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Japan Death Toll Tops 10,000

Jumat, 25 Maret 2011 | 09:00 WIB

OSAKA, – The death toll from a massive earthquake and tsunami that devastated Japan’s northeast coast topped 10,000 on Friday, two weeks after the disaster struck, Kyodo news reported. The National Police Agency, responsible for compiling statistics from different prefectures affected, could not immediately confirm that figure.

There are fears of a much higher toll from the disaster, which flattened entire towns along the Pacific coast of the country’s main island of Honshu. In its report on Thursday, the National Police Agency said that 9,811 people had been confirmed dead and 17,541 officially listed as missing — a total of 27,352 — as of 9:00 pm (1200 GMT) as a result of the March 11 catastrophe.

A total of 2,779 people have been injured. The quake has become Japan’s deadliest natural disaster since the 1923 Great Kanto Earthquake, which killed more than 142,000 people. Hundreds of thousands of people have been displaced from their homes and have taken shelter in emergency facilities.


Armed group attacks Ahmadiyah mosque in Kebayoran Lama

The Jakarta Post, Jakarta | Fri, 12/03/2010 3:15 PM | Jakarta

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A group of unidentified men attacked Ahmadiah Mosque Al Hidayah in Kebayoran Lama, South Jakarta, in the wee hours of Friday.

No fatalities were reported, but facilities such as lamps and window panes were smashed.  “The attackers claimed to be from the Majelis Pembela Rasulullah [Rasulullah Defender’s Council,” the mosque security head Deden Sudjana was quoted as saying by news portal. He added that the attack lasted less than a minute.  The men were armed with swords and machetes.

“Police officers have been stationed at the mosque since last week to prevent attacks similar to those at Ahmadiyah mosques in Bogor [West Java] and Warakas [North Jakarta],” he said. He said police fired warning shots to disperse the attackers but made no arrests.


Rupiah Weakens against US Dollar

Jumat, 7 Januari 2011 | 12:54 WIB

JAKARTA, – The rupiah weakened against the US dollar in the Jakarta interbank spot market here Friday morning. The Indonesian currency traded Rp9,002-Rp9,015 per US dollar, down 53 points from Rp8,949-Rp9,039 per US dollar at the market’s close a day earlier.

The local unit has tended to weaken over the past few days because there had been no significant factor which could boost the currency, Hendri Effendi, a money market analyst of City Securities, said here Friday. However, he believed that the rupiah  was still within the safe level because Bank Indonesia (BI) was still guarding the local unit.

Malaysia Declares Public Holiday over Football Win

KUALA LUMPUR, — Malaysia has declared Friday a public holiday to celebrate its victory over Indonesia in the final of the ASEAN Suzuki Cup — southeast Asia’s premier football tournament. Malaysia beat Indonesia 4-2 on aggregate in a final played over two legs, winning the cup Wednesday for the first time.

Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak announced the holiday in a statement to the national news agency Bernama late Wednesday, saying that the victory marked “the greatest night in Malaysian football.”

He posted from his Twitter account: “Well done, Malaysian Tigers! You played well as a team and have made your country very proud. Congratulations!”


Ariel Sentenced to 3.5 Years Jail

Yuli Krisna | January 31, 2011

Nazril “Ariel” Irham was found guilty on Monday of distributing pornographic materials on the Internet and sentenced to 3.5 years in jail.  The sentence, which includes a Rp 250 million fine ($28,000), is 1.5 years lower than the prosecution demand of five years.

Ariel has been behind bars since he surrendered himself to police on June 22 amid a media circus over explicit videos that allegedly show him having sex, on separate occasions, with television celebrities Luna Maya, his current girlfriend, and Cut Tari, a former girlfriend.

Before the hearing started, Ariel arrived at the Bandung District Court to jeers from about 1,000 demonstrators from the Alliance of Islamic Movements, who threw rotten eggs and tomatoes at the pop singer.

“We’ve been guarding the court hearing from start to finish. This is the moment for upholding the law in this country, If Ariel Peterpan, the sex video perpetrator is freed, we will take action,” the rally orator shouted in front of the court building.

The Bandung Police Headquarters deployed one thousand officers to secure the hearing which is open for public. The court room, on the building’s second floor, was jam packed with Peterpan’s fans, Ariel’s friends, demonstrators and journalists.



In Bali, Thai Smuggler Swallowed 1,200 Ecstasy Pills

Senin, 20 Desember 2010 | 15:43 WIB

DENPASAR, – A Thai woman swallowed more than 1,200 ecstasy pills wrapped in plastic and tried to smuggle them into the Indonesian resort island of Bali, officials said Monday.

Customs officials said the 24-year-old woman appeared nervous and was found to have a hard stomach during a body search at Bali’s international airport as she arrived Thursday on a flight from Bangkok. She was taken to hospital and 1,280 ecstasy pills were found in her stomach, Bali customs chief I Made Wijaya told a press conference.

“The pills were in a number of plastic wraps which she swallowed about 90 times,” Wijaya said.

They weighed of 402 grams (0.9 pounds) and were worth about 448 million rupiah (50,000 dollars), he said. The woman, who claimed to be a dancer in Bangkok, told investigators that an Israeli man had offered to pay her 656 dollars to deliver the pills to Bali, one of Asia’s most popular destinations for Western tourists, Wijaya said.

If convicted she faces life imprisonment or death under Indonesia’s tough anti-drug laws.



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