attack blamed on separatist rebels in one of Indonesia's most underdeveloped and remote regions.
    (AP, 7/12/09)

2009        Jul 13, In Indonesia a policeman's body was found at the bottom of a ravine near the Indonesian operations of US mining conglomerate Freeport, raising the death toll from a series of weekend ambushes in restive Papua province to three.
    (AP, 7/13/09)

2009        Jul 17, In Indonesia suicide attacks at the Marriott and the Ritz-Carlton hotels in Jakarta killed 9 people including 2 suspected suicide bombers and wounded 53. Suspicion quickly fell on Jemaah Islamiyah and anti-terror desk chief, Ansyaad Mbai, said evidence pointed to Malaysian-born extremist Noordin Mohammed Top. In 2010 the South Jakarta District Court found Amid Abdillah guilty of violating the Anti-Terror Law by helping a splinter of the Southeast Asian terror network Jemaah Islamiyah plan the suicide bombings. The same court has earlier sentenced Saefudin Zuhri, an in-law of Top, and Aris Susanto to eight years in prison for assisting and harboring Top and two other suspects.
    (AP, 7/17/09)(AFP, 7/18/09)(AP, 7/21/09)(AP, 8/7/09)(AP, 6/14/10)

2009        Aug 2, In eastern Indonesia a plane carrying 16 people disappeared over a jungle-clad and mountainous region of Papua. All aboard were killed.
    (AP, 8/2/09)(AP, 8/5/09)

2009        Aug 3, A seven-minute video, apparently made by the Korps Brigade Mobil, or Brimob, the paramilitary police, shows prisoner Yawen Wayeni lying in a jungle clearing in eastern Indonesia moments after troops allegedly sliced open his abdomen with a bayonet. Police said Wayeni, captured for allegedly vandalizing several of their buildings and vehicles, was shot in the thigh and stomach while resisting arrest and that he died on the way to the hospital. The video was made public in the Internet in 2010.
    (AP, 8/4/10)(http://hub.witness.org/en/upload/killing-yawan-wayeni)

2009        Aug 7, Indonesia's anti-terrorism unit engaged in a shootout in Central Java during a raid targeting suspected militants behind deadly bomb attacks in Jakarta last month.
    (Reuters, 8/7/09)

2009        Aug 8, Indonesian police reportedly killed Noordin Mohammad Top, the self-proclaimed Southeast Asian commander of al-Qaida, in a 16-hour siege of a village hide-out in Central Java. Authorities said they could not confirm that a recovered body was that of the militant leader without DNA tests. DNA tests failed to confirm Top’s death. Police raided a house on the outskirts of Jakarta where they killed two suspected militants and seized bombs and a car rigged to carry them. The house was just 3 miles (5 kilometers) from the president's residence.
    (AP, 8/8/09)(AP, 8/9/09)(AP, 8/12/09)

2009        Aug 11, In Indonesia UNAIDS regional director Prasada Rao cited a new report saying more than 1.5 million women living with HIV in Asia were infected by their partners and 50 million more are at risk of infection. Rao spoke on the sidelines of the ninth International Congress on AIDS in Asia and the Pacific (ICAAP), which is being held on the Indonesian resort island of Bali.
    (AFP, 8/11/09)

2009        Aug 18, In Indonesia a dump truck, packed with more than 60 plantation workers and their families, overturned and killing at least 25 with dozens injured. At least three children were among the dead near Sampit town in Central Kalimantan.
    (AP, 8/19/09)

2009        Aug 22, In Indonesia a group of thieves killed an endangered Sumatran tiger in a zoo in Jambi province on Sumatra island and stole most of its body. Police suspected the theft was motivated by the animal's valuable fur and bones. The number of Sumatran tigers has dwindled to about 250 from about 1,000 in the 1970s, according to the Washington DC-based World Wildlife Fund.
    (AP, 8/23/09)

2009        Aug 26, A small Indonesian ferry sank off the resort island of Bali, killing nine people while three others are still missing.
    (Reuters, 8/26/09)

2009        Aug 28, In Indonesia the overcrowded ferry Sari Mulia capsized in the Negara River in the South Kalimantan province, leaving at least 19 people dead and 15 others missing.
    (AP, 8/29/09)(AP, 8/30/09)

2009        Sep 2, A powerful 7.0 earthquake rattled southern Indonesia, killing at least 64 people crushed by falling rock or collapsed buildings and sending thousands fleeing outdoors for safety in the middle of the work day. More than 10,000 buildings were severely damaged.
    (AP, 9/2/09)(AP, 9/4/09)

2009        Sep 7, A small Indonesian military plane crashed on Borneo with nine passengers and crew aboard, killing four.
    (AP, 9/7/09)

2009        Sep 9, Australia announced that it has launched a war crimes investigation into the 1975 killing of five Australian-based journalists during an attack by Indonesian forces in East Timor.
    (AP, 9/9/09)

2009        Sep 14, In Indonesia expanded Islamic law was passed by the regional parliament in Aceh province. One key article regarding adultery threatened 100 cane lashes for the unmarried and stoning to death for those who are married.
    (AP, 9/14/09)

2009        Sep 17, Armed Indonesian police stormed an Islamic militant hideout in a raid that killed fugitive terror mastermind Noordin Mohammed Top (41) and 3 other militants in central Java. Putri Munawaroh (21) was wounded and arrested after police raided her house, sparking the gunbattle. In 2010 she was sentenced to 3 years in prison for harboring terrorists.
    (AFP, 9/17/09)(AP, 7/29/10)

2009        Sep 19, In Indonesia a strong earthquake shook the popular resort island of Bali, injuring at least seven people and sending panicked tourists and residents fleeing out of homes and hotels.
    (AP, 9/19/09)

2009        Sep 21, In Indonesia Akbar Risuddin came into the world at a national record 19.2 pounds (8.7 kilograms). He was born to a diabetic mother in a 40-minute cesarean delivery that was complicated because of his unusual weight and size. Guinness World Records cites the heaviest baby as being born in the US in 1879, weighing 23.75 pounds (10.4 kilograms). However, it died 11 hours after birth. The book also cites 22.5-pound (10.2-kilogram) babies born in Italy in 1955 and in South Africa in 1982.
    (AP, 9/25/09)

2009        Sep 30, A 7.6 underwater earthquake rocked western Indonesia, briefly triggering a tsunami alert for countries along the Indian Ocean and sending panicked residents out of their houses. The quake toppled buildings, cut power and triggered a landslide on Sumatra island.  The UN later said 1,100 had been killed in and around Padang, a port city of 900,000 that sits atop one of the world's most active seismic fault lines along the Pacific "Ring of Fire." At least three villages were obliterated by earthquake-triggered landslides that buried as many as 644 people including a wedding party under mountains of mud and debris.
    (AFP, 9/30/09)(AP, 10/2/09)(Reuters, 10/2/09)(AP, 10/3/09)

2009        Sep, Indonesia’s Parliament, regarded as the most corrupt of Indonesia’s institutions, passed a law weakening its Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK).
    (Econ, 10/10/09, p.44) 

2009        Oct 1, In Indonesia rescue workers used excavators to pull out victims from the heavy rubble of buildings felled by the previous day’s 7.6 earthquake. The death toll was expected to rise. The region was jolted by another powerful earthquake, causing damage but no reported fatalities.
    (AP, 10/1/09)(AP, 10/2/09)

2009        Oct 2, A boat carrying about 100 asylum seekers left an Indonesian port bound for Australia but never arrived. The information was made public in May, 2010, by Australian Customs and Border Protection Service chief executive Michael Carmody during a routine Senate inquiry into government operations.
    (AP, 5/25/10)

2009        Oct 8, In Indonesia controversial tycoon Aburizal Bakrie was elected to lead the Golkar party after the Suharto-era ruling party suffered its biggest electoral defeat.
    (AFP, 10/8/09)

2009        Oct 9, Indonesian police raided a house near the capital, shooting dead suspected al-Qaida-linked militants Syaiffudin Djaelani and his brother, Mohamad Syahrir, wanted in the suicide bombings of luxury hotels in Jakarta. Djaelani was believed to have recruited two young bombers for the July 17 strikes on the J.W. Marriott and Ritz-Carlton.
    (AP, 10/9/09)(Reuters, 10/12/09)

2009        Oct 21, Indonesia’s customs chief said a group of 10 alleged Iranian drug smugglers, including eight veiled women, were caught with $12.5 million worth of methamphetamines at the main airport. The group had arrived on flights from Malaysia, Syria and Qatar on Oct 19-20.
    (AP, 10/21/09)

2009        Oct 30, Indonesian officials and fishermen said thousands of dead fish and clumps of oil have been found drifting near the coastline more than two months after an Australian underwater well began leaking in the Timor Sea on Aug 21.
    (AP, 10/30/09)

2009        Nov 9, In central Indonesia 6.7 undersea earthquake killed one person, injured dozens and damaged hundreds of houses on remote Sumbawa Island. Local officials said torrential rains have triggered a series of landslides on Sulawesi island, killing at least 14 residents and burying many more.
    (AP, 11/9/09)

2009        Nov 21, Indonesian authorities picked up Abdul Basir Latip, a co-founder of the Al Qaeda-linked Abu Sayyaf extremist group, at Jakarta airport for using a false passport.
    (AFP, 12/16/09)

2009        Nov 22, Nearly 250 people were pulled from the sea after the Dumai Express went down in heavy rain and huge swells off Karimun island in the north of the Indonesian archipelago. At least 29 people were killed and 20 were missing.
    (AFP, 11/22/09)(AP, 11/23/09)

2009        Nov 26, In Indonesia police broke up a protest by the environmental group Greenpeace against deforestation on the island of Sumatra, arresting 12 foreign and six Indonesian demonstrators.
    (AP, 11/26/09)

2009        Dec 1, Indonesia banned the film “Balibo," an Australian-made film on the alleged murder of six Australian-based journalists by Indonesian troops during the 1975 invasion of East Timor.
    (AFP, 12/2/09)

2009        Dec 5, In Indonesia an ecumenical group launched more than 10,000 twinkling paper lanterns into the night sky above Carnaval Beach in Jakarta, setting a world record. Freedom Faithnet Global said it organized the lantern release as a symbol of hope and prayer as part of annual celebrations. This year's celebrations have an environmental focus.
    (AP, 12/7/09)

2009        Dec 15, Australian scientists reported the discovery of an octopus in Indonesia that collects coconut shells for shelter, unusually sophisticated behavior that the researchers believe is the first evidence of tool use in an invertebrate animal.
    (AP, 12/15/09)

2009        Dec 16, Indonesian police killed Kelly Kwalik (60), one of the most active Papuan rebel commanders, sparking angry protests in a region scarred by unrest and rights abuses. Police said they shot Kwalik after he threatened to open fire on them during a raid on a house in Timika. Kwalik commanded the Free Papua Movement (OPM) in southern Mimika district.
    (AFP, 12/16/09)(https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kelly_Kwalik)(Econ, 6/5/10, p.49)

2009        Dec 19, Hundreds of supporters of a slain Papuan rebel leader Kelly Kwalik pelted Indonesian police with stones as tensions flared ahead of the commander's funeral.
    (AFP, 12/19/09)

2009        Dec 30, Former Indonesian President Abdurrahman Wahid (69) died. He briefly ruled during the nation's first tumultuous years of democracy (1999-2001) and sought peace in far-flung secessionist provinces.
    (AP, 12/30/09)

2009        Dec, In Indonesia the attorney-general’s office banned 5 books, which it considered a threat to national security.
    (Econ, 1/23/10, p.43)

2009        Andrew Beatty, anthropologist, authored “A Shadow Falls: In the Heart of Java," a look at the cultural conflict between Javanism, a pre-Islamic mystical tradition, and orthodox Islam.
    (Econ, 4/4/09, p.87)
2009        Marcus Mietzner authored Military Politics, Islam and the State of Indonesia: From Turbulent Transition to Democratic Consolidation."
    (Econ, 8/15/09, p.37)
2009        Indonesia joined the G20 club of major economies.
    (Econ, 2/19/11, p.43)
2009        Indonesia’s population at this time numbered about 240 million people.
    (Econ, 4/4/09, p.18)
2009        Australia’s Defence Signals Directorate (DSD), an intelligence agency, tried to tap the phones of Indonesia’s Pres. Susilo Bambang, as well as his wife and several of his innermost circle. This only became public in 2013.
    (Econ, 11/23/13, p.43)
2009        The world Muslim population was estimated at 1.57 billion, or about 23% of the global population of 6.8 billion, including 203 million in Indonesia, 174 million in Pakistan and 160 million in India.
    (Econ, 10/10/09, p.62)

2010        Jan 12, The Indonesian government, which has promised to stamp out corruption, was embarrassed by revelations that rich and powerful prisoners are living in luxury behind bars.
    (AFP, 1/12/10)

2010        Jan 13, In Indonesia hundreds people pelted each other with stones outside parliament as lawmakers grilled Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati over a controversial bank bailout. Some 400 anti-graft protesters from rival groups set upon each other in the latest sign of mounting anger over pervasive corruption.
    (AFP, 1/13/10)

2010        Jan 22, In Indonesia incessant rain caused floods in two remote villages in eastern Indonesia leaving eight people dead and 13 others missing.
    (AP, 1/22/10)

2010        Jan 24, In Indonesia gunmen attacked a convoy near the world's largest gold mine in Papua, wounding at least seven people including a foreigner.
    (AP, 1/24/10)

2010        Jan 27, In Indonesia Eko Budi Wardoyo (32), a suspected Islamist militant, was arrested in East Java province. He was allegedly involved in the 2005 bombing of a market that killed 22 people and the murder of a Christian priest in 2004.
    (AP, 1/29/10)
2010        Jan 27, It was reported that Italian fashion house Armani has stopped selling online a T-shirt bearing a logo similar to Indonesia's national symbol, Garuda Pancasila, after some bloggers protested and other people called for the label to be sued.
    (Reuters, 1/27/10)

2010        Feb 1, Thailand and the United States began their annual Cobra Gold military exercise, now in its 29th year, with South Korea taking part for the first time. Singapore, Japan and Indonesia will also participate in the three-week training exercise, describes as the largest of its type in the world.
    (AP, 2/1/10)

2010        Feb 9, Indonesian police said 8 people have died after drinking liquor laced with methanol on the country's main island of Java. The victims had bought the drink from the same stall on Feb 5.
    (AP, 2/9/10)

2010        Feb 11, Indonesia's former anti-graft chief, Antasari Azhar (56), was convicted of plotting the murder of a businessman and sentenced to 18 years in prison, in a case that has undermined the country's fight against corruption.
    (AP, 2/11/10)

2010        Feb 13, In Indonesia contestants took part in the Social Cultural Transvestite Queen beauty pageant in Banda Aceh, Aceh province. The transvestite beauty pageant was held for the first time in the country's only province that officially adopted Islamic sharia law.
    (AP, 2/14/10)

2010        Feb 22, In Indonesia a villager was killed in crossfire and three suspected militants were arrested when police raided a possible paramilitary training ground for the Southeast Asian terror network Jemaah Islamiyah in Aceh province.
    (AP, 2/23/10)

2010        Feb 23, In Indonesia a rain-triggered landslide at a tea plantation on the main island of Java buried scores of workers. At least 46 people were killed or missing.
    (AP, 2/23/10)(AP, 2/24/10)

2010        Mar 6, In Indonesia a group calling itself "al-Qaida in Aceh" claimed to be the target of a police crackdown. Police have arrested 16 suspected militants in a series of raids in the deeply conservative province of Aceh since Feb 22.
    (AP, 3/6/10)

2010        Mar 9, Indonesia’s President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono flew into Canberra with PM Kevin Rudd and Governor-General Quentin Bryce waiting on the red carpet. He was soon appointed an honorary companion of the Order of Australia for his work after the 2002 Bali bombing. Yudhoyono will become the first Indonesian leader to address a joint sitting of Australia's parliament on March 10.
    (AFP, 3/9/10)
2010        Mar 9, In Indonesia 3 terror suspects were killed during raids near Jakarta. One of the dead included Dulmatin, one of the masterminds of the 2002 Bali bombings. Police soon confirmed his identity. An additional terror suspect was arrested in Jakarta earlier in the day, bringing to 24 the number of suspects taken into custody on Java and Aceh since Feb. 22 in a police crackdown on a suspected Jemaah Islamiyah cell.
    (AP, 3/9/10)(AFP, 3/10/10)

2010        Mar 12, Indonesian police killed two suspected Islamist militants in a firefight in remote Aceh province during the latest in a series of raids made since an extremist training camp was discovered there last month. Eight other suspects were arrested.
    (AP, 3/12/10)

2010        Mar 21, In Indonesia a rare Sumatran tiger dragged a man, identified as Darmilus (26), from a hut in Seponjen village near the protected Berbak National Park, and broke his neck as friends tried to rescue the victim.
    (AP, 3/22/10)

2010        Mar 24, Indonesian police ordered the cancellation of a conference of Asian gay activists, saying it could prompt violent protests by conservative Muslim groups.
    (AP, 3/24/10)

2010        Apr 7, In Indonesia a magnitude 7.7 earthquake shook Indonesia's northwest island of Sumatra, triggering a small tsunami, snapping power lines and sending panicked residents rushing for higher ground.
    (AP, 4/7/10)

2010        Apr 11, In Indonesia police arrested 6 terror suspects including Abu Musa (35), a suspect in the 2004 attack on the Australian Embassy in Jakarta, and Yusuf Arifin (25), who is said to have received militant training in the southern Philippines. The other four were wanted in connection with a failed plot to assassinate Indonesia's president last year.
    (AP, 4/12/10)

2010        Apr 12, Indonesian police raided a home used by suspected terrorists in the far western province of Aceh, fatally shooting Enal Tao (38), allegedly involved in the beheadings of 3 Christian girls. Two other suspects were arrested at the house in Cot Irie village on the outskirts of Banda Aceh.
    (AP, 4/12/10)

2010        Apr 14, In Indonesia protesters wielding machetes, sticks and petrol bombs clashed with riot police near the main seaport of Tanjung Priok in northern Jakarta in a series of running battles over a Muslim cleric's tomb, wounding 90 people. The bloody clashes left three dead and 156 wounded.
    (AP, 4/14/10)(AP, 4/15/10)

2010        Apr 19, Indonesia’s Constitutional Court ruled 8-1 that a 45-year-old law banning religious blasphemy was constitutional. The law limited officially recognized religions to six: Buddhism, Catholicism, Confucianism, Hinduism, Islam and Protestantism. Up to 5 years in prison could be imposed for anyone found guilty of heresy.
    (SFC, 4/20/10, p.A2)

2010        May 9, In Indonesia an earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 7.4 rattled the North Sumatra province, prompting a brief local tsunami watch, knocking out power and damaging some homes.
    (AP, 5/9/10)

2010        May 11, Indonesia's former chief detective, Gen. Susno Duadji, who has recently exposed corruption among government and police officials, was arrested on allegations that he accepted a bribe in 2008.
    (AP, 5/11/10)

2010        May 12, In Indonesia 5 suspected terrorists were killed in two raids, the latest in a series of anti-terror operations nationwide. 3 were killed in Cawang, East Jakarta, and 2 others in the West Java city of Cikampek. One of the suspects killed in the second raid was Saptono, who was involved in a suicide car bomb attack which killed 10 people outside the Australian embassy in 2004. Two days of raids around Java also detained 20 people.
    (AFP, 5/12/10)(Econ, 5/22/10, p.45)

2010        May 14, An Indonesian official said police have foiled a plot to assassinate the president and other top officials, massacre foreigners in Mumbai-style terrorist attacks and declare an Islamic state.
    (AP, 5/14/10)

2010        May 27, In Indonesia authorities in a devoutly Islamic district of Aceh province have distributed 20,000 long skirts and prohibited shops from selling tight dresses as a regulation banning Muslim women from wearing revealing clothing took effect.
    (AP, 5/27/10)

2010        May 28, Indonesia said it will impose a 2-year moratorium on large-scale clearance of rainforests, effective as off January 2011, in return for $1 billion grant from Norway to fund projects as part of the REDD plan (Reduced Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation).
    (http://news.mongabay.com/2010/0527-hance_moratorium.html)(Econ, 10/30/10, p.44)

2010        May 31, Indonesia's failure to ban tobacco advertising or enforce laws against smoking in bars and restaurants came under heavy fire as the UN marked world anti-tobacco day.
    (AP, 5/31/10)

2010        Jun 6, In western Indonesia 10 children died when a suspension bridge collapsed. Rescuers were searching for three others still missing.
    (AP, 6/7/10)

2010        Jun 16, Indonesia was hit by a series of powerful earthquakes. At least 17 people were killed and more than 4,600 others left homeless.
    (AP, 6/16/10)(AP, 6/21/10)

2010        Jun 21, In Indonesia the discovery of three dead Javan rhinos has intensified efforts to save one of the world's most endangered mammals from extinction, with an electric fence being built around a new sanctuary and breeding ground.
    (AP, 6/21/10)

2010        Jun 23, In Indonesia an elite anti-terrorism squad arrested Abdullah Sunata, the country’s most-wanted man, and two other suspects after raiding their hide-out on the country's main island of Java. At least one person was killed and several weapons seized, including a bomb in a backpack.
    (AP, 6/23/10)

2010        Jun 25, In Indonesia 10 people were killed in a fire that ripped through the packed Redboxx Café nightclub in Surabaya in the early hours, including a mother and the baby she apparently gave birth to during the tragedy.
    (AP, 6/25/10)

2010        Jun 29, An Indonesian court sentenced 8 Iranians to life in prison for smuggling hundreds of methamphetamine tablets in their stomachs into the resort island of Bali. The Jakarta Post newspaper, quoting police, said Iranian drugs syndicates have become the main suppliers of heroin  and crystal methamphetamine to Indonesia, replacing West African countries.
    (AFP, 6/29/10)

2010        Jun, Indonesia’s Tempo news magazine ran a cover story revealing that over a dozen senior police officials had suspicious bank accounts, some of which held millions of dollars. A week later an anti-corruption activist, who helped expose the accounts, was brutally beaten by unknown men.
    (Econ, 11/6/10, p.56)

2010        Jul 2, Jakarta's annual month-long flora and fauna expo opened. It included sales of the world's most threatened ploughshare tortoise and the critically endangered radiated tortoises, both from Madagascar. While the government has passed legislation banning such illegal trade, dealers continue to blatantly sell endangered species without fear of arrest or prosecution.
    (AP, 7/3o/10)

2010        Jul 22, The US said it was dropping a ban on ties with Indonesia's special forces, imposed over human rights abuses in the 1990s, a move that may eventually allow combat training of the once-notorious unit.
    (Reuters, 7/22/10)

2010        Aug 4, In Indonesia the Trisal Pratama sank shortly after a collision with another cargo vessel near Selayar island off South Sumatra province. Rescuers saved 11 people, including a 1-year-old girl, but searched the next day for nine others still missing.
    (AP, 8/5/10)

2010        Aug 6, In Indonesia the Mount Karangetang volcano erupted, sending lava and a searing gas cloud tumbling down its slopes. At least four family members were swept away and feared dead.
    (AP, 8/6/10)

2010        Aug 9, Indonesian police arrested top radical Islamist preacher Abu Bakar Bashir. He was accused of funding and training extremists who were planning a wave of attacks in Jakarta.
    (AFP, 8/10/10)
2010        Aug 9, In Indonesia the Hastina III sunk off East Nusatenggara province after a large wave slammed into the wooden ship, sending panicked passengers running to one side. It capsized between Adonara and Lembata islands. 10 people were killed with one missing.
    (AP, 8/9/10)

2010        Aug 10, Indonesia and the US launched a biodiversity research centre on the holiday island of Bali to further studies of the archipelago's rich and diverse species.
    (AFP, 8/10/10)

2010        Aug 11, Indonesia's best-known radical cleric, Abu Bakar Bashir, was charged with helping plan terrorist attacks in the world's most populous Muslim nation, a crime that carries a maximum penalty of death.
    (AP, 8/11/10)

2010        Aug 29, In Indonesia the Sinabung volcano on the island of Sumatra erupted for the first time in 400 years, spewing a vast cloud of smoke and ash into the air and sending thousands of people fleeing from their homes.
    (AFP, 8/29/10)

2010        Aug 31, Indonesian police killed five villagers as dozens of people ransacked a station in central Buol district to protest a person's death in custody. The protest followed a motorist's death in police custody on Aug 30. It was unclear why he was detained, but the protesters suspected he was tortured by police.
    (AP, 9/1/10)

2010        Sep 2, An international maritime group urged Indonesia to increase patrols in the South China Sea after pirates attacked nine vessels in less than three weeks.
    (AP, 9/2/10)

2010        Sep 4, Thousands of Indonesian Muslims rallied outside the US Embassy in Jakarta to denounce an American church's plan to mark the anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks by burning copies of the Quran. The Dove World Outreach Center in Gainesville, Florida, has said it will burn the Islamic holy book on Sep 11, the ninth anniversary of the NYC terror attacks.
    (AP, 9/4/10)

2010        Sep 7, Indonesia’s Mount Sinabung volcano shot a towering cloud of black ash high into the air, dusting villages 15 miles (25 km) away in its most powerful eruption since awakening last week from four centuries of dormancy.
    (AP, 9/7/10)

2010        Sep 11, In central Indonesia flash floods on Borneo Island killed 10 people and left 14 others missing.
    (AP, 9/12/10)

2010        Sep 12, In Indonesia assailants stabbed Asia Sihombing, a Christian worshipper, in the stomach and pounded Rev. Luspida Simanjuntak in the head with a wooden plank when she tried to help him as they headed to morning prayers in Bekasi, 25 miles east of Jakarta.
    (AP, 9/12/10)

2010        Sep 13, In Indonesia Yusuf Sipakoly (52), a political prisoner being detained in Ambon, Maluku, died while under police custody. His family claimed that he was tortured by police.
    (Econ, 11/6/10, p.56)(http://tinyurl.com/3533o26)

2010        Sep 22, In western Indonesia Muslim militants wearing black masks stormed the tiny police precinct and unloaded their assault rifles, riddling 3 officers with bullets and shining a spotlight on the country's changing face of terrorism.
    (AP, 10/10/10)

2010        Sep 23, Mohammed Sofyan Tsauri, a former Indonesian police officer, said he helped al-Qaida train 170 members of a new terror network in Aceh province soon after he left the police force in 2008. On Jan 19, 2011, Tsauri (34) was sentenced to 10 years in prison for supplying weapons to a terrorist cell allegedly plotting a series of attacks on foreigners.
    (AP, 9/23/10)(AP, 1/19/11)

2010        Sep 27, Indonesia and France served as co-chairs of the Group of 20 Working Group on Anti-corruption during a 2-day meeting in Jakarta. The WGAC was among the most significant outcomes of the G20 summit in Toronto in June 2010.

2010        Oct 2, In central Indonesia a train crashed into another parked at a railway station, killing at least 36 people and injuring dozens, many seriously. The next day Transportation Minister Freddy Numberi said Halik Rudianto, the train’s engineer, had failed to stop at a red signal. Rudianto was arrested for negligence.
    (AP, 10/2/10)(AP, 10/3/10)

2010        Oct 4, In Indonesia heavy rain unleashed flash floods and mudslides, killing at least 91 people in West Papua province's village of Wasior. Rescuers struggled to reach the area.
    (AP, 10/5/10)(AP, 10/6/10)(AP, 10/7/10)

2010        Oct 6, In Indonesia helicopters dropped food to isolated villages and security forces helped clear debris and search for survivors as the number of people killed by floods and landslides across Asia climbed to nearly 110. Three-quarters of the deaths were in eastern Indonesia. In Vietnam 11 bodies were recovered in the worst-hit province of Quang Binh, where authorities were also searching for five sailors from a sunken barge. At least seven other bodies were found in Ha Tinh province, five in Nghe An and three in Quang Tri. On China's nearby island province of Hainan, seven straight days of heavy rains left two people missing and forced 64,000 to evacuate.
    (AP, 10/6/10)

2010        Oct 9, Erwin Arnada (47), the former editor-in-chief of Playboy Indonesia, began a two-year prison sentence for publishing pictures of scantily clothed women, riling free speech activists in the world's most populous Muslim nation. The Supreme Court had found Arnada guilty of violating indecency laws during a closed-door session in August, overruling a 2007 acquittal by the South Jakarta District Court.
    (AP, 10/9/10)

2010        Oct 13, Australia and Indonesia agreed to further discuss plans for a refugee centre in East Timor to stem the flow of asylum seekers through Southeast Asia on their way to Australia.
    (AFP, 10/13/10)

2010        Oct 15, In Indonesia a rabies outbreak on the resort island of Bali has to date killed 100 people. Bali, an island of 3 million people and one of Asia's top tourist destinations, has been grappling with the outbreak for nearly two years.
    (AP, 10/15/10)

2010        Oct 22, In eastern Indonesia the Tersanjung, a small passenger ship, sank off the cape of Watumanuk on Flores island. It was reportedly carrying 66 people. 44 people were rescued and 22 remained missing.
    (AP, 10/22/10)(AP, 10/23/10)

2010        Oct 23, In Indonesia a small freighter with seven crew was reported to be going down off Flores. Three people were apparently missing while the others survived.
    (AP, 10/23/10)

2010        Oct 25, In western Indonesia a 7.7 magnitude earthquake off Sumatra’s coast triggered a 10-foot (3m) tsunami that pounded remote island villages, killing over 400 people and leaving scores more missing.
    (AP, 10/26/10)(AP, 10/29/10)

2010        Oct 26, Indonesia’s Mount Merapi volcano erupted, prompting terrified villagers to flee and join the thousands already evacuated from its slopes.
    (Reuters, 10/26/10)

2010        Oct 27, In Indonesia helicopters with emergency supplies finally landed on the remote islands slammed by a tsunami that killed over 400 people. Elsewhere in the archipelago the toll from a volcanic eruption rose to 30, including the mountain's spiritual caretaker.
    (AP, 10/26/10)(AP, 10/29/10)

2010        Oct 28, Indonesia's Mount Merapi erupted for the second time in a week, blasting vast plumes of ash into the sky, as the death toll from the initial eruption and a tsunami that hit remote western islands reached 377.
    (AP, 10/28/10)

2010        Oct 30, In Indonesia clouds of gray ash rumbled down the slopes of Mount Merapi in its most powerful eruption of a deadly week, prompting soldiers to force reluctant villagers to evacuate amid fears of a larger blast as the death toll reached 36. Storms again prevented aid deliveries to increasingly desperate survivors of a tsunami, including a teenage girl with an open chest wound, that killed 413 people in the Mentawai islands. The number of missing dropped by half to 163 as searchers discovered survivors who had fled to the hills.
    (AP, 10/30/10)

2010        Nov 1, Indonesia's most volatile volcano, Mount Merapi, one of 22 that have been increasingly active, spewed searing clouds of gas and debris for hours in its most powerful eruption in a deadly week that has left 38 dead.
    (AP, 11/1/10)

2010        Nov 4, In Indonesia clouds of hot ash gushed from the Mount Merapi volcano, forcing motorists in cities 20 miles (30 km) away to use their headlights in broad daylight and raising aviation concerns. The death toll climbed to 44.
    (AP, 11/4/10)

2010        Nov 5, In Indonesia searing gas avalanched down the Mount Merapi volcano with a thunderous roar, torching houses and trees and incinerating villagers as they fled. About 70 more people were killed raising the death toll to 122.
    (AP, 11/5/10)(Econ, 11/13/10, p.50)

2010        Nov 6, Airlines cancelled at least 36 flights to and from Jakarta, affecting international carriers from Europe to Asia, because of ash from the Mount Merapi volcano.
    (AFP, 11/6/10)

2010        Nov 8, In Indonesia frightened residents abandoned their homes in Yogyakarta, a bustling city of 400,000 at the foot of Mount Merapi, as authorities warned the volcano could erupt again at any time. 153 people have been killed in the last two weeks.
    (AP, 11/8/10)(AP, 11/9/10)

2010        Nov 9, President Barack Obama arrived in Indonesia, the world's most populous Muslim nation. He voiced support for Pres. Yudhoyono's efforts to nurture a rapidly growing society even in a time when Indonesia has been hit by earthquakes, a tsunami, and now a volcanic eruption. He also expressed deep concern that Israelis and Palestinians aren't making the "extra effort" to secure a breakthrough for achieving Middle East peace.
    (AP, 11/9/10)

