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By NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE | October 31, 1999
DILI, East Timor -- Ending a failed 24-year occupation that culminated in a rampage of destruction, the last 900 Indonesian soldiers remaining on this island territory pulled down their red-and-white flag yesterday and began heading home.Their officers were seen off at the airport by the people who took their place: the United Nations representative; the Australian general who heads an international peacekeeping force; and Jose Alexandre Gusmao, the guerrilla chief who led a separatist war against them.
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By Richard C. Paddock and Richard C. Paddock,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | April 24, 2003
JAKARTA, Indonesia - Abu Bakar Bashir, the accused leader of the Jemaah Islamiah terror network, went on trial on treason charges yesterday just as police arrested another terror suspect they identified as his replacement. Police announced the arrest of 18 Jemaah Islamiah members, including little-known terror suspect Abu Rusdan, who was allegedly picked by Bashir to run Jemaah Islamiah after the militant 64-year-old cleric was arrested in October. "He was given the authority after the arrest of Abu Bakar Bashir to lead Jemaah Islamiah," said Erwin Mappaseng, national police chief of detectives.
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By NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE | October 17, 1999
JAKARTA, Indonesia -- In the sharpest clash of their three-week deployment in East Timor, Australian troops reported yesterday that they were ambushed and pinned down by armed men and that they killed three of their attackers before being rescued by helicopter.The firefight was a sign of increasing conflicts in the remote territory as the Indonesian National Assembly prepares to vote on whether to accept East Timor's decision six weeks ago to break away and become an independent nation.The mood in the assembly is defiant, defensive and sentimental about the loss of the former Portuguese colony, which Indonesia invaded in 1975 and annexed as its 27th province.
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By Paul Richter and Paul Richter,Tribune Washington Bureau | February 19, 2009
JAKARTA, Indonesia - Secretary of State Hillary Clinton told Indonesians yesterday that she wants to open a "robust partnership" with their fast-growing country, President Barack Obama's boyhood home. Arriving here on the second stop of her first trip as the top American diplomat, Clinton also announced that the Obama administration intends to sign a treaty moving the U.S. closer to a key regional group, the Association of South East Asian Nations. The Bush administration declined to sign the treaty, a move that critics took as a sign of its lack of interest in the region and preoccupation with the Middle East.
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By SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS | January 18, 1998
JAKARTA, Indonesia -- After 32 years of unchallenged rule, President Suharto, Asia's longest lasting leader, still is in power but is struggling to retain control in a nation where many regard him as the problem, not the solution.Although he is expected to be re-elected in March to a seventh five-year term, opponents are openly defying him and calling for his resignation. That is the first time that has happened since he seized power.Yesterday, stores had reopened but police remained on the streets of a town in eastern Java, two days after riots erupted over increased food prices brought on by the nation's economic crisis.
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By NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE | October 5, 2000
JAKARTA, Indonesia - Trying to send a strong message that widespread violence and corruption will no longer be tolerated in Indonesia, President Abdurrahman Wahid said yesterday that he would not to pardon the convicted son of former dictator Suharto and ordered the arrest of the country's most notorious militia leader. But Wahid's actions could lead to further unrest. Violence and public disorder have erupted during past government efforts to bring the Suharto family and the militias to justice, underscoring the difficulty of this impoverished country's struggle to forge a democracy after decades of authoritarian rule.
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July 25, 2001
WHY ON earth should anyone in Maryland pay attention to faraway Indonesia? Because that archipelago of 13,000 islands spread between Asia and Australia is the world's fourth most populous - and largest Muslim - country. For years now, this extraordinary, diverse nation - its various ethnic groups speak 300 languages - has experienced turmoil and political stress. This week, its democratically elected president was forced aside. Power was transferred to the vice president, Megawati Sukarnoputri.
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By Frank Langfitt and Frank Langfitt,SUN FOREIGN STAFF | March 16, 1998
SAMARINDA, Indonesia -- Borneo is burning again.Just months after blazes in Indonesia sent a devastating cloud of smoke across much of Southeast Asia, flames have blanketed )) much of the island's drought-stricken east coast with a haze so thick that planes can land only a few hours a day and visibility so poor that boat captains cannot navigate the rivers.The effect is surreal here along the equator. Children kick soccer balls through piles of fallen leaves as though it were autumn -- a season that doesn't exist on Borneo.
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By Bob Kemper and Bob Kemper,CHICAGO TRIBUNE | October 22, 2003
SINGAPORE - President Bush arrived today in Bali, Indonesia, the site of a devastating attack one year ago, to reassure leaders of the world's largest Muslim nation that his global war on terrorism is not a war on Islam. Amid extraordinary security, Bush will spend just 3 1/2 hours in Bali, where a bombing of a nightclub killed 202 people. He is expected to praise Prime Minister Megawati Sukarnoputri's crackdown on terrorists while emphasizing the need for Indonesia to remain on a moderate, democratic path despite internal threats from Islamic militants.
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March 1, 1998
THE MEETING of the People's Consultative Assembly of Indonesia, starting today, is the last chance President Suharto has to commit his nation to reforms to end its economic crisis, meet International Monetary Fund requirements, diminish his family's stranglehold on the national wealth and promise the people a better future. There is scant hope that he will.When the assembly winds up March 11, "electing" the military dictator to a sixth term as president and presumably his anti-reform crony, B. Jusuf Habibie, as vice president, it may be too late.
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