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A casino dealer collects chips at a roulette table in Pasay city, Metro Manila, Philippines, March 27, 2015. REUTERS/Erik De Castro

Philippines to deport 40,000 Chinese workers in online gaming crackdown

The Philippines will deport 40,000 Chinese workers in a crackdown on unlicensed online gaming businesses, an official said Tuesday, after reports of kidnapping, prostitution and murder in the gambling industry.  So-called Philippine offshore gaming operators, or POGOs, have boomed since 2016 as former president…

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Cars drive on the illuminated race track for the upcoming Formula One Singapore Grand Prix night race at the Marina Bay Street Circuit in Singapore on September 26, 2022. (Photo by Roslan Rahman / AFP)

Singapore dressed up to party like it’s 2019 for F1 return

With tickets selling fast and party suites costing up to $70,000 a night, Singapore is putting the pedal to the metal when it hosts Asia’s first Formula One race this…

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A fisherman ties his boat at port to protect it from typhoon Naru in Danang on September 27, 2022. Vietnam has tried to evacuate almost 400,000 people as typhoon Noru, one of the biggest to make landfall in the country, draws near, authorities said on September 27, 2022. Nhac NGUYEN / AFP

Vietnam orders mass evacuations ahead of Super Typhoon Noru

Vietnam ordered hundreds of thousands of people to evacuate their homes Tuesday as Super Typhoon Noru barrelled towards the busy city of Danang, with forecasters predicting the storm would be one of the biggest to…

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(FILES) This file handout photo taken on March 24, 2021 and released by the Miss Grand International beauty pageant on March 25, 2021 shows Miss Grand International contestant Han Lay taking part in the national costume part of the contest in Bangkok.

Myanmar beauty queen granted asylum in Canada

Myanmar’s former beauty queen and an anti-junta activist, Thaw Nandar Aung, aka “Han Lay”, who has been stranded in Thailand due to immigration difficulties, has finally been granted asylum in…

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Residents wade through waist-deep flood waters after Super Typhoon Noru, in San Miguel, Bulacan province, Philippines, September 26, 2022. REUTERS/Eloisa Lopez

Philippines’ Marcos orders aid for typhoon-struck areas, five reported dead

BULACAN, Philippines, Sept 26 (Reuters) – Philippine authorities rushed on Monday to distribute aid to thousands of evacuees after typhoon Noru made landfall in the capital and northern provinces, leaving…

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Fed on eggs and beer, Vietnam’s oxen race in muddy festival

Their stomachs full of eggs, beer, and coconut water, Nguyen Van Liet’s prized white oxen streak ahead of their rivals to the cheer of tens of thousands of spectators in Vietnam’s…

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A boat, filled with Chinese nationals, rides low in the water before sinking, Thursday, Sept. 22, 2022.

Three Chinese dead after Cambodia boat sinking

The death toll from a capsized boat off Cambodia’s coast rose to three Chinese nationals on Saturday, with a further nine rescued in Vietnamese waters and eight still missing, Cambodian authorities said. The boat with 41 Chinese people on board…

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ASEAN region is forecast to lead the world in export growth over the next five years. (Photo by Z @dead____artist)

ASEAN highlighted in Global Trade Growth Atlas 2022

The newly release Global Trade Growth Atlas 2022 has put the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) in the spotlight because the region is forecast to lead the world in…

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Volunteer rescuers search in the sea for survivors close to the location where a boat carrying Chinese nationals sank off the coastal town of Sihanoukville, Cambodia September 23, 2022. REUTERS/Cindy Liu

Cambodia still searching for at least 10 Chinese missing from sunken boat

Cambodian rescuers were still searching on Saturday for at least 10 missing Chinese nationals after a boat with more than 40 people on board sank near islands off the coastal…

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Miss Grand Myanmar 2020 seeking refuge in another country

Miss Grand Myanmar 2020 Han Lay, says Myanmar police attached to their embassy in Bangkok tried to gain access to her, but she rejected their demand and, sought help from…

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Miss Grand Myanmar 2020 denied entry to Thailand

After arriving from Vietnam today (Tuesday), Han Lay, Miss Grand Myanmar 2020, was denied entry to Thailand at Suvarnabhumi International Airport in Bangkok by immigration officials for not having a…

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Malaysia’s Foreign Minister Saifuddin Abdullah speaks during a news conference after ASEAN Summit in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, October 28, 2021. REUTERS/Lim Huey Teng

