Vietnam to welcome more international visitors with unlimited re-entry 90 days visa

An extension of the E-visa to 90 days is expected to lure more oversea tourists to Vietnam. Starting on August 15, upon being granted an e-visa, a visitor can enter…

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Cambodia bans exiled opposition figurehead from running for office

Cambodia on Monday banned exiled opposition figurehead Sam Rainsy from running for office for 25 years after he urged people to spoil their ballots at this weekend’s general election. Sixteen…

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Myanmar resistance asks US for US$500 million in non-lethal aid

Myanmar’s armed resistance groups are asking the US government for over half a billion dollars in humanitarian and non-lethal aid to help them oust the country’s military regime, including money…

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Indian tourists flock to Southeast Asia as China’s reopening falters

Indian tourists are streaming into Southeast Asia, cementing the world most populous country’s position as a key growth market for a travel and tourism sector that is feeling the pinch…

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[FILE] Protesters hold images of detained civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi and a flag of Myanmar during a demonstration outside the Embassy of Myanmar in Bangkok on February 1, 2023, to mark the second anniversary of the coup in Myanmar. (Photo by Jack TAYLOR / AFP)

Anti-military groups doubt news of Thai FM meeting with Suu Kyi

Many people, including groups that are openly against the current military-led government in Myanmar, are doubting the claims of a meeting and discussion between Thai Foreign Minister Don Pramudwinai and…

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(FILES) A Tesla Model S sedan is plugged into a Tesla Supercharger electrical vehicle charging station in Falls Church, Virginia, February 13, 2023. (Photo by SAUL LOEB / AFP)

Malaysia PM holds virtual talks with Musk on Tesla investment

Malaysia’s Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim said Friday he held a virtual meeting with tycoon Elon Musk on electric car-maker Tesla’s foray into his country, as well as supplies of low-cost…

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Hun Sen defends comments regarding Pita’s failure

Cambodia’s Prime Minister Hun Sen has defended statements he made concerning the failure of Thai prime ministerial candidate Pita Limjaroenrat to secure enough votes to be elected to lead Thailand….

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An empty seat (L) of Myanmar’s Foreign Minister is seen during the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Foreign Ministers’ interface meeting with ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights Representatives as part of the ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ Meeting in Jakarta on July 11, 2023. (Photo by BAY ISMOYO / POOL / AFP)

ASEAN FMs view Thailand’s role in Myanmar as “positive”

Foreign ministers of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), winding up their meeting in Jakarta on Thursday, reiterated condemnation of the ongoing violence in Myanmar and welcomed Thailand’s role in…

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Indonesia’s Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi (Adi WEDA / POOL / AFP)

Wording on Myanmar delays ASEAN joint communique

ASEAN foreign ministers, winding up their meeting in Jakarta, could not agree on the wording of their joint communique, concerning the current situation in Myanmar, according to an informed ASEAN…

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ASEAN struggles for unity on Myanmar conflict

Southeast Asian countries struggling for unity on how to achieve peace in Myanmar were expected on Thursday to release a statement on their deliberations at a conference this week, with…

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ASEAN chair Indonesia has little to show for Myanmar peace drive – diplomats

Indonesia, working on behalf of southeast Asian nations, has little to show so far for its intense behind-the-scenes efforts to bridge gaps between factions in Myanmar’s conflict, diplomatic sources say….

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Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi is hosting two days of talks with Southeast Asian ministers © AJENG DINAR ULFIANA / POOL/AFP

ASEAN chair Indonesia urges political solution to Myanmar crisis

ASEAN chair Indonesia on Wednesday urged a political solution to the Myanmar crisis at regional talks where Thailand’s envoy announced he met the country’s deposed democratic leader Aung San Suu Kyi last week. Myanmar has been ravaged by deadly violence…

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Singapore bank to close Myanmar airline accounts

Singapore-based United Overseas Bank (UOB) will shut down all accounts belonging and relating to Myanmar’s Myanmar Airways International (MAI) by August 15th. Documents, supposedly leaked from within MAI, show that…

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Foreign Minister Don Pramudwinai attends the Asean Foreign Ministers’ Meeting in Jakarta on July 11.//AFP

Thai FM says met Myanmar’s Suu Kyi in first foreign envoy meeting since 2021 coup

Thailand’s foreign minister met with ousted Myanmar democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi last week, he told reporters Wednesday, her first known meeting with a foreign envoy since she was…

