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2005-08-22 02:03:55

By Ade Rina and Tomi Soetjipto JAKARTA (Reuters) - Heavy rains and an international firefighting effort on Indonesia's Sumatra have extinguished most forest fires that had spewed choking haze over parts of the island and neighboring Malaysia, officials said on Monday. Smoke from the fires on Sumatra island blanketed parts of peninsular Malaysia -- including its capital city, Kuala Lumpur -- in recent weeks, prompting the country to send firefighters to Sumatra last week. Singapore,...

2005-08-15 06:53:24

By Bazuki Muhammad and Muklis Ali SUBANG, Malaysia/JAKARTA (Reuters) - Malaysia sent a team of 100 firemen to neighboring Indonesia on Monday to help douse forest fires that have blanketed the region in noxious haze. The fires, many deliberately lit on Indonesia's Sumatra island to clear land for agriculture, are once again testing relations between the two Southeast Asian neighbors after the smoke caused Malaysia's worst pollution crisis in eight years. For a week until Friday, when...

2005-08-11 04:48:40

By Achmad Sukarsono and Jerry Norton JAKARTA (Reuters) - If rhetoric could douse fires, the haze that haunts Southeast Asia, endangering health, travel and tourism, would have disappeared in the late 1990s. Thick smoke from major fires on Sumatra and Borneo islands in 1997 and 1998 spread to Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand, making thousands sick and costing regional economies $9 billion in damage to farming, transport and tourism. Governments and environmental groups agreed something...