A motorcyclist, with his face covered with ash and wearing a mask, stops to rest at Perteguhan village in Karo district, Indonesia’s North Sumatra province, today. Photograph: Roni Bintang/Reuters

A powerful burst of hot ash and gravel has erupted from a rumbling volcano in western Indonesia, sending panicking villagers fleeing down the mountain(...)

Australia’s prime minister Tony Abbott. Photograph: Reuters

Indonesia froze a broad range of co-operation with Australia today after reports that its neighbour had tried to eavesdrop on mobile phone conversati(...)