The wRap Indonesia: Church burned in Aceh, survivor found from chopper crash
JAKARTA, Indonesia – From the burning of a church in Aceh, to the recovery of one survivor found two days after the chopper he was riding went missing, here are today's top stories to start your day.
1. Aceh church-burning
One man was killed Tuesday, October 13 in violent clashes that saw 3 churches burned to the ground by hundreds of armed men in Indonesia's conservative Islamic province of Aceh, a local police chief said.
About 750 stick-wielding men razed a church in southern Aceh before clashing with local Christians at a second church. Read more.
2. Survivor found after chopper crash
A missing Indonesian man was found alive, naked and floating in a huge volcanic lake on Tuesday, October 13 two days after the helicopter in which he was traveling crashed.
The man, named in local reports as Fransiskus Subihardayan, was rushed to hospital after being found conscious but very weak, and wearing only a black watch, in Lake Toba, into which the aircraft is believed to have plummeted, on western Sumatra island. Read more.
3. Indonesia guest of honor
Little-known Indonesian writers will take centerstage at the world's largest book fair this week, led by trailblazing women tackling taboos in their conservative homeland, from historic injustices to sex and religion.
Indonesia is the guest of honor at this year's Frankfurt Book Fair, the industry's biggest annual get-together for publishers, editors and writers from around the globe, with 200 titles from the country to be showcased at the 5-day event starting Wednesday, October 14. Read more.
4. MH17 probe results
Air crash investigators concluded Tuesday, October 13, that Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 was shot down by a Russian-made BUK missile fired from war-torn eastern Ukraine last year killing all 298 people on board.
Even though the Dutch-led inquiry did not say who pulled the trigger, Russian officials were already disputing the findings set to further degrade strained ties between Moscow and the West. Read more.
5. Thailand's big win
Thailand took a huge step towards the next round of the FIFA World Cup 2018 qualifiers after they trounced Southeast Asian rivals Vietnam 3-0 in Hanoi on Tuesday, October 13.
A first-half strike by Kroekrit Thawikan put the visitors ahead at My Dinh Stadium before an own goal by Dien Tien Thanh and an effort by captain Theerathon Bunmathan sealed a comprehensive win for the visitors who moved 5 points clear of Iraq at the top of their group. Read more. – Rappler.com