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Indonesian Christian governor freed

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 1/24/19, 11:11 am

Indonesian authorities on Thursday released a former governor who had nearly completed his two-year prison sentence on charges of blasphemy against Islam. Basuki “Ahok” Tjahaja Purnama, the first Christian leader of the capital district of Jakarta, left a paramilitary prison in the city, spokesman Sakti Budiono confirmed.

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Evacuations and warnings continue for Indonesian volcano

by Rachel Lynn Aldrich
Posted 12/28/18, 10:08 am

Bad weather and a column of ash are hampering efforts to monitor Indonesia’s Anak Krakatau island volcano, and officials are concerned it could it could trigger another tsunami. On Friday, authorities said the search for victims of Saturday’s tsunami would extend into January. Residents of nearby islands have been told to stay away from the coastline after an eruption on Anak Krakatau caused a tsunami last weekend, killing at least 426 people and displacing 40,000 others.

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Volcano still poses a threat in Indonesia

by Rachel Lynn Aldrich
Posted 12/27/18, 11:40 am

The Indonesian government warned people to avoid the coast as the country raised the danger level on an island volcano that triggered a devastating tsunami over the weekend, killing at least 430 people. The Indonesian volcanology agency on Thursday raised the Anak Krakatau volcano alert status to the second-highest level and doubled the exclusion zone, rerouting all flights within a 3-mile radius.

“There’s still a chance of a landslide, even under the sea level or on the sea level,” said Rudy Sunendar, head of the energy ministry’s geology department.

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