[FILE] This photograph taken in Mulhouse, eastern France on October 19, 2023, shows figurines next to the logo of the social media video sharing app Tik Tok reflected in mirrors. (Photo by SEBASTIEN BOZON / AFP)

TikTok announces $1.5 bn deal to restart Indonesia online shopping business

Chinese-owned short video app TikTok on Monday announced a $1.5 billion investment in GoTo group in a deal that would allow it to restart its online shop in Indonesia, the…

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Thai Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin (left) and Vietnamese National Assembly Chairman, Vuong Dinh Hue at the Government House on Friday.

Thailand and Vietnam are ready for CSP

Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin said yesterday that Thailand is ready to upgrade ties with Vietnam as a comprehensive strategic partnership when he visits Hanoi early next year. He told Vietnamese…

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Thai Foreign Minister Parnpree Bahiddha-Nukara (L) shakes hands with Union Minister for Foreign Affairs of Myanmar, Than Swe in Beijing on December 7,

Thailand and Myanmar form humanitarian taskforce

Thailand and Myanmar have agreed to establish a task force to handle humanitarian assistance for both Thai and Burmese people living along the border, who are affected by the ongoing…

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Tourists visit the Angkor Wat temple in Siem Reap province on November 16,.//AFP

Cambodian PM defends relocation of villagers from Angkor Wat

Phnom Penh, Cambodia – Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Manet vowed Friday to continue relocating thousands of families from the Angkor Wat temple complex, despite growing international condemnation from rights groups. Officials…

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Motorists queue to fill their vehicles at a petrol station in Yangon on December 6, 2023, amid fuel shortages in the area. Myanmar’s commercial hub Yangon is facing a fuel shortage.//AFP

Myanmar’s Yangon hit by fuel shortage

Yangon, Myanmar – Myanmar’s commercial hub Yangon is facing a fuel shortage, residents and junta-controlled media said Wednesday, with hundreds of vehicles queueing up at dawn in the hope of securing…

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File photo : Myanmar’s military chief Min Aung Hlaing stands in a car as he oversees a military display at a parade ground to mark the country’s Independence Day in Naypyidaw on January 4,//AFP

Myanmar junta chief calls for political solution with ethnic groups

Yangon, Myanmar – Myanmar’s junta chief has called on ethnic armed groups battling the military across the country to find a political solution, state media reported on Tuesday. The junta is…

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Volcanic ash spews from Mount Marapi during an eruption as seen from Batu Palano village in Agam on December 4.//AFP

11 hikers dead after Indonesia volcano erupts, dozen still missing

Padang, Indonesia – Eleven hikers were found dead Monday and another 12 were missing after a volcano erupted in Indonesia, with rescuers racing to carry injured and burned survivors down the…

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File photo : Earthquake-affected residents ride a boat as they evacuate from Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur province on December 3, 2023, following a 7.6 magnitude quake late on December 2. //AFP

Magnitude 6.9 quake latest to rattle southern Philippines

Manila, Philippines – A magnitude 6.9 earthquake struck off the coast of the southern Philippines early Monday, the United States Geological Survey said, the latest in a slew of strong quakes…

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This picture taken and released by the Vietnam News Agency on March 31, 2021 shows Vietnam’s newly elected National Assembly Chairman Vuong Dinh Hue (C) taking oath during the National Assembly’s spring session in Hanoi. STR / Vietnam News Agency / AFP

Vietnam’s House speaker to visit Thailand

Vietnam’s National Assembly Chairman Vuong Dinh Hue will pay a four-day to Thailand next week, according to Vietnam’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs. His counterpart, Wan Muhammad Noor Matha, will host…

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Medical workers treat an injured person at Amai Pakpak Medical Center in Marawi, Lanao del sur province, after a bomb attack during a Catholic mass at Mindanao State University’s gymnasium.//AFP

Three killed in bomb attack on Catholic mass in Philippines

Marawi, Philippines – At least three people were killed and seven wounded in a bomb attack on a Catholic mass in the insurgency-plagued southern Philippines on Sunday, officials said. The…

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People gather at an evacuation center, in the aftermath of an earthquake, in Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur, Philippines December 2,.//Reuters