As U.N. mulls Myanmar action, Malaysia pushes ASEAN to review peace plan

Southeast Asian nations must decide if they are going to push ahead with a so-far failed five-point peace plan for Myanmar or “decide what’s next” before their leaders meet in November, Malaysia‘s Foreign Minister Saifuddin Abdullah…

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Myanmar military officers march as military helicopters hover above them during a parade to commemorate 71st Armed Forces Day in Naypyitaw, Myanmar, Sunday, March 27, 2016. (AP Photo/Aung Shine Oo)

Witnesses: Myanmar air attack kills 13, including 7 children

Government helicopters have attacked a school and village in north-central Myanmar, killing at least 13 people including seven children, a school administrator and an aid worker said Monday. Civilian casualties often…

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Thai troops on alert for a new narcotic from Myanmar’s Tachilek township

Thai military forces based along the Myanmar border in the northern province of Chiang Rai have stepped up border surveillance, especially in Mae Sai district, to prevent the smuggling of…

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Seven dead in Indonesia mine landslide: district chief

Indonesian rescuers have recovered seven bodies after a landslide at an illegal gold mine buried an estimated 20 people, officials said on Saturday. The victims were mining gold on a…

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Residents evacuate following an earthquake, in Mentawai Islands, Indonesia, in this picture obtained from social media. Instagram/@julihasanah_/via REUTERS

Hundreds evacuated in west Indonesia after magnitude 6.1 earthquake

JAKARTA, Sept 11 (Reuters) – About 200 people evacuated to higher ground after an earthquake of magnitude 6.1 struck islands in western Indonesia on Sunday, causing some property damage, the…

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Vietnam’s VinFast hands over first electric SUVs, eyes U.S. deliveries

Vietnamese carmaker VinFast on Saturday (September 10) began handing its first batch of 100 all-electric sport utility vehicles (SUVs) over to local customers, with U.S. deliveries of the vehicle due…

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Magnitude 6.2 earthquake strikes Papua, Indonesia, no tsunami warning -BMKG

An earthquake of magnitude 6.2 struck the region of Papua in Indonesia on Saturday and has no potential to trigger a tsunami, the country’s geophysics agency (BMKG) said. The quake struck about…

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Last international telco in Myanmar sold

Telecom giant Ooredoo has reportedly sold its Myanmar operations to a Singapore based company for US$576,000,000. The last of the internationally based telcos in Myanmar, it was reported by Reuters…

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23 dead, 11 injured in Vietnam karaoke bar fire

The death toll from a fire that tore through a karaoke bar in southern Vietnam has risen to 23, an official said Wednesday. The blaze engulfed the second floor of…

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Protesters take part in a demonstration escorted by fighters against the military coup in Sagaing Township in the Sagaing Division of Myanmar on September 7, 2022. (Photo by AFP)

Myanmar dissidents seek an ‘ASEAN-Plus’ forum to end crisis

Myanmar’s dissident groups have proposed the establishment of an ASEAN-Plus inclusive platform to engage all stakeholders in resolving the ongoing political crises in the military-ruled country, the United Nations Special…

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A handout picture taken and released by the Russian Foreign Ministry press service on August 3, 2022, shows Min Aung Hlaing, Myanmar Senior General and Chairman of the State Administration Council attending a meeting with Russian Foreign Minister in Naypyidaw. (Photo by HANDOUT / RUSSIAN FOREIGN MINISTRY / AFP)

Myanmar junta leader to visit Russia

The leader of Myanmar’s military junta will travel to Russia next week for economic talks, state media in the Southeast Asian nation reported Saturday. Min Aung Hlaing’s visit comes as…

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This general view shows the Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon on February 1, 2022. (Photo by AFP)

Myanmar jails Britain’s former ambassador and spouse for a year

Sept 2 (Reuters) – A court in Myanmar has jailed a former British ambassador and her spouse for one year for violating immigration laws, sources and media said on Friday,…

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Myanmar’s State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi attends the 10th ASEAN-UN Summit in Bangkok on November 3, 2019, on the sidelines of the 35th Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit. (Photo by Manan VATSYAYANA / AFP)

Myanmar’s Suu Kyi sentenced to three years for electoral fraud: source

A Myanmar junta court sentenced ousted leader Aung San Suu Kyi to three years in jail “with hard labour” on Friday, for electoral fraud in the 2020 polls that her…

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Rosmah Mansor (C), the wife of the jailed former prime minister Najib Razak, arrives for the verdict in her corruption trial at the high court in Kuala Lumpur on September 1, 2022. (Photo by Mohd RASFAN / AFP)

