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Dozens missing after ferry sinks in Indonesia's Lake Toba


JAKARTA An estimated 18 people were rescued and one was confirmed dead from among about 80 passengers aboard a ferry that sank on Monday in Lake Toba in Indonesia's North Sumatra province, a disaster agency official said.

Indonesians' Eid balloons force flights to divert

JAKARTA Indonesians caught launching big, unmanned hot air balloons could face up to two years in jail or a fine of up to $35,000, authorities said, after balloons launched to celebrate the end of the Muslim fasting month forced pilots to divert flights.

World, Jun 18 2018

For some Indonesian students, Ramadan means fasting and intensive study

KEDIRI, Indonesia For students at one of Indonesia's oldest Islamic boarding schools, the holy month of Ramadan doesn't only mean fasting from dawn till dusk. It also means intensive study of the Koran.

World, Jun 13 2018

Islamic fashion school cuts a faithful figure in Indonesia

Bandung, INDONESIA Indonesia's first Islamic fashion school is teaching students in the world's largest Muslim-majority country the usual skills of design, styling and marketing - but with a religion-specific twist.

World, Jun 11 2018

U.N. Security Council elects five members for two-year term

UNITED NATIONS The United Nations General Assembly voted on Friday to elect Germany, Belgium, South Africa, the Dominican Republic and Indonesia for a two-year term in the Security Council starting on Jan. 1, 2019.

Indonesian police raid university over suspected plot to attack assemblies

JAKARTA Indonesian anti-terrorism police have detained a former student and are questioning two others after a raid on a university campus in Pekanbaru, on Sumatra island, where crude bombs and other explosive material were seized, police said.

World, Jun 03 2018

India stresses free navigation, 'rules-based order' for Asian seas

SINGAPORE Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi stressed on Friday the importance of ensuring the freedom of navigation in Asian waters for free trade, days after pledging to help develop a strategic port in Indonesia. | Video

World, Jun 01 2018

Indonesia, India plan to develop strategic Indian Ocean port

JAKARTA Indonesia and India pledged on Wednesday to step up defense and maritime cooperation, with plans to develop a strategic Indonesian naval port in the Indian Ocean, the leaders of the two countries said after meeting in Jakarta.

World, May 30 2018

Indonesia toughens up anti-terror laws days after worst attack in years

JAKARTA Indonesia's parliament approved on Friday tougher anti-terrorism laws as it seeks to combat a surge in homegrown Islamist militancy, days after suicide bombings claimed by Islamic State killed more than 30 people in the city of Surabaya.

World, May 25 2018

Rattled by bombings, Indonesia set to pass tough anti-terror laws

JAKARTA Indonesia's parliament is expected to adopt tough anti-terrorism laws on Friday as it seeks to combat a surge in homegrown Islamist militancy days after the deadliest attacks since 2002 bombings on the tourist island of Bali.

World, May 24 2018

China slams U.S. 'blackmailing' as Trump issues new trade threat

BEIJING/WASHINGTON U.S. President Donald Trump threatened to impose a 10 percent tariff on $200 billion of Chinese goods and Beijing warned it would retaliate, in a rapid escalation of the trade conflict between the world's two biggest economies. | Video