Strong quake in Philippines triggers tsunami warnings and evacuations

Manila – Evacuations were under way in the Philippines after a quake of at least magnitude 7.5 struck the southern region of Mindanao on Saturday night, triggering tsunami warnings in…

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File photo : Former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger responds to opening statements by members of the Senate POW/MIA committee 22 September 1992 in Washington, DC. //AFP

‘My blood boils’: Kissinger’s bitter legacy in Southeast Asia

As global tributes to late US diplomat Henry Kissinger poured in, his death stirred fury across Southeast Asia. Homage has been paid to Kissinger’s realpolitik and intellectual heft as secretary…

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This photo taken on November 28 shows members of the Loikaw Local People’s Defence Force (PDF) preparing to go to the frontline near Loikaw in Myanmar’s eastern Kayah state.//AFP PDFs and allied ethnic minority groups have been battling the Myanmar army for weeks in and around Loikaw, a city nestled in lush hills and home to around 50,000 people in eastern Kayah state. (Photo by AFP) / To go with AFP story Myanmar-conflict-city, FOCUS

Myanmar pro-democracy fighters battle to take state capital

Loikaw, Myanmar – Myanmar pro-democracy fighters in a battered pickup truck drive past abandoned and bombed-out houses in the eastern city of Loikaw, on their way to the front lines of the…

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Over 14 million meth pills seized in Vientiane by Thai and Lao police

Thai and Lao police seized 14.8 million methamphetamine pills in Laotian capital of Vientiane between November 28 and 30, in joint operations between the police forces. Four Laotians and one…

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Members of the Myanmar National Democratic Alliance Army (MNDAA) walking past a Myanmar military base after seizing it during clashes near Laukkaing township in Myanmar’s northern Shan state on October 28, 2023//Photo: AFP

Myanmar ethnic minority fighters clash with military on major trade route

Yangon, Myanmar –  Ethnic minority fighters clashed with Myanmar’s military on a major trade route to Thailand on Friday, blocking traffic and sending people fleeing, residents and local media said.  Fighters…

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File photo : Mali the elephant receives food from a worker at the Manila Zoo on January 23, 2019.//AFP

Elephant at centre of animal rights campaign dies in Philippine zoo

Manila, Philippines – An elderly elephant has died in a Philippine zoo, an official said Wednesday, after a failed global campaign to relocate her to an animal sanctuary. Mali had been a popular attraction at…

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Ending violence in the trouble-plagued south of Thailand was one of the topics discussed during the recent meeting between Thai Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin and his Malaysian counterpart Anwar Ibrahim.

Civil participation in southern peace talks urged

Political analysts and members of civil society in southern Thailand have called for greater participation by academics and representatives of local communities in the peace process in the trouble-plagued region….

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Concert in Kelantan with sexy Thai dancers stirs controversy

A concert featuring a well-known Thai folk songstress and scantily clad dancers at a Buddhist festival to celebrate Loy Krathong has stirred controversy in the conservative Malaysian state of Kelantan,…

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This handout photograph taken and released by the Myanmar’s Military Information Team on November 27, 2023 shows a China navy ship arriving at Thilawa port in Yangon.//AFP

China navy ships arrive in Myanmar for joint drills

Yangon, Myanmar – Three Chinese navy ships have arrived in Myanmar for joint drills with its navy, the country’s junta said, as a border conflict strains ties between the Southeast Asian nation and its…

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File photo : Asean Secretary General Dr Kao Kim Hourn

Asean chief visits Laos this week

The Secretary General of ASEAN, Dr Kao Kim Hourn will pay a three-day visit from 28-30 November to Lao in preparation for its ASEAN Chairmanship in 2024, according to the…

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Members of the Myanmar National Democratic Alliance Army pose for a photograph in October with weapons allegedly seized from a Myanmar army outpost on a hill in Chinshwehaw town, Myanmar. Photo: The Kokang online media via AP

Chinese military holds training drills near Myanmar border

Shanghai – China’s military will begin “combat training activities” from Saturday on its side of the border with Myanmar, it said on social media, a day after a convoy of…

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People rest in a monastery that has turn into a temporary shelter for internally displaced people (IDPs) at a village in Pauktaw township in Myanmar’s western Rakhine State.//AFP

