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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
siliqua
  • A Roman unit of weight, 1⁄1728 of a pound.
  • A weight of four grains used in weighing gold and precious stones; a carat.
  • In anatomy, a formation suggesting a husk or pod.
  • The lowest unit in the Roman coinage, the twenty-fourth part of a solidus.
  • A coin of base silver of the Gothic and Lombard kings of Italy.
'Siliqua' comes from a Latin word meaning 'a pod.'
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