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Indonesia firefighters 'overwhelmed' by Sumatra blazes

Firefighters battling blazes on Indonesia's Sumatra island that have cloaked Singapore in record-breaking levels of smog are "overwhelmed" and unable to cope, an official said Friday. "We have been fighting fires 24 hours a day for two weeks," Ahmad Saerozi, the head of the natural resources conservation agency in Riau province, where the fires are centred, told AFP. "We are overwhelmed and in a state of emergency," he said. He was referring to efforts by more than 160 firefighters in the Bengkalis district where the biggest fires are burning, mostly underground in peatland.

Healthy hotels, rise in ancient therapies expected in 2013

By Patricia Reaney NEW YORK, Jan 16 (Reuters) - Healthy hotels, wellness tourism and the holistic medicine system Ayurveda are expected to be the among the top spa trends in 2013, according to a report that tracks the $73 billion global industry. Gyms, pools and spas are standard at many hotels, but international chains and boutique inns will be enhancing offerings by adding customized services like jogging routes, in-room workouts, sleep programs, and gluten-free and vegan menus.
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