Indonesia says held ‘positive’ Myanmar political talks

Jakarta, Indonesia – Indonesia on Friday said it had hosted “positive” talks with the main sides of the Myanmar conflict in a bid to kickstart a stuttering peace process almost three years after…

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Rice farmers will get Bt20,000 to delay sale of their crops

Starting next Tuesday, Bank of Agriculture and Agricultural Cooperatives (BAAC) will be paying rice farmers 1,000 baht per 0.16 hectares, up to a maximum of Bt20,000 per household, under the…

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File photo : Masatada Ishii

Thailand’s national football team gets a new head coach

Thailand’s national football team will officially introduce its new head coach, Masatada Ishii, 66, next week, after parting ways with Alexandre Polking on Wednesday. The Japanese coach is a former…

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This photo taken on October 22 shows children receiving food in a temporary shelter at a camp for internally displaced people (IDPs) in Demoso township in Myanmar’s Kayah state. //AFP

Myanmar anti-junta fighters battle military in state capital

Myanmar anti-coup fighters were battling the military for control of a state capital, both sides said on Tuesday. Clashes across Myanmar have entered a fourth week, sparked by a surprise…

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Thais trapped by fighting in Myanmar repatriated today

A total of 266 Thais, many of whom were lured to work in Myanmar with promises of attractive pay, but were forced to work for Chinese-operated online scam gangs in…

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Laukkai town//Photo by Myanmar Skyline

Fighters from Myanmar ethnic minority say surrounded notorious scam town

Yangon, Myanmar – Fighters from a Myanmar ethnic minority said Tuesday they had surrounded a town controlled by pro-military militia near the China border where hundreds of foreigners, including Thais,…

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A destroyed structure is pictured in the aftermath of a military strike on a camp for displaced people near the northern Myanmar town of Laiza on October 11, 2023

Thais trapped in Myanmar will be home soon – PM

Forty-one Thai nationals trapped in Myanmar will be repatriated in the next few days, according to Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin. “Please wait a couple more days. They will be able…

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File photo : Laotian Foreign Minister Saleumxay Kommasith//Laos News Agency

Laos to host ASEAN foreign ministerial retreat in January

The incoming ASEAN chair, Laos, will hold its foreign ministerial retreat on 28 and 29 January in Luang Prabang, according to informed diplomatic sources. The retreat will be the first of hundreds…

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China Coast Guard vessel (L) blocks the ML Kalayaan chartered supply boat (R) during a mission to deliver provisions at Second Thomas Shoal in the South China Sea on November 10,//AFP

Chinese vessels in high-seas chase of Philippine boat with media

South China Sea – As a Philippine Coast Guard rubber boat carrying journalists sped towards Filipino troops on a grounded navy vessel in the disputed South China Sea, three Chinese speed…

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Members of the Myanmar National Democratic Alliance Army pose for a photograph with the weapons allegedly seized from the Myanmar’s army outpost on a hill in Chinshwehaw town, Myanmar.//AP

Northern Myanmar fighting displaces almost 50,000 civilians: UN

Yangon, Myanmar – Almost 50,000 people have been displaced by fighting in northern Myanmar after an alliance of ethnic armed groups launched an offensive against the military two weeks ago, the…

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Malaysia’s former youth and sports minister Syed Saddiq Abdul Rahman

Ex-Malaysian minister Syed Saddiq sentenced to 7 years

KUALA LUMPUR – Malaysia’s former youth and sports minister Syed Saddiq Abdul Rahman was sentenced to seven years in jail and two strokes of the cane after he was found…

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File photo : Myanmar national flags//AFP

Armed rebellion risks break-up of Myanmar: junta-backed president

Yangon, Myanmar – Myanmar’s junta-backed president said the country is at risk of breaking apart if the military cannot crush a joint offensive by ethnic armed groups along the border with China,…

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Dogs look out from a cage at a dog farm and slaughterhouse in Thai Nguyen province on November 3/AFP

Vietnam dog slaughterhouse closes, setting puppies free

Thái Nguyên, Vietnam – More than 40 dogs, including a litter of 10-day-old puppies, were set free from a slaughterhouse in Vietnam on Friday after its owner quit the dog meat…

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In this file photo taken on March 8, members of the ethnic rebel group Ta’ang National Liberation Army (TNLA) take part in a training exercise at their base camp in the forest in Myanmar’s northern Shan State.

