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Indonesian executioner for IS killed in Syria

Feb. 11, 2019 9:32 AM EST

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — An Indonesian militant shown killing a foreigner in a 2016 Islamic State group video was killed last month in a battle with U.S.-backed forces in Syria, Indonesian police and a family member said Monday. National police spokesman Dedi Prasetyo said Muhammad Saifuddin, who used the...

Indonesia sentences Briton to 6 months for slapping official

Feb. 6, 2019 4:58 AM EST

DENPASAR, Indonesia (AP) — A British woman who slapped an immigration officer on the Indonesian tourist island of Bali after missing her flight due to an expired visa was sentenced Wednesday to six months in prison. Video showing Auj-e Taqaddas cursing and hitting an officer at Bali's international airport...

Indonesia reverses course on plan to free radical cleric

Jan. 22, 2019 10:16 AM EST

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesia's president said Tuesday that an elderly Islamic cleric who inspired the Bali bombers and other extremists won't be released from prison unless he renounces radicalism, backing down from plans to free him without conditions. President Joko Widodo said Abu Bakar Bashir,...

Australia urges Indonesia to respect Bali bombing victims

Jan. 22, 2019 3:15 AM EST

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia's prime minister said on Tuesday he would be disappointed if radical cleric Abu Bakar Bashir were released from prison early and urged Indonesia to show respect for the victims of the 2002 Bali nightclub bombings that the firebrand preacher inspired. Indonesia's top...

Indonesia cleric's release uncertain as gov't starts review

Jan. 21, 2019 8:56 AM EST

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesia's government is reviewing the president's decision to release radical cleric Abu Bakar Bashir, the top security minister said Monday, following domestic and international criticism. The minister, Wiranto, told a hastily called news conference that President Joko Widodo...

Indonesia cleric to be freed despite holding to radicalism

Jan. 19, 2019 5:43 AM EST

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — An Islamic cleric who was the ideological leader of the Bali bombers and other Indonesian militants is being released early from a 15-year prison sentence after the country's president relented on a condition that he renounce radical beliefs, lawyers confirmed Saturday. Abu Bakar...

Indonesia leader to free radical cleric behind Bali bombings

Jan. 18, 2019 6:03 AM EST

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — The ailing 80-year-old radical cleric who inspired the Bali bombers and other violent extremists in Indonesia will be released from prison, Indonesia's president said Friday, slashing a 15-year sentence. The announcement of Abu Bakar Bashir's imminent release came during...

Lawyer for ailing radical cleric who inspired Bali bombers says Indonesian gov't will release him from prison next week

Jan. 18, 2019 3:36 AM EST
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Lawyer for ailing radical cleric who inspired Bali bombers says Indonesian gov't will release him from prison next week.

Bali volcano shoots new burst of ash; flights unaffected

Dec. 30, 2018 12:14 AM EST

DENPASAR, Indonesia (AP) — A volcano on Indonesia's tourist island of Bali shot a new burst of hot ash into the air early Sunday in the latest of the country's several eruptions within a week. Mount Agung erupted for about three minutes, spewing white clouds of smoke and ash more than 700 meters (2,300...