Nine Indonesian tribesmen have come down from a remote mountain on Sulawesi Island after decades in the hills, saying they believed the Dutch still ruled their country. Indonesia proclaimed freedom from 350 years of Dutch colonial rule in 1945. Reports say a food shortage caused by drought may have forced the men to come down from the mountain. They included a centenarian, who claimed to have fled to the mountains to escape a cholera epidemic and to evade colonial rulers because he did not want to co-operate with them. A South African prisoner who escaped from jail called his family to tell them the good news. He had a nasty shock when they ordered him to come home so they could return him to prison. Petrus Niewenhuis, 29, was half-way through a 12-year jail term for robbery and murder when he escaped from a prison near Johannesburg. He phoned his family and they told him he should come home so that they could discuss the matter and take him back to prison. Which is what he did, according to a prison official. 'His family brought him back early next morning. This is very unusual for us because usually the families cover for the inmates. But the Niewenhuis family said that he just must complete his sentence,' the prison official added. Life on the space station Mir may not be comfortable, but it is profitable for the Russian cosmonauts who undertake missions averaging about six months in orbit. Cosmonauts typically make US$400 (about HK$3,080) to US$600 a day when various bonuses such as hardship pay are added in, which means they come home with US$72,000 to US$108,000 in their pocket after half a year in space, said Boris Ostroumov, the Russian Space Agency's deputy director. But the cosmonauts have had to endure a series of hardships in recent months and officials say the shower has not worked in two or three years.