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Indonesia quake death toll jumps to 347

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LOMBOK — The death toll from the deadly earthquake in the Indonesian island of Lombok Lombok has risen to 347, according to the government-run Antara news agency.

The governor of the province that includes Lombok, the military and the national search and rescue agency have however issued different death tolls that ranged from 226 to 381.

The rise in death toll comes as Facebook apologises for automatically decorating posts about the deadly earthquake with images of balloons and confetti on the social media platform.

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The powerful magnitude-6.9 quake that struck the island on Sunday has left tens of thousands of people homeless and tourists stranded in airports.

Rescue efforts have intensified to find people buried in rubble following the earthquake that shook Indonesia’s Lombok island.

The national disaster agency has stood by its latest death toll of 131 from Sunday’s quake despite other government agencies including the military reporting much higher figures.

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32 dead, 1 missing in Papua attacks, Indonesian police say

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JAYAPURA, INDONESIA- Security forces tried to recover the bodies of 31 construction workers and a soldier who were killed in one of the worst separatist attacks in Indonesia’s restive province of Papua, officials said Tuesday.

Papua police spokesman Suryadi Diaz said 24 workers were killed on Sunday when gunmen stormed a government bridge construction project in a remote mountainous village in Nduga district.

Citing reports from several witnesses, Diaz said, eight other workers fled to the nearby house of a local parliament member, but an armed group came a day later and killed seven of them. However the eighth managed to escape and remains missing.

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“This is the worst attack launched by the armed criminal group recently amid intensified development by the government,” Diaz told The Associated Press.

Separately, Papua province military spokesman Lt. Col. Dax Sianturi said an armed group attacked a military post in Mbua village in the same district late Monday, killing a soldier and injuring another.

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