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Volcanic materials spew from the crater of Mount Semeru in Lumajang, East Java, Indonesia, Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2020. Indonesian authorities are closely monitoring several volcanoes after sensors picked up increased activity in recent weeks, prompting the evacuation of thousands of people. (AP Photo)

Thousands flee as activity in Indonesian volcanoes increases

Dec. 1, 2020 3:12 AM EST

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesian authorities are closely monitoring several volcanoes after sensors picked up increased activity in recent weeks, prompting the evacuation of thousands of people. Hot ash tumbled as far as 3,000 meters (9,800 feet) down the slopes of Mount Semeru early Tuesday,...

Volcano in eastern Indonesia erupts, thousands evacuated

Nov. 29, 2020 7:56 PM EST

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — A volcano in eastern Indonesia erupted Sunday, sending a column of ash as high as 4,000 meters (13,120 feet) into the sky and prompting the evacuation of thousands of people. Nearly 2,800 people from at least 28 villages were evacuated from the slopes of Mount Ili Lewotolok, which...

Indonesia police say suspected militants kill 4 villagers

Nov. 28, 2020 5:17 AM EST

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesian police said Saturday that suspected militants killed four people and burned seven houses in a village in Central Sulawesi province. National Police spokesperson Awi Setiyono said they believe Friday's assault in Lemban Tongoa village of Sigi District was carried out by...

Instagram celebrity Millen Cyrus, center, is escorted by Indonesian police as she is presented to the media during a press conference in Jakarta, Indonesia, Monday, Nov. 23, 2020. Indonesian Police moved the trans woman Instagram celebrity to a special cell after the public outrage on social medias related to her initial placement at male detention cell  after the police arrested her for drug abuse. (AP Photo)

Indonesian police move transgender celebrity to private cell

Nov. 27, 2020 6:12 AM EST

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesian police have moved a female transgender Instagram celebrity, Millen Cyrus, to a special cell following public outrage over her initial placement in a male detention cell after she was arrested as a suspect in a drug case. “As for her status on her ID, she is a...

Indonesian Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Minister Edhy Prabowo, center, escorted by security officers walks after a press conference at the Indonesian Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) office in Jakarta, Indonesia Thursday, Nov. 26, 2020. Indonesia's anti-corruption commission formally named the country's fisheries minister as a suspect in taking bribes related to exports of lobster larvae, and alleged he used the money on a luxury shopping spree during a visit to the United States. (AP Photo)

Indonesian minister apologizes after arrest on bribe charge

Nov. 26, 2020 12:00 AM EST

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesia’s anti-corruption commission formally named the country's fisheries minister as a suspect in taking bribes related to exports of lobster larvae, and alleged he used the money on a luxury shopping spree during a visit to the United States. Maritime Affairs and...

Indonesia Cabinet minister arrested in graft investigation

Nov. 25, 2020 6:04 AM EST

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesia’s anti-corruption commission said it arrested the country's fisheries minister on Wednesday amid an investigation into exports of lobster larvae. Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Minister Edhy Prabowo was arrested upon arrival at the Jakarta’s Soekarno-Hatta...

A female worker sprays herbicide in a palm oil plantation in Sumatra, Indonesia, on Saturday, Sept. 8, 2018. Many women are hired by subcontractors on a day-to-day basis without benefits, performing the same jobs for the same companies for years and even decades. They often work without pay to help their husbands meet otherwise impossible daily quotas. (AP Photo/Binsar Bakkara)

Rape, abuses in palm oil fields linked to top beauty brands

Nov. 24, 2020 1:31 PM EST

SUMATRA, Indonesia (AP) — With his hand clamped tightly over her mouth, she could not scream, the 16-year-old girl recalls – and no one was around to hear her anyway. She describes how her boss raped her amid the tall trees on an Indonesian palm oil plantation that feeds into some of the...

A nurse walks COVID-19 tests back to the tent at the free COVID-19 testing site on Monday, Nov. 23, 2020 in Glenwood Springs, Colo. (Chelsea Self/Glenwood Springs Post Independent via AP)

The Latest: China reports results of mass testing

Nov. 23, 2020 10:56 PM EST

BEIJING — China has reported new coronavirus cases in the cities of Shanghai and Tianjin as it seeks to prevent small outbreaks from becoming larger ones. The National Health Commission said Tuesday that there were two new locally spread cases in the previous 24-hour period, one in each city. It also...

Students wearing face masks sit spaced apart during a trial run of a class with COVID-19 protocol at the  Nurul Amal Islamic school in Tangerang, Indonesia, Monday, Nov. 23, 2020. (AP Photo/Tatan Syuflana)

Indonesia's confirmed coronavirus cases exceed half million

Nov. 23, 2020 5:30 AM EST

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesia’s confirmed COVID-19 cases breached half a million on Monday as the government of the world’s fourth most populous nation scrambled to procure vaccines to help it win the fight against the coronavirus pandemic. Indonesia's Health Ministry announced that new...

Malaysia's Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin, arrives for the opening of the first virtual Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) leaders' summit, hosted by Malaysia, in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Friday, Nov. 20, 2020. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)

APEC leaders, including Trump, agree on free trade

Nov. 20, 2020 11:40 AM EST

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Leaders from the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum, including U.S. President Donald Trump, pledged Friday to work toward free, open and non-discriminatory trade and investment to revive their coronavirus-battered economies. The leaders cast aside differences to issue...