Rosmah Mansor, wife of Malaysia’s ex-leader, convicted of corruption

Rosmah Mansor, the wife of Malaysia’s ex-premier Najib Razak, was found guilty of graft on Thursday and sentenced to 10 years in jail with a $216 million fine, just over…

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Rosmah Mansor, wife of Malaysia’s former Prime Minister Najib Razak, leaves Kuala Lumpur High Court in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, February 5, 2020. REUTERS/Lim Huey Teng/File Photo

Malaysian court to deliver verdict in corruption trial of former first lady Rosmah

KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 1 (Reuters) – Rosmah Mansor, the wife of former prime minister Najib Razak, arrived in court on Thursday to hear the verdict on charges against her of…

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Cambodian authorities with drugs seized from a drug bust in Phnom Penh in which a Thai suspect was shot dead. Photo courtesy of the Khmer Times

Thai killed in Phnom Penh drug bust shoot-out

A Thai drug suspect was shot dead and three others were arrested in a drug bust in the Cambodian capital of Phnom Penh on Wednesday, according to Cambodian media. The…

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A television screen broadcasting live video footage of Dr Sotheara Chhim testifying at the Extraodinary Chambers of the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) in Phnom Penh on August 25, 2009. – Chimm is among the winners of the 2022 Ramon Magsaysay Award – considered Asia’s Nobel Prize. (Photo by TANG CHHIN Sothy / AFP)

Cambodian psychiatrist helping genocide survivors wins ‘Asia’s Nobel Prize’

A Cambodian psychiatrist treating victims of the Khmer Rouge and a French environmentalist cleaning up Indonesian rivers were among the winners Wednesday of the 2022 Ramon Magsaysay Award — considered…

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A shopkeeper counts the Myanmar kyat currency at his shop in Pazontaung market in Yangon on March 21, 2020. (Photo by Ye Aung THU / AFP)

Myanmar Kyat exchange rate reaches record low

On August 27th, the value of the Myanmar Kyat (MMK) to the US Dollar (USD) hit a record low at 3,400 MMK/US$1.  Similarly, the price of the Baht strengthened against…

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Former UK Ambassador to Myanmar, Vicky Bowman

Ex-UK Ambassador arrested for alleged breach of Myanmar’s immigration law

Former United Kingdom Ambassador to Myanmar, Vicky Bowman, was reportedly arrested on the night of August 24th, when security forces went to her residence in Yangon, claiming that she needed…

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FILE – A supporter of the Philippine LGBT (Lesbians Gays Bisexual Transgender) group poses before the rainbow flag during the annual celebration of “Pride March” June 30, 2018, in Marikina city, east of Manila, Philippines. / AP

End of Singapore’s gay sex ban is small step in Asia-Pacific

Singapore’s decision to decriminalize sex between men is being hailed as a step in the right direction for LGBTQ rights in the Asia-Pacific region, a vast area of nearly 5…

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Top court upholds Malaysia ex-PM Najib’s jail sentence in 1MDB scandal

Malaysia’s highest court Tuesday upheld former prime minister Najib Razak’s 12-year jail sentence for corruption in the 1MDB financial scandal. “We find the appeal devoid of any merits. We find…

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Singapore to repeal colonial-era law against gay sex

Singapore’s Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong announced Sunday the country will repeal a colonial-era law criminalizing gay sex, though he maintained that the government will continue to “uphold” marriage as…

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Myanmar to clamp down harder on money transfers, social media

According to documents leaked online, the military-regime in Myanmar is attempting to clamp down on mobile banking and electronic money transfers. The leaked documents, which went viral on social media,…

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Taiwanese flags are seen as tourists walk past in Taiwan’s Kinmen islands on August 11, 2022. (Photo by Sam Yeh / AFP)

ASEAN wary of change in status quo in Taiwan strait

For years ASEAN has benefited from its ambiguous relations with Taiwan, while enjoying formal ties with mainland China. But the ongoing tensions in the Taiwan Strait might create a new normal…

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Activists carry umbrellas with the Burmese number “8” written on them. (Photo by Yangon People’s Strike)

Activists carry out annual ’88’ remembrance protests in Yangon

Despite a heavier than usual deployment of police and soldiers, activists in Yangon managed to carry out guerrilla protests in remembrance of the 88′ revolution. “I saw the kids that…