Myanmar military using foreigners including Thais as human shields

Myanmar’s military junta has used foreigners including Thais as human shields in northeastern Shan State, where fighting the junta and an ethnic alliance is escalating, according to The Irrawaddy online….

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This photo taken on November 2 shows Myanmar’s military chief Senior General Min Aung Hlaing (L) speaking during a meeting in Nay Pyi Taw. He said the military will strike back at ethnic armed groups waging an offensive in the north of the country.//AFP

Thais trapped in Myanmar are safe : government spokesman

The Thai Embassy in Myanmar is providing shelter for Thais who were trapped in a border town, where fighting between the junta and an ethnic alliance is escalating. Thai government…

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This long exposure picture taken late on October 28, shows a missile fired from a Myanmar military base in Lashio township, northern Shan State.

China calls for immediate ceasefire in northern Myanmar fighting

China called on Thursday for an immediate ceasefire in fighting in northern Myanmar, after the Myanmar military said it had lost control of a strategic northern town on the Chinese…

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The Ta’ang National Liberation Army

Myanmar military says lost control of strategic border town

Yangon, Myanmar – Myanmar’s military has lost control of a strategic northern town on the Chinese border following days of clashes with three ethnic armed groups, a junta spokesman said. Fighting…

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PM Srettha Thavisin met with his Lao counterpart Sonexay Siphandone during his visit to Laos in October.

Full speed ahead for Thai-Lao ties

Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin knows the importance of neighbouring Laos, so he did not miss any opportunity to reaffirm the strength of multifaceted cooperation during his visit last week. Srettha…

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File photo : The photo taken late on October 28shows a missile fired from a Myanmar military base in Lashio township, northern Shan State. //AFP

China security minister in Myanmar following border clashes

Yangon, Myanmar – China’s public security minister has held talks with Myanmar’s junta on establishing peace along their shared border, state media said Tuesday, following clashes between ethnic armed groups and…

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The rhythm and vibes of Southeast Asia

Southeast Asia is a treasure trove of many cultures, and within these cultures are numerous musical traditions and styles. Interestingly, most of these age-old musical styles, or at least traces…

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Thailand pledges help to develop infrastructure projects in Laos

Thailand has agreed to help Laos fulfil its plan to transform from a land-locked to land-linked country, to help in the development of infrastructure projects and to secure low-interest loans,…

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This handout photo taken and released on October 27 by the Kokang Information Network shows MNDAA Major General Peng Deqi (centre R) commanding operations against Myanmar’s military near Lashio township in Myanmar’s northern Shan State.//AFP

Myanmar clashes stretch into second day on Saturday

Heavy fighting between rebels and the Myanmar military stretched into a second day near the country’s northern border with China, armed groups said Saturday. Myanmar’s junta seized power in a…

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Two media executives arrested for breaching copyright on Thai TV content

Two top executives of a media company are being detained by Department of Special Investigation (DSI) officers for alleged copyright infringements, related to the recording and rebroadcast (streaming) of several…

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How Thailand’s seven-decade submarine dream hit the rocks and sank

The Royal Thai Navy’s dream of acquiring its first submarine in over seven decades has been shattered once again. Defense Minister Sutin Klungsang announced last Friday that the Thai government…

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A group of Myanmar nationals speak to the press after filing a criminal complaint in Manila on October 25.//AFP

Myanmar nationals ask Philippines to probe alleged war crimes

Manila, Philippines – Five Myanmar nationals asked the Philippines on Wednesday to investigate alleged war crimes committed by 10 serving or former members of Myanmar’s military against the mainly Christian Chin minority. …

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Leveraging postage stamps as a soft power to boost the economy

For the past several years, postal service providers around the world have faced new challenges as digitalization has taken hold, a situation that significantly accelerated during the Covid-19 pandemic. The…

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A lake in the forest in Puerto Arturo, a sector in the heart of the Maya Biosphere Reserve, in Peten Department, Guatemala, on October 5.//AFP

World ‘failing’ on pledge to stop deforestation by 2030

The world is “failing” on a pledge to halt and reverse deforestation by 2030, with global losses increasing last year, a group of NGOs and researchers warned Tuesday. In 2021,…

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Devotees row the golden barge carrying the four sacred Buddha images during the festival of Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda in Inle Lake, Myanmar’s Shan State, on October 19.

