- Indonesia coach Huistra calls for quick end FIFA ban Updated: Jun-01-15 1:59 am
Indonesia soccer coach Pieter Huistra has called for the government and the national association to start working together to end the international ban imposed by FIFA on Saturday which, unless overturned soon, rules the country out of qualification for the 2018 World Cup.
- FIFA suspends Indonesia ahead of World Cup qualifiers Updated: May-30-15 8:18 am
ZURICH - Indonesia has been suspended by FIFA less than two weeks before it begins qualifying matches for the 2018 World Cup.
- Dump truck carrying children crashes in Indonesia, 17 killed Updated: May-28-15 9:10 am
MEDAN, Indonesia - A dump truck carrying children of plantation workers to school Thursday morning plunged into a ditch in western Indonesia, killing 17 of them, police said.
- Boat people talks: Key issues and expectations Updated: May-28-15 2:46 am
BANGKOK - In the past month, more than 3,000 desperate, hungry people have landed on the shores of Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand, drawing international attention to a crisis in Southeast Asia. Arrivals of the overcrowded boats - crammed with Rohingya Muslims fleeing persecution in Myanmar and impoverished Bangladeshis hoping to find jobs - have now slowed. But the crisis is far from over, and will be the topic of a Friday conference in Bangkok to be attended by senior officials from across the Asia-Pacific and beyond.
- Rohingya seek better life in Malaysia, but reality is stark Updated: May-25-15 9:01 pm
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 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 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 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.
- 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 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 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 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 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 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 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.