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Land-burning fines unpaid years after fires

JAKARTA: Indonesian plantation companies fined for burning huge areas of land since 2009 have failed to pay hundreds of millions of dollars in penalties meant to hold them accountable for actions that took a devastating environmental and human toll.


Chinese hunger for world’s ‘smelliest fruit’ threatens M’sian forests

SOARING demand for durians in China is being blamed for a new wave of deforestation in Malaysia with environmentalists warning that vast amounts of jungle are being cleared to make way for massive plantations of the spiky, pungent fruit.


Prices for prayer items to go up

PETALING JAYA: Consumers will pay more for prayer paraphernalia during the Chinese New Year festive celebration following a shortage of paper and raw materials.


Indonesia unveils more detailed land map in bid to resolve development planning disputes

JAKARTA (Reuters) - Indonesia's government on Tuesday launched a more detailed map of land use aimed at resolving overlapping claims in the vast archipelago, including in forest areas, three years later than was initially planned.


Brazil's top court approves investigation into Bolsonaro chief of staff

BRASILIA (Reuters) - Brazil's Supreme Court said on Tuesday it had authorized a federal investigation into allegations that the incoming chief of staff for far-right President-elect Jair Bolsonaro had taken illegal campaign donations.


Malaysia bets on durian as China goes bananas for 'world’s smelliest fruit'

KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters): The stinky, spiky durian is set to become Malaysia’s next major export as the South-East Asian nation rushes to develop thousands of acres to cash in on unprecedented demand for the fruit from China.


Four Finns among five killed in private plane crash in Zimbabwe

HELSINKI (Reuters) - Four Finnish citizens are believed to have been among five people who died in a plane crash in Zimbabwe on Friday, their companies and Finland's foreign ministry said.


‘China hopes for closer ties with Malaysia’

KUALA LUMPUR: China is looking forward to forging closer cooperation with Malaysia, particularly in the field of human resource development, says Bai Tian.


Returning to his roots

As a former farmer, the Agriculture and Agro-based Industry Minister promises to get his hands dirty on the ground to boost production in the local agricultural sector.


Ecuadorean discovery pushes back the origins of chocolate

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - People have been enjoying chocolate far longer than previously known, according to research published on Monday detailing the domestication and use of cacao beginning 5,300 years ago at an ancient settlement in the highlands of southeastern Ecuador.