2010        Nov 10, Indonesia's Mount Merapi volcano spewed clouds of ash high into the sky, forcing some international airlines to again cancel flights and President Barack Obama to cut short his visit.
    (AP, 11/10/10)

2010        Nov 14, In Indonesia rescuers digging through several feet of ash discovered nine more bodies on the slopes of Mount Merapi, whose explosive eruption a week ago buried whole villages. Confirmation of more deaths trickled in  and the toll from a series of blasts at the volcano rose to at least 250.
    (AP, 11/14/10)

2010        Nov 15, In Indonesia Gayus Tambunan (31) broke into tears when he admitted in a hearing at the South Jakarta District Court that yes, he was the wigged man captured by photographers at the international tennis match on Nov 5. Tambunan, a midlevel tax official with a salary of just $1,300 a month, was supposed to be in jail. He has been charged with pocketing at least $2.7 million from dozens of big companies to help them avoid paying taxes. 9 wardens have been arrested and face charges of accepting up to $40,000 from the tax official. Tambunan allegedly left the jail at least 60 times since his detention in April. On Jan 19, 2011, he was sentenced to seven years behind bars for corruption.
    (AP, 11/16/10)(AP, 1/19/11)

2010        Nov 17, Indonesia’s disaster agency said that the death toll due to Mount Merapi had risen to 275 and that most of the people were killed by searing gas clouds. Others died during panicked evacuations or from respiratory problems and other illnesses linked to the volcano.
    (AP, 11/18/10)

2010        Nov 19, Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono said that an inquiry will be launched into a female migrant's suspicious death in Saudi Arabia. Kikim Komalasari, who had worked in Abha city in Saudi Arabia since June 2009, had died from abuse. She was from Cianjur in West Java province.
    (AFP, 11/19/10)

2010        Nov 21, In Indonesia the death toll from the Mount Merapi volcano rose to 304 after more victims succumbed to severe burns and illnesses.
    (SFC, 11/22/10, p.A2)
2010        Nov 21, A global tiger summit meeting in St. Petersburg, Russia, approved a wide-ranging program with the goal of doubling the world's tiger population in the wild by 2022 backed by governments of the 13 countries that still have tiger populations: Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, China, India, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Nepal, Thailand, Vietnam and Russia. Experts said wild tigers could become extinct in 12 years if countries where they still roam fail to take quick action to protect their habitats and step up the fight against poaching.
    (AP, 11/21/10)

2010        Nov 23, Saudi media said a Saudi woman (53), accused of torturing her Indonesian maid, has been sent to jail while the maid, Sumiati Binti Salan Mustapa (23), receives extensive hospital treatment for burns and broken bones.
    (AFP, 11/23/10)

2010        Nov 24, Indonesian Muslim cleric Pujiono Cahyo Widianto (46), who sparked a national outcry by marrying a 12-year-old girl, was sentenced to four years in prison.
    (AP, 11/24/10)

2010        Dec 1, Human Rights Watch urged Indonesia to overturn the Shariah laws in Aceh province, in effect since 2001, due to alleged widespread rights abuses.
    (SFC, 12/2/10, p.A11)

2010        Dec 10, Indonesian police arrested Abu Tholut (42), one of the country's most-wanted Muslim militants, accusing him of plotting high-profile assassinations and bloody attacks on foreigners at luxury hotels in the capital. Tholut identified four more militants. Anwar Effendi, Wardi, Sukirno, and Sri Puji Mulyo Siswanto were suspected of concealing information about terrorism and of hiding Tholut. All 4 were arrested by the next day.
    (AP, 12/10/10)(AP, 12/14/10)

2010        Dec 31, The Jakarta-based Legal Aid Foundation said in a new report that law enforcement officials from police to prison wardens routinely torture Indonesian suspects and convicts to extract confessions or obtain information.
    (AP, 12/31/10)

2010        In Indonesia WHO reported that some 400,000 people die each year from smoking-related illnesses. Anti-smoking groups teamed up with Muhammadiyah, the country’s 2nd largest Islamic organization, to issue a fatwa declaring smoking haram, i.e. forbidden under Islam.
    (Econ, 5/1/10, p.44)
2010        In Indonesia a video circulated widely on the Internet late showed men in uniform burning the genitals of a suspected separatist and running a knife across the neck of another, sparking an international outcry. In 2011 three soldiers were charged with the relatively minor offense of disobeying orders, which carried a maximum penalty of 30 months in prison. The 3 soldiers were sentenced on Jan 24 for up to ten months in prison, angering rights activists who slammed the lenient verdict as a sham underlining the military's impunity.
    (AP, 1/14/11)(AP, 1/24/11)

2011        Jan 10, Canada-based Research In Motion said it will filter pornographic internet content for its Blackberry smartphone users in Indonesia, following government pressure to stop access to porn sites or face its browsing service being shut down.
    (Reuters, 1/10/11)

2011        Jan 14, In Indonesia a group armed with guns and arrows attacked an army post in Papua, and one Papuan was killed and another wounded in the exchange.
    (AP, 1/14/11)

2011        Jan 17, Canada-based Research In Motion Ltd. (RIM), the maker of BlackBerry, promised Indonesia it will meet the country's request to filter out pornographic content on its smartphones in the next four days.
    (AP, 1/17/11)

2011        Jan 28, Two Indonesian passenger trains crashed killing 3 people in West Java province. A crowded ferry burst into flames off Java, killing at least 18 people and sending hundreds to the hospital, many in critical condition.
    (AP, 1/28/11)(AP, 1/31/11)

2011        Jan 31, In Indonesia popstar Nazril “Ariel" Irham was sentenced to 3½  years in prison after sex tapes with his celebrity girlfriends found their way to the Internet.
    (SFC, 2/1/11, p.A2)

2011        Feb 2, Indonesian prosecutors formally charged Abu Bakar Bashir (72), spiritual head of the al-Qaida-linked Jemaah Islamiyah network, with planning terrorist attacks. He was also was charged with helping fund a new terror cell in Aceh province and mobilizing foot soldiers.
    (AP, 2/2/11)

2011        Feb 6, In central Indonesia a machete-wielding mob of Muslims attacked the home of a minority sect leader, killing 3 and wounding 6 others in Tamanggung. Some 1,500 people, many with machetes, sticks and rocks, attacked about 20 members of the Ahmadiyah Muslim sect who were visiting their leader in his house in Banten province. Java Island. Dani bin Misra (17) smashed a rock repeatedly into the skull of Roni Pasaroni as the crowd yelled "Allahu Akbar" or God is Great. Ahmadiyah is considered deviant by most Muslims and banned in many Islamic countries because of its belief that Muhammad was not the final prophet. Police later arrested 10 suspects related to the attacks. On July 28 twelve members of the mob were received sentenced of 3-6 months. Dani bin Misra was released from jail after 3 months.
    (AP, 2/6/11)(SFC, 2/12/11, p.A2)(SFC, 7/29/11, p.A2)(AP, 8/9/11)

2011        Feb 8, In Indonesia more than 1,500 Muslims went on the rampage in Central Java, setting two churches alight and ransacking a school, after a Christian man was sentenced to five years' jail for blaspheming Islam. The group wanted him punished with death.
    (AP, 2/8/11)

2011        Feb 9, Indonesia's biggest palm oil producer (Golden Agri) pledged to follow new standards to protect carbon-rich forests and peatlands, in a move cautiously welcomed by environmentalists including Greenpeace. A suspect was arrested in his Jakarta art shop during a raid carried out by police and forestry officials for allegedly using the Internet to sell hundreds of illegal wildlife parts, from ivory and tiger skins to the teeth of the world's smallest bears.
    (AFP, 2/9/11)(AP, 2/17/11)(Econ, 8/1/15, p.59)

2011        Feb 16, Indonesian marine police said they have up 129 starving men from Myanmar off the coast of Aceh. The refugees all belonged to the Rohingya minority, who are not recognized by Myanmar’s military rulers.
    (SFC, 2/17/11, p.A2)

2011        Feb 24, An Indonesian court sentenced Islamic preacher Murhali Barda (37) to five-and-a-half months in jail for misusing his status to encourage "Muslim lions" to rally at a church, which led to the beating and stabbing of two Christians. He had already served about five months and was expected to walk out of jail within days.
    (Reuters, 2/24/11)

2011        Mar 3, Indonesian journalist Banjir Ambarita, who covered a police sex scandal, was treated in the hospital after being stabbed in the stomach and chest. Ambarita had written about three police officers who confessed to sexually abusing a female detainee.
    (AP, 3/3/11)

2011        Mar 15, In Indonesia a small mail bomb addressed to a moderate Muslim leader exploded in Jakarta as police were trying to defuse it, wounding four people.
    (AP, 3/15/11)

2011        Mar 29, Intelligence officials in Indonesia and Philippines said Umar Patek (40), a suspected member of the al-Qaida-linked militant group Jemaah Islamiyah, has been arrested in Pakistan. The senior Indonesian al-Qaida operative was wanted in the 2002 Bali bombings. Patek's exact whereabouts were not immediately known.
    (AP, 3/30/11)

2011        Mar 31, Indonesia arrested 43 Afghans who were trying to reach Australia illegally.
    (AP, 3/31/11)

2011        Apr 3, Indonesian authorities arrested a Filipino woman, coming from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, with more than two pounds (one kg) of heroin at the Adi Sumarmo Airport in Solo. She was allegedly paid $8,000 by an international drug syndicate to carry the heroin.
    (AP, 4/7/11)

2011        Apr 11, Indonesian lawmaker Arifinto (50), a member of the staunchly Islamic Prosperous Justice Party who helped pass a tough anti-pornography law, resigned after he got caught watching sexually explicit videos on his computer during a parliamentary debate.
    (AP, 4/11/11)
2011        Apr 11, In San Francisco the annual Goldman Environmental prize was awarded 6 people from around the world. The winners included Hilton Kelly for his efforts to cut pollution in Port Arthur, Texas; Francisco Pineda for resisting mining in El Salvador; Ursula Sladek of Germany for creating for reducing her community’s reliance on nuclear power; Prigi Arisandi for her efforts to protect Indonesia’s Surabaya River; Dmitry Lisitsyn for his efforts to protect the Russia’s Sakhalin island; and Raoul du Toit for defending wildlife in Zimbabwe.
    (SFC, 4/11/11, p.A12)

2011        Apr 15, In Indonesia suicide bomber Muhammad Syarif (32) blew himself up as police were praying in the West Java town of Cirebon, wounding 30 people in the first attack on a mosque since extremists started targeting the predominantly Muslim country a decade ago.
    (AP, 4/15/11)(AP, 4/16/11)(AFP, 10/8/11)

2011        Apr 21, In Indonesia police arrested 19 terror suspects who then led them to five massive bombs buried beneath a gas pipeline near a church just outside the capital. The explosives had been set to detonate by cell phone at around 9 a.m. on Good Friday.
    (AP, 4/21/11)

2011        May 7, In Indonesia a passenger plane carrying 25 people plunged into the ocean as it approached an airport in bad weather in the eastern province of West Papua. There were no survivors.
    (AP, 5/7/11)(AP, 5/8/11)

2011        May 14, Indonesia's anti-terrorism forces killed two suspected militants in a predawn raid in Central Java. A nearby rice vendor was killed in crossfire in Sukoharjo district. "Team Hisbah" founder and leader Sigit Qurdowi was killed. Team Hisbah was thought to be behind a series of failed bomb attempts around the city of Solo. The group splintered and some formed an anti-vice squad in the city. Many others became associated with a former Solo resident called Bahrun Naim. Authorities later believed him to be a leading Indonesian coordinator for Islamic State (IS).
    (AP, 5/14/11)(Reuters, 8/26/16)

2011        Jun 3, A global maritime watchdog warned ships traversing the South China Sea bordering Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore following the hijack of three tugboats and a barge in recent weeks.
    (AFP, 6/3/11)

2011        Jun 4, In Indonesia two suspected terrorists were killed during a gunbattle in a raid in Poso, Central Sulawesi province. The two were allegedly linked to the assailants who killed two police officers and wounded another last week in Palu.
    (AP, 6/4/11)

2011        Jun 16, Indonesian Muslim cleric Abu Bakar Bashir (72), known as spiritual leader of the militants who carried out the deadly 2002 Bali bombings, was sentenced to 15 years in prison for his support of a terror training camp uncovered last year. On Oct 20 an appeals court reduced the sentence to 9 years.
    (AP, 6/16/11)(AP, 10/26/11)

2011        Jun 18, Saudi Arabia beheaded Ruyati binti Satubi (54), an Indonesian grandmother, for killing an allegedly abusive Saudi employer. In response Indonesia later enacted a moratorium on labor exports to Saudi Arabia effective August 1.
    (SFC, 8/10/11, p.A3)(http://tinyurl.com/3wvhbpm)

2011        Jun 20, In Indonesia Abu Tholut (50), one of the nation’s top terrorism suspects, went on trial on charges of helping set up a terrorist training camp for a group that plotted attacks on foreigners and assassinations of the country's moderate Muslim leaders. Arrested in December, Tholut is one of more than 120 alleged members of the "Tanzim Al Qaeda in Aceh" group to have been captured or killed since the camp was uncovered.
    (AP, 6/20/11)

2011        Jun 21, Three Indonesians, radicalized by the teachings of a firebrand Muslim cleric, were sentenced to six years in prison for involvement in a terror plot.
    (AP, 6/21/11)

2011        Jun 22, In Indonesia indigenous peoples of Borneo demanded a halt to internationally backed forest conservation schemes, saying they are trampling their rights and robbing their lands.
    (AFP, 6/22/11)

2011        Jun 24, Playboy Indonesia's former editor was released from prison after the country's top court overturned his indecency conviction for publishing pictures of scantily clad women.
    (AP, 6/24/11)

2011        Jun 25, In Indonesia a passenger bus plunged from a hill into a trench on Sumatra island, killing 14 people.
    (AP, 6/26/11)

2011        Jun 30, Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono appointed his brother-in-law, who rights groups say may have been responsible for abuses in East Timor in 1999, as the nation's new army chief.
    (AFP, 6/30/11)

2011        Jul 1, In Indonesia an 18-month-old Sumatran tiger died seven days after it fell into a trap and within three hours of being tranquilized by local conservation officials. The trap was on the border of an acacia forest and an APP logging concession. Estimates of the number of Sumatran tigers remaining in the world range from 300 to 400.
    (AP, 7/26/11)

2011        Jul 3, In Indonesia the Mount Soputan volcano erupted on Sulawesi island.
    (SFC, 7/4/11, p.A2)

2011        Jul 6, Australia announced it would lift a ban on live cattle exports to Indonesia and resume trade with additional safeguards in place to address animal cruelty concerns.
    (AFP, 7/6/11)

2011        Jul 11, In Indonesia a man reportedly trying to show students how to make explosives was killed by a homemade bomb inside an Islamic boarding school on Sumbawa Island.
    (AP, 7/12/11)

2011        Jul 14, In Indonesia Mount Lokon on Sulawesi island burst into life late at night and continued to spew ash and searing gas into the air well into the next morning, prompting more than 4,500 residents to head to safety.
    (AFP, 7/15/11)

2011        Jul 15, Indonesian police arrested Abrori Ali, the headmaster of an Islamic boarding school in the Sumba island town of Bima, after a man there died earlier this week, reportedly while trying to teach students how to make homemade bombs.
    (AP, 7/15/11)

2011        Jul 17, In Indonesia the Mount Lokon volcano on northern Sulawesi island erupted again and released the greatest amount of energy so far, shooting soot and debris 11,400 feet (3,500 meters) into the sky.
    (AP, 7/17/11)

2011        Jul 19, In Indonesia some 15,000 underprivileged Indonesian newlyweds from various faiths joined a mass reception to receive free marriage certificates that they otherwise could not afford.
    (AP, 7/19/11)

2011        Jul 21, In Indonesia unidentified gunmen ambushed soldiers and killed one of them in the easternmost province of Papua. A small, poorly armed separatist group, known as Free Papua Movement, or OPM, has battled for independence since 1969.
    (AP, 7/21/11)

2011        Jul 31, In eastern Indonesia clashes between supporters of rival candidates in upcoming local elections killed 17 people and injured dozens in remote Papua province.
    (AP, 7/31/11)

2011        Aug 1, In Indonesia unknown gunmen killed four people in a pre-dawn ambush on a road outside Jayapura, Papua province.
    (AFP, 8/2/11)

2011        Aug 2, In Indonesia some 10,000 Papuans protested for independence, defying a heavy police presence a day after a deadly ambush that police blamed on separatist rebels.
    (AFP, 8/2/11)

2011        Aug 3, In Indonesia 9 people, including two Australians, two South Africans and five Indonesians, were killed when a helicopter flying to a Newcrest mine crashed with 10 on board.
    (AFP, 8/4/11)

2011        Aug 8, In Colombia Muhammad Nazarruddin (32), the ex-treasurer of Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono's party, was reported arrested in Cartagena after weeks on the run over corruption allegations. Nazarruddin has been on the run since May when anti-graft investigators linked him to a bribery scandal involving contracts on a 23-million-dollar athletes' village for the Southeast Asian Games scheduled in November.
    (AFP, 8/9/11)(Econ, 2/25/12, p.51)

2011        Aug 11, Umar Patek (41), a key suspect in the 2002 Bali bombings that killed 202 people, was escorted home to Indonesia under tight security to stand trial, six months after he was captured in the same northwestern Pakistani town where Osama bin Laden was killed. The al-Qaida-linked militant, had a $1 million bounty on his head when authorities caught up with him on Jan. 25 in Abbottabad.
    (AP, 8/11/11)

2011        Aug 15, In Indonesia Deden Sudjana (48), wounded when Islamic hard-liners launched a deadly attack on his minority sect, was sentenced to six months in prison, more than some of those caught on video taking part in the Feb 6 lynching.
    (AP, 8/15/11)

2011        Aug 25, In Indonesia Aceh Gov. Irwandi Yusuf (51) agreed to give PT Kallista Alam, a palm oil company, a permit to convert 4,000 acres of peat swamp forest. The land was in the heart of the renowned Leuser Ecosystem already identified as off limits under a presidential moratorium enacted in May.
    (SSFC, 12/11/11, p.A22)

2011        Aug 27, Off eastern Indonesia a ferry sank off southern Sulawesi killing at least 12 people. 93 people were rescued, but others were feared trapped.
    (SSFC, 8/28/11, p.A6)

2011        Sep 9, In Indonesia the colorful 137-page comic "I Found the Meaning of Jihad," began appearing in bookstores authored by former al-Qaida-linked militant Nasir Abas (42).
    (AP, 9/9/11)
2011        Sep 9, Malaysia’s Environment Minister Douglas Uggah Embas sent a letter to his Indonesian counterpart about hundreds of suspected fires on Sumatra island.
    (AFP, 9/10/11)

2011        Sep 11, In eastern Indonesia clashes between Muslim and Christian gangs left 5 people dead and more than a dozen injured in Ambon, Maluku province.
    (AP, 9/11/11)(AP, 9/12/11)

2011        Sep 12, Thai PM Yingluck Shinawatra, in her fist state visit to Indonesia, vowed to improve economic cooperation with Indonesia, particularly in the agriculture, energy and tourism sectors.
    (AFP, 9/12/11)

2011        Sep 16, In Indonesia Jakarta city governor Fauzi Bowo called on women not to wear miniskirts when riding on public transport in the capital after a 27-year-old woman was attacked in a public minivan early this month. The next day Governor Bowo apologized for his remarks as some 50 women donned miniskirts to protest his remarks.
    (AFP, 9/18/11)

2011        Sep 25, In Indonesia suicide bomber Achmad Yosepa Hayat attacked the packed Bethel Injil Church in Solo, central Java, wounding at least 27 people, some critically, and sending terrified worshippers rushing out into the streets in panic.
    (AFP, 9/25/11)(AFP, 10/8/11)

2011        Sep 29, In Indonesia a Casa 212 turboprop plane, carrying 14 passengers including four children, and four crew, went down after departing Medan city, in Sumatra. All 18 were killed.
    (AFP, 9/30/11)(AFP, 10/1/11)

2011        Oct 4, An Australian boy (14) was arrested in Indonesia for having bought 0.13 ounces (3.6 grams) of marijuana. He faced 12 years in detention under tough narcotics laws. The boy was released on Dec 4 because he admitted the purchase and repeatedly expressed remorse.
    (AP, 12/4/11)     

2011        Oct 8, Indonesia's counter-terrorism police arrested five people in connection with the April 15 suicide bombing of a mosque.
    (AFP, 10/8/11)

2011        Oct 10, Indonesian police shot and killed one protester and wounded another as they clashed with striking workers at a mine run by US company Freeport McMoran. The clash erupted when police tried to stop more than 1,000 workers, who began their strike on September 15, from entering a facility at the Grasberg mining complex.
    (AFP, 10/10/11)

2011        Oct 12, Indonesia lawmakers passed a new security bill, the Law on State Intelligence."
    (Econ, 11/19/11, p.53)

2011        Oct 13, In Indonesia a 6.0 earthquake jolted the island of Bali, injuring dozens of people and causing panic as hundreds of tourists fled violently shaking buildings.
    (AFP, 10/13/11)
2011        Oct 13, Greenpeace UK director John Sauven was blocked by immigration officials on arrival at Jakarta international airport and was sent back that night to Britain. He had arrived to campaign against deforestation.
    (AFP, 10/14/11)

2011        Oct 19, In Indonesia at least three people were killed and more than 90 injured during a pro-independence celebration in the Papuan capital Jayapura. Local TV footage showed paramilitary police shooting into the crowd and beating participants with batons and bare fists.
    (AFP, 1/30/12)

2011        Oct 21, In Indonesia gunmen shot dead three people at a strike-hit gold and copper mine in the eastern Papua region, raising the number of killings this month to eight at the troubled Grasberg mine, operated by Freeport McMoRan. The strikers, mostly indigenous Melanesians, say they are the lowest paid Freeport workers in the world, earning between $1.50 and $3.50 an hour.
    (AFP, 10/21/11)

2011        Oct, Indonesia promised to provide all of its citizens with health insurance by 2014.
    (Economist, 9/8/12, p.11)

2011        Nov 8, Indonesian police said they had arrested a British-born man accused of molesting nine children following a tip-off from authorities in Britain. The 61-year-old man, who became an Indonesian citizen after changing his nationality, was also allegedly involved in an online child pornography network.
    (AFP, 11/8/11)

2011        Nov 10, The International Union for Conservation of Nature said the Western Black Rhino of Africa has been declared officially extinct. The Javan Rhino was said to be "probably extinct" in Vietnam, after poachers killed the last animal there in 2010. A small but declining population of the Javan Rhino still survived on the Indonesian island of Java.
    (AP, 11/10/11)

2011        Nov 11, Indonesia opened the 26th Southeast Asian Games with more than 6,000 athletes from 11 countries participating in the biennial games.
    (AP, 11/12/11)

2011        Nov 17, The 3-day East Asia Summit (EAS), bringing together the 10-member Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) and eight dialogue partners, opened on the Indonesian resort island of Bali. President Barack Obama became the first US leader to attend an East Asia summit. Leaders from 18 nations gathered to discuss territorial disputes in the South China Sea, democratic reforms in military-dominated Myanmar, mitigating natural disasters, currency, trade and other issues.
    (AP, 11/19/11)(Econ, 11/12/11, p.50)

2011        Nov 18, Indonesia’s Lion Air said it is planning to buy 230 planes from Boeing Co. The list price of $21.7 billion will be paid over 12 years though bank financing.
    (AP, 11/18/11)
2011        Nov 18, In eastern Indonesia gunmen killed a mining company guard and wounded two policemen in a patrol car near the large Freeport-McMoRan gold mine.
    (AP, 11/18/11)

2011        Nov 19, China’s Premier Wen Jiabao told US President Barack Obama that China would increase the flexibility of the yuan while stressing that reforms had already had an effect. The spoke on the sidelines of the East Asia Summit in Indonesia.
    (AFP, 11/19/11)

2011        Nov 22, In Indonesia the Southeast Asian Games were formally closed by Indonesia Vice President Budiono. Indonesia earned a table-topping 182 golds among 476 medals, followed by Thailand with 109 among 329.
    (AP, 11/22/11)

2011        Nov 23, Indonesian police said they have arrested two plantation workers for killing 20 endangered orangutans and other apes as pest control for palm oil companies. They were paid one million rupiah ($111) for each dead orangutan and 200,000 rupiah for every monkey killed.
    (AFP, 11/23/11)

2011        Nov 26, In central Indonesia a busy bridge collapsed in East Kalimantan province, killing at least 4 people and injuring 17 others as a bus, cars and motorcycles crashed into the Mahakam river. 40 people were missing.
    (AP, 11/26/11)(AP, 11/27/11)

2011        Dec 4, In Indonesia 11 people were killed when a high concrete wall collapsed in a housing complex during a heavy downpour in Makassar, Sulawesi island.
    (AP, 12/4/11)

2011        Dec 10, Indonesian police in Aceh, the country's most conservative province, raided a punk-rock concert and detained 65 fans, buzzing off their spiky mohawks and stripping away body piercings because of the perceived threat to Islamic values.
    (AP, 12/14/11)

2011        Dec 16, Indonesia's Parliament passed a long-awaited law allowing the government to acquire land for public projects by paying compensation. The law must be signed by the president within 30 days before taking effect.
    (AP, 12/16/11)

2011        Dec 17, An overcrowded ship of asylum seekers sank off the island of Java. Indonesian rescuers battled high waves as they searched for survivors. Nearly 250 people fleeing economic and political hardship in Afghanistan, Iraq, Iran and Turkey were trying to reach Australia in search of a better life when their fiberglass ship broke apart. Only 47 people survived.
    (AP, 12/18/11)(AFP, 12/20/11)

2011        Dec 21, In Indonesia 4 people were killed but 100 rescued when an overloaded boat sank. The wooden boat was carrying villagers returning home for the Christmas holidays.
    (AFP, 12/21/11)

2011        Dec 22, Indonesian police arrested eight people in connection with an overloaded boat carrying 250 asylum seekers that capsized on Dec 17 en route to Australia, as the confirmed death toll reached 90.
    (AFP, 12/22/11)

2011        Dec 24, In eastern Indonesia 2 people were killed and 10 others injured during a violent protest as some 1,000 people protested to stop a gold mining project by Australia's Arc Exploration Ltd. and Indonesian partner, PT Sumber Mineral Nusantara. Villagers feared the project will destroy their land and threaten forests and water resources.
    (AP, 12/25/11)
2011        Dec 24, In Indonesia a rampaging wild elephant trampled a farmer to death on Sumatra island. Only 3,000 Sumatran elephants are believed to remain in the wild.
    (AP, 12/25/11)

2011        Dec 27, In eastern Indonesia mudflows streaming from a volcano killed four villagers and about 1,000 others have fled their homes. Mount Gamalama in the Molucca Islands sprang to life this month with a powerful, non-fatal eruption.
    (AP, 12/28/11)

2011        Dec 29, In Indonesia a mob led by Sunni fanatics torched Shia property in eastern Java. Local police did nothing to protect the minority Shias.
    (Econ, 1/21/12, p.52)

2011        In Saudi Arabia Satinah Binti Jumadi Ahmad, an Indonesian maid, was sentenced to death for murdering her employer's wife in 2007 and stealing money. In 2014 the Indonesian government agreed to pay $1.8 million to free Satinah (41).
    (AFP, 3/24/14)(Reuters, 4/4/14)
2011        Indonesia’s population was about 237 million.
    (Econ, 2/19/11, p.43)

2012        Jan 16, In Indonesia 30 Pakistani and Afghan immigrants tunneled their way out of an detention center in Surabaya using spoons, nails and wooden sticks. Police soon arrested 11 of the escapees leaving 19 at large.
    (AFP, 1/18/12)

2012        Jan 19, Indonesia's forestry ministry said it would conserve nearly half its share of Borneo island, which is covered with dense rainforest, so as to meet a presidential pledge to reduce gas emissions.
    (AFP, 1/19/12)
2012        Jan 19, In eastern Indonesia a crocodile swallowed a 10-year-old girl while she played in the Wailolong river with her father, the second death in the same place in two months.
    (AFP, 1/19/12)

2012        Jan 20, Indonesian police said a civil servant, who declared himself an atheist on Facebook, has been arrested and is now facing jail for blasphemy after being attacked by an angry mob. Alexander Aan (30), who wrote "God doesn't exist" on his Facebook page, was beaten by a mob of dozens on Jan 18 in his hometown in Pulau Punjung, West Sumatra province. An was also an administrator of a Facebook group promoting atheism with 1,243 followers. His postings no longer appeared online following his arrest.
    (AFP, 1/20/12)

2012        Jan 25, In Indonesia 7 people were killed and 51 injured as heavy rains from by Tropical Cyclone Iggy lashed the country, bringing down trees and power lines and damaging hundreds of homes.
    (AFP, 1/26/12)

2012        Jan 30, An Indonesian court indicted five activists for treason in the restive Papua region after they raised an outlawed Papuan flag on Oct 19 and declared its independence.
    (AFP, 1/30/12)

2012        Feb 13, An Indonesian woman died of H5N1 bird flu a day after being admitted to a hospital in Tangerang district on the outskirts of the capital Jakarta. This was Indonesia's third human death from the deadly disease this year.
    (AFP, 2/21/12)

2012        Feb 14, Some 200 Indonesians converged on a Jakarta square to denounce the Islamic Defenders Front (FPI), an Islamic vigilante group known for its armed attacks on minorities and moderates.
    (AFP, 2/14/12)

2012        Feb 22, Indonesian police and military forces opened fire at the Kerobokan prison on Bali island after a second night of riots. The violence was triggered by the stabbing of an inmate during a brawl a week ago. By night inmates had chased away all 13 guards and seized full control of the compound.
    (AFP, 2/22/12)(AP, 2/23/12)

2012        Feb 27, Indonesia's top court upheld a 15-year jail term against Islamist militant Abu Bakar Bashir for terrorist acts, reversing an earlier decision to slash the sentence to nine years.
    (AFP, 2/27/12)

2012        Mar 2, It was reported that thousands of male Indonesian civil servants had their monthly pay transferred to their wives' bank accounts this week in a bid by a local government to stop men having affairs.
    (AFP, 3/2/12)

2012        Mar 16, Britain’s Environment Agency said Indonesia has asked Britain to take back 1,800 tons of waste after inspectors found liquid and illegal mixed waste in containers marked as "scrap metal."
    (AFP, 3/16/12)

2012        Mar 18, Indonesia police fatally shot five men who were suspected of planning robberies of money changers, jewelers and other targets on the resort island of Bali so they could fund terrorist attacks.
    (AP, 3/19/12)
2012        Mar 18, In Indonesia at least 10 members of one family were killed, as their minivan spun out of control after colliding with a moving train and flipped over in a nearby rice field in West Java province.
    (AFP, 3/18/12)

2012        Mar 21, In France a package bomb exploded at Indonesia’s embassy in Paris. French investigators soon confirmed that the main suspect is Frederic C. Jean Salvi, who is believed to have studied for several years with Islamic militants in Indonesia.
    (AP, 3/29/12)

2012        Mar 27, In Indonesia thousands protested nationwide to reject the government's plan to hike the subsidized fuel price, with sporadic violence breaking out and injuring several people.
    (AFP, 3/27/12)

2012        Mar 28, A coalition of environmental groups warned that some 200 critically-endangered orangutans in a protected area of Indonesia’s Aceh province will be wiped out by the end of the year if land clearing in Tripa Swamp is not stopped.
    (AFP, 3/28/12)

2012        Mar 29, Thousands of Indonesians rallied nationwide against a planned fuel price hike they say will cause great hardship. Parliament was expected on March 30 to approve raising the fuel price by a third.
    (AFP, 3/29/12)

2012        Mar 30, Indonesian police killed two suspected terrorists in a raid on the outskirts of Jakarta. Anti-terror police confiscated a revolver, explosive materials, several books about jihad and documents outlining a bank robbery.
    (AFP, 3/30/12)

