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DENPASAR, Indonesia (AP) — Bali's airport will close for 24 hours, the internet will be turned off and streets emptied as the predominantly Hindu island in Indonesia observes its New Year with an...
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Indonesia sentences Briton to 6 months for slapping official
DENPASAR, Indonesia (AP) — A British woman who slapped an immigration officer on the Indonesian tourist island of Bali after missing her flight due to an expired visa was sentenced Wednesday to six months in prison.
Video showing Auj-e Taqaddas cursing and hitting an officer at Bali's international airport in July went viral last year.
The video shows the 43-year-old throwing a lengthy tantrum after being asked to pay a fine of $4,000 for overstaying her visa, which had expired in February.
Indonesia reverses course on plan to free radical cleric
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesia's president said Tuesday that an elderly Islamic cleric who inspired the Bali bombers and other extremists won't be released from prison unless he renounces radicalism, backing down from plans to free him without conditions.
President Joko Widodo said Abu Bakar Bashir, who was sentenced to 15 years in prison in 2011, must fulfil conditions such as loyalty to the state and the national ideology to be eligible for release.
Australia urges Indonesia to respect Bali bombing victims
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia's prime minister said on Tuesday he would be disappointed if radical cleric Abu Bakar Bashir were released from prison early and urged Indonesia to show respect for the victims of the 2002 Bali nightclub bombings that the firebrand preacher inspired.
Indonesia cleric’s release uncertain as gov’t starts review
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesia's government is reviewing the president's decision to release radical cleric Abu Bakar Bashir, the top security minister said Monday, following domestic and international criticism.
The minister, Wiranto, told a hastily called news conference that President Joko Widodo had asked him to coordinate a review of all aspects of the planned release.
Indonesia cleric to be freed despite holding to radicalism
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — An Islamic cleric who was the ideological leader of the Bali bombers and other Indonesian militants is being released early from a 15-year prison sentence after the country's president relented on a condition that he renounce radical beliefs, lawyers confirmed Saturday.
Indonesia leader to free radical cleric behind Bali bombings
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — The ailing 80-year-old radical cleric who inspired the Bali bombers and other violent extremists in Indonesia will be released from prison, Indonesia's president said Friday, slashing a 15-year sentence.
The announcement of Abu Bakar Bashir's imminent release came during campaigning for a presidential election due in April in which opponents of President Joko Widodo have tried to discredit him as insufficiently Islamic.
Bali volcano shoots new burst of ash; flights unaffected
DENPASAR, Indonesia (AP) — A volcano on Indonesia's tourist island of Bali shot a new burst of hot ash into the air early Sunday in the latest of the country's several eruptions within a week.
Mount Agung erupted for about three minutes, spewing white clouds of smoke and ash more than 700 meters (2,300 feet) into the air, the Volcanology and Geological Mitigation Agency said in a statement.
Indonesia arrests 5 foreigners in Bali for drug smuggling
DENPASAR, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesian police said some of the five foreigners who have been arrested for alleged drug smuggling on the tourist island of Bali since the end of November face the death penalty if convicted.
Police paraded the citizens of Peru, Britain, China, Malaysia and Germany at a news conference Thursday in Denpasar, the capital of Bali province.
Australian drug smuggler returns to hometown from Bali jail
BANGLI, Indonesia (AP) — A teary and largely silent convicted Australian drug mule returned to her hometown on Thursday hours after she was deported from the Indonesian tourist island of Bali where she had served nearly 14 years in prison for smuggling heroin.
Renae Lawrence was the only woman among nine Australians who were arrested in 2005 for attempting to smuggle 8.3 kilograms (18.3 pounds) of heroin from Bali to Australia.
Baby dies in Bali after US woman allegedly threw it from car
DENPASAR, Indonesia (AP) — An American woman allegedly threw her 2-month-old daughter from a moving car on the tourist island of Bali and then tried to kill herself by jumping from the vehicle, Indonesian police said Wednesday.
