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Australian pair have death row appeals rejected

An court in Indonesia has rejected a last-ditch challenges by Australian Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran, who are facing execution by fire squad over drug smuggling.

Australian death row prisoners Andrew Chan (C) and Myuran Sukumaran. Credit: Reuters

In 2006, the pair were convicted of ringleading a plot to smuggle heroin out of Indonesia.

Their lawyer says they will file a legal challenge to the Indonesian Constitutional Court in the hopes of delaying their execution.

"We will continue our legal efforts," lawyer Leonard Arpan told reporters shortly after an Indonesian court rejected an appeal against the president's decision to refuse them clemency.

The attorney general's office has said there were no further legal avenues to avoid the death penalty after today's decision.


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.

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