Oct 11, 2015

Smog returns to Southeast Asia

Consumers can help pressure palm oil companies to stop using fire to clear land in Indonesia by supporting products certified by the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil.

Oct 4, 2015

Malaysia shuts schools as choking smog worsens

Malaysian authorities on Sunday ordered most of the country’s schools shut for two days because of possible health risks posed by the thick haze from Indonesian forest fires. The education ministry said all schools, except a handful in outlying areas, must close their doors ...

Oct 2, 2015

Indonesia forest fires could become worst on record: NASA

Forest fires blanketing Southeast Asia in choking haze are on track to become among the worst on record, scientists warn, with a prolonged dry season hampering efforts to curb the crisis. Malaysia, Singapore and large expanses of Indonesia have suffered for weeks from acrid ...

Sep 30, 2015

Japan loses Indonesian high-speed railway contract to China

Japan has lost to China in bidding to build Indonesia’s first high-speed railway. It is seen as a heavy blow to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s goal of pursuing economic growth through infrastructure projects overseas. Sofyan Djalil, head of the Indonesian National Development Planning Agency, ...

Indonesia criticizes Saudi Arabia for hajj disaster response

Sep 29, 2015

Indonesia criticizes Saudi Arabia for hajj disaster response

Indonesia criticized Saudi Arabia on Tuesday for its slow response to the hajj pilgrimage disaster in Mina, saying its diplomats only received full access to the dead and injured days after the crush. The criticism from Indonesia, the Muslim world’s most populous country, comes ...

Sep 28, 2015

Indonesian toll in Mecca stampede rises to 41

The number of Indonesians killed in a stampede at the hajj rose to 41 Monday with scores more still missing, an official said, warning Jakarta faces a “race against time” to identify its citizens who died. The stampede on Thursday during a ritual stoning ...

Sep 25, 2015

Quake leaves dozens injured in Indonesia

More than 60 people were injured and 200 houses damaged Friday when a powerful earthquake rocked remote eastern Indonesia, a disaster agency official said, warning that the number of victims could rise. People ran screaming from their homes when the magnitude-6.6 undersea quake struck ...

Sep 25, 2015

Toshiba mulling sale of washing machine factory in Indonesia

Toshiba Corp. is considering selling its washing machine factory in Indonesia as part of efforts to improve its finances, company sources said Friday. The industrial conglomerate, whose financial strength has worsened due to a massive accounting scandal, plans to rebuild its money-losing home electric ...