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ASEAN envoys meet Myanmar junta leader to press for dialogue

Jun. 04, 2021 21:19 PM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Representatives of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations met with Myanmar’s junta leader on Friday, six weeks after an emergency regional summit on the coup in the country drew promises of progress toward a solution but produced no tangible results. ...

Indonesia urges ASEAN to quickly appoint envoy for Myanmar

Jun. 02, 2021 05:13 AM EDT

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesia’s foreign minister on Wednesday urged the Association of Southeast Asia Nations to immediately appoint a special envoy on Myanmar in response to its military coup, and reiterated a call for the safety of civilians as the ruling junta cracks down on...

Hundreds of Indonesians protest US support for Israel

May. 28, 2021 04:18 AM EDT

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Several hundred Indonesians on Friday protested what they called American support for Israel outside the U.S. Embassy and the U.N. mission in Jakarta. Carrying giant Palestinian and Indonesian flags and signs that read “Indonesian worker...

Indonesia court sentences firebrand cleric to 8 months' jail

May. 27, 2021 07:54 AM EDT

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — An Indonesian court sentenced a politically influential firebrand cleric to eight months in prison on Thursday for violating health protocols by holding gatherings attended by thousands of supporters during the coronavirus outbreak. The panel...

Indonesians protest at US Embassy over Israeli airstrikes

May. 18, 2021 09:39 AM EDT

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Pro-Palestinian protesters marched to the heavily guarded U.S. Embassy in Indonesia’s capital on Tuesday to demand an end to Israeli airstrikes in the Gaza Strip. Waving Indonesian and Palestinian flags and signs that read “Free...

Virus, Mideast turmoil stifle Eid al-Fitr celebrations

May. 13, 2021 06:55 AM EDT

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Muslims celebrated Eid al-Fitr in a subdued mood for a second year Thursday as the COVID-19 pandemic again forced mosque closings and family separations on the holiday marking the end of Ramadan. In the embattled Gaza Strip, the call to prayer...

Workers protest Indonesia's labor law in May Day rallies

May. 01, 2021 06:32 AM EDT

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Workers in Indonesia marked international labor day on Saturday with significantly less-attended marches due to coronavirus restrictions, but thousands still vented their anger at a new law they say harms their rights and welfare. About 50,000...

Indonesian military pays last respects to submarine crew

Apr. 30, 2021 04:43 AM EDT

BULELENG, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesia's military and family members on Friday paid their last respects to the 53 submarine crew members who died when their vessel sank and broke apart in the depths off the resort island of Bali. The ceremony included relatives casting...

Myanmar junta says rockets fired at 2 air bases; no injuries

Apr. 29, 2021 18:20 PM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Rockets were fired at two Myanmar government air bases on Thursday, causing minor damage and no injuries, the military junta said. The attacks are the latest sign that as the junta attempts to control widespread protests in cities against its February...

AP PHOTOS: A month of religious holidays, pyres and prayer

Apr. 29, 2021 08:08 AM EDT

Around the world April was the month when many religions celebrated their most important holidays. But it also was the month when the focus for individuals was on burial rites as they said goodbye to loved ones as COVID-19 continued to impact the religious world. Flames...