A firefighter works to put out a blaze in Kampar on Monday. Photo: AFP

Indonesia arrests 185 as it struggles to bring huge underground fires under control

  • Vast blazes are ripping across the archipelago’s rainforests and smouldering deep beneath the surface in once-swampy areas known as peatlands
  • Authorities say they have arrested some 185 people suspected of being involved in activities that led to the out-of-control fires sweeping the country
Topic |   Indonesia

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A firefighter works to put out a blaze in Kampar on Monday. Photo: AFP
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A worker mans a furnace on March 30, 2019, during the nickel smelting process at Indonesian mining company PT Vale's smelting plant in Soroako, South Sulawesi. Photo: Agence France-Presse

Indonesia’s latest flip-flop on speeding up ban on nickel-ore exports could scare away investors

  • Southeast Asia’s biggest economy speeds up ban on nickel-ore exports by two years
  • Nickel prices soared on supply concerns
Topic |   Commodities

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A worker mans a furnace on March 30, 2019, during the nickel smelting process at Indonesian mining company PT Vale's smelting plant in Soroako, South Sulawesi. Photo: Agence France-Presse
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