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Japanese man arrested in Indonesia over COVID relief fraud

Jun. 08, 2022 07:04 AM EDT

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Authorities on Indonesia’s Sumatra island arrested a Japanese fugitive accused of helping steal $7.3 million intended for small businesses in Japan hurt by the coronavirus, police said Wednesday. Mitsuhiro Taniguchi, 47, was arrested late Tuesday at a...

Indonesian army officer gets life sentence for double murder

Jun. 07, 2022 05:31 AM EDT

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — A middle-rank Indonesian army officer is being stripped of his military title after he was sentenced Tuesday to life in prison for murder, joint deprivation of the independence of others and removing the bodies with the intention of concealment in a case that drew public...

Australian leader visits Indonesia's Makassar to deepen ties

Jun. 07, 2022 03:49 AM EDT

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese on Tuesday visited an eastern Indonesia area with close ties to Indigenous Australians as he continued a trip aiming to strengthen his country's economic ties with its closest major neighbor. Albanese said...

Australian leader's visit affirms deeper ties to Indonesia

Jun. 06, 2022 07:13 AM EDT

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese on Monday looked to move beyond regional issues that have been key in his trips abroad by promoting the importance of building stronger economic ties with neighboring Indonesia. The visit was only Albanese's...

Indonesian police arrest 24 suspected militants in raids

May. 18, 2022 05:08 AM EDT

PALU, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesian police said Wednesday they arrested 24 suspected militants believed to have links to extremists accused of beheadings in remote mountain jungles and who pledged allegiance to the Islamic State group. Twenty-two of the suspects were arrested over...

Muslims mark Eid al-Fitr holiday with joy, worry

May. 02, 2022 20:43 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — For the Islamic holiday of Eid al-Fitr, the smell of freshly baked orange biscuits and powdered sugar-dusted cookies typically fills the air in Mona Abubakr’s home. But due to higher prices, the Egyptian housewife this year made smaller quantities of the sweet treats, some of which...

Indonesian Muslims fully celebrate Eid al-Fitr after 2 years

May. 02, 2022 00:45 AM EDT

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Millions of Muslims in Indonesia returned to celebrate Eid al-Fitr in full swing Monday after two years of subdued festivities due to pandemic restrictions and travel curbs. Eid al-Fitr marks the end of the Islamic holy month Ramadan, when the faithful...

Japan, Indonesia urge immediate halt to war in Ukraine

Apr. 29, 2022 11:49 AM EDT

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida and Indonesian President Joko Widodo urged a rapid halt to fighting in Ukraine on Friday and said they will work together to improve humanitarian conditions there. “The Ukraine war must be stopped immediately and we...

Russia's war heats up cooking oil prices in global squeeze

Apr. 26, 2022 04:56 AM EDT

ISTANBUL (AP) — For months, Istanbul restaurant Tarihi Balikca tried to absorb the surging cost of the sunflower oil its cooks use to fry fish, squid and mussels. But in early April, with oil prices nearly four times higher than they were in 2019, the restaurant finally raised its...

Indonesia to ban exports of cooking oil to reduce shortages

Apr. 22, 2022 10:27 AM EDT

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesia will ban exports of cooking oil and its raw materials to reduce domestic shortages and hold down skyrocketing prices, President Joko Widodo announced Friday, a day after hundreds of people protested in the capital against rising food costs. The...