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Indonesia sends more people, aircraft to battle forest fires

Sep. 17, 2019 7:07 AM EDT

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesia's president traveled to the area hardest hit by forest fires, as neighboring countries urged his government to do more to tackle the blazes that have spread a thick, noxious haze around Southeast Asia. President Joko Widodo flew to Riau province, where nearly 50,000...

Indonesia seals off 30 companies over forest fires

Sep. 14, 2019 5:53 AM EDT

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesia has sealed off 30 companies amid a row with Malaysia over forest fires that are spreading a thick, noxious haze around Southeast Asia, officials said Saturday. The plantation companies, including a Singapore-based company and four firms affiliated with Malaysian...

As Indonesia fires rage, schools and airport forced to close

Sep. 13, 2019 8:04 AM EDT

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesian authorities closed an airport on Sumatra island on Friday due to poor visibility caused by smoke from raging fires burning through peatland, while schools in several provinces and in neighboring Malaysia closed due to the hazardous haze. Fluctuating visibility that at...

Indonesians bury former president Habibie at state funeral

Sep. 12, 2019 6:25 AM EDT

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Former Indonesian President Bacharuddin Jusuf Habibie, who allowed democratic reforms and an independence referendum for East Timor following the ouster of dictator Suharto, was buried on Thursday in a state funeral with full military honors. Thousands of mourners lined the...

Former Indonesian President Habibie dies at age 83

Sep. 11, 2019 9:20 AM EDT

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Former Indonesian President Bacharuddin Jusuf Habibie, who allowed democratic reforms and an independence referendum for East Timor following the ouster of the dictator Suharto, has died. He was 83. His unpopular presidency was the shortest in modern Indonesia's history, but was...

Indonesia to move capital from sinking Jakarta to Borneo

Aug. 26, 2019 10:31 PM EDT

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesia's president says the country's capital will move from overcrowded, sinking and polluted Jakarta to a site in sparsely populated East Kalimantan province on Borneo island, known for rainforests and orangutans. President Joko Widodo said Monday intense studies over the...

Indonesian walking 700 kilometers backward to save forests

Aug. 22, 2019 8:00 AM EDT

BEKASI, Indonesia (AP) — An Indonesian man is walking more than 700 kilometers (430 miles) backward from his village in eastern Java to the country's capital to raise awareness about deforestation. Medi Bastoni began his arduous expedition on July 18 from his home on the slope of Mount Wilis, a dormant...

Protesters burn parliament building in Indonesia's Papua

Aug. 19, 2019 8:14 AM EDT

MANOKWARI, Indonesia (AP) — Thousands of people in Indonesia's West Papua province set fire to a local parliament building on Monday in a protest sparked by accusations that security forces had arrested and insulted students from neighboring Papua province, officials said. The angry mob torched the...

Indonesian president seeks people's support for new capital

Aug. 16, 2019 2:48 AM EDT

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesia's president on Friday appealed for support to move the country's capital from overcrowded, sinking and polluted Jakarta, in an annual national address to mark the 74th anniversary of independence. President Joko Widodo told members of parliament and top officials on the...

Not just Bali: Indonesia hopes to develop more tourism sites

Aug. 13, 2019 8:48 PM EDT

YOGYAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Hundreds of tourists, many of them young Westerners, sat on gray stone steps atop the world's largest Buddhist temple, occasionally checking cellphones or whispering to each other as they waited for daylight. Sunrise wasn't spectacular on that recent summer day. But even an...