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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
maffling
  • To stammer.
  • Present participle of maffle, to stammer.
  • A simpleton.
The word 'maffle' may come from a Dutch word meaning 'to move the jaws' or a French word meaning 'having large cheeks'.