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This drone shot shows a boat carrying ethnic-Rohingya off North Aceh, Indonesia, Wednesday, June 24, 2020. Indonesian fishermen discovered dozens of hungry, weak Rohingya Muslims on the wooden boat adrift off Indonesia's northernmost province of Aceh, an official said. (AP Photo/Zik Maulana)

Indonesian fishermen discover 94 Rohingya adrift at sea

Jun. 24, 2020 8:42 AM EDT

BANDA ACEH, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesian fishermen discovered 94 hungry, weak Rohingya Muslims on a wooden boat adrift off Indonesia’s northernmost province of Aceh, an official said Wednesday. The people were found by three fishermen late Monday on the rickety boat about 6 kilometers (4 miles) off...

Pilot ejects safely as Indonesian fighter jet crashes

Jun. 15, 2020 4:47 AM EDT

PEKANBARU, Indonesia (AP) — An Indonesian air force fighter jet crashed during a training mission on Sumatra island on Monday, injuring the pilot, who was able to eject to safety, an official said. The pilot was on a solo flight following a routine training mission when the British-built Hawk 200 went down...

CORRECTS TO CLARIFY MILLIONS OF PEOPLE IN MUSLIM NATIONS NOT GAZA - Muslims wearing face masks attend the Eid al-Fitr prayers outside a mosque in Gaza City, Sunday, May 24, 2020. Millions of Muslims worldwide are marking a muted and gloomy religious festival of Eid al-Fitr, the end of the fasting month of Ramadan -- a usually joyous three-day celebration that has been significantly toned down as coronavirus cases soar. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)

Muslims celebrate major holiday amid curfews, virus fears

May. 26, 2020 3:17 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Muslims around the world on Sunday began celebrating Eid al-Fitr, a normally festive holiday marking the end of the fasting month of Ramadan, with millions under strict stay-at-home orders and many fearing renewed coronavirus outbreaks. The three-day holiday is usually a time of travel,...

Tornado in Indonesia kills 2, damages hundreds of homes

May. 21, 2020 2:55 AM EDT

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — A tornado ripped through several villages on Indonesia’s Sumatra island, killing at least two people, damaging hundreds of homes, and fatally knocking over a cow, a disaster official said Thursday. Another six people, most with serious injuries, were taken to a hospital...