Southeast Asia Haze: Mass Arrest in Indonesia Amid Raging Forest Fires

Southeast Asia Haze: Mass Arrest in Indonesia Amid Raging Forest Fires

Indonesian authorities have arrested 185 people suspected of starting forest fires that are spreading a thick, noxious haze around Southeast Asia, police said Monday. Nearly every year, Indonesian forest fires spread health-damaging haze across the country and into neighboring Malaysia and Singapore. The fires are often started by smallholders and plantation owners to clear land for planting. National police spokesman Dedi Prasetyo said police formally handed over investigations of 23…