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Photo by Romeo GACAD / AFP

ASEAN reaffirms One China Policy

In responding to recent cross-strait developments, ASEAN’s foreign minister has called for all parties to exercise maximum restraint, refrain from provocative action and to adhere strictly to the principles contained…

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Activists including Myanmar nationals take part in a rally to protest against Myanmar’s junta execution of four prisoners, including a former lawmaker from Aung San Suu Kyi’s party, outside the United Nations University in Tokyo on July 26, 2022. / AFP

Myanmar’s execution of activists is an outrage

The military junta’s latest action has further worsened the prospect of a peace process in Myanmar. The ASEAN joint statement issued on Tuesday said it all: ASEAN denounces and is…

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Residents evacuate their building after a 7.1 magnitude earthquake, some 300 kilometers away, was felt in Manila on July 27, 2022. / AFP

7.1-magnitude earthquake hits northern Philippines: USGS

A 7.1-magnitude earthquake hit the northern Philippines Wednesday, the US Geological Survey said, shattering windows of buildings at the epicentre and shaking high-rise towers more than 300 kilometres (185 miles)…

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An activist takes part in a rally to protest against Myanmar’s junta execution of four prisoners, including including a former lawmaker from Aung San Suu Kyi’s party, outside the United Nations University in Tokyo on July 26, 2022. / AFP

Myanmar junta executes three more political prisoners, more anticipated

Three more political prisoners have been executed in Yangon Region’s infamous Insein Prison, according to sources. The identities of the three are unconfirmed so far and they were executed almost…

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(FILES) In this file photo taken on February 22, 2021, protesters take part in a demonstration against the military coup in Mandalay. – On February 1, 2022 Myanmar marks one year since a military coup that saw civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi detained and resulted in widespread dissent across the country. (Photo by AFP)

Myanmar junta executes four democracy activists

July 25 (Reuters) – Myanmar’s military authorities have executed four democracy activists accused of helping carry out “terror acts”, state media said on Monday, the Southeast Asian nation’s first executions…

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Police officers work at the scene after three people were killed in a shooting at Ateneo de Manila University in Quezon City, suburban Manila, on July 24, 2022. – Three people were killed July 24 in a rare shooting at a university in the Philippine capital Manila, officials said, in what appears to have been a targeted political assassination. (Photo by Maria Tan / AFP)

Three people killed in Philippine university shooting

AFP – Three people were killed Sunday in a rare shooting at a university in the Philippine capital Manila, officials said, in what appears to have been a targeted assassination. …

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OP-ED: The story of a man who needs help but who will be hanged in Singapore

Nazeri bin Lajim, a 64-year-old Singaporean, has only hours left to live. Singapore intends to execute him in the early hours of Friday morning. His family was informed by the…

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Employees work at the Suzuki car factory in the Thilawa special economic zone on the outskirts of Yangon on August 21, 2019. (Photo by AFP)

Motor vehicle factories in Myanmar under threat of closure

“We can no longer manufacture cars (here) of the brand for which I hold dealership status. We are continuing to sell what we have left. I think other car brands,…

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US ambassador-nominee to Thailand Robert F. Godec during testimony at Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

US ambassador-nominee pledges to help Thais pressure Myanmar junta

The Biden administration’s nominee for US ambassador to Thailand said on Wednesday that he would press Bangkok to reduce its dependence on oil and gas from neighbouring Myanmar, where the…

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A matter of rice and death in Myanmar

Myanmar, a developing nation, relies heavily on exports of raw ingredients, of which agricultural exports make up nearly 10%. According to a recent Bloomberg report, Myanmar’s Rice Federation had set a…

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A man adjusts a CCTV camera at the stall of the video surveillance product maker Dahua Technology at the Security China 2018 exhibition on public safety and security in Beijing, China October 23, 2018. REUTERS/Thomas Peter

Myanmar’s junta rolls out Chinese camera surveillance systems in more cities

SINGAPORE, July 11 (Reuters) – Myanmar’s junta government is installing Chinese-built cameras with facial recognition capabilities in more cities across the country, three people with direct knowledge of the matter…

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US Secretary of State Antony Blinken (L) meets with Thailand’s Prime Minister Prayut Chan-O-Cha at the Government House in Bangkok on July 10, 2022. (Photo by Stefani Reynolds / POOL / AFP)

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken meets Thailand’s PM in Bangkok

US Secretary of State, Antony Blinken, met with Thailand’s Prime Minister, Prayut Chan-o-cha, and Foreign Affairs Minister, Don Pramudwinai, on Sunday, as part of his Southeast Asia tour. Prime Minister…

