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Indonesian elephants found dead, poisoning suspected

Seven Sumatran elephants have been found dead in western Indonesia and it is thought they were poisoned, a wildlife official said Monday, just the latest deaths of the critically-endangered animals. Dozens of the elephants have died after being poisoned in recent years on Sumatra island, as the creatures come into conflict with humans due to the rapid expansion of palm oil plantations which destroys their habitat.

Indonesian elephants found dead, poisoning suspected

Seven Sumatran elephants have been found dead in western Indonesia and it is thought they were poisoned, a wildlife official said Monday, just the latest deaths of the critically-endangered animals. Dozens of the elephants have died after being poisoned in recent years on Sumatra island, as the creatures come into conflict with humans due to the rapid expansion of palm oil plantations which destroys their habitat.

Garuda Indonesia create new hub in Bintan Island

SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Indonesian flag carrier Garuda Indonesia <GIAA.JK> is developing a new hub in Bintan island, off Singapore, to augment its domestic network in one of the world's fastest-growing airline markets. Garuda is partnering Singapore-listed Gallant Venture Ltd <GLVT.SI> to build the infrastructure for the 177-ha site in Bintan, it said on Tuesday at the Singapore Airshow.

FLASH: RESCUERS DISCOVER 8 BODIES ON SUNDAY AFTER LANDSLIDE IN INDONESIA'S NORTH SUMATRA PROVINCE: OFFICIAL

FLASH: RESCUERS DISCOVER 8 BODIES ON SUNDAY AFTER LANDSLIDE IN INDONESIA'S NORTH SUMATRA PROVINCE: OFFICIAL

Greenpeace slams palm oil giant supplying Oreo, Gillette

Oreo cookies and Gillette shaving cream are among products driving the destruction of Indonesia's forests, Greenpeace said Tuesday, accusing agri-giant Wilmar International of supplying "dirty palm oil" to make the grocery items. In its report "Licence to Kill", Greenpeace said that Singapore-based Wilmar, the world's biggest palm oil processor, was sourcing its oil from illegally cleared land and destroying the habitat of critically endangered Sumatran tigers.

Islamic games opens in Indonesia

The Islamic Solidarity Games got under way in Indonesia on Sunday despite a chaotic run-up to the event and debates over appropriate outfits for Muslim athletes. More than 1,800 athletes from 46 Muslim-populated countries including Syria, Egypt and Iraq are taking part in the games in the world's most populous Muslim country, organisers said. The opening ceremony in Palembang, a city on Sumatra island, was modest, reflecting the lack of funds for the event. Local organisers said they had yet to receive funds from the central government.

About 30 prisoners escape from Indonesian jail

About 30 prisoners escaped from an overcrowded jail on Indonesia's Sumatra island on Sunday after riots broke out, officials said. "About 30 prisoners managed to escape," said Sutopo Berutu, head of Labuhan Ruku prison in North Sumatra province. str-aa/sr/pst

Indonesian police hunt 131 in prison breakout

Indonesian police on Saturday expanded their search for 131 inmates including four militants who escaped from an overcrowded jail during a riot that left five dead, a spokesman said. Inmates began rampaging through the jail in Medan city on Sumatra island on Thursday, setting fires and hurling bottles at guards in anger over power cuts and water shortages at the facility. The Tanjung Gusta jail was engulfed in towering flames, killing three inmates and two prison staff who were trapped in their office.

Five dead in Indonesia prison riot

At least five people have been killed in violent riots at a jail in western Indonesia and about 100 prisoners, including terror convicts, are still on the loose, police said Friday. "Three are prisoners, two are prison staff," said Heru Prakoso, North Sumatra province police spokesman, adding they died in fires at the facility. Security forces were still struggling to regain control of the prison in Medan city on Sumatra island on Friday after riots erupted the previous day. Around 150 people escaped during the unrest at the Tanjung Gusta prison, he said.

Indonesians rescued after days trapped in tree by tigers

A group of Indonesian men who spent four days trapped up a tree by Sumatran tigers were rescued Monday when wildlife experts induced the snarling creatures to leave, police said. The five were dehydrated, hungry and terrified following their ordeal which began Thursday when they sought refuge in the forest canopy after an attack by the tigers, which left a sixth man dead. They were hunting for rare wood used to make incense, but provoked the ire of the critically endangered animals when they accidentally killed a tiger cub in a trap set to catch antelopes and deer for food.
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