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Stories with place: Indonesia
  • Rohingya seek better life in Malaysia, but reality is stark 
    Updated: May-25-15 9:56 am

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia - Malaysia has been a sort of promised land for Rohingya Muslims fleeing persecution in Myanmar. The tens of thousands who endured perilous journeys to get here find more work opportunities than in Indonesia and a more Muslim-friendly environment than in Thailand.

  • Indonesian police kill 2 suspected terrorists in shootout 
    Updated: May-25-15 7:22 am

    JAKARTA, Indonesia - Indonesia's anti-terrorism squad killed two suspects and arrested seven others in raids on a jihadist organization with possible links to the Islamic State group, police said Monday.

  • 14 Indonesian students rescued after misjudging Alpine hike 
    Updated: May-25-15 7:05 am

    BERLIN - Police in the southern German region of Bavaria say their biggest-ever helicopter rescue operation saved 14 Indonesian students who misjudged the weather during a spring hike in the Alps.

  • Kids on their own among migrants who arrived in Indonesia story has photosstory has video
    Updated: May-24-15 11:53 pm

    KUALA CANGKOI, Indonesia - It was just the two of them, brother and sister, out on the open ocean with hundreds of other desperate migrants, mostly Rohingya Muslims fleeing their homes in Myanmar. For nearly three months, the siblings comforted each other when rolling waves thrashed their boat, when their empty bellies ached and when they were beaten for trying to stand up to stretch their legs.

  • Boat by boat, how 3,000 stranded migrants reached land story has photos
    Updated: May-23-15 1:16 am

    More than 3,000 migrants abandoned by human traffickers have been rescued or washed ashore this month in Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand. Some are Rohingya Muslims fleeing persecution in Myanmar, while others are Bangladeshis seeking better economic prospects. Many more are feared to still be stranded at sea, abandoned by traffickers amid a regional crackdown.

  • Rohingya migrant crisis eases, but hard questions remain story has photos
    Updated: May-21-15 7:43 am

    BANGKOK - The decision by Indonesia and Malaysia to give temporary shelter to thousands of migrants stranded at sea appears to have defused a potential Southeast Asian humanitarian catastrophe, but the root causes of the crisis remain. Here's a look at still-unanswered questions surrounding the Rohingya Muslim migrants who are persecuted at home in Myanmar and have found scant welcome anywhere else.

  • US says willing to take in Rohingya boat people story has photos
    Updated: May-20-15 6:21 pm

    WASHINGTON - The United States is willing to take in Rohingya refugees as part of international efforts to cope with Southeast Asia's stranded boat people, the State Department said Wednesday.

  • The boat people crises in Europe and Asia - a comparison 
    Updated: May-20-15 1:58 pm

    BRUSSELS - They may be separated by thousands of miles and vast expanses of sea but those people risking their lives in the Mediterranean and the Andaman Sea in southeast Asia seem to come from the same script.

  • Indonesia sinks 41 foreign boats to warn against poaching 
    Updated: May-20-15 12:03 pm

    JAKARTA, Indonesia - Indonesian authorities blew up and sank 41 foreign fishing vessels Wednesday as a warning against poaching in the country's waters.

  • Japanese grandfather gets life term in Indonesia drug case 
    Updated: May-20-15 9:43 am

    PARIAMAN, Indonesia - A Japanese man who says he was deceived into carrying someone else's bag on a flight into Indonesia was sentenced to life in prison Wednesday for smuggling methamphetamine into the country.

  • Indonesia, Malaysia to help Muslim migrants stranded at sea 
    Updated: May-20-15 3:11 am

    PUTRAJAYA, Malaysia - Indonesia and Malaysia agreed Wednesday to provide temporary shelter to thousands of migrants believed to be stranded at sea, a potential breakthrough in the humanitarian crisis confronting Southeast Asia after weeks of reluctance by the region's nations to take responsibility.

  • 125 former slaves return home to Myanmar from Indonesia 
    Updated: May-15-15 4:11 am

    YANGON, Myanmar - More than 100 Burmese men who worked as slave fishermen in Indonesia have arrived home and were waiting Friday to return to their villages to be reunited with families many have been separated from for years.

