April 11, 2018

Balinese man gets 15 years’ prison in murder of Japanese couple An Indonesian court on Monday sentenced a Balinese man to 15 years in prison for robbing and murdering an elderly Japanese couple last year on the tourist island of Bali. The defendant, Putu Astawa, was arrested Sept. 14, two weeks after the discovery of […]

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March 28, 2018

Legal battle over $250 million yacht seized in U.S. fraud probe Indonesia’s seizure of a luxury yacht wanted as part of a U.S. probe into the alleged multibillion-dollar theft of funds from a Malaysian state investment company is being challenged by the vessel’s owner, police said Monday. National police deputy director of economic crimes Daniel […]

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March 14, 2018

FBI seizes $250 million megayacht A luxury yacht has been seized in Indonesia as part of an FBI investigation into alleged multibillion-dollar corruption at a Malaysian state-run investment fund. Local police and FBI officers were seen onboard the $250million vessel moored off the tourist island of Bali, on Wednesday. It is owned by Malaysian financier […]

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February 28, 2018

Australian man, 60, dies from electrocution in Bali An Australian expatriate living in Bali has died after he was electrocuted while cleaning his swimming pool. Anthony Gallagher, from Liverpool, NSW, was killed at his rented property in Jimbaran, Bali, in what Indonesian officials describe as a ‘tragic accident’. The 60-year-old had been living on the […]

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February 14, 2018

Islamic hardliners in Indonesia push to outlaw premarital sex Unmarried tourists could face jail in Bali if they have sex, under proposed Indonesian laws after a petition from Islamic hardliners to change the criminal code will be put forward to Indonesia’s Constitutional Court this year. Riding a tsunami of moral conservatism and anti-gay prejudice, Indonesia’s […]

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January 31, 2018

Bitcoin cryptocurrency banned and under increasing scrutiny in Indonesia The Indonesian authorities are investigating the use of bitcoin within the holiday island of Bali, amid warnings by the central bank in Southeast Asia’s biggest economy over the risks posed by bitcoin according to local report. This has placed the virtual currencies under increasing scrutiny. According […]

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January 17, 2018

Australians briefly detained over Bali volcano climb Two Australians were briefly detained by Indonesian police yesterday for climbing to the summit of a rumbling volcano on the holiday island of Bali, hours before authorities shrunk an exclusion zone around the belching crater. Ricky Tonacia, 34, and Jack Dennard, 26, were questioned by police after flouting […]

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January 3, 2018

Steeler fan, paralyzed chasing monkey that stole his hat, flown to Malaysia for surgery His loyalty to Steeler Nation sent Jeff “Swede” Swedenhjelm chasing after a monkey that had stolen his favorite Steelers cap, then spinning off a rooftop in Bali. Now, fellow Steelers fans have been a large part of the support that’s gotten […]

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US man on the run after escaping notorious Bali prison A US man convicted on drugs charges escaped Bali’s notorious Kerobokan jail in an early morning jailbreak with another American prisoner who was caught almost immediately, an official said. The pair made a break from the Indonesian resort island’s main prison by cutting a hole […]

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December 6, 2017

Bali volcano alert raised to highest level About 100,000 people near Bali’s Mount Agung have been ordered to evacuate as officials fear a major eruption. Indonesian authorities have raised the state of alert to its highest level, and expanded the exclusion zone around the rumbling volcano. The island’s airport has now closed, leaving thousands stranded […]

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