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Mourners Gather for Bali Memorial

Hundreds of mourners have begun arriving in Bali, Indonesia to commemorate the first anniversary of the October 12 nightclub bombings which killed more than 200 people. More than 500 Australians, who lost 88 of their compatriots in the terror attack, are expected at a memorial service to be held Sunday, including Prime Minister John Howard. Indonesia will be represented at the Australian service by Security Minister Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, with President Megawati Sukarnoputri not attending out of respect for the beliefs of Bali’s predominantly Hindu population. It is not customary for Hindus to commemorate death. The main service will be held outdoors on Sunday morning, followed by ceremonies on Kuta Beach and a procession to the site of the bombings at the Kuta nightclub strip. At exactly one year after the moment the bombs exploded, dignitaries and families of the victims will scatter flowers and observe a moment of silence. Full Story

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