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US Secretary of State hails the signing of documents as taking Thai-US ties into the 21st century

The signing in Bangkok today (Sunday) of the Communique on Strategic Alliance and Partnership and the Memorandum of Understanding to Promote Supply Chain Resilience,between Thailand and the United States, will…

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(Photo by ROMEO GACAD / POOL / AFP)

Brussels to host first ASEAN-EU summit in December

ASEAN leaders will join their EU counterparts in Belgium in December for their first summit, according to an informed source. The summit will reportedly be held on December 14th and…

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PM says incursion of Myanmar jet into Thai airspace not a big deal

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha said today (Friday) that the incursion into Thai airspace of a Myanmar MiG-29 jet, which flew over Tak province yesterday, is not a big deal, noting…

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Battle for Myanmar military base continues

The Oukayithta military base, located in the northern Myawaddy Township in Kayin State, came under attack on June 26th. A major offensive was launched by the Karen National Defence Organization…

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Thai air force scrambles fighters after alleged incursion by Myanmar aircraft

The Royal Thai Air Force sent two F-16 jet fighters after an aircraft, believed to be a MiG 29 of the Myanmar air force, was found to have intruded into…

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Myanmar’s Aung San Suu Kyi in November 2019 (Photo by Manan VATSYAYANA / AFP)

Myanmar’s Suu Kyi moved to solitary confinement in jail – military

June 24 (Reuters) – Myanmar military authorities have transferred deposed leader Aung San Suu Kyi to a prison in the capital from an undisclosed location where she had been held…

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Sara Duterte, second from left, the daughter of outgoing populist president of the Philippines, takes her oath as vice president during rites in her hometown in Davao city, southern Philippines on Sunday, June 19, 2022. Duterte clinched a landslide electoral victory despite her father’s human rights record that saw thousands of drug suspects gunned down. Also in photo are, from left, Supreme Court Justice Ramon Paul Hernando, her mother Elizabeth Zimmerman and Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte. (AP Photo/Manman Dejeto)

Duterte’s daughter takes oath as Philippine vice president

MANILA (AP) — Sara Duterte, the daughter of the outgoing populist president of the Philippines, took her oath Sunday as vice president following a landslide electoral victory she clinched despite…

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Cambodian-US human rights advocate Theary Seng, dressed as Lady Liberty, is arrested by police after being found guilty of treason in her trial in front of the Phnom Penh municipal court on June 14, 2022. (Photo by Samuel / AFP)

Cambodia convicts opposition figures in mass trial

A Phnom Penh court convicted around 60 opposition figures including an outspoken US-Cambodian activist in a mass trial Tuesday as long-serving leader Hun Sen cracks down on dissent ahead of…

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Cambodia’s Prime Minister Hun Sen (Photo by TANG CHHIN Sothy / AFP)

Hun Sen appeals to Myanmar to reconsider death sentences

Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen, the current ASEAN chair, has asked Myanmar’s junta to reconsider the death sentences imposed on individuals opposed to them, according to his letter of June…

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Malaysia government agrees to axe mandatory death penalty

Kuala Lumpur (AFP) – Malaysia’s government said Friday it has agreed to abolish the mandatory death penalty, with campaigners welcoming the move but cautioning the country had failed to deliver on previous…

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Cambodia’s Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Prak Sokhonn addresses the 74th session of the United Nations General Assembly, Saturday, Sept. 28, 2019. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)

ASEAN special envoy to visit Myanmar later this month

ASEAN special envoy, Cambodia’s Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Prak Sokhonn, will make his second trip to Myanmar, on June 29th and 30th, to follow up on the implementation…

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General Zaw Min Tun, Spokesperson for Myanmar’s State Administration Council (SAC)

Myanmar sentences two politicians to death

Spokesperson for Myanmar’s State Administration Council (SAC), General Zaw Min Tun, has confirmed that four prisoners, two of whom are politicians, will be sentenced to death. The four include ex-NLD…

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(File) Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi (SAM PANTHAKY / AFP)

Indonesia summons India envoy over ‘derogatory’ Prophet remarks

Indonesia has summoned India’s envoy in Jakarta over “derogatory” remarks made about the Prophet Mohammed by two officials of the South Asian country’s ruling party, the foreign ministry said Tuesday. The move by the most populous Muslim-majority country came after…

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Cambodian election officials count ballots at a polling station during local commune elections in Phnom Penh on June 5, 2022. (Photo by TANG CHHIN Sothy / AFP)

