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More Sinabung evacuees to be sent home

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Jakarta Post

Apriadi Gunawan, The Jakarta Post, Karo, North Sumatra | Archipelago | Thu, April 10 2014, 9:09 AM

The Karo regency administration plans to allow thousands of evacuees from eight villages and a hamlet located outside a 3-kilometer radius of Mount Sinabung to return home following decreased volcanic activity.

The Volcanology and Geological Disaster Mitigation Center (PVMBG) on Tuesday afternoon announced that the volcano’s status had been lowered from level 4 “caution” to level 3 “alert”.

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Asylum seekers left high and dry in Indonesia

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JAKARTA/MAKASSAR, 9 April 2014 (IRIN) - Australia’s military-led operation to prevent boats carrying asylum seekers from reaching its shores has been hailed by Prime Minister Tony Abbott as a success, with over 100 days elapsing since the last boat reached its target.

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New disaster management software released worldwide

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World Bank

InaSAFE 2.0 is free and open source software that provides disaster managers around the world with a simple but rigorous tool for evidence-based disaster planning.

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RI-PNG border temporarily closed

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Jakarta Post

Nethy Dharma Somba, The Jakarta Post, Jayapura | Archipelago | Sun, April 06 2014, 7:07 PM

The Indonesia-Papua New Guinea (PNG) border crossing has been closed following a shoot-out on Saturday between joint patrol officers from the Indonesian Military (TNI) and the National Police and dozens of armed civilians in Skouw-Wutung, an area that borders the two countries, ahead of the legislative election on Wednesday.

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Aceh needs special attention, says minister

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The Jakarta Post, Denpasar | National | Mon, April 07 2014, 11:07 AM

Coordinating Political, Legal and Security Affairs Minister Djoko Suyanto says that Nanggroe Aceh Darussalam needs special attention to avoid the possibility of conflict in the province.

“By giving it special attention, we will be able to reduce the possibility of conflict during all stages of the 2014 election,” he said on the sidelines of a joint prayer at the Bajra Sandi Monument, Denpasar, Bali, on Sunday as quoted by Antara.

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Landslides destroy houses in Pagaralam

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The Jakarta Post, Palembang, South Sumatra | Archipelago | Mon, April 07 2014, 6:32 AM

Heavy rains that drenched Pagaralam, South Sumatra, since Saturday night have caused several landslides, which damaged dozens of houses in Dempo Makmur subdistrict, North Pagaralam district.

“The landslides happened along the road in the Antan 8 tourist site and residential areas of Dempo Makmur,” Dian, a resident, said on Sunday.

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Address Aceh pre-election violence

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Amnesty

Index: ASA 21/010/2014

Amnesty International calls on the Indonesian authorities to stem the rising tide of political violence in Aceh province ahead of the upcoming parliamentary elections on 9 April 2014. An increase in the number of police personnel deployed to the province, in the lead up to the elections, has failed to deter a spate of lethal shootings and attacks against members and supporters of political parties and other individuals.

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Five dead as landslide derails Indonesian train

04/04/2014 17:56 GMT

JAKARTA, April 4, 2014 (AFP) - A landslide triggered by heavy rain derailed a train as it travelled through Indonesia's main island of Java on Friday, leaving five people dead, an official said.

There were about 250 passengers on the train as it travelled from the city of Bandung in the west of Java to Malang in the east.

The land slipped away from under the tracks as the train was passing through the city of Tasikmalaya at 6:30 pm (1130 GMT), said national disaster agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho.

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World + 11 others
Dengue and malaria impacting socioeconomic growth: WHO

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3 April, New Delhi: While countries in South-East Asia have made substantial economic progress, diseases such as dengue and malaria fuel a vicious cycle of poverty and have a significant impact on socioeconomic status of communities. These diseases are still killing thousands of people in the WHO South-East Asia Region. On World Health Day – 7 April – the World Health Organization is urging countries to prevent and control vector-borne diseases including chikungunya, dengue, kala-azar, lymphatic filariasis and malaria, among others.

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West Papua Report April 2014

This is the 120th in a series of monthly reports that focus on developments affecting Papuans. This series is produced by the non-profit West Papua Advocacy Team (WPAT) drawing on media accounts, other NGO assessments, and analysis and reporting from sources within West Papua. This report is co-published by the East Timor and Indonesia Action Network (ETAN).