2012        Apr 8, A tanker travelling from Australia to Singapore found some 120 asylum seekers, all believed to be men from Afghanistan and Iran, on a sinking boat in Indonesian waters and rescued them.
    (AFP, 4/8/12)

2012        Apr 9, Indonesia's only province ruled by Islamic law went to the polls to elect its powerful governor, testing a fragile peace following a 30-year war by separatist rebels. Irwandi Yusuf (51), the incumbent who was elected in December 2006, sought a second five-year term as governor of Aceh. Challenger Zaini Abdullah (71) of the powerful Aceh Party won 55% of the vote. Yusuf took 29%.
    (AFP, 4/9/12)(Econ, 4/14/12, p.51)

2012        Apr 10, In Indonesia some 120 asylum seekers, mostly Afghans and some Iranians, demanded that Indonesia provide a vessel to allow them to continue to Australia, refusing to leave a tanker that rescued them at sea.
    (AFP, 4/10/12)

2012        Apr 11, Indonesian carrier Garuda International and European plane manufacturer Airbus signed a $2.5 billion deal in Jakarta, as British PM David Cameron visited Southeast Asia's biggest economy.
    (AFP, 4/11/12)
2012        Apr 11, A huge earthquake struck beneath the Indian Ocean and triggered a burst of large quakes around the world. At least 4 faults ruptured within 100 seconds to create a giant quake with a combined magnitude of 8.7 off the island of Sumatra.
    (AFP, 4/11/12)(SFC, 9/27/12, p.A1)

2012        Apr 13, Indonesian police arrested two suspected terrorists in the town of Bima in West Nusa Tenggara province. The suspects were part of a terror group that killed a police officer in a 2010 bank robbery in the north Sumatra town of Medan.
    (AFP, 4/15/12)

2012        Apr 14, Indonesian authorities said they had found a boat reported missing en route to Australia and that some 60 asylum seekers it was carrying were believed to have fled. The mostly Afghan asylum seekers on board made a distress call to Australia on April 11, saying they were in rough seas and their boat was sinking.
    (AFP, 4/14/12)

2012        Apr 20, Dive operators and conservationists said Indonesia's government is not doing enough to keep illegal fishermen out of the boundaries of the Komodo National Park, a UN World Heritage site. They said enforcement declined greatly following the exit two years ago of a US-based environmental group that helped fight destructive fishing practices.
    (AP, 4/20/12)

2012        Apr 21, Indonesian authorities questioned more than 70 mostly Afghan asylum seekers bound for Australia after their boat was hit by a powerful wave, forcing them to swim to shore. There were between 83 and 100 people on the boat. Police made no connection between this case and another reported on April 14.
    (AFP, 4/21/12)

2012        Apr 25, In central Indonesia a South African pilot and his Australian passenger were killed when their Susi Air Pilatus PC-6 aircraft crashed. The airline identified the pilot as Jonathan James Willis (28). Indonesian officials identified the passenger as photographer Ian McDougall (57).
    (AFP, 4/25/12)

2012        May 1, May Day moved beyond its roots as an international workers' holiday to a day of international protest, with rallies throughout Asia demanding wage increases and marches planned across Europe over government-imposed austerity measures. Thousands of Indonesian workers held Asia's biggest May Day rally, demanding better pay and protection of job security, watched warily by a heavy police and army presence.
    (AP, 5/1/12)(AFP, 5/1/12)

2012        May 8, The Indonesia Embassy in Singapore said it is pushing for a ban on cleaning outside windows. 8 Indonesian maids in Singapore have fallen to their deaths from high-rise apartments this year.
    (AP, 5/8/12)

2012        May 9, In Indonesia a Russian Sukhoi Superjet 100 crashed into a volcano south of Jakarta during a demonstration flight. All 45 people on board were feared dead. The Superjet, Russia's first new model of passenger jet since the fall of the Soviet Union two decades ago, was in Indonesia as part of a 6-nation tour of Asia aimed at drumming up new customers.
    (AFP, 5/9/12)(AP, 5/10/12)

2012        May 15, In Indonesia a critically-endangered Sumatran elephant was found dead in Aceh province, the second death from suspected poisoning within a month.
    (AFP, 5/16/12)

2012        May 24, In Indonesia a landslide killed 8 of 16 people illegally mining for gold, after days of heavy rain hit a mountainous part of western Java, the country's main island.
    (AFP, 5/25/12)

2012        May 27, In Indonesia 3 people were killed and five badly injured when fans pelted each other with rocks and bricks in a violent clash at a football match in Jakarta.
    (AFP, 5/27/12)
2012        May 27, Lady Gaga canceled her sold-out June 3 show in Indonesia after Islamist hard-liners threatened violence, claiming her sexy clothes and provocative dance moves would corrupt the youth.
    (AP, 5/27/12)

2012        May 30, Indonesian maids began returning to work in Malaysia three years after a ban was enforced because of numerous abuse cases. Fewer arrived than had been expected.
    (AFP, 6/3/12)

2012        May 31, In western Indonesia 3 critically-endangered Sumatran elephants were found dead in an oil palm plantation. They were believed to have been poisoned.
    (AFP, 6/3/12)

2012        Jun 14, In Indonesia mobs stabbed an onlooker to death, injured four other people and burned five shops, four cars and more than 20 motorbikes, hours after they learned police had shot and killed Mako Tabuni, the deputy chairman of the National Committee for West Papua.
    (AP, 6/15/12)
2012        Jun 14, In Indonesia Alexander Aan (30) was sentenced to 30 months of prison and a $10,600 fine for posting pro-atheist and anti-Islam comments on Facebook. He was also fined the equivalent of $10,600. Aan was arrested in January after an angry mob reacting to the Facebook posts stormed his office, where he worked as a civil servant.

2012        Jun 17, In Indonesia a boat carrying at least 70 passengers and crew on board, went down after it was battered by waves up to five meters (16 feet) high in Maluku province. 12 people were rescued and 58 remained missing.
    (AFP, 6/17/12)(AP, 6/19/12)

2012        Jun 18, In Indonesia 2 tribesmen were killed when rival groups armed with bows and arrows clashed in Indonesia's restive Papua province.
    (AFP, 6/18/12)

2012        Jun 21, An Indonesian court sentenced bombmaker Umar Patek (45) to 20 years' jail for his role in the 2002 Bali bombings, bringing to an end a 10-year probe into the nation's deadliest act of terror.
    (AFP, 6/21/12)
2012        Jun 21, An Indonesian air force plane, a Fokker F-27, slammed into a military housing complex and ignited a huge fireball while trying to land in Jakarta, killing all seven people aboard as well as two toddlers, their grandmother and aunt in one of 8 damaged homes.
    (AP, 6/21/12)(AP, 6/22/12)
2012        Jun 21, Indonesian and Australian navies launched efforts to rescue survivors after a Sri Lanka refugee boat carrying about 200 people, mostly men from Afghanistan, capsized on its way to Christmas Island. Scores were feared drowned in an apparent attempt to seek asylum. 110 people were rescued and about 90 remained missing. On Jan 28 an Indonesian court sentenced Javaid Mahmood (55), a Pakistani man, for attempting to smuggle the asylum seekers. He was the 2nd man found guilty in the case.
    (AFP, 6/21/12)(AFP, 6/22/12)(SFC, 1/29/14, p.A2)

2012        Jul 2, Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono arrived in Australia as a political storm over people-smuggling raged.
    (AFP, 7/2/12)

2012        Jul 3, Australia and Indonesia agreed to work more closely to crack down on people-smuggling, with visiting President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono saying his people were victims of the trade as well.
    (AFP, 7/3/12)

2012        Jul 28, In Indonesia a group of 150 youths, some as young as 13 and carrying swords and golf clubs, raided the De Most bar in south Jakarta late at night, smashing bottles of alcoholic drinks and damaging the property. Police arrested 62 people, most of them minors, who attacked the bar for serving alcohol during the holy Muslim month of Ramadan.
    (AFP, 7/30/12)

2012        Jul 30, In Indonesia a man died of bird flu, the country's ninth fatal case this year.
    (AFP, 8/11/12)

2012        Aug 18, In Indonesia a magnitude-6.3 quake struck near Palu city on Sulawesi Island. At least 6 people were killed.
    (AP, 8/20/12)

2012        Aug 26, In Indonesia a Sunni mob attack on Shiites in Sampang, East Java province, saw two men killed with sickles and dozens of homes torched.
    (AFP, 8/27/12)

2012        Aug 29, An asylum-seeker boat heading for Australia disappeared off the Indonesian coast with 150 people aboard. Over the next 24 hours rescuers recovered 54 survivors, mostly males from Afghanistan.
    (AFP, 8/30/12)(AFP, 8/31/12)

2012        Aug 30, Indonesian fishermen found 50 Sri Lankan asylum seekers, who were trying to reach Australia, on a boat with a broken engine and brought them ashore.
    (AFP, 9/1/12)

2012        Aug 31, Indonesian fishermen rescued 43 starving, dehydrated Sri Lankans who had been adrift in a boat for nine days after their engine broke down while trying to reach Australia to seek asylum.
    (AP, 8/31/12)

2012        Aug 31, In Indonesia 2 suspected militants were killed in a shootout with police in central Java’s Solo town. The shooting also left one officer dead. Police were attempting to capture a group responsible for the death of a policeman a day earlier.
    (SSFC, 9/2/12, p.A7)

2012        Sep 4, Indonesia's justice minister said that his country would extradite Sayed Abbas, an Afghan-born human trafficking kingpin, to Australia next year. He was suspected of having arranged the voyage of a vessel that sank in December, killing some 200 Australia-bound asylum seekers.
    (AFP, 9/4/12)

2012        Sep 8, In Indonesia a suspected militant was critically injured when a bomb apparently being prepared for a terrorist attack exploded in a house near Jakarta. At least three other people living nearby were injured along with two suspects who fled.
    (AP, 9/9/12)

2012        Sep 17, In Indonesia hundreds of people clashed with police outside the US Embassy in Jakarta.
    (SFC, 9/18/12, p.A4)

2012        Sep 26, In Indonesia a passenger ferry collided with a ship believed to be carrying liquefied natural gas and sank west of Sumatra island, killing at least eight people.
    (AP, 9/26/12)

2012        Oct 3, In Indonesia more than 2 million factory workers went on a one-day strike across the country demanding better benefits and protesting the hiring of contract workers.
    (AP, 10/3/12)

2012        Oct 27, Indonesia's anti-terror squad arrested 11 people over the last 24 hours suspected of planning a range of attacks on domestic and foreign targets including the US and Australian embassies. The suspects belonged to a new group called the Sunni Movement for Indonesian Society, or HASMI.
    (AP, 10/27/12)
2012        Oct 27, An Indonesia conservationist said that and orangutan, recently shot with an air rifle, has been rescued in the Indonesian part of Borneo. Rescuers worked to remove 104 pellets from her body. In 2011 conservationists found that villagers living on the Indonesian side of Borneo killed at least 750 endangered orangutans in a year, some to protect crops from being raided and others for their meat.
    (AP, 10/27/12)

2012        Nov 3, Indonesian anti-terrorism forces shot and killed an alleged militant and arrested another in a predawn raid in Central Sulawesi province.
    (AP, 11/3/12)

2012        Nov 13, Indonesia’s Constitutional Court said parts of the country’s 2001 oil-and-gas law were unconstitutional. The court dissolved BPMgas, the state regulator.
    (Econ, 11/24/12, p.72)

2012        Dec 5, In Indonesia Jakarta police spokesman Col. Rikwanto said any police officer over 100kg (220 pounds) must follow a weight-loss program started because of the growing number of overweight officers and the perception that they are unable to provide public protection.
    (AP, 12/5/12)

2012        Dec 18, An Indonesian health official said a boy (4) has died of H5N1 bird flu bringing the total to 160. At least 360 people have died worldwide from this virus since 2003.
    (SFC, 12/19/12, p.A2)

2012        Indonesia’s population was about 238 million.
    (Econ, 2/25/12, p.51)

2013        Jan 5, Indonesia anti-terror police shot and killed 5 suspected Islamist militants over the last 24 hours in raids on the island of Sumbawa.
    (SSFC, 1/6/13, p.A4)

2013        Jan 17, Indonesia's army deployed rubber boats in the capital's business district to rescue people trapped in floods that inundated much of the city of 14 million people. At least 20 people died and some 40,000 were displaced.
    (AP, 1/17/13)(Econ, 1/26/13, p.38)

2013        Jan 21, In Indonesia police said flooding in Jakarta has killed at least 26 people and sent more than 100,000 fleeing from their homes.
    (SFC, 1/22/13, p.A2)

2013        Jan 22, An Indonesian court sentenced British grandmother Lindsay June Sandiford (56), to death for smuggling 8.4 pounds of cocaine worth $2.5 million in her suitcase onto the resort island of Bali — even though prosecutors had sought only a 15-year sentence. Indonesia has not carried out an execution since 2008, when 10 people were put to death.
    (AP, 1/22/13)(SFC, 4/9/13, p.A2)
2013        Jan 22, A magnitude 6.0 earthquake rocked parts of western Indonesia, killing a 9-year-old girl, panicking residents and ruining homes.
    (AP, 1/22/13)

2013        Jan 27, In Indonesia the death toll from two separate landslides in West Sumatra province rose to 16.
    (AP, 1/28/13)

2013        Jan 28, In eastern Indonesia  a mob of wild monkeys has gone on a rampage in a village in South Sulawesi province, entering houses and attacking residents. Seven people were injured.
    (AP, 1/30/13)

2013        Jan 29, An Indonesian court sentenced British citizen Julian Anthony Ponder (43) to six years in prison for his role in a cocaine-smuggling case that led to a death sentence last week for a British grandmother.
    (AP, 1/29/13)

2013        Feb 17, The Harita Bauxite, a bulk carrier, sank near the Philippines. 10 of 24 crewmen, mostly from Myanmar, were rescued. One later died and the rest remianed missing. The vessel was thought to be carrying nickel ore from Indonesia.
    (SSFC, 4/7/13, p.46)

2013        Feb 21, In Indonesia some 20 assailants killed eight soldiers killed in two attacks in Papua province. The assailants were identified as members of a local separatist group led by Goliat Tabuni.
    (AP, 2/21/13)

2013        Mar 23, In Indonesia 8 members of the Kopassus special forces forced their way into Cebongan prison in southern Java. Sgt. Ucok Tigor Simbolon shot dead 4 men, who had been detained on suspicion of killing a soldier. In Sep Sgt Simbolon was found guilty of murder and sentenced to 11 years in prison. Two accomplices were sentenced to 6 and 8 years.
    (Econ, 9/14/13, p.53)

2013        Apr 5, In Indonesia’s in North Sumatra province Buddhist fishermen and Rohingya Muslim asylum seekers from Myanmar brawled with knives and rocks at an immigration detention center, leaving 8 dead and another 15 injured. On Dec 5 a court in medan sentenced 14 Rohingya to nine months in jail for the role in the deadly brawl.
    (AP, 4/5/13)(SFC, 12/6/13, p.A2)

2013        Apr 13, In Indonesia a Lion Air plane carrying more than 100 passengers overshot a runway on the Indonesian resort island of Bali and crashed into the sea. All of the passengers and crew were evacuated from the plane. 7 passengers were taken to Sanglah hospital with head wounds and broken bones.
    (AP, 4/13/13)

2013        Apr 15, The annual Goldman Environmental Prize was awarded to six activists for their efforts to protect the world ecosystem. They included Nohra Padilla (50) of Colombia, who began organizing waste pickers in Bogota in 1990 into the Bogota Recyclers’ Assoc.; Rossano Ercolini (57) of Italy for setting up a trash collection and conservation system; Kimberly Wasserman (36) of Chicago her grassroots campaign to close polluting coal-fired power plants; Aleta Baun (50) of Indonesia for organizing villages on west Timor against mining companies clearing forests for marble; Azzam Alwash (54) of Iraq for his efforts to restore Mesopotamian marshland; Jonathan Deal of South Africa for his efforts against hydraulic fracturing in Karoo.
    (SFC, 4/15/13, p.A10)

2013        Apr 27, In Indonesia an Australia woman (28) was attacked and raped while vacationing with her family near Bali’s popular Kuta beach. Her assailant also stole stole three iPads, two cellphones and $154 in cash.
    (AP, 4/29/13)

2013        May 2, Indonesia police arrested Achmad Taufiq (22) and Sefa Riano (29). They were members of a cell allegedly involved in recent attacks against Indonesian police. The suspects told authorities they wanted to retaliate against Myanmar for recent attacks on Rohingya Muslims there.
    (AP, 5/3/13)

2013        May 3, In Indonesia up to 2,000 police were deployed to secure the Myanmar Embassy and its ambassador's house before a demonstration by the Islamic Defenders Front. Several hundred protesters showed up dressed in white with some holding banners that read: "We want jihad" and "Stop genocide in Myanmar."
    (AP, 5/3/13)

2013        May 13, Indonesia approved a two-year extension to a landmark ban on clearing primary rainforests and peatlands. President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono signed the decree to continue the 2011 moratorium, which barred new logging and palm oil plantation permits under a $1 billion deal with Norway.
    (AP, 5/16/13)

2013        May 14, In Indonesia 25 workers were trapped after the collapse at a giant gold and copper Grasberg mine in Mimika district in Papua. On May 22 the last of 28 miners killed was recovered.
    (AP, 5/15/13)(SFC, 5/20/13, p.A2)(SFC, 5/23/13, p.A2)

2013        May 16, Indonesia’s Pres. Yudhoyono extended a 2-year moratorium on forest clearing concessions for another 2 years.
    (Econ, 5/25/13, p.40)

2013        Jun 1, In Indonesia a truck driver died at the Grasberg mine, owned by Arizona-based Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold Inc., a day after he was injured when liquid ore material flowed into his vehicle.
    (AP, 6/3/13)

2013        Jun 3, Indonesia's government said it has ordered that production be halted at a gold and copper mine owned by Arizona-based Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold Inc., during an investigation into recent fatal accidents at the Grasberg mine in easternmost Papua province.
    (AP, 6/3/13)

2013        Jun 4, WWF Indonesia said killings of Sumatran elephants are on the rise, with 29 either shot or poisoned last year, including 14 in Aceh province. The report came 3 days after 2 dead Sumatran elephants were found near a paper plantation in Riau, allegedly poisoned by poachers.
    (AP, 6/4/13)

2013        Jun 6, Organizers said Miss World has axed the famed bikinis from this year's pageant in Indonesia, replacing the skimpy swimsuits with conservative beach sarongs amid mounting protests from hard-line Muslim groups.
    (AP, 6/6/13)

2013        Jun 14, In Indonesia Rusli Zainal, governor of Riau since 2003, was arrested on charges that included dishing out illegal logging permits to finance a forthcoming re-election campaign.
    (Econ, 6/29/13, p.39)

2013        Jun 16, Smoke from fires in Indonesia, an annual result of land clearing for palm oil production, again began to smother Singapore and large parts of Malaysia.
    (Econ, 6/29/13, p.39)

2013        Jun 20, In Singapore the Pollutant Standards Index, surged to a record reading of 371. People were urged to remain indoors as a smoky haze wrought by forest fires in neighboring Indonesia worsened dramatically. Nearby Malaysia closed 200 schools and banned open burning in some areas.
    (AP, 6/20/13)

2013        Jul 2, In Indonesia a magnitude 6.1 earthquake killed at least 22 people and injured hundreds in Aceh province.
    (AP, 7/3/13)

2013        Jul 11, In Indonesia some 200 prisoners escaped from a maximum security prison in Medan after a protest over a lack of water and electricity turned violent.
    (Reuters, 7/11/13)

2013        Jul 12, In Indonesia security forces regained control of a Tanjung Gusta prison in Medan where inmates had set fires and started a deadly riot that left 5 people dead and hundreds of prisoners, including convicted terrorists, on the loose.
    (AP, 7/12/13)

2013        Jul 14, In eastern Indonesia 17 people were killed in a stadium stampede after spectators rioted just before midnight to protest a local boxer's loss in a championship match at the Kota Lama Sport Stadium.
    (AP, 7/15/13)

2013        Jul 23, A boat sank off the southern coast of Indonesia. At least 15 people died. 189 of an estimated 204 suspected asylum seekers were rescued. Most were from Iraq, Iran and Sri Lanka.
    (Reuters, 7/24/13)(SFC, 7/27/13, p.A2)

2013        Aug 10, In eastern Indonesia gushing hot lava from the erupting Mount Rokatenda volcano killed 6 people sleeping in a beach village on Palue island. Ash and smoke shot up to 2 km into the air.
    (AP, 8/10/13)

2013        Aug 13, Indonesia's anti-graft agency arrested Rudi Rubiandini the head of energy regulator SKKMigas to probe allegations he took more than half a million dollars from an oil firm. Pres. Yudhoyono suspended him the next day.
    (Reuters, 8/14/13)(Econ, 8/24/13, p.38)

2013        Aug 17, Indonesian police said unidentified gunmen have killed 2 police officers near Jakarta.
    (SSFC, 8/18/13, p.A3)

2013        Sep 5, In Indonesia some 1,000 members of the Islamic group Hizbut Tahrir Indonesia resumed protests against the Miss World pageant to be held this weekend in Bali.
    (SFC, 9/6/13, p.A4)

2013        Sep 8, Indonesia moved the final round of the Miss World pageant from Java island to Bali amid protests by hard-line Muslims.
    (SSFC, 9/8/13, p.A3)

2013        Sep 12, The Netherlands sought to "close a difficult chapter" with its former colony Indonesia by publicly apologising for mass killings carried out by the Dutch army in the 1940s war of independence.
    (AFP, 9/12/13)

2013        Sep 27, At least 22 people, mostly children, drowned and scores were missing after an Australia-bound boat, carrying asylum-seekers from Lebanon, Pakistan and Iraq, sank off Indonesia in rough seas.
    (AFP, 9/27/13)(SFC, 9/28/13, p.A2)

2013        Sep 28, Miss Philippines, Megan Young 23), was crowned Miss World 2013 in a glittering finale on the Indonesian resort island of Bali amid tight security following weeks of hardline Muslim protests.
    (AFP, 9/28/13)

2013        Oct 2, Indonesia’s anti-corruption commission (KPK) detained Akil Mochtar, the chief justice of the contitutional court, and seized almost $260,000 in cash. KPK said the money was a bribe to rig a court ruling over a disputed district election.
    (Econ, 10/12/13, p.52)

2013        Oct 7, The 2-day Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit opened in Bali, Indonesia. At its end leaders agreed that that the Doha round of global trade talks were at an impasse and urged trade ministers to reconvene in December to get negotiations back on track.
    (SFC, 10/8/13, p.A4)(SFC, 10/9/13, p.A5)

2013        Oct 17, Indonesian police shot dead Suardi, a suspected militant, and arrested two others, in an ongoing clampdown on terrorism. All three were said to be part of a network led by Abu Uswah, who allegedly taught bomb-making and was shot dead in a raid in January.
    (AFP, 10/18/13)

2013        Oct 22, Greenpeace said consumer products such as Oreo cookies and Gilette shaving cream were among an array of products driving the destruction of Indonesia’s forests. Greenpeace accused Singapore-based Wilmar Int’l. for destroying forests in Indonesia to produce palm oil.
    (SSFC, 10/27/13, p.A3)

2013        Oct 24, Indonesian police probing the murder of a young woman at a luxury villa stumbled upon a secret collection of exotic animals, including a cross-breed of a lion and tiger. The woman (23) had allegedly had her throat slit by a maintenance worker at the property south of the capital Jakarta after she refused his sexual advances.
    (AFP, 10/30/13)

2013        Oct 31, In Indonesia tens of thousands of workers went on strike across the country as its citizens seek a greater share of the spoils from stellar growth.
    (AFP, 10/31/13)

2013        Nov 1, In Indonesia tens of thousands of workers went on strike across the country for a second straight day, calling for huge salary hikes as Southeast Asia's top economy enjoys a prolonged boom.
    (AFP, 11/1/13)

2013        Nov 3, Hackers claiming links to international activist group Anonymous (Anonymous Indonesia and Anonymous Philippines) defaced dozens of websites belonging to Australian businesses and Philippine government agencies.
    (Reuters, 11/3/13)
2013        Nov 3, Indonesia’s Mount Sinabung volcano erupted for the third time in as many months on the western island of Sumatra, forcing hundreds of villagers to evacuate.
    (Reuters, 11/4/13)

2013        Nov 9, In Indonesia 13 people died when an Indonesian army helicopter carrying construction workers to build a military outpost crashed in the jungles of Borneo.
    (AFP, 11/9/13)

2013        Nov 21, Indonesia's military halted training with Australia as a decision to suspend cooperation due to spying claims took effect, while angry demonstrators in Jakarta declared they were "ready for war" with Canberra.
    (AFP, 11/21/13)

2013        Nov 30, In South Africa dozens of Indonesian fishermen, who spent months stranded in Cape Town's harbor, sleeping in cramped and suffocating quarters, were taken ashore to a repatriation center after being stuck at sea on Taiwanese vessels for years without pay.
    (AFP, 12/1/13)

2013        Dec 2, Indonesia's anti-graft agency questioned the energy minister over a corruption scandal that has ensnared top oil officials and threatened to tarnish President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono's final year in office.
    (Reuters, 12/2/13)

2013        Dec 3, In Indonesia top trade officials began talks that will either produce an eleventh hour deal that could boost the global economy by $1 trillion or possibly spell the end of the World Trade Organization's relevance as a forum for negotiations.
    (AP, 12/3/13)

2013        Dec 5, Australia and Indonesia announced that they would set up a hotline as part of efforts to repair relations following media reports last month that Canberra had spied on top Indonesian officials.
    (Reuters, 12/5/13)

2013        Dec 7, In Bali, Indonesia, WTO leaders, ending a 4-day meeting, reached a deal to boost global trade. The Trade Facilitation Agreement was approved by the 159 member economies for the first time in nearly two decades, keeping alive the possibility that a broader agreement to create a level playing field for rich and poor countries can be reached in the future.
    (AP, 12/7/13)(Econ, 2/4/17, p.64)

2013        Dec 9, In Indonesia a crowded commuter train crashed into a fuel tanker on the outskirts of Jakarta, killing at least 10 people in a huge explosion and injuring scores.
    (Reuters, 12/9/13)

2013        Dec 16, In Indonesia Canadian activist Jeremy Ball visited jailed independence supporters in Papua at the end of a six-month bicycle tour to highlight human rights concerns about the restive eastern region.
    (AP, 12/17/13)

2013        Dec 25, Hundreds of Indonesian Christians held a Christmas service in front of the presidential palace in Jakarta to protest at the closure of their churches due to pressure by Muslim hardliners.
    (AFP, 12/25/13)

2013        Dec 27, In Indonesia Ambar Arianto Mulyo (59), a Bali Hyatt hotel security employee, was strangled to death after he tried to capture a 15-foot python.
    (SFC, 12/28/13, p.A2)

2013        Dec 30, In Indonesia Islamic police in the sharia stronghold of Banda Aceh seized thousands of firecrackers and cardboard trumpets after the city administration banned New Year's Eve celebrations for the first time.
    (AFP, 12/31/13)

2013        Dec 31, In Indonesia more than 19,000 people were displaced by the Mount Sinabung volcano on Sumatra that has been erupting for months and shot lava into the air nine times overnight.
    (AFP, 12/31/13)

2013        Dec 31, Indonesian police shot dead six suspected terrorists and arrested another in a New Year's Eve raid near Jakarta that broke out into an hours-long gun battle.
    (AFP, 12/31/13)

2014        Jan 10, Indonesia's anti-graft agency arrested a former senior member of President Yudhoyono's party, in a long-running case that has damaged the ruling party's popularity ahead of elections.
    (Reuters, 1/10/14)

2014        Jan 12, An Indonesian law banning the export of unprocessed minerals took effect, with the government aiming to boost local operations and create more jobs and mining companies warning of losses.
    (AP, 1/12/14)

2014        Jan 15, In Indonesia at least 13 people were killed after torrential rain triggered flash floods and landslides on northern Sulawesi island. Some 40,000 fled their homes as water surged through the city of Manado and surrounding areas.
    (AFP, 1/15/14)

2014        Jan 17, Indonesia said that it would increase naval patrols after territorial violations by Australia as it tried to turn back asylum seekers. The Australian government apologised unreservedly to Jakarta after its navy "inadvertently" violated Indonesian waters during border security operations.
    (Reuters, 1/17/14)(AFP, 1/17/14)

2014        Jan 19, In Indonesia monsoon rains inundated parts of Jakarta, forcing more than 30,000 people to evacuate.
    (Reuters, 1/19/14)

2014        Jan 20, Law Wan-tung (44) of Hong Kong was arrested on suspicion of abusing her Indonesian maids as she tried to leave for Thailand. The case sparked widespread outrage and drawn fresh attention to the risks faced by the migrant community. Erwiana Sulistyaningsih (23), a maid who said she had been badly beaten by her employer, was recovering at a hospital in Sragen, central Java, after flying out from Hong Kong in early January.
    (Reuters, 1/20/14)(SFC, 1/23/14, p.A2)(AP, 4/4/14)

2014        Jan 21, An Indonesian court sentenced an Islamist militant to 7½ years in prison for masterminding a plot to bomb the Myanmar embassy in Jakarta.
    (SFC, 1/22/14, p.A2)

2014        Jan 22, In Indonesia Andrea Waldeck, British woman, was jailed for 14 years but escaped the death penalty after admitting that she smuggled crystal methamphetamine into Indonesia from China. she had confessed to taking the drugs through the airport in Surabaya.
    (AFP, 1/22/14)

2014        Jan 28, In Indonesia two landslides triggered by torrential rain killed at least 19 people and left 10 others missing on the main island of Java.
    (AP, 1/28/14)

2014        Jan, In Indonesia construction began on the Pertamina Energy Tower, a 99-story, 530 metres (1,740 ft) skyscraper in Jakarta. Designed and planned by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP (SOM) it will be the tallest building in Indonesia upon completion in 2020.

