Upon reaching the site where the Trigana Air plane that boarded 54 passengers was reported to have crashed, rescue workers weren't able to find any survivors, a senior official has confirmed Tuesday.
Bambang Soelistyo, head of Indonesia's search and rescue agency said the rescue teams were able to recover at least 38 bodies from the scene, but so far, no survivors were found.
On the other hand, he said helicopters have been deployed into the dense areas of the forest to begin evacuation in the eastern Indonesian province of Papua. more >>
The remains believed to have been from the Indonesian airliner, which was missing Sunday after it crashed with 54 people on board, have been spotted by a search plane in the Oktabe district of Papua province on Monday.
Suprasetyo, Indonesia's director general of air transportation said details are still being verified, but several villagers said they saw a plane crash into a mountainside.
The rescue teams that put their searches on hold will once again resume aerial and ground searches to confirm the reports provided by villagers. more >>
Australian reports have claimed that support for the Islamic State terror group is rising in Indonesia, the largest Muslim nation in the world, with an active recruitment center operating in the capital, Jakarta.
Fairfax Media reported on exclusive footage obtained through Indonesian terrorism analyst and documentary filmmaker Noor Huda Ismail, which shows young Indonesian men inside the al-Fataa mosque pledging allegiance to IS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.
IS has recruited tens of thousands of foreign fighters from across the world in its efforts to establish an Islamic Caliphate on the territories of Iraq and Syria, and has rallied extremist factions from various countries. more >>
The MH370 search has been reignited ever since locals on Reunion, a remote island in the Indian Ocean, found debris from a downed Boeing 777 airplane earlier this week. Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 disappeared on March 8, 2014, and now French officials may be able to determine more about what happened during the jet's disappearance.
The piece of wreckage, which appears to be a wing flap torn from an airplane, is about 8 feet long and 3 feet wide. American officials determined that the debris came from Reunion, which is off the coast of Madagascar, and even though the Australian government has called it a "very significant development," many are hesitant about the developments.
"We have had many false alarms before, but for the sake of the families who have lost loved ones, and suffered such heartbreaking uncertainty, I pray that we will find out the truth, so that they may have closure and peace," Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak said in a statement. "I promise the families of those lost that whatever happens, we will not give up." more >>
Eight prisoners in Indonesia reformed by Christianity sang and prayed as they walked to their executions Wednesday morning, witnesses said.
The eight prisoners included two Australians (Myuran Sukumaran and Andrew Chan); four Africans (Raheem Agbaje Salami, Sylvester Obiekwe Nwolise, Okwudili Oyatanze, and Martin Anderson); and one each from Brazil (Rodrigo Gularte); and Indonesia (Zainal Abidin bin Mgs Mahmud Badarudin), who were convicted of drug trafficking in Indonesia, a country with harsh penalties for smuggling, including life in prison and the death penalty.
"When they were being put on the cross for execution, they were singing on the crosses and we were in a tent not too far away from the execution place trying to support them," Father Charlie Burrows told News Corp Australia more >>
As many as 300 slaves were rescued on Good Friday from an isolated island in Indonesia, where they were forced to work as fisherman and catch seafood that was eventually sold in supermarkets in the United States.
An investigation by the Associated Press revealed that many of the migrant workers, who eventually wound up on the Indonesian island of Benjina and were duped into working 20 to 22 hours a day in unpaid slave labor, were tricked into going to that particular island.
With many of the migrant workers coming from Burma, also known as Myanmar, in search of job opportunities, many of them were told that they would be offered good-paying jobs in Thailand. Instead, they were fooled into hopping on a boat, which took them thousands of miles from their homes and dumped them on the island with no way to return home. They were then forced to catch fish without pay for the Pusaka Benjina Resources fishing company. The fish they catch are then sent back to Thailand and shipped to supply chains. more >>