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On Wednesday, two days after an earthquake-triggered tsunami hit the shores of Indonesia's Mentawai Islands, local officials reported problems with an alert system that should have warned islanders of the incoming tidal wave.

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On Monday, a day after his death, former Indonesian President Suharto was given a state funeral and buried in Java, sparking mixed reaction as Indonesians recalled both the strong points and the controversial (even despotic) sides of the man who was their nation's leader for more than 30 years.

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A combination of rainfall and rising tides, as well as the possible effects of deforestation, sparked landslides that buried homes and killed at least 80 people in central Indonesia on Wednesday. Thousands were forced to evacuate the Java region, and officials say the death toll may still rise.

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