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Indonesia said Tuesday that 10 of its citizens are being held hostage in the Philippines after their ship was hijacked in the often-insecure border region between the two countries.
 
A forum of mainly Asian countries agreed Wednesday on new contingency measures to better respond to refugee crises, and vowed to review the region's much-criticized handling of a major migrant influx last year.
 
Indonesian drivers stage violent anti-Uber protest
Thousands of Indonesian taxi drivers staged a violent protest Tuesday against Uber and other ride-hailing apps, blocking major roads in the capital, clashing with rivals from app-based services and setting tires alight.
 
Taxi protest causes traffic chaos in Indonesian capital
JAKARTA, Indonesia -- Thousands of taxi drivers caused traffic chaos in the Indonesian capital Tuesday in a rowdy protest against what they say is unfair competition from ride-hailing apps such as Uber.
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Indonesia Wednesday installed a prominent police general as its new anti-terror chief at a time when the Muslim-majority nation faces a rising threat from citizens flocking to join jihadists in Syria.
 
Police have shot dead two Chinese Uighurs who were allegedly fighting with an extremist group in central Indonesia led by the country's most wanted Islamic radical, an official said Wednesday.
 
Indonesia's leader Monday held talks with Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir, who has been indicted for war crimes by the International Criminal Court, with Jakarta defending having invited him to a summit of Muslim countries.
 
A ship carrying military personnel and search and rescue officials was dispatched Thursday to check on remote island communities in western Indonesia a day after a powerful earthquake, as strong aftershocks rattled the region.
 
A powerful, shallow earthquake hit off the southwestern coast of Sumatra in Indonesia on Wednesday and could trigger a tsunami, officials said. There were no immediate reports of injuries or damage.
 
A Canadian teacher was in custody Friday after surrendering to authorities after Indonesia's Supreme Court overruled his acquittal and that of an Indonesian teacher on charges they sexually abused three children at a prestigious international school, and ordered longer prison terms for both.
 
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