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Australia to Help Indonesia Battle Forest Fires

Australia is to send a giant water-bombing aircraft and highly trained advisers to help Indonesia combat forest fires that have covered parts of SE Asia in a thick haze.  The blazes are caused every year by firms clearing land for palm oil and pulp wood plantations, but the choking pollution from the fires this year is considered some of the worst on record.  Indonesia has appealed for international help to contain outbreaks on Sumatra island and its territory on Borneo. Capable...

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