2014        Feb 1, Indonesia’s Mount Sinabung volcano, that has been rumbling for months, unleased a major eruption killing at least 15 people just a day after authorities allowed thousands of villagers who had been evacuated to return to its slopes.
    (AP, 2/1/14)(AFP, 2/3/14)

2014        Feb 3, Indonesia’s Mount Sinabung shot hot ash and rocks high into the air again, halting a search for any more victims from its Feb 1 eruption.
    (AFP, 2/3/14)

2014        Feb 6, In eastern Indonesia a police officer and a suspected Islamic militant were killed in gunfire near a mountainous village believed to be a terrorist hideout. Preliminary investigation indicated that the men were part of a terrorist group led by Abu Wardah Santoso, Indonesia's most wanted terror suspect.
    (AP, 2/6/14)

2014        Feb 14, In Indonesia a volcanic eruption on Java sent a 17 km (10 mile) ash cloud into the air. More than 56,000 people were forced to flee their homes and four 4 were killed when Mount Kelud erupted.
    (Reuters, 2/15/14)
2014        Feb 14, In Indonesia seven female Japanese divers went missing off the resort island of Bali as strong winds and heavy rains hit Crystal Bay. Five of the divers were found alive on Feb 17. On Feb 18 the body of a female diver was found 18 miles west of the rescued divers.
    (AP, 2/15/14)(AP, 2/17/14)(AP, 2/18/14)

2014        Feb 20, Rights groups criticized an agreement between Indonesia and Saudi Arabia aimed at giving Indonesian maids more protection in the kingdom, with one saying "justice is still far away" for them.
    (AFP, 2/20/14)

2014        Feb 24, Indonesian officials said floods and landslides triggered by torrential rains killed at least 11 people in Papua province.
    (SFC, 2/25/14, p.A2)

2014        Mar 1, Japan pledged more than $200 million in aid to help the Palestinian Authority, as representatives in Indonesia from 22 nations reiterated their support of the Palestinians' quest for their own state.
    (AP, 3/1/14)

2014        Mar 5, In Indonesia an explosion at a navy ammunition warehouse killed one man and injured more than 80 other navy personnel.
    (AP, 3/5/14)

2014        Mar 9, Two Indonesian naval personnel were killed during an inspection aboard a Thai fishing boat in Indonesian waters. Thailand police soon arrested three suspects. Four more were arrested in April.
    (AP, 4/4/14)

2014        Mar 12, In Indonesia Rusli Zainal, a former governor of Riau, was found guilty of graft and sentenced to 14 years in prison. He had issued logging licenses that resulted in forest destruction.
    (Econ, 3/22/14, p.42)

2014        Mar 14, Indonesia reported that Pres. Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has ordered relevant ministers and local authorities in peat-rich Riau province to handle forest fires that have been sending out heavy smoke threatening health and disrupting flight operations. Officers in the armed forces were said to be involved in illegal logging and burning.
    (AP, 3/14/14)(Econ, 3/22/14, p.42)
2014        Mar 14, Indonesia’s Mega42wati Sukarnoputri, a former president and head of the opposition PDI-P, anointed Joko Widodo, Jakarta’s popular mayor, as her candidate for president.
    (Econ, 3/22/14, p.41)

2014        Mar 22, Indonesia police said they arrested three suspected Islamic extremists last week after intercepting a bomb shipment intended to attack brothels. The arrests included Ambo Intang, who was sought for his alleged involvement in the 2012 killings of two policemen in in the Central Sulawesi district of Poso.
    (AP, 3/22/14)

2014        Apr 7, Film censors in Indonesia and Malaysia banned the biblical epic "Noah," saying that the portrayal of the ark-building prophet by Russell Crowe was against Islamic laws. Depictions of any prophet are shunned in Islam to avoid worship of a person rather than God.
    (AP, 4/7/14)

2014        Apr 9, Indonesia held parliamentary elections. 190 million citizens were eligible to vote. Exit polls gave the opposition PDI-P 19% of the vote.
    (Reuters, 4/9/14)(Econ, 4/5/14, p.33)

2014        Apr 18, Off eastern Indonesia a boat loaded with people in a Good Friday procession capsized in high waves, leaving dozens of people missing and at least 7 dead.
    (AP, 4/18/14)

2014        Apr 28, Six environmental advocates won this year's Goldman Prize. India's Ramesh Agrawal received the prize for helping villagers fight a large coal mine in Chhattisgarh state. American lawyer Helen Slottje received the award for helping communities fight fracking in New York State. Peru's Ruth Buendia was recognized for helping to prevent construction of two large dams that would have displaced nearly 10,000 indigenous people in the Peruvian Amazon. Russian zoologist Suren Gazaryan won for defending protected areas around Sochi from illegal land seizures for Olympic construction projects. South Africa's Desmond D'Sa won for helping to close down one of the country's largest toxic waste dumps. Indonesian biologist Rudi Putra won for helping to shutter 26 illegal palm oil plantations that were causing deforestation in northern Sumatra.
    (AP, 4/28/14)

2014        Apr 29, In Indonesia Rudi Rubiandin, the former head of energy regulator SKKMigas, was sentenced to seven years in prison for his role in a major graft scandal that reached the top levels of the oil ministry.
    (Reuters, 4/29/14)

2014        May 7, An Indonesian official said a woman who was gang-raped by men accusing her of having extramarital sex may be caned publicly for violating Islamic law. The widow (25) said she was raped by eight men on May 1 who allegedly found her with a married man in her house. The men reportedly beat the man, doused the two with sewage, and then turned them over to Islamic police in conservative Aceh province.
    (AP, 5/7/14)

2014        May 12, Indonesia said it has banned the popular video sharing site Vimeo, because it contains nudity, which officials in the world's most populous Muslim country consider to be pornographic material.
    (AP, 5/13/14)

2014        May 13, Canada-based BlackBerry launched a new lower-cost smartphone designed specifically for Indonesia in an attempt to win back market share that has plunged in recent years but remains higher than in many other nations.
    (AP, 5/13/14)

2014        May 14, Indonesia’s anti-corruption agency identified the head of parliament's energy committee and a company executive as suspects in an ongoing graft scandal involving energy regulator SKKMigas.
    (Reuters, 5/14/14)

2014        May 19, The Philippines said it has reached an agreement over the weekend with Indonesia on a sea border dispute after 20 years of negotiations, and hopes to sign the pact soon.
    (AP, 5/19/14)

2014        May 22, In Indonesia Anne Marie Drozdz (40), a British woman, was found dead in the cultural tourism district of Ubud, Bali island, and that there were signs her villa had been broken into. Police on May 24 arrested construction worker Hambali (32) in Jakarta, where he fled following the robbery and murder of Drodzd.
    (AFP, 5/23/14)(AFP, 5/25/14)

2014        Jun 3, In Indonesia a building under construction collapsed on the island of Borneo, killing two workers and burying at least 13 others in Samarinda, the provincial capital of East Kalimantan.
    (AP, 6/3/14)

2014        Jun 18, Indonesian officials officially shut a massive prostitution complex in Surabaya amid protests by sex workers, who said their livelihoods were being destroyed. Tri Rismaharini, the first female mayor of Surabaya, had pledged to close down all brothels in the city.
    (AP, 6/18/14)
2014        Jun 18, An apparently overloaded boat carrying Indonesian illegal migrants heading home for Ramadan sank overnight in rough seas off western Malaysia. 27 people were missing and 9 were confirmed dead. Nine people were missing after a boat carrying 27 Indonesian workers overturned off Malaysia's west coast in a 2nd similar accident. By the weekend the confirmed death toll from two boat accidents rose to 16 with dozens of others still missing.
    (AFP, 6/18/14)(AP, 6/19/14)(AFP, 6/22/14)

2014        Jun 24, Indonesia became the newest country to mandate graphic photo warnings on cigarette packs, joining more than 40 other nations or territories that have adopted similar regulations in recent years. Authorities said major tobacco companies have largely ignored a deadline to put graphic health warnings on all cigarette packs.
    (AP, 6/24/14)(AP, 6/27/14)

2014        Jun 30, In Indonesia an antigraft court sentenced Akil Mochtar, a former chief constitutional court justice, to life imprisonment for accepting bribes to fix results in two local elections.
    (SFC, 7/2/14, p.A2)

2014        Jul 9, In Indonesia some 190 million voters headed to the polls in a hotly contested election for president in Indonesia. Jakarta Gov. Joko Widodo and ex-army general Prabowo Subianto both declared a win after the quick count results were released. The election commission, which began tallying the votes, will produce the official results by July 22.
    (AP, 7/9/14)(AP, 7/10/14)

2014        Jul 14, An overloaded fishing boat carrying some 70 illegal Indonesian migrants capsized off southern Malaysia, killing at least 2 people with 9 left missing.
    (AFP, 7/15/14)

2014        Jul 22, Indonesia officials said Jakarta Gov. Joko Widodo won the country's presidential election with 53 percent of the vote. Former Gen. Prabowo Subianto, declared he was withdrawing from the contest shortly before the final numbers were released by the Election Commission, saying there was massive fraud during the election, and that it was unfair and undemocratic.
    (AP, 7/22/14)

2014        Jul 25, In Indonesia Prabowo Subianto, the ex-general who lost the presidential election to Jakarta governor Joko Widodo, mounted a legal challenge to the result, alleging widespread electoral fraud and irregularities in vote counting.
    (AFP, 7/25/14)

2014        Aug 12, In Indonesia the body of Sheila von Wiese-Mack (62), a Chicago-based woman, was found in a bloodied suitcase on the resort island of Bali. Her daughter, Heather Mack (19) and boyfriend, Tommy Schaefer (21) were arrested on Aug 13 and detained as suspects. Schaeffer later confessed to the murder and Heather Mack acknowledged helping him stuff the body into the suitcase.
    (AP, 8/15/14)(AP, 9/19/14)

2014        Aug 28, Australia and Indonesia signed a new security agreement to mend a relationship badly damaged by allegations last year that Australia was listening to the telephone conversations of Pres. Susilo Bambang.
    (AP, 8/28/14)

2014        Sep 13, Indonesia's elite anti-terrorism squad arrested 7 suspected militants, including 4 Turks believed to be planning to join a jihadist group in eastern Indonesia with possible links to the Islamic State group. Four of the suspects were members of China's ethnic Uighur minority community.
    (AP, 9/14/14)(AP, 9/15/14)

2014        Sep 17, Indonesia added more water-dropping helicopters to fight forest and plantation wildfires that are spreading haze across the region, limiting visibility and increasing air pollution.
    (AP, 9/17/14)

2014        Sep 24, In Indonesia Anas Urbaningrum, a former top leader of the ruling Democratic Party, was sentenced to eight years in prison for corruption and money laundering.
    (AP, 9/24/14)
2014        Sep 24, In Indonesia scientists released some 3,000 tiny wasps in a secure tent-like habitat to monitor their success in an effort to halt an infestation of cassava crops by mealybugs. Scientists hoped their number would multiply to 450,000 prior to release in a month following government approval.
    (SFC, 9/25/14, p.A6)

2014        Sep 26, Indonesian authorities arrested Hans Peter Naumann (48), a German man, for allegedly trying to smuggle 239 (8.4 ounce) of cocaine onto Indonesia's resort island of Bali, some of it hidden inside his stomach.
    (AP, 9/27/14)

2014        Sep 27, In Indonesia lawmakers in Banda Aceh, a conservative Muslim province, passed a law that punishes gay sex by public caning and subjects non-Muslims to strict interpretation of Islamic sharia law.
    (AP, 9/27/14)

2014        Oct 8, In Indonesia rescuers and fishermen found 8 survivors and 17 bodies after two days of searching for a motorboat lost since its captain reported an engine failure on Oct 6 off of Java island. Local reports said it was carrying 49 people who were to have attended a wedding ceremony.
    (AP, 10/8/14)

2014        Oct 9, Indonesia officially launched a $263 million project to build a giant sea wall along the coast of its capital, Jakarta, in an attempt to protect businesses and homes from flooding.
    (Reuters, 10/9/14)

2014        Oct 13, US plane giant Boeing said Indonesian flag carrier Garuda has placed an order for 50 planes worth almost $5 billion.
    (AFP, 10/13/14)

2014        Oct 20, Indonesia's Joko Widodo took over as president of the world's third-largest democracy. Widodo said that he wanted his nation to be self-sufficient in food staples sugar, rice and corn within four years.
    (Reuters, 10/20/14)

2014        Oct 21, In Indonesia Robert Ellis (60), a British man, was found dead with his throat slashed and dumped in a ditch on the resort island of Bali. His Indonesian wife admitted to the killing day later.
    (AFP, 10/22/14)

2014        Nov 3, Indonesia began issuing cards  to give the poor access to three programs that included health care, education and cash handouts.
    (Econ, 1/10/15, p.54)

2014        Nov 17, Indonesia's President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo announced a sharp increase in fuel prices, saying costly government subsidies would be better spent on infrastructure and development.
    (AP, 11/17/14)

2014        Nov 19, Indonesian authorities said two endangered Sumatran elephants were found dead this week near a palm oil plantation in the Tebo district of Jambi province on Sumatra island. Authorities believed they were killed by poachers.
    (AP, 11/20/14)

2014        Nov 21, A magnitude 6.5 earthquake struck off the coast of Indonesia’s North Maluku province.
    (SFC, 11/22/14, p.A2)

2014        Dec 8, In Indonesia at least 4 people, including 3 high school students, were killed in the volatile Papua region in clashes between protesters and security forces. The clash had started the previous night when the youths reprimanded a soldier who was riding a motorcycle without the headlights on.
    (Reuters, 12/8/14)(AP, 12/9/14)

2014        Dec 13, In central Indonesia a mudslide set off by torrential rains rushed down hills into a village and swept away scores of homes. At least 56 people were killed and 52 others missing.
    (AP, 12/13/14)(SFC, 12/13/14, p.A2)(AP, 12/15/14)

2014        Dec 19, In eastern Indonesia the Mount Gamalama volcano on Ternate island in North Maluku province erupted, spewing towering clouds of hot ash into the air and leaving four hikers injured and one missing when they scrambled to safety.
    (AP, 12/19/14)

2014        Dec 22, An Indonesian court sentenced five janitors to up to eight years in prison over the rape of a kindergartner boy (6) at an international school in Jakarta. A sixth suspect committed suicide while in custody after drinking bathroom cleanser.
    (AP, 12/22/14)

2014        Dec 28, Indonesia AirAsia Flight QZ8501, an Airbus 320-200 with 162 people on board, went missing after pilots asked to change course to avoid bad weather during a flight from Surabaya city to Singapore. It was later rfound that the plane had climbed at excessive speeds to an unusually high altitude before plunging and disappearing.
    (AP, 12/28/14)(SFC, 1/21/15, p.A3)

2014        Dec 30, Indonesian rescuers searching for AirAsia Flight QZ8501 pulled bodies and wreckage from the sea off the coast of Borneo. The plane was carrying 162 people when it disappeared on Dec 28.
    (Reuters, 12/30/14)

2014        Dec, In Indonesia Antony de Malmanche of New Zealand was arrested at Bali's airport with 1.7 kg (3.9 pounds) of methamphetamine in his baggage. On June 30, 2015 Malmanche (53) was sentenced to 15 years in prison and fined $300,000 or an additional three months in prison.
    (AP, 6/30/15)

2014        Elizabeth Pisani authored “Indonesia Etc: Exploring the Improbable Nation."
    (Econ, 6/21/14, p.79)
2014        Indonesia’s population was about 250 million, making it the 4th most populous country in the world.
    (Econ, 10/18/14, p.44)(Econ, 2/27/15, p.9)
2014        According to the World Bank half of Indonesia’s population lived on less than $2 per day.
    (Econ, 8/30/14, p.36)
2014        In Indonesia the number of Asian elephants on Sumatra Island fell to an estimated 1,700 from an estimated 2,800 in 2007.
    (SFC, 1/12/18, p.A6)

2015        Jan 1, Heavy seas stopped divers reaching the possible wreck of an AirAsia Indonesia jet off Borneo. Nine bodies have so far been recovered from the Airbus A320-200, which crashed Dec 28 en route to Singapore.
    (Reuters, 1/1/15)

2015        Jan 2, Rescue teams battling monsoon rains recovered 21 more bodies from Indonesia’s AirAsia Flight 8501, which crashed on Dec 28. To date 30 of 162 bodies were recovered.
    (AP, 1/2/15)

2015        Jan 3, Search teams hunting for the wreck of Indonesia’s AirAsia Flight QZ8501 that crashed with 162 people on board reported four large parts of the plane on the sea bed.
    (Reuters, 1/3/15)

2015        Jan 5, Indonesia’s transportation ministry announced harsh measures against everyone who allowed AirAsia Flight 8501 to take off without proper permits, including the suspension of the airport's operator and officials in the control tower.
    (AP, 1/5/15)

2015        Jan 6, Search teams scouring the ocean for the wreckage of an AirAsia jet, which went missing on Dec 28, found two new metal objects. Indonesian officials believe they may have located the tail and parts of the fuselage of Flight QZ8501 30 meters below the surface, but have been unable to properly investigate the debris so far. Two more bodies were recovered from the sea, bringing the total found so far to 39.
    (Reuters, 1/6/15)

2015        Jan 7, Indonesia's search and rescue agency said the tail of the Dec 28 crashed AirAsia jet Flight QZ8501 has been found on the sea bed about 30 km (20 miles) from the plane's last known location. Forty bodies and debris from the plane have been plucked from the surface of the waters off Borneo.
    (Reuters, 1/7/15)

2015        Jan 11, Indonesian divers found the crucial black box flight recorders of the AirAsia plane that crashed in the Java Sea a fortnight ago with 162 people aboard. The data recorder was retrieved on Jan 12 and the cockpit voice recorder on Jan 13.
    (AFP, 1/11/15)(SFC, 1/13/15, p.A2)

2015        Jan 13, Indonesia's anti-graft agency named three-star general Budi Gunawan, President Joko Widodo's sole nomination for police chief, a bribery suspect. Widodo told reporters a day earlier he had chosen Gunawan on recommendation from the National Police Commission.
    (Reuters, 1/13/15)

2015        Jan 14, A Singapore Navy ship located the fuselage of Indonesia AirAsia Flight QZ8501, the passenger jet that crashed more than two weeks ago off the coast of Indonesia, raising hopes that more bodies will be found.
    (Reuters, 1/14/15)(AP, 1/14/15)

2015        Feb 16, Indonesia’s President Joko Widodo said he had postponed the nomination of three-star general Budi Gunawan as police chief, but not cancelled it. Gunawan had been named as a bribery suspect  on Jan 13.
    (Econ, 1/24/15, p.35)

2015        Jan 17, Indonesia executed 6 drug traffickers, five of them foreign nationals. The next day Brazil and the Netherlands recalled their ambassadors from Jakarta and expressed fury following the executions of two of their citizens.
    (AP, 1/18/15)(Econ, 1/24/15, p.36)

2015        Jan 23, Indonesia’s police arrested Bambang Widjojanto, the deputy head of the top anti-corruption body, days after it accused a senior police officer of graft, sparking accusations of police retaliation and demands that the president defend the agency.
    (AP, 1/23/15)

2015        Jan 27, Indonesia’s armed forces officially halted the search for victims of AirAsia Flight 8501 that crashed Dec 28. Teams had recovered 70 of 162 people aboard.
    (SFC, 1/28/15, p.A2)

2015        Feb 10, A Hong Kong woman was convicted of assaulting her Indonesian maid, Erwiana Sulistyaningsih, in a case that sparked outrage for the scale of its brutality. A judge found Law Wan-tung guilty of 18 charges including grievous bodily harm.
    (AP, 2/10/15)

2015        Feb 20, In Indonesia a crowded bus overturned on a toll road on the main island of Java, killing 16 people near Semarang.
    (AP, 2/20/15)

2015        Feb 27, In Hong Kong Law Wan-tung (44) was jailed for six years for beating and starving her Indonesian maid, Sulistyaningsih, and keeping her prisoner, as the judge called for action over laws which leave domestic workers exposed to abuse.
    (AFP, 2/27/15)

2015        Mar 11, In the Netherlands a court ruled that the Dutch government must pay compensation to nine widows and children of Indonesian men summarily executed in their country's war for independence, a ruling that could open the door to many more claims.
    (AP, 3/11/15)
2015        Mar 11, Turkish authorities said they have have detained 16 Indonesians from three families who were trying to cross into Syria, a route frequently used by sympathizers of Islamic State militants..
    (Reuters, 3/11/15)

2015        Mar 27, In eastern Indonesia an estimated 4,000 foreign fishermen were reported stranded on a number of remote islands, including men reported to have been enslaved. Some migrant workers from Myanmar said they had been brought to Indonesia from Thailand and forced to work on trawlers with Thai captains.
    (AP, 3/27/15)

2015        Apr 2, An Indonesian court sentenced Canadian teacher Neil Bantleman (45) to 10 years in jail on charges of sexually abusing three young children at a prestigious international school in Jakarta. The principal and a number of other teachers have said they believe Bantleman is innocent. Ferdinant Tjiong, an Indonesian teaching assistant, was also sentenced to 10 years and both men planned to appeal.
    (AP, 4/2/15)(AP, 4/3/15)

2015        Apr 3, The Indonesian government began moving foreign fishermen from an isolated island where slavery in the fishing industry was exposed last, out of concern for their safety.
    (AP, 4/3/15)

2015        Apr 9, In Indonesia the number of enslaved fishermen found on a remote island reached nearly 550, after a fact-finding team returned for a single day to make sure no one had been left behind nearly a week after more than half of the men were removed in a dramatic rescue.
    (AP, 4/9/15)

2015        Apr 13, In Indonesia a Sumatran elephant was found dead in Aceh province with its tusks cut off, raising suspicion it was killed by poachers. The International Union for Conservation of Nature has listed the animals as "critically endangered" after their numbers dropped to between 2,400 and 2,800 from an estimated 5,000 in 1985.
    (AP, 4/14/15)

2015        Apr 21, An Indonesian court found an American couple guilty of premeditated murder on the resort island of Bali. The Denpasar District Court sentenced Tommy Schaefer (21) to 18 years in prison and Heather Mack (19) to 10 years for intentionally killing Sheila von Wiese-Mack while vacationing last August.
    (AP, 4/21/15)

2015        Apr 22, Japanese PM Shinzo Abe held talks with Chinese President Xi Jinping on the sidelines of a summit in Indonesia.
    (Reuters, 4/22/15)

2015        Apr 23, In Indonesia Asian and African leaders agreed to develop concrete ways to cooperate in fighting extremism and the financing of terrorism at the conclusion of the Asian African Conference in Jakarta.
    (AP, 4/23/15)   

2015        Apr 28, In Indonesia nine drug traffickers held emotional farewell meetings with their families at a prison, after Jakarta rejected last-ditch pleas from around the world for clemency and ordered their mass execution to proceed within hours.
    (Reuters, 4/28/15)

2015        Apr 29, An Indonesian firing squad executed 8 drug traffickers, including seven foreigners, in the early hours, sparking condemnation from Australia and Brazil who had made final, desperate pleas to save their nationals. Mary Jane Veloso from the Philippines was spared at the last minute as part of a deal between Jakarta and Manila to seek more information and go after drug syndicates operating in the region.
    (Reuters, 4/29/15)(SSFC, 5/3/15, p.A4)

2015        May 4, Indonesian police arrested a suspected wildlife smuggler after discovering nearly 22 rare live birds, mostly yellow-crested cockatoos, jammed inside plastic water bottles in his luggage.
    (AFP, 5/6/15)

2015        May 5, It was reported that Indonesia will stop sending new domestic workers to 21 Middle Eastern countries, after the recent execution of two Indonesian women in Saudi Arabia angered Jakarta.
    (AFP, 5/5/15)

2015        May 8, A Pakistan military helicopter carrying diplomats to inspect a tourism project crashed killing 7 people, including the ambassadors of Norway and the Philippines and the wives of the Malaysian and Indonesian ambassadors. 17 people were on board the Mi-17 when it crashed into a school in Gilgit and caught fire. The
Taliban later claimed responsibility.
    (Reuters, 5/8/15)(AP, 5/10/15)

2015        May 10, Indonesia's Pres. President Joko Widodo announced the lifting of a travel ban for foreign journalists to the country's easternmost province, a day after freeing five Papuan political prisoners.
    (AP, 5/10/15)
2015        May 10, In Indonesia rescuers brought ashore 469 migrants from Myanmar and Bangladesh after their wooden boat arrived off Aceh.
    (AFP, 5/10/15)

2015        May 11, Indonesian and Malaysian authorities said nearly 2,000 boat people from Myanmar and Bangladesh have been rescued or swum to shore, warning that yet more desperate migrants could be in peril at sea.
    (AFP, 5/11/15)

2015        May 12, Indonesia police said seven people have been arrested on charges of human trafficking including two Indonesians and five Thais.
    (SFC, 5/13/15, p.A2)

2015        May 15, In Indonesia more than 1,000 weak, hungry people fleeing persecution in Myanmar and poverty in Bangladesh came ashore, describing murder, extortion and near starvation after surviving a harrowing journey at sea. Dozens were reported killed in violent clashes between the Bangladeshis and Rohingya on board. A group of 106 people were found on a Thai island.
    (AP, 5/15/15)

2015        May 20, Indonesia and Malaysia said they would offer shelter to 7,000 "boat people" adrift at sea in rickety boats but, anxious not to encourage a fresh influx, made clear that their assistance was temporary and they would take no more. Indonesian authorities said they have bombed and sank 41 foreign fishing vessels as a warning against poaching in the country's waters.
    (Reuters, 5/20/15)(AP, 5/20/15)

2015        May 24, Indonesia's anti-terrorism squad killed two suspects and arrested seven others in raids on a jihadist organization with possible links to the Islamic State group.
    (AP, 5/25/15)   
2015        May 24, Indonesia's National Disaster Mitigation Agency said that starting next week, it would begin the repatriation of 720 Bangladeshi migrants over the next month.
    (Reuters, 5/24/15)

2015        May 28, In western Indonesia a dump truck carrying children of plantation workers to school plunged into a ditch, killing 17 of them.
    (AP, 5/28/15)

2015        May, As many as 5,000 foreign vessels a day were reportedly fishing Illegally in Indonesian waters.
    (Econ., 5/2/15, p.35)
2015        May, Singapore-based Grab launched its motorbike taxis in Jakarta, Indonesia.
    (Econ, 2/11/17, p.54)

2015        Jun 13, In western Indonesia the Mount Sinabung volcano on Sumatra unleashed a new powerful burst high into the sky sending hot ash far down the mountain's slopes.
    (AP, 6/13/15)

2015        Jun 14, Australian PM Tony Abbott refused again to deny allegations an official paid thousands of dollars to turn back a boatload of asylum-seekers, despite calls from Indonesia for answers.
    (AFP, 6/14/15)

2015        Jun 15, In western Indonesia hundreds more villagers were evacuated on Sumatra island as Mount Sinabung volcano spewed at least 28 hot ash avalanches.
    (SFC, 6/16/15, p.A2)

2015        Jun 17, In Indonesia a cliff at a beach resort on Java collapsed, killing 3 people and burying several others.
    (AP, 6/17/15)

2015        Jun 30, An Indonesian air force Hercules C-130 plane crashed into two houses in a residential neighborhood in the country’s third largest city Medan. 141 people were killed including non-military passengers.
    (AP, 6/30/15)(AFP, 6/30/15)(AFP, 7/1/15)(SSFC, 7/5/15, p.A4)

2015        Jul 10, In Indonesia Mount Raung in East Java province began spewing ash sparking chaos for holidaymakers. Airports were closed and international airlines canceled flights to tourist hotspot Bali, stranding thousands.
    (AP, 7/10/15)

2015        Jul 12, In Indonesia the airport on Bali reopened after the erupting Mount Raung volcano forced its closure for the second time in just a few days and caused fresh travel misery for stranded holidaymakers.
    (AFP, 7/12/15)

2015        Jul 13, Indonesian authorities said an orangutan trader has been jailed for two years after he was caught trying to sell a baby ape from a backpack, a rare conviction for wildlife crime in the country. A court in Medan also ordered Vast Haris Nasution to pay a 10 million rupiah ($750) fine after he was found guilty last week under laws that ban the trade in orangutans.
    (AFP, 7/13/15)

2015        Jul 16, In Indonesia eruptions at Mount Raung and Mount Gamalama caused closures at three airports, including Juanda International serving Surabaya, the country's 2nd-largest city.
    (AP, 7/16/15)

2015        Jul 22, In Indonesia eruptions of ash at five volcanoes shrouded the skies over parts of the archipelago, forcing three airports to close.
    (AP, 7/22/15)

2015        Jul 30, Indonesia and Turkey agreed to strengthen their intelligence cooperation as a way to bolster their efforts to combat terrorism and prevent the spread of radicalism.
    (AP, 7/31/15)

2015        Aug 12, Indonesia’s Pres. Joko Widodo fired four Cabinet ministers in a much anticipated reshuffle as the government struggles to improve the economy.
    (SFC, 8/13/15, p.A2)
2015        Aug 12, Indonesian authorities seized the Thai-owned Silver Sea 2, a massive refrigerated cargo ship believed to be loaded with slave-caught fish. It was escorted about 80 miles (130 km) to a naval base in Sabang.
    (AP, 8/13/15)

2015        Aug 14, In Indonesia Canadian teacher Neil Bantleman (45) and local teaching assistant Ferdinant Tjiong, sentenced to 10 years in prison for child sexual offenses, were released after a Jakarta court overturned their April 2 convictions.
    (AP, 8/14/15)

2015        Aug 16, In Indonesia an aircraft with 54 people on board crashed in the remote and mountainous region of Papua. The 27-year-old Trigana ATR 42-300 crashed into Tangok mountain. All 54 people on board the aircraft were killed.
    (Reuters, 8/16/15)(Reuters, 8/18/15)

2015        Sep 3, An overloaded wooden boat believed to be carrying about 70 Indonesian illegal immigrants sank off the coast of Malaysia, killing 61 people, among them 23 women. The number of survivors stood at 19.
    (Reuters, 9/3/15)(AP, 9/7/15)

2015        Sep 9, Indonesia made it easier for foreigners to open bank accounts, struck down import restrictions on some goods, and eliminated some onerous business regulations.
    (Econ, 10/17/15, p.79)

2015        Sep 10, Air pollution in Singapore reached its highest level in a year as smog from Indonesian forest fires shrouded the island nation in a veil of gray, irking tourists and alarming authorities with hours left before general elections.
    (AP, 9/10/15)

2015        Sep 14, Indonesia said it has agreed to share with Singapore the names of companies suspected of causing forest fires that have led to a deterioration of air quality in the city state.
    (Reuters, 9/14/15)

2015        Sep 17, Indonesian police said they have identified seven companies and 133 individuals suspected of causing forest fires that are spreading choking smoke and polluted air across parts of western Indonesia and neighboring Malaysia and Singapore.
    (AP, 9/17/15)

2015        Sep 24, Indonesia pledged to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 29 percent by 2030, relative to a business-as-usual scenario without climate action. It pledged to raise that target to 41 percent with international support, including access to finance and clean technology.
    (AP, 9/24/15)
2015        Sep 24, Singapore ordered emergency school closures as air pollution reached "hazardous" levels due to suffocating smoke from agricultural fires raging on a nearby Indonesian island.
    (AFP, 9/24/15)

2015        Sep 26, Indonesia arrested the Thai captain of a seized cargo ship carrying an estimated $2 million worth of seafood on suspicion of illegal fishing.
    (AP, 9/26/15)

2015        Oct 2, In eastern Indonesia a passenger plane carrying 10 people was reported missing on a domestic flight. The DHC-6 Twin Otter plane lost contact 11 minutes after taking off in good weather from Masamba in South Sulawesi province. On October 5 wreckage of the plane was reported found.
    (AP, 10/2/15)(AP, 10/5/15)   

2015        Oct 4, Malaysian authorities ordered most of the country's schools shut for two days because of possible health risks posed by the thick haze from Indonesian forest fires.
    (AFP, 10/4/15)

2015        Oct 11, In western Indonesia a helicopter carrying five people went missing shortly after takeoff from Samosir island in Toba Lake. On Oct 13 a survivor was found floating on plants in Toba Lake and told rescuers the four other people on board also survived by jumping before the craft hit the water.
    (AP, 10/12/15)(AP, 10/13/15)

2015        Oct 14, In Indonesia 2 endangered Sumatran elephants were found dead in Aceh province and were believed to have been poisoned a few days earlier.
    (AP, 10/15/15)

2015        Oct 16, Officials from China and a domestic consortium signed an agreement to build the first high-speed rail line in Indonesia. The deal was estimated at $5.5 billion.
    (AP, 10/16/15)

2015        Oct 17, Indonesian officials said 182 ethnic Rohingya have fled their encampment in Aceh province. Officials suspected they may have been persuaded by human traffickers to flee.
    (AP, 10/17/15)

2015        Oct 18, In Indonesia 7 hikers died after being caught in a forest fire on Java island. The fire was believed to be caused by a bonfire started by hikers.
    (AP, 10/19/15)

2015        Oct 22, Southern Thailand was hit by the most severe haze ever from forest fires in Indonesia, forcing all schools in a province to close and disrupting flights in a popular tourist area.
    (AP, 10/22/15)

2015        Oct 23, In Indonesia a law that makes gay sex punishable by public caning took effect in conservative Aceh province.
    (AP, 10/23/15)
2015        Oct 23, Philippine aviation authorities said haze from Indonesian forest fires has spread to the southern and central Philippines, disrupting air traffic and prompting warnings for residents to wear face masks.
    (AFP, 10/23/15)

2015        Oct 24, Indonesian officials said warships have been put on standby to evacuate people affected by acrid haze from forest fires which has killed at least 10 and caused respiratory illnesses in half a million.
    (AFP, 10/24/15)

2015        Oct 25, In Indonesia 17 people were killed in a fire that raced through a karaoke bar early today on Sulawesi island. 71 others were hospitalized for smoke inhalation.
    (AP, 10/2515)

2015        Oct 25, Indonesian police on Bali arrested Rajendra Nikalje, one of India's most wanted gangsters, sought in more than two dozen murder cases. On Nov 5 he was deported to India after being on Interpol's most-wanted list for two decades.
    (Reuters, 10/2615)(AP, 11/5/15)

2015        Oct 27, In Indonesia 12 miners were buried under a landslide while digging illegally at a state-run gold mine on the main island of Java.
    (AP, 10/29/15)

