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Indonesian Lower Court Rejects Bid to Protect Prized Forest

An Indonesian court has rejected a case brought by Acehnese community leaders who want one of the country's most prized tropical forests to be protected from exploitation by mining and plantation companies. Nurul Ikhsan, chief lawyer for the plaintiffs, said the Central Jakarta District Court rejected the case on Tuesday because the Aceh province bylaw at issue caused no material losses to them. Aceh, which has considerable autonomy under a 2005 peace deal with insurgents,...

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