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.

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Sir Alex Ferguson said the attacks in Jakarta that forced Manchester United to cancel its trip to Indonesia were "terrible news".

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An Indonesian military plane carrying troops and their families caught fire and nose-dived into a residential neighbourhood in east Java yesterday, killing 98 people and injuring more than a dozen.

Scores drowned as Jakarta dam bursts

Torrential rain caused a colonial-era dam to burst outside the Indonesian capital early yesterday, sending a wall of muddy water crashing into a densely packed neighbourhood and killing at least 58 people.

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The upmarket department store Harvey Nichols has revealed it expects profits to slump by 40 per cent this financial year, as the credit crunch hits its well-heeled customers.

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Barack and Winston: both going all the way for Mom

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Briton on board plane missing in Indonesia

A Briton was on board an Indonesian air force plane which crashed in dense jungle, it emerged today.

Jakarta torch relay is scaled down as Canberra puts up wall of steel

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Suharto's reputation, alas, is now one of corruption and vindictiveness. Twas not always so, writes Tam Dalyell [further to the obituary by Derek Davies, 28 January].

Suharto, tyrant of Indonesia, dies without facing justice

Indonesia's former dictator Suharto died yesterday. At least half a million people were killed during his 32 years in power, but he was never brought to justice.

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