South Denpasar police chief Nyoman Wiarajaya told a news conference that officers haven't been able to question Nicole Stasio because she is hospitalized in a severe state of depression.
Lion Air jet’s airspeed indicator malfunctioned on 4 flights
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — The "black box" data recorder from a crashed Lion Air jet shows its airspeed indicator malfunctioned on its last four flights, investigators said Monday, just hours after distraught relatives of victims confronted the airline's co-founder at a meeting organized by officials.
New details highlight Lion Air jet’s problems before crash
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — New details about the crashed Lion Air jet's previous flight cast more doubt on the Indonesian airline's claim to have fixed technical problems, as hundreds of personnel...
Australia’s ex-PM warns Jerusalem move would worry Indonesia
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — A former Australian prime minister has warned the government to expect a negative reaction from Indonesia if Australia follows the United States by shifting its embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.
Former Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull spoke to reporters after meeting Indonesian President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo on the tourist island of Bali on Monday to discuss a bilateral free trade deal.
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Malaysia launches sale of superyacht linked to graft scandal
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysia's government launched a one-month auction Monday for a luxury yacht bought with money stolen from the multibillion-dollar looting of a state investment fund.
Melinda Gates speaks on smoothing the shift to digital age
NUSA DUA, Indonesia (AP) — Instead of destroying jobs and leaving legions of people without work, the digital revolution can open doors to unseen opportunities and industries, but only if everyone has access to the internet and the ability to use it, Melinda Gates said in a recent interview with The Associated Press.
The Latest: IMF’s chief Lagarde defers Mideast trip
ISTANBUL (AP) — The latest on the disappearance of a Saudi writer who Turkish officials fear was killed inside the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul (all times local):
The International Monetary Fund says its managing director Christine Lagarde is deferring her trip to the Middle East. A brief statement by an unnamed IMF spokesman Wednesday did not elaborate.
IMF-World Bank ends meetings with call to brace for risks
NUSA DUA, Indonesia (AP) — Global financial leaders wrapped up an annual meeting of the International Monetary Fund and World Bank on Saturday by urging countries to brace for potential risks from trade disputes and other tensions.
The meetings in Bali, Indonesia, this week were overshadowed by a spate of financial market turmoil and by the threat to global growth from the trade clash between the U.S. and China over Beijing's technology policies.
The Latest: IMF’s Lagarde planning to attend Saudi meeting
NUSA DUA, Indonesia (AP) — The Latest on the annual meeting of the International Monetary Fund and World Bank in Bali, Indonesia (all times local):
The managing director of the International Monetary Fund, Christine Lagarde, has said she still intends to attend an investment conference in Saudi Arabia later this month despite concerns over the disappearance of journalist and U.S. resident Jamal Khashoggi.
Prospect of Trump-Xi talks raises hope for thaw in trade war
BEIJING (AP) — With China and the United States opening the door to a meeting next month between Presidents Xi Jinping and Donald Trump, hopes are rising for a potential easing of tensions in the trade war between the world's two largest economies.
UN secretary general visits quake-hit Indonesian city
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Friday visited an Indonesian city shattered by an earthquake and tsunami to personally assess the impact of the disasters.
Guterres is attending the annual meetings of the International Monetary Fund and World Bank on the island of Bali. He paid a visit to the hard-hit city of Palu on Sulawesi island, where Indonesian Vice President Jusuf Kalla welcomed him at the partly damaged airport.
Indonesian president says trade wars too destructive
NUSA DUA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesian President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo added to a chorus of criticism Friday over trade friction between the U.S. and China, telling financial leaders gathered in Bali, Indonesia, that victory in a trade war would be pointless in a "sinking world."
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The Latest: Southeast Asian leaders affirm free trade goals
NUSA DUA, Indonesia (AP) — The Latest on the IMF-World Bank annual meeting (all times local):
Leaders of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations have reaffirmed their commitment to open trading systems that have underpinned their economic growth.
