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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‘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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Plant-based meals tests meat-heavy Southeast Asian cuisine | AFP

Spicy minced meat with basil, ‘pad kra phao’ is a staple of Thai cuisine but chef Songpol swears by his plant-based ‘pork’ version, as investors hope rising concerns about health and the environment create an opening for alternative protein in meat-heavy cuisines in Southeast Asia.

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Indonesia battles night fires amid regional smog crisis | AFP

Indonesian authorities fight fires that continue to blaze near the city of Pekanbaru on Sumatra island, with flames in many parts of the country belching out smoke that threaten to choke much of Southeast Asia in smog. IMAGES

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Indonesian firefighters battle underground fires | AFP

Fire fighters in Pekanbaru, Indonesia battle underground fires. The number of blazes in Indonesia’s rainforests has jumped sharply, spreading smog across Southeast Asia and adding to concerns about the impact of increasing wildfire outbreaks worldwide on global warming. IMAGES

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Indonesians pray for rain as forest fires rage on Sumatra island | AFP

Indonesians pray for rain as forest fires rage on Sumatra island with the number of blazes in the country’s rainforests jumping sharply and spreading smog across Southeast Asia as well as adding to concerns about the impact of increasing wildfire outbreaks worldwide on global warming. IMAGES

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Fighting forest fires | AFP Animé

Videographic on wildfires. The number of blazes in Indonesia’s rainforests has jumped sharply, satellite data showed Thursday, spreading smog across Southeast Asia. VIDEOGRAPHICS

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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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Fighting forest fires | AFP Animé

Videographic on wildfires. Huge 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.VIDEOGRAPHICS

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