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Video news: Malaysia’s Penan tribe resist logging firms

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Malaysia’s Penan tribe resist logging firms

Armed with spears and blowpipes, hundreds of indigenous tribesmen in the jungles of Borneo island have mounted a last-ditch attempt to try to save their land from logging.

Al Jazeera’s Divya Gopalan reports from Sarawak on the Penan, some of whom still live as nomadic hunter-gatherers in the rainforests of this Malaysian province.

They have been battling loggers since the 1980s, when large-scale industrial logging commenced in the Malaysian state. At times the Penan have faced intimidation and violent crackdowns at the hands of security forces hired by logging firms and Malaysian police.


Meanwhile, vast tracts of Sarawak’s rainforest has been stripped of its valuable timber. Now forestry firms are eyeing forest lands for conversion to oil palm plantations, which will likely leave the Penan even worse off since these estates support less game than even logged-over forest.

 

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Video news: China moves against lead poisoning

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China moves against lead poisoning

The Chinese government has acknowledged that more needs to be done to fight pollution and its cost on public health and the environment.

But victims of poisoning from heavy metals say they have failed to get help through legal channels, while their children suffer the brunt of the problem.

Al Jazeera’s Wayne Hay reports.

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Video news: Pakistan’s new winged weapon

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Pakistan’s new winged weapon

Pakistan has a new weapon to combat the Taliban – a domestically made, unmanned aircraft that is expected to replace the country’s use of controversial US drones.

With more than 50 air attacks in the last two years, hundreds of civilians have been killed and public attitude towards the government has been inflamed.

The Pakistani military has said it has made gains on the Taliban this year with the aid of US drones, and that it has also been providing reliable information about targets which the US has not taken out.


With greater control over its skies, the Pakistani military hopes that will change.

Al Jazeera’s Anita McNaught has this report.