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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...

Indonesia starts COVID boosters for elderly, others at risk

Jan. 11, 2022 22:39 PM EST

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesia kicked off a COVID-19 booster campaign for the general public on Wednesday, prioritizing third shots for the elderly and people with compromised immune systems. The government hopes to provide 21 million booster shots in January to people who...

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...

Suspected militant accused of beheadings killed in Indonesia

Jan. 04, 2022 06:15 AM EST

PALU, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesian security forces killed a suspected militant accused of beheadings in a shootout Tuesday in a sweeping counterterrorism campaign against extremists in remote mountain jungles, police said. Provincial police chief Rudy Sufahriadi said Ahmad Gazali,...

Asia looks to China-focused trade bloc for virus recovery

Dec. 31, 2021 02:48 AM EST

BANGKOK (AP) — Members of a China-centered Asian trade bloc that takes effect Jan. 1 are hoping the initiative, encompassing about a third of world trade and business activity, will help power their recoveries from the pandemic. The 15-member Regional and Comprehensive Economic...

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...

Indonesia to let Boeing 737 Max fly again after 2018 crash

Dec. 29, 2021 05:40 AM EST

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesia said Wednesday it is lifting its ban on Boeing’s 737 Max aircraft, three years after one crashed into the Java Sea shortly after takeoff killing all 189 people on board. The Transportation Ministry said in a statement Wednesday that 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,...

Indonesia arrests 5 people in methamphetamine smuggling

Dec. 28, 2021 05:16 AM EST

PALU, Indonesia (AP) — Five people suspected of smuggling 29 kilograms (64 pounds) of methamphetamine into Indonesia from Malaysia have been arrested, Indonesian police said Tuesday. The five are part of an international drug smuggling network and include a Malaysian citizen,...