These false-color images taken by NASA’s Terra satellite show the city of Ishinomaki, northern Japan on August 8, 2008 (top) and March 14, 2011. Ishinomaki is one of several coastal cities brutalized by the swirling wall of waves from the tsunami caused by the earthquake that devastated northern Japan on March 11. Water is dark blue in this false-color image. Plant-covered land is red, exposed earth is tan, and the city is silver.
Abu Bakar Bashir's trial demonstrates the struggles Indonesia faces a decade after transitioning from authoritarian rule to the world's largest Muslim democracy.
Abu Bakar Bashir, the spiritual leader of the militant group Jamaah Islamiyah, is facing trial for the third time. It may be Indonesia's last chance to convict the cleric, who was also tried in for the 2002 Bali bombings.
An Egyptian anti-government activist kisses a riot police officer following clashes in Cairo. Tens of thousands of anti-government protesters poured into the streets of Egypt, stoning and confronting police who fired back with rubber bullets and tear gas in the most violent and chaotic scenes yet in the challenge to President Hosni Mubarak's 30-year rule.
On the first anniversary of the Haiti earthquake, global disaster relief is under the microscope. A $15-billion-a-year industry with 250,000 workers, the stakes are high – but from each tsunami, quake, hurricane, and drought, we learn what works and what doesn't.
A tsunami triggered by a 8.9-magnitude earthquake swamped Japan's northeast coast Friday, picking up cars, ships and houses as it surged as much as three miles inland. The wave generated by the quake, whose epicenter was 80 miles offshore of Sendai, was as high as 30 feet in some spots. There is no official death toll yet, but Japanese officials reported that as many as 300 people have been killed in the city of Sendai alone. But despite the alarming footage of entire houses moving across land, this most recent tsunami was relatively small in size compared to others throughout history. Here are the five of the worst tsunamis on record.
Ocean temperatures in the waters off Indonesia have climbed into the 90s, devastating some of the world's most biodiverse coral reefs and threatening the livelihood of locals.
The arrest of Indonesia cleric Abu Bakar Bashir highlights the ongoing counterterrorism work of the US-trained Detachment 88. Some groups are concerned over the police unit's alleged use of torture.
Abu Bakar Bashir has been arrested before. The Indonesian radical cleric's detention Monday appears based on stronger allegations of material support for a terrorist group in Aceh.
The traditional Muslim state of Indonesia enacted a tight pants ban in Aceh province, Thursday.