  • How Southeast Asia has created its own humanitarian crisis story has photos
    Updated: May-13-15 11:32 pm

    BANGKOK - The waters off some of Southeast Asia's most pristine beaches are the focal point of a regional humanitarian crisis. Yet nobody is rushing to solve it.

  • First few fishing slaves home in Myanmar; hundreds waiting story has photosstory has video
    Updated: May-13-15 3:13 pm

    TUAL, Indonesia - When Kyaw Naing arrived at the tiny thatch-and-bamboo shack in Myanmar, it was empty and the door stood wide open.

  • 11-year-old Indonesian jazz piano prodigy releases debut CD story has photos
    Updated: May-12-15 9:35 pm

    NEW YORK - Joey Alexander's favorite things include the Avengers, SpongeBob and Thelonious Monk. He's a normal 11-year-old kid who just happens to be a jazz piano prodigy from Indonesia and has already impressed such jazz luminaries as Wynton Marsalis and Herbie Hancock.

  • Indonesian police arrest 7 in seafood slavery case story has photos
    Updated: May-12-15 8:22 pm

    JAKARTA, Indonesia - Two Indonesians and five Thais were arrested on charges of human trafficking connected with slavery in the seafood industry, Indonesian police said. They were the first suspects taken into custody since the case was revealed by The Associated Press in a report two months ago.

  • Australia plans to cut business tax and balance books 
    Updated: May-12-15 6:17 am

    CANBERRA, Australia - Australia announced cuts to foreign aid, lower taxes for small businesses and cheaper child care in an annual budget that tries to balance paying off debt with energizing an economy that's being sapped by China's slowdown.

  • 1,600 Rohingya, others land in Indonesia and Malaysia story has photos
    Updated: May-11-15 5:10 am

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia - About 1,600 Rohingya and Bangladeshi refugees have landed in Malaysia and Indonesia in the past day, apparently after human traffickers abandoned their virtual floating prison ships and left the passengers to fend for themselves, officials said Monday.

  • Boats with 600 Rohingya and Bangladeshis land in Indonesia story has photos
    Updated: May-11-15 12:29 am

    JAKARTA, Indonesia - Boats carrying nearly 600 Bangladeshis and long-persecuted Rohingya Muslims from Myanmar washed to shore in western Indonesia, some after captains and smugglers abandoned the ships, leaving passengers to fend for themselves, survivors and migrant experts said. Thousands more are believed to be stranded at sea.

  • Indonesia lifts travel ban for foreign journalists to Papua 
    Updated: May-10-15 10:03 am

    MERAUKE, Indonesia - Indonesia's president on Sunday announced the lifting of a travel ban for foreign journalists to the country's easternmost province, a day after freeing five Papuan political prisoners, part of government efforts to improve human rights in Papua.

  • Judge won't release funds from trust of convicted killer 
    Updated: May-06-15 5:41 pm

    CHICAGO - A Chicago judge overseeing the $1.56 million trust of a woman convicted in connection with her mother's murder says he won't be "emotionally blackmailed" into releasing funds to a defense attorney in Indonesia.

  • Australia says Europeans seek advice on stopping migrants 
    Updated: May-03-15 11:13 pm

    CANBERRA, Australia - Europeans grappling with mass migration from Libya were seeking information about Australia's controversial success in stopping asylum seeker boats reaching its shores, the Australian prime minister said Monday.

  • Australian opposition to capital punishment questioned 
    Updated: Apr-30-15 6:53 am

    CANBERRA, Australia - Australia's political opposition accused the government of winding back the country's rejection of the death penalty during a heated debate Thursday following Indonesia's execution of two Australian drug traffickers.

  • Australia wary of escalating rift after Indonesia executions story has photos
    Updated: Apr-29-15 2:04 pm

    CANBERRA, Australia - Australia said it would withdraw its ambassador to Indonesia after two Australians were among eight drug traffickers executed by the Southeast Asian country Wednesday, but was wary of escalating hostilities with its neighbor despite a public outcry.

  • UN rights office: Indonesia executions 'incomprehensible' 
    Updated: Apr-29-15 5:14 am

    BERLIN - The U.N. human rights office has criticized Indonesia's decision to execute eight people convicted of drug smuggling.