The leaders met Thursday in Bali, Indonesia, on the sidelines of the annual meeting of the International Monetary Fund and World Bank.
As markets swoon, finance chiefs urge US, China to cool it
NUSA DUA, Indonesia (AP) — The heads of the World Bank and IMF appealed Thursday to the U.S. and China to cool their dispute over technology policy and play by world trade rules, as tumbling share prices drove home potential perils from a clash between the world's two biggest economies.
New Indonesia quake kills 3 in Java village, shakes Bali
PALU, Indonesia (AP) — An earthquake collapsed homes on Indonesia's Java island, killing at least three people, and shook the tourist hotspot of Bali on Thursday, two weeks after a major quake-tsunami disaster in a central region of the archipelago.
Indonesia's disaster agency said the nighttime quake was centered at sea, 55 kilometers (34 miles) northeast of Situbondo city, and also felt in Lombok. The U.S. Geological Survey said it had a 6.0 magnitude.
The Latest: Quake near Bali, Indonesia, kills at least 3
PALU, Indonesia (AP) — The Latest on earthquakes in Indonesia (all times local):
Indonesia authorities say at least three people have been killed and four injured Thursday after a powerful earthquake struck near the popular tourist island of Bali.
Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, a spokesman for Indonesia's disaster agency BNPB, wrote on Twitter that several houses were also damaged in the magnitude 6.0 earthquake that shook Bali and East Java.
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Luxury yacht in graft probe arrives in Malaysian port
PORT KLANG, Malaysia (AP) — A luxury yacht allegedly bought with money stolen from the multibillion-dollar looting of a state investment fund arrived Tuesday at a Malaysian port.
The $250 million Equanimity, seized by Indonesia off Bali in February in cooperation with the U.S. FBI, was handed over to Malaysian authorities on Monday at the Indonesian island of Batam near Singapore.
SENGGIGI, Indonesia (AP) — Thousands left homeless by a powerful quake that ruptured roads and flattened buildings on the Indonesian tourist island of Lombok sheltered Monday night in makeshift tents as authorities said rescuers hadn't yet reached all devastated areas and expect the toll of 98 dead to climb.
It was the second deadly quake in a week to hit Lombok, a less-developed island compared with its more famous neighbor Bali, where the strong tremors caused panic and damaged buildings.
Powerful quake rocks Indonesian tourist island; 91 dead
MATARAM, Indonesia (AP) — A powerful earthquake struck the Indonesian tourist island of Lombok, killing at least 91 people and shaking neighboring Bali, as authorities said Monday that rescuers still hadn't reached some hard-hit areas and the death toll could climb.
It was the second deadly quake in a week to hit Lombok. A July 29 quake killed 16 people and damaged hundreds of houses, some of which collapsed in Sunday evening's magnitude 7.0 temblor, killing those inside.
Chrissy Teigen has shared her shock and worry in real time during a powerful and deadly earthquake in Indonesia with her social media followers.
The model, along with singer-husband John Legend and their two children, felt the shaking on neighboring Bali on Sunday.
"Bali. Trembling. So long," Teigen tweeted to her 10.6 million followers.
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesia is returning a luxury yacht allegedly bought with funds stolen from a Malaysian state investment company after a monthslong legal battle, a police official said Sunday,
Australian woman detained in Bali over Papua link
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — An Australian graduate student whose honeymoon plans in Indonesia included a cultural festival in the insecure Papua region says she's being deported after officials accused her of being a journalist.
Belinda Lopez told The Associated Press she was detained on arrival in Bali on Friday and has been informed she'll be deported on a 10 p.m. flight Saturday.
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — A strong and shallow earthquake early Sunday killed at least 14 people and injured more than 160 on Indonesia's Lombok island, a popular tourist destination next to Bali, officials said.
The quake damaged more than 1,000 houses and was felt in a wider area, including on Bali, where no damage or casualties were reported.
