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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...

Myanmar junta says rockets fired at 2 air bases; no injuries

Apr. 29, 2021 18:20 PM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Rockets were fired at two Myanmar government air bases on Thursday, causing minor damage and no injuries, the military junta said. The attacks are the latest sign that as the junta attempts to control widespread protests in cities against its February...

AP PHOTOS: A month of religious holidays, pyres and prayer

Apr. 29, 2021 08:08 AM EDT

Around the world April was the month when many religions celebrated their most important holidays. But it also was the month when the focus for individuals was on burial rites as they said goodbye to loved ones as COVID-19 continued to impact the religious world. Flames...

Indonesia arrests firebrand cleric's lawyer over attacks

Apr. 27, 2021 11:30 AM EDT

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Members of Indonesia’s counterterrorism police on Tuesday arrested the lawyer of a firebrand cleric and accused him of inciting people to commit terrorist acts and of pledging allegiance to the Islamic State group, officials said. Police...

Myanmar protests continue after ASEAN peace initiative

Apr. 26, 2021 14:02 PM EDT

YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — Protesters in Myanmar’s largest city braved potential violence by security forces on Monday to demonstrate against February’s military coup, showing their resolve to continue their resistance two days after Southeast Asian leaders met to address the country’s...

Indonesian brigadier general killed in 2-week Papua clash

Apr. 26, 2021 04:04 AM EDT

JAYAPURA, Indonesia (AP) — An Indonesian brigadier general was killed in an ongoing clash between security forces and a rebel group in restive Papua province, authorities said Monday. The clashes started April 8 in Indonesia’s easternmost Papua province after rebels...

ASEAN leaders tell Myanmar coup general to end killings

Apr. 25, 2021 00:27 AM EDT

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Southeast Asian leaders demanded an immediate end to killings and the release of political detainees in Myanmar in an emergency summit Saturday with its top general and coup leader who, according to Malaysia's prime minister, did not reject them outright. ...

No sign of Indonesian sub as air dwindles, search resumes

Apr. 23, 2021 20:58 PM EDT

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — The oxygen supply for the 53 crew members of an Indonesian submarine missing in waters off Bali is believed to have run out early Saturday with no sign of the vessel while the search resumed, bolstered by the arrival of a sonar-equipped Australian warship. ...