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Indonesia land-burning fines unpaid years after fires

Feb. 15, 2019 7:53 AM EST

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesian plantation companies fined for burning huge areas of land since 2009 have failed to pay hundreds of millions of dollars in penalties meant to hold them accountable for actions that took a devastating environmental and human toll. The 10 palm oil and pulp wood companies...

Gay Muslim comic gone from Instagram after Indonesia warning

Feb. 13, 2019 7:36 PM EST

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — An Instagram account that published comic strips depicting the struggles of gay Muslims in Indonesia has disappeared following a frenzy of outrage online in the world's biggest Muslim nation. The Ministry of Communications said the account under the username Alpatuni was...

Australia to reopen island detention camp after refugee bill

Feb. 13, 2019 1:39 AM EST

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — The Australian government said Wednesday it would reopen a mothballed island detention camp in anticipation of a new wave of asylum seekers arriving by boat after Parliament passed legislation that would give sick asylum seekers easier access to mainland hospitals. The Christmas...

Japanese swimming star Rikako Ikee diagnosed with leukemia

Feb. 12, 2019 2:45 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — Japanese swimming star Rikako Ikee has been diagnosed with leukemia less than 18 months before the Olympics in Tokyo. The 18-year-old Ikee won six gold medals at the Asian Games in Jakarta last year and was tipped to be one of the faces of the 2020 Olympics in her home country. She posted on...

American priest in East Timor embroiled in abuse scandal

Feb. 11, 2019 9:46 AM EST

DILI, East Timor (AP) — An American missionary who was a hero in East Timor for founding children's shelters that have operated for more than two decades has been expelled from his Catholic congregation after admitting to sexual abuse of minors, a church official and a family member said. Media reports...

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 police admit using snake to terrorize Papuan man

Feb. 10, 2019 10:24 PM EST

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesian police have acknowledged officers terrorized a Papuan man with a live snake after a video of the incident circulated online showing the man screaming in fear and his interrogator laughing. Police in Indonesia's easternmost Papua region apologized but also attempted to...

Supporters of immigrant rally outside Hartford ICE office

Feb. 8, 2019 12:51 PM EST

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Supporters of a former Fulbright scholar who took sanctuary at a Connecticut church to avoid deportation rallied Friday to call on federal immigration officials to allow him to stay in the U.S. About 50 people gathered in a light rain for a peaceful demonstration outside the federal...

Pole facing treason charge in Indonesia alleges prison abuse

Feb. 8, 2019 5:06 AM EST

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — A Polish man on trial for treason in Indonesia after meeting with Papuan independence supporters said that visitors to his prison assaulted him and threatened to kill him as guards watched. A handwritten two-page statement by Jakub Skrzypski details three consecutive days...

2 Indonesian volcanoes spew lava in new eruptions

Feb. 8, 2019 4:03 AM EST

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Two volcanoes in Indonesia have spewed fresh lava down their slopes, in the latest of several eruptions in less than two weeks, an official said Friday. Volcanology official Kasbani said Mount Merapi on the main island of Java shot out hot clouds and lava that flowed 2,000 meters...