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Indonesia opens trial for 5 charged over soccer crush deaths

Jan. 16, 2023 21:33 PM EST

SURABAYA, Indonesia (AP) — An Indonesian court began trial Monday against five men on charges of negligence leading to the deaths of 135 people after police fired tear gas inside a soccer stadium, setting off a panicked run for the exits in which many were crushed. The deadly...

Indonesian president acknowledges past human rights abuses

Jan. 11, 2023 06:14 AM EST

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesian President Joko Widodo on Wednesday admitted serious human rights violations had occurred across the country in recent decades and vowed to compensate victims and prevent such abuses from happening again in the future. In televised comments,...

Malaysia pledges to invest in Indonesia's new capital

Jan. 09, 2023 03:03 AM EST

BOGOR, Indonesia (AP) — Malaysian Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim said Monday his country would invest in the development of Indonesia's new capital on Borneo island, which both nations share. Anwar made his first overseas trip to Jakarta since taking office in November, saying at...

Indonesia lifts all COVID curbs, shifts to endemic approach

Dec. 30, 2022 06:57 AM EST

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Almost three years after officials announced the first confirmed case of COVID-19 in Indonesia, the country’s leader said Friday they are lifting all coronavirus-related restrictions nationwide. President Joko Widodo said Indonesia’s COVID-19 situation...

Indonesia's Parliament votes to ban sex outside of marriage

Dec. 06, 2022 19:42 PM EST

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesia’s Parliament unanimously voted on Tuesday to ban sex outside of marriage and insulting the president and state institutions. Once in force, the bans will affect foreign visitors as well as citizens. They're part of an overhaul of the country's...

Indonesian rescuers focus on landslide as quake toll rises

Nov. 24, 2022 07:42 AM EST

CIANJUR, Indonesia (AP) — On the fourth day of an increasingly urgent search, Indonesian rescuers narrowed their focus Thursday to a landslide where dozens of people were believed trapped after an earthquake killed at least 272, more than a third of them children. Many of the more...

Monsoon rains force halt in Indonesia quake rescue efforts

Nov. 23, 2022 09:14 AM EST

CIANJUR, Indonesia (AP) — Searchers in Indonesia on Wednesday rescued a 6-year-old boy who was trapped for two days under the rubble of his house, which collapsed in an earthquake that killed at least 271 people, as heavy monsoon rains lashed survivors in makeshift shelters and forced a...

Indonesian rescuers search through rubble of quake; 268 dead

Nov. 22, 2022 07:40 AM EST

CIANJUR, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesian rescuers used jackhammers, circular saws and sometimes their bare hands Tuesday to shift the rubble of flattened buildings as they searched for the dead and missing from an earthquake that killed at least 268 people. With many missing, some...

Hong Kong leader Lee isolating with COVID-19 after APEC trip

Nov. 21, 2022 05:29 AM EST

HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong leader John Lee tested positive for the coronavirus after meeting with other regional leaders at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum in Thailand, the city's government said Monday. Lee tested negative throughout his four-day stay in Bangkok but...

Analysis: Have China and India shifted stance on Russia war?

Nov. 17, 2022 04:58 AM EST

NUSA DUA, Indonesia (AP) — China and India, after months of refusing to condemn Russia’s war in Ukraine, did not stand in the way of the release this week of a statement by the world’s leading economies that strongly criticizes Moscow. Could this, at last, signal a bold new...