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NOT REAL NEWS: A look at what didn't happen this week

Jan. 21, 2022 14:38 PM EST

A roundup of some of the most popular but completely untrue stories and visuals of the week. None of these are legit, even though they were shared widely on social media. The Associated Press checked them out. Here are the facts: ___ Players not forced to drop out of...

Strong quake shakes Indonesia’s capital; no tsunami alert

Jan. 14, 2022 20:20 PM EST

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — A powerful earthquake shook parts of Indonesia’s main island of Java on Friday, damaging buildings and houses and sending people into the streets, but no casualties were reported. Officials said there was no danger of a tsunami. The U.S. Geological...

Indonesian prosecutors seek life for Bali bombing suspect

Jan. 05, 2022 02:00 AM EST

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesian prosecutors on Wednesday demanded a life sentence for a top terror suspect who eluded capture for 18 years and accused him of masterminding a series of deadly attacks in the world’s most populous Muslim nation. Aris Sumarsono, 58, whose real...

Boat with 120 Rohingya refugees disembarks in Indonesia port

Dec. 30, 2021 13:49 PM EST

LHOKSEUMAWE, Indonesia (AP) — A group of 120 Rohingya Muslims disembarked from a boat that had drifted for days off Indonesia’s northernmost province of Aceh and was towed by a navy ship into port, officials said Friday. The refugees' wooden boat was reportedly leaking and had a...

Indonesia allows boat with 120 Rohingya refugees to land

Dec. 29, 2021 09:08 AM EST

BANDA ACEH, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesian authorities decided Wednesday to allow a boat carrying 120 Rohingya Muslims to land after drifting for days off the country’s northernmost province of Aceh. The decision was made because of the severe conditions experienced by the...

Indonesian prosecutors delay sentence for top terror suspect

Dec. 29, 2021 05:18 AM EST

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesian prosecutors postponed their sentencing demand Wednesday for a top terror suspect who eluded capture for 18 years and is accused of masterminding deadly attacks and sectarian conflict in the world’s most populous Muslim nation. Aris Sumarsono,...

Indonesian court sends to jail elephant poacher and traders

Dec. 15, 2021 05:48 AM EST

IDI, Indonesia (AP) — An Indonesian court on Wednesday handed down prison sentences for five men accused of being involved in killing a Sumatran elephant and illegally trading its ivory, as local conservation authorities look to protect the endangered species. The court in Aceh...

Indonesian militant given life sentence in 2005 attack

Dec. 08, 2021 05:37 AM EST

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — An Indonesian court sentenced an Islamic militant who eluded capture for 16 years to life in prison on Wednesday after finding him guilty of making bombs used in a 2005 market attack that killed 22 people. Upik Lawanga, known as “professor,” is a key...

Concerns rise over Indonesia's sputtering virus vaccinations

Nov. 26, 2021 04:31 AM EST

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesia has recovered significantly from a mid-year spike in coronavirus cases and deaths that was one of the worst in the region, but with its vaccination drive stalling due to logistical challenges and other issues, and with holidays approaching, experts and...

Trial opens against accused elephant poachers in Indonesia

Nov. 22, 2021 07:41 AM EST

CALANG, Indonesia (AP) — An Indonesian court on Monday began a trial against a group of men accused of poaching endangered Sumatran elephants and trading in illegal ivory, in a case that wildlife conservation officials have hailed as a milestone. The case includes nine...