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Indonesia records its largest 1-day jump in COVID infections

Jun. 21, 2021 07:48 AM EDT

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesian health authorities announced the country's largest one-day jump in new coronavirus infections on Monday, as the number of confirmed cases since the pandemic began crossed 2 million. The Health Ministry reported 14,536 new infections...

WHO warns of fresh Indonesia surge fed by virus variants

Jun. 17, 2021 07:10 AM EDT

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesia’s president ordered authorities to speed up the country's vaccination campaign as the World Health Organization warned Thursday of the need to increase social restrictions in the country amid a fresh surge of coronavirus infections caused by worrisome...

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...

Indonesia Muslims protest at US Embassy over Israel strikes

May. 21, 2021 08:53 AM EDT

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — More than a thousand Muslims rallied outside the U.S. Embassy in Indonesia’s capital on Friday to denounce American support for Israel and demand an end to Israeli airstrikes in the Gaza Strip. The protesters marched from several mosques...

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...

Indonesian police: Clash in Papua killed 5 rebels, 1 police

Apr. 27, 2021 23:13 PM EDT

JAYAPURA, Indonesia (AP) — An Indonesian police officer and five Papuan independence fighters were killed in an ongoing clash between security forces and a rebel group in restive Papua province, authorities said Wednesday. The clashes began early this month in...