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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...

Indonesian police: Clash in Papua killed 5 rebels, 1 police

Apr. 27, 2021 23:13 PM EDT

JAYAPURA, Indonesia (AP) — An Indonesian police officer and five Papuan independence fighters were killed in an ongoing clash between security forces and a rebel group in restive Papua province, authorities said Wednesday. The clashes began early this month in...

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...

Indonesia says 53 crew of lost sub are dead, wreckage found

Apr. 25, 2021 11:21 AM EDT

BANYUWANGI, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesia’s military on Sunday officially said all 53 crew members from a submarine that sank and broke apart last week are dead, and that search teams had located the vessel's wreckage on the ocean floor. The grim announcement comes a day...

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. ...

Indonesia navy declares lost sub with 53 aboard sunk

Apr. 24, 2021 17:55 PM EDT

BANYUWANGI, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesia’s navy on Saturday declared its missing submarine had sunk and cracked open after finding items from the vessel over the past two days, apparently ending hope of finding any of the 53 crew members alive. Military chief Hadi...

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. ...

Indonesia looking for submarine that may be too deep to help

Apr. 22, 2021 08:27 AM EDT

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesian navy ships searched Thursday for a submarine that likely sank too deep to retrieve, making survival chances for the 53 people on board slim. Authorities said oxygen in the submarine would run out by early Saturday. The...