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Jakarta's 1st subway to ease frustration, sweat and fumes

Mar. 18, 2019 8:29 PM EDT

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Commuting in Indonesia's gridlocked capital will for some involve less frustration, sweat and fumes when its first subway line opens later this month. The line is the latest of infrastructure improvements nationwide that officials hope will help the giant but laggard nation catch...

The Latest: Boeing's stock halts 2-day skid on Wall Street

Mar. 13, 2019 4:53 PM EDT

HEJERE, Ethiopia (AP) — The Latest on The Latest on Ethiopian Airlines crash (all times local): 11:45 p.m. Boeing's stock has halted a two-day skid after turning higher in the final minutes of trading on Wall Street. The about-face came shortly after President Donald Trump issued an emergency order...

Indonesian woman detonates bomb, killing herself and child

Mar. 13, 2019 11:33 AM EDT

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — The wife of an Islamic militant arrested for plotting attacks in the Indonesian capital detonated a bomb during a siege of their home in North Sumatra, killing herself and her two-year-old child, the national police said Wednesday. The woman is believed to have blown herself up...

Indonesia, experts wary of linking Boeing crashes

Mar. 12, 2019 9:16 AM EDT

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Two fatal crashes of Boeing 737 Max 8 planes less than five months apart have raised alarm, but experts are wary of linking the two. The head of Indonesia's National Transportation Safety Committee, Soerjanto Tjahjono, said Tuesday it was unclear if the cause of Sunday's disaster...

Indonesian woman freed 2 years after killing of Kim Jong Nam

Mar. 11, 2019 8:55 AM EDT

SHAH ALAM, Malaysia (AP) — One of two women accused of killing North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's half brother by smearing VX nerve agent on his face was freed after two years of detention Monday when Malaysian prosecutors unexpectedly dropped the murder charge against her. Indonesian Siti Aisyah and her...

The Latest: Siti Aisyah back in Indonesia, thanks president

Mar. 11, 2019 7:23 AM EDT

SHAH ALAM, Malaysia (AP) — The Latest on the dropping of a murder charge against the Indonesian suspect in the killing of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's half brother (all times local): 5:40 p.m. An Indonesian woman has returned home and thanked the president and Cabinet ministers for securing her...

Amnesty activist arrested for song against Indonesian forces

Mar. 7, 2019 12:12 AM EST

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — A university professor has been arrested in Indonesia after a video of him singing a protest song against the country's military circulated online, Amnesty International said Thursday, denouncing what it said is police's use of an electronic information law to curb free speech....

Indonesia and Australia sign pact eliminating many tariffs

Mar. 4, 2019 12:31 AM EST

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesia and Australia signed a free trade agreement Monday that will eliminate many tariffs, allow Australian-owned hospitals to operate in the giant Southeast Asian country and increase work visas for young Indonesians. Trade ministers from the two countries signed the...

Recent developments surrounding the South China Sea

Feb. 24, 2019 11:53 PM EST

BEIJING (AP) — A look at recent developments in the South China Sea, where China is pitted against smaller neighbors in multiple disputes over islands, coral reefs and lagoons in waters crucial for global commerce and rich in fish and potential oil and gas reserves: ___ EDITOR'S NOTE: This is a weekly look...

Indonesia makes 2032 Olympics bid official

Feb. 19, 2019 9:59 AM EST

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesia has officially joined bidding to host the 2032 Olympics following its success staging the Asian Games last year, the deputy chairman of its national Olympic committee said Tuesday, highlighting the rising ambitions of the giant but perennially underperforming Southeast...