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B>JAKARTA:/BAn army tank rammed a public minibus in Java killing 18 people and injuring at least five others, authorities said.
Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono was sworn in as Indonesia's sixth president yesterday, promising to revive a precarious economy by personally leading a war on endemic graft while also tackling terrorism.
New Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono swore in a mix of experts and political appointees to his Cabinet yesterday, a team he has entrusted to fulfil ambitious promises to fix grinding poverty and rampant corruption in his sprawling nation.
Indonesian police investigating a bombing last week that killed six people and prompted fears of more violence in an area troubled by sectarian conflict said yesterday they had detained two men.
Muslim-dominated Indonesia yesterday ordered more security at potential flashpoints after renewed attacks on Christian churches sparked fears of a repeat of deadly Christmas Eve bombings four years ago.
The death toll from the Indian ocean tsunami continued its sickening rise Tuesday with more than 280,000 people now presumed dead as bodies continued to be recovered one month after the catastrophe.
Acehnese rebels said yesterday they are willing to put their demand for secession on hold if Indonesia accepts a 'face-saving' formula that would allow the tsunami-hit province to hold an independence referendum within five to 10 years.
Indonesia and the Philippines were on alert Friday for Islamic militant attacks aimed to disrupt Christian celebrations of Easter while foreigners were warned over their safety.
Indonesia will return its tsunami-hit Aceh province to civilian rule after the current state of emergency expires next week, officials said Thursday.
Indonesia's president headed to Washington yesterday, hoping his country's giant strides in democracy and tough line on terror would lead to a restoration of strategic military ties despite lingering qualms over Jakarta's rights record.