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Strong earthquake jolts Indonesian island of Lombok

Aug. 19, 2018 1:42 AM EDT

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — A strong earthquake jolted the Indonesian island of Lombok on Sunday as it tries to recover from a quake earlier this month that killed 460 people. The U.S. Geological Survey measured Sunday's quake, which was centered in the northeast of the island, at magnitude 6.3 and a depth...

Hand-in-hand, Koreas grab spotlight at Asian Games opener

Aug. 18, 2018 11:25 AM EDT

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — First it was the athletes parading side-by-side in matching uniforms behind the "unification" flag carried by South Korean basketballer Lim Yung-hui and North Korean footballer Ju Kyong Chol. Then it was an image of South Korea's Prime Minister Lee Nak-yon and North Korean Deputy...

Taliban say no peace with 'occupation,' want US talks

Aug. 18, 2018 4:01 AM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The leader of the Taliban said Saturday there will be no peace in Afghanistan as long as the foreign "occupation" continues, reiterating the group's position that the 17-year war can only be brought to an end through direct talks with the United States. In a message released in...

Strong, deep earthquake shakes area off Indonesia; no damage

Aug. 17, 2018 11:35 PM EDT

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — A strong earthquake located far below the Earth's surface shook an area in Indonesia's Flores Sea, causing shaking on land but no damage, officials said. The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake Friday night had a preliminary magnitude of 6.5 and was located 109 kilometers (68...

Ban Lifted: Kuwaitis compete under own flag at Asian Games

Aug. 17, 2018 2:45 AM EDT

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Athletes from Kuwait will be able to compete under their own flag in the Asian Games after the International Olympic Committee provisionally lifted the country's suspension, which had been in place for nearly three years. The Asian Games open on Saturday in Jakarta. The Olympic...

Amnesty condemns Indonesia police killings ahead of games

Aug. 16, 2018 11:47 PM EDT

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Amnesty International says Indonesian police fatally shot dozens of petty criminals in a deliberate campaign of "unnecessary and excessive" force ahead of the Asian Games. The rights group said Friday that 31 of the police killings it recorded from media reports between January...

The Latest: Indonesian to testify when murder trial resumes

Aug. 16, 2018 8:37 PM EDT

SHAH ALAM, Malaysia (AP) — The Latest on the murder trial of two Southeast Asian women in the assassination of the North Korean leader's half brother (all times local): 2.35 p.m. Indonesian Siti Aisyah will be the first witness to testify when her murder trial in the killing of Kim Jong Nam resumes in...

Forests group halts plan to endorse Indonesian paper giant

Aug. 16, 2018 11:53 AM EDT

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — The main global group for certifying sustainable wood has suspended plans to give its influential endorsement to Indonesian paper giant Sinarmas after revelations it cut down tropical forests and used an opaque corporate structure to hide its activities. The Forest Stewardship...

Through hoops: Combined Koreas set tone for Asian Games

Aug. 16, 2018 4:01 AM EDT

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — One win into the Asian Games and the bigger picture is already clear for the combined Koreas basketball team. Three North Korean players, including top-scorer Ro Suk Yong, and nine South Koreans combined for a 108-40 win over host Indonesia on the opening night of the women's...

Indonesian president urges tolerance in annual speech

Aug. 16, 2018 1:04 AM EDT

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesia's president urged his country to embrace its founding spirit of tolerance in an annual national address just days after choosing a divisive cleric as his running mate in elections next year. Joko "Jokowi" Widodo told parliament on Thursday that independence fighters were...