2015        Oct 28, An Indonesian minister said the death toll from acrid haze blanketing parts of the country has climbed to 19.
    (AFP, 10/28/15)

2015        Nov 4, In Indonesia thousands of tourists were stranded on three islands after ash from Mount Rinjani on Lombok Island forced the closure of airports and blanketed villages and farmlands.
    (AP, 11/4/15)

2015        Nov 8, In Indonesia an earthquake measuring 6.1 magnitude struck 107 km south of Sibolga, Sumatra.
    (AP, 11/8/15)

2015        Nov 22, In Malaysia ASEAN nations (Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam) established a formal community that attempts to create freer movement of trade and capital in an area of 625 million people with a combined economic output of $2.6 trillion.
    (Reuters, 11/22/15)

2015        Nov 26, Sixteen migrants from India, Nepal and Bangladesh and their Indonesian skipper were found stranded in Indonesia's part of Timor Island. The next day Indonesia said Australian officials had destroyed a boat carrying asylum seekers and then pushed them back to sea in another vessel.
    (AP, 11/27/15)

2015        Dec 1, An Indonesian report said a faulty component and the crew's inadequate response caused an AirAsia A320 to crash into the Java Sea last Dec 28, killing all 162 people on board.
    (AFP, 12/1/15)

2015        Dec 3, In Indonesia two rain-triggered landslides left 5 villagers dead and 15 others missing on Sumatra Island.
    (AP, 12/3/15)

2015        Dec 6, In Indonesia a commuter train slammed into a passenger minibus at a railroad crossing in Jakarta, killing at least 18 people and seriously injuring six others.
    (AP, 12/6/15)

2015        Dec 9, Millions of Indonesians voted in nationwide elections for regional leaders in the sprawling archipelago.
    (AP, 12/9/15)

2015        Dec 13, Benedict Anderson (1936-2015), a scholar on South-East Asia, died in Indonesia. He was best known for his 1983 book “Imagined Communities," which explored the origins of nationalism. In 2016 his book “A Life Beyond Boundaries" was published.
    (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Benedict_Anderson)(Econ, 5/21/16, p.77)

2015        Dec 16, The embattled speaker of Indonesia's House of Representatives resigned over his involvement in one of the biggest political scandals in years. Setya Novanto allegedly sought kickbacks from a giant US-owned gold and copper mine in exchange for helping it extend its operating contract.
    (AP, 12/16/15)
2015        Dec 16, Indonesia deported 49 Taiwanese and one Chinese citizen who were members of a cross-border telephone and Internet fraud ring.
    (AP, 12/16/15)

2015        Dec 17, The Danish cargo ship Thorco Cloud collided with the chemical tanker Stolt Commitment and sank off western Indonesia. Six Filipino crewmen were missing.
    (AP, 12/17/15)

2015        Dec 20, Rescuers pulled out 39 survivors and three dead from the Marina Baru 2B passenger boat that sank in central Indonesia. By Dec 24 the death toll stood at 63 as more bodies were recovered leaving 15 still missing.
    (AP, 12/20/15)(Reuters, 12/22/15)(AP, 12/24/15)

2015        Dec 22, Indonesia’s Forestry Ministry's investigations director said the government has punished 23 companies for causing forest fires that spread thick, smoky haze around Southeast Asia.
    (AP, 12/22/15)

2015        Dec 23, Indonesian police in Bekasi, West Java, arrested two suspected militants, including Arif Hidayatullah, a member of China’s ethnic Uighur minority who was allegedly preparing to be a suicide bomber.
    (SFC, 12/25/15, p.A2)

2015        Dec 27, In Indonesia a group of about 15 gunmen attacked a police station in Sinak town, Papua province, killing 3 officers and wounding two others.
    (AP, 12/28/15)

2015        Indonesia’s top clerical council passed a fatwa condemning homosexuality.
    (Econ, 8/13/16, p.28)
2015        Tuberculosis claimed the lives of an estimated 1.8 million people around the world this year, 60% of whom lived in China, India, Indonesia, Nigeria, Pakistan and South Africa.
    (AFP, 3/23/17)

2016        Jan 7, Indonesia signed a $1.3 billion deal with South Korea to jointly develop Seoul's next-generation fighter jets.
    (AFP, 1/7/16)

2016        Jan 14, In Indonesia 8 people were killed in an attack by suicide bombers in Jakarta including 4 of the attackers themselves. 20 people were wounded in the attack claimed by the Islamic State. Police identified Bahrun Naim as the mastermind behind the deadly attack, pulling the strings from Raqqa.
    (Reuters, 1/14/16)(AP, 1/17/16)

2016        Jan 15, Indonesian police killed one suspected militant and arrested two more in raids across the country a day after an attack on a busy shopping district.
    (Reuters, 1/15/16)

2016        Jan 16, Indonesian police named the five men they suspect launched the Jan 14 gun and bomb attack in Jakarta. Police also said they had arrested 12 people linked to the plot who planned to strike other cities.
    (Reuters, 1/16/16)

2016        Jan 26, Malaysian police said 13 bodies, believed to be Indonesian illegal immigrants, were found washed ashore after their boat capsized in bad sea conditions. Five more bodies were found the next day raising the death toll to 18.
    (AP, 1/26/16)(AFP, 1/27/16)

2016        Jan 27, Indonesian security forces evacuated hundreds of members of a group authorities have called a deviant religious organization to the capital, Jakarta, after sectarian violence drove them from their homes in West Kalimantan province. Men, women and children associated with a group called Gafatar, which the country's highest Islamic council considers a deviant sect, were attacked last week by other West Kalimantan residents who oppose their beliefs.
    (Reuters, 1/27/16)

2016        Feb 4, The UN children's agency released a report saying at least 200 million girls and women in 30 countries are estimated to have undergone female circumcision — half of them in Egypt, Ethiopia and Indonesia.
    (AP, 2/4/16)

2016        Feb 9, An Indonesian court sentenced seven men for conspiring with the Islamic State group, the first time the country has sent anyone to prison for IS links, as radical cleric Abu Bakar Bashir appealed his conviction.
    (AP, 2/9/16)

2016        Feb 10, An Indonesian air force plane crashed into a house on the main island of Java, killing both people on board and two people in the house.
    (AP, 2/10/16)

2016        Feb 11, The Indonesian government told instant messaging apps to remove stickers featuring same-sex couples in the latest high-profile attempt to discourage visible homosexuality in the socially conservative country.
    (AP, 2/12/16)

2016        Feb 13, In Indonesia thousands of high school students held rallies rejecting the celebration of Valentine's Day. Officials and clerics have banned young Indonesian Muslims from celebrating Valentine's Day, arguing that the observance runs against Islamic teachings.
    (AP, 2/14/16)

2016        Feb 17, Indonesia's most influential Muslim leaders said they reject all promotion and support for lesbian and gay groups and encouraged the government to make gay sex and the promotion of LGBT activities illegal.
    (AP, 2/17/16)

2016        Feb 20, Indonesian police detained 38 Islamic militants in a raid on the main island of Java, as authorities get set to tighten anti-terrorism laws following last month's deadly attacks in Jakarta. Another 5 miitants were arrested in East Java a day earlier. Most of the men were released the next day as officials lamented weaknesses in the current anti-terrorism legislation.
    (AP, 2/20/16)(AP, 2/21/16)

2016        Feb 24, An official said Indonesia plans to close all red-light districts in the country by 2019, stepping up a campaign against prostitution after a controversial push to clear up a brothel area of Jakarta.
    (AFP, 2/24/16)
2016        Feb 24, Indonesia's top court overruled the acquittals of Canadian Neil Bantleman and Indonesian teacher Ferdinant Tjiong and ordered longer prison terms for sexually abusing three young children at a prestigious international school in Jakarta. Both had been sentenced to 10 years last April by the South Jakarta District Court. Appeals to the High Court had acquitted them in August, ruling there was not sufficient evidence to support their conviction. In July 2019 Bantleman was granted clemency and returned to Canada.
    (AP, 2/25/16)(SFC, 7/13/19, p.A2)

2016        Mar 2, An earthquake of magnitude 7.9 that struck off Indonesia's island of Sumatra killing a number of people.
    (Reuters, 3/2/16)

2016        Mar 4, In Indonesia the Rafelia II ferry sunk in the Bali Strait, killing 5 of the 81 people on board including a mother and her infant child.
    (Reuters, 3/6/16)

2016        Mar 7, Indonesia's anti-graft commission said government agencies have agreed on a plan to combat corruption in the forestry industry that costs the state billions of dollars in lost revenue and is behind fires that pollute Southeast Asia.
    (AP, 3/7/16)
2016        Mar 7, In Indonesia the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) summit ended with a call for a ban on products from Israeli settlements in the occupied territories and pledged full support for the "inalienable rights" of the Palestinians. the move was not binding on member states.
    (AFP, 3/7/16)

2016        Mar 15, Indonesian police killed two suspected Chinese Uighur militants in Central Sulawesi province during a hunt for Abu Wardah Santoso, the country's most wanted Islamic radical.
    (AP, 3/16/16)

2016        Mar 16, Indonesian security forces killed 3 more suspected militants linked to the country's most wanted Islamic radical near Siliwanga village in Poso district, Central Sulawesi.
    (AP, 3/18/16)

2016        Mar 19, An Indonesian fisheries ministry patrol ship intercepted a Chinese fishing vessel within Indonesia's exclusive economic zone which overlaps with the southernmost reaches of the South China Sea. Indonesia arrested eight fishermen for illegal fishing. The fishing vessel Kway Fey was being towed when a Chinese coastguard vessel collided with it, allowing its escape by a 9th crewman.
    (AP, 3/21/16)(AP, 3/23/16)(Econ, 4/16/16, p.34)

2016        Mar 20, An Indonesian military helicopter crashed during a mission to capture Abu Wardah Santoso, the country's most wanted militant, killing 13 people in Central Sulawesi.
    (AP, 3/20/16)(AP, 3/21/16)

2016        Mar 22, Indonesian cabbies clashed with motorbike drivers working for online apps, pulling them off their bikes and assaulting them as thousands of drivers took to the streets of Jakarta calling for a ban on ride-hailing apps like Grab and Uber.
    (Reuters, 3/22/16)

2016        Mar 24, An Indonesian patrol ship fired shots at two Taiwanese vessels suspected of illegal fishing after they ignored repeated warnings to leave Indonesian waters.
    (SFC, 3/25/16, p.A2)

2016        Mar 25, In western Indonesia rioting prisoners started a fire at the Malabero prison in Bengkulu on Sumatra Island. Five inmates were killed.
    (AP, 3/26/16)

2016        Mar 26, The Indonesian the tug Brahma 12 and the Anand 12 barge en route to Batangas province, south of the Philippine capital, were reported hijacked with 10 crew members. On May 1 Abu Sayyaf militants freed the 10 Indonesian crewmen.
    (AP, 3/29/16)(AP, 5/1/16)

2016        Apr 2, In Indonesia a teenage girl was raped and murdered by 14 men. This went largely unnoticed at a national level until social media users began highlighting its brutality. The rape and murder reignited calls for Parliament to pass the Elimination of Sexual Violence Act.
    (AP, 5/3/16)

2016        Apr 7, Two Indonesian military skydivers plunged to their deaths during an airshow rehearsal in Jakarta.
    (AP, 4/7/16)

2016        Apr 12, In Indonesia three Thai fishing captains were detained when they were found operating trawlers under Malaysian flags that were fishing off Kalimantan, Indonesia's part of Borneo island. The captains escaped on May 7 after scaling the wall of their detention center in the middle of the night.
    (AP, 5/17/16)

2016        Apr 17, In eastern Indonesia rain-triggered floods and landslides left six villagers missing in a remote mountainous district of West Papua province.
    (AP, 4/18/16)

2016        Apr 19, Indonesia said it has called for joint maritime patrols with the Philippines and Malaysia, after a spate of kidnappings in waters near the southern Philippines by suspected militants.
    (Reuters, 4/19/16)

2016        May 2, Survivors of Indonesia's anti-communist massacres in 1965 submitted a list of what they say are more than 100 mass graves to the government after the president called for an investigation into the killings.
    (AP, 5/2/16)
2016        May 2, Indonesian police fatally shot Amokrane Sabet (49), a French citizen, after he stabbed a policeman to death while resisting arrest on the resort island of Bali.
    (AP, 5/2/16)

2016        May 5, Indonesia, Malaysia and the Philippines agreed to conduct coordinated maritime patrols after a spate of ship hijackings by Islamist militants in the southern Philippines.
    (Reuters, 5/5/16)

2016        May 9, Indonesia’s VP Jusuf Kalla spoke before the Int’l. Summit of the Moderate Islamic Leaders meeting in Jakarta and called on Islamic leaders to spread messages a tolerant Islam to curb extremism.
    (SFC, 5/10/16, p.A2)

2016        May 16, In western Indonesia rescuers found the bodies of 17 people who were among 20 university students and two guides who went missing in rain-triggered floods and landslides at a popular waterfall. One student was found alive. 4 people remained missing.
    (AP, 5/16/16)

2016        May 21, In Indonesia Mount Sinabung in North Sumatra province blasted volcanic ash as high as 3 km (2 miles) into the sky. At least 7 people were killed while working on their farms in the village of Gamber.
    (AP, 5/22/16)

2016        May 25, Indonesian Pres. Joko Widodo issued a regulation that provides tougher penalties for child rapists, including chemical castration and the death penalty.
    (AP, 5/25/16)

2016        May 27, Indonesia's navy fired shots at a Chinese trawler when it refused to stop fishing in Indonesian waters, and then seized the vessel and its eight crewmembers.
    (AP, 5/30/16)

2016        May 31, Indonesian police detained more than 300 demonstrators who were demanding the release of political prisoners in restive Papua province.
    (AP, 5/31/16)

2016        Jun 3, In Indonesia about a thousand members of hard-line Islamic groups marched in Jakarta to denounce a government plan for an investigation into anti-communist massacres in 1965, saying it would help revive communism in the world's most populous Muslim nation.
    (AP, 6/3/16)

2016        Jun 8, Scientists working in Indonesia reported fossil bones of Homo floriensis dating back some 700,000 years. Earlier remains had dated back to 60k-100k years.
    (SFC, 6/9/16, p.A9)

2016        Jun 15, In Indonesia more than 30 pilot whales began stranding themselves during high tide on the coast of Pesisir village in Probolinggo district in the province of East Java. At least 10 died as a mass rescue operation managed to pull most of the stranded whales into the deep sea.
    (AP, 6/16/16)

2016        Jun 16, Indonesia's central bank cut its benchmark interest rate again by a quarter point to 6.50 percent amid slow and uneven recovery of the global economy.
    (AP, 6/16/16)

2016        Jun 18, The Indonesian navy opened fire at a Chinese fishing boat in the South China Sea, injuring a fisherman and detaining its seven-man crew, for illegally fishing in Indonesian waters.
    (AP, 6/19/16)

2016        Jun 19, Indonesia reported that at least 35 people have been killed by landslides and floods on Java island this weekend with many others missing. By the next day the death toll rose to 47.
    (AP, 6/19/16)(AP, 6/20/16)

2016        Jun 20, Indonesia, Malaysia and the Philippines agreed to designate a transit corridor for commercial vessels crossing a maritime zone hit by a spate of hijackings by Islamist militants in the southern Philippines.
    (Reuters, 6/20/16)
2016        Jun 20, Al Fatihin, an online newspaper published in the Indonesian language and linked to the Islamic State militant group, was launched in the southern Philippines. It was soon distributed in Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, and southern Thailand.
    (Reuters, 7/22/16)

2016        Jun 29, Indonesia's Pres. Joko Widodo ordered an expansion of offshore oil exploration and commercial fishing in the waters near the Natuna Islands, the latest in a new campaign to assert sovereignty over the area in the South China Sea.
    (Reuters, 6/29/16)

2016        Jun, Indonesian authorities broke up a drug-counterfeiting ring that had been operating for more than a decade. At least 28 health care facilities throughout the country, including Jakarta and the tourist resort island of Bali, were suspected of buying fake booster vaccines for hepatitis B, diphtheria, tetanus and whooping cough.
    (Reuters, 7/18/16)

2016        Jul 1, In Indonesia major palm oil producers and traders, including Wilmar and Cargill ditched a "no deforestation" private agreement, saying the government's recent efforts to strengthen its certification standards were sufficient.
    (Reuters, 7/1/16)

2016        Jul 5, An Indonesian suicide bomber believed to be a supporter of the Islamic State militant group attacked a police station in the city of Solo, killing himself and wounding a police officer.
    (Reuters, 7/5/16)

2016        Jul 8, In Indonesia a military helicopter crashed into a house in a village near the city of Yogyakarta, killing 3 of the six people aboard.
    (AP, 7/8/16)

2016        Jul 9, Gunmen kidnapped three Indonesian members of a tugboat crew off Malaysia's eastern state of Sabah. Four other crew members were left behind by the kidnappers who came in a speedboat.
    (Reuters, 7/10/16)

2016        Jul 18, Indonesia began re-vaccinating nearly 200 children who received fake versions of imported inoculations from a drug-counterfeiting ring broken up last month after operating for more than a decade.
    (Reuters, 7/18/16)
2016        Jul 18, Indonesia's most wanted Islamic militant, Abu Wardah Santoso, was one of two militants killed in a shootout in the jungles of Sulawesi island. The other was an extremist known as Mochtar.
    (AP, 7/19/16)

2016        Jul 25, In Indonesia organizers of a recent poll on rape said more than 90 percent of cases go unreported, highlighting the country's "deafening silence" around sexual violence as victims fear being blamed.
    (Reuters, 7/25/16)

2016        Jul, Indonesia began a tax amnesty program. It ended on March 31, 2017, after more than 8,000 tax evaders declared some 4,700 trillion rupiah ($350 billion) in assets previously hidden from authorities.
    (Econ, 4/1/17, p.68)

2016        Aug 1, Indonesian President Joko Widodo urged citizens to take part in the country's new tax amnesty and pledged his government will "go all out" to keep the law behind it from potentially getting blocked in court.
    (Reuters, 8/1/16)

2016        Aug 5, Indonesian police arrested six suspected militants who they believed to be linked to the Islamic State group and plotting a rocket attack on Singapore. The six arrested were suspected of having links to Bahrun Naim, an Indonesian fighting with Islamic State in Syria.
    (Reuters, 8/5/16)

2016        Aug 11, In Indonesia a court ruling found plantation company Sampoerna Agro negligent in relation to fires on 3,000 hectares of its concessions in Riau in 2014, and handed down fines totaling 1.07 trillion rupiah ($81.62 million), the country's largest ever fine for forest fires.
    (Reuters, 8/15/16)

2016        Aug 15, Indonesian authorities seized 657 critically endangered pangolins, known as "scaly anteaters," found hidden in freezers and arrested a man (55) for allegedly breaking wildlife protection laws.
    (AFP, 8/26/16)

2016        Aug 17, Two Indonesians escaped together on Jolo Island, an Abu Sayyaf jungle stronghold, but fled in separate direction as their captors chased them. They were among seven tugboat crewmen who were abducted near Philippine waters in June.
    (AP, 8/18/16)

2016        Aug 19, Indonesia's disaster agency urged prompt action against slash-and-burn plantation fires as the annual smoke "haze" begins to drift across the Malacca Strait to neighboring Malaysia and Singapore.
    (Reuters, 8/19/16)
2016        Aug 19, In Bali, Indonesia, British citizen David Taylor (45) and his Australian girlfriend, Sara Connor (33), were arrested, two days after the bloodied body of traffic police officer Wayan Sudarsa was found on the beach outside the Pullman Hotel in Kuta, a popular tourist area. On August 23 Taylor confessed to bashing the Indonesian man with a beer bottle and leaving him unconscious.
    (AP, 8/23/16)

2016        Aug 21, In Indonesia a small wooden tourist boat capsized in rough seas off Bintan island, south of Singapore. Only two of 17 people survived.
    (AP, 8/22/16)

2016        Aug 26, Singapore's air quality deteriorated to unhealthy levels as winds blew smoke from fires on Sumatra, where millions of people are already affected by haze, across the city-state and into southern Malaysia. Six Indonesian provinces have declared states of emergency.
    (AP, 8/26/16)

2016        Sep 15, It was reported that private banks in Singapore are sharing with local police the names of clients embracing an Indonesian tax amnesty. The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) confirmed in a statement that it has advised local banks to encourage their clients to use tax amnesty programs to regularize their tax affairs.
    (Reuters, 9/15/16)

2016        Oct 17, An Indonesian official said three men were arrested over the weekend for allegedly trading in protected species, with police seizing animal parts including a tiger skin, deer genitalia and pangolin scales.
    (AFP, 10/17/16)

2016        Sep 5, Indonesian police said they had broken up an online male prostitution ring and identified 148 young men and boys, at least one as young as 13, offering sexual services.
    (Reuters, 9/5/16)

2016        Sep 9, Philippine Pres. Rodrigo Duterte gave Indonesian forces the right to pursue pirates into Philippine waters saying: “blow them up."
    (SFC, 9/10/16, p.A2)

2016        Sep 14, Indonesian police captured Muhammad Basri, a senior figure from the East Indonesia Mujahideen militant group, and killed one of the group's members in a joint operation with the military.
    (AP, 9/14/16)
2016        Sep 14, Indonesia said the country’s highest Islamic council has issued a fatwa on burning land and forests in an effort to halt the toxic smog that blankets the region each year.
    (Reuters, 9/14/16)

2016        Sep 15, The European Union said it has admitted Indonesia to a special licensing system it hopes will prevent the illegally felled tropical timber that makes up a substantial part of the country's wood production from being shipped to the 28-nation bloc.
    (AP, 9/15/16)
2016        Sep 15, In Indonesia 2 foreign tourists were killed and about 20 other people were injured in an explosion on a speedboat that was ferrying them from the tourist island of Bali to neighboring Lombok.
    (AP, 9/15/16)

2016        Sep 20, In Indonesia torrential rains triggered floods and landslides on the island of Java, killing at least 19 villagers.
    (AP, 9/21/16)

2016        Sep 22, Indonesian authorities detained a ship carrying an unregistered cargo of nearly 30 tons of fertilizer that may have been intended for use in making illegal fishing bombs.
    (AP, 9/22/16)

2016        Sep 28, BlackBerry, the Canadian firm that helped pioneer the smartphone market, said it will stop making handsets, outsourcing production to an Indonesian partner.
    (AFP, 9/28/16)

2016        Sep 30, It was reported that slum dwellers in Indonesia have launched a landmark legal case to challenge a decades-old law which has been used to forcibly remove thousands of families, amid a wave of evictions in the country's capital. A 1960 law prohibits the use of land without permission from the rightful owner, but land rights advocates argue it has long been invoked in favor of the authorities.
    (Reuters, 9/30/16)

2016        Oct 16, In Indonesia more than 100 multi-colored paragliders filled the sky over Bali island, as they set a new world record for the largest number of gliders flying at the same time.
    (AFP, 10/16/16)

2016        Oct 19, Indonesia, one of the world's biggest greenhouse gas emitters, ratified a landmark climate rescue pact but environmentalists expressed skepticism about the government's plans to limit global warming.
    (AFP, 10/19/16)

2016        Oct 20, Indonesia’s police said Sultan Azianzah (21), a suspected militant who attacked police on the outskirts of Jakarta, has died from gunshot wounds. Azianzah was unemployed and a member of Daulah Islam, a hardline group in Ciamis, West java province.
    (SFC, 10/21/16, p.A2)

2016        Oct 27, In Indonesia a Jakarta court sentenced Jessica Kumala Wongso (28), accused of killing former classmate Wayan Mirna Salihin last January with cyanide-laced coffee, to 20 years in prison, in a dramatic climax to a trial that was broadcast live and became a national spectacle.
    (AP, 10/27/16)

2016        Sep 29, In Indonesia thousands of union members protested in Jakarta demanding an end to a campaign that granted tax amnesty saying it rewards the tax-evading rich.
    (Econ, 10/8/16, p.37)

2016        Oct 30, Indonesia said it will resume some shipments of coal to the Philippines, after a months-long halt due to concerns about piracy in seas between the two archipelagos
    (Reuters, 10/30/16)

2016        Oct 31, In Indonesia a cargo plane carrying four people was reported missing in a remote, mountainous area of easternmost Papua province.
    (AP, 10/31/16)

2016        Nov 2, In Indonesia an overcrowded speedboat carrying workers home from Malaysia capsized off the island of Batam. At least 54 people were killed and 41 survived. After three days 6 people were still missing.
    (AP, 11/2/16)(AP, 11/4/16)

2016        Nov 4, Indonesian police fired tear gas and water cannon to disperse hardline Muslims protesters, after tens of thousands had rallied to demand the resignation of Jakarta Governor Basuki Tjahja Purnama, who they said had insulted the Koran. At least one person was killed. Some Muslim groups have accused Purnama of blasphemy after he said his opponents had deceived voters by attacking him using a verse from the Koran.
    (Reuters, 11/4/16)(AP, 11/4/16)

2016        Nov 5, Two Indonesians were kidnapped from fishing vessels in waters off Malaysia's Sabah state in two separate incidents.
    (Reuters, 11/6/16)

2016        Nov 11, In Indonesia Qienabh Tappii (28) won the country’s Miss Transgender pageant and was crowned Miss Waria Indonesia. Waria is the Indonesian word for transgender. Journalists were notified just a few hours in advance to prevent any attempt by Islamic hardliners to shut down the event.
    (SFC, 11/15/16, p.A2)

2016        Nov 16, Indonesian police named  Basuki "Ahok" Tjahaja Purnama, the Christian governor of Jakarta, as a suspect in a blasphemy investigation in a major test of the Muslim-majority nation's reputation for religious tolerance.
    (AP, 11/16/16)

2016        Nov 17, Indonesia refused to take the blame for the disappearance of at least six British and Dutch World War II shipwrecks -- considered war graves -- that investigators believe could have been salvaged for scrap. It is believed the military wrecks -- lost in 1942 during the Battle of the Java Sea -- were removed by illegal scavengers looking for scrap metal, an effort that could have taken years.
    (AFP, 11/17/16)

2016        Nov 19, In Indonesia thousands of people rallied in Jakarta, calling on fellow citizens not to be divided by political and religious interests.
    (AP, 11/19/16)
2016        Nov 19, Another two Indonesian fishermen were abducted by armed men off Malaysia’s eastern Sabah state on Borneo island, the second such case this month and the latest in a spate of sea attacks.
    (AP, 11/20/16)
2016        Nov 19, The Vietnamese cargo ship MV Thaison 4 and the Indonesian sailboat KM Mulya Sejati, which was carrying 27 people, collided before dawn off Tuban district. At least three people were left dead and 12 others missing.
    (AP, 11/20/16)

2016        Nov 23, An Indonesian court jailed an extremist for nine years for his role in a deadly gun and suicide bombing attack in Jakarta claimed by the Islamic State group. Saiful Muhtorir was found guilty of helping funnel cash to the militants behind the January assault, which killed four civilians and four attackers.
    (AFP, 11/23/16)

2016        Nov 24, Indonesia's military lost contact with an army helicopter carrying four soldiers in Indonesia's part of Borneo. On Nov 27 a search team found the wreckage and rescued an injured pilot. Four people remained missing.
    (AP, 11/24/16)(AP, 11/27/16)

2016        Nov 28, An Indonesian woman screamed in agony as she was caned in Aceh, the latest in a growing number of women to be publicly flogged for breaking the province's strict Islamic laws. Two women and three men were flogged in front of a cheering crowd at a mosque in the provincial capital Banda Aceh.
    (AFP, 11/28/16)

2016        Nov 30, Indonesia's parliament reappointed Setya Novanto as its speaker, reinstating him despite a scandal last year when he was accused of trying to extort $1.8 billion of shares from the local unit of US mining giant Freeport McMoran Inc.
    (Reuters, 11/30/16)
2016        Nov 30, Amnesty International warned that multinational companies are selling consumer products containing palm oil from Indonesian plantations where workers suffer rights abuses, listing problems including child labor and exposure to toxic chemicals.
    (AFP, 11/30/16)

2016        Dec 2, Indonesian police arrested 11 people including prominent citizens for suspected treason and other crimes and said they were planning to use a mass protest in the capital to cause chaos and overthrow the government. Eight of those arrested were released the next day.
    (AP, 12/2/16)(AP, 12/3/16)
2016        Dec 2, In Indonesia at least 200,000 conservative Muslims rallied peacefully in Jakarta in the second major protest against its minority Christian Gov. Basuki "Ahok" Tjahaja Purnama, who is being prosecuted for alleged blasphemy.
    (AP, 12/2/16)
2016        Dec 2, The Dutch government backed a multi-year inquiry into the end of its colonial period in Indonesia in the 1940s, when troops from the Netherlands are accused of massacres in Southeast Asia's largest nation.
    (Reuters, 12/2/16)

2016        Dec 3, An Indonesian police plane lost contact during a flight to the island of Batam near Singapore. All 13 policemen aboard were feared dead.
    (AP, 12/3/16)

2016        Dec 5, Indonesia announced that companies were banned from turning peatlands into palm oil and other types of plantations, and must restore peatlands they have degraded.
    (Reuters, 12/6/16)

2016        Dec 7, In Indonesia a magnitude 6.5 earthquake rocked Aceh province early today, killing more than 100 people and sparking a frantic rescue effort in the rubble of dozens of collapsed and damaged buildings.
    (AP, 12/7/16)(AP, 12/8/16)

2016        Dec 10, Indonesian police safely detonated a bomb in a neighborhood on the outskirts of Jakarta after arresting a female would-be suicide bomber and other suspected Islamic militants who were planning to attack the presidential palace this weekend.
    (AP, 12/10/16)

2016        Dec 16, It was reported that Greenpeace and WWF have suspended their relationship with Asia Pacific Resources International (April), one of Indonesia's leading pulp and paper companies, saying it didn't live up to promises to improve its environmental record.   
    (AP, 12/16/16)
2016        Dec 16, A World Trade Organization dispute panel ruled that the EU had been largely within its rights to impose anti-dumping duties on Indonesian fatty alcohols, rejecting most of Indonesia's complaint at the Geneva-based trade body.
    (Reuters, 12/16/16)

2016        Dec 18, An Indonesian military transport plane crashed in bad weather in the country's easternmost province of Papua, killing all 13 people on board.
    (AP, 12/18/16)

2016        Dec 21, Indonesian anti-terrorism police killed three suspects in a gunfight on the outskirts of the capital, Jakarta, and foiled a suicide bomb plot.
    (Reuters, 12/21/16)

2016        Dec 25, In Indonesia members of the elite anti-terrorism squad fatally shot two suspected militants and arrested two others during a raid on the main island of Java.
    (AP, 12/25/16)

2016        Dec 30, President Joko Widodo announced that Indonesia would return 13,000 hectares of customary lands to nine indigenous communities, and committed to giving back a total of 12.7 million hectares to local and indigenous groups.
    (Reuters, 1/11/17)

2016        The population of Indonesia was about 261 million, half of whom were under 30.
    (Econ, 12/10/16, p.42)

2017        Jan 1, In Indonesia a massive fire erupted in a boat carrying hundreds of local tourists to an island north of Jakarta, leaving at least 23 dead and 17 injured. Another 17 people were missing and 194 were rescued following the blaze on the Zahro Express.
    (AFP, 1/1/17)

2017        Jan 5, An Indonesian government minister clarified that the country was suspending only part of its military cooperation with Australia, as that country promised its investigation of an alleged insult of Indonesian beliefs was nearly complete. Australian Defense Minister Marise Payne said the issue began in November, after an Indonesian military officer raised concerns about teaching materials and remarks made at an army language-training facility in western Australia.
    (AP, 1/5/17)

2017        Jan 15, Indonesia and Japan said they have agreed to step up maritime security and start discussions on a major railway project to link the Southeast Asian nation's capital and second-biggest city.
    (Reuters, 1/15/17)

2017        Jan 23, The bodies of 10 people believed to be Indonesian migrants were found washed ashore in Malaysia not far from a capsized boat. 2 Indonesians were rescued.
    (AP, 1/23/17)

2017        Jan 26, In Indonesia a deputy chairwoman of the independent Corruption Eradication Commission, Basaria Panjaitan, announced that Constitutional Court Judge Patrialis Akbar and 10 other people were caught "red-handed" in an anti-graft sting.
    (AP, 1/26/17)