Myanmar boat festival’s return brings joy and sorrow

Nyaungshwe, Myanmar – Thousands of Buddhists took to boats on Myanmar’s famed Inle Lake on Thursday to celebrate the return of one of the nation’s biggest festivals, but the devotees’ joy was…

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This photo shows Russia’s President Vladimir Putin meeting with Thailand’s Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin on the sidelines of the Third Belt and Road Forum in Beijing on October 17.//AFP

Putin accepts invites to visit Thailand, Vietnam

Russian President Vladimir Putin has accepted invitations to visit Thailand and Vietnam, according to government statements from the two Southeast Asian nations. Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has thrown Putin into…

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Gibran Rakabuming Raka (C), the son of Indonesia’s President Joko Widodo, rides a bicycle to meet supporters after declaring victory in the mayoral election in Solo on December 9, 2020.//AF{

Indonesian court paves way for president’s son to run in 2024 election

Jakarta, Indonesia – Indonesia on Monday amended the eligibility requirements to run for president and vice president, creating an exception to the minimum age threshold that could pave the way for the…

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Senior Gen. Min Aung Hlaing, head of the military council, center in the first row, and Deputy chairman of State Administration Council, Vice Senior Gen. Soe Win, center left in the first row, and other attendees sit for a group photo after a ceremony to mark the 8th anniversary of the Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement (NCA) at the Myanmar International Convention Center in Naypyitaw, Myanmar, Sunday, Oct. 15, 2023. (AP Photo/Aung Shine Oo)

Thailand pledges support of National Ceasefire Agreement in Myanmar

Thailand has pledged support for the National Ceasefire Agreement (NCA) in Myanmar, during the commemoration of its 8th anniversary in Naypyidaw on Monday, according to the website of Myanmar’s Ministry…

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Ambassador of the Republic of the Philippines to Thailand, H.E. Millicent Cruz Paredes

Philippine envoy stresses rules-based order for South China Sea

The South China Sea has been a centre of contention, with China arbitrarily expanding its maritime territory, under what it describes as a standard map with a 10-dash line, a…

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PM Srettha to attend the ASEAN-GCC summit in Riyadh

Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin will attend the inaugural summit between ASEAN and the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) on Friday, immediately following his visit to China, according to high-level government sources….

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Thai Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin and Malaysian Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim in Putrajaya on Wednesday. (Photo courtesy of the Government House)

Srettha, Anwar set up task forces to step up ties

Thailand’s Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin and his Malaysian counterpart Anwar Ibrahim have agreed to form a number of task forces to boost existing ties in numerous areas. Anwar said yesterday…

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In this photo taken on March 9, 2023 members of ethnic rebel group Ta’ang National Liberation Army (TNLA) patrol near Namhsan Township in Myanmar’s northern Shan State. By AFP

29 killed in army strike on camp for displaced people in Myanmar: rebels

Twenty-nine people were killed and dozens wounded in a military strike on a camp for displaced people in northern Myanmar, a spokesman for an ethnic rebel group that controls the…

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UK Prime Minister’s Special Envoy on LGBT+ Rights, Lord Nick Herbert

UK Special Envoy boosting engagement on LGBT+ rights

While same-sex marriage has been legalised in 35 nations around the world, discrimination and harsh laws against the LGBT+ community persist in many places, as evidenced by a recent incident…

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Passengers alight after riding on the Jakarta-Bandung high-speed train during a week-long public trial phase at the Halim station in Jakarta on September 17, 2023. The operation of a high-speed railway running from capital Jakarta to the Javan city of Bandung funded by Beijing is set to open next month after a series of delays. (Photo by Yasuyoshi CHIBA / AFP)

Indonesia to launch China-funded high-speed rail, first in Southeast Asia

Indonesia is set to launch Southeast Asia’s first high-speed railway on Monday, a delayed multibillion-dollar project backed by China that will cut travel between capital Jakarta and another major city…

