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Indonesian fire fighters extinguish a fire in a land next to residence in Pekanbaru, Riau province on September 13, 2019. The blazes spread smog across Southeast Asia and adding to concerns about the impact on global warming. Adek Berry/AFP

New research reveals that wildfires can influence El Niño

Wildfires are intensifying, yet they’re one of the most poorly understood phenomena on Earth. New research shows that they can disturb both regional and global climate.
Indonesia’s first and only female president Megawati Sukarnoputri at a campaign rally in 1999. Jonathan Perugia/AP

3 reasons why women leaders actually matter for women

Four different female presidents led three Asian nations in recent decades. What does their legislative record tell us about the impact women leaders can have on women’s lives?
Supporters of a Pakistani religious group burn an effigy depicting the former spokeswoman of India’s ruling party, Nupur Sharma, during a demonstration in Karachi, Pakistan. AP Photo/Fareed Khan

Why Muslim countries are quick at condemning defamation – but often ignore rights violations against Muslim minorities

A scholar of Islam writes about how widespread authoritarianism in the Muslim world shapes governments’ foreign policy toward Muslim minorities abroad.
Indonesian President Joko Widowi takes Prime Minister Anthony Albanese for a tour of Bogor Palace in West Java. Alex Ellinghausen/SMH pool via AAP

It’s great Albanese is in Indonesia, but Australia needs to do a lot more to reset relations. Here are 5 ways to start

Prime Minister Anthony Albanese’s visit is so essential because most previous ‘resets’ have not lasted. The government-to-government relationship between Australia and Indonesia is a fragile one.

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