Underwater hockey to debut at Southeast Asia mini-Olympics | AFP

Swimmers wearing snorkels and gripping short, curved sticks dive to the bottom of a pool in Malaysia and charge at a puck as they compete in an energetic game of underwater hockey. Invented in the 1950s in Britain — where it is known as “Octopush” — to help divers keep fit during the winter months, the game has gained a small but dedicated following from Europe to Asia.

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Underwater hockey to make waves at Southeast Asian Games | AFP

Swimmers wearing snorkels and gripping short curved sticks dive to the bottom of a pool in Malaysia, and charge at a puck as they compete in an energetic game of underwater hockey. Invented in the 1950s in Britain — where it is known as “Octopush” — to help divers keep fit during the winter months, the game has gained a small but dedicated following from Europe to Asia.

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Slip slidin’ away: Record-breaking Malaysian water chute unveiled | AFP

One of the world’s longest water slides was unveiled in Malaysia Wednesday, a kilometre-long chute that starts on a hilltop before twisting and turning through dense jungle and splashing into a pool. The blue and yellow chute at the ESCAPE theme park runs for 1,111 metres (3,645 feet) and has been awarded the Guinness World Record for the longest water slide where riders use an inflatable tube.

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Artificial rain | AFP Animé

Videographic on artificial rain. Raging blazes in Indonesia have been spewing toxic haze over neighbouring Singapore and Malaysia. Indonesia has had some success in “cloud-seeding” — inducing rain using chemicals sprayed from planes.VIDEOGRAPHIC

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‘Cloud-seeding’ in Malaysia as air quality plummets | AFP

Malaysia carrys out “cloud-seeding” which involves using chemicals in a bid to induce rain, as smog-belching forest fires in Indonesia send toxic haze across Southeast Asia.

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Indonesia’s forest fires affecting Borneo’s orangutans | AFP

Massive forest fires in Indonesia that have caused a toxic haze to spread as far as Singapore and peninsular Malaysia are also seriously affecting endangered orangutans and their habitat, say rescuers.

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Toxic haze closes Malaysia schools | AFP

Malaysia closes more than 1,000 schools nationwide as toxic haze from Indonesian forest fires engulfs the region. Air quality deteriorated to “very unhealthy” levels on an official index in many parts of peninsular Malaysia, to the east of Sumatra, with the Kuala Lumpur skyline shrouded by dense smog.

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Indonesian forest fires choke SE Asia | AFP

Forest fires are raging on the islands of Borneo and Sumatra, sending a choking fug across the region — including towards neighbours Malaysia and Singapore.

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Thick smog shround Kuala Lumpur’s skyline | AFP

Much of Kuala Lumpur’s skyline was covered in smog on Tuesday morning, as forest fires raging across Indonesia carried thick clouds of haze across Malaysia’s borders.

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Dengue and zika virus | AFP Animé

Videographic on dengue fever and Zika. Hundreds dead in the Philippines; a threefold increase of cases in Vietnam; hospitals overrun in Malaysia, Myanmar and Cambodia — dengue is ravaging Southeast Asia this year due in part to rising temperatures and low immunity to new strains.VIDEOGRAPHIC

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