• Indonesian team hunts firebugs in Sumatra

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    JAKARTA: An Indonesian province hit by a haze outbreak has formed a team of more than 500 to hunt down people who started forest fires after the president demanded action, a report said on Monday. President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono made the call during a weekend trip to Riau province on western Sumatra island, where authorities have declared a state of emergency after the fires – many deliberately lit to clear land – produced thick palls of smog. The acrid smoke cloaked the province in recent weeks, disrupting flights, closing schools and prompting tens of thousands of people to seek treatment for respiratory illnesses.

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