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Indonesia seizes Iran-flagged tanker over suspected crude oil transfer

Indonesian maritime authorities seized an Iranian-flagged tanker carrying more than 200,000 metric tons of light crude oil after a suspected illegal transfer at sea, they said Tuesday. Iran has been…

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US Embassy joins discussions on the future of Myanmar children in Ang Thong

Thailand, with participation from the US Embassy in Bangkok, discussed on Tuesday how to handle the remaining Myanmar children retrieved from a school in Ang Thong province. Deputy national police…

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(L-R) Malaysian Foreign Minister Zambry Abdul Kadir, Philippines’ Foreign Secretary Enrique Manalo, Singaporean Foreign Minister Vivian Balakrishnan, Thailand’s Foreign Minister Don Pramudwinai, Vietnam’s Foreign Minister Bui Thanh Son, Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi, Laos’ Foreign Minister Saleumxay Kommasith, Brunei’s Second Minister of Foreign Affairs Erywan Yusof, Cambodia’s Foreign Minister Prak Sokhonn, East Timor’s Foreign Minister Bendito Freitas and ASEAN Secretary General Kao Kim Hourn pose for a family photo during the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Foreign Ministers’ Meeting in Jakarta on July 11//AFP

Myanmar crisis tops agenda at divided ASEAN foreign ministers’ meeting

ASEAN foreign ministers gathered in Indonesia on Tuesday for talks dominated by the crisis in Myanmar, with the regional bloc divided over how or whether to reengage with the coup-wracked…

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Cambodian PM Hun Sen urges Ukraine not to use US cluster bombs

Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen, whose country still grapples with deadly war remnants, on Sunday urged Ukraine not to use cluster bombs, after Washington announced plans to send the weapons…

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[FILE] Malaysia’s Foreign Minister Zambry Abd Kadir, Philippine’s Foreign Secretary Enrique Manalo, Singapore’s Senoir Officer Leader Albert Chua, Thailand’s Foreign Minister Don Pramudwinai, Vietnam’s Foreign Minister Bui Thanh Son, Indonesia’s Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi, Laos’ Foreign Minister Saleumxay Kommasith, Brunei’s Senior Officer Leader Johariah Wahab, Cambodia’s Foreign Minister Prak Sokhonn, East Timor’s Foreign Minister Adaljiza Xavier Magno and the ASEAN Secretary General Kao Kim Hourn pose for a family photo during the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Foreign Ministers Meeting ahead of the 42nd ASEAN Summit in Labuan Bajo on May 9, 2023. (Photo by MAST IRHAM / POOL / AFP)

Myanmar crisis to dominate ASEAN foreign ministers’ retreat

The Myanmar crisis and the implementation of the 5-point consensus (5PC) will dominate the scheduled ASEAN retreat on July 12th, according to a highly placed source. The source said that…

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Philippines writes off $1 bn in farmer debt to boost food production

Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos on Friday wrote off $1.04 billion in land-related debt owed by more than half a million farmers, a move aimed at boosting food production. The “New…

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Blinken to seek ASEAN pushback on China, pressure on Myanmar

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken will seek in talks with Southeast Asian nations next week to push back on China and to pressure Myanmar’s junta, a top aide said…

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AMCHAM stresses next leadership should drive solid development  

Thailand’s next leader should implement policies for solid development, to solve issues in the domestic economy, the bureaucratic system, and leverage cooperation with neighbouring countries, according to President of American…

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China can set an example for the ASEAN no-nuke treaty

China becoming a signatory to the ASEAN no-nuclear weapons treaty could persuade other nuclear powers to consider their accession, a senior Thai official said today (Thursday). During the weekly press…

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NHRC to stop 126 undocumented Myanmar children from being repatriated

Thailand’s National Human Rights Commission will try to stop 126 undocumented students from Myanmar being repatriated, after the Ang Thong primary education office became suspicious that they might have been…

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Multiple attacks on security forces in Yangon Friday night

A group of armed anti-military forces announced that they carried out attacks on six locations on Friday night, July 5th. The group, supposedly a coalition of urban guerrillas, led by…

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Vietnam probes Blackpink concert organiser over South China Sea map

Vietnam has launched an inspection into K-pop group Blackpink’s tour organiser’s website, ahead of its concert in Hanoi, over criticism from fans that it shows a map of the South…

