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Indonesia leader meets defeated rival after divisive poll

Jul. 13, 2019 1:40 AM EDT

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesia's president and his defeated election rival met Saturday for the first time since the divisive April poll and rode together on a recently opened subway in the capital, signaling a calming of political tensions in the world's third-largest democracy. In a choreographed...

Indonesia frees Canadian convicted in child sex case

Jul. 12, 2019 6:07 AM EDT

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesia has freed a Canadian teacher who maintains he was wrongfully convicted in 2015 of sexually abusing children at a prestigious international school in Jakarta. Neil Bantleman, teaching assistant Ferdinant Tjiong and five other employees at the school were convicted...

Indonesia arrests suspected leader of Jemaah Islamiyah

Jul. 1, 2019 7:16 AM EDT

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesian police have arrested a man believed to be the leader of the al-Qaida-linked Jemaah Islamiyah network who has eluded capture since 2003, authorities said Monday. National Police spokesman Dedi Prasetyo said Para Wijayanto was arrested Saturday by counterterrorism police...

Widodo seals 2nd term as Indonesia leader after court battle

Jun. 27, 2019 9:04 PM EDT

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesia's top court Thursday rejected a losing presidential candidate's allegations of massive and systematic election fraud, sealing a second term for Joko Widodo, who in fending off the rising power of Islamists has drifted toward authoritarian tactics. The Constitutional...

Amnesty wants impartial probe of Indonesia police violence

Jun. 26, 2019 4:56 AM EDT

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Amnesty International is calling for an independent investigation into allegations of police brutality and unlawful killings during post-election riots in the Indonesian capital last month. The rights organization said Wednesday in a publicly released letter to President Joko...

Police arrest Indonesia business owner after deadly fire

Jun. 23, 2019 8:25 AM EDT

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesian police have arrested the owner and two managers of an unregulated factory in North Sumatra that was engulfed by a fire that killed 30 people, a spokesman said Sunday. The three suspects could each face five years in prison if found guilty of negligence leading to...

AP Photos: Editor selections from the past week in Asia

Jun. 21, 2019 12:27 AM EDT

Indian Muslim students practice yoga at a school in Ahmadabad ahead of International Yoga Day. In other images from the Asia-Pacific region this week, Chinese President Xi Jinping and his host, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, attend a mass gymnastics performance in Pyongyang. Hong Kong residents turned up for a...

Security bolstered as challenge to Indonesia vote begins

Jun. 14, 2019 3:32 AM EDT

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Authorities bolstered security in the Indonesian capital Friday as hearings began in a court challenge to the results of April's presidential election. The losing candidate former Gen. Prabowo Subianto claims there was massive electoral fraud and is asking the Constitutional Court...

When disaster hits, Indonesia's Islamists are first to help

Jun. 11, 2019 9:06 PM EDT

PALU, Indonesia (AP) — The flags hanging outside Anwar Ragaua's house have drawn warnings from police, but the wiry 50-year-old vows he's not taking them down. After all, the police weren't there to help when he was the sole fisherman in his village to survive the tsunami that inundated the Indonesian city...

Former Indonesian first lady Ani Yudhoyono dies at 66

Jun. 1, 2019 8:48 AM EDT

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Former Indonesian first lady Kristiani Herrawati Yudhoyono died Saturday of leukemia in a Singapore hospital. She was 66. Singapore's Foreign Ministry said in a statement that the wife of former President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono died at National University Hospital, where she had...