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A man stands as he travels on a wooden boat near a port in Tanjungpinang, on the island of Bintan, Indonesia, June 15, 2019. REUTERS/Willy Kurniawan

Indonesia reopens islands to Singaporean tourists

JAKARTA, Jan 24 (Reuters) – Indonesia opened up two islands close to Singapore to visitors from the city-state on Monday, officials said, as part of calibrated moves to reboot its…

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Biden sends letter to ASEAN assuring them of US commitment

Last week, US President Joe Biden sent a letter to ASEAN leaders assuring them that the proposed special US-ASEAN summit is still on the agenda, according to a highly placed…

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Twitter suspends hundreds of accounts promoting Philippines’ Marcos Jr

Twitter has suspended hundreds of accounts reportedly linked to supporters of Philippine presidential frontrunner Ferdinand Marcos Jr, which the social media giant said had violated its rules on manipulation and…

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French energy conglomerate TotalEnergies has asked the American and French governments to support targeted sanctions against Myanmar’s oil and gas funds, the largest single source of income for the country’s military leaders. (AP Photo/Rafael Yaghobzadeh, File)

Total, Chevron to exit Myanmar amid rights abuses

Energy giants TotalEnergies and Chevron said Friday they would leave Myanmar following pressure from human rights groups to cut financial ties with the military junta since last year’s military coup….

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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’s longest lasting Civil Disobedience Movement

A week following the February 1st, 2021 coup in Myanmar, the whole nation erupted with protests in many forms, involving people from many walks of life, including, but not limited…

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Cambodia resumes treason trial of opposition leader Kem Sokha

PHNOM PENH (Reuters) – Cambodia resumed on Wednesday the treason trial of banned opposition party leader Kem Sokha after a two-year delay due to the pandemic, in a case condemned by the United…

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Indonesian Air Force helicopters carrying a big flag fly above high rise buildings during the country’s 76th Independence Day celebrations in Jakarta, Indonesia, August 17, 2021. REUTERS/Willy Kurniawan

Indonesia passes law paving way for capital’s move to Borneo

Jakarta (AFP) – Indonesia’s parliament on Tuesday passed a law approving the relocation of its capital from slowly sinking Jakarta to a site 2,000 kilometres (1,200 miles) away on jungle-clad Borneo…

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People wearing protective masks lean on the poles while waiting for a commuter train at a platform of a station during the afternoon rush hours as the Omicron variant continues to spread, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, in Jakarta, Indonesia, January 3, 2022. REUTERS/Willy Kurniawan

Indonesia reports over 1,000 daily COVID-19 cases, highest in 3 months

JAKARTA, Jan 15 (Reuters) – Indonesia reported 1,054 new COVID-19 cases on Saturday, the highest daily increase in three months, as the government braces for a new wave of coronavirus…

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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 junta hits Suu Kyi with five new charges over helicopter purchase

Yangon (AFP) – A Myanmar junta court has hit ousted civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi with five new corruption charges related to the alleged hiring and purchase of a…

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Singapore PM backs continued exclusion of Myanmar junta from ASEAN meetings

SINGAPORE, Jan 15 (Reuters) – Singapore’s leader said the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) should continue excluding Myanmar’s junta from its meeting until it cooperates on an agreed peace…

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Cambodia shelves first ASEAN meeting over attendance ‘difficulties’

Cambodia said on Wednesday it had postponed a meeting of foreign ministers of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) scheduled for next week, because some ministers had expressed “difficulties”…

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This screengrab provided via AFPTV and taken from a broadcast by Myanmar Radio and Television (MRTV) in Myanmar on March 2, 2021 shows Myanmar’s Foreign Minister Wunna Maung Lwin taking part in virtual meeting of foreign ministers and representatives of countries in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) in capital Naypyidaw. (Photo by Handout / various sources / AFP) / —–EDITORS NOTE — RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE – MANDATORY CREDIT “AFP PHOTO / Myanmar Radio and Television

Myanmar’s FM to attend Jan 19 retreat

Myanmar’s Foreign Minister Wunna Maung Lwin will attend the ASEAN ministerial retreat in Siem Reap on January 18-19 in person, according to a highly placed source. The source said that…

