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Indonesians arrested for shooting an orangutan some 130 times

JAKARTA: Four Indonesian men have been arrested over the killing of an orangutan shot some 130 times with an air rifle, police said on Monday, in the latest fatal attack on a critically endangered species. The suspects, farmers from the island of Borneo, admitted killing the animal, saying it ruined their crops at a pineapple and palm oil plantation, according to authorities. "They meant to shoo away (the orangutan) but their actions instead killed the orangutan," East Kutai district police chief Teddy Ristiawan told…

Smoke alarm: Indonesians take tiny steps against Big Tobacco

JAKARTA: A neighborhood in the Indonesian capital has informally declared itself a smoke-free zone as students plan further protests against what they see as an increased effort by cigarette companies to target the young. Indonesia has one of the highest rates of smoking and is the world's fourth-biggest cigarette producer, mostly of the pungent "kretek" clove and tobacco variety, but parliament has proposed a law to boost tobacco output further. A few groups are now pushing back against Big Tobacco in the country of 250…