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Indonesia rejects calls to pardon 11 foreign convicts

Indonesia's President Joko Widodo has rejected calls for clemency for foreign convicts. Credit: Reuters/Olivia Harris

Indonesia's President Joko Widodo has rejected calls from foreign countries, including Australia and France, to show clemency for 11 foreign convicts on death row.

Preident Widodo said no foreign country should intervene in the country's right to use the death penalty and added that the scheduled executions of 11 foreign convicts will not be delayed.

President Widodo said he took calls from the leaders of France, Brazil and the Netherlands about the death penalty.

But he told reporters: "The first thing I need to say firmly is that there shouldn't be any intervention towards the death penalty because it is our sovereign right to exercise our law".


Indonesia to investigate AirAsia flight schedules

Indonesia's transport ministry will investigate all Indonesia AirAsia flight schedules from Monday, a government official told Reuters, as part of a government probe into the passenger jet that crashed.

"We are going to investigate all AirAsia flight schedules," Djoko Muratmodjo, acting general director for air navigation in the transport ministry said. "Hopefully we can start on next Monday. We won't focus on licences, just schedules."

"It might be possible to revoke AirAsia's license in Indonesia," Muratmodjo added.

Dozens of tourists stranded as floods grip Malaysia

Nearly 60 tourists - including travellers from Britain, Canada and Australia - are among dozens stranged at a resort in Malaysia as the region is battered by its heaviest rainfall in more than 40 years.

Authorities have dispatched rescue boats and a helicopter to find the guests, who were staying at Mutiara Taman Negara Resort in Pahang, and take them to safety.

Major floods have been reported across Malaysia and Indonesia due to a particularly heavy monsoon season. Credit: Reuters

Major floods have been reported across Malaysia and Indonesia due to a particularly heavy monsoon season.

The park, which spans 434,300 hectares (1,075,000 acres) of tropical rainforest, has recorded its highest rainfall since 1971.

Dozens missing in Indonesian mudslide

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Indonesian rescuers are finally able to use heavy-lifting equipment to clear roads leading to the site of a landslide that destroyed a village and killed at least 24 people, Reuters have reported.

Dozens are still missing, rescue and government officials have said.

Police, soldiers and volunteers had been using their bare hands and makeshift tools to search for survivors and clear the area in the aftermath of the catastrophe.


Death toll in Indonesia landslide 'at least 18'

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At least 18 people have died and around 90 others are missing after torrential rains set off a mudslide that destroyed a remote village in central Indonesia.

About 105 houses were swept away by the landslide in Jemblung village in Central Java province's Banjarnegara district, said Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, a spokesman for the National Disaster Mitigation Agency.

Hundreds of rescuers, including soldiers, police and residents, dug through the debris with their bare hands, shovels and hoes, while others used bamboo to carry black body bags containing corpses.

A house, centre, is buried in the mud in a village that was swept away by a landslide Credit: PA Wire

About 420 residents were evacuated to temporary shelters.

Relatives watched in horror as residents and rescuers pulled out mud-caked bodies from the village, while distraught women screamed at a hospital, MetroTV video showed.

Rescuers continue search for landslide survivors

A landslide has killed at least 11 people and destroyed a remote village in Indonesia, Reuters have reported.

According to reports, rescuers used their bare hands to search through the mud and debris for survivors.

Hundreds have been evacuated from around Jemblung village in the Banjarnegara regency of central Java, about 450 km (280 miles) from the capital, Jakarta, where media pictures showed a flood of orange coloured mud and water cascading down a wooded mountainside.

The disaster struck on Friday night and mudslides are common during the rainy monsoon season in the country.

Desperate search to find Indonesia landslide survivors

Eight people, including an eight-year-old boy, have died in a landslide in Indonesia and rescuers are desperately searching for more than 100 people not accounted for.

About 100 houses were swept away in Java. Credit: AP

Hundreds of people, including police, soldiers and residents, were digging through the debris with their bare hands, shovels and hoes.

So far 38 injured villagers have been taken to hospital, where four are said to be in a critical condition.

More than 300 people have been evacuated following the tragedy. Credit: AP

A spokesman for the National Disaster Mitigation Agency said mud, rugged terrain and bad weather had hampered rescue efforts and appealed for more heavy equipment to help the search.

Friday's landslide is the second in several days on densely populated Java island.

Rescuers carry an injured villager. Credit: AP

Three dead and 107 missing in Indonesia landslide

Three people are dead and 107 are missing after a landslide triggered by torrential rains buried houses in Indonesia, officials said.

Around 100 properties were swept away in the hilly district of Banjarnegara in Central Java province, a spokesman for the National Disaster Mitigation Agency said.

He added 38 injured villagers had been rushed to a hospital, four of them in critical condition.

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