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Rebels demand Indonesia negotiate on Papua independence

Dec. 7, 2018 8:02 PM EST

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Rebels in Indonesia's Papua province demanded that the government hold negotiations on their territory's self-determination and warned of more attacks following a raid on a construction site that left at least 16 dead. An insurgency has simmered in Papua since the early 1960s,...

Indonesian forces locate bodies of 16 people killed in Papua

Dec. 6, 2018 4:32 AM EST

JAYAPURA, Indonesia (AP) — Security forces have located the bodies of 16 people and a soldier who were killed in one of the bloodiest separatist attacks in Indonesia's restive Papua province, a military official said Thursday. Army helicopters transported eight bodies and eight survivors, including a...

Indonesia and Australia sign new economic cooperation deal

Nov. 5, 2018 2:58 AM EST

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Indonesian and Australian ministers signed an agreement to strengthen government economic exchanges on Monday as the neighboring countries work toward forging a bilateral free trade deal. Treasurer Josh Frydenberg and Indonesian Finance Minister Sri Mulyani signed a memorandum of...

Thousands protest burning of Islamic flag in Indonesia

Nov. 2, 2018 5:27 AM EDT

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Thousands of conservative Muslims protested in the Indonesian capital on Friday about the burning of an Islamic flag, sparking criticism from the government's top security minister that the country was in mourning after a plane crash and back-to-back natural disasters. Waving...

Previous flight of crashed Lion Air jet terrified passengers

Oct. 30, 2018 10:02 AM EDT

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Relatives numbed by grief provided samples for DNA tests to help identify victims of the Lion Air plane crash that killed 189 people in Indonesia, as accounts emerged Tuesday of problems on the jet's previous flight including rapid descents that terrified passengers. Hundreds of...

The Latest: Boeing experts to arrive in Indonesia for probe

Oct. 30, 2018 9:09 AM EDT

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — The Latest on the crash of a Lion Air plane in Indonesia (all times local): 3:50 p.m. Indonesia's National Transportation Safety Committee says experts from Boeing will arrive in Indonesia on Wednesday to help with the investigation of the crash of a Lion Air jet. The 2-month-old...

Australia's ex-PM warns Jerusalem move would worry Indonesia

Oct. 30, 2018 9:06 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — A former Australian prime minister has warned the government to expect a negative reaction from Indonesia if Australia follows the United States by shifting its embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Former Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull spoke to reporters after meeting...

Indonesia plane crash search finds remains, debris at sea

Oct. 29, 2018 2:37 PM EDT

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Rescuers in inflatable boats retrieved human remains, pieces of aircraft and personal belongings from the Java Sea on Monday after a new-generation Boeing jet operated by an Indonesian budget airline crashed minutes after takeoff, killing all 189 people on board. Distraught family...

The Latest: Searchers recover remains, debris

Oct. 29, 2018 2:02 PM EDT

KARAWANG, Indonesia (AP) — The Latest on the crash of a Lion Air plane in Indonesia (all times local): 2:00 a.m. Rescuers in inflatable boats have retrieved human remains, pieces of aircraft and personal belongings from the Java Sea after a new-generation Boeing jet operated by an Indonesian budget airline...

Indonesian airline whose plane crashed a low-cost high flyer

Oct. 29, 2018 8:55 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Lion Air, the airline whose plane crashed early Monday while traveling from Jakarta to an island off Indonesia's Sumatra with 189 people on board, is a fast-growing low-cost airline with a mixed safety record. The privately owned carrier was founded in 1999 to provide access to air travel to...