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Indonesia arrests 43 people following suicide attack

Nov. 18, 2019 5:37 AM EST

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesian police said Monday that they have arrested 43 suspected militants believed to have links to last week's suicide attack at a busy police station in the country's third-largest city. National police spokesman Dedi Prasetyo said those arrested are suspected members of a...

Indonesia police kill 2 suspects in militant crackdown

Nov. 16, 2019 7:49 AM EST

MEDAN, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesia's elite counterterrorism squad on Saturday shot and killed two suspected militants who may have had links to a suicide attack at a busy police station in the country’s third-largest city, police said. Three suspected militants refused to surrender and resisted by...

7.1 magnitude earthquake hits off Indonesia coast

Nov. 14, 2019 2:02 PM EST

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — A strong earthquake hit off the Indonesian coast in the Molucca Sea early Friday, prompting a tsunami warning for nearby areas. The U.S. Geological Survey reported that the magnitude 7.1 quake was centered in the sea about 140 kilometers (86 miles) northwest of Ternate in North...

Cambodian opposition leader in Indonesia, ponders next move

Nov. 14, 2019 11:12 AM EST

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Exiled Cambodian opposition leader Sam Rainsy arrived Thursday in Indonesia to meet some of the country’s lawmakers as he considers when and how to make his long-promised return to his homeland. Sam Rainsy, head of the banned Cambodia National Rescue Party, flew in from...

Suicide bomber attacks Indonesian police station, wounding 6

Nov. 13, 2019 5:51 AM EST

MEDAN, Indonesia (AP) — A suicide bomber blew himself up at a busy police station in Indonesia's third-largest city on Wednesday, wounding at least six people. The attack came during a counterterrorism crackdown and as authorities were on heightened alert for possible attacks against police and places of...

Rainsy: EU trade move to bolster bid for Cambodian democracy

Nov. 12, 2019 6:53 AM EST

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Exiled Cambodian opposition leader Sam Rainsy said Tuesday the European Union's assessment of whether to suspend trade privileges for his country will add momentum to efforts to restore democracy despite a government crackdown. The EU finalized a preliminary report Tuesday...

Swine fever: New Indonesian festival celebrates pigs

Nov. 8, 2019 10:12 PM EST

LAKE TOBA, Indonesia (AP) — Christian residents in Muslim-majority Indonesia's remote Lake Toba region have launched a new festival celebrating pigs that they say is a response to efforts to promote halal tourism in the area. The festival features competitions in barbecuing, pig calling and pig catching as...

Cambodian rival stopped from going home to challenge Hun Sen

Nov. 7, 2019 7:52 PM EST

PARIS (AP) — Cambodia's most prominent opposition leader, Sam Rainsy, was stopped from boarding a flight in Paris on Thursday in his attempt to return home to challenge his country's longtime autocratic leader, but he assured his followers he will go ahead with his plan. He and fellow leaders of the banned...

Thailand set to hinder Cambodian opposition's return plans

Nov. 6, 2019 10:10 AM EST

BANGKOK (AP) — Plans by self-exiled leaders of Cambodia's banned opposition party to return to their homeland hit a major roadblock Wednesday when Thailand's prime minister said their top leader would not be allowed in to make his way through the country to the Cambodian border. Leaders of the Cambodia...

Foreign member of medic team killed in Syria's northeast

Nov. 3, 2019 7:58 PM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — Shelling by Turkey-backed opposition fighters killed a Burmese medic and wounded another Iraqi member of the humanitarian team on Sunday in northeastern Syria where fighting between Kurdish fighters and Turkey-backed gunmen continued, the humanitarian group said. David Eubank, a former member...