In front of a packed courtroom in Jakarta Thursday, a panel of five judges was delivering the verdict in the trial of Umar Patek -- a 45-year-old Indonesian man accused of taking part in the 2002 Bali bombings.
The lawyer for Umar Patek, an Indonesian man accused of assembling the bombs used in the 2002 Bali attacks, argued Monday that his client was not directly involved in the planning of the bombings, contesting a murder charge from prosecutors.
Bali may have its fair share of tourists seeking nothing more than seven days of sun, sand and sex in the southern party triad of Kuta, Legian and Seminyak, but this only forms a small part of what's on offer. In reality, Bali is a lush Indonesian island teeming with cultural experiences, delicious food and exhilarating adventures.
For years, Grant Thatcher rattled around Asia gathering wisdom about where to find the perfect martini in Bali, how to buy furniture in Bangkok, or who makes the smartest tweed jackets in Hong Kong. When friends started pestering him for tips, he decided to launch the Luxe City Guides in 2002. Now available for 22 cities in Asia, Europe, and North America (luxecityguides.com), the Luxe Guide is a three-by-six-inch, 20-panel accordion-pleated guide that will fit in a shirt pocket. "I want them to be sharp, acerbic, cheeky-like a smack in the mouth," says Thatcher, who edits each one himself. We caught up with Thatcher recently in Hong Kong for his always colorful take on travel.
The United States has rejected a proposal Saturday by developing nations to clarify their responsibilities to control greenhouse gas emissions, prolonging a tense logjam blocking agreement on negotiations for a new global warming pact, The Associated Press reports.
We've changed the energy- producing rules to prevent acid rain and smog. Now each of us can take a seat at the negotiations on climate change next month in Bali to eliminate carbon dioxide produced by burning fossil fuel
Kyoto, the far-reaching agreement reached in 1997 intended to reduce global carbon emissions, is nothing compared to what could be coming next as the world's governments confront the ecological damage from global warming and debate what needs to be done to fix it.
Negotiators from 158 countries reached basic agreement Friday on rough targets aimed at getting some of the world's biggest polluters to reduce emissions of the greenhouse gases blamed for global warming.
Controversial Muslim cleric Abu Bakar Ba'asyir has been released after 26 months in an Indonesian jail Wednesday, completing his prison sentence for giving his blessing to the 2002 Bali nightclub bombings that killed more than 200 people.
Australians Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran have been found guilty of heroin trafficking by an Indonesian court Tuesday and will face death by firing squad, live television coverage from the court has shown.
Indonesian police will seek the death penalty for all nine Australians accused of attempting to smuggle more than eight kilograms (18 pounds) of heroin from the popular tourist island of Bali to Sydney.
Indonesian investigators have questioned imprisoned Muslim cleric Abu Bakar Ba'asyir for four hours about his possible role in terror attacks in the Asian nation, but he provided little information, a spokesman for the religious leader said.