Cambodia ruling party scores landslide local poll win

AFP – Cambodia’s ruling party won a landslide victory in local polls, preliminary results released by the country’s National Election Committee showed Monday. The country voted Sunday with opposition figures…

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This frame grab from Lao National TV video footage taken on October 16, 2021 via AFPTV shows the Lane Xang bullet train at the Vientiane Railway Station in Vientiane. – A new 6 billion USD Chinese-built railway line opens in Laos on December 3, bringing hopes of an economic boost to the reclusive nation, but experts are questioning the benefits of a project that has seen thousands of farmers evicted from their land. (Photo by various sources / AFP)

New Thai-Lao strategic impetus, rail connectivity

The Lao PDR has come a long way, from a land-locked nation to a land-linked hub. Since last December, with a high-speed train linking Southern China to Vientiane up and…

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Senior US defence officials to visit Thailand

Senior US defence officials will visit Thailand next week to strengthen ties with its ally in the Indo-Pacific. ADM John Aquilino, Indo-Pacific Commander, is reportedly scheduled to stopover in Bangkok…

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Myanmar junta says will carry out first judicial executions in decades

Myanmar’s junta will execute a former lawmaker from Aung San Suu Kyi’s party and a prominent democracy activist, both of whom were convicted of terrorism, in the country’s first judicial…

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Thailand, Lao PDR enhance ties as Laotian PM makes visit

Thailand and neighbouring Lao PDR enhance ties on Wednesday, as Laotian Prime Minister Phankham Viphavanh made his first official visit since assuming office last year, with bilateral ties elevated to…

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One killed, nine injured by explosion in Myanmar’s Yangon on Tuesday

An explosion was reported in downtown Yangon yesterday (Tuesday) afternoon, injuring at least 10 civilians, one of whom died en route to hospital. According to eye witnesses and local news…

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Cambodia’s Foreign Minister Prak Sokhonn, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) special envoy to Myanmar, speaks during a press conference at Phnom Penh international airport on March 23, 2022. (Photo by TANG CHHIN Sothy / AFP)

ASEAN envoy to make another visit to Myanmar

The ASEAN special envoy on Myanmar Prak Sokhonn will pay another visit to the strife-torn country next month in a renewed attempt to seek a peaceful end to its ongoing…

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Boat carrying 43 capsized in Indonesia, 26 missing

An Indonesian ship with 43 people onboard capsized off Indonesia’s Sulawesi island after it ran out of fuel, the search and rescue agency said on Saturday (May 28), as search…

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Representatives of 193 countries discuss disaster risk mitigation in Indonesia

About 5,000 representatives of governments, the private sector and civil societies from 193 countries are in Bali, Indonesia, to attend the 7th session of the Global Platform (GP2022), convened by…

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Rescued ferry passengers sitting onboard another ferry off Real town, Quezon province in Philippines. (Photo by Philippine Coastguard / AFP)

Seven killed after fire engulfs Philippine ferry

At least seven people were killed and scores plucked to safety in the Philippines on Monday after a fire ripped through a ferry and forced passengers to jump overboard, the…

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ASEAN-US summit: Long on talk, short on substance

Only diplomatic platitudes in the joint vision statement plus a small financial package demonstrated the Joe Biden administration’s commitment to maintain momentum in the US’ Indo-Pacific strategy in Southeast Asia,…

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Devotees light lanterns during Vesak day celebration at the Borobudur temple in Magelang, central Java on May 16, 2022. (Photo by JUNI KRISWANTO / AFP)

Vesak Day celebration in Borobudur with thousands of lanterns

Indonesia organized the 2566 Vesak day celebration at the Borobudur temple in Central Java, local media TVRI reported. The event, by the Indonesian Buddhists Council and the Indonesian Buddhists Association,…

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Thailand’s regional strategies revealed at the ASEAN-US summit

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-cha, speaking at the special ASEAN-US summit, revealed Thailand’s regional strategies, which will promote peace and resilience in the post-pandemic era. He outlined three priorities for the…

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U.S. President Joe Biden poses for a group photograph with leaders from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) during a special U.S.-ASEAN summit at the White House in Washington, U.S., May 12, 2022. REUTERS/Leah Millis

ASEAN puts US request for “Comprehensive Strategic Partnership” on hold

In an unexpected diplomatic move, ASEAN has decided to delay the granting of “comprehensive strategic partnership”status, or CSP, to the US until November, according to an informed source. The source,…