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Cambodia’s Prime Minister Hun Sen (R) shaking hands with Myanmar military chief Min Aung Hlaing (L) during a dinner in Naypyidaw. An Khoun SamAun / National Television of Cambodia (TVK) / AFP

Hun Sen’s trip to Myanmar cut short while meeting with unhappy locals

On January 7th, 2022, Cambodia’s Prime Minister Hun Sen became the first national leader to visit Myanmar’s junta chief, Senior General Min Aung Hlaing. Before Hun Sen even set foot…

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ASEAN-Japan ties – The next chapter

Japan has launched multi-pronged initiatives aimed at promoting ASEAN-Japan relations, taking it from a development to a co-creation partner, according to Japan’s Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry, Koichi Hagiuda….

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Myanmar’s Aung San Suu Kyi (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber, File)

Myanmar’s Suu Kyi sentenced to 4 more years in prison

Yangon (AFP) – A Myanmar junta court on Monday convicted Aung San Suu Kyi of three criminal charges, sentencing her to four years in prison in the latest in a slew of…

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Filipinos queue for a booster dose of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine amid rising infections, in Makati City, Metro Manila, Philippines, January 5, 2022. REUTERS/Eloisa Lopez

Philippines prepares more hospitals beds with record COVID-19 cases

MANILA, Jan 9 (Reuters) – The Philippines ordered an increase in hospital beds and medical resources in and around the capital Manila, a senior government official said on Sunday, as…

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This handout photo taken and released by National Television of Cambodia (TVK) on January 7, 2022 shows Myanmar military chief Min Aung Hlaing waving as he meets with Cambodia’s Prime Minister Hun Sen in Naypyidaw. (Photo by An Khoun SamAun / National Television of Cambodia (TVK) / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE – MANDATORY CREDIT “AFP PHOTO / National Television of Cambodia (TVK) ” – NO MARKETING – NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS – DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS

Myanmar’s junta invites resistance forces to join ceasefire talks

The military junta in Naypyidaw has asked the country’s resistance forces to join ceasefire talks and to work together to deliver effective humanitarian assistance to the needy people of Myanmar….

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Cambodian prime minister visits coup-hit Myanmar

Cambodia’s strongman ruler Hun Sen arrives in Myanmar Friday for talks with the junta — the first foreign leader to visit since the generals seized power almost a year ago….

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Cambodia’s Foreign Minister Prak Sokhonn attends the 14th ASEM Foreign Ministers’ Meeting at the Royal Palace of El Pardo near Madrid on December 16, 2019. (Photo by Javier Lizon / POOL / AFP)

ASEAN endorses Prak Sokhonn as special envoy

ASEAN senior officials have endorsed Cambodian Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Prak Sokhonn as the new ASEAN special envoy, according to a highly placed source. The source said that…

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Protesters hold banners as they take part in a demonstration against the military coup in Yangon December 5, 2021. (Photo by AFP)

Tumultuous 2021 for Myanmar

Myanmar, a nation which was much touted to be the final frontier of South East Asia for its underdeveloped and unexplored industries, experienced a tumultuous 2021. The coup The nation…

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A healthcare worker wearing personal protective equipment (PPE) takes a swab sample to test for the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Jakarta, Indonesia, December 16, 2021. REUTERS/Ajeng Dinar Ulfiana

Indonesia to give booster shots to public from Jan 12 as Omicron spreads

JAKARTA, Jan 3 (Reuters) – Indonesia will begin giving COVID-19 booster shots to the general public from January 12, health minister Budi Gunadi Sadikin said on Monday, as the Omicron…

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Aerial view shows the flooded neighbourhood Taman Sri Muda in Shah Alam, which is one of the worst hit areas in Selangor state, Malaysia, December 21, 2021. REUTERS/Ebrahim Harris

Malaysia to spend $335 million for flood relief

KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 29 (Reuters) – Malaysia will provide 1.4 billion ringgit ($334.93 million) in cash aid and other forms of relief for those devastated by severe floods this month,…

