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Unicorns are real: Tech baffles Indonesian candidate

Feb. 18, 2019 12:48 AM EST

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesia's presidential candidates debated some of the most pressing issues facing the world's third-largest democracy: dilapidated infrastructure, struggling farmers, forest fires — and unicorns. When President Joko Widodo, who is seeking a second term, asked challenger...

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...

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,...

Governor convicted of blasphemy freed from Indonesian prison

Jan. 24, 2019 1:48 AM EST

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — A polarizing Christian politician whose campaign comments ignited the largest protests in years in Muslim-majority Indonesia was freed Thursday after serving nearly two years in prison for blasphemy. Basuki "Ahok" Tjahaja Purnama, the former governor of Jakarta, left a...

Indonesia reverses course on plan to free radical cleric

Jan. 22, 2019 10:16 AM EST

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesia's president said Tuesday that an elderly Islamic cleric who inspired the Bali bombers and other extremists won't be released from prison unless he renounces radicalism, backing down from plans to free him without conditions. President Joko Widodo said Abu Bakar Bashir,...

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 cleric to be freed despite holding to radicalism

Jan. 19, 2019 5:43 AM EST

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — An Islamic cleric who was the ideological leader of the Bali bombers and other Indonesian militants is being released early from a 15-year prison sentence after the country's president relented on a condition that he renounce radical beliefs, lawyers confirmed Saturday. Abu Bakar...

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...

Indonesian presidential candidates spar over corruption

Jan. 17, 2019 8:09 PM EST

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesian President Joko Widodo accused his election rival of allowing corrupt candidates on his legislative ticket and failing to include women in senior positions. Widodo and former Gen. Prabowo Subianto, along with their running mates, faced off Thursday in the first of five...