2017        Feb 11, In Indonesia tens of thousands gathered at the national mosque in Jakarta for mass prayers urging people to vote for a Muslim governor of the city as the country prepares for regional elections next week.
    (AP, 2/11/17)
2017        Feb 11, Indonesian officials said up to 40,000 people were caught in severe flooding following days of torrential rain in West Nusa Tenggara province. The death toll from landslides on Bali resort island rose to 13.
    (AP, 2/11/17)

2017        Feb 15, Indonesia held local elections. In Jakarta Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, a Christian of Chinese descent also known as Ahok, won with 43% of the vote, forcing him into a runoff against Anies Baswedan on April 19.
    (Econ, 2/18/17, p.33)

2017        Feb 17, Indonesia's national police chief said Siti Aisyah, the Indonesian woman arrested for suspected involvement in the killing of the North Korean leader's half-brother in Malaysia, was duped into thinking she was part of a comedy show prank.
    (AP, 2/17/17)

2017        Feb 26, Australia and Indonesia said that full military ties between the two countries had been restored, after Indonesia’s military suspended cooperation in January because of "insulting" teaching material found at an Australian base.
    (Reuters, 2/26/17)

2017        Mar 1, Indonesia and Saudi Arabia signed agreements in areas ranging from trade to aviation as the kingdom's monarch visited the world's most populous Muslim-majority country for the first time in almost half a century.
    (AFP, 3/1/17)

2017        Mar 15, Indonesia's government said that a British-owned cruise ship must pay compensation for the destruction of coral reefs in a popular tourist area known for its extensive marine biodiversity. The 4,200-ton cruise ship M.V. Caledonian Sky ran aground in the waters of Raja Ampat in West Papua province last week, causing extensive damage to the coral reefs.
    (AP, 3/15/17)

2017        Mar 16, An Indonesian court sentenced people-smuggling kingpin Abraham Louhenapessy, known as Captain Bram, to six years in jail for organizing a trip for migrants to New Zealand in early 2015.
    (AP, 3/16/17)

2017        Mar 23, Indonesian police killed a suspected radical and detained three during a counter-terrorism operation in an industrial area just hours away from Jakarta.
    (Reuters, 3/23/17)

2017        Mar 26, Indonesian farmer Akbar (25) failed to return home from a trip to the family's plantation on Sulawesi Island. His body was found the next day inside the belly of a giant python.
    (AFP, 3/29/17)

2017        Mar 29, Indonesian residents in a neighborhood of Banda Aceh, reported two men, aged 23 and 20, to police for having gay sex. If found guilty, the men will be the first to be caned for gay sex under a new code implemented two years ago.
    (AP, 4/8/17)

2017        Apr 1, In Indonesia rescuers searched for more than three dozen people who were missing after a rain-triggered landslide struck a village on the main island of Java. Three were found over the next few days. 28-38 villagers remained missing.
    (AP, 4/1/17)(SSFC, 4/2/17, p.A4)(AP, 4/3/17)
2017        Apr 1, Indonesian authorities destroyed 81 foreign ships after seizing the vessels for fishing illegally in the country's waters. Most of the vessels were from Vietnam, the Philippines, Malaysia and Thailand.
    (AP, 4/2/17)

2017        Apr 4, Indonesian police saved a young sun bear, a clouded leopard and a baby orangutan from the wildlife trade after a tip from conservationists who tracked the illegal activities through Instagram. Abdul Malik was arrested in a raid on his southern Jakarta house where the animals were found caged.
    (AP, 4/4/17)

2017        Apr 7, Indonesian counter-terrorism police arrested three suspected militants who were planning to attack a police station in East Java.
    (AP, 4/8/17)

2017        Apr 8, Indonesian police killed six suspected Islamic militants in a gun battle that followed a failed attack in East Java.
    (AP, 4/8/17)

2017        Apr 19, Former Indonesian education minister Anies Baswedan won the race for Jakarta governor after a polarizing campaign. Baswedan won with 58% of the votes versus 42% for Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, known by his Chinese nickname as "Ahok", based on 100 percent of the votes in an unofficial "quick count" by Indikator Politik.
    (Reuters, 4/19/17)

2017        Apr 27, In Indonesia female Islamic clerics declared a series of fatwas, including one to tackle child marriage, a rare example of women taking a leading religious role in the Muslim-majority country.
    (AFP, 4/27/17)

2017        Apr 28, In Manila the leaders of Indonesia and the Philippines pledged to boost bilateral ties and launch maritime patrols of their sea border to prevent kidnappings.
    (AP, 4/28/17)

2017        Apr 29, In Indonesia torrential rain triggered flooding in the villages in the Central Java district of Magelang. Thirteen people died in flash floods that inundated five villages on Java island.
    (AP, 5/2/17)

2017        Apr 30, In Indonesia a multiple car collision involving a tour bus killed at least 11 people on Java island.
    (AP, 4/30/17)

2017        May 5, In Indonesia scores of prisoners escaped after they were let out of their cells to take part in Friday prayers and overwhelmed the six guards on duty on Sumatra island. Police estimated the number of prisoners who escaped at 200 to 250, of whom 130 had been recaptured.
    (AP, 5/5/17)

2017        May 8, Top Indonesian security minister Wiranto said President Joko Widodo has ordered the dissolution of Hizbut Tahrir Indonesia (HTI), a hard-line Islamic group that seeks a global caliphate for Muslim nations and was behind massive blasphemy protests in Jakarta.
    (AP, 5/8/17)

2017        May 9, In Indonesia Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, Jakarta's Christian governor, was sentenced to two years in jail for blasphemy, a harsher-than-expected ruling critics fear will embolden hardline Islamist forces to challenge secularism in Indonesia.
    (Reuters, 5/9/17)

2017        May 10, The Philippine navy welcomed a second Indonesian-made amphibious landing dock as part of the military's modernization program.
    (AP, 5/10/17)

2017        May 17, Four Indonesian soldiers were killed and 8 wounded after they were hit by accidental artillery fire during a rapid response training exercise in the Natuna islands north of Borneo in the South China Sea.
    (Reuters, 5/17/17)
2017        May 17, An Islamic Shariah court in Indonesia's conservative Aceh province sentenced two gay men to public caning for the first time. The court said each would receive 85 lashes for having sexual relations.
    (AP, 5/17/17)

2017        May 19, The Indonesian passenger ferry Mutiara Sentosa 1 ferry that caught fire in the Java Sea, killing at least five people. 193 people were rescued and the number of missing was unclear.
    (AP, 5/20/17)
2017        May 19, Standard & Poor's raised Indonesia's sovereign credit rating to investment grade to “BBB minus" in recognition of a stable governing coalition and improved control over government finances.
    (AP, 5/19/17)

2017        May 21, Indonesian police detained 141 men for questioning in a raid this evening on a gay gym and sauna in north Jakarta.
    (AP, 5/21/17)

2017        May 23, In Indonesia two gay men were publicly caned 83 times in Aceh province after a remission for time spent in prison. On May 17 a court said each would receive 85 lashes for having sexual relations. Four heterosexual couples also were caned, receiving a far lesser number of strokes for affection outside marriage.
    (AP, 5/23/17)

2017        May 24, Indonesian police in West Java said they have set up a task force to investigate activities by gays in the country's most populous province.
    (AP, 5/24/17)
2017        May 24, In Indonesia twin suicide bombings targeting police killed three officers, in the deadliest attack by suspected militants in Jakarta in a year. On May 26 three suspects were arrested for alleged involvement in the bombings.
    (AP, 5/25/17)    (AP, 5/26/17)

2017        May 27, Indonesia deported Australian drug smuggler Schapelle Corby, whose trial and imprisonment on the tourist island of Bali mesmerized her homeland following her arrest in 2004.
    (AP, 5/27/17)

2017        Jun 7, In Indonesia six Islamic militants accused by police of plotting to fire a rocket at downtown Singapore from a nearby island were sentenced to prison on charges of harboring and training extremists. The six men were arrested last year on Batam island, about 25 km (15 miles) southeast of Singapore.
    (AP, 6/7/17)

2017        Jun 13, In Indonesia dozens of inmates swam to freedom from a flooded jail after one of its walls collapsed. At least 32 inmates escaped in Jambi city on western Sumatra island late today by swimming through the floodwaters after they smashed through the wall. Most were recaptured but about 10 are believed to still be on the run.
    (AFP, 6/14/17)

2017        Jun 14, Indonesian authorities said they have arrested two suspected wildlife smugglers after a raid on a port warehouse in Sumatra uncovered more than 200 pangolins, many of them dead from stress and dehydration.
    (AP, 6/14/17)

2017        Jun 19, In Indonesia four foreign inmates escaped early today from a prison on the resort island of Bali.
    (AP, 6/19/17)

2017        Jun 22, East Timor police captured Bulgarian Dimitar Nikolov Iliev and Indian Sayed Mohammed Said, who had escaped from a prison on the Indonesian island of Bali this week by crawling through a tunnel under the walls.
    (Reuters, 6/22/17)
2017        Jun 22, In Manila security officials from the Philippines, Indonesia and Malaysia agreed to closely cooperate to halt the flow of militants, weapons, funds and extremist propaganda across their borders.
    (AP, 6/22/17)

2017        Jun 25, In western Indonesia two suspected militants attacked a provincial police headquarters in Medan, leaving an officer and an assailant dead during Islam's most important holiday, the first day of the Eid al-Fitr holiday, which marks the end of the fasting month of Ramadan.
    (AP, 6/25/17)

2017        Jun 26, Indonesian officials said authorities have issued a travel ban against billionaire Hary Tanoesoedibjo, the Indonesian business partner of US President Donald Trump, after he was accused of threatening a deputy attorney general.
    (AP, 6/26/17)

2017        Jul 2, In Indonesia a helicopter carrying crashed while on the way to help with evacuations near a volcano that erupted on the main island of Java. All eight people aboard were killed.
    (AP, 7/2/17)(SFC, 7/3/17, p.A2)

2017        Jul 5, In Indonesia a Pilatus Porter PC-6 from PT Associated Mission Aviation went missing on a short flight from Wamena. Five people aboard a plane were killed.
    (AP, 7/6/17)

2017        Jul 10, Indonesia’s Pres. Joko Widodo signed a decree allowing the government to ban organizations with goals at odds with the constitution.
    (Econ 7/22/17, p.30)

2017        Jul 15, Indonesia’s Ministry of Communications and Information Technology said that it was preparing for the total closure of the Telegram app in Indonesia, where it has several million users, if it didn't develop procedures to block unlawful content.
    (AP, 7/16/17)

2017        Jul 16, The encrypted messaging app Telegram said it is forming a team of moderators who are familiar with Indonesian culture and language so it can remove "terrorist-related content" faster, after Indonesia limited access to the app and threatened a total ban. Pavel Durov and his brother Nikolai founded the app in 2013.
    (AP, 7/16/17)

2017        Jul 17, Indonesia's anti-graft agency named speaker of Parliament Setya Novanto as a suspect in a corruption scandal in which officials allegedly pocketed more than $170 million in government money.
    (AP, 7/17/17)

2017        Jul 18, In Indonesia conservative Islamic groups protested in Jakarta denouncing President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo's attempt to ban radical organizations.
    (AP, 7/18/17)

2017        Jul 19, Indonesia’s Pres. Joko Widodo banned Hizbut Tahrir, an Islamic organization that wants to establish a global caliphate, under a new presidential decree criticized as draconian by rights groups.
    (AP, 7/19/17)(Econ 7/22/17, p.30)

2017        Jul 21, Indonesia's President Joko Widodo instructed law enforcement officers to shoot drug traffickers to deal with a narcotics emergency facing the country.
    (AP, 7/22/17)

2017        Jul 25, In Indonesiaa speed boat capsized off Borneo island, killing at least 10 people with several others believed missing.
    (Reuters, 7/25/17)

2017        Jul 26, Indonesian officials said five provinces have declared states of emergency as peatlands burn in Aceh and the risk of fires spreading elsewhere increases during the annual dry season.
    (AP, 7/26/17)

2017        Jul 29, In Indonesia a six-nation summit co-hosted by Indonesia and Australia agreed to set up a forum to strengthen cooperation between intelligence services to counter extremist threats in Southeast Asia. Security ministers and officials from Indonesia, Australia, Malaysia, Brunei, the Philippines and New Zealand held a one-day meeting in Manado.
    (AP, 7/29/17)

2017        Jul 31, Indonesian police said they have detained 148 Chinese nationals and some Indonesians over the weekend accused of carrying out a sophisticated scam that netted around $450 million by tricking their compatriots into paying to make legal cases go away.
    (Reuters, 7/31/17)

2017        Jul, In Indonesia a brightly-painted statue of Guan Yu, a former general who is worshipped by some Chinese, was inaugurated in a temple complex in the fishing town of Tuban and is claimed to be Southeast Asia's tallest such representation of the deity. In August Muslim and nationalist protesters called for the 30-meter-tall (100-ft) statue in the East Java town to be torn down.
    (Reuters, 8/11/17)

2017        Aug 1, Indonesia and encrypted messaging service Telegram said they have agreed to establish better procedures to stamp out distribution of terrorist propaganda on the platform. Indonesian authorities blocked access to some Telegram channels last month, saying it had several forums that were "full of radical and terrorist propaganda".
    (Reuters, 8/1/17)
2017        Aug 1, Indonesian police opened fire on indigenous Papuan villagers, killing one person and wounding several others, including two children, during a confrontation that erupted after workers at a company in the remote area refused to take a dying villager to a hospital.
    (AP, 8/2/17)

2017        Aug 2, An Indonesian court on Borneo island jailed a man for eight months after he grew medicinal marijuana to help ease the suffering of his cancer-stricken wife, who died shortly after his arrest.
    (Reuters, 8/2/17)

2017        Aug 3, Indonesia sent 143 suspects to either the Chinese cities of Chengdu or Tianjin. Taiwan protested to Indonesia for sending more than 100 telecoms fraud suspects, including 22 Taiwan nationals, to China.
    (Reuters, 8/3/17)

2017        Aug 4, A district in central Indonesia said it has invited the army, police and local hunters to help battle bands of wild long-tailed macaque monkeys, which were raiding plantations and attacking villagers in Boyolali district in central Java.
    (AP, 8/4/17)

2017        Aug 7, Indonesia said that it will barter coffee, palm oil and other commodities for 11 Russian-made Sukhoi fighter jets, calling US and European sanctions against Russia an opportunity to boost the Southeast Asian nation's trade.
    (AP, 8/7/17)

2017        Aug 10, In Los Angeles Yohanes Marliem died in West Hollywood after a standoff with police involving several hostages. He was a witness in a graft investigation implicating dozens of politicians in Indonesia.
    (Reuters, 8/12/17)

2017        Aug 15, Indonesian police arrested five suspected Islamist militants and seized chemicals near Jakarta, that they said were being used to make bombs for attacks on the presidential palace at the end of August.
    (Reuters, 8/15/17)

2017        Aug 24, Indonesian police said three people were arrested this week on suspicion of being part of a syndicate being paid to spread incendiary material online through social media. The material involved religious and ethnic issues and posts defamatory to government officials.
    (Reuters, 8/24/17)

2017        Sep 4, A former Indonesian Constitutional Court judge was jailed for eight years for accepting bribes to influence court rulings. Patrialis Akbar, the second constitutional court judge to be convicted of corruption in three years, was also fined 300 million rupiah ($22,500).
    (Reuters, 9/4/17)

2017        Sep 6, Thousands of Indonesians, led by Islamist groups, held a rally near the Myanmar embassy in Jakarta to protest against the treatment of Rohingya Muslims and demand the snapping of ties between the two countries.
    (Reuters, 9/6/17)
2017        Sep 6, In Switzerland West Papua separatist leaders marched in Geneva and said would press their case with a petition to the United Nations in New York. They said the people of West Papua are facing a "slow motion genocide" and demand independence from Indonesia.
    (Reuters, 9/6/17)

2017        Sep 22, In Indonesia thousands of residents were evacuated from villages near Mount Agung, an active volcano, on the island of Bali, as the alert status was raised to the highest level, meaning an eruption could be imminent.
    (Reuters, 9/22/17)(SSFC, 9/24/17 p.A2)

2017        Sep 25, An Indonesian court sentenced Juhanda, an Islamic State group sympathizer, to life imprisonment for an attack last November on a church in Borneo that killed a 2-year-old girl and injured three other children. In a separate trial four co-conspirators (Supriyadi, Ahmad Dani, Rahmad and Joko Sugito) were sentenced to prison terms ranging from six to seven years.
    (AP, 9/25/17)

2017        Sep 26, Indonesia’s country's disaster agency said warnings that the Mount Agung volcano on the island of Bali will erupt have sparked an exodus of more than 75,000 people that is likely to continue to swell.
    (AP, 9/26/17)

2017        Sep 27, In Indonesia the exodus from the menacing Mount Agung volcano on Bali neared 100,000 people, as hundreds of tremors from the mountain were recorded daily.
    (AP, 9/27/17)

2017        Sep 28, Indonesia said it is set to end a moratorium on a $40-billion land reclamation project involving 17 artificial islands off the northern coast of the capital Jakarta. The ban was slapped on the project in April 2016 amid a bribery investigation by the anti-corruption agency and opposition from environmentalists.
    (Reuters, 9/28/17)

2017        Oct 6, In Indonesia dozens of men, including several foreigners, were arrested in a raid of a gay sauna in Jakarta, as lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people faced increased hostility in the world's most-populous Muslim nation.
    (AP, 10/7/17)

2017        Oct 11, Pope Francis accepted the resignation of Bishop Hubertus Leteng (58) of Indonesia's Ruteng diocese. Leteng resigned following reports that he had a mistress and siphoned off more than $100,000 in church funds.
    (AP, 10/11/17)

2017        Oct 13, The UN human rights office said Azerbaijan, Egypt and Indonesia have all unjustly arrested dozens of people during anti-gay crackdowns in recent weeks, subjecting many to mistreatment in custody.
    (Reuters, 10/13/17)

2017        Oct 17, Thousands of files from the US Embassy in Jakarta covering 1963-66 were made public after a declassification review that began under the Obama administration. They revealed new details of US government knowledge and support of an Indonesian army extermination campaign that killed several hundred thousand civilians during anti-communist hysteria in the mid-1960s.
    (AP, 10/17/17)
2017        Oct 17, In Indonesia Asia Pacific Resources International Limited (APRIL) suspended forestry operations at its pulp and paper subsidiary after the government canceled a long-term work plan citing environmental non-compliance.
    (Reuters, 10/21/17)

2017        Oct 21, In eastern Indonesia gunmen launched attacks near a US-owned gold and copper mine, wounding two policemen and a civilian. Freeport Indonesia is a unit of Phoenix, Arizona-based Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold Inc. The gunmen were said to be from the Free Papua Movement.
    (AP, 10/21/17)
2017        Oct 21, US Customs and Border Protection agency refused entry to Indonesia’s military chief General Gatot Nurmantyo. He was due to attend a conference in Washington at the request of General Joseph F. Dunford, chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff. Earlier this year Nurmantyo abruptly suspended all military cooperation with Australia in a row over teaching materials, and has been rebuked by members of Widodo's cabinet for making misleading public remarks.
    (AFP, 10/22/17)

2017        Oct 24, Indonesia’s parliament endorsed a presidential decree that gives officials sweeping powers to ban organizations deemed as threats to national unity. The decree was signed in July by President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo.
    (AP, 10/24/17)
2017        Oct 24, Indonesian government officials said Asia Pacific Resources International Ltd (APRIL) can resume forestry operations at its pulp and paper subsidiary, amid a dispute over environmental rules.
    (Reuters, 10/24/17)

2017        Oct 26, In Indonesia an explosion and inferno at a fireworks factory in Tangerang, a city in Banten province on the western outskirts of Jakarta, killed at least 47 people, most of them female workers who were apparently locked inside.
    (AP, 10/26/17)

2017        Oct 28, Indonesian police said that the inferno at a firework factory near Jakarta that killed 48 people on Oct. 26 was started by sparks from a welder's torch.
    (AP, 10/28/17)

2017        Oct 30, In Indonesia Jakarta city officials said the Alexis Hotel and spa complex, describes it as a “dreamland for men," has been closed down for alleged vice. Islamist groups in the Muslim-majority country had urged Jakarta's governor to act on a campaign pledge to shut the premises.
    (Reuters, 10/30/17)
2017        Oct 30, Police in eastern Indonesia killed two suspected militants believed to have been involved in the Sept. 11 shooting of two law enforcement officers who had just taken their children to school in Bima. Nine others were arrested on Nov. 1. The arrested men were said to be members of militant group named Jemaah Anshorut Tauhid, a splinter cell of the Southeast Asian network Jemaah Islamiyah.
    (AP, 11/2/17)

2017        Oct 31, In Indonesia a magnitude-6.3 quake was centered about 32 km (20 miles) west-southwest of Hila, a town on Ambon, the main island in Maluku.
    (AP, 10/31/17)

2017        Nov 2, Researchers said a new species of orangutan has been discovered in the remote jungles of Indonesia, immediately becoming the world's most endangered great ape. The species, called 'Tapanuli orangutan', lives in the Batang Toru forest on Sumatra island, and numbers only about 800 in total.
    (AFP, 11/3/17)

2017        Nov 3, In Indonesia the corpse of Robert Gilhooad (80) of the Netherlands was found at his rental property in Jimbaran, a resort area in the southern part of Bali. Two suspects were later detained in connection with the crime.
    (AFP, 11/12/17)

2017        Nov 4, Indonesia's first international gallery of contemporary art, the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Nusantara (Museum MACAN), opened, bringing together works by Ai Weiwei, Mark Rothko and Indonesian masters in a freeflowing modern space overlooking the Jakarta skyline. Its nearly 800 paintings and sculptures were mostly acquired by businessman Haryanto Adikoesoemo over the past 25 years.
    (AFP, 11/3/17)

2017        Nov 7, Indonesia's top court overturned a law that denied recognition and legal rights to followers of indigenous faiths in a surprise advance for religious freedom in the world's most populous Muslim nation. It said articles in the 2013 Civil Administration Law were discriminatory and violated the principle of equality before the law.
    (AP, 11/7/17)

2017        Nov 8, Indonesian authorities detained a Malaysian man (30) at the Bali airport with 3 grams (0.1 ounces) of marijuana and 0.65 grams (0.02 ounces) of cocaine.
    (AP, 12/19/17)

2017        Nov 9, Indonesian police said that gunmen have occupied two villages in easternmost Papua province near a US-owned gold and copper mine in a possible escalation of a separatist conflict in the region.
    (AP, 11/9/17)

2017        Nov 10, Indonesia's speaker of parliament, Setya Novanto, was named for a second time as a suspect in a huge embezzlement case involving electronic identity cards that caused state losses of more than $170 million.
    (AP, 11/10/17)

2017        Nov 12, The Indonesian unit of Freeport-McMoRan Inc said it has temporarily shut the main supply route to its Papua mine after a shooting incident. A string of shootings since Aug. 17 have killed one police officer and wounded six.
    (Reuters, 11/12/17)
2017        Nov 12, Indonesian police fatally shot two men suspected of burning down a remote police station on Sumatra island. The fire had totally destroyed the main building of the Dharmasraya police station.
    (AP, 11/12/17)

2017        Nov 15, An Indonesian police officer was killed and a second wounded, after both were shot in the back in an area near Freeport-McMoRan Inc's giant Grasberg copper mine in the eastern province of Papua.
    (Reuters, 11/15/17)

2017        Nov 22, Human Rights Watch said Indonesia’s military and police continue to perform abusive virginity tests on female recruits three years after the WHO declared they had no scientific validity.
    (SFC, 11/22/17, p.A2)

2017        Nov 23, The Indonesian basketball league said eight Indonesian pro-basketball players and a team official have been banned for life over match fixing, reportedly to help their cash-strapped squad pay salaries.
    (AFP, 11/23/17)

2017        Nov 25, Indonesia’s Mount Agung volcano on island of Bali erupted for a second time in less than a week, sending a grey-black plume of ash and steam at least 1,500 meters into the sky and leading several airlines to change flight plans.
    (Reuters, 11/25/17)

2017        Nov 26, Indonesian and regional authorities heightened flight warnings around Bali's Mount Agung as the volcano's eruptions sent a plume of volcanic ash and steam more than 6,000 meters into the skies above the popular holiday island.
    (Reuters, 11/26/17)

2017        Nov 27, In Indonesia nearly two dozen villages were emptied of their inhabitants, including farmers reluctant to leave precious livestock behind as so-called cold lava flows appeared on Bali’s Mount Agung.
    (AP, 11/27/17)

2017        Nov 28, In Indonesia Mount Agung continued to erupt on Bali, spitting ash 4,000 meters (2 ½ miles) high and stranding tens of thousands of tourists for a second day.
    (AP, 11/28/17)

2017        Nov 30, Indonesian authorities detained an American citizen as he was picking up a package containing 336.6 grams (12 ounces) of marijuana at a post office.
    (AP, 12/19/17)

2017        Nov, Indonesian officials in Bali declared a "garbage emergency" across a six-km (3.7-mile) stretch of coast that included popular beaches Jimbaran, Kuta and Seminyak.
    (AFP, 12/28/17)

2017        Dec 2, Airlines canceled more flights departing the Indonesian holiday island of Bali, citing forecasts of deteriorating flying conditions due to a risk of volcanic ash from the erupting Mount Agung volcano.
    (Reuters, 12/2/17)

2017        Dec 4, Indonesian authorities detained Australian Isaac Emmanuel Roberts (35) at Bali's airport for carrying 19.9 grams (0.7 ounces) of methamphetamine and 6.2 grams (0.2 ounces) of the party drug ecstasy.
    (AP, 12/19/17)

2017        Dec 10, In Indonesia thousands protested outside the US Embassy in Jakarta against US Pres. Donald Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital.
    (AP, 12/10/17)

2017        Dec 11, Two Indonesian assembly members said The speaker of parliament, who is being investigated for his suspected involvement in a $170 million graft scandal, has tendered his resignation. Setya Novanto was arrested last month over his suspected role in the scandal linked to a national electronic identity card scheme.
    (Reuters, 12/11/17)
2017        Dec 11, Indonesian activists burned US and Israeli flags in front of the American embassy in Jakarta in a fourth day of protests in Indonesia against President Donald Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital.
    (AP, 12/11/17)
2017        Dec 11, Indonesian police searched for American citizen Christian Beasley (32), who escaped from an overcrowded and understaffed prison on the resort island of Bali. He had been arrested in August at a post office in the Kuta tourist area of Bali with a package containing 5.7 grams of hashish. On Dec. 16 authorities recaptured Beasley in an alley near a beach on Lombok after a five-day manhunt.
    (AP, 12/11/17)(AP, 12/17/17)
2017        Dec 11, It was reported that Indonesia is immunizing millions of children and teenagers against diphtheria after the disease killed 38 people, mostly children, since January.
    (AP, 12/11/17)

2017        Dec 13, Indonesian prosecutors charged former parliament speaker Setya Novanto in connection with a $170 million graft scandal after he held up proceedings for hours at the opening of his trial, saying he was ill.
    (AP, 12/13/17)

2017        Dec 14, It was reported that the Indonesia Asbestos Ban Network (INA-BAN) estimates at least 4,000 people are directly involved in the manufacturing of asbestos products, but that does not include contract and other non-permanent employees or construction workers.
    (AFP, 12/14/17)

2017        Dec 15, An Indonesian court sentenced 10 men arrested in a raid at a gay club and sauna to between two and three years in prison.
    (AP, 12/15/17)
2017        Dec 15, In Indonesia a magnitude 6.5 earthquake shook Java island, killing two people and severely damaging dozens of homes near the epicenter.
    (AP, 12/16/17)

2017        Dec 17, In Indonesia Muslim clerics in Jakarta called for a boycott of American products in the country’s largest protest against President Donald Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital. An estimated 80,000 people rallied in the capital of the world's largest Muslim nation in the 10th straight day of protests.
    (AP, 12/17/17)

2017        Dec 18, In Indonesia eight people were found dead after being buried in a landslide while excavating a sand pit on the island of Java.
    (AP, 12/18/17)

2017        Dec 20, The environmental group Greenpeace called for an investigation into the relationship between paper giant Sinarmas and its wood suppliers after The Associated Press found substantial ties between them despite the Indonesian conglomerate's assertions the suppliers are independent.
    (AP, 12/20/17)

2017        Dec 21, Hong Kong woman Law Wan-tung, jailed for six years for starving and beating Erwiana Sulistyaningsih, her Indonesian domestic helper, was ordered by a court to pay more than $100,000 in damages for the "inhumane" abuse.
    (AP, 12/21/17)

2017        Dec 22, In Indonesia the remains of a pregnant elephant, already dead for about ten days, was found in a palm oil plantation in Aceh on Sumatra island, in what authorities suspect was a deliberate poisoning.
    (AFP, 12/27/17)

2018        Jan 1, In Indonesia a speedboat carrying 51 people capsized off of Borneo island, killing at least eight in North Kalimantan province. Rescuers found 42 survivors and searched for one man still missing.
    (AP, 1/1/18)(AP, 1/2/18)

2018        Jan 12, In Indonesia some 200 protesters organized by the Islamic Defenders Front (FPI) marched in Jakarta to protest Facebook's blocking of accounts belonging to their group. The group has a long record of vandalizing nightspots, hurling stones at Western embassies and attacking rival religious groups.
    (AP, 1/12/18)

2018        Jan 15, In Indonesia the mezzanine floor inside the Jakarta Stock Exchange tower collapsed, injuring nearly 80 people and forcing a chaotic evacuation.
    (AP, 1/15/18)
2018        Jan 15, In Indonesia a Bornean orangutan, a critically endangered species, was been found stabbed to death in Central Kalimantan province. The World Wildlife Fund estimates there are 104,700 Bornean orangutans left in the world. A necropsy carried out by police and the Center for Orangutan Protection found 17 air rifle bullets in the male orangutan corpse. It had died three days earlier from air rifle wounds before it was decapitated.
    (Reuters, 1/16/18)(Reuters, 1/20/18)

2018        Jan 19, In the Philippines two Indonesian fishermen, identified as La Utu bin Raali and La Hadi bi La Adi, from the Wakatobi islands in Southeast Sulawesi province, were freed in the southern province of Sulu. They were kidnapped November 5, 2016, from different fishing boats in waters off Sabah, Malaysia.
    (AP, 1/20/18)

2018        Jan 23, In Indonesia a magnitude 6.0 earthquake shook the island of Java, killing at least one person and damaging hundreds of homes.
    (AP, 1/23/18)

2018        Jan 25, In Indonesia a survey showed that nearly 90 percent of Indonesians who understand the term LGBT feel "threatened" by the community and believe their religion forbids same-sex relations.
    (Reuters, 1/25/18)

2018        Jan 27, Indonesian President Joko Widodo arrived in Bangladesh on a two-day visit to discuss bilateral issues and visit sprawling refugee camps for hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims who have fled Myanmar.
    (AP, 1/27/18)

2018        Jan 29, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani welcomed his counterpart from Indonesia, President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo, as he arrived in Kabul for an official visit.
    (AP, 1/29/18)

2018        Feb 2, In Indonesia Muslims in the conservative and semiautonomous Aceh province protested an investigation into local police who rounded up and publicly humiliated transgender women. Videos circulated online showed that police had forced 12 transgender women to dress as men, shaved their heads and berated them about not being masculine.
    (AP, 2/2/18)

2018        Feb 4, In Indonesia villagers spotted a wounded orangutan in a lake in the Kutai Timur district, East Kalimantan province. The male orangutan had been shot at least 130 times with an air gun and was apparently stabbed and clubbed. He died in a hospital on Feb 6 in the second known killing of a critically endangered orangutan this year. Police later arrested four farmers and a 13-year-old boy who admitted they stabbed, clubbed and shot the orangutan to protect their pineapple crop.
    (AP, 2/7/18)(AP, 2/19/18)

2018        Feb 6, An Indonesian court sentenced an Islamic militant to 10 years in prison after finding him guilty of procuring weapons for his network to use in attacks. Suryadi Mas'ud (45) was arrested in March along with three other suspected militants who according to police were trying to establish a jihadist training camp in eastern Indonesia.
    (AP, 2/6/18)