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In this handout photo taken on June 30, 2023 and received from the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) on July 5, a Chinese Coast Guard ship allegedly blocks Philippine Coast Guard patrol ship Malabrigo, as it escorts a Philippine Navy re-supply mission near Second Thomas Shoal in the disputed South China sea. (Photo by Handout / Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) / AFP)

Philippine Coast Guard accuses Chinese boats of ‘dangerous’ manoeuvres

The Philippine Coast Guard on Wednesday accused Chinese patrol vessels of blocking two of its boats in the disputed South China Sea, describing their actions as “very dangerous”.  China claims…

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Cambodia bans members of Meta’s Oversight Board over Facebook row

Cambodia blacklisted 22 people on the Oversight Board for Facebook’s parent company Meta on Tuesday after they recommended premier Hun Sen’s account be suspended over a video in which he…

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Bye bye ‘Barbie’: Vietnam bans new movie over South China Sea map

Vietnam has banned the upcoming “Barbie” movie from cinemas over scenes with a map showing China’s claims to territory in the South China Sea, state media reported Monday. The fantasy…

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Suicides in Singapore reportedly rise to 22-year high

Suicides in Singapore rose nearly 26 percent last year to their highest level in more than two decades, reflecting the “unseen mental distress” in the city-state, according to a local…

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Ailing Thai elephant finally back home after 22 years in Sri Lanka

Sak Surin, the Thai elephant which has been in Sri Lanka for the past 22 years, arrived safely in Chiang Mai at about 2pm today (Sunday) on a 5-hour chartered…

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Hun Manet, Commander of the Royal Cambodian Army and eldest son of Prime Minister Hun Sen, campaigns with his wife Pich Chanmony during a rally for the ruling Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) ahead of the upcoming election in Phnom Penh on July 1, 2023. (Photo by Tang Chhin Sothy / AFP)

Hun Sen’s son kicks off election campaign for Cambodia’s ruling party

Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen kicked off a three-week election campaign on Saturday, with his party poised to sweep the one-sided contest after the top challenger was barred from taking…

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Vietnam on course to achieve USD 54 billion export target

Vietnam’s export turnover of agricultural, forestry, and fishery products grew in the first six months of the year, despite not performing as well as last year. This indicates positive signs…

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Cambodian PM Hun Sen dumps Facebook on eve of poll campaign

Cambodian leader Hun Sen, a prolific Facebook user, vowed on Thursday to quit posting on the popular social media platform, days before he launches a re-election campaign. Facebook announced Thursday…

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In a first, India gifts active warship to Vietnam

An active duty missile corvette of the Indian Navy is on its way to Vietnam as a gift, the first warship given by India to any country. The domestically built…

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Challenges of Thailand’s policies concerning Myanmar refugees 

Thailand shares more than 3,000km of land and sea borders with Myanmar. So, when conflicts break out in the neighbouring country, Thailand’s border towns are always impacted. Despite there being…

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Voices of Myanmar refugees on Thailand’s policies and laws

After the February 2021 coup and violent crackdown on the people of Myanmar, many were forced to leave their homes and the situation has been deteriorating. While more and more…

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Hun Sen orders troops to border provinces after drones overfly Cambodia

Cambodia’s Prime Minister Hun Sen ordered 500 troops and 200 anti-aircraft weapons systems to four northeastern provinces bordering Vietnam on Tuesday, to hunt down drones that allegedly violated the country’s…

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Myanmar torches illicit drugs worth $180m on World Drug Day, says state media

Myanmar on Monday (June 26) torched $179.5 million worth of seized illegal drugs and conducted a ceremony in Yangon to mark World Drug Day, state media MRTV reported. According to…

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Esports Taekwondo event winner Nigel Tan at the Olympic Esports Week in Singapore on June 25, 2023.

