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Seven killed in Indonesia boat accident

Seven people died including three children when a boat carrying dozens of Christian worshippers celebrating Easter sank Friday off eastern Indonesia, police said. The worshippers were holding a traditional sea ritual in waters off Flores Island when one of the wooden boats sank before noon, district police chief Dewa Putu Gede Artha said. Fifty-three people were rescued in the incident which happened off the coast from Larantuka town, in the East Flores district of East Nusa Tenggara province.

Indonesian island sees future in age-old horseback battle

Two teams of tribesmen on horseback charge at each other hurling bamboo spears in a thousand-year-old ritual on the Indonesian island of Sumba aimed at producing a prosperous rice harvest. Spectators, their mouths reddened from chewing betel nut, scream them on from the sidelines of the show in Ratenggaro village, reaching for their machetes when a rider is struck at close range and the referee calls foul play.

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.

Rescued Japan diver says sea spun 'like washing machine'

A Japanese scuba diver who survived three days in waters off Bali after going missing with six other women has told how the weather suddenly turned bad and the sea spun "like a washing machine". Saori Furukawa, one of five Japanese divers rescued Monday, gave her dramatic account as rescuers hunted for a woman still missing and a day after a body of one diver was found. Furukawa said the weather had seemed "serene" when the group set off Friday from Nusa Lembongan, just east of the Indonesian resort island of Bali.

Search for Japanese divers missing near Bali halted in darkness

Indonesian rescuers failed Sunday to find any trace of seven Japanese scuba divers who vanished off Bali two days ago, calling the search off until Monday as night fell. A rescue team has been combing the seas for five tourists and two instructors -- all women -- since Friday afternoon, when the women went missing during their third dive of the day near the islands of Nusa Lembongan and Nusa Penida southeast of Bali. Rescue officials complained that the business which provided the boat and skipper, Yellow Scuba, could not be contacted and this was hampering the search.

Search resumes for seven Japanese divers missing near Bali

Indonesian rescuers on Sunday resumed their search for seven Japanese scuba divers who vanished during a dive near Bali two days ago, a consular official said. Searchers were combing the seas for the five tourists and two instructors -- all women -- who went missing during their third dive of the day off the island of Nusa Lembongan near Bali on Friday afternoon, deputy consul general of Japan in Bali Yasue Katsunobu said. Their boat's captain called the police after the women did not resurface, he said.

Seven Japanese tourists missing in Indonesia

Seven Japanese women are still missing despite two days of searches after they disappeared on a scuba diving trip in waters off the Indonesian island of Bali, police and reports said Saturday. The group disappeared while diving near Nusa Lembongan and Nusa Penida, small islands close to the southeast coast of the popular resort isle, Bali police spokesman Hariadi, who goes by one name, told AFP. The seven -- five tourists and two instructors -- left Bali on Friday morning after renting a boat from the beach town of Sanur, Kyodo news agency reported.

Seven Japanese tourists missing in Indonesia

Seven Japanese women are still missing despite two days of searches after they disappeared on a scuba diving trip in waters off the Indonesian island of Bali, police and reports said Saturday. The group disappeared while diving near Nusa Lembongan and Nusa Penida, small islands close to the southeast coast of the popular resort isle, Bali police spokesman Hariadi, who goes by one name, told AFP. The seven -- five tourists and two instructors -- left Bali on Friday morning after renting a boat from the beach town of Sanur, Kyodo news agency reported.

Bali Hindus angered by sacred temple tourism plan

Hindu leaders on the Indonesian holiday island of Bali Tuesday lashed out at a government plan to attract more tourists to their most sacred temple as "degrading" to Hinduism.a The row highlighted concerns that Bali's booming tourism industry is a double-edged sword, as it threatens to erode the Hindu culture which is part of the attraction for the millions who visit the tropical island.

Indonesia moves Miss World final to Bali after protests

Indonesia said Saturday the final of the Miss World pageant later this month would take place on the Hindu-majority holiday island of Bali instead of near the capital, after days of Muslim hardline protests. The announcement is the latest sign in the world's biggest Muslim-majority nation of fringe Muslim groups' growing influence on authorities and their power to stymie events they deem un-Islamic.
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