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Indonesia's president delays vote on new criminal code

Sep. 20, 2019 8:59 AM EDT

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesia's president urged lawmakers on Friday to delay a vote on a proposed new criminal code amid mounting criticism of the bill, which opponents say threatens democracy and discriminates against minorities. Updating Indonesia's criminal code, a legacy of the Dutch colonial...

Indonesia sports minister resigns over corruption allegation

Sep. 19, 2019 9:03 AM EDT

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesia's sports minister resigned Thursday after being accused of stealing 26.5 billion rupiah ($1.8 million) in public money. Youth and Sports Minister Imam Nahrawi said at a news conference in the capital, Jakarta, that President Joko Widodo had accepted his resignation so he...

Indonesia sending back 547 containers of waste from West

Sep. 18, 2019 8:10 AM EDT

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesia is sending 547 containers of waste back to wealthy nations after discovering they were contaminated with used plastic and hazardous materials, amid a growing backlash in Southeast Asia against being a dumping ground for the developed world's trash. Nine containers with...

As Indonesia fires rage, schools and airport forced to close

Sep. 13, 2019 8:04 AM EDT

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesian authorities closed an airport on Sumatra island on Friday due to poor visibility caused by smoke from raging fires burning through peatland, while schools in several provinces and in neighboring Malaysia closed due to the hazardous haze. Fluctuating visibility that at...

Indonesians bury former president Habibie at state funeral

Sep. 12, 2019 6:25 AM EDT

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Former Indonesian President Bacharuddin Jusuf Habibie, who allowed democratic reforms and an independence referendum for East Timor following the ouster of dictator Suharto, was buried on Thursday in a state funeral with full military honors. Thousands of mourners lined the...

Indonesian province shuts schools due to forest fire haze

Sep. 11, 2019 10:28 AM EDT

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Authorities shut most schools in parts of Indonesia's Sumatra island to protect children from a thick, noxious haze as deliberately set fires burned through peatland forests, officials said Wednesday. Indonesia's Disaster Mitigation Agency said more than 3,600 fires have been...

Former Indonesian President Habibie dies at age 83

Sep. 11, 2019 9:20 AM EDT

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Former Indonesian President Bacharuddin Jusuf Habibie, who allowed democratic reforms and an independence referendum for East Timor following the ouster of the dictator Suharto, has died. He was 83. His unpopular presidency was the shortest in modern Indonesia's history, but was...

Iran gives new knock to nuclear deal but it's not yet broken

Sep. 6, 2019 3:24 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — President Emmanuel Macron's efforts to stitch together a deal with Iran to stop the 2015 nuclear accord from collapsing was hanging by threads Friday — but not yet broken, despite Tehran's announced plans to step farther back from its international commitments. Iran was poised to begin...

Indonesia to deport 4 Australia tourists who joined protests

Sep. 2, 2019 7:45 AM EDT

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesian authorities are deporting four Australian tourists for participating in a demonstration that called for the independence of the country's restive Papua province, an immigration official said Monday. Cun Sudiharto, who heads the intelligence and law enforcement division...

Protesters burn local government building in Papua protest

Aug. 29, 2019 9:35 AM EDT

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Protesters in Indonesia's restive Papua province set fire to a local government building and broke into a prison on Thursday as thousands rallied against racism and called for their region's independence, officials said. National police spokesman Dedi Prasetyo said the building...