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Myanmar actor Paing Takhon sentenced to three years in labour camp

After nearly eight months held on remand, the BBC Burmese service reported on Monday that actor Paing Takhon has been sentenced to three years in a labour camp for participating…

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People fleeing due to fighting between the military and the Karen National Union (KNU) cross a river in Karen state, along the Thai-Myanmar border, on December 25, 2021. STR / AFP

New UN Myanmar envoy says ‘deeply concerned’ by escalating violence

The new United Nations special envoy to Myanmar on Monday said she was “deeply concerned” by escalating violence in the country and called for a new year ceasefire between the…

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People fleeing due to fighting between the military and the Karen National Union (KNU) board a boat in Karen state, along the Thai-Myanmar border, on December 25, 2021. STR / AFP

Save the Children says two Myanmar staff missing after burnt remains found

Save the Children said two of its Myanmar staff were missing on Saturday, after the charred remains of more than 30 people were found, in an attack a monitoring group and local media blamed on junta troops. Myanmar has been in chaos since the February coup,…

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Karen refugees moved further from the border as fighting intensifies in Myanmar

All the Karen refugees being sheltered at a Thai school in Mae Tao sub-district, in the western province of Tak, have been moved further inland, to a village in Mahawan…

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Cambodian Armed Forces deputy commander-in-chief Lt Gen Hun Manet walks past the honour guard during a ceremony to deploy 290 recently purchased Chinese military trucks to its security forces at the National Olympic stadium in Phnom Penh on June 18, 2020. – (Photo by TANG CHHIN Sothy / AFP)

Cambodia’s ruling party endorses PM’s son as future leader

PHNOM PENH, Dec 24 (Reuters) – Cambodia’s longtime ruling party voted to endorse Prime Minister Hun Sen’s eldest son as “future prime minister” on Friday but did not specify when…

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Myanmar airstrikes displace more people along Thai-Myanmar border

BANGKOK, Dec 24 (Reuters) – Myanmar’s military carried out more airstrikes on a rebel-controlled area near the Thai border, the rebel group said on Friday, in the latest escalation of…

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This photo taken on July 5, 2020 shows migrant miners living next to a jade mine near Hpakant in Kachin state. – Myanmar is one of the world’s biggest sources of jadeite and the industry is supercharged by demand for the green gem from neighbouring China. The landslide on July 2, in which more than 170 miners were killed, was the worst accident in memory to befall Myanmar’s notoriously dangerous jade mines. (Photo by Ye Aung THU / AFP)

One dead, at least 70 missing after landslide at Myanmar jade mine: rescue team

At least 70 people were missing and one confirmed dead on Wednesday following a landslide at a jade mine in northern Myanmar, a member of the rescue team told AFP….

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PM orders humanitarian aid for some 4,000 people fleeing fighting in Myanmar

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has instructed local officials in Thailand’s western border province of Tak to provide humanitarian aid and temporary shelter to about 4,000 people fleeing the fighting in…

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Dato’ Sri Ismail Sabri bin Yaakob (Photo by FAMER ROHENI / Malaysia’s Department of Information / AFP) / —–EDITORS NOTE — RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE – MANDATORY CREDIT “AFP PHOTO / MALAYSIA’S DEPARTMENT OF INFORMATION / FAMER ROHENI” – NO MARKETING – NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS – DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS

Malaysian PM to visit Thailand December 28-30

Malaysian Prime Minister Dato’ Sri Ismail Sabri bin Yaakob is scheduled to make an official visit to Thailand, from December 28th to 30th, according to an informed government source. The…

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Earthquake in Laos felt in many parts of Thailand Monday morning

A magnitude 5.8 earthquake struck the Lao PDR at 4.06am local time, with its epicentre at a depth of about 10 kilometres, was reported by the Earthquake Observation Division of…

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Fallen electric pylons block a road while a sign asking for food (L) is displayed along a road in Surigao City, Surigao del norte province, on December 19, 2021, days after super Typhoon Rai devastated the city. (Photo by Ferdinandh CABRERA / AFP)

