Bali zoo names newborn baby giraffe ‘Corona’ | AFP

A zoo in the Indonesian holiday island of Bali has named a baby giraffe Corona in honour of her birth during the global pandemic. The calf was born on April 9 to mother Sophie and father Matadi, joining two other siblings at Bali Safari Park on the Indonesian holiday island. Bali Safari Park has been closed to visitors since late March as part of efforts to stem the spread of coronavirus infections.

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Coronavirus means no Chinese tourists for tourism-dependent Bali | AFP

Temples across the Island of the Gods are filled with faithful who are hoping Hindu-majority Bali will be back on its feet after a drastic slump in Chinese visitors hammered the key tourism sector. Those in the tourism industry say the impact has been major and fear businesses shutting down.

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Bali’s drugged, smuggled orangutan headed back to the wild | AFP

Conservation authorities in Bali roll out a big fruit plate for fuzzy haired Bon Bon as he gets set to be transported to a conservation centre in Sumatra — one of just two places where the critically endangered species is found in the wild. The baby orangutan was drugged by a Russian trafficker in a failed bid to smuggle it out of Bali.

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Highlights of this day in history: Columbus lands in Americas; USS Cole bombed in Yemen; Soviet leader Khrushchev bangs shoe at UN; Blast rips Bali nightclub; Opera’s Luciano Pavarotti born; Singer John Denver dies in plane crash. (Oct. 12)

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Bali rolls out ban on single-use plastics to chop ocean waste | AFP

Bali is rolling out a ban on plastic straws and bags to rid the holiday island of waste as Indonesia scales up efforts to tackle its trash problem. Millions of tourists are drawn to Bali every year, but the tourist hub has recently become a poster child for plastic pollution in the country. In a first for Indonesia, Bali announced a comprehensive ban on single-use plastics last year, but full implementation was in doubt until last week, when the Bali government prevailed in a supreme court challenge from the Indonesian Plastic Recycling Association (ADUPI).

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Quake off Indonesia’s Bali sparks panic | AFP

A strong earthquake strikes off the Indonesian holiday island of Bali causing children to flee their schools and damaging several buildings. IMAGES

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Bali volcano spews ash in new eruption | AFP

Mount Agung, about 70 kilometres from the tourist hub of Kuta on the Indonesian island of Bali, erupts and spews a plume of ash and smoke more than 2,000 metres (6,500 feet) into the sky.

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Indonesia arrests Russian for smuggling orangutan

Indonesian police said Monday they also found geckos and chameleons in the luggage of a Russian tourist who was arrested for allegedly trying to smuggle a drugged orangutan out of Bali. (March 25)

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Indonesia frees Bali Nine drug smuggler Lawrence from prison

The first member of the “Bali Nine” heroin-trafficking gang is released from prison after serving 13 years in Indonesia for carrying 2.6 kilograms (5.7 pounds) of heroin strapped to her body as she tried to fly out of the international airport on the holiday island of Bali. IMAGES

‘Winter is coming’, Indonesian leader warns amid economic gloom

Indonesia’s president turns to blockbuster television show “Game of Thrones” to sound the alarm over global trade tensions at an economic conference, warning that “winter is coming.” Joko Widodo’s offbeat reference to the wildly popular show drew applause from the audience attending the annual meetings of the International Monetary Fund and World Bank in Bali.

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(12 Oct 2018) Highlights of this day in history: Columbus lands in Americas; USS Cole bombed in Yemen; Soviet leader Khrushchev bangs shoe at UN; Blast rips Bali nightclub; Opera’s Luciano Pavarotti born; Singer John Denver dies in plane crash. (Oct. 12)

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Raw: Aftershocks Rattle Indonesia

(9 Aug 2018) A strong aftershock has shaken the island of Lombok where tens of thousands of people are homeless after a powerful earthquake. School children in Bali could be seen fleeing their classrooms as the island felt the tremor from neighboring Lombok. (Aug. 9)

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Hospital patients evacuated in Indonesia due to 7.0 earthquake

Medical personnel rushed patients in their beds out of the Karangasem Hospital on the island of Bali on Sunday, as a magnitude 7 earthquake hit neighboring Lombok killing at least three people and injuring many more.

After everyone was evacuated to safety, the medical personnel helped the patients to get back to their rooms.

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