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Scholar says Papuans should lead local response to HIV/AIDS

An Australian researcher says NGOs led by indigenous Papuans should play a bigger role in the response to HIV/AIDS in the Indonesian province.

Read the full article on Radio New Zealand International

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Japan + 2 others
Minor tsunami hits Japan after Chile quake

04/03/2014 09:20 GMT

TOKYO, April 3, 2014 (AFP) - Small tsunami waves hit northern Japan early Thursday following a powerful 8.2-magnitude earthquake thousands of kilometres away across the Pacific Ocean in Chile after officials issued an evacuation advisory for certain areas.

The Japan Meteorological Agency said waves of 40 centimetres (16 inches) were monitored in Kuji, Iwate prefecture, at 7:39 am (2239 GMT Wednesday) about an hour after the first 20-centimetre tsunami was recorded there.

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Protestors call for the release of Papuan political prisoners in Indonesia

Around 100 protestors demonstrated today outside the Indonesian embassy in London to call for the unconditional and immediate release of all Papuan political prisoners.

76 of the protestors were handcuffed and had their mouths taped shut to represent the 76 political prisoners currently being held in Indonesian prisons.

The protest was organized by Tapol, Survival International, Amnesty International and the Free West Papua Campaign.

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Indonesia says could be hit by small tsunami from Chile quake

04/02/2014 14:32 GMT

JAKARTA, April 2, 2014 (AFP) - Indonesia warned Wednesday that it could be hit by a small tsunami generated by an 8.2-magnitude earthquake that struck off Chile's Pacific coast, telling residents to stay away from beaches.

Tsunami waves up to half a metre (1.6 feet) high "will possibly affect several areas in Indonesia" from early Thursday, said disaster agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho.

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CFE joins U.S. delegation in Indonesian Disaster Relief Exercise

By CFE-DMHA

PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii, Mar. 28, 2014 - Personnel from the Center for Excellence in Disaster Management and Humanitarian Assistance (CFE-DMHA) served on the U.S. delegation at Indonesia’s Mentawai Megathrust Disaster Relief Exercise (DiREx) in Pandang, West Sumatra March 15 – 19.

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Employing conservation agricultural techniques to tackle food insecurity

BETUN [ACTED News] – Nusa Tenggara Timur is one of the most food insecure provinces in Indonesia, where over a quarter of households are considered food insecure. Agriculture is the main livelihood source in the area yet the province has a significantly lower agricultural productivity rate compared to the rest of the country.

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Myanmar + 3 others
Protect Rohingya Rights - Before It's Too Late

By Sarnata Reynolds

On Thursday, members of the Rakhine Buddhist community in Myanmar attacked aid workers because they were providing food, water, and basic healthcare to their stateless Rohingya neighbors.

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Conflict in Indonesia's Papua Region

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GOHONG, 28 March 2014 (IRIN) - The clearing of forests inhabited by indigenous people in Indonesia's Papua* Region by agribusinesses is fuelling conflict in the southern Merauke Regency, say campaigners.

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Mt. Merapi spews volcanic gas, residents keep eye on Mt. Slamet

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Bambang Muryanto and Kusumasari Ayuningtyas, The Jakarta Post, Yogyakarta/Klaten | Archipelago | Fri, March 28 2014, 9:51 AM

Mount Merapi, located on the border of Yogyakarta and Central Java provinces, showed increased activity on Thursday as it emitted volcanic gas, rumbled, generated minor earthquakes and sprayed ash and gravel.

The increased activity was short-lived, lasting only four minutes from 01:12 p.m. to 01:16 p.m. The alert status of one of Indonesia’s most active volcanoes remained unchanged on Thursday.

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TNI assistance needed to distribute election supplies in Papua

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Nethy Dharma Somba, The Jakarta Post, Jayapura | Archipelago | Thu, March 27 2014, 5:15 PM

The Papua General Elections Commission (KPUD) has requested backup from Indonesian National Military (TNI) headquarters in the form of a chopper to help with the distribution of logistical materials for the election.

“We have sent our formal request to the TNI commander. Hopefully we can use the resources in the near future because most of the regions here are hard to reach over land. We need to drop the logistical supplies by air,” Papua KPUD chief Adam Arisoy said on Thursday.