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In a theatre in the central Javanese city of Solo, a troupe of performers are acting out a fight scene from Hindu epic, the Mahabharata. The god Gatutkaca is dispatching some long-haired bad guys to the delight of the audience.

12 bodies found near Indonesia jet crash site

Search teams found at least 12 bodies Friday near where a Russian-made jetliner crashed into the side of an Indonesian volcano while on a demonstration flight for potential buyers from airlines, an official said.

Russia's Superjet disappears on Indonesian show flight

A new Russian-made civilian plane carrying 50 people went missing in Indonesia yesterday during a demonstration flight for potential buyers and journalists.

Coal giant set to oust Rothschild

Nat Rothschild is almost certain to be ousted tomorrow as co-chairman of Bumi Resources, the Indonesian coal giant he created 18 months ago.

Umar Patek after his hearing in Jakarta yesterday

'Demolition Man' appears in court a decade after Bali bombings

Indonesian police called Umar Patek "Demolition Man", such was his alleged bomb-making expertise. Yesterday Mr Patek went on trial charged with a string of terrorism-related offences, including assembling the explosives used to blow up two Bali nightclubs in 2002.

Umar Patek and his wife Siti Ruqayah

'Demolition Man' who made the Bali bomb goes on trial

Umar Patek tells police how he used household items to make 1,500lb device that killed 202

Tight at the top as hot Donald puts pressure on Westwood

World No 1 heads for Korea this week with his compatriot in pursuit in the rankings. James Corrigan reports on an intriguing race

Donald pipped by Westwood in English quest to be world No 1

Luke Donald saw his world No 1 dream cruelly snatched away on the third hole of sudden death at The Heritage last night. But English golf could still go to bed content in the knowledge that one of theirs would be heading the rankings when they are published this morning. Lee Westwood, and his many admirers, will feel he is back where he belongs.

Prince Andrew tries to keep his nose clean in Indonesia

Prince Andrew has quietly resumed his role as UK trade ambassador, in his first official trip abroad following the furore surrounding his contact with foreign dictators. The Prince arrived in Indonesia yesterday to promote British business interests there. The visit received no publicity in the UK, but was reported on the website of the British embassy in Jakarta.

Indonesia captures top terror suspect

Indonesian police said today they had arrested their most-wanted fugitive, a man believed to have an important role in terrorist activity.

'Little Barry' returns to his boyhood home

After twice postponing a visit because of domestic crises, Barack Obama finally returned to his boyhood home of Indonesia yesterday. But he was set to spend less than 24 hours in the world's most populous Muslim nation and the excitement once generated by his return has largely dissipated.

Indonesia to rebrand dictator as 'national hero'

Suharto's 31-year rule was brutal and corrupt. Yet now they want to honour him

Traveller's Guide: Bali

Beautiful beaches, exquisite temples, great food, tropical scenery and mighty volcanoes – this Indonesian island has it all, says Iain Stewart

Meet 'The Menteng Kid' (aka Obama)

An Indonesian film giving a fictionalised account of Barack Obama's time in the country as a child was premiered yesterday in Jakarta.

Hasan di Tiro: Founder of Acehnese independence movement who helped end three decades of war

The grandson of an Indonesian national hero, Tengku Muhammad Hasan di Tiro founded a separatist movement that waged one of the world's longest-running civil wars, eventually seeing his home province of Aceh granted limited autonomy following the 2004 Boxing Day tsunami.

Glazers going nowhere declares Gill

Manchester United chief executive David Gill insists the Glazer family are going nowhere - and pointed to a new seven-figure sponsorship deal as evidence of the benefits brought to Old Trafford by the club's controversial owners.

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