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Smoke billows from Kabanjahe prison during a prison riot in Kabanjahe, North Sumatra, Indonesia, Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2020. Angry inmates set fire to the overcrowded prison on Indonesia's Sumatra island during a riot that erupted Wednesday, officials said. (AP Photo)

Inmates set fire to overcrowded prison in western Indonesia

Feb. 12, 2020 4:17 AM EST

MEDAN, Indonesia (AP) — Angry inmates set fire to an overcrowded prison on Indonesia's Sumatra island during a riot that erupted Wednesday, officials said. Hundreds of police and soldiers were deployed to take control of Kabanjahe prison in North Sumatra province, which is designed to house 193 inmates...

Indonesian sentenced to life in prison in bomb plots

Feb. 5, 2020 9:19 AM EST

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — An Indonesian court sentenced an Islamic State group sympathizer to life imprisonment on Wednesday after finding him guilty of plotting bomb attacks against police and Christians. Asmar Husin, who also uses the name Abu Hamzah, was arrested last March in North Sumatra province's...

Suzethe Margareth, center, poses with her lawyers after her verdict at the Cibinong District Court in West Java, Indonesia, Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2020. Doctors say Marageth should receive psychiatric treatment as she is acquitted of blasphemy charges after taking a dog into a mosque. (AP Photo)

Indonesian acquitted of blasphemy for taking dog into mosque

Feb. 5, 2020 6:27 AM EST

CIBINONG, Indonesia (AP) — An Indonesian woman who doctors say should receive psychiatric treatment was acquitted Wednesday of blasphemy charges for taking a dog into a mosque. Suzethe Margareth was released after a panel of three judges at Cibinong District Court in West Java province absolved her of the...