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US President Joe Biden (L) and leaders from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) arrive for a group photo on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, DC, May 12, 2022. (Photo by Nicholas Kamm / AFP)

ASEAN and the US agree on a joint vision statement

ASEAN foreign ministers have reached an agreement with the US over the joint vision statement, which contains 27 paragraphs containing 2,695 words, covering the whole gamut of their relations in…

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US President Joe Biden (C) and leaders from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) pose for a group photo on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, DC, May 12, 2022. – Posing (from L), Secretary-General of the Association for Southeast Asian Nations Dato Lim Jock Hoi, Vietnamese Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh, Thailand Prime Minister Prayut Chan-ocha, Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen, Sultan of Brunei Haji Hassanal Bolkiah, Biden, Indonesian President Joko Widodo, Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, Laos Prime Minister Phankham Viphavan, Malaysian Prime Minister Dato’ Sri Ismail Sabri bin Yaakob and Philippines Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. (Photo by Nicholas Kamm / AFP)

Biden welcomes Southeast Asian leaders with energy, maritime pledges

(AFP) – President Joe Biden on Thursday welcomed Southeast Asian leaders to Washington with promises to support clean energy and maritime security, hoping to showcase a US commitment as China…

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File Philippine election campaign photo(AP Photo/Aaron Favila)

The Bongbong paradox

Some call it “Beauty of democracy”. Under authoritarian regimes, Ferdinand Marcos Jr, or Bongbong, wouldn’t stand a chance. For the son of someone who had been dislodged from power to…

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US President Joe Biden took part in the ASEAN-US Summit on the sidelines of the 2021 Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) summits held online on a live video conference in Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei. (Photo by Handout / ASEAN Summit 2021 / AFP)

US-ASEAN Summit needs concrete results to be more than a talkshop

The leaders of ASEAN countries will meet with US President Joe Biden in Washington D.C. on May 12-13 for a special summit to commemorate the 45th anniversary of diplomatic relations…

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Students and activists gather outside the Commission on Elections to protest its unofficial tally of the national elections, showing presidential candidate Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. on course to win the presidency, in Manila, Philippines, May 10, 2022 / REUTERS

Protests break out as Philippines election returns a Marcos to presidency

MANILA (Reuters) – The Philippines woke to a new but familiar political landscape on Tuesday, after an election triumph by Ferdinand Marcos Jr. paved the way for a once unimaginable return to the…

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Presidential aspirant Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr., the son and namesake of the late dictator, casts his vote in the 2022 national election at Mariano Marcos Memorial Elementary School in Batac, Ilocos Norte, Philippines, May 9, 2022 / REUTERS

Marcos, son of strongman, triumphs in Philippines presidential election

MANILA (Reuters) – Ferdinand Marcos Jr clinched a stunning runaway victory in the Philippines’ presidential election on Monday in the first win by a majority since a 1986 revolution that toppled his late…

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Supporters of presidential candidate Ferdinand Marcos Jr., son of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos, and his running mate Sara Duterte, daughter of President Rodrigo Duterte, wave flags during a campaign rally in Paranaque City, suburban Manila on May 7, 2022, days ahead of the May 9 presidential election. (Photo by Ted ALJIBE / AFP)

Marcos Jr eyes landslide as Philippines votes for new president

Batac City (AFP) – Millions of Filipinos thronged primary schools and other polling stations Monday to elect a new president, with the son of former dictator Ferdinand Marcos the favourite to win…

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This photo taken on March 25, 2022 shows Philippine presidential candidate Ferdinand Marcos Jr delivering a speech prior to introducing his son Ferdinand Alexander “Sandro” Marcos (back R) during a proclamation rally in Laoag, Ilocos norte province, north of Manila. (Photo by Ted ALJIBE / AFP)

Marcos Jr on verge of historic win as Philippine presidential campaign ends

The son of late Philippine dictator Ferdinand Marcos was set to address hundreds of thousands of supporters Saturday on the final day of presidential election campaigning, as polls showed him…

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People take part in a rally calling for a honest election in Manila on May 6, 2022, ahead of the May 9 presidential election. (Photo by CHAIDEER MAHYUDDIN / AFP)

Dirty tricks allegations mar last days of Philippine election campaign

Philippine election rivals traded allegations of dirty tricks and vote-rigging Friday, in the final stretch of an acerbic campaign that is tipped to bring the son of former dictator Ferdinand…

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U.S. President Joe Biden participates virtually with the ASEAN summit from an auditorium at the White House in Washington, U.S. October 26, 2021. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

ASEAN seeks US support for peace efforts in Ukraine

ASEAN hopes the US will play a constructive role in backing an ASEAN effort to maintain peace and stability, to mitigate the negative impacts of the Ukraine conflict. Director General…

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Cambodia begins construction of 1.5-bln-USD seaport in southwest province

Cambodia started to build a 1.5-billion- U.S. dollar logistics and multi-purpose seaport on Thursday in the southwestern Kampot province, aiming to enhance the kingdom’s logistics and transportation sector, officials said….

