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ASEAN envoys meet Myanmar junta leader to press for dialogue

Jun. 04, 2021 21:19 PM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Representatives of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations met with Myanmar’s junta leader on Friday, six weeks after an emergency regional summit on the coup in the country drew promises of progress toward a solution but produced no tangible results. ...

Boat carrying 81 Rohingya found stranded on Indonesia island

Jun. 04, 2021 07:08 AM EDT

BANDA ACEH, Indonesia (AP) — Villagers in Indonesia's Aceh province on Friday discovered a stranded boat carrying 81 Rohingya Muslims, including children, who had left a refugee camp in Bangladesh, officials said. Miftach Cut Adek, the leader of the local tribal fishing...

Indonesia urges ASEAN to quickly appoint envoy for Myanmar

Jun. 02, 2021 05:13 AM EDT

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesia’s foreign minister on Wednesday urged the Association of Southeast Asia Nations to immediately appoint a special envoy on Myanmar in response to its military coup, and reiterated a call for the safety of civilians as the ruling junta cracks down on...

Police arrest 11 suspected militants in Indonesia’s Papua

May. 31, 2021 21:58 PM EDT

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesian police said Monday they have arrested 11 suspected Islamic militants accused of plotting attacks at several Christian churches in easternmost Papua province. On Friday, the elite counterterrorism squad arrested 10 suspects in several...

Indonesia ferry catches fire at sea; all 195 aboard safe

May. 29, 2021 11:33 AM EDT

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — A large ferry with nearly 200 people on board caught fire Saturday while traveling to a remote island in northeastern Indonesia, forcing passengers and crew to jump into the sea but causing no casualties, officials said. The KM Karya Indah was...

Indonesia frees Iran-flagged tanker after 4 months

May. 29, 2021 09:13 AM EDT

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesian authorities said Saturday that two oil tankers — the Iranian-flagged MT Horse and Panamanian-flagged MT Freya — were released after a four-month detention for illegally transferring oil in Indonesian waters. The two ships were...

Hundreds of Indonesians protest US support for Israel

May. 28, 2021 04:18 AM EDT

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Several hundred Indonesians on Friday protested what they called American support for Israel outside the U.S. Embassy and the U.N. mission in Jakarta. Carrying giant Palestinian and Indonesian flags and signs that read “Indonesian worker...

Study: Sinopharm COVID-19 vaccines appear safe, effective

May. 27, 2021 10:04 AM EDT

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Two vaccines made by China’s Sinopharm appear safe and effective against COVID-19, according to a study published in a medical journal. Scientists had been waiting for more details about the two vaccines, even though they already are being...

Indonesia court sentences firebrand cleric to 8 months' jail

May. 27, 2021 07:54 AM EDT

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — An Indonesian court sentenced a politically influential firebrand cleric to eight months in prison on Thursday for violating health protocols by holding gatherings attended by thousands of supporters during the coronavirus outbreak. The panel...

Foreigners arrested on Bali for alleged drug possession

May. 24, 2021 06:30 AM EDT

DENPASAR, Indonesia (AP) — A British hotel owner and an Italian tourist have been arrested for alleged possession of narcotics on Indonesia's resort island of Bali, police said Monday. The two men, dressed in orange, were shown to journalists at a news conference. ...