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Indonesia arrests 4 foreigners on drug charges

Oct. 21, 2019 10:34 AM EDT

DENPASAR, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesian authorities have arrested four foreigners for allegedly trying to smuggle drugs onto the resort island of Bali, an official said Monday. The head of customs at Bali's Ngurah Rai airport, Himawan Indarjono, said the foreigners — two Thai women, one Russian woman...

Indonesia's losing presidential candidate to join Cabinet

Oct. 21, 2019 9:45 AM EDT

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesia's opposition leader and losing presidential candidate said Monday that he will join his election rival's Cabinet to help strengthen the country's defense, signaling a calming of political tensions in the world's third-largest democracy. Former special forces general...

Widodo begins 2nd term pledging to make Indonesia developed

Oct. 20, 2019 9:36 PM EDT

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesian President Joko Widodo was sworn in Sunday for his second and final five-year term with pledges to champion democracy and take bolder actions against poverty and entrenched corruption in the world's most populous Muslim-majority nation. Known for his down-to-earth style,...

Indonesia's Widodo faces daunting goals in final term

Oct. 18, 2019 10:29 PM EDT

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — In fisherman Saimin's fly-strewn riverside slum, less than an hour's drive from Indonesia's presidential palace, much of the age-old problems President Joko Widodo has promised to fix are a stark day-to-day reality. Well-paved avenues crisscrossing the capital, Jakarta, end at the...

Indonesia arrests 40 militant suspects ahead of inauguration

Oct. 17, 2019 7:27 AM EDT

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesia's elite anti-terrorism unit went on a busy 24-hour spree to root out suspected Islamic militants ahead of a presidential inauguration this weekend that will be attended by Asian leaders and Western envoys. At least 40 suspects have been detained by the counterterrorism...

Australia wants trade deals with Hong Kong, Indonesia, Peru

Oct. 16, 2019 12:54 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia wants bilateral free trade deals with Hong Kong, Indonesia and Peru to take effect early next year, the trade minister said Wednesday, adding that the Hong Kong treaty supports its unique status within China. Trade Minister Simon Birmingham introduced legislation into...

Indonesia arrests 22 militants following attack on minister

Oct. 14, 2019 9:23 AM EDT

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — At least 22 suspected militants plotting bombings and other attacks have been arrested in a counterterrorism crackdown following last week's assault by a knife-wielding militant couple who wounded Indonesia's top security minister, police said Monday. National police spokesman...

Indonesia province shuts schools as haze from fires returns

Oct. 14, 2019 4:54 AM EDT

PALEMBANG, Indonesia (AP) — Thick, noxious haze from new deliberately set fires blanketed parts of Indonesia's Sumatra island on Monday after days of improving air quality, causing school closings and flight delays. National Disaster Mitigation Agency spokesman Agus Wibowo said nearly 1,200 fires were...

Indonesia nabs 2 accused of planning to attack Bali police

Oct. 12, 2019 9:18 PM EDT

DENPASAR, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesia's counterterrorism squad has arrested two suspected militants accused of plotting an attack on police on the tourist island of Bali, police said Saturday. Bali police spokesman Hengky Widjaja said the man and his son were arrested Thursday, just hours after a militant...

Indonesia: Minister's attacker was under police surveillance

Oct. 11, 2019 7:47 AM EDT

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — The Muslim militant who wounded the country's security minister in a brazen knife attack was under government surveillance for some time but police did not attempt to arrest him because he didn't seem to pose an immediate threat, a police official said Friday. National police...