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Myanmar junta angry at China over crime blockbuster ‘tarnishing’

Yangon, Myanmar – Myanmar’s junta has lashed out at close ally China over a blockbuster film on human trafficking and scam compounds that has “tarnished” its reputation, state media reported…

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Thai-Cambodian ties entering ‘a new era’

Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin’s decision to visit Cambodia this week is a measure of the solid relationship between the two countries. It is the first time that a newly elected…

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New centre symbolizes Thai-Cambodian efforts against human trafficking

One of the highlights of Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin’s one-day visit to Phnom Penh on Thursday was the hand-over of a Thailand-funded centre for victims of trafficking and other vulnerable…

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Thai PM Srettha Thavisin (L) shakes hand with his Khmer counterpart; Hun Manet during his visit on Thursday.

A new era declared in Thai-Cambodian relationship

Thailand and Cambodia have agreed to open a new era in their relationship, to move both countries in a similar direction, said Thai government spokesman Chai Wacharonke. The decision was…

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Thailand’s Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin is welcomed by Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Manet and the guard of honour. (Photo from Prime Minister Hun Manet’s Facebook)

Srettha, Hun Manet hold talks on Thai-Cambodian cooperation

Thailand’s Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin held talks with his Cambodian counterpart Hun Manet after arriving in Phnom Penh for a one-day visit this morning. Phnom Penh Post reported that the…

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Thaksin shinawatra and Yingluck shinawatra attended the birthday party of then Prime Minister Hun Sen in Takhmao town on August 5.//Phnom Penh Post

Srettha’s Cambodia trip related to Thaksin-Hun Sen close ties?

Foreign Minister Parnpree Bahiddha-Nukara said Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin has chosen Cambodia for his first ASEAN trip because it is Thailand’s close neighbor but a Cambodian academic suggested that it…

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Cross border scams on agenda at Thai and Cambodian PM meeting

Thailand will talk with Cambodia about online scammers who operate along the border when both countries’ prime ministers meet this week, said Thai Foreign Minister Parnpree Bahiddha-Nukara. The scammers have…

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An official takes measurements of the blooming Rafflesia Arnoldi flower at the Rafflesia Arnoldi flower conservation center, in Pematang Kota Agung Utara, on November 1, 2022.//AFP

Most species of ‘world’s largest flower’ risk extinction: study

Bangkok, Thailand – Most species of the famously large Rafflesia flower, which has long captured the imagination with its enormous speckled red petals, are now at risk of extinction, new research warned Wednesday….

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Lina Mukherjee

Indonesia woman jailed for TikTok video praying before eating pork

Jakarta, Indonesia – An Indonesian court has sentenced a woman to two years in prison and handed her a heavy fine after she recited an Islamic prayer before eating pork in…

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Thailand stresses achieving Sustainable Development Goals at UNGA : Srettha

Thai Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin has pledged to work for Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) attainment to uplift the lives and well-being of Thai people. Srettha promised to leave no one…

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PM Srettha to visit Cambodia this month

Cambodia is looking forward to Thai Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin’s visit to Phnom Penh later this month, aimed at further boosting ties between the two countries, according to Cambodia’s government…

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Obesity prompts airlines to occasionally weigh passengers before flights

Several airlines are temporarily requiring their passengers to be weighed before boarding, the data from which is used in the calculation of take-off weight to ensure flight safety, as the…

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Hundreds protest against the Malaysian government after deputy premier’s graft charges were dropped

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia — Hundreds of people staged an anti-government rally Saturday in the Malaysian capital, accusing Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim of helping his key ally escape prosecution in exchange…

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The photo shows Myanmar’s Air Force chief Htun Aung (3rd R) posing for photos with his counterparts at the 20th ASEAN Air Chiefs Conference on September 13.//AFP{

Several ASEAN air force chiefs skip Myanmar meeting

Air force chiefs from several countries around Southeast Asia did not attend a conference in Myanmar this week after the ASEAN regional bloc accused the ruling junta of targeting civilians…

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Rescue workers transport a victim to hospital following a major fire at an apartment block in Hanoi on September 13.//AFP

Fifty-six people killed in Hanoi apartment fire

Fifty-six people died in a fire at an apartment block in Vietnam’s capital Hanoi, police said Wednesday, with witnesses reporting screams from inside and a small boy thrown from the building….

