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Indonesia leader lays out priorities for G-20 presidency

Sep. 22, 2021 21:23 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Indonesia's leader said Wednesday that inclusiveness and a sustainable, green economy would be among his priorities when he assumes the G-20 presidency next year. In a recorded statement to the U.N. General Assembly, Indonesian President Joko Widodo...

Wyoming man recovering from fiery truck crash near Gillette

Sep. 19, 2021 10:16 AM EDT

GILLETTE, Wyo. (AP) — The last thing Shane Fortner remembers is driving by the last big hill before entering Gillette. He was in his truck, tailing his dad, Bill, who was driving ahead of him north on Highway 59, heading into the south side of Gillette. ...

Indonesian court rules president negligent over pollution

Sep. 16, 2021 05:59 AM EDT

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — An Indonesian court ruled Thursday that President Joko Widodo and six other top officials have neglected citizens’ rights to clean air and ordered them to improve the poor air quality in the capital. A three-judge panel at the Central...

AP PHOTOS: Graveyard mementos in Jakarta mark virus's toll

Sep. 14, 2021 02:33 AM EDT

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — In a graveyard on Jakarta's outskirts, portraits of the dead, bouquets of flowers and other mementos serve as reminders of the deadly coronavirus wave that battered Indonesia over the summer. The neat lines of low dirt mounds are quieter now...

Indonesia arrests key leader in al-Qaida linked group

Sep. 13, 2021 09:00 AM EDT

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesia’s elite counterterrorism squad has arrested a convicted militant and suspected leader of an al-Qaida-linked group that has been blamed for a string of past bombings in the country, Indonesia police said Monday. Abu Rusdan was seized...

Indonesia, Australia urge Taliban to respect rights of women

Sep. 09, 2021 06:16 AM EDT

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — The foreign minister of Indonesia, the world's most populous Muslim country, urged the Taliban on Thursday to respect the rights of women and not allow Afghanistan to become a breeding ground for extremist activities. Retno Marsudi made the...

Deadly Indonesia prison fire highlights systemic problems

Sep. 08, 2021 21:31 PM EDT

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Overcrowding, mass escapes, protest riots, extremism and corruption: Indonesia’s prisons have long been a hotbed of problems. On Wednesday it was tragedy, as a fire ripped through a block of the Tangerang prison on the outskirts of Jakarta, killing 41 and...

Fire kills 41 inmates, 80 hurt at crowded Indonesian prison

Sep. 08, 2021 08:51 AM EDT

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — A massive fire raged through an overcrowded prison near Indonesia’s capital early Wednesday, killing at least 41 inmates, two of them foreigners serving drug sentences, and injuring 80 others. Firefighters battled through the early morning...

Some Indonesian students return to schools, at a distance

Aug. 30, 2021 07:44 AM EDT

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — School bells rang in parts of Indonesia’s capital for the first time in more than a year on Monday as schools shut by the coronavirus were allowed to begin reopening as cases decline. A total of 610 schools that passed standards set by the...

Afghans in Indonesia protest Taliban, demand resettlement

Aug. 24, 2021 03:31 AM EDT

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Hundreds of Afghan refugees living in Indonesia, mostly members of the Hazara ethnic minority, held a rally on Tuesday decrying the Taliban’s takeover of their country and calling for resettlement in third countries. Indonesia is not a...