Quake Strikes Papua

JAYAPURA A moderate 5.9-magnitude earthquake struck northern Papua on Tuesday but there were no immediate reports of damage, the US Geological Survey said. No tsunami warning was issued. The quake hit at 10:39am on the Papua coast 198 kilometres from Jayapura and 264 kilometres from Vanimo in Papua New Guinea, at a depth of 18 […]

Three Soldiers Stand Trial over Torture Video

JAYAPURA Three soldiers appeared before a military tribunal in Papua on Friday to face charges over the alleged torture of Papuan civilians which was captured on video. The trial comes days ahead of a visit by US President Barack Obama to Indonesia, on the heels of the Pentagon’s announcement in July that it would resume […]

Five Police Killed in Papua Rescue-Plane Crash

JAYAPURA Five police on a mission to help flood victims in Papua were killed on Thursday when their plane crashed into a tree during an emergency landing, police said. The aircraft crashed in Nabire district of Papua province, police spokesman Wachyono said. “Five police were killed in the accident. The airplane hit a tree while […]

UPDATE 3: Flood Deaths in Papua Climb to 97

JAYAPURA The death toll from flash floods in Papua has climbed to at least 97 with dozens of people still missing, an official said on Thursday. Rescue workers were still searching for survivors from floods which hit West Papua province’s Teluk Wondama district on Monday following torrential downpours, a rescue official said. “At least 97 […]

UPDATE 2: Papua Flood Toll Rises to 86

TELUK WONDAMA The death toll from flash floods in Papua has risen to at least 86 with dozens of people still missing, an official said on Wednesday. Rescue workers were searching for survivors from the floods that hit West Papua province’s Teluk Wondama district on Monday following torrential downpours. “At least 86 people were killed […]

UPDATE 1: Papua Flash Floods Kill 56

JAYAPURA At least 56 people were killed and 24 remain missing after flash floods in a remote region of Papua, a disaster management official said on Tuesday. “We just received information from local officials there that 56 people were killed and 24 people went missing,” Dani Kismianto said. The floods were unleashed early on Monday […]

Man Killed in Papua Clash

TIMIKA A man was killed and at least three injured in a clash between police and dozens of locals over a security check dispute in the restive province of Papua, an official said. Police stationed at an airport in Wamena district on Monday had wanted to check two bags “suspected to contain suspicious items” arriving […]

Floods in Papua Kill 26

JAYAPURA The death toll from flash floods that smashed through a remote area of Papua has risen to 26 with many victims still missing, an official said on Tuesday. “At least 26 people were killed. We are still searching for the missing people,” Papua search and rescue official Mochamad Arifin said. “There are still many […]

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