While visiting his former hometown of Jakarta, Indonesia, President Obama focused his speech Wednesday on development, democracy, and religious tolerance while sprinkling his delivery with cultural references.
The Obama trip to Indonesia had the potential to go beyond praise for that country as a model of Islamic moderation. Indonesia is much more diverse than the label 'Muslim' implies.
President Obama's visit to Indonesia, the world’s fourth-largest democracy and the country with more Muslims than any other, is expected to cover a broader range of issues than his trip to India.
The latest Mt. Merapi eruption, which began late Thursday night, pushed the death toll from the eruptions that began Oct. 26 to more than 100 and burned villages up to nine miles from the crater.
One week after Indonesia's Mount Merapi unleashed its major blast, evacuation centers have reached capacity. Ongoing eruptions have sent more people fleeing and forced cancellation of some international flights.
Mount Merapi volcano erupted again on Thursday, spewing hot gas and ashes. Elsewhere, rescuers raised the death toll from Monday's tsunami to 343, with more than 300 people still missing.
Rescue groups are gathering clothing, soap, and tarps for the Indonesia tsunami victims. Transporting aid to the remote islands has proven more difficult.
Indonesia President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono (center) walks as he surveys the damage on tsunami-ravaged Pagai island, in Mentawai Islands, Indonesia, on Oct. 28. The tsunami that pounded remote islands in western Indonesia following an earthquake off the coast of Sumatra killed more than 100 people, and hundreds more were missing.