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Protesters burn parliament building in Indonesia's Papua

Aug. 19, 2019 8:14 AM EDT

MANOKWARI, Indonesia (AP) — Thousands of people in Indonesia's West Papua province set fire to a local parliament building on Monday in a protest sparked by accusations that security forces had arrested and insulted students from neighboring Papua province, officials said. The angry mob torched the...

Indonesian president seeks people's support for new capital

Aug. 16, 2019 2:48 AM EDT

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesia's president on Friday appealed for support to move the country's capital from overcrowded, sinking and polluted Jakarta, in an annual national address to mark the 74th anniversary of independence. President Joko Widodo told members of parliament and top officials on the...

Not just Bali: Indonesia hopes to develop more tourism sites

Aug. 13, 2019 8:48 PM EDT

YOGYAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Hundreds of tourists, many of them young Westerners, sat on gray stone steps atop the world's largest Buddhist temple, occasionally checking cellphones or whispering to each other as they waited for daylight. Sunrise wasn't spectacular on that recent summer day. But even an...

Softbank, ride hailing app Grab investing $2B in Indonesia

Jul. 29, 2019 7:01 AM EDT

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Japanese technology company Softbank and Southeast Asian ride hailing app Grab said Monday they're investing $2 billion in Indonesia over the next five years. Grab made the announcement after a meeting Monday between Indonesian President Joko Widodo and executives from Grab and...

Indonesia's leader says sinking Jakarta needs giant sea wall

Jul. 27, 2019 9:13 PM EDT

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesia's president said in an interview that he wants to see the speedy construction of a giant sea wall around Jakarta to prevent the low-lying capital from sinking under the sea, lending renewed backing and a sense of urgency to a slow-moving and politically contested mega...

AP Interview: Indonesia leader to speed reform in final term

Jul. 26, 2019 10:03 PM EDT

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesian President Joko Widodo said in an interview Friday that he will push ahead with sweeping and potentially unpopular economic reforms, including a more business-friendly labor law, in his final term because he is no longer constrained by politics. Widodo also told The...

The Latest: Widodo would welcome Trump visit to Indonesia

Jul. 26, 2019 10:26 AM EDT

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — The Latest on an AP interview with Indonesia's President Joko Widodo (all times local): 9:20 p.m. Indonesian President Joko Widodo, leader of the world's most populous Muslim nation, says he would invite President Donald Trump to visit his country "with pleasure." Widodo spoke in...

Joko Widodo, leader of most populous Muslim nation, tells AP he'd invite President Trump to Indonesia "with pleasure"

Jul. 26, 2019 10:24 AM EDT
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Joko Widodo, leader of most populous Muslim nation, tells AP he'd invite President Trump to Indonesia "with pleasure"

Indonesia approves amnesty for woman who recorded harassment

Jul. 25, 2019 6:32 AM EDT

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — A woman sentenced to prison for recording her boss's sexual harassment wept and lawmakers clapped as Indonesia's parliament on Thursday unanimously approved an amnesty recommended by the country's president. Baiq Nuril Maknun's ordeal began in 2014 when she received telephone...

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...