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.
As relief agencies scramble to bring supplies to Indonesia's remote Mentawai Islands where a tsunami struck, surfers already on the scene are providing assistance.
More than 10 countries have now condemned a Florida pastor's plan to burn the Koran in commemoration of the 9/11 terrorist attacks of nine years ago. As noted in the Monitor article Why the planned Koran burning causes outrage and alarm, "Muslims see it as the uninterrupted, unchangeable, and eternal word of God. Burning the Koran is akin to directly burning the word of God." Here is what leaders are saying worldwide.
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 Obama trip to Indonesia can build a bridge to the world's largest Muslim country, countering Al Qaeda-tied militants in Southeast Asia. It can also counter China's expansion in the region.