First ever Olympic Esports champions crowned

The first ever Olympic Esports champions were crowned on Sunday (June 25) after a week of competition in Singapore. Over 130 participants from more than 60 countries across the globe…

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Morning commute traffic streams past the Meta sign outside the headquarters of Facebook parent company Meta Platforms Inc in Mountain View, California, U.S. November 9, 2022. REUTERS/Peter DaSilva/File Photo

Malaysia to take legal action against Meta over harmful content

Malaysia said on Friday it will take legal action against Facebook parent Meta Platforms for failing to remove “undesirable” posts, the strongest measure the country has taken to date over such…

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Vu Khoan, a man who ushered Vietnam into ASEAN

This writer vividly remember the last quarter of 1994, when former Vietnamese foreign minister Vu Khoan and his team visited the Jakarta-based ASEAN Secretariat. He was on an important mission,…

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Singapore gears up for first ever Olympics Esports Week

Siti Zhywee is far from the stereotypical image of a gamer: unhealthy and isolated, wiling away hours glued to a screen. The 38-year-old mother of two is a dance fitness…

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Indonesia arrests nearly 500 human trafficking suspects in crackdown

Indonesian police have this month arrested nearly 500 suspects involved in the trafficking of more than 1,500 victims, officials said Tuesday, as Jakarta cracks down on human smuggling. Indonesia is…

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Prayut government’s undiplomatic meeting on Myanmar shows Thailand in a bad light

The informal meeting arranged by Thailand’s caretaker government on the Myanmar crisis has only provided a comfort zone for the junta across the border, but dealt a blow to Thailand’s…

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Myanmar refugees at a shelter in Mae Hong Son province.

Pita voices support for ASEAN-led peace efforts for Myanmar

Mover Forward Party leader Pita Limjaroenrat on Tuesday reaffirmed his support for ASEAN centrality in resolving the crisis in Myanmar, in what is seen as an attempt to distance himself…

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Some Myanmar refugees at a shelter in Mae Hong Son catch malaria

About 10 of the 4,000 or so refugees from Myanmar, living at a shelter in Ban Sao Hin in Mae Sariang district of Thailand’s northernmost province of Mae Hong Son,…

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Homes are seen near the permanent danger zone surrounding Mayon volcano at Bonga village, Albay province, northeastern Philippines, on June 15, 2023. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)

Poor villagers risk their lives in danger zone as Philippines’ most active volcano erupts

Delfina Guiwan’s heart was pounding as she snuck back to her village, now abandoned and eerily quiet, in the fertile foothills of gently erupting Mayon volcano in the northeastern Philippines….

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Improved US-China relations have impacts on ASEAN

The visit of US State Secretary Antony Blinken to Beijing has yielded indirect results, especially for anxious regional countries. Both the US and China have yet to reveal what they…

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Suu Kyi turns 78 in detention, well-wishers arrested

Aung San Suu Kyi, once the de facto leader of the ousted National League for Democracy (NLD) government in Myanmar, turns 78 today. The Nobel laureate had always enjoyed the…

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People flee high-rise buildings in Bangkok as Myanmar quake tremors felt

Many office workers in high-rise buildings in Bangkok and Nonthaburi province rushed into the streets after they felt their buildings shake this morning (Monday). One netizen tweeted that he was…

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Foreign Minister insists informal Myanmar talks are in Thailand’s interest

On Sunday, Thailand’s Foreign Minister Don Pramudwinai defended his country’s hosting of peace talks, which the foreign minister of Myanmar’s ruling junta is attending, which will be shunned by key…

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Survival of Online Media: Transforming the Business Model 

Despite the various degrees of content limitation and changes Southeast Asia media are facing, all online media in the region, and probably globally, are now struggling financially. As social media…

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Survival of Online Media: Changing Content Strategies 

As social media becomes a main platform for audiences around the world and the role of the traditional platforms, such as television and newspapers, is gradually decreasing, challenges for the…

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Key ASEAN members skip Thai-hosted Myanmar talks amid criticism

Thailand’s caretaker government hosted the foreign minister of Myanmar‘s ruling junta at informal regional peace talks on Sunday, as key Southeast Asian counterparts stayed away from the meeting that has drawn sharp criticism. Only Cambodia has so far…

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Indonesia orders 13 long-range military radars from Thales

Indonesia has ordered 13 long-range military radars from Thales to boost airspace surveillance efforts across its immense archipelago, the French manufacturer and state-owned Indonesian defence firm PT Len Industri said…

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This picture shows a vacant chair for the Myanmar delegation during the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Foreign Ministers’ meeting in Labuan Bajo on May 9, 2023. (Photo by AFP)

Myanmar FM to attend informal crisis talks in Bangkok

Myanmar on Saturday confirmed the country’s foreign minister would attend controversial “informal talks” in Bangkok on the coup-hit country’s political crisis, as Singapore warned that conditions were not yet right…

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Singapore says ‘premature’ for ASEAN talks with Myanmar

