Indonesia

Chinese President Xi Jinping, foreground right, bows as he inspects a guard of honor during a welcoming ceremony at Parliament Square in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Friday, Oct. 4, 2013. (AP Photo/Lai Seng Sin)

Obama’s no-show in Asia a boost for China

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama’s decision to scrap his Asia trip is a setback for his much-advertised pledge to shift the focus of foreign policy to the Pacific and a boost for China’s attempt […]

10/04/2013

In this Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2013 photo, contestants walk on the stage during the 3rd Annual Award of World Muslimah, a competition billed as the Islamic alternative to Miss World pageant, in Jakarta, Indonesia. Beauty queens and backstage drama may seem inevitable, but at this year's Miss World competition, something more serious than hair-pulling and name-calling has come from host country Indonesia: Muslim hardliners have threatened to hijack the competition despite major concessions from the government and organizers. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)

Miss World drama fueled by host country Indonesia

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Beauty queens and backstage drama may seem inevitable, but at this year’s Miss World competition, something more serious than hair-pulling and name-calling has come from host country Indonesia: Muslim hardliners have […]

09/27/2013

This aerial photo made using a fisheye lens shows the Singapore F1 Grand Prix's Marina Bay City Circuit at dusk from Swissotel The Stamford in Singapore, Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2013. The F1 race is slated for September 21-23. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E, File)

10 Things to See: A week of top photos

Here’s your look at highlights from the weekly AP photo report, a gallery featuring a mix of front-page photography, the odd image you might have missed and lasting moments the editors think you should see. […]

09/19/2013

Video frame from Conservation International posted on YouTube of a species called walking shark.

New species called walking shark VIDEO

Scientists are calling it a shark, but a new species of recently discovered in Indonesia doesn’t exactly move like you’d expect a shark to move. Instead of swimming, it walks, using its fins as legs […]

09/06/2013

Strong quake hits Indonesia; no tsunami threat

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — A strong earthquake struck off eastern Indonesia on Sunday, causing panic among residents in East Timor, but there were no immediate reports of injuries or damage and there was no danger […]

09/01/2013

Mount Rokatenda spews volcanic smoke on Palue island, Indonesia, Monday, Aug. 12, 2013. (AP Photo/Jacob Herin)

Volcano spews more hot ash, lava in east Indonesia

MAUMERE, Indonesia (AP) — A volcano spewed more hot ash and lava on a tiny Indonesian island Monday after causing six deaths over the weekend. More than 500 Palue island residents who had earlier refused […]

08/12/2013

UC Santa Barbara greenhouse manager Danica Taber with Corpse Flower. (Photo Credit Sonia Fernandez)

Rare corpse flower to bloom at UC Santa Barbara

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (AP) — An Indonesian flower famous for its foul odor is expected to unfurl its putrid blossom within the next week at the University of California, Santa Barbara. The school says its […]

07/23/2013

Singapore haze at worst yet, Malaysia schools shut

SINGAPORE (AP) — Singapore urged people to remain indoors because of record air pollution Thursday as a smoky haze wrought by forest fires in neighboring Indonesia worsened dramatically. Nearby Malaysia closed 200 schools and banned […]

06/20/2013

Indonesia's country flag (AP Photo)

Indonesia axes bikinis for 2013 Miss World pageant

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) – Miss World has axed the famed bikinis from this year’s pageant in Indonesia, replacing the skimpy swimsuits with conservative beach sarongs amid mounting protests from hard-line Muslim groups, organizers said Thursday. […]

06/06/2013

Aerosmith's Joe Perry and Steven Tyler at a 2004 performance in Japan. (AP Photo)

Aerosmith drops Indonesia show over security fears

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Aerosmith canceled a show in Indonesia after authorities there said they had foiled a bomb plot targeting the Myanmar Embassy. Concert promoter Ismaya Live cited safety concerns as the reason for […]

05/05/2013

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