The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake struck at a depth of only 7 kilometers (4.4 miles). Shallow earthquakes tend to do more damage than deeper ones.
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — The Latest on a 6.4 magnitude earthquake on Indonesia's Lombok Island (all times local):
A spokesman for Indonesia's Disaster Mitigation Agency says the death toll from a shallow, magnitude 6.4 earthquake on Lombok Island has increased to 10 with 40 injured.
The spokesman, Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, says the number of casualties could increase further as data is still being collected from other locations on the popular tourist island, which sits next to Bali.
DENPASAR, Indonesia (AP) — The Mount Agung volcano on the Indonesian tourist island of Bali erupted Monday evening, ejecting a 2,000-meter-high (6,560-foot-high) column of thick ash and hurling lava down its slopes.
DENPASAR, Indonesia (AP) — The international airport on the Indonesian resort island of Bali reopened Friday afternoon after a nearly 12-hour closure due to a volcanic ash threat that disrupted travel plans for thousands.
Nearly 450 flights were canceled Friday, affecting some 75,000 people, as the Mount Agung volcano gushed a 2,500-meter (8,200-feet) column of ash and smoke for a second day.
DENPASAR, Indonesia (AP) — The Indonesian tourist island of Bali closed its international airport Friday, stranding thousands of travelers, as the Mount Agung volcano gushed a 2,500-meter (8,200-feet) column of ash and smoke.
The National Disaster Mitigation Agency said nearly 450 flights were canceled, affecting some 75,000 people.
CHICAGO (AP) — A Chicago woman imprisoned in Indonesia for killing her mother in 2014 in Bali has given up her claim to her mother's estate.
The Chicago Tribune reports that court records show 22-year-old Heather Mack won't receive "any property, benefit, or other interest" from Sheila von Wiese-Mack's estate.
Mack's daughter, Stella, will be the sole beneficiary of the estate.
Other details of the settlement filed this month are confidential.
ATHENS, W.Va. (AP) — When Dr. Janine Krippner was 13 years old she watched the film "Dante's Peak" about a fictional volcanic eruption set in Idaho, and it changed her life.
"That was when I decided I was going to be volcanologist," she said recently from her office at Concord University, where she is a research professor working on a one-year project.
SURABAYA, Indonesia (AP) — Coordinated suicide bombings carried out by members of the same family struck three churches in Indonesia's second-largest city Sunday, police said, as the world's most populous Muslim nation recoiled in horror at one of its worst attacks since the 2002 Bali bombings.
At least seven people died at the churches in Surabaya along with the six family members, the youngest of whom were girls aged 9 and 12, according to police. Another 41 people were injured.
BALI, Indonesia (AP) — An Australian accountant was sentenced Wednesday to 15 months of rehabilitation for drug offenses on the Indonesian tourist island of Bali.
The court in Denpasar said Isaac Emmanuel Roberts' sentence, which includes time already served in prison, will be carried out at the Anargya Foundation, which specializes in drug and alcohol rehabilitation therapy.
BALI, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesia's normally bustling Bali has shut down social media, closed the airport and shuttered all shops for a Day of Silence that marks New Year on the predominantly Hindu resort island.
"Nyepi" began at 6 a.m. Saturday, emptying streets and beaches for 24 hours except for special patrols to ensure silence is observed. This year, phone companies agreed for the first time to turn off the mobile internet on the island, home to more than 4 million people.
Bali to shush social media for Day of Silence
BALI, Indonesia (AP) — Bali's annual Day of Silence is so sacred that even reaching for a smartphone to send a tweet or upload a selfie to social media could cause offense. This year it will be nearly impossible to do that anyway.
The head of the Bali office of Indonesia's Ministry of Communications, Nyoman Sujaya, said Tuesday that all phone companies have agreed to shut down the mobile internet for 24 hours during "Nyepi," a day marking New Year on the predominantly Hindu island.