2018        Feb 9, Indonesia's navy seized more than a ton of crystal methamphetamine and arrested four Taiwanese crew members in a major drug bust. The boat crew told the military they planned to bring the drugs to Australia.
    (AFP, 2/10/18)

2018        Feb 10, In Indonesia a bus plunged from a hill and killed at least 27 people on the island of Java.
    (SSFC, 2/11/18, p.A4)

2018        Feb 11, Police in Indonesia shot and wounded a sword-wielding man (22) who attacked a church congregation during Sunday Mass in Yogyakarta, injuring four people, including a German priest.
    (AP, 2/11/18)

2018        Feb 12, Malaysian police said three members of a Malaysian family have been detained in the death of their Indonesian maid, who suffered injuries and was forced to sleep outside on a porch with the family's dog. Adelina Lisao (26) had died a day earlier. The alleged maid abuse prompted calls by activists and lawmakers for better laws to safeguard migrant workers.
    (AP, 2/12/18)   

2018        Feb 19, Indonesia’s Mount Sinabung on the island of Sumatra shot billowing columns of ash more than 5,000 meters (16,400 feet) into the atmosphere and hot clouds down its slopes.
    (AP, 2/19/18)

2018        Feb 20, Indonesia seized a record 1.6 tons of crystal methamphetamine from a ship off the northern island of Batam, the second major drug bust this month.
    (Reuters, 2/20/18)

2018        Feb 21, Malaysian prosecutors charged a 60-year-old woman with murdering Adelina Lisao (28), an Indonesian domestic helper, who was found with bruises on her face and died from her injuries. M.A. Ambika was charged with murder, while her daughter was charged with hiring a foreigner without valid documents.
    (Reuters, 2/21/18)

2018        Feb 22, In Indonesia a landslide on the island of Java engulfed farmers working in their rice paddies leaving at least five people dead and 18 missing.
    (AP, 2/22/18)

2018        Feb 28, Indonesian authorities seized a luxury yacht sought by US authorities off the tourist island of Bali, with the vessel reportedly linked to a corruption scandal at Malaysia's state investment fund. The Cayman Island-registered vessel Equanimity is reportedly worth some $250 million and is owned by Jho Low, a former unofficial adviser to the Malaysian fund 1MDB.
    (AFP, 2/28/18)
2018        Feb 28, Indonesia's anti-terrorism agency held a controversial meeting of 124 former Islamic militants and 51 survivors of a string of attacks in the country, including the deadly Bali bombings.
    (Reuters, 2/28/18)

2018        Mar 2, It was reported that Indonesia’s government is stepping in with the seemingly impossible goal of making the Citarum river's water drinkable by 2025. The World Bank declared it the most-polluted river in the world a decade ago.
    (AFP, 3/2/18)

2018        Mar 10, In Indonesia Yusri Effendi (34), a construction worker, died after he was mauled by a rare Sumatran tiger in the Indragiri Hilir district of Riau province.
    (AP, 3/11/18)

2018        Mar 15, In Indonesia the Law on Representative Assemblies, passed last month by the 560-member Parliament, came into force automatically after 30 days despite President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo's refusal to sign it because of public opposition. Critics say the law could protect legislators from investigations by the powerful anti-graft commission.
    (AP, 3/15/18)

2018        Mar 16, An Indonesian court found Papuan activist Yanto Awerikon guilty of treason and sentenced him to ten months in prison for promoting a petition calling for a referendum on independence for the region.
    (SFC, 3/17/18, p.A2)

2018        Mar 17, Indonesia's normally bustling Bali shut down social media, turned away flights and shuttered all shops for a Day of Silence that marks New Year on the predominantly Hindu island.
    (AP, 3/17/18)

2018        Mar 26, An Indonesian court sentenced Putu Astawa, a Balinese man, to 15 years in prison for robbing and murdering an elderly Japanese couple last year on Bali.
    (AP, 3/26/18)

2018        Mar 27, An Indonesian court ordered Australian Baker Joshua James to undergo rehabilitation after finding him guilty of possessing a small amount of drugs on the tourist island of Bali.
    (AP, 3/27/18)

2018        Mar 31, In Indonesia four people died after fuel from an oil spill caught fire, filling skies around Balikpapan city on Borneo island with choking black smoke. A cracked underwater pipeline was later said to have caused the oil spill (see April 5).
    (AP, 4/4/18)(Reuters, 4/4/18)

2018        Apr 1, In Indonesia one solider was killed in an ongoing clash between security forces and Papuan independence fighters near the US-owned Grasberg copper mine in the country's east.
    (AP, 4/2/18)

2018        Apr 3, Indonesian police said a group of people have been arrested after a video emerged of them skinning and cooking four sun bears that they had slaughtered. The sun bear population is in decline in Indonesia because of rapid deforestation, which has led to habitat loss.
    (AFP, 4/3/18)

2018        Apr 4, In Indonesia hardline Islamic groups filed a blasphemy complaint against Sukmawati Sukarnoputri, a daughter of Indonesia's first president, accusing her of reciting a poem insulting Islam and prompting fresh concerns over intolerance in the world's most populous Muslim-majority country.
    (Reuters, 4/4/18)

2018        Apr 5, An Indonesian energy ministry official said a coal ship that dropped anchor off the coast of the port city of Balikpapan on Borneo island was likely to blame for an oil spill, after dragging a pipeline more than 100 meters and causing it to crack. The spill and fire on March 31 killed five fishermen.
    (Reuters, 4/5/18)

2018        Apr 6, An Indonesian fishing boat rescued a group of five Muslim Rohingya found in weak condition off westernmost Aceh province after a 20-day voyage that killed five other people.
    (AP, 4/6/18)
2018        Apr 6, Indonesia's navy seized a fishing boat carrying 20 crewmembers, including 14 Indonesians believed to be trafficking victims who were forced to work for years without pay. The boat was carrying six Russians, including the captain, and 14 Indonesians.
    (AP, 4/9/18)

2018        Apr 8, In Indonesia eleven people died and several others were critically ill after drinking bootleg liquor in West Java province, days after the death of 24 others from illicit alcohol in Jakarta.
    (AFP, 4/8/18)

2018        Apr 9, In Indonesia Kiki Muhamad Iqbal (38), the convicted mastermind of a deadly twin bombing in Jakarta in May, 2017, claimed by the Islamic State group, was sentenced to nine years in prison.
    (AFP, 4/9/18)
2018        Apr 9, Indonesian officials said more than 50 people have died in little more than a week after drinking bootleg liquor in western Indonesia, including in the capital, Jakarta.
    (AP, 4/9/18)

2018        Apr 10, Indonesian authorities said at least two dozen people have died in the past day from drinking toxic bootleg liquor, raising the toll to 82 this month and highlighting how attempts to curb legal alcohol have tragically backfired. The homemade alcohol had been tainted with ingredients such as mosquito repellent.
    (AP, 4/10/18)(Reuters, 9/19/18)

2018        Apr 11, An Indonesian court sentenced Australian accountant Isaac Emmanuel Roberts (35) to 15 months of rehabilitation for drug offenses on the tourist island of Bali. Roberts was arrested at Ngurah Rai airport on Dec. 4 after arriving from Bangkok with 14.3 grams (0.5 ounce) of crystal methamphetamine and 14 ecstasy tablets.
    (AP, 4/11/18)

2018        Apr 12, The governor of Indonesia's conservative Aceh province said canings will no longer be allowed to be carried out in public for violations of Shariah law. Caning will only take place inside prisons or other places of detention. Adults can still witness the punishment but recording won't be allowed.
    (AP, 4/12/18)

2018        Apr 18, Indonesia's new anti-narcotics chief Heru Winarko called for an expansion of rehabilitation centers across the country, flagging a new approach in contrast to the blood-soaked war on drugs underway in its neighbor, the Philippines.
    (Reuters, 4/18/18)
2018        Apr 18, In Indonesia a shallow 4.4 magnitude earthquake in central Java killed three people dead and damaged more than 300 homes.
    (SFC, 4/20/18, p.A2)

2018        Apr 20, Indonesia's deeply conservative Aceh province caned several unmarried couples for showing affection in public and two women for prostitution before an enthusiastic audience of hundreds.
    (AP, 4/20/18)

2018        Apr 24, An Indonesian court sentenced politician Setya Novanto, the former speaker of Indonesia's parliament and former chairman of the Golkar party, to 15 years in prison for his role in the theft of $170 million of public money. Novanto has been praised by President Donald Trump.
    (AP, 4/24/18)

2018        Apr 25, In western Indonesia a newly drilled unregulated oil well exploded into flames, burning 18 people to death and injuring dozens of others in Pasir Putih village, eastern Aceh province. The death toll rose the next day to 22 following the deaths of four more victims.
    (AP, 4/25/18)(AP, 4/26/18)

2018        May 1, In Indonesia about 10,000 workers from various labor groups rallied near the presidential palace in Jakarta to voice their demands.
    (AP, 5/1/18)

2018        May 7, Indonesian President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo hosted China's Premier Li Keqiang and the two oversaw the signing of several memorandums aimed at boosting trade between the nations.
    (AP, 5/7/18)

2018        May 8, In Indonesia Islamist militant prisoners killed five members of an elite counter-terrorism force at a high-security jail in Depok and held one of them hostage. The counter-terrorism police force, known as Detachment, or 'Densus', 88, was set up in 2003 and received training and funding from Australia and the United States.
    (Reuters, 5/9/18)

2018        May 10, In Indonesia dozens of Islamic militant prisoners, who took over a police detention center in Depok and killed five officers, surrendered to police. A suspected Islamic militant (23) fatally stabbed a police officer at the headquarters of the elite Mobile Brigade in Depok before being shot and killed by another officer. A police counter-terrorism squad arrested four suspected militants in Bekasi, just outside Jakarta, after receiving information they planned to attack the Mobile Brigade headquarters to support fellow militants following the clash at the headquarters' prison.
    (AP, 5/10/18)(AP, 5/11/18)

2018        May 11, In Indonesia Muslim scholars from Afghanistan, Indonesia and Pakistan issued an edict saying that violent extremism and terrorism, including suicide attacks, are against Islamic principles, in an effort to convince the Taliban to end its violence.
    (AP, 5/11/18)

2018        May 13, In Indonesia a family of six launched suicide attacks on Christians attending Sunday services at three churches in Surabaya, killing at least 13 people and wounding 40. Police blamed the bombings on the Islamic State-inspired group Jemaah Ansharut Daulah (JAD).
    (Reuters, 5/13/18)

2018        May 14, An Indonesian family brought its 8-year-old daughter to a suicide bomb attack it launched on the police headquarters in Surabaya. The girl, who was with two of the attackers on a motorcycle, survived being thrown by the blast at the police headquarters. The attack killed the four perpetrators.
    (AP, 5/14/18)

2018        May 15, Indonesian police fatally shot a militant and arrested 13 others suspected of links to suicide bombings carried out by two families in Surabaya.
    (AP, 5/15/18)

2018        May 16, Indonesian police shot dead four sword-wielding men who attacked a police headquarters in Sumatra's Riau province, killing one officer. A fifth man was arrested trying to escape.
    (AP, 5/16/18)
2018        May 16, Greenpeace announced it has ended a five-year truce with one of the world's largest paper companies, accusing it of cutting down tropical forests in Indonesia during the entire time the two were cooperating on conservation. This ended a landmark 2013 agreement in which the environmental group suspended a global campaign against Indonesia's Sinarmas and its Asia Pulp & Paper arm in exchange for commitments to end deforestation, land grabs and conflicts with local communities.
    (AP, 5/16/18)

2018        May 21, A letter to Indonesia's President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo was released in which International stars of acting, music and sports urged Widodo to ban what they say is a "brutal" trade in dog and cat meat for human consumption.
    (AP, 5/21/18)

2018        May 28, A letter from the Forest Stewardship Council made four demands of Sinarmas, one of the world's largest paper companies, and the Widjaja family, its billionaire Indonesian family owners, that it insists must be met within days.
    (AP, 5/30/18)

2018        May 30, In Indonesia Zulfiqar Ali, a terminally ill Pakistani prisoner on death row, passed away in a hospital, shortly after rights activists in Pakistan sought his release on humanitarian grounds. He had been arrested in November 2004 and convicted on drug smuggling charges.
    (AP, 5/31/18)

2018        Jun 2, Indonesian anti-terrorism police detained a former student and questioned two others after a raid on a university campus in Pekanbaru, on Sumatra island, where crude bombs and other explosive material were seized.
    (Reuters, 6/3/18)

2018        Jun 5, Greenpeace said its investigations at Indonesia's Sungai Putri forest on Borneo showed a logging operation underway with at least six illegal settlements that operate at night and some in areas with orangutan nests. Indonesia's forestry and environment ministry had ordered a halt to the forest's exploitation over a year ago.
    (AP, 6/5/18)

2018        Jun 8, The United Nations General Assembly voted to elect Germany, Belgium, South Africa, the Dominican Republic and Indonesia for a two-year term in the Security Council starting on Jan. 1, 2019.
    (Reuters, 6/8/18)

2018        Jun 13, An Indonesian passenger boat overloaded with people heading home to celebrate the end of Ramadan with their families capsized off Sulawesi island, killing at least 13. A speed boat carrying 30 people capsized near Palembang city. Rescuers recovered three bodies. There were 27 survivors.
    (AP, 6/13/18)

2018        Jun 14, In central Indonesia a 7-meter-long (23-foot-long) python swallowed Wa Tiba (54) as she checked her vegetable garden near her village on Muna island, Southeast Sulawesi province.
    (AP, 6/16/18)
2018        Jun 14, EU negotiators agreed to phase out the use of palm oil in transport fuels from 2030, setting up a clash with producer countries such as Malaysia and Indonesia.
    (Reuters, 6/14/18)

2018        Jun 18, In Indonesia a ferry carrying about 80 passengers sank in Lake Toba on the island of Sumatra, killing at least one person. A day later 94 people were reported missing and the number was expected to rise. By June 20 more than 190 people were presumed drowned after the ferry sank on Lake Toba
    (AP, 6/18/18)(SFC, 6/20/18, p.A4)(AP, 6/20/18)

2018        Jun 22, In Indonesia radical cleric Aman Abdurrahman was sentenced to death by a court for ordering Islamic State group-affiliated militants to carry out attacks including the January 2016 suicide bombing at a Starbucks in Jakarta.
    (AP, 6/22/18)

2018        Jun 25, In Indonesia three bystanders were killed and a small child was wounded when separatist fighters in Papua province opened fire on a small plane bringing in security personnel ahead of regional elections due later this week.
    (Reuters, 6/25/18)

2018        Jun 28, In Indonesia the Mount Agung volcano on Bali shot ash 2,000 meters (6,600 feet) into the atmosphere, disrupting the travel plans of thousands as several airlines canceled flights from the tourist island.
    (AP, 6/28/18)

2018        Jul 2, Indonesia's Mount Agung volcano on the tourist island of Bali erupted this evening, ejecting a 2,000-meter-high (6,560-foot-high) column of thick ash and hurling lava down its slopes.
    (AP, 7/2/18)
2018        Jul 2, Amnesty International said Indonesia's police and military are responsible for at least 95 unlawful killings in the easternmost Papua region since 2010, including targeted slayings of activists.
    (AP, 7/2/18)

2018        Jul 3, In Indonesia at least 31 people were killed and a frantic rescue operation was underway off the island of Sulawesi for passengers of a sinking passenger ferry. The captain steered the 48.5-meter-long (159-foot-long) vessel toward shore after it began sinking on a voyage from the port of Bira to Selayar island. Three people remained missing and believed drowned inside the vessel.
    (AP, 7/3/18)(AP, 7/4/18)

2018        Jul 13, Indonesia's deeply conservative Muslim province of Aceh publicly caned 15 people found guilty of violating Shariah law, despite pledging not to carry out the punishment in public.
    (AP, 7/13/18)

2018        Jul 14, Indonesian anti-terrorism officers shot dead three suspected Islamic militants in the central Java city of Yogyakarta. The men were believed to be members of Jemaah Ansharut Daulah (JAD), a loose grouping of hundreds of Islamic State sympathizers.
    (Reuters, 7/14/18)
2018        Jul 14, In Indonesia a mob illegally slaughtered 292 crocodiles at a breeding ground in West Papua province in retaliation for the death of a local man.
    (AP, 7/16/18)

2018        Jul 16, In Indonesia the chief executive of electricity utility Perusahaan Listrik Negara (PLN) denied wrongdoing after the country's Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) searched his house for evidence in a power station graft probe.
    (Reuters, 7/16/18)

2018        Jul 17, Indonesian police said they have killed 11 suspected petty criminals and shot dozens more in a heavy-handed campaign to free the capital, Jakarta, of street crime before next month's Asian Games.
    (AP, 7/17/18)

2018        Jul 19, In Indonesia a girl (15) who was raped by her brother was sentenced to six months in prison for having an abortion. The brother (18) received a two-year prison sentence for having sex with a minor.
    (AP, 7/22/18)

2018        Jul 22, Human rights groups called for an independent investigation, after Indonesian police shot dead 11 men earlier this month as part of a security clampdown ahead of the Asian Games.
    (Reuters, 7/22/18)

2018        Jul 29, In Indonesia a magnitude 6.4 earthquake struck the tourist island of Lombok. At least 14 people were killed, scores inured and thousands of homes damaged. More than 120 aftershocks were recorded.
    (AFP, 7/29/18)

2018        Aug 1, Indonesia's Renewable Energy Director General Rida Mulyana said the use of biodiesel blended fuels will be compulsory for all vehicles and heavy machinery from Sept. 1, amid efforts to reduce the current account deficit.
    (AP, 8/1/18)

2018        Aug 3, An Indonesian fishing boat capsized in bad weather off the island of Java, leaving 13 people missing.
    (AP, 8/3/18)

2018        Aug 4, Indonesian police arrested Australian Brandon Johnson (43) and his Indonesian girlfriend at a rented room in the tourist hotspot of Kuta on Bali Island. Police reportedly found 11.6 grams of cocaine packed into 13 plastic bags. Johnson faced between five and 20 years in prison if found guilty.
    (AP, 8/9/18)

2018        Aug 5, In Indonesia a magnitude 7.0 earthquake struck the tourist island of Lombok, killing more over people. More than 230 were seriously injured and  thousands of buildings were destroyed. Different death tolls later ranged from 226 to 381.
    (Reuters, 8/6/18)(AP, 8/7/18)(AP, 8/8/18)
2018        Aug 5, An Indonesian police official said a luxury yacht allegedly bought with funds stolen from a Malaysian state investment company is being returned to Malaysia after a months long legal battle. Malaysian financier Jho Low, who the US Justice Department alleges was a key figure in the theft and international laundering of $4.5 billion from 1MDB, protested the handover of the yacht.
    (AP, 8/5/18)

2018        Aug 6, Malaysian PM Mahathir Mohamad thanked Indonesia's government and President Joko Widodo for returning the $250 million yacht, Equanimity, which was seized by Indonesia off Bali in February in cooperation with the US FBI.
    (AP, 8/6/18)

2018        Aug 7, In Florida SpaceX used its newest style booster for a second time at Cape Canaveral to put a communications satellite into orbit for Indonesia.
    (AP, 8/7/18)

2018        Aug 9, The Indonesian island of Lombok was shaken by a third big earthquake in little more than a week as the official death toll from the most powerful of the quakes topped 300.
    (AP, 8/9/18)

2018        Aug 10, Indonesian officials said the death toll from the huge 6.9 magnitude earthquake on Lombok island on August 5 has climbed to more than 320, even as relief efforts picked up pace.
    (Reuters, 8/10/18)

2018        Aug 11, Indonesia's National Disaster Mitigation Agency said that 387 people died in the August 5 earthquake on Lombok, jumping from the 321 it reported a day earlier. Scientists said the powerful earthquake lifted the island it struck by as much as 25 centimeters (10 inches).
    (AP, 8/11/18)
2018        Aug 11, In Indonesia a 12-year-old boy was the only survivor from the crash of a light commercial plane that left eight other passengers dead near Oksibil airport in a mountainous region of Papua province.
    (AP, 8/12/18)

2018        Aug 13, Indonesian authorities said the holiday island of Lombok suffered damage running into more than 5 trillion rupiah ($342 million) from last week's 6.9 earthquake as the death toll climbed to more than 430.
    (Reuters, 8/13/18)
2018        Aug 13, Indonesian prosecutors demanded an 18-month prison term for a woman who was charged with blasphemy after she complained about the volume of a mosque's loudspeakers. The ethnic Chinese defendant, Meiliana (44), was arrested on May 18, about two years after her case triggered a riot in Tanjung Balai.
    (AP, 8/14/18)

2018        Aug 14, Indonesia deployed 100,000 police and soldiers to provide security for the Asian Games, the biggest event ever held in its terror attack prone capital Jakarta. Some 11,000 athletes and 5,000 officials from 45 Asian countries were expected for the August 18 to September 2 Games.
    (AP, 8/14/18)(AFP, 8/15/18)

2018        Aug 17, In Indonesia veiled children dressed head-to-toe in black carrying wooden guns in a street parade in the East Java city of Probolinggo. A video of the event sparked an outcry in the world's most populous Muslim-majority nation. A kindergarten principal, who organized the Independence Day parade, was soon dismissed and reduced to an ordinary staff member in the education office.
    (AP, 8/23/18)
2018        Aug 17, Amnesty International said Indonesian police fatally shot dozens of petty criminals in a deliberate campaign of "unnecessary and excessive" force ahead of the Asian Games.
    (AFP, 8/17/18)

2018        Aug 18, In Indonesia the 18th Asian Games officially opened in Jakarta.
    (AP, 8/18/18)

2018        Aug 19, In Indonesia a strong earthquake jolted the tourist island of Lombok, causing landslides and damaging buildings. At least 12 people were killed as the island strived to recover from a temblor earlier this month that killed hundreds of people.
    (AP, 8/19/18)(AP, 8/20/18)

2018        Aug 21, An Indonesian court sentenced Meiliana (44), an ethnic Chinese woman, to 18 months in prison for blasphemy. She had complained about noisy mosque loudspeakers. Mobs burned and ransacked at least 14 Buddhist temples throughout Tanjung Balai, a port town on Sumatra, in a July 2016 riot following reports of Meiliana's complaint.
    (AP, 8/21/18)

2018        Aug 26, Indonesia detained Jakub Fabian Skrzypski of Poland as a suspect in a conspiracy to smuggle arms to separatists in Papua. He was later charged along with three Papuans under the law governing treason, which carries a maximum sentence of life in jail.
    (Reuters, 9/10/18)
2018        Aug 26, In Indonesia a crew comprising South Koreans and North Koreans won the 500-meter dragon boat final at the Asian Games co-host city of Palembang. This was the first gold medal by a combined Koreas team at a major multi-sport event.
    (AP, 8/26/18)

2018        Aug 27, In Indonesia a 15-year-old girl jailed for six months for terminating her pregnancy after being raped by her brother was cleared by a higher court. The girl's mother was still being investigated over whether she had helped her daughter to have the abortion.
    (Reuters, 8/29/18)

2018        Aug 28, Indonesian police said they have arrested more than a dozen people suspected of starting forest fires that have killed four people in the past month in West Kalimantan.
    (AP, 8/28/18)

2018        Aug 30, A district in Indonesia's deeply conservative Aceh province banned unmarried couples from sitting at the same table in restaurants, cafes or coffee shops. The regulation also prohibits restaurants and coffee shops from hiring lesbians, gays, or bisexual or transgender people as waiters or waitresses.
    (AP, 9/5/18)

2018        Aug 31, In Indonesia Australia's new PM Morrison met President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo in his first trip overseas since becoming leader. Morrison said they would sign an agreement by the end of the year that aims to boost trade and investment.
    (AP, 8/31/18)

2018        Sep 1, President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo said Indonesia will bid to host the 2032 Olympics following the success of the Asian Games held there over the past two weeks.
    (AP, 9/1/18)

2018        Sep 2, In Indonesia the Asian Games closed in a ceremony emphasizing the country's diversity and the ties linking the 11,000 athletes who competed for 45 nations. The 2-week-long games ended with Indonesia fourth on the medal table behind China (289), Japan (205) and South Korea (177).
    (AP, 9/2/18)(AP, 9/3/18)

2018        Sep 8, In Indonesia 21 people were killed when a tourist bus plunged into a ravine on the main island of Java.
    (AP, 9/8/18)

2018        Sep 11, Speaking in Vietnam Indonesian President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo said that his country and Vietnam have agreed to cooperate more in fighting illegal fishing and hope to boost two-way trade.
    (AP, 9/11/18)

2018        Sep 13, An Indonesian court sentenced Islamic militant Wawan Kurniawan (43) to 11 years in prison after finding him guilty of conducting training in preparation for a terrorist attack. Wawan was the local leader of Jemaah Anshorut Daulah, an Indonesian militant network affiliated with the Islamic State group.
    (AP, 9/13/18)

2018        Sep 14, Muslim militants freed three Indonesian men they kidnapped at sea early last year off Malaysia then brought them to their jungle hideouts in the southern Philippines.
    (AP, 9/16/18)

2018        Sep 19, Indonesia's president signed a three-year moratorium on all new palm oil plantation development, in a move hailed by environmentalists.
    (AFP, 9/20/18)

2018        Sep 25, In Indonesia Greenpeace activists scaled storage tanks at a palm oil refinery along with a popular rock band which played pro-environment songs, protesting against a commodity found in everything from soap to biscuits. The protest ended after 12 hours.
    (AFP, 9/25/18)

2018        Sep 26, A critically endangered Sumatran tiger pregnant with two cubs was found dead in the Indonesian province of Riau after being caught in a pig trap. The tigers are estimated to have dwindled to about 400.
    (AP, 9/27/18)

2018        Sep 28, In Indonesia a magnitude 7.5 earthquake rocked the island of Sulawesi, triggering a 3-meter (10-foot) -tall tsunami that an official said swept away houses in at least two cities. At least 384 people were killed in the hard-hit city of Palu alone. The death toll soon jumped to more than 1,200.
    (AP, 9/28/18)(Reuters, 9/28/18)(AP, 9/29/18)(AP, 10/2/18)

2018        Sep 30, Indonesia's disaster agency said the death toll from the Sept. 28 7.5 earthquake and tsunami more than doubled to 832, and nearly all of those were from the hard-hit city of Palu on the island of Sulawesi.
    (AP, 9/30/18)

2018        Oct 3, In Indonesia Mount Soputan on Sulawesi island spewed a massive column of ash more than 6,000 meters (19,700 feet) into the sky. The official death toll from the Sept. 28 earthquake and tsunami on Sulawesi increased to 1,407, with thousands injured and more than 70,000 displaced from their homes.
    (AP, 10/3/18)

2018        Oct 4, In Indonesia electricity was restored and some shops reopened in the quake and tsunami stricken city of Palu. The official death toll stood at 1,424, but was expected to rise.
    (Reuters, 10/4/18)

2018        Oct 5, In Indonesia the official death toll from the Sept. 28 earthquake and tsunami rose to 1,571, and was expected to rise.
    (Reuters, 10/5/18)

2018        Oct 6, Indonesia's disaster agency said the death toll from the powerful earthquake and tsunami has climbed to 1,649, with at least 265 people still missing. It also said that number could be higher.
    (AP, 10/6/18)

2018        Oct 7, In Indonesia the official death toll from the Sept. 28 earthquake and tsunami rose to 1,763 but bodies were still being recovered. Disaster agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said large-scale searches with many personnel and heavy equipment would cease on October 11. An official said number of people believed missing in Palu city has soared to 5,000.
    (Reuters, 10/7/18)(AFP, 10/7/18)

2018        Oct 8, In Indonesia the death toll from the Sept. 28 devastating earthquake and tsunami on Sulawesi island neared 2,000. Thousands more are believed unaccounted for and officials said search teams plan to stop looking for victims later this week.
    (AP, 10/8/18)

2018        Oct 9, Indonesia's disaster agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said the toll from the Sept. 28 earthquake and tsunami had climbed to 2,010.
    (AP, 10/9/18)

2018        Oct 10, Indonesia's disaster agency said the death toll from the double disaster on Sept. 28 has risen to 2,045, with most of the fatalities in the coastal city of Palu. More than 80,000 people were living in temporary shelters or otherwise displaced.
    (AP, 10/10/18)

2018        Oct 11, In Indonesia leaders of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) reaffirmed their commitment to open trading systems that have underpinned their economic growth. The leaders met in Bali, on the sidelines of the annual meeting of the International Monetary Fund and World Bank.
    (AP, 10/11/18)

2018        Oct 12, In Indonesia torrential rains triggered flash floods and landslides on the island of Sumatra, killing at least 27 people, including a dozen children at a school.
    (AP, 10/13/18)

2018        Oct 13, In Indonesia global financial leaders meeting in Bali wrapped up an annual meeting of the International Monetary Fund and World Bank by urging countries to brace for potential risks from trade disputes and other tensions.
    (AP, 10/13/18)

2018        Oct 16, It was reported that Indonesia's Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) has arrested nine people, including a top district government official and a company director, in a bribery investigation linked to the Lippo Group's $21 billion Meikarta real estate project near Jakarta.
    (Reuters, 10/16/18)

2018        Oct 18, Indonesia's disaster agency said helicopters are dropping disinfectant on neighborhoods in the earthquake- and tsunami-stricken city of Palu to reduce disease risks from the thousands of victims believed buried in obliterated communities.
    (AP, 10/18/18)
2018        Oct 18, Indonesian police arrested two men who allegedly operated a Facebook account to facilitate meet-ups for gay people and other sex-related services.
    (Reuters, 10/21/18)

2018        Oct 28, Indonesia's anti-graft agency said it has arrested seven people, including a senior executive of palm firm Sinar Mas Agro Resources and Technology, in connection with a bribery case.
    (Reuters, 10/28/18)

2018        Oct 29, In Indonesia a Lion Air plane crashed into the sea likely killing all 189 people on board. The 2-month-old Boeing 737 MAX 8 jet plunged into the Java Sea early today, just 13 minutes after taking off from Jakarta for an island off Sumatra. The privately owned carrier was founded in 1999 to provide access to air travel to everyone.
    (AP, 10/29/18)(AP, 10/30/18)

2018        Nov 2, In Indonesia thousands of conservative Muslims protested Jakarta about the burning of an Islamic flag last month, sparking criticism from the government's top security minister that the country was in mourning after a plane crash and back-to-back natural disasters.
    (AP, 11/2/18)
2018        Nov 2, Indonesian rescue diver Syachrul Anto (48) died while diving to search for victims of the crashed Lion Air aircraft.
    (Reuters, 11/3/18)

2018        Nov 16, An Indonesian conservation official said a Sumatran elephant was found dead earlier this week in Aceh province with its tusks removed in an apparent poaching case targeting the critically endangered animal.
    (AP, 11/17/18)

2018        Nov 17, Greenpeace said six of its activists boarded a tanker off Spain loaded with "dirty" palm oil to protest against a Nature-damaging commodity found in everything from soap to biscuits. The ship was travelling from Indonesia, the world's top palm oil producer, to Rotterdam in the Netherlands.
    (AFP, 11/17/18)

2018        Nov 19, In Indonesia the rotting carcass of a 31-foot sperm whale  in Southeast
Sulawesi province. Researchers found 13 pounds of plastic inside the animal's stomach. A study plublished last January said Indonesia produces 3.2 million tons of mismanaged plastic waste a year, of which 1.29 million tons end up in the ocean.
    (SFC, 11/21/18, p.A5)

2018        Nov 27, The Indonesian city of Pariaman, West Sumatra, approved a bylaw to fine gay or transgender people up to 1 million rupiah ($70) for behavior that could "disturb public order" or be considered immoral.
    (Reuters, 11/30/18)

2018        Dec 1, In Indonesia about 300 West Papuan demonstrators calling for independence for the restive Indonesian region faced off with counter protesters in Surabaya, the country's second-largest city and capital of East Java province.
    (AP, 12/1/18)