Singapore Foreign Minister Vivian Balakrishnan said Friday that conditions were not yet right for ASEAN to open high-level talks with Myanmar on the country’s political situation. “We believe it would…

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ASEAN and Gulf Cooperation Council to hold the summit in October

After more than two decades of relations, ASEAN and the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) will reportedly hold their first summit in Jakarta in October. An informed source said that this…

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Vietnam’s power crisis hits local firms, foreign investors

An intensely hot summer and unprecedented drought are straining energy supplies in northern Vietnam, prompting rolling blackouts and sudden power outages that have led to “uncountable” losses among local firms…

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Pita to propose Chiang Mai as ASEAN centre for solving PM2.5 problem

Move Forward party leader Pita Limjaroenrat says he will propose Chiang Mai as ASEAN’s centre for solving the PM2.5 dust problem and the party will push a clean air act…

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New Thai government should avoid recklessness in Myanmar policy, say experts

The next Thai government should adjust its foreign policy to ease the crisis in strife-torn Myanmar but should implement such a policy cautiously, as the stakes for all parties, notably…

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Foreign Correspondents Club of South Asia president Shirumalla Venkat Narayan meeting with junta’s Deputy Foreign Minister Kyaw Myo Htut in Naypyitaw. (Photo from Global New Light of Myanmar)

Journalists quit India-based media club over Myanmar visit

Ten foreign journalists have resigned from the Foreign Correspondents’ Club of South Asia (FCCSA), based in New Delhi, in protest at its president’s visit to Myanmar last week, according to…

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Thailand’s first tokamak device for fusion energy research to begin operating in July 

Thailand’s first tokamak device is ready to start operations for fusion energy research in July, after a successful trial on April 21st, according to Thailand’s Institute of Nuclear Technology (TINT)….

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Attacks and explosions reported in tightly controlled Yangon and Nay Pyi Taw

Two simultaneous attacks were reported in Myanmar’s capital and military-government stronghold Nay Pyi Taw and in the economic hub of Yangon on June 13th. The Nay Pyi Taw incident was…

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[FILE] Cambodia’s Prime Minister Hun Sen (L) walks with Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau at the closing ceremony of the 40th and 41st Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summits in Phnom Penh on November 13, 2022. (Photo by Nhac NGUYEN / AFP)

Canada to become a strategic partner of ASEAN

ASEAN and Canada will hold a summit in September to commemorate Canada’s new status as a strategic dialogue partner of ASEAN, according to an informed source. After a long delay,…

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First mahout encounter with sick Thai elephant in Sri Lanka goes well

Two mahouts from Thailand’s Forest Industry Organisation, who have flown to Sri Lanka, have met with Sak Surin, an ailing Thai elephant at Dehiwala Zoo, and have started the familiarisation…

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Indonesia to host high-level ASEAN Indo-Pacific Forum

Indonesia, the current ASEAN chair, will host the first high-level ASEAN Indo-Pacific Forum, alongside the ASEAN-related summits, on September 6th and 7th, according to an informed source. The forum is…

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Thailand’s causes of air pollution’s “Slow Violence” and its possibilities for the Clean Air.

Thailand’s polluted air has been a staggering issue for years now especially in the North where the air quality is reported to be detrimental to people’s health. But, as the…

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Singaporeans with dementia find their groove at silent disco

Under flashing disco lights, residents at a Singapore care home held hands and danced to golden oldies as part of an initiative to help those with dementia. They grooved to…

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Indonesia’s Anak Krakatoa volcano erupts, spews huge ash column

Indonesia’s Anak Krakatoa volcano erupted on Friday, belching a column of ash more than three kilometres into the sky, officials said. The volcanic island emerged from the sea at the…

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Isuzu auto maker has no plan to relocate production to Indonesia

Japanese auto maker Isuzu has no plan to move its production plants from Thailand to Indonesia, as reported by Indonesian media, according to Narit Therdsteerasukdi, secretary-general of Thailand’s Board of…

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Indonesia accuses EU of ‘regulatory imperialism’ with deforestation law

Indonesia sees the European Union as conducting “regulatory imperialism” with its new deforestation law, but both sides would still engage in talks on a free trade deal, an Indonesian minister…

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This photo taken on June 18, 2014 shows Cambodian migrant worker carried their belongings as the return home in Mongkol Borei district in Banteay Meanchey province after crossing the Thai-Cambodian border.