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Putin, Kim discuss sending North Korean into space

Vladimir Putin and Kim Jong Un discussed the possibility of sending a North Korean into space, Russian news agencies quoted Putin’s spokesman as saying. President Putin and the North Korean…

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Srettha government urged to make South peace talks more inclusive

The Srettha government has been urged to make the peace dialogue in the trouble-plagued southern Thailand more inclusive and to involve other stake-holders besides the armed groups believed to be…

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Photo : Malaysia’s former prime minister Najib Razak//AFP

Malaysian court upholds ex-leader Najib’s audit tampering acquittal

A Malaysian court upheld on Tuesday the acquittal of jailed former prime minister Najib Razak on an audit tampering charge in the investigation into corruption at the 1MDB state wealth fund. Najib…

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Earthquake in Laos felt in Chiang Rai

A moderate earthquake hit Luang Namtha city in Laos early Tuesday morning and the tremors could be felt in Chiang Rai province of Thailand. The 4.1 magnitude quake hit at…

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Myanmar receives first shipment of Russia’s Su-30 fighter jets

Myanmar has received the first shipment of two Russian Su-30 fighter jets, Charlie Than, Myanmar’s trade minister, told the Russian RIA state news agency in remarks published on Sunday. “Two…

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Highlights of the Prayut government’s diplomatic achievements

During the Prayut government’s 9-year administration, foreign policy played an indispensable role in pivoting Thailand on geopolitical landscape. After the coup in May 2014, the country was cursed and sanctioned…

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Philippines, Australia sign strategic partnership deal

The Philippines and Australia shored up their security and economic alliance Friday with the signing of a strategic partnership, as they seek to counter China’s growing regional influence. The agreement…

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Will new foreign policy tilt away from China towards the West?

The new government is expected to pursue a foreign policy focused on yielding economic dividends, with proactive diplomacy targeted at securing more market access around the globe. The government of…

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This photo taken on August 20 shows members of the Vietnamese Hmong community living in Thailand, many of whom are asylum seekers, singing during Sunday service at a Christian church in Bangkok. //AFP

‘Ripe for abuse’: fears over new Thai refugee screening

In a church on the edge of Thai capital Bangkok, dozens of Vietnamese refugees sing at a joyful service, sharing a moment of respite from their lives in fear of…

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An image of detained civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi is projected on a screen during a night-time demonstration by protesters against the military coup in Yangon on March, 2021.//AFP

Myanmar’s Suu Kyi unwell, back in prison: Irrawaddy

After spending some time at an undisclosed ministerial residence in the capital following her transfer to house arrest in July, Myanmar’s leader Aung San Suu Kyi is now reportedly back…

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File photo : Luxembourg’s Prime Minister Xavier Bettel gestures as he arrives to attend the EU-ASEAN in December 2022.//AFP

Luxembourg to sign the ASEAN TAC next year

Jakarta – ASEAN leaders have welcomed Luxembourg’s intention to accede to the Treaty of Amity and Cooperation in Southeast Asia (TAC), Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi told a press conference…

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(L to R) Thailand’s Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Sarun Charoensuwan, Vietnam’s Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh, Indonesia’s President Joko Widodo, Laos’ Prime Minister Sonexay Siphandone, Brunei’s Prime Minister Hassanal Bolkiah, and Cambodia’s Prime Minister Hun Manet leave the stage after a group photo before the start of the retreat session at the ASEAN Summit in Jakarta on September 5.//AFP

Asean forms a troika to tackle the Myanmar crisis

Jakarta—Asean’s leaders have agreed to form a troika to maintain the handling of the Myanmar quagmire due to the current protracted situation, according to the Asean statement released yesterday During…

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Deputy police chief in Cambodia seeking help to track down call centre gang members

Pol Gen Surachate Hakparn, the deputy national police, is in Cambodia today (Tuesday) to seek cooperation from police there in the arrests of nine Thai and Chinese suspects working in…

