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June 16, 2016
Indonesia lashes out at Singapore in new haze row
Jakarta (AFP) June 13, 2016
Indonesia's environment minister lashed out Monday at Singapore for failing to show "respect" after the city-state tried to question the director of an Indonesian company over last year's haze outbreak. It was the latest row between the neighbours over the smog-belching Indonesian forest fires that choked Singapore, Malaysia and other parts of the region with acrid smog for weeks. The blazes are an annual occurrence during the dry season as land is cleared using slash-and-burn methods but they w ... read more

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