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Blinken faces global challenges in round-the-world trip

Dec. 08, 2021 13:03 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State Antony Blinken will confront a number of daunting global challenges as he embarks this week on an around-the-world diplomatic tour that will test the Biden administration’s resolve on various fronts . From Russia and Ukraine to China and...

Indonesian militant given life sentence in 2005 attack

Dec. 08, 2021 05:37 AM EST

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — An Indonesian court sentenced an Islamic militant who eluded capture for 16 years to life in prison on Wednesday after finding him guilty of making bombs used in a 2005 market attack that killed 22 people. Upik Lawanga, known as “professor,” is a key...

Indonesian leader visits eruption survivors, vows to rebuild

Dec. 07, 2021 08:13 AM EST

LUMAJANG, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesia’s president on Tuesday visited areas devastated by a powerful volcanic eruption that killed at least 34 people and left thousands homeless, and vowed that communities would be quickly rebuilt. Clouds of hot ash shot high into the sky and an...

Concerns rise over Indonesia's sputtering virus vaccinations

Nov. 26, 2021 04:31 AM EST

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesia has recovered significantly from a mid-year spike in coronavirus cases and deaths that was one of the worst in the region, but with its vaccination drive stalling due to logistical challenges and other issues, and with holidays approaching, experts and...

Afghans in Indonesia protest slow UN resettlement process

Nov. 15, 2021 01:38 AM EST

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Hundreds of Afghan refugees and asylum seekers living in Indonesia rallied in front of the U.N. refugee agency office in Jakarta on Monday to urge it to speed up their resettlement. They held large banners reading “Our families are in danger....

Scores evacuated in fire at Indonesia's largest oil refinery

Nov. 13, 2021 11:03 AM EST

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — A fire at a gasoline storage at the largest oil refinery on Indonesia's Java island near Jakarta on Saturday prompted the evacuation of at least 80 residents living nearby, the national oil company Pertamina said. Pertamina, Indonesia's...

AP analysis: Exposure to extreme heat has tripled since 1983

Nov. 11, 2021 09:08 AM EST

World leaders have committed to limiting Earth’s rising temperature to 1.5 degrees Celsius (2.7 degrees Fahrenheit) above pre-industrial times. But what does that feel like? It’s difficult to convey, because you may not notice changes in average...

Indonesia, UK discuss future technology and cybersecurity

Nov. 11, 2021 04:45 AM EST

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — British Foreign Secretary Liz Truss met with Indonesian officials on Thursday and discussed closer cooperation in future technologies, cybersecurity and economic relations as part of British efforts to deepen ties to Southeast Asia after leaving the European Union....

Indonesia, Malaysia leaders urge end to Myanmar violence

Nov. 10, 2021 09:25 AM EST

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — The leaders of Malaysia and Indonesia on Wednesday urged military-ruled Myanmar to resolve its internal conflict and help stem the flow of Rohingya refugees fleeing to Malaysia. Malaysian Prime Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob, on an official visit...

Indonesia seizes land owned by Suharto son’s company

Nov. 05, 2021 07:56 AM EDT

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesian authorities on Friday seized four plots of land owned by the youngest son of former dictator Suharto as part of efforts to recover money owed the government since the 1997-1998 Asian financial crisis. The confiscation was part of...