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On October 12, 2002, Bali fell victim to the deadliest act of terrorism in Indonesia's history. Three bombs were detonated in busy nightclubs in the popular Kuta district, killing 202 people and injuring more than 200 others. Among the dead were 11 tourists from Hong Kong, 88 Australians and 38 Indonesians. Members of Jemaah Islamiyah, a violent Islamist group, were convicted over the bombings and in November 2008 Imam Samudra, Amrozi Nurhasyim and Huda bin Abdul Haq were executed by firing squad.

Running out of time on death row in Bali

In her cell on death row in Bali, Indonesia, a 56-year-old grandmother sits on a thin mattress and - in sweltering 35 degrees Celsius heat - knits elaborate jumpers and cardigans to send to relatives and friends in Britain. Sentenced to death in January for smuggling 4.8kg of cocaine, worth more than HK$19 million, in the lining of her suitcase on a flight from Bangkok to Bali last May, Lindsay Sandiford is the unlikeliest of drug mules.

Wednesday, 24 April, 2013, 3:45am 1 comment

Bali crash rings alarm bell on pace of Indonesian aviation sector's growth

The dramatic crash of a Lion Air plane into the sea off Bali has raised fears that Indonesia's fastest-growing carrier may be putting passenger safety at risk with its huge expansion plans, analysts said yesterday.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Lion Air jet crashes into the sea off Bali, but all aboard survive

Passengers last night told of their chaos and terror as an Indonesian airliner missed the runway in Bali, landed in the sea and broke in two.

None of the more than 100 passengers on board the jet, operated by Indonesian airline Lion Air, was killed, but 45 were treated for injuries.

14 Apr 2013 - 8:30am 4 comments

Bali court upholds death sentence for British grandmother Lindsay Sandiford

An Indonesian court on Monday upheld the death sentence handed down to a 56-year-old British grandmother found guilty of trafficking cocaine into the resort island of Bali.

9 Apr 2013 - 2:51am

A narrow escape from the perils of official subsidies

Driving through the back hills of Bali some years ago, I was treated to a first-hand demonstration of how energy subsidies do more harm than good.

It was late in the day, and although our hire car was running low on fuel, I was untroubled. After all, this was back in 2000, when Indonesia was still a major oil producer and exporter. Petrol was cheap and plentiful. Or so I thought.

4 Apr 2013 - 3:35am 2 comments

Bali is my muse says jewellery designer Guy Bedarida

Guy Bedarida's business card says a lot about him. It also speaks volumes about the direction of John Hardy, the jewellery brand for which he is creative director and head designer.

22 Mar 2013 - 10:03am

British man faces verdict over Bali cocaine ring

A British man accused ofdrugs trafficking ring on the Indonesian resort island of Bali faces a verdict and sentence on cocaine possession charges on Tuesday.

29 Jan 2013 - 6:00pm

Chef Profile: Will Meyrick

It's dinner time, and the kitchen of Will Meyrick's Sarong, his original Bali street-food inspired restaurant, is buzzing. The chefs glide around one another, constructing salads, searing meats and chopping herbs. Meyrick tastes every dish, asking for a little more lime, a touch more sugar, before it's sent out to the restaurant.

2 Dec 2012 - 10:46pm

Tears for Bali bomb victims 10 years on

A decade after bombs killed 202 people when they ripped apart two Bali nightclubs, a special memorial service was filled with reminders of what was lost in the tropical paradise … and what was not.

Tears fell as victims' names were read out, but not far away surfers paddled for world-class waves and holidaymakers haggled for souvenirs.

13 Oct 2012 - 5:04am

How Indonesia's mentally-ill are shackled and forgotten

Between rice fields and coconut trees on Indonesia's "paradise" island of Bali, a man lies chained by the ankles to a rotting wooden bed in a garden, staring at roosters tottering by.

I Ketut Lingga, 54, has schizophrenia and is one of more than 15,000 Indonesians with a mental illness who are either chained, caged or placed in primitive stocks, according to health ministry data.

11 Oct 2012 - 1:41pm