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Indonesia's jobs for generals plan alarms rights groups

Feb. 8, 2019 2:36 AM EST

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — The Indonesian government is planning to post some of the dozens of underemployed generals into high-ranking civilian roles, alarming rights groups who see it as a threat to the country's young democracy. Indonesia's military has at least 150 generals without defined positions,...

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 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...

Nobel laureate Ramos-Horta urges Indonesia-Papua dialogue

Jan. 7, 2019 4:22 AM EST

DILI, East Timor (AP) — Nobel Peace Prize laureate Jose Ramos-Horta has urged Indonesia's government to hold talks with the Papuan independence movement to help end a decades-long insurgency in the country's easternmost region. Ramos-Horta, joint recipient of the 1996 Nobel prize for efforts to bring...

Death toll climbs past 370 in Indonesian tsunami disaster

Dec. 24, 2018 2:12 PM EST

TANJUNG LESUNG, Indonesia (AP) — Body bags were laid out along the shattered coastline as Indonesian authorities stepped up efforts to collect the dead and save the injured Monday in the aftermath of a tsunami that was apparently triggered by a volcanic eruption. The death toll climbed to 373 and was...

The Latest: Death toll climbs to 222 in Indonesia tsunami

Dec. 23, 2018 10:53 AM EST

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — The Latest on a tsunami that hit the coast around Indonesia's Sunda Strait (all times local): 6:25 p.m. Pope Francis has prayed for the dead, the missing and the homeless in the tsunami that struck Indonesia. Francis told tourists and pilgrims in St. Peter's Square on Sunday that...

Indonesia gains majority ownership of giant Freeport mine

Dec. 21, 2018 10:58 AM EST

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesia finalized the transfer of majority control over a giant gold and copper mine from U.S. company Freeport-McMoRan, the government said Friday, in a long-awaited deal that boosts the president's re-election campaign. The Phoenix, Arizona-based Freeport McMoRan Copper &...

Indonesian Muslims protest China's detention of Uighurs

Dec. 21, 2018 4:33 AM EST

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Several hundred protesters chanted "God is Great" and "Get out, communist!" outside China's embassy in the Indonesian capital on Friday, demanding an end to mass detentions of Uighur Muslims. The white-robed protesters, almost outnumbered by police, waved banners emblazoned with...

Papua leaders call for Indonesia to withdraw troops

Dec. 21, 2018 2:15 AM EST

JAYAPURA, Indonesia (AP) — Leaders of Indonesia's easternmost Papua region are calling on President Joko Widodo to order the withdrawal of troops and national police from an area where separatists earlier this month carried out one of their deadliest attacks. Papua province Gov. Lukas Enembe said late...