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Philippines’ President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. attends the plenary session of the ASEAN Summit in Jakarta on September 5.//AFP

Philippines says ‘ready’ to chair ASEAN in 2026 instead of Myanmar

Jakarta, Indonesia  – The Philippines is ready to chair ASEAN in 2026 instead of Myanmar, President Ferdinand Marcos Jr said Tuesday, as the bloc wrestles with how to engage with…

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(L-R) Singapore’s Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, Thailand’s Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Sarun Charoensuwan, Vietnam’s Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh, Indonesian President Joko Widodo, Laotian Prime Minister Sonexay Siphandone and Brunei’s Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah pose for a family photo during the opening ceremony of the ASEAN Summit in Jakarta on September 5.//AFP

ASEAN leaders seek unity at summit dominated by Myanmar crisis

Jakarta, Indonesia – Southeast Asian leaders met in Indonesia on Tuesday to seek a united voice on the years-long Myanmar crisis and tackle rifts over China’s growing assertiveness in the…

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Sarun will head Thai delegation to Asean summit

Jakarta—The Thai delegation to the Asean summits will be headed by Sarun Charoensuwan, Permanent Secretary for Foreign Affairs as newly elected Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin has not yet take an…

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Japan is ASEAN’s new comprehensive strategic partner

Jakarta – ASEAN will accord Japan a comprehensive strategic partnership (CSP) at the ASEAN summit on Wednesday, according to a diplomatic source. The ASEAN leaders will make the announcement of…

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Hundreds of Malaysian tourists stranded at Sadao district border checkpoint

Hundreds of Malaysian tourists were stranded at the Thai-Malaysian border checkpoint in Sadao district, Songkhla province on Saturday night, after Malaysian immigration officials closed the checkpoint at 11pm. The closure…

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Presidential candidate Tharman Shanmugaratnam meets his supporters after early sample vote count results at the presidential election in Singapore September 1, 2023. REUTERS/Edgar Su

Candidate close to establishment wins Singapore presidential race

A former member of Singapore‘s ruling party on Saturday scored a landslide victory to become the city-state’s president, in an election seen as a barometer of public sentiment amid economic challenges and high-profile scandals….

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Thailand a prospective export target for Vietnam

With the demand for imported goods in the US and EU decreasing, many Vietnamese companies are looking to the Thai market for their export products this year. According to Mr….

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World leaders will attend first ASEAN Indo-Pacific Forum

US Vice President Kamala Harris is scheduled to attend the first ASEAN Indo-Pacific Forum (AIPF), to highlight the importance of the region and the bloc’s ongoing efforts to implement its…

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A Catholic faithful waves a Myanmar flag as Pope Francis arrives to lead a mass at Kyite Ka San Football Stadium in Yangon, Myanmar November 29, 2017. REUTERS/Soe Zeya Tun

East Timor condemns Myanmar’s expulsion of top diplomat

JAKARTA, Aug 27 (Reuters) – Myanmar’s military government has ordered East Timor’s top diplomat to leave the country, the government of East Timor – a vocal critic of Myanmar’s leadership…

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ERIA launches a digital innovation centre

Jakarta – To promote digital innovation and sustainable economic growth in East Asia, ASEAN’s research think-tank, the Economic Research Institute of ASEAN and East Asia (ERIA), launched the Digital Innovation…

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Srettha Thavisin (L), and Hun Manet (R) (Photos by AFP)

New PMs of Thailand and Cambodia vow to work together

Newly appointed prime ministers Srettha (Thailand) and Hun Manet (Cambodia) have vowed to work together and strengthen bilateral relationships, according to the Khmer Times. Hun Manet called Srettha on Tuesday…

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Cambodian lawmakers elect Hun Sen’s son as next leader

Cambodia’s parliament on Tuesday elected long-time ruler Hun Sen’s eldest son as the new prime minister, sealing a dynastic handover of power after last month’s one-sided polls. Hun Sen’s Cambodian…

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Bangkok-Nong Khai high-speed train expected to enter service in 2027

Construction of the Thai-Chinese high-speed train between Bangkok and the north-eastern border province of Nong Khai is progressing satisfactorily, with the construction of the 250.77km section between Bangkok and Nakhon…

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