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The Association of the Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) flag (R) leads the flags of the 10-member countries during the ASEAN Regional Forum meeting in Singapore on July 23, 2008. The ASEAN-member countires are Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam. AFP PHOTO/ROMEO GACAD/POOL (Photo by ROMEO GACAD / POOL / AFP)

ASEAN’s joint statement on facing common global challenges

Amid dramatic shifts in the strategic landscape, and their negative impacts on global peace and stability, Cambodia, Indonesia and Thailand issued a joint statement today (Wednesday) on their respective roles…

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Thailand’s press freedom ranking improves this year

Thailand’s global press freedom ranking has improved, as the country ranks 115 out of 180 countries in this year’s World Press Freedom index, a jump from 137 in 2021. Countries…

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Street vendors wait for customers during a power outage in Yangon on March 3, 2022. (Photo by AFP)

Concern grows over even more scheduled power cuts in Myanmar

Myanmar will see even more frequent power cuts, starting this month, according to local news media Khit Thit. The article, posted on May 3rd, cites civil servants at the power…

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This general view shows the Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon on February 1, 2022. (Photo by AFP)

ASEAN will discuss humanitarian aid for Myanmar on May 6th

Cambodia, the current chair of ASEAN, is to hold a high-level consultative meeting on May 6th, to discuss ways and means ofproviding humanitarian assistance to Myanmar, according to an informed…

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Indonesian navy arrests two crude palm oil smuggling foreign tankers

The Indonesian navy arrested two foreign-flagged tankers attempting to smuggle crude palm oil or CPO. The navy arrested mt world tanker on its way from Dumai in Riau province to…

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Indonesia to lift the ban on palm oil export when domestic market well supplied

President Joko Widodo has ensured that the ban on the export of cooking oil and its raw materials will be lifted only if the cooking oil supply in the market…

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Malaysia to lift more COVID curbs, eases mask mandate

KUALA LUMPUR, April 27 (Reuters) – Malaysia will ease more COVID-19 curbs from the start of next month, including lifting restrictions on those who are not vaccinated against the coronavirus…

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(FILES) Aung San Suu Kyi / AFP

Myanmar’s Suu Kyi sentenced to five more years in prison

Aung San Suu Kyi has been sentenced to another five years in prison, according to an unidentified official in the judiciary sector. On Wednesday, rumours regarding the former State Counsellor’s…

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Mout Batur, South Batur, Indonesia. (Photo by Anatoliy Shostak)

Bali to deport man for dancing naked at sacred mountain

A Canadian actor and self-proclaimed wellness guru is facing deportation from Indonesia’s Bali island after a video of him dancing naked at a sacred mountain went viral. Jeffrey Craigen posted…

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(FILE) Pornpimol Kanchanalak, Advisor to the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Thailand

Thailand names first special envoy on Myanmar

Thailand’s Foreign Minister Don Pramudwinai appointed Pornpimol Kanchanalak as the country’s first special envoy on Myanmar today (Tuesday). Pornpimol is currently serving as an advisor on foreign policy to Don….

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Malaysia is confident it can meet global demand for palm oil

The global demand for palm oil is likely to switch to Malaysia after Indonesia’s export ban. Malaysia’s Plantation Industries and Commodities Minister, Zuraida Kamaruddin says Malaysia is confident it can…

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Myanmar immigration building near Thai border car bombed Saturday night

A car bomb exploded at the Myanmar immigration building, on the approach to the First Thai-Myanmar Friendship Bridge, opposite Thailand’s Mae Sot district of Tak province, setting fire to the…

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Fuel shortages in Myanmar lead to a scramble at petrol stations

On the morning of April 19th, a wave of panic hit Myanmar citizens as rumours of fuel shortages went viral on social media. The rumours started following a supposed internal…

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ASEAN-US special summit is scheduled for May 12-13

After several rounds of negotiations over the dates for the second special ASEAN-US summit, both sides have now agreed to meet in Washington DC on May 12th and 13th, 2022,…

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