Hundreds of schools shut as massive forest-fire haze blankets SE Asia Sep 11, 2019 0 41 12345 AFPJambi, IndonesiaHuge fires are raging across vast swathes of Indonesia’s rainforests -- some of the world’s biggest -- with toxic smog shutting hundreds of schools in Southeast Asia, officials said Tuesday.Massive jungle areas in Sumatra and Borneo islands are ablaze as thousands of personnel battle to quell the fires, frequently started to clear land for crop plantations.Burning forests to make way for farming is also thought to be behind the enormous fires currently ripping through the Amazon in South America, and experts believe they could have a serious impact on the global climate. In Indonesia the number of hotspots -- areas at risk of fires -- has soared in parts, including on Borneo which the country shares with Malaysia and Brunei.Air quality has dropped to “unhealthy” levels in and around Kuala Lumpur, according to the government’s air pollutant index, and the skyline has been shrouded in thick smog. POST A COMMENT RELATED ARTICLES India locates missing Moon lander Sep 11, 2019 0 537 Taliban vow to fight on after Trump says talks are ‘dead’ Sep 11, 2019 0 50 Bangladesh cuts mobile internet access in Rohingya camps Sep 11, 2019 0 44 HK protesters boo Chinese anthem, as leader warns against interference Reuters HONG KONG Anti-government protests that have roiled Hong Kong for more than three months spread to the sports field on Tuesday, as many local fans defied Chinese law to boo the country’s national anthem ahead of a .. Pakistan warns of ‘genocide’ in Kashmir, India hits back Reuters GENEVA Pakistan’s foreign minister told the United Nations human rights forum on Tuesday that India’s military presence in the disputed Muslim-majority territory of Kashmir raised the spectre of genocide. .. Trump says Pakistan-India conflict over Kashmir less heated now, reiterates offer to mediate Washington: US President Donald Trump said that the conflict between Pakistan and India over Kashmir was “a little less heated” now than it was two weeks ago. Speaking to media before departing from the White House in .. Taliban take complete district in northern Afghanistan Kabul: The Taliban have taken control of the whole of a district in Afghanistan’s northern Takhar province, local officials said on Tuesday. The centre of Takhar’s Yangi Qala district was overrun by the Taliban on Monday .. Death toll from dengue in the Philippines hit 1,021 in 8 months dpa Manila More than 1,000 people have died from dengue in the Philippines in the first eight months of the year, the health department said Tuesday. Nearly 40 per cent of the 1,021 victims who died from the disease between .. North Korea fires ‘projectiles’ after offering talks with US Seoul: North Korea on Tuesday fired projectiles into the sea, South Korea’s military said, hours after Pyongyang said it was willing to hold working-level talks this month with the United States. Negotiations between ..