2018        Dec 2, In Indonesia tens of thousands of Muslims held a rally in Jakarta led by hardline groups who had agitated to remove the city's Christian governor, underscoring the growing influence of Islamist groups ahead of elections in 2019.
    (Reuters, 12/2/18)
2018        Dec 2, In Indonesia 24 workers were killed when gunmen stormed a government bridge construction project in a remote mountainous village in Nduga district of Papua province. Eight other workers on the trans Papua highway fled to the nearby house of a local parliament member. An armed group came a day later and killed seven of them.
    (AP, 12/4/18)(AP, 3/8/19)

2018        Dec 7, Rebels in Indonesia's troubled Papua province demanded that the government hold negotiations on self-determination for the province and warned of more attacks.
    (AP, 12/7/18)

2018        Dec 14, An Indonesian official vowed to do more to combat human trafficking after an investigation by the Associated Press revealed that scores of trafficked girls have quietly disappeared from one of the nation's poorest regions.
    (AP, 12/14/18)
2018        Dec 14, In Hawaii ten Indonesian fishermen, who were arrested and charged with attempting to smuggle shark fins, pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge that they attempted to export the fins. A judge sentenced them to time they already served in jail.
    (AP, 12/14/18)

2018        Dec 16, In Indonesia Mount Soputan, located on the northern part of Sulawesi island, erupted twice. Local residents were urged to avoid activities near the mountain.
    (AP, 12/16/18)

2018        Dec 21, Indonesia said it has finalized the transfer of majority control over a giant gold and copper mine from US company Freeport-McMoRan.
    (AP, 12/21/18)
2018        Dec 21, In Indonesia hundreds of Muslims held a rally outside the Chinese embassy in Jakarta to protest against the treatment of members of the mostly Muslim ethnic Uighur minority in China's far western Xinjiang region.
    (Reuters, 12/21/18)

2018        Dec 22, In Indonesia a deadly tsunami struck in the dark, without warning, killing at least 222 people late today along the Sunda Strait. The disaster followed an eruption and possible landslide on the volcanic island of Anak Krakatau. The death toll soon climbed to 430, with at least 159 missing and more than 1,400 injured.
    (AP, 12/23/18)(AP, 12/24/18)(Reuters, 12/26/18)

2018        Dec 28, Indonesia's disaster agency said that 426 people died in the Dec. 22 Sunda Strait tsunami. That was slightly lower than previously announced due to some victims being recorded twice. It said 23 are missing and more than 40,000 displaced.
    (AP, 12/28/18)

2018        Dec 31, In Indonesia rescuers recovered six more bodies buried under tons of mud from a landslide that crashed onto a hilly village on the main island of Java, bringing the death toll to 15.  At least 20 people were missing after landslides during heavy rain buried 30 houses in Sukabumi regency, West Java.
    (AP, 1/1/19)(Reuters, 1/1/19)

2018        In Indonesia Nuril Maknun, a part-time bookkeeper at a highschool, was found guilty of distributing obscene material. She was sentenced to six months in jail and a fine of about $35,000 for recording her boss' lewd phone call as proof that she was being harassed. In 2019 a court denied her request for a review of the case.
    (SFC, 7/6/19, p.A4)
2018        The North Korean ship "Wise Honest" was detained in Indonesian waters. It was used to transport coal and import heavy machinery in violation of sanctions over its nuclear arms program. Its seizure by the US was announced on May 9, 2019.
    (SFC, 5/15/19, p.A2)

2019        Jan 14, Indonesia said navy divers have recovered the cockpit voice recorder of a Lion Air jet that crashed into the Java Sea last October.
    (AP, 1/14/19)

2019        Jan 18, Indonesia's president said Abu Bakar Bashir (81), the radical Muslim cleric and alleged mastermind of the 2002 Bali bombings, will be granted early release from jail on humanitarian grounds.
    (Reuters, 1/18/19)

2019        Jan 21, Indonesia's government said it is reviewing the president's decision to release radical cleric Abu Bakar Bashir.
    (AP, 1/21/19)

2019        Jan 22, Indonesia's Pres. Joko Widodo said that elderly Islamic cleric Abu Bakar Bashir, who inspired the Bali bombers and other extremists, won't be released from prison unless he renounces radicalism, backing down from plans to free him without conditions.
    (AP, 1/22/19)

2019        Jan 23, Indonesian officials said torrential rains have overwhelmed a dam and caused landslides that killed at least eight people and displaced more than 2,000 near Makassar, the provincial capital of South Sulawesi.
    (AP, 1/23/19)

2019        Jan 24, In Indonesia Basuki "Ahok" Tjahaja Purnama, the former governor of Jakarta, was freed after serving nearly two years in prison for blasphemy.
    (AP, 1/24/19)
2019        Jan 24, Indonesia's national disaster agency said floods and landslides in South Sulawesi province hit by torrential rains this week have killed 30 people and left more than two dozen missing.
    (AP, 1/24/19)

2019        Jan 25, A separatist movement in Indonesia's West Papua province delivered a petition with 1.8 million signatures demanding an independence referendum to UN Human Rights chief Michelle Bachelet.
    (Reuters, 1/27/19)
2019        Jan 25, A disaster official in Indonesia said the number of people killed after days of torrential rain triggered flash floods and landslides on Sulawesi island has climbed to 59 with 25 others missing.
    (AP, 1/25/19)

2019        Jan 26, In Indonesia Eka Tjipta Widjaja (97), patriarch of one of Asia's richest families and the founder of the sprawling Sinarmas conglomerate, died. Forbes last year estimated Widjaja's fortune at $8.6 billion.
    (AP, 1/27/19)

2019        Jan 28, In Indonesia separatists opened fire on an aircraft carrying military personnel and local government officials in the easternmost Papua region, killing one soldier.
    (AP, 1/28/19)

2019        Feb 3, In Indonesia the 1,784-meter (5,853-foot) Mount Karangetang volcano located on Siau island of North Sulawesi province started spitting clouds of gas and lava.
    (AP, 2/5/19)

2019        Feb 5, Indonesian police found 193 Bangladeshis locked up in a shop house in Medan on the island of Sumatra, after human traffickers had lured them with the promise of getting them to Malaysia. Some of the group had been held by the traffickers for three months.
    (Reuters, 2/7/19)

2019        Feb 6, An Indonesian court jailed Auj-e Taqaddas (42), a British woman, for six months for slapping an immigration officer in an argument over a fine for overstaying her visa.
    (Reuters, 2/6/19)

2019        Feb 13, An Instagram account that published comic strips depicting the struggles of gay Muslims in Indonesia disappeared from the site following a frenzy of moral outrage online in the world's biggest Muslim nation. The Ministry of Communications said that the account under the username Alpatuni was pornographic.
    (AP, 2/13/19)

2019        Feb 26, In Indonesia an unlicensed gold mine collapsed and buried dozens of people. Rescuers dug desperately with their bare hands and farm tools to unearth victims calling for help from beneath the rubble. Three people were confirmed dead and 14 were rescued. It was estimated that 43 people were still buried.
    (AP, 2/27/19)

2019        Feb 27, A court in Bali has sentenced Australian Brandon Johnson and his Indonesian girlfriend Remi Purwanti to five years and four months in prison each for possessing cocaine.
    (AP, 2/27/19)

2019        Feb 28, Indonesian officials said 19 people had been rescued alive from a gold mine in North Sulawesi's Bolaang Mongondow district as of this evening. The death toll rose to seven and about three dozen miners remain trapped by the Feb. 26 collapse.
    (AP, 2/28/19)

2019        Mar 4, Indonesia and Australia signed a free trade agreement in Jakarta that will eliminate many tariffs, allow Australian-owned hospitals to operate in the giant Southeast Asian country and increase work visas for young Indonesians.
    (AP, 3/4/19)
2019        Mar 4, In Indonesia a court ruled that construction of a Chinese-backed dam, that will cut through the habitat of a the most critically endangered orangutan species, can continue.
    (SFC, 3/5/19, p.A2)

2019        Mar 5, In Indonesia the effort to find victims in the Feb. 26 mine collapse recovered more bodies and body parts as the death toll rose to at least 13.
    (AP, 3/5/19)

2019        Mar 7, Three Indonesian soldiers were killed in a gunbattle with Papuan independence fighters. They were part of a contingent to provide security for military engineers on the trans Papua highway.
    (AP, 3/7/19)(AP, 3/8/19)

2019        Mar 8, Indonesia's military said hundreds of soldiers will be deployed to continue work on the trans Papua highway.
    (AP, 3/8/19)

2019        Mar 11, Authorities in China, Ethiopia and Indonesia grounded all Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft following the March 10 crash of an Ethiopian Airlines jetliner that killed 157 people.
    (AP, 3/11/19)
2019        Mar 11, In Malaysia Indonesian Siti Aisyah, one of two women accused of killing North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's half-brother by smearing VX nerve agent on his face, was freed after two years of detention when prosecutors unexpectedly dropped the murder charge against her.
    (AP, 3/11/19)

2019        Mar 13, In Indonesia the wife of an Islamic militant arrested for plotting attacks in Jakarta detonated a bomb during a siege of their home in North Sumatra, killing herself and her two-year-old child.
    (AP, 3/13/19)

2019        Mar 16, Indonesia's anti-graft agency named Muhammad Romahurmuziy, a prominent Islamist politician backing President Joko Widodo's re-election campaign, as a suspect in a bribery case. Romahurmuziy, chairman of the United Development Party (PPP), was arrested a day earlier.
    (Reuters, 3/16/19)

2019        Mar 17, Indonesian disaster officials said flash flood and mudslides triggered by days of torrential downpours have torn through mountainside villages in Papua province, killing at least 58 people and injuring 59 others.
    (AP, 3/17/19)
2019        Mar 17, In Indonesia a magnitude 5.5 earthquake triggered a landslide that hit a popular waterfall on the tourist island of Lombok, killing at least two people and injuring dozens.
    (AP, 3/17/19)

2019        Mar 18, Indonesian officials said the number of people killed after torrential downpours triggered flash floods and mudslides that tore through mountainside villages in Papua province has climbed to 79.
    (AP, 3/18/19)
2019        Mar 18, An Indonesian official and veterinarian said that an endangered orangutan with a young baby on Sumatra island was blinded after being shot at least 74 times with an air gun last week. The baby died from malnutrition as rescuers rushed the two animals to an orangutan veterinary clinic.
    (AP, 3/18/19)

2019        Mar 19, Indonesian officials said the number of people killed after torrential downpours triggered flash floods and mudslides in Papua province has climbed to 89.
    (SFC, 3/20/19, p.A2)

2019        Mar 22, Indonesian airline Garuda said it plans to cancel a $6 billion order for Boeing 737 MAX jets, saying some passengers would be frightened to board the plane after two fatal crashes. Analysts said the deal had long been in doubt.
    (Reuters, 3/22/19)
2019        Mar 22, Indonesian authorities detained a Russian man at Ngurah Rai airport in Bali as he was caught trying to smuggle a young orangutan in a suitcase. Zhestkov Andrei also had two live geckos and five lizards in his luggage and was scheduled to fly to Russia.
    (Reuters, 3/23/19)(AFP, 3/23/19)

2019        Mar 24, Indonesia's long-awaited first subway opened in Jakarta with the aim of relieving crippling traffic gridlock in Southeast Asia's biggest economy. President Joko Widodo then presided over a groundbreaking ceremony to mark the beginning of the second phase 8-km (5-mile) northward line.
    (AP, 3/24/19)

2019        Mar 27, Indonesia's Supreme Court rejected the appeal of Meliana, an ethnic Chinese woman, whose complaint about the volume of mosque loudspeakers led to an 18-month prison sentence for blasphemy.
    (AP, 4/8/19)

2019        Mar 31, It was reported that air quality in Indonesia has deteriorated from among the cleanest in the world to one of the most polluted over the past two decades. A study blamed coal-fired power stations, burning land for agriculture and rising car ownership.
    (SSFC, 3/31/19, p.A4)

2019        Apr 11, Indonesia's Election Commission said it is sending officials to investigate after videos circulated online of thousands of ballots for next week's polls scattered throughout a warehouse in neighboring Malaysia.
    (AP, 4/11/19)

2019        Apr 13, Tens of thousands of Indonesians flocked to presidential campaign rallies ahead of a final debate between President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo and Prabowo Subianto.
    (AP, 4/13/19)

2019        Apr 16, Indonesia's Election Supervision Agency said about 320,000 overseas voters in neighboring Malaysia's biggest city should vote again in presidential and legislative elections after finding evidence that postal ballots had been tampered with.
    (AP, 4/16/19)

2019        Apr 17, Indonesia held elections. Five survey organizations showed Widodo winning 54-56% of the vote, a modest improvement on his 2014 showing, as unofficial results put him in a comfortable lead over firebrand ex-general Prabowo Subianto.
    (AP, 4/17/19)

2019        Apr 27, Indonesia's navy intercepted a Vietnamese fishing vessel in waters off Indonesia's Natuna island chain. One of its patrol vessels was rammed by two Vietnamese coast guard ships after intercepting the fishing boat. Indonesia detained 12 Vietnamese fishermen from the boat, which sank in the clash.
    (AP, 4/29/19)

2019        Apr 28, An Indonesian official said more than 270 election staff have died following the April 17 elections, mostly of fatigue-related illnesses caused by long hours of work counting millions of ballot papers by hand.
    (Reuters, 4/28/19)

2019        Apr 29, Indonesia's disaster agency confirmed 29 deaths and said at least 13 more people were missing in Sumatra island's Bengkulu province following floods sparked by torrential rains.
    (AFP, 4/29/19)

2019        May 2, In Indonesia a Polish tourist was sentenced to five years in prison for treason after meeting with Papuan independence supporters. Jakub Skrzypski denied any wrongdoing and said he was the victim of a show trial. Papuan student Simon Magal, who met Skrzypski and communicated with him on Facebook, was sentenced by the same court to four years in prison.
    (AP, 5/2/19)

2019        May 4, Indonesian authorities resumed their tough stance against illegal fishing in the country's waters by sinking 51 foreign ships. The seized ships were sunk at five ports across the archipelago.
    (AP, 5/4/19)

2019        May 10, In Indonesia hundreds of supporters of an opposition presidential candidate marched to protest against what they called election fraud, as the government warned that efforts to cast doubt on the outcome could amount to treason.
    (Reuters, 5/10/19)

2019        May 17, Indonesian police said that they have arrested dozens of Islamic-State linked terror suspects, including some who planned to detonate bombs at political demonstrations when election results are announced next week.
    (AFP, 5/17/19)
2019        May 17, The US embassy in Indonesia advised US citizens to avoid areas where large demonstrations may occur in Jakarta, and in other cities including Surabaya in East Java and Medan in North Sumatra.
    (Reuters, 5/18/19)

2019        May 20, An Indonesian court sentenced Frenchman Felix Dorfin (35) to death for smuggling 3 kg (6.6 pounds) of drugs to the tourist island of Lombok, even though prosecutors had only sought a 20-year sentence.
    (AP, 5/20/19)

2019        May 21, Indonesia’s Election Commission said Pres. Joko Widodo won 55.5% of the vote in the April 17 election to 45.5% for his challenger, ultra-nationalist former Gen. Prabowo Subianto. Supporters of the opposition gathered in Jakarta to protest the result.
    (AP, 5/21/19)
2019        May 21, In Indonesia clashes began late today when supporters of former Gen. Prabowo Subianto tried to force their way into the downtown offices of the election supervisory agency and have continued unabated.
    (AP, 5/22/19)

2019        May 22, In Indonesia riots by supporters of losing rival Gen. Prabowo Subianto in last month's presidential election left seven people dead. Police arrested at least 20 people accused of provoking riots in Jakarta following the official results.
    (AP, 5/22/19)(Reuters, 5/22/19)(SFC, 5/24/19, p.A2)
2019        May 22, Indonesia said it will partially block social media to prevent the spread of hoaxes after violence in the capital, Jakarta, following the announcement of official election results.
    (Reuters, 5/22/19)

2019        May 23, Indonesian police said seven people have died in the last two days in election violence in Jakarta, as calm returned to the city and the losing presidential candidate prepared to challenge the result in court.
    (AP, 5/23/19)

2019        May 25, In Indonesia Mount Agung volcano erupted overnight on the holiday island of Bali, causing some flight cancellations to and from Australia as an ash cloud rose into the sky.
    (Reuters, 5/25/19)

2019        May 27, Indonesian police said they have arrested six people suspected of plotting to assassinate four state officials during a wave of civil unrest in Jakarta last week.
    (Reuters, 5/27/19)

2019        May 28, Indonesia’s police said four top officials, including two Cabinet ministers and the national spy chief, were targeted for assassination as part of a plot possibly linked to last week's election riots. Details of the plot were obtained from interrogations of six arrested individuals.
    (AP, 5/28/19)

2019        May 31, Indonesian police paraded an American, two Spaniards and two Russians at a news conference in Bali’s capital, Denpasar. They had been arrested days earlier for selling cocaine and marijuana on Bali.
    (SFC, 6/1/19, p.A2)

2019        Jun 1, Former Indonesian first lady Kristiani Herrawati Yudhoyono (66) died of leukemia in a Singapore hospital.
    (AP, 6/1/19)

2019        Jun 11, Indonesian police aired video testimony from three suspects who alleged a retired soldier backing the political opposition had offered them money and, in one case, a family vacation to join a plot to kill government officials.
    (Reuters, 6/11/19)

2019        Jun 15, Indonesia returned five containers of rubbish to the United States and said it will not become a "dumping ground".
    (AFP, 6/15/19)

2019        Jun 17, In Indonesia an overloaded boat carrying people home to celebrate the end of Ramadan with their families capsized off the main island of Java, killing at least 17 and leaving four others missing.
    (AP, 6/18/19)

2019        Jun 21, In Indonesia at least 30 people including children were killed in a fire that swept through a house that doubled as a match factory in North Sumatra province. Police the next day arrested the owner and two managers of an unregulated factory in North Sumatra that was engulfed by the fire.
    (AP, 6/21/19)(AP, 6/23/19)

2019        Jun 24, A 7.3-magnitude earthquake struck remote eastern Indonesia. There were no reports of casualties or any major damage.
    (AFP, 6/24/19)

2019        Jun 25, An Indonesian military spokesman said that any use of child soldiers by Papuan independence fighters would be a violation of human rights that implicates both the rebels and state institutions.
    (AP, 6/25/19)

2019        Jun 27, Indonesia's constitutional court rejected a bid to overturn President Joko Widodo's election victory and dismissed his defeated challenger's claims of widespread voter fraud as groundless.
    (AFP, 6/27/19)

2019        Jun 28, In Indonesia a Russian-made Mi-17 military helicopter carrying 12 people went missing in the country's troubled easternmost province of Papua. The missing bodies were found in February 2020.
    (AP, 6/28/19)(SFC, 2/15/20, p.A2)

2019        Jun 29, Indonesian police arrested Para Wijayanto, a man believed to be the leader of the al-Qaida-linked Jemaah Islamiyah network, who has eluded capture since 2003. Counter-terrorism police also arrested at least four other suspects linked to Wijayanto, a student of Abu Bakar Bashir, the alleged mastermind of the 2002 Bali bombings that killed more than 200 people.
    (AP, 7/1/19)(Reuters, 7/1/19)

2019        Jul 14, In Indonesia an earthquake hit North Maluku province killing four people and damaging nearly 1,000 houses.
    (SFC, 7/17/19, p.A2)

2019        Aug 2, In Indonesia a magnitude 6.8 undersea earthquake struck off the islands of Sumatra and Java. Four people were killed and hundreds of buildings left damaged.
    (Reuters, 8/3/19)

2019        Aug 4, In Indonesia a widespread 8-hour blackout hit Jakarta and other parts of Java island affecting tens of millions of people. State power company PLN estimated it would take several hours to restore power to Jakarta after a major blackout, blaming technical issues for cutting power to tens of millions of people in the capital and surrounding provinces.
    (Reuters, 8/4/19)(SFC, 8/5/19, p.A2)

2019        Aug 7, Indonesia's capital announced new curbs on private cars as it moved to rein in choking air pollution. Experts warned the measures were unlikely to stamp out the problem.
    (Reuters, 8/7/19)

2019        Aug 15, Indonesia said it has sealed parts of palm oil and timber concessions owned by 10 companies on Borneo island after a spate of forest fires, warning those involved in forest burning would be severely punished.
    (Reuters, 8/15/19)

2019        Aug 17, In Indonesia a suspected Islamic militant (30) launched an attack on a police station in Surabaya, East Java, slashing one officer with a sickle, before being shot and taken into custody.
    (Reuters, 8/18/19)

2019        Aug 18, In Indonesia police fired tear gas into the dormitory before arresting 43 students in Surabaya, East Java.
    (Reuters, 8/19/19)

2019        Aug 19, In Indonesia thousands of Papuans took the streets of the cities of Sorong, Manokwari and Jayapura, blocking roads, damaging an airport and torching government buildings. The protests were triggered by the detention of Papuan students in the East Java city of Surabaya over accusations that they had disrespected the Indonesian flag in front of a dormitory during celebrations of Independence Day on Aug. 17.
    (Reuters, 8/20/19)

2019        Aug 20, Indonesia sent 200 more police officers to Papua and reined in internet speeds to "prevent hoaxes from spreading" as civil unrest persisted in some parts of the country's easternmost area.
    (Reuters, 8/20/19)

2019        Aug 22, The ferry KM Santika Nusantara, travelling between Indonesia's second-largest city of Surabaya and the town of Balikpapan on Borneo island, caught fire this evening. Rescuers found three people dead and evacuated 300 from the blazing wreckage off the coast of Java island.
    (Reuters, 8/24/19)

2019        Aug 26, Indonesia revealed the long-awaited site for its new $33-billion capital on the forested island of Borneo to replace the crowded, polluted megacity of Jakarta, which is slowly sinking into the sea.
    (Reuters, 8/26/19)
2019        Aug 26, In Indonesia thousands of Papuans staged another series of rallies in several towns of the easternmost region, after protests that erupted last week over perceived ethnic discrimination provoked some calls for independence.
    (Reuters, 8/26/19)

2019        Aug 28, In Indonesia shooting broke out at a protest in the easternmost province of Papua. Police there said that one soldier and two protesters were killed.
    (Reuters, 8/28/19)

2019        Aug 29, In Indonesia protesters in the easternmost region of Papua set buildings ablaze, forcing the state power firm to cut off electricity in parts of the provincial capital of Jayapura.
    (Reuters, 8/29/19)

2019        Sep 5, Indonesia said it has partially lifted an internet blackout imposed following civil unrest in the country's easternmost region of Papua, but is yet to restore access in areas where the most violent protests erupted.
    (Reuters, 9/5/19)

2019        Sep 10, Former Indonesian president B.J. Habibie (83) died. He came to power during the country's turbulent transition to democracy after former strongman leader Suharto stepped down in 1998. He held power for 17 months until the late Abdurrahman Wahid became president.
    (Reuters, 9/11/19)

2019        Sep 13, Indonesia's environment minister said some forest fires in its territory had started on land used by subsidiaries of Malaysian companies, as the two neighbors traded blame for blazes that have spread haze across the region.
    (Reuters, 9/13/19)
2019        Sep 13, Indonesia's finance ministry said it will raise the minimum price of cigarettes by more than a third from January next year, as part of the government's efforts to reduce smoking rates. According to the WHO nearly 70% of adult men smoke in Indonesia.
    (Reuters, 9/14/19)

2019        Sep 15, A local government official said schools in two cities in the Indonesian part of Borneo island will be closed for a week after smoke from forest fires caused air quality to hit "dangerous" levels. Indonesia and neighboring countries in Southeast Asia are regularly hit by smoke from slash-and-burn clearances of forests for farms and palm oil plantations.
    (Reuters, 9/15/19)

2019        Sep 16, Indonesian police said authorities have arrested nearly 185 people suspected of starting forest fires.
    (SFC, 9/17/19, p.A4)

2019        Sep 18, Indonesia sent nine containers with at least 135 tons of waste back to Australia after discovering that they were contaminated with used plastic and hazardous materials. 547 containers were to be returned to wealthy nations.
    (SFC, 9/18/19, p.A2)

2019        Sep 19, Indonesian police said they have arrested 230 people suspected of starting some of the fires that are spreading haze across a large part of Southeast Asia.
    (SFC, 9/20/19, p.A2)

2019        Sep 23, In Indonesia at least 32 people died after fresh unrest broke out in the restive Papua region, with some victims stabbed, shot with arrows or burned alive as protesters set fire to buildings during violent demonstrations.
    (The Telegraph, 9/24/19)(SFC, 9/25/19, p.A4)

2019        Sep 24, In Indonesia police fired tear gas and water cannons to disperse rock-throwing students protesting a new law that they said has crippled the country's anti-corruption agency.
    (SFC, 9/25/19, p.A2)
2019        Sep 24, The United Nations warned that air pollution from Indonesian forest fires is putting nearly 10 million children at risk. Scientists said the blazes were releasing vast amounts of greenhouse gases.
    (AFP, 9/24/19)

2019        Sep 26, Indonesian police said at least two people have died in violent demonstrations by students protesting a new law they say has crippled the country's anti-corruption agency.
    (SFC, 9/27/19, p.A2)
2019        Sep 26, In Indonesia a magnitude 6.5 earthquake hit the eastern province of Maluku. The death toll soon rose to 30 people.
    (Reuters, 9/29/19)

2019        Sep 30, Indonesian police fired tear gas in several areas of Jakarta as a protest against legal reforms descended into running battles, causing traffic gridlock and chaotic scenes in parts of the central business district.
    (Reuters, 9/30/19)

2019        Oct 10, In western Indonesia a knife-wielding man, suspected of belonging to a radical Islamic greoup, wounded security minister Wiranto and another person.
    (SFC, 10/11/19, p.A2)

2019        Oct 20, Indonesian President Joko Widodo (58) was sworn in for a second five-year term leading the world's third-biggest democracy, after an election dominated by economic issues but also the growing influence of conservative Islam.
    (Reuters, 10/20/19)

2019        Oct 31, In Indonesia Mukhlis bin Muhammad (46), a member of the Aceh Ulema Council (MPU), was caned 28 times in a public park by a religious officer for adultery in Aceh province. The woman he had the sexual relationship with was flogged, also in public, receiving 23 lashes.
    (Reuters, 11/1/19)

2019        Dec 4, It was reported that plastic is burned on a large scale to ease Indonesia’s overflowing rubbish dumps, while truckloads of waste are sold to local communities.
    (http://tinyurl.com/rsq9bqn)(SFC, 12/20/19, p.A4)

2019        Dec 7, Indonesian authorities arrested five suspected poachers of a pair of critically endangered pregnant Sumatran tigers and seized four fetuses that had been preserved in a jar. About 400 Sumatran tigers remained because of forest destruction and poaching.
    (SFC, 12/9/19, p.A2)

2019        Dec 14, Indonesian police arrested two men suspected of being part of a ring that poaches and trades in endangered animals and seized from them several lion and leopard cubs and dozens of turtles.
    (AP, 12/15/19)

2019        Dec 18, Indonesian authorities said they have arrested six foreigners since Nov. 4 for allegedly trying to smuggle drugs onto the tourist island of Bali.
    (SFC, 12/19/19, p.A4)
2019        Dec 18, Indonesian officials said nearly 30,000 pigs have died from African swine fever (ASF) in North Sumatra province as of Dec. 15, causing millions of dollars of economic losses as authorities try to quarantine the areas affected.
    (Reuters, 12/18/19)

2019        Dec 23, In Indonesia a bus plunged into a ravine on Sumatra island just before midnight after its brakes apparently malfunctioned, killing at least 28 people and injuring 13 others.
    (AP, 12/24/19)

2020        Jan 1, In Indonesia at least nine people were killed as monsoon rains and rising rivers submerged at least 90 neighborhoods in Jakarta. The city has been rapidly sinking due to uncontrolled extraction of groundwater.
    (SFC, 1/2/20, p.A2)

2020        Jan 3, In Indonesia the death toll from floods in Jakarta rose to 43 as rescuers found more bodies amid receding floodwaters.
    (AP, 1/3/20)

2020        Jan 4, Indonesian officials said landslides and floods triggered by torrential downpours have left at least 60 people dead in and around Jakarta, as rescuers struggled to search for people apparently buried under tons of mud.
    (AP, 1/4/20)

2020        Jan 12, Indonesia and the United Arab Emirates affirmed deeper economic ties during a visit by Indonesian President Joko Widodo in which he sought billions of dollars to finance his country's infrastructure and energy projects.
    (AP, 1/13/20)

2020        Jan 16, Eight Indonesians were abducted in Malaysian waters in Sabah. Three were released, while the remaining five were probably brought by their captors to the southern Philippine province of Sulu.
    (AP, 1/19/20)

2020        Jan 19, In Indonesia a footbridge packed with people on Sumatra Island broke. Nine bodies were pulled from the water as far as 12 miles from the bridge. One boy (14) remained missing.
    (SFC, 1/21/20, p.A2)

2020        Jan 29, Indonesia's disaster agency said landslides and floods from torrential monsoon rains killed at least seven people on Sumatra island.
    (SFC, 1/30/20, p.A2)

2020        Jan 31, Indonesia deported US journalist Philip Jacobson who has written stories about environmental destruction in Indonesia after being arrested over alleged visa violations.
    (Reuters, 1/31/20)

2020        Feb 1, Indonesian officials said that around 250 of its nationals being evacuated from China's Hubei province, the center of the coronavirus epidemic, will be quarantined in its Natuna Islands military base.
    (Reuters, 2/1/20)

2020        Feb 21, In Indonesia at least six students in the province of Yogyakarta were killed and five more were missing after a tidal surge swept them away during a school trip.
    (AP, 2/21/20)

2020        Feb 29, In Indonesia gunmen, believed to be members of the West Papua Liberation Army, attacked security forces in Papua province . One police officer was killed and three others were wounded.
    (SFC, 3/4/20, p.A2)

2020        Mar 2, Andorra, Armenia, Czech Republic, Dominican Republic, Iceland and Indonesia confirmed their first cases of coronavirus.
    (AP, 3/2/20)

2020        Mar 3, Indonesia's Mount Merapi, the most active of the country's 500 volcanoes, erupted spewing pyroclastic material and sending as 19,680 feet.
    (SFC, 3/4/20, p.A2)

2020        Mar 8, Indonesia confirmed that two more people had tested positive for the coronavirus, taking the total of confirmed cases in the country to six.
    (Reuters, 3/8/20)

2020        Mar 10, In Indonesia visiting Dutch King Willem-Alexander apologized for his country's agression during its colonial rule and formally recognized the country's independence date in his first formal visit to the former Dutch colony.
    (SFC, 3/11/20, p.A4)

2020        Mar 14, Indonesia reported that Transport Minister Budi Karya Sumadi has been hospitalized in Jakarta after he contracted coronavirus. Indonesia reported 27 more coronavirus cases, bringing the total number of confirmed infection to 96 with five deaths.
    (Reuters, 3/14/20)

2020        Mar 15, Indonesia reported 21 new coronavirus infections, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 117.
    (Reuters, 3/15/20)

2020        Mar 18, Indonesia's death toll jumped from five to 19. Thousands of Muslim pilgrims from across Asia gathered at Gowa, just two weeks after a similar event in Malaysia caused more than 500 infections.
    (Reuters, 3/18/20)

2020        Mar 19, Indonesia reported six more deaths due to coronavirus for a total of 25, the most in Southeast Asia, and its biggest daily jump of 82 cases to 309. The government halted a mass congregation of nearly 9,000 Muslim pilgrims and began quarantining them and checking their health to prevent the further spread of the coronavirus amid a spike in cases. The four-day gathering at a boarding school in a rural area in south Sulawesi province was organized by a Muslim missionary movement, Jamaat Tabligh, and was not approved by authorities.
    (AP, 3/19/20)

2020        Mar 20, Jakarta, Indonesia, declared a state of emergency due to the coronavirus pandemic. Indonesia had 369 confirmed cases and 32 deaths. Jakarta, a city of 10 million people, had 215 confirmed infections and 18 deaths.
    (Reuters, 3/20/20)

2020        Mar 21, Indonesia confirmed 81 new coronavirus cases and 6 more deaths, bringing the total number of cases to 450 and deaths to 38.
    (AP, 3/21/20)

2020        Bill Hayden former governor-general of Australia proclaimed that Indonesia will be one of the great powers by this time.
    (SFC, 4/26/96, p.A-12)

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