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A little girl holds palm oil fruit collected from a plantation in Sumatra, Indonesia, Nov. 13, 2017. An Associated Press investigation has found many palm oil workers in Indonesia and neighboring Malaysia endure exploitation, including child labor. (AP Photo/Binsar Bakkara)

Palm oil labor abuses linked to world’s top brands, banks

Sep. 24, 2020 10:32 PM EDT

PENINSULAR MALAYSIA (AP) — Jum’s words tumble out over the phone, his voice growing ever more frantic. Between sobs, he says he’s trapped on a Malaysian plantation run by government-owned Felda, one of the world’s largest palm oil companies. His boss confiscated and then lost his...

Ethnic Rohingya people rest after the boat carrying them landed in Lhokseumawe, Aceh province, Indonesia, early Monday, Sept. 7, 2020. Almost 300 Rohingya Muslims were found on a beach in Indonesia's Aceh province Monday and were evacuated by military, police and Red Cross volunteers, authorities said. (AP Photo/Rahmat Mirza)

Almost 300 Rohingya found on beach in Indonesia’s Aceh

Sep. 7, 2020 9:10 AM EDT

BANDA ACEH, Indonesia (AP) — Almost 300 Rohingya Muslims were found on a beach in Indonesia's Aceh province on Monday after months at sea, officials said. The group arrived at Ujong Blang beach from one boat and were reported by local residents. Officials arrived and found that the Rohingya had dispersed...

Jakarta Police spokesperson Yusri Yunus, left, talks to men arrested in a raid of a gay party, during a news conference at Jakarta police headquarters in Jakarta, Indonesia, Wednesday, Sept 2, 2020. Indonesia Police detained dozens of men from the raid at a hotel in Indonesia's capital. (AP Photo/Tatan Syuflana)

Indonesia police detain dozens in raid on Jakarta gay party

Sep. 2, 2020 10:34 AM EDT

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesian police detained dozens of men in a raid on a gay party at a hotel in Jakarta, an official said Wednesday. Jakarta police spokesperson Yusri Yunus said nine people suspected of organizing Saturday's party were arrested and 47 others who participated were released. The...

Mount Sinabung spews volcanic materials during an eruption, in Karo, North Sumatra, Indonesia, Sunday, Aug. 23, 2020. Sinabung is among more than 120 active volcanoes in Indonesia, which is prone to seismic upheaval due to its location on the Pacific

Indonesia's Sinabung volcano spews new burst of hot ash

Aug. 23, 2020 12:29 AM EDT

MEDAN, Indonesia (AP) — A rumbling volcano in western Indonesia on Sunday unleashed an avalanche of scorching clouds down its slopes. Authorities are closely monitoring Mount Sinabung on Sumatra, one of Indonesia’s main islands, after sensors picked up increasing activity in past weeks. The volcano...

2 strong earthquakes shake western Indonesia; no tsunami

Aug. 18, 2020 8:37 PM EDT

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Two powerful and shallow undersea earthquakes shook western Indonesia on Wednesday, causing panic but no immediate reports of casualties or damage. The U.S. Geological Survey said the magnitude 6.8 earthquake occurred at a depth of 22 kilometers (13.6 miles) under the sea. It was...

Mount Sinabung spews volcanic materials into the air as it erupts, in Karo, North Sumatra, Indonesia, Monday, Aug. 10, 2020. The rumbling volcano erupted Monday, sending a column of volcanic materials a few thousands meters into the sky. Sinabung is among more than 120 active volcanoes in Indonesia, which is prone to seismic upheaval due to its location on the Pacific

Indonesia's Sinabung volcano ejects towering column of ash

Aug. 10, 2020 3:36 AM EDT

MEDAN, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesia's rumbling Mount Sinabung erupted Monday, sending a column of volcanic materials as high as 5,000 meters (16,400 feet) into the sky and depositing ash on villages. Falling grit and ash accumulated up to 5 centimeters (2 inches) in already abandoned villages on the...