Pita to protect migrant worker rights and dignity in Thailand

Migrant workers in Thailand should have dignity and rights, as they are a vital part of the country’s economic development, said Pita Limjaroenrat, the Move Forward party leader, when asked…

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What’s the state of Philippine human rights under Marcos?

When Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos was swept to power in 2022, human rights activists feared the worst. Marcos had been a vocal supporter of his predecessor Rodrigo Duterte’s drug war…

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Myanmar’s junta chief Senior General Min Aung Hlaing, who ousted the elected government in a coup on February 1, presides an army parade on Armed Forces Day in Naypyitaw, Myanmar, March 27, 2021. REUTERS/Stringer/File Photo

Myanmar’s government asked Thailand to cut power supply to some areas

According to multiple reports, a request was made via the Myanmar embassy in Bangkok for the Provincial Electricity Authority (PEA) to cut the power supply from Tak province to two…

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Move Forward’s foreign policy raises concerns about US leverage in Thailand

Concerns over potential US influence on politics in Thailand arose after the Move Forward party announced its foreign policy, aiming to ‘’Revive, Rebalance, Recalibrate’’ in the hope of having more…

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Vietnam cuts public lighting to save energy during heatwave

Vietnam’s capital of Hanoi have been turning off street lights partially to keep the national power system running, amid record rising temperatures that brought a surge in electricity demand in…

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Pita’s ally questions Malaysia’s role in Southern peace talks

Thailand should allow other ASEAN countries, especially Indonesia, to help in its efforts to end violence in southern Thailand, while reconsidering Malaysia’s current role as the peace dialogue facilitator, according…

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More active ASEAN role, balanced ties with superpowers expected under Pita

A new government under the leadership of Move Forward Party leader Pita Limjaroenrat will see Thailand play a more active role in ASEAN and on the international stage,  according to…

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Myanmar puts troops on alert after Pita’s statements

Myanmar’s second-most powerful general has issued a directive to his commanders to keep a closer watch on the Thai-Myanmar border after Thailand’s Move Forward Party won the most House seats…

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Two Thai national footballers banned for six month for brawling at SEA Games

The Football Association (FA) of Thailand has banned two players from national matches for six months and suspended three staff for a year after brawls during the SEA Games men’s…

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Indonesia says it’s ready to broker Ukraine-Russia peace efforts

Indonesia is ready to broker peace efforts between Ukraine and Russia, said Indonesian President Joko Widodo during a bilateral meeting with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, on the sidelines of the…

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Medical staff in Mandalay took to the streets in a pre-dawn march against the military regime in February 2021. (Photo from the Irrawaddy)

Myanmar junta closes down three Mandalay hospitals

Myanmar’s military junta has closed down three private hospitals in Mandalay for employing striking medics, The Irrawaddy reported. It said a leaked junta order stated that the business licenses of…

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Supporters of the Candlelight Party (CP) shout slogans from a vehicle during a rally on the last day of campaigning for the commune elections in Phnom Penh on June 3, 2022. (Photo by TANG CHHIN Sothy / AFP)

Main Cambodia opposition party excluded from July polls

Cambodia’s election body on Monday refused to register the main opposition party and chief challenger to Prime Minister Hun Sen for upcoming national elections. The National Election Committee said in…

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Vietnam pledges no new coal plants after 2030

Vietnam will not develop new coal power plants after 2030, according to a long-delayed national power plan published Tuesday, although the blueprint drew criticism that the transition to renewables is…

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Rohingya women sit and stand in their destroyed house at Basara refugee camp in Sittwe on May 16, 2023, after cyclone Mocha made a landfall. (Photo by SAI Aung MAIN / AFP)

Cyclone Mocha death toll rises to 81 in Myanmar

The death toll in cyclone-hit Myanmar rose to at least 81 on Tuesday, according to local leaders, officials and state media, as villagers tried to piece together ruined homes and…

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Philippines places buoys in parts of South China Sea to assert sovereignty

The Philippines has placed navigational buoys within its exclusive economic zone (EEZ) to assert sovereignty over the disputed Spratly islands in the South China Sea, a government official said on…

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ASEAN leaders agree to work on the bloc’s vision for 2045

ASEAN leaders have recommended that ASEAN experts come up with a robust and inspirational vision for the next 20 years, according to the ASEAN chairman’s statement issued yesterday (Thursday). The…

