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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...

2005-08-12 03:17:26

By Bazuki Muhammad and Ade Rina PORT KLANG, Malaysia/JAKARTA (Reuters) - Malaysians prayed for rain on Friday and a quick end to the country's worst pollution crisis in eight years as residents choked on acrid forest-fire smoke blowing in from neighboring Indonesia. As the call to prayers echoed from mosques around the mainly Muslim country, the premier called for Muslims, Christians, Buddhists and Hindus to seek divine intervention to wash the skies of a week-long haze that has...

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...


Word of the Day
grass-comber
  • A landsman who is making his first voyage at sea; a novice who enters naval service from rural life.
According to the OED, a grass-comber is also 'a sailor's term for one who has been a farm-labourer.'