The worst haze in a decade is choking Southeast Asia. Fires from slash-and-burn farming have caused the pollution. The number of respiratory illnesses is soaring. And this isn't anything new: Indonesian palm oil farmers set those fires every year.
At least two are dead and a dozen injured during clashes with police Friday, as the protests extended into a second day. Thousands more protested across the Muslim world in the Middle East, Asia and Africa.
Indonesia has ordered some one hundred thousand people to evacuate after Mount Agung erupted, spewing ash thousands of meters into the air. Authorities have raised the alert level of the volcano to the highest possible.
Palm oil is found in everything from food to cosmetics. Its rise to the status of the most widely consumed vegetable oil has had devastating effects on forests, wildlife - and most recently some of Hong Kong's beaches.
Concerns about radiation and contamination are on the rise on the Korean Peninsula following the North Korean regime's nuclear tests. But claims made in this regard by North Korean refugees are hard to prove.
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