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Indonesia says 5 citizens kidnapped by Philippine militants

Jan. 21, 2020 12:30 AM EST

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesian authorities said Tuesday that five of the country's citizens have been kidnapped by Abu Sayyaf militants in the southern Philippines. The five being held hostage were among eight Indonesians on a Malaysian fishing boat that was fishing in Malaysian waters before it was...

FILE - In this Jan. 17, 2020, file photo, Myanmar's President Win Myint, right, shakes hands with Chinese President Xi Jinping during their meeting at the Presidential Palace in Naypyitaw, Myanmar. Xi deepened relations with Myanmar during a state visit last week to a neighbor who has been among the most supportive in Beijing’s dispute with other members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations over the South China Sea.  (AP Photo/Aung Shine Oo, File)

Recent developments surrounding the South China Sea

Jan. 20, 2020 2:50 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — A look at recent developments in the South China Sea, where China is pitted against smaller neighbors in multiple territorial disputes over islands, coral reefs and lagoons. The waters are a major shipping route for global commerce and are rich in fish and possible oil and gas reserves. ___...

In this photo released by the Disaster Mitigation Agency of Bengkulu Province's Kaur District, rescue team prepares to search for victims of bridge break on a river in Kaur district of Bengkulu province, Indonesia, Monday, Jan, 20, 2020. A footbridge on Indonesia's Sumatra island broke while it was packed with people and several fell into the overflowing river below and drowned, officials said Monday. (Disaster Mitigation Agency of Bengkulu Province's Kaur District via AP)

Crowded footbridge breaks over Indonesian river, killing 9

Jan. 20, 2020 1:21 AM EST

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — A footbridge on Indonesia's Sumatra island broke while it was packed with people and several fell into the overflowing river below and drowned, officials said Monday. Nine bodies have been pulled from the water as far as 20 kilometers (12.4 miles) from the bridge that broke Sunday...

Quake shakes eastern Indonesia; no initial report of damage

Jan. 18, 2020 1:13 PM EST

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — A strong inland earthquake late Saturday night struck Indonesia's easternmost Papua province. There were no immediate reports of major damage or casualties. The magnitude 6.0 quake was centered 141 kilometers (87 miles) west of Abepura city at a depth of 33.6 kilometers (20.8...

FILE - In this Nov. 6, 2019, file photo, SoftBank founder and Chief Executive Officer Masayoshi Son speaks during a news conference in Tokyo. Japan's SoftBank is offering to invest $30 billion to $40 billion in the development of a new Indonesian capital, an official said Friday, Jan. 17, 2020. (Kyodo News via AP, File)

SoftBank to invest $40 billion for new Indonesia capital

Jan. 17, 2020 6:30 AM EST

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Japan's SoftBank is offering to invest $30 billion to $40 billion in the development of a new Indonesian capital, an official said Friday. The billionaire founder and chief executive of SoftBank Group Corp., Masayoshi Son, hinted at partnering with the Indonesian government to...

Pedestrians wear protective masks as they walk through a shopping district in Tokyo Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020. Japan's government said Thursday a man treated for pneumonia after returning from China has tested positive for the new coronavirus identified as a possible cause of an outbreak in the Chinese city of Wuhan. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

Patient in Japan confirmed as having new virus from China

Jan. 16, 2020 8:22 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — Japan's government said Thursday a man treated for pneumonia after returning from China has tested positive for the new coronavirus identified as a possible cause of an outbreak in the Chinese city of Wuhan. The man developed a fever and cough on Jan. 3 while in Wuhan, returned to Japan on...

FILE- In this April 11, 2013 file photo, Thai soldiers examine the wreckage of a personnel carrier that was exploded after suspected insurgents detonated a roadside bomb in Pattani Province, southern Thailand . An intelligence-sharing agreement signed by the army chiefs of Thailand and Indonesia is unlikely to significantly help Thailand end a Muslim separatist insurgency in its deep south, analysts said Wednesday. More than 7,000 people have died since the insurgency flared up in 2004. (AP Photo/Sumeth Parnpetch, File)

Thai army chief signs intelligence pact with Indonesia

Jan. 15, 2020 8:15 AM EST

BANGKOK (AP) — An intelligence-sharing agreement signed by the army chiefs of Thailand and Indonesia is unlikely to significantly help Thailand end a Muslim separatist insurgency in its deep south, analysts said Wednesday. More than 7,000 people have died since the insurgency flared up in 2004. The pact...

Indonesia: UAE crown prince to lead new capital construction

Jan. 14, 2020 8:14 AM EST

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Abu Dhabi's crown prince has agreed to lead a committee that will oversee the construction of a new capital city for Indonesia that is estimated to cost $34 billion, an Indonesian official said Tuesday. Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan said it would be “an...

UAE, Indonesia reach multi-billion dollar investment deals

Jan. 13, 2020 11:03 AM EST

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesia and the United Arab Emirates affirmed deeper economic ties during a visit by Indonesian President Joko Widodo in which he sought billions of dollars to finance his country's infrastructure and energy projects. After meeting Sunday at Abu Dhabi's Qasr Al Watan palace,...

Ian Andrew Hernandez of California walks in handcuffs after his verdict trial in Bali, Indonesia on Monday, Jan. 13, 2020. An Indonesian judge has sentenced Hernandes to nine years and four months into prison for possessing and circulating 5 grams of cocaine and marijuana. (AP Photo/Firdia Lisnawati)

Indonesia sentences American man to 9 1/3 years for drugs

Jan. 13, 2020 6:00 AM EST

DENPASAR, Indonesia (AP) — An Indonesian court sentenced an American man to 9 1/3 years in prison on Monday after finding him guilty of selling cocaine and marijuana on the resort island of Bali. Police said Ian Andrew Hernandez of California was arrested last May with 10 small plastic packs containing 6.6...