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This picture shows a general view of Kan Thar Yar beach near Gwa township in Myanmar’s Rakhine state on May 11, 2023 after Cyclone Mocha, the Bay of Bengal’s first cyclone of the year formed. Cyclone Mocha is forecast to make landfall on May 14 along the Bangladesh-Myanmar border, according to India’s meteorological office, packing winds of up to 145 kilometres (90 miles) per hour. (Sai Aung MAIN / AFP)

Over 2m people Myanmar-Bangladesh Border will be affected by cyclone Mocha

Both local and international meteorological organisations have declared that Cyclone Mocha have damaging effects on over 2 million in Myanmar. Mocha, forming off the Bay of Bengal, was given Red…

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Philippine President Ferdinand Romualdez Marcos, Jr, Singapore’s Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, Thailand’s Foreign Minister Don Pramudwinai, Vietnam’s Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh, Indonesian President Joko Widodo, Laos Prime Minister Sonexay Siphandone, Brunei’s Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah, Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen, Malaysia’s Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim, and East Timor’s Prime Minister Jose Maria de Vasconcelos, known as Taur Matan Ruak, pose during a photo session during opening 42nd ASEAN Summit Labuan Bajo, East Nusa Tenggara province, Indonesia, May 10, 2023. Akbar Nugroho Gumay/Pool via REUTERS

Three more nations accede to ASEAN Treaty of Amity and Cooperation

Three more countries will accede to the ASEAN Treaty of Amity and Cooperation (TAC) this year, according to the ASEAN chairman’s statement released this afternoon (Thursday). Saudi Arabia, Spain and…

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Indonesia President Joko Widodo delivers his speech during the 42nd ASEAN Summit in Labuan Bajo, East Nusa Tenggara province, Indonesia, May 10, 2023. Achmad Ibrahim/Pool via REUTERS

ASEAN must show unity to tackle Myanmar’s escalating crisis, Indonesia president says

Myanmar’s ruling military has made no significant progress on implementing a peace plan agreed with ASEAN two years ago and the bloc must show unity in deciding how to address…

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A chair for the Myanmar delegation is left empty during the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Foreign Ministers’ Meeting ahead of the 42nd ASEAN Summit in Labuan Bajo, East Nusa Tenggara province, Indonesia, May 9, 2023. / REUTERS

Myanmar shadow govt welcomes ASEAN peace talks but distrusts junta

Myanmar’s shadow government welcomes efforts by ASEAN chair Indonesia to kickstart peace talks in the strife-torn Southeast Asian nation but is deeply distrustful of the junta that took power in a 2021 coup,…

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ASEAN welcomes friendly Japan-ROK ties

The region’s two economic giants’ recent steps on the road to recovery, in terms of their friendship and cooperation, come as welcome news for ASEAN members as their leaders gather…

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Bringing reading back for kids in Myanmar with Kiki’s Fantastic Adventure

With the goal of reminding children of the value of books, an original story has been published called Kiki’s Fantastic Adventure by Studio Boba. The creator decided that the comic-manga…

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Indonesia, Singapore condemn ‘shootout’ involving ASEAN officials in Myanmar

Indonesia and Singapore condemned an attack against a convoy including Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) officials delivering humanitarian aid in Myanmar and called for an end to violence in…

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Vietnam to require social media users to verify identity

Vietnam is preparing to make it mandatory for social media users of both local and foreign platforms to verify their identity in a bid to rein in online scams, state…

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Vietnam boosts rare earths output by tenfold – data

Vietnam‘s mined output of rare earths soared tenfold last year, U.S. data showed, as global firms have flocked to the Southeast Asian country with the world’s second largest estimated deposits…

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FILE / Thailand’s Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha speaks during the handover ceremony at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit in Bangkok on November 19, 2022. / AFP

PM Prayut to skip upcoming ASEAN-related summit

Thailand’s Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha will not attend the ASEAN-related summit next week, according to an informed source. The source said that Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Don Pramudwinai…

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Relatives gather around a bus carrying prisoners being released outside the Insein prison in Yangon on May 3, 2023. (Photo by AFP)

Myanmar junta pardons over 2,000 political prisoners

Myanmar’s junta pardoned more than 2,000 political prisoners to mark a Buddhist holiday on Wednesday, with families rushing to prisons for tearful reunions with loved ones jailed in a sweeping…

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