Death toll in Philippines typhoon hits 208

Manila (AFP) – The death toll from the strongest typhoon to hit the Philippines this year has surged to 208, the national police said Monday, making it one of the deadliest…

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In this photo taken on December 17, 2021, debris litter along a highway in General Luna town, Siargao island, Surigao del norte province, a day after super Typhoon Rai devastated the island. Kate Hughes / AFP

More than 100 dead in Philippines typhoon: officials

More than 100 people have been killed in the strongest typhoon to hit the Philippines this year, official tallies showed Sunday, as efforts to deliver water and food to devastated…

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Cars are seen in flood water caused by heavy rain in Kuala Lumpur early on December 19, 2021. Arif Kartono / AFP

Floods in Malaysia displace more than 30,000 people

More than 30,000 people were evacuated from their homes in Malaysia on Sunday as the country battles some of its worst flooding in years. The tropical Southeast Asian nation often…

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Myanmar warned as mortar shell lands in Thailand’s Mae Sot, where Karen people seek shelter

The Thai military lodged a protest note with the Myanmar government, via the local Thai-Myanmar Border Committee (TBC) yesterday (Thursday), over the landing of a mortar-type shell on Thai soil…

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In this handout photo provided by the Philippine Coast Guard, a rescuer assists a girl as they wade through flooding caused by Typhoon Rai in Cagayan de Oro City, southern Philippines on Thursday, Dec. 16, 2021. (Philippine Coast Guard via AP)

Tens of thousands flee as super typhoon hits the Philippines

Dapa, Philippines (AFP) – Thousands of people in the Philippines fled their homes and beachfront resorts as super typhoon Rai slammed into the country Thursday, with a charity warning the storm could…

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(From L to R) Vietnam’s President Nguyen Xuan Phuc, Communist Party general secretary Nguyen Phu Trong, National Assembly Chairperson Vuong Dinh Hue and Vietnam’s Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh pose for a photograph before the start of the opening session of the newly-elected 15th National Assembly’s first parliament session in Hanoi on July 20, 2021. (Photo by Nhac NGUYEN / AFP)

Analysis: Vietnam’s new diplomatic impetus

Vietnam has come a long way since it began its “Doi Moi” (renewal) 35 years ago. Now, fresh from serving as a two-year non-permanent member of United Nations Security Council,…

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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)

Cambodian foreign minister named ASEAN’s new special envoy to Myanmar

Cambodia’s Prime Minister Hun Sen on Wednesday said he will appoint his country’s foreign minister, Prak Sokhonn, to be the Association of Southeast Asian Nations’ special envoy to Myanmar, beginning January…

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This handout photo taken and released on December 15, 2021 by Malaysia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs shows Malaysia’s Foreign Minister Saifuddin Abdullah (R) welcoming US Secretary of State Antony Blinken upon his arrival at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Putrajaya. (AFP PHOTO / Malaysia Ministry of Foreign Affairs)

US Secretary of State cancels visit to Thailand over COVID-19 concerns

US Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken has cut his Southeast Asian tour short and cancelled appointments in Thailand tomorrow (Thursday), over COVID-19 concerns following a confirmed COVID-19 infection in…

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An empty street on Friday, Dec. 10, 2021, in Mandalay, central Myanmar. (AP Photo)

First journalist death reported in Myanmar since February coup

(AP) — A local freelance photojournalist in Myanmar has died in military custody after being arrested last week while covering protests, colleagues and a friend of his family said Tuesday….

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This file photo taken on July 26, 2021 shows Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte speaking during the annual state of the nation address at the House of Representatives in Manila. (Photo by JAM STA ROSA / POOL / AFP)

Philippines’ Duterte withdraws from 2022 Senate race

Manila (AFP) – Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on Tuesday withdrew his candidacy for the 2022 Senate race, the government elections monitor said, a month after he made a last-minute entry into…

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Villagers stand outside a building in Maumere in East Nusa Tenggara on Flores island on December 14, 2021, after a 7.3-magnitude earthquake struck off the coast in eastern Indonesia. (Photo by YANUARIUS ARLINO WELIANTO / AFP)

7.3-magnitude quake strikes Indonesia

Jakarta (AFP) – A 7.3-magnitude earthquake struck eastern Indonesia on Tuesday, the US Geological Survey said, with monitors briefly warning of the possibility of hazardous tsunami waves before lifting the threat….

