Villagers in Indonesia's North Sumatra province have fled a landscape drained of colour after ash spewed from a local volcano.
British grandmother Lindsay Sandiford remains in a hot, cramped cell in an infamous Indonesian prison after losing a court appeal.
Demand for palm oil, found in hundreds of UK food products, is fueling large-scale deforestation of areas where endangered elephants live.
An overcrowded van with dozens of mourners has slammed into a truck on the main Indonesian island of Java, killing 18 people and injuring 14 others, according to the Associated Press.
Police officer Captain Mustofa says the van was carrying a group of 29 mourners from East Java's Probolinggo town who were on their way to pay respects to a relative.
He said today the vehicle was moving uncontrollably and collided with a trailer truck. The occupants were thrown from the van and 15, including two children, died instantly. The others died in hospital. The driver has been arrested for reckless driving.
A magnitude 6.9 earthquake has struck off Indonesia's Tanimbar Islands, the US Geological Survey data reported.
Mount Sinabung spewed volcanic ash into the sky over Karo district, Indonesia's north Sumatra province yesterday.
The volcano threw an 8,000m-high plume into the atmosphere as thousands of residents fearful of more eruptions remained in temporary shelters.
Lindsay Sandiford was sentenced to death after being found guilty of drug trafficking in January.
Sandiford's alleged accomplice, Julian Ponder, from Brighton, was jailed for six years in Bali after being cleared of drugs smuggling but convicted of possessing drugs. He remains in jail.
His partner, Rachel Dougall, also from Brighton, received a one-year jail term and has now returned to the UK after serving her sentence.
Paul Beales, a long-time Bali resident, was sentenced to four years in prison for possession of hashish. He remains in jail.
The Foreign Office is seeking confirmation that a British grandmother has lost her appeal against a death sentence for trafficking drugs into the resort island of Bali.
– Foreign and Commonwealth Office spokesman
We are aware of unconfirmed reports that the decision of the Indonesian Supreme Court has been announced. We are seeking confirmation of the decision from the Indonesian Supreme Court.
We will continue to provide consular assistance to Lindsay Sandiford and her family at this difficult time.
A woman from Teesside appears to have lost her second, and possibly final, appeal against a death sentence in Indonesia.
Lindsay Sandiford faces a firing squad after being convicted of drug smuggling in January.
The 57-year-old from Redcar had been arrested at Bali Airport after drugs were found in her luggage.
The Foreign Office has told ITV News that they are checking reports that her final appeal has been rejected,
If this is the case, her last hope would be a presidential reprieve.
Three people have died and more than 150 had to be rescued after a boat carrying would-be asylum seekers to Australia sank in Indonesia waters.
Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd said the sinking "underlines the need" for the country to change its refugee policy, defending a government announcement that future asylum seekers who attempt to arrive by boat will never be allowed to settle in Australia.
According to an Indonesian official, more than 150 survivors have been rescued but it is still unclear how many more may be missing.
A Sumatran elephant endangered from illegal logging has died. ITV News highlighted the story of Raja who was being held to ransom by villagers in Aceh, Indonesia. They were demanding compensation from the government for the financial loss they were suffering.
In a statement charity Elephant Family said: "The villagers buried Raja soon after his death, and without having been able to examine his body, it is difficult to know for sure how he died.
"From the reports they gave, it seems that very tragically, through their inexperience and without checking with the vets, the villagers started giving Raja something new to eat from the forest - something he could naturally eat, but which is very rich in protein and which his body wasn't used to.
"It seems that they gave him too much of this particular plant, and this caused a sudden bacterial infection and bloating, and his young body couldn't cope. It apparently all happened so quickly."