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Subterranean blaze: Indonesia struggles to douse underground fires

Pekanbaru - Thousands of Indonesian firefighters are locked in an around-the-clock game of Whack-a-Mole as they battle to extinguish an invisible enemy -- underground fires that aggravate global warming.

Frontline fight: Indonesia locked in epic battle against jungle blazes

Pekanbaru - Working around the clock, thousands of firefighters are struggling to contain smog-belching blazes raging across rainforests and farmland in Indonesia, one of the frontlines against fires blamed for aggravating global warming.

Indonesians choked by forest fire haze pray for rain

Pekanbaru - Hundreds held a mass prayer for rain in a smoke-filled Indonesian city on Friday, desperately hoping that downpours will extinguish forest fires and wash away toxic haze covering wide swathes of the country that has forced mass school closures.

Indonesians choked by forest fire haze pray for rain

Pekanbaru - Hundreds of people held a mass prayer for rain in a smoke-filled Indonesian city on Friday, desperately hoping that downpours will extinguish forest fires and wash away the toxic haze covering wide swathes of the country.

Forest fires destroying vital buffer against climate change

Pekanbaru - With fierce blazes raging in jungles from the Amazon to Indonesia, concerns are mounting about the impact as rainforests play a vital role in protecting the planet against global warming.

Indonesia forest fires surge, stoking global warming fears

Pekanbaru - The number of blazes in Indonesia's rainforests has jumped sharply, satellite data showed Thursday, spreading smog across Southeast Asia and adding to concerns about the impact of increasing wildfire outbreaks worldwide on global warming.

Former Indonesian president Habibie dies at 83

Jakarta - Former Indonesian president B.J. Habibie, who ushered in an era of democratic reforms after the downfall of long-time dictator Suharto, died on Wednesday at the age of 83 in Jakarta, his family and officials said.

Malaysia piles pressure on Indonesia over smog-belching fires

Kuala Lumpur - Malaysia has stepped up pressure on neighbouring Indonesia to tackle huge blazes tearing through its rainforests and smothering Southeast Asia in smog, as fires typically started to clear land for crops send diplomatic tensions soaring.

Hundreds of schools shut as forest-fire haze blankets SE Asia

Jambi - Huge fires are raging across vast swathes of Indonesia's rainforests -- some of the world's biggest -- with toxic smog shutting hundreds of schools in Southeast Asia, officials said Tuesday.

Great snakes: two-headed serpent spotted in Bali

Bali - Residents of a village in Bali got a shock when they spotted a two-headed snake in their midst -- a rare find in the wild.The reptile was seen slithering in the central part of the Indonesian holiday island last week.

Indonesia sends back hundreds of shipping containers full of waste

Jakarta - Indonesia has sent hundreds of garbage-filled shipping containers back to their countries of origin, according to the customs agency, as the Southeast Asian nation pushes back against becoming a dumping ground for foreign trash.

Dozens arrested after violent Papua riots: police

Jakarta - Dozens have been arrested over rioting in the capital of Indonesia's Papua region, police said Sunday, following nearly two weeks of mass protests in the easternmost territory of the Southeast Asian archipelago.

East Timor celebrates 20 years since historic independence vote

Dili - East Timor on Friday celebrated 20 years since a UN-backed vote ended a bloody, decades-long occupation by Indonesian forces and paved the way for it to become an independent nation.

Capital flight: Indonesian move could prompt new environment crisis

Jakarta - Abandoning Jakarta for a new capital in Borneo won't save the fast-sinking Indonesian megacity from disaster and could even spark a fresh environmental crisis in a region home to rainforests and endangered orangutans, critics have warned.

Rioters torch buildings as chaos erupts again in Indonesia's Papua

Jayapura - Indonesia's Papua plunged into chaos again Thursday as angry protesters torched buildings in its capital after nearly two weeks of riots and demonstrations in the easternmost province of the archipelago.

Indonesia picks Borneo island for new capital

Jakarta - Indonesia will move its capital to the eastern edge of jungle-clad Borneo island, President Joko Widodo said Monday, as the country shifts its political heart away from congested and sinking megalopolis Jakarta.

Indonesia blocks internet in Papua over unrest fears

Jakarta - Indonesia has cut off internet access in unrest-hit Papua over fears that a stream of offensive and racist online posts would spark more violent protests in the region, but critics slammed the move as a threat to free speech.

Indonesia deploys more troops as Papua hit by fresh unrest

Manokwar - Violent protests erupted anew Wednesday in Indonesia's restive Papua region, with a market torched and street battles breaking out between police and demonstrators as more than 1,000 security personnel were deployed to contain the unrest.

Hundreds escape Papua prison after violent riots

Manokwar - Indonesian authorities were hunting for more than 250 inmates who escaped a Papua prison set ablaze during violent riots, officials said Tuesday, as fresh protests broke out in the restive region.

Foreign trash 'like treasure' in Indonesia's plastics village

Mojokerto - His weathered face breaks out in a big grin as Keman explains how sifting through rubbish paid for his children's education, one of many in his Indonesian hometown basking in a waste-picking boom.

Thousands riot in Papua, parliament building torched

Manokwar - Riots broke out and a local parliament building was torched in Indonesia's restive Papua region on Monday, as thousands protested against the weekend detention of dozens of Papuan students.

Indonesian leader pledges to move capital city, boost economy

Jakarta - Indonesian President Joko Widodo said Friday he would press on with plans to move the nation's capital and roll out measures to kickstart Southeast Asia's biggest economy as it feels the sting of slowing global growth.

Sinking city: Indonesia's capital on brink of disaster

Jakarta - Time is running out for Jakarta. One of the fastest-sinking cities on earth, environmental experts warn that one third of it could be submerged by 2050 if current rates continue.

Czech couple pray in cleansing ritual after Bali temple antics

Ubud - A Czech couple slammed for disrespecting a Balinese temple took part in a ritual purification ceremony Thursday, after their antics sparked warnings that boorish tourists may be kicked off the Indonesian holiday island.

Indonesian leader threatens sackings over rampant forest fires

Jakarta - Indonesian leader Joko Widodo warned Tuesday that officials would be sacked if they failed to stamp out rampant forest fires that are belching out toxic smog over Malaysia and Singapore.

Tens of millions hit by Indonesia power blackout

Jakarta - Tens of millions of people on Indonesia's heavily populated Java island were affected by a widespread electricity outage Sunday after the state utility PLN reported disruptions at several power plants.

Indonesia lifts tsunami warning after powerful quake off Java

Menteng Dua - Indonesian authorities lifted a tsunami warning late Friday after a powerful earthquake earlier struck off the southern coast of heavily populated Java island.The 6.9 magnitude quake registered at a depth 52.

French drug smuggler's death sentence commuted in Indonesia

Mataram - A French drug smuggler's death sentence has been commuted by an Indonesian court to 19 years in prison, less than three months after the surprise ruling put him in line for execution by firing squad.

French drug smuggler's death sentence commuted in Indonesia

Jakarta - A French drug smuggler's death sentence has been commuted by an Indonesian court to 19 years in prison, less than three months after the surprise ruling put in him line for execution by firing squad.

Indonesia returns containers of waste to France, Hong Kong

Jakarta - Indonesia has returned seven shipping containers of illegally imported waste to France and Hong Kong, an official said Tuesday, marking the latest move by a Southeast Asian nation to send back rubbish to their wealthy places of origin.
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