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In this image from video taken Dec. 7, 2021, bloodstain is seen on the ground near charred corpses in Done Taw village in the Sagaing region of Myanmar. (AP Photo)

Myanmar troops burn alive 11 in retaliation attack

(AP) — Myanmar government troops raided a small northwestern village, rounding up civilians, binding their hands and then burning them alive in apparent retaliation for an attack on a military…

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(FILES) This file photo taken on August 19, 2019 shows Malaysia’s former prime minister Najib Razak arriving at the Kuala Lumpur High Court for his trial over 1MDB corruption allegations in Kuala Lumpur. A Malaysian appeal court on December 8, 2021 upheld former leader Najib Razak’s conviction and 12-year jail term over the multi-billion-dollar 1MDB scandal, which contributed to his government’s downfall in 2018. Mohd RASFAN / AFP

Malaysia court upholds guilty verdict for former PM Najib

A Malaysian court on Wednesday upheld former premier Najib Razak’s conviction on corruption charges over a multi-billion dollar scandal at state fund 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB), dealing a blow to…

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Rohingya refugees sue Facebook for $150bn over hate speech

Los Angeles (AFP) – Rohingya refugees sued Facebook on Monday for $150 billion over claims the social network is failing to stem hate speech on its platform, exacerbating violence against the…

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Myanmar’s Foreign Minister to visit Phnom Penh

Myanmar’s Foreign Minister Wunna Maung Lwin will fly to Cambodia’s capital tomorrow (Tuesday) to pay a one-day courtesy call on the new ASEAN chair, according to an informed but unnamed…

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FILE – Myanmar’s leader Aung San Suu Kyi waits to address judges of the International Court of Justice on the second day of three days of hearings in The Hague, Netherlands on Dec. 11, 2019. Myanmar court on Monday, Dec. 6, 2021 sentenced ousted leader Suu Kyi to 4 years for incitement, breaking virus restrictions. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong, File)

Myanmar court sentences ousted leader Suu Kyi to 4 years

BANGKOK (AP) — A special court in Myanmar’s capital sentenced the country’s ousted leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, to four years in prison on Monday after finding her guilty of…

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An area is seen covered in volcanic ash at Sumber Wuluh village in Lumajang on December 5, 2021, after the Semeru volcano eruption that killed at least 13 people. JUNI KRISWANTO / AFP

  Indonesia volcano eruption kills 13, dozens injured

 The death toll from a sudden, spectacular eruption of Indonesia’s Mount Semeru has risen to 13, disaster officials said Sunday, as rescuers searched villages blanketed in molten ash for survivors….

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House committee slams Thai police for arresting, defrocking Cambodian monk

Thailand’s House committee, tasked with scrutinising a bill against torture and enforced disappearances, has cried foul over Tuesday night’s arrest and defrocking of a monk by Thai immigration police, prior…

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Myanmar court postpones verdict for ousted leader Suu Kyi

(AP) — A court in Myanmar postponed its verdict on Tuesday in the trial of ousted leader Aung San Suu Kyi to allow testimony from an additional witness. The court…

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A general view of people trooping to the Manila baywalk dolomite beach along Roxas boulevard in Manila city on October 17, 2021, a day after authorities eased its quarantine restrictions in the nation’s capital. (Photo by Ted ALJIBE / AFP)

Philippines suspends decision to allow vaccinated tourists entry

Manila (AFP) – The Philippines has temporarily suspended a decision to allow fully vaccinated tourists entry in a bid to prevent a new, heavily mutated coronavirus variant taking off in the…

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Singapore, Malaysia reopen busy land border for vaccinated travellers

Singapore and Malaysia re-opened one of the world’s busiest land borders on Monday, allowing vaccinated travellers to make the crossing after nearly two years of closure due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The sudden…

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Prince Norodom Ranariddh gestures during an interview with Reuters at his home in central Phnom Penh, Cambodia October 14, 2017. REUTERS/Samrang Pring

Former Cambodian premier Prince Norodom Ranariddh dies at 77

PHNOM PENH (Reuters) – Cambodian former prime minister Prince Norodom Ranariddh, the current king’s half-brother, who spent his later years in the political shadow of his one-time rival Prime Minister Hun Sen, has died in France….

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Laos hopes for economic boost from Chinese-built railway

A new $6 billion Chinese-built railway line opens in Laos this week, bringing hopes of an economic boost to the reclusive nation, but experts are questioning the benefits of a…

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In this photo provided by An Khoun Sam Aun/Ministry of Information of Cambodia, Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen, center, attends during an online opening session of the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Thursday, Nov. 25, 2021. Hun Sen on Thursday welcomed leaders of Asian and European nations to the 13th biennial Asia-Europe Meeting, held virtually and postponed from last year due to the coronavirus pandemic. (An Khoun Sam Aun/Ministry of Information of Cambodia via AP)

Thai PM says multilateralism is key, as Cambodia hosts Asia-Europe Summit

Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha, in his capacity as ASEAN Coordinator, said at the 13th Asia-Europe (ASEM) Summit hosted by Cambodia today (Thursday) that Thailand believes that multilateralism is the…

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Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen gestures as he joins an online meeting of the ASEAN-China special summit at Peace Palace in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Monday, Nov. 22, 2021. – An Khoun SamAun/National Television of Cambodia via AP

Cambodia to host 13th Asia-Europe Summit

Cambodia will be hosting the two-day Asia-Europe (ASEM) summit later this week, focusing on the post-COVID-19 socio-economic recovery and strengthening multilateralism. The chair has not invited Myanmar’s Senior General Min…

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Cambodian prisoners on a prisoner truck arrive at the Phnom Penh Municipal Court in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Wednesday, Nov. 17, 2021. More than a dozen activists who were former members of the dissolved opposition party appeared at the court for a bail hearing. (AP Photo/Heng Sinith)

UNHCR ‘dismayed’ by Thailand’s deportation of third Cambodian refugee this month

UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, on Tuesday issued a statement deploring Thailand’s deportation of a Cambodian refugee, which occurred only ten days after the authorities deported two other Cambodian refugees….

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Chinese President Xi Jinping with ASEAN leaders in a virtual summit on November 22, 2021. Photo courtesy of the Chinese Embassy in Bangkok.

Analysis: Xi outlines future ASEAN-China ties

Attending the ASEAN-China summit for the first time in the three decades of their relations this morning, China’s President Xi Jinping made a strong impression on the ASEAN leaders in…

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Xi tells Southeast Asian leaders China does not seek ‘hegemony’

BEIJING, Nov 22 (Reuters) – Chinese President Xi Jinping told leaders of the 10-country Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) at a summit on Monday that Beijing would not “bully”…

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21 drown on flooded causeway in Myanmar

21 people have drowned, as thousands of worshippers attempted to cross a flooded causeway in Myanmar, after making merit at a Buddhist pagoda. The incident occurred as thousands of people…

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Myanmar’s Min Aung Hlaing not invited to Special ASEAN-China summit

Myanmar’s military leader, Senior General Min Aung Hlaing, will not be invited to attend the special virtual ASEAN-China summit, commemorating the 30th anniversary of their relationship, on November 22nd, according…

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This handout photo taken and released on April 24, 2021 by the Indonesian Presidential Palace shows Myanmar junta leader Min Aung Hlaing (L) being greeted during his arrival at Jakarta’s Soekarno-Hatta international airport in Tangerang, to attend the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) summit on the Myanmar crisis. HANDOUT / INDONESIAN PRESIDENTIAL PALACE / AFP

Op-Ed: Will Myanmar’s military junta soften up?

Just a few days after being sentenced to 11 years in prison, American journalist Danny Fenster was freed to go home. It was the first clear indication that Naypyidaw is…

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Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte arrives with daughter Sara Duterte-Carpio to attend the enthronement ceremony of Japan’s Emperor Naruhito in Tokyo, Japan October 22, 2019. Carl Court/Pool via REUTERS/File Photo

Duterte’s daughter joins Marcos as running mate in Philippines presidential election

MANILA, Nov 16 (Reuters) – Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s daughter agreed on Tuesday to be running mate of Ferdinand Marcos Jr in next year’s presidential election, her spokesperson said, confirming…

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

Myanmar junta charges Suu Kyi with fraud during 2020 polls

Yangon (AFP) – Myanmar’s junta has charged ousted leader Aung San Suu Kyi with committing electoral fraud during the 2020 polls, state media reported Tuesday. Myanmar has been in turmoil since a…

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Model, actor and singer Paing Takhon wears a traditional Chinese outfit while holding a sign during a demonstration against the military coup in front of the Chinese embassy in Yangon on February 11, 2021. (Photo by AFP)

Dissident actor has no expectation of release from Myanmar prison

Of the many artists and entertainers arrested in the months following the February coup in Myanmar, one of the best-known faces is the rising star Paing Takhon.  A model, an…

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U.S. journalist Danny Fenster works out of his van that he made into a home/office in Detroit in 2018. (Fenster Family photo via AP, File)

Ex-US diplomat says Myanmar frees jailed American journalist

(AP) — Former U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Bill Richardson says American journalist Danny Fenster has been released from prison in Myanmar. Richardson said in a statement Monday that Fenster…

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Cambodia’s Prime Minister Hun Sen speaks during a groundbreaking ceremony of the Project for Flood Protection, donated by Japan, in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, March 4, 2019. REUTERS/Samrang Pring

Cambodia to end quarantine for vaccinated travellers from Nov. 15 – PM Hun Sen

PHNOM PENH, Nov 14 (Reuters) – Cambodia will stop requiring quarantine for travellers who have been vaccinated for COVID-19 starting on Monday, Prime Minister Hun Sen said on Sunday. The…

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This picture taken on April 11, 2017 shows tourist boats anchored at a beach in Phu Quoc island in southern Vietnam. (Photo by HOANG DINH Nam / AFP)

Vietnam welcomes first foreign tourists in nearly 20 months

HANOI (AFP): The first international tourists touched down in Vietnam almost 20 months after the Southeast Asian nation closed its borders to contain the coronavirus. Two charter flights brought more…

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As new chair, Thai PM vows to drive APEC towards sustainable and balanced growth

On Friday, Thailand formally took over the rotating chairmanship from New Zealand of Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) for 2022, with its theme “Open. Connect. Balance.” To symbolise the handover, New…

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U.S. journalist jailed for 11 years in army-ruled Myanmar

(Reuters) – A court in military-ruled Myanmar on Friday jailed American journalist Danny Fenster for 11 years, his lawyer and his employer said, despite U.S. calls for his release from what it said…

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ASEAN-China special summit set for November 22

Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah and Chinese President Xi Jinping will co-chair the special ASEAN-China summit, to commemorate the 30th anniversary of their bilateral relations, on November 22nd. It will be their…

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FILE / US journalist Danny Fenster was detained in May as he attempted to board a plane in Yangon /AFP

Myanmar charges US journalist with terrorism, sedition

Myanmar’s junta has charged a US journalist detained since May with sedition and terrorism, which carry a maximum sentence of life imprisonment, his lawyer said Wednesday. The military has squeezed…

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Thailand to join ASEAN-Canada FTA talks

The Thai cabinet today approved Thailand’s bid to join ASEAN-Canada FTA talks, in the hope of opening a trade gateway to North America. The cabinet agreed to let Thailand participate…

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Sara Duterte, Davao City Mayor and daughter of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, delivers a speech during a senatorial campaign caravan for Hugpong Ng Pagbabago (HNP) in Davao City, southern Philippines on May 9, 2019. REUTERS/Lean Daval Jr Photo

Duterte daughter quits mayor race as Philippine election deadline looms

MANILA, Nov 9 (Reuters) – The daughter of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on Tuesday removed herself from the running for mayor of Davao City, just days