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Frenchman could face death for Bali drug smuggling

A Frenchman appeared in court in Bali Thursday accused of trafficking a large stash of crystal methamphetamine into the Indonesian resort island, an offence punishable by death. Francois Giuily was arrested in January at Bali airport with more than three kilograms (6.8 pounds) of the drug hidden in two plastic bags in his suitcase lining, said prosecutor Suryatmaja, who like many Indonesians goes by one name. Airport customs chief I Made Wijaya said at the time of his arrest that the drugs had a street value of $511,280.

Final 'Japan diver' found in Indonesia

A body believed to be that of a Japanese diver who went missing with six others off Bali a month ago has been found far from where she disappeared, Indonesian police said Monday. The body, thought to be that of diving instructor Shoko Takahashi, was found at the weekend on Sempu island, East Java province, some 400 kilometres (250 miles) from where the divers went missing. Five of the other female Japanese divers in the group were rescued days after they went missing on February 14 while the body of a sixth washed up on the Indonesian resort island.

1 dead, 87 injured in Jakarta ammunition dump explosion

An explosion Wednesday at an Indonesian Navy ammunition storage facility in Jakarta Bay killed a navy officer and injured at least 87 others, the military said. Indonesian Defense Forces spokesman Rear Adm. Iskandar Sitompul said most of the injured suffered burns and cuts from glass and other fragments. The blast occurred at around 10:30 a.m. at the facility near Tanjung Priok Harbor in North Jakarta. The cause of the explosion was not immediately known.

1 dead, 2 dozen injured in Jakarta ammunition dump explosion

An explosion Wednesday at an Indonesian Navy ammunition storage facility in Jakarta Bay killed one person and injured at least two dozen others, according to hospital and military officials. Indonesian Defense Forces spokesman Rear Adm. Iskandar Sitompul said at least 25 people were injured in the explosion, which occurred at around 10:45 a.m. at the facility near Tanjung Priok Harbor in North Jakarta. Hospital officials later said one person had died.

Ammunition warehouse explodes in Jakarta Bay, causes many casualties

An explosion Wednesday at an Indonesian navy ammunition warehouse in Jakarta Bay has caused many casualties, according to police and media reports. It was not immediately clear whether the explosion at Tanjung Priok Harbor in North Jakarta caused any deaths, but police said at least 44 people have been evacuated to hospitals. Jakarta-based private radio station Elshinta reported there were at least 20 victims. ==Kyodo

Indonesian capital seeks to revive crumbling old town

Once resplendent facades sagging in the tropical heat and empty shells of colonial-era buildings are depressing signs that the old town of the Indonesian capital Jakarta, once considered the "Jewel of Asia", has suffered decades of neglect. Palm trees grow through crumbling windows in what was once the centre of power for Indonesia's Dutch colonial rulers, and many buildings that are still intact lie empty, stained grey by fumes from hordes of passing traffic.

Indonesian capital seeks to revive crumbling old town

Once resplendent facades sagging in the tropical heat and empty shells of colonial-era buildings are depressing signs that the old town of the Indonesian capital Jakarta, once considered the "Jewel of Asia", has suffered decades of neglect. Palm trees grow through crumbling windows in what was once the centre of power for Indonesia's Dutch colonial rulers, and many buildings that are still intact lie empty, stained grey by fumes from hordes of passing traffic.

Rescued Japan divers return home after Indonesia ordeal

Four Japanese scuba divers who went missing off Bali for three days before being rescued from a rocky outcrop returned home Friday, looking exhausted from the terrifying ordeal. Crowds of journalists were waiting for them at Kansai airport in western Japan when they arrived home from Indonesia. "I feel terrible to think that we could not come back together," said Emi Yamamoto, one of the four, referring to fellow diver Ritsuko Miyata whose body was discovered earlier this week.

Bali boat captain held over Japan divers' accident

Indonesian police have arrested the captain of a boat that took a group of Japanese divers on an ill-fated expedition off Bali in which at least one woman died, an official said Thursday. The man has been named a suspect and is accused of "negligence which caused the loss of life" by leaving the female divers alone in the open seas during the trip, said Handoyo Supeno of Bali marine police.

Rescued Japan divers heading home after Bali ordeal

Four Japanese scuba divers who went missing off Bali for three days left hospital Thursday and prepared to return home, as they revealed they were "swallowed by big waves" during a terrifying ordeal at sea. The women, among seven who disappeared after setting off for a diving expedition Friday, bowed deeply to reporters and apologised for causing any trouble as they were discharged from hospital in the Balinese capital Denpasar. It came as rescuers scoured the coast of the Indonesian resort island for one last day to find a diver who is still missing.
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