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South China Sea Watch: Taiwan alarm and Indonesia standoff

Sep. 21, 2020 3:15 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — A look at recent developments in the South China Sea, where China is pitted against smaller neighbors in multiple territorial disputes over islands, coral reefs and lagoons. The waters are a major shipping route for global commerce and are rich in fish and possible oil and gas reserves. ___...

This undated photo released on Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2020, by Indonesian Maritime Security Agency (BAKAMLA) shows a Chinese Cost Guard ship sails in North Natuna Sea. An Indonesian patrol ship confronted the Chinese vessel that spent almost three days in waters where Indonesia claims economic rights and that are near the southernmost part of China's disputed South China Sea claims. (Indonesian Maritime Security Agency via AP)

Indonesian patrol confronts Chinese ship in economic zone

Sep. 15, 2020 5:12 AM EDT

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — An Indonesian patrol ship confronted a Chinese coast guard vessel that spent almost three days in waters where Indonesia claims economic rights and are near the southernmost part of China's disputed South China Sea claims. The Indonesian Maritime Security Agency said it detected...

Freshmen Lauren Tamborini and Bailey Donahue move out of Sellery Residence Hall Thursday, Sept. 10, 2020, the University of Wisconsin in Madison, Wis. The students plan on attending class online. Citing rapidly rising COVID-19 cases including two straight days in which one in five student tests came back positive, University of Wisconsin-Madison Chancellor Rebecca Blank locked down the state's largest university campus for two weeks. (Mark Hoffmann/Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel via AP)

The Latest: Wisconsin university eliminates spring break

Sep. 14, 2020 7:31 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. — The University of Wisconsin-Madison decided Monday to eliminate spring break next semester in an effort to curb the spread of the coronavirus. The university’s Faculty Senate voted 140-7 to erase the nine-day break from the 2021 spring calendar. Officials said the move is designed...

People, wearing a face mask as a precaution against the new coronavirus outbreak, walk on a pedestrian crossing at the main business district in Jakarta, Indonesia, Monday, Sept. 14, 2020. Indonesia's capital on Monday begins to reimpose large-scale social restrictions to control a rapid expansion in the virus cases. (AP Photo/Tatan Syuflana)

Indonesia's capital under virus order, hospitals nearly full

Sep. 14, 2020 1:08 AM EDT

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Main streets were less crowded as Indonesia’s capital began two weeks of social restrictions Monday to curb a rise of coronavirus infections that has pushed its critical-care hospital capacity to unsafe levels. Police at checkpoints imposed sanctions on bikers that did not...

A rickshaw puller wearing a face mask as a precaution against the coronavirus pedals through a street in Hyderabad, India, Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2020. India's coronavirus cases are now the second-highest in the world and only behind the United States. (AP Photo/Mahesh Kumar A.)

Asia Today: India adds another 89K cases, to reopen schools

Sep. 9, 2020 11:13 AM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — India added another 89,706 coronavirus cases to the second-highest tally in the world, and the government said schools would reopen later this month for senior students after being closed for more than five months. India’s famed white marble Taj Mahal in the northern city of Agra...

Associated Press journalist Ali Kotarumalos sits for a portrait in Jakarta, Indonesia, in 2018. Kotarumalos, who worked as a newsperson at the Jakarta bureau of the Associated Press for more than three decades, passed away on Wednesday, September 9, 2020 after battling can cer. He was 68.  (AP Photo/Achmad Ibrahim)

Former AP newsperson Ali Kotarumalos dies in Indonesia

Sep. 9, 2020 9:14 AM EDT

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Ali Kotarumalos, a journalist who reported on major news events in Indonesia for The Associated Press for more than three decades, has died. He was 68. He died Wednesday at a Jakarta hospital from lung cancer, which he had battled for three years. Kotarumalos joined AP's Jakarta...

A medics inspects makeshift isolation rooms at Patriot Candrabhaga stadium prepared to become a quarantine facility for people showing symptoms of the COVID-19 amid the new coronavirus outbreak in Bekasi on the outskirts of Jakarta, Indonesia, Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2020. While Indonesia has recorded more deaths from the coronavirus than any other Southeast Asian country, it also has seen by far the most fatalities among medical workers in the region, leading to concerns about the long-term impact on the nation's fragile healthcare system. (AP Photo/Achmad Ibrahim)

As Indonesia cases soar, medical workers bear the burden

Sep. 9, 2020 1:25 AM EDT

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — While Indonesia has recorded more deaths from the coronavirus than any other Southeast Asian country, it also has seen by far the most fatalities among medical workers in the region, leading to concerns about the long-term impact on the nation's fragile healthcare system. The...

In this photo taken Friday, June 5, 2020, a surfer walks on a sparsely populated Waikiki beach in Honolulu. Hawaii faces unpleasant options for addressing a dramatic decline in tax revenues precipitated by the coronavirus pandemic and the shutdown of the state's tourism industry. (AP Photo/Audrey McAvoy)

The Latest: Illinois university quarantines all student body

Sep. 8, 2020 10:48 PM EDT

PEORIA, Ill. — Bradley University in central Illinois is requiring its entire student body to quarantine for two weeks because of clusters of COVID-19 on campus and is reverting to remote learning, officials announced Tuesday. Officials of the private university said they have linked a spike of the...

Ethnic Rohingya people rest after the boat carrying them landed in Lhokseumawe, Aceh province, Indonesia, early Monday, Sept. 7, 2020. Almost 300 Rohingya Muslims were found on a beach in Indonesia's Aceh province Monday and were evacuated by military, police and Red Cross volunteers, authorities said. (AP Photo/Rahmat Mirza)

Almost 300 Rohingya found on beach in Indonesia’s Aceh

Sep. 7, 2020 9:10 AM EDT

BANDA ACEH, Indonesia (AP) — Almost 300 Rohingya Muslims were found on a beach in Indonesia's Aceh province on Monday after months at sea, officials said. The group arrived at Ujong Blang beach from one boat and were reported by local residents. Officials arrived and found that the Rohingya had dispersed...

Police officers escort British national Collum Park, right, and Australian national Aaron Wayne Coyle, second from right, to a police car at the regional police headquarters in Denpasar, Indonesia on Thursday, Sept. 3, 2020. Indonesian police say the men have been arrested with methamphetamine and ecstasy pills on the tourist island of Bali. (AP Photo/Firdia Lisnawati)

2 foreigners arrested on Bali for alleged drug possession

Sep. 3, 2020 5:24 AM EDT

DENPASAR, Indonesia (AP) — Two men from Britain and Australia have been arrested on Indonesia's resort island of Bali for possession of methamphetamine and ecstasy, police said Thursday. Collum Park from Britain was arrested Tuesday night with 11.8 grams of methamphetamine and 15 ecstasy pills, Denpasar...