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Military personnel inspect the site of a landslide at a coal mine in Muara Enim, South Sumatra, Indonesia, Thursday, Oct. 22, 2020. Intense rains caused a landslide at the mine that killed a number of miners, authorities said Thursday. (AP Photo)

Heavy rain causes landslide in Indonesia, killing 11 miners

Oct. 22, 2020 4:43 AM EDT

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Intense rains caused a landslide at a coal mine on Indonesia's Sumatra island that killed 11 miners, authorities said Thursday. The slide occurred Wednesday in a mine tunnel about 20 meters (65 feet) deep at Tanjung Lalang village in Muara Enim district of South Sumatra province,...

Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga speaks to the media during a press conference in Jakarta, Indonesia, Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020. Suga is on a four-day visit to Vietnam and Indonesia. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara, Pool)

Japan PM pushes closer Southeast Asia ties in China counter

Oct. 21, 2020 2:49 AM EDT

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Japan's new prime minister pledged Wednesday to help Southeast Asian nations increase their maritime security capabilities, as he used his first overseas trip as leader to push his country's vision for greater international cooperation to counter China's influence in the region....

In this photo released by Indonesian Presidential Palace, Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga, left, and Indonesian President Joko Widodo listen to the national anthems during their meeting at the Presidential Palace in Bogor West Java, Indonesia, Tuesday, Oct 20, 2020. (Laily Rachev/Indonesian Presidential Palace via AP)

Japan's PM, in Indonesia, says SE Asia key for his nation

Oct. 20, 2020 11:00 AM EDT

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga, in Indonesia on his first overseas trip since taking office, expressed his backing Tuesday for Southeast Asian efforts toward achieving peace in the South China Sea, while promoting Japan's “free and open Indo-Pacific” concept...

Indonesians take to the streets to protest new labor law

Oct. 20, 2020 7:14 AM EDT

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Protests against Indonesia's new jobs law were held in cities across the country on Tuesday, with demonstrators calling on the president to revoke the legislation they say will erode labor rights and weaken environmental protections. More than 1,000 students and workers gathered...

Dutch money for children of summarily executed Indonesians

Oct. 19, 2020 11:32 AM EDT

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The Netherlands’ government announced Monday that it will pay compensation to the children of Indonesian men summarily executed by Dutch forces during the southeast Asian nation’s struggle for independence in the 1940s. The decision follows a court ruling in...

Japan’s Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga, second left, and his wife Mariko prepare to leave Haneda airport in Tokyo Sunday, Oct. 19, 2020. Suga left Sunday on his first overseas foray since taking over from his former boss Shinzo Abe last month, heading to Vietnam and Indonesia. (Shigeyuki Inakuma/Kyodo News via AP)

Japan's pragmatic new PM pushes Abe's vision on SE Asia trip

Oct. 18, 2020 5:48 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Japan’s new prime minister, Yoshihide Suga, left Sunday on his first overseas foray since taking over from his former boss Shinzo Abe last month, heading to Vietnam and Indonesia. The choice to visit Southeast Asia underscores Japan’s efforts to counter Chinese influence and...

Women wearing face mask to help protect against the spread of the coronavirus pass by flowers at a park in Goyang, South Korea, Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020. South Korea reported on Thursday more than 100 new cases of the coronavirus, half of them linked to a hospital in Busan. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)

Asia Today: SKorea reports 110 cases, half in Busan hospital

Oct. 15, 2020 11:46 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea has reported 110 new cases of the coronavirus, half of them linked to a hospital in Busan. The numbers released by the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency on Thursday brought the national caseload to 24,988, including 439 deaths. At least 54 infections were...

A police officer fires his tear gas launcher during a protest against the new Job Creation Law approved by Parliament last week in Jakarta, Indonesia, Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2020. Thousands of conservative Muslims marched in Indonesia's capital on Tuesday demanding that the government revoke the law they say will cripple labor rights. (AP Photo/Tatan Syuflana)

Muslim protesters march against Indonesia's new labor law

Oct. 13, 2020 6:57 AM EDT

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Thousands of conservative Muslims marched in Indonesia’s capital on Tuesday demanding that the government revoke a new law they say will cripple labor rights, with some clashing with police. Authorities blocked streets leading to the Presidential Palace in Jakarta, where...

A medical staff takes a swab from a woman as residents line up for the COVID-19 test near the residential area in Qingdao in east China's Shandong province on Monday, Oct. 12, 2020. Authorities in the eastern Chinese port city of Qingdao said Tuesday that they have completed coronavirus tests on more than 3 million people following the country's first reported local outbreak of the virus in nearly two months. (Chinatopix ia AP)

The Latest: 3 million tested for coronavirus in Chinese city

Oct. 13, 2020 12:00 AM EDT

BEIJING -- Authorities in the eastern Chinese port city of Qingdao say they have completed coronavirus tests on more than 3 million people following the country’s first reported local outbreak of the virus in nearly two months. The city’s health department said Tuesday that no new positive cases had...

A woman wearing a face mask to help curb the spread of the coronavirus sits on a stool as masked residents line up for the COVID-19 test near the residential area in Qingdao in east China's Shandong province, Monday, Oct. 12, 2020. China's government says all 9 million people in the eastern city of Qingdao will be tested for the coronavirus this week after nine cases linked to a hospital were found. The announcement Monday broke a string of weeks without any locally transmitted infections reported in China. (Chinatopix via AP)

Asia Today: China to test 9 million after new outbreak

Oct. 12, 2020 9:17 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — Chinese health authorities will test all 9 million people in the eastern city of Qingdao for the coronavirus this week after nine cases linked to a hospital were found, the government announced Monday. The announcement broke a two-month streak with no virus transmissions reported within...