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Indonesian youths play in flood water in a neighborhood in Jakarta, Indonesia, Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2020. Overnight rains caused rivers to burst their banks in greater Jakarta sending muddy water into residential and commercial areas, inundating thousands of homes and paralyzing parts of the city's transport networks, officials said. (AP Photo/Achmad Ibrahim)

Thousands caught in floods in Indonesia's sinking capital

Feb. 25, 2020 4:47 AM EST

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Floods that have crippled much of Indonesia's capital worsened Tuesday, inundating thousands of homes and buildings, including the presidential palace, and paralyzing transport networks, officials and witnesses said. Overnight rains caused more rivers to burst their banks in...

Indonesia's President Joko Widodo gives a joint statement with Australia's Prime Minister Scott Morrison at Parliament House in Canberra, Monday, Feb. 10, 2020. Widodo is on a two-day visit to Canberra, his fourth visit to Australia. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft, Pool)

Indonesian president urges closer Australian partnership

Feb. 9, 2020 10:19 PM EST

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Indonesia’s president spoke to Australia's Parliament on Monday, urging a closer partnership between their nations as their shared democratic values are threatened by uncertain global economics. President Joko Widodo was addressing a rare joint-sitting of the Australian...

In this Friday, Jan. 31, 2020, photo, American journalist Philip Myrer Jacobson, center, poses with his Indonesian lawyers at Cilik Riwut Airport in Palangkaraya, Indonesia. Indonesian authorities deported Jacobson who was detained for more than six weeks after meeting with indigenous rights activists on Borneo island. Jacobson of California was detained on Jan. 21 in Palangkaraya city and faced up to five years in jail and a 500 million rupiah (US$36,500) fine on charges of violating immigration laws for failing to secure a journalist visa. (AP Photo/LBH Palangkaraya)

Indonesia deports American journalist over visa regulations

Jan. 31, 2020 9:47 PM EST

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesian authorities deported an American journalist who was detained for more than six weeks after meeting with indigenous rights activists on Borneo island, his lawyer said Saturday. Philip Myrer Jacobson of California was detained on Jan. 21 in Palangkaraya city and faced up...

Visitors wearing protective face masks pose for a photo along the Bund in Shanghai, Thursday, Jan. 30, 2020. China counted 170 deaths from a new virus Thursday and more countries reported infections, including some spread locally, as foreign evacuees from China's worst-hit region returned home to medical observation and even isolation. (AP Photo)

The Latest: Russia closing its land border with China

Jan. 30, 2020 10:11 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — The Latest on the outbreak of a new virus from China (all times local): 11 p.m. Russia is closing its land border with China, similar to steps taken by Mongolia and North Korea, to guard against a new viral outbreak. Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin issued the decree Thursday,...

Indonesia detains American journalist over visa regulations

Jan. 22, 2020 8:14 AM EST

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — An American journalist is facing up to five years in an Indonesian jail and a fine on charges of violating immigration regulations, a lawyer and officials said Wednesday. Philip Jacobson of California was detained Tuesday in Palangkaraya city on Borneo island. He is accused of...

FILE - In this Nov. 6, 2019, file photo, SoftBank founder and Chief Executive Officer Masayoshi Son speaks during a news conference in Tokyo. Japan's SoftBank is offering to invest $30 billion to $40 billion in the development of a new Indonesian capital, an official said Friday, Jan. 17, 2020. (Kyodo News via AP, File)

SoftBank to invest $40 billion for new Indonesia capital

Jan. 17, 2020 6:30 AM EST

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Japan's SoftBank is offering to invest $30 billion to $40 billion in the development of a new Indonesian capital, an official said Friday. The billionaire founder and chief executive of SoftBank Group Corp., Masayoshi Son, hinted at partnering with the Indonesian government to...

Indonesia: UAE crown prince to lead new capital construction

Jan. 14, 2020 8:14 AM EST

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Abu Dhabi's crown prince has agreed to lead a committee that will oversee the construction of a new capital city for Indonesia that is estimated to cost $34 billion, an Indonesian official said Tuesday. Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan said it would be “an...

UAE, Indonesia reach multi-billion dollar investment deals

Jan. 13, 2020 11:03 AM EST

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesia and the United Arab Emirates affirmed deeper economic ties during a visit by Indonesian President Joko Widodo in which he sought billions of dollars to finance his country's infrastructure and energy projects. After meeting Sunday at Abu Dhabi's Qasr Al Watan palace,...

Ian Andrew Hernandez of California walks in handcuffs after his verdict trial in Bali, Indonesia on Monday, Jan. 13, 2020. An Indonesian judge has sentenced Hernandes to nine years and four months into prison for possessing and circulating 5 grams of cocaine and marijuana. (AP Photo/Firdia Lisnawati)

Indonesia sentences American man to 9 1/3 years for drugs

Jan. 13, 2020 6:00 AM EST

DENPASAR, Indonesia (AP) — An Indonesian court sentenced an American man to 9 1/3 years in prison on Monday after finding him guilty of selling cocaine and marijuana on the resort island of Bali. Police said Ian Andrew Hernandez of California was arrested last May with 10 small plastic packs containing 6.6...

FILE - In this Jan. 6, 2020, file photo, Chinese President Xi Jinping stands during a welcome ceremony for Kiribati's President Taneti Maamau at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing.  Xi will visit neighboring Myanmar amid efforts to strengthen relations with members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein, File)

Recent developments surrounding the South China Sea

Jan. 12, 2020 11:14 PM EST

BEIJING (AP) — A look at recent developments in the South China Sea, where China is pitted against smaller neighbors in multiple territorial disputes over islands, coral reefs and lagoons. The waters are a major shipping route for global commerce and are rich in fish and possible oil and gas reserves. ___...