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US, Indonesia, Australia hold drills amid China concerns

Aug. 12, 2022 07:22 AM EDT

BATURAJA, Indonesia (AP) — Soldiers from the U.S., Indonesia and Australia joined a live-fire drill on Friday, part of annual joint combat exercises on Sumatra island amid growing Chinese maritime activity in the Indo-Pacific region. A total of more than 5,000 personnel from the...

US, Indonesia hold joint military drills amid China concerns

Aug. 03, 2022 05:03 AM EDT

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — The United States and Indonesian militaries began annual joint combat exercises Wednesday on Indonesia’s Sumatra island, joined for the first time by participants from other partner nations, signaling stronger ties amid growing maritime activity by China in the...

Australia, Indonesia commit to fight against FMD outbreak

Jul. 14, 2022 05:38 AM EDT

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Australia’s top agriculture official met with his Indonesian counterpart on Thursday to discuss ways to stop a foot-and-mouth disease outbreak that has infected hundreds of thousands of cattle in Indonesia and prevent the outbreak from spreading to Australia. ...

Japanese man arrested in Indonesia over COVID relief fraud

Jun. 08, 2022 07:04 AM EDT

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Authorities on Indonesia’s Sumatra island arrested a Japanese fugitive accused of helping steal $7.3 million intended for small businesses in Japan hurt by the coronavirus, police said Wednesday. Mitsuhiro Taniguchi, 47, was arrested late Tuesday at a...

Sumatran elephant dies in Indonesia of suspected poisoning

May. 27, 2022 02:48 AM EDT

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — A pregnant Sumatran elephant was found dead of suspected poisoning near a palm plantation in Indonesia’s Riau province on the island of Sumatra, officials said Friday. Sumatran elephants are a critically endangered species and fewer than 700 remain on...