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Indonesia arrests 40 militant suspects ahead of inauguration

Oct. 17, 2019 7:27 AM EDT

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesia's elite anti-terrorism unit went on a busy 24-hour spree to root out suspected Islamic militants ahead of a presidential inauguration this weekend that will be attended by Asian leaders and Western envoys. At least 40 suspects have been detained by the counterterrorism...

Indonesia arrests 22 militants following attack on minister

Oct. 14, 2019 9:23 AM EDT

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — At least 22 suspected militants plotting bombings and other attacks have been arrested in a counterterrorism crackdown following last week's assault by a knife-wielding militant couple who wounded Indonesia's top security minister, police said Monday. National police spokesman...

Indonesia: Minister's attacker was under police surveillance

Oct. 11, 2019 7:47 AM EDT

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — The Muslim militant who wounded the country's security minister in a brazen knife attack was under government surveillance for some time but police did not attempt to arrest him because he didn't seem to pose an immediate threat, a police official said Friday. National police...

Knife-wielding man wounds Indonesia's security minister

Oct. 10, 2019 8:31 AM EDT

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — A knife-wielding man suspected of belonging to a radical Islamic group wounded Indonesia's security minister, a local police chief and another person in an attack in western Indonesia on Thursday, officials said. President Joko Widodo called the suspect a terrorist and urged...

New Parliament elects Indonesia's first female House speaker

Oct. 1, 2019 9:44 AM EDT

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesia's new Parliament elected the country's first female speaker of the House of Representatives after being sworn in Tuesday amid sometimes-violent protests against several new or proposed laws, including one that weakens the country's anti-corruption agency. Puan Maharani,...

Students resume protests in Indonesia streets over new law

Sep. 30, 2019 8:43 PM EDT

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Thousands of Indonesian students resumed protests on Monday against a new law they say has crippled the country's anti-corruption agency, with some clashing with police. Authorities blocked streets leading to the Parliament building in Jakarta, where 560 members of the House of...

Ex-Indonesia Cabinet minister arrested for alleged graft

Sep. 27, 2019 10:13 AM EDT

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesia's anti-graft commission on Friday arrested a former sports minister accused of stealing public money, as students across the country protested a new law that critics say will cripple the commission. Youth and Sports Minister Imam Nahrawi faces graft charges related to a...

Police: 2 die in violent Indonesian student protests

Sep. 26, 2019 11:01 AM EDT

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — At least two people have died in violent demonstrations across Indonesia by students protesting a new law that they say has crippled the country's anti-corruption agency, police said Thursday. A student suffered chest injuries and died when riot police fired tear gas and water...

Indonesian riot police clash with student protesters

Sep. 25, 2019 8:55 AM EDT

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesian riot police shot multiple rounds of tear gas at thousands of stone-throwing students who attempted to reach Parliament in Jakarta on Wednesday to protest a new law that critics say cripples the country's anti-corruption agency. Police said more than 300 students and...

Indonesian students rally against changes to corruption law

Sep. 24, 2019 11:46 AM EDT

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Police fired tear gas and water cannons Tuesday to disperse thousands of rock-throwing students protesting a new law that they said has crippled Indonesia's anti-corruption agency. The university students are enraged that Indonesia's Parliament passed the law last week that...