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Taking on big tobacco in Indonesia

A coalition of mayors, health officials and anti-smoking groups scores some important victories

SNUFFING OUT IS HARD TO DO: The Bloomberg Initiative, the US$600 million fund founded by former New York mayor Michael R Bloomberg, has created a backlash from smokers' rights groups, who portray him as a foreign oligarch determined to stamp out Indonesia's proud tobacco tradition.


THE densely packed houses along Yogyakarta's Kali Code River went from drab to a riot of reds, blues, yellows and whites.

Residents did not know who had paid for the elaborate painting job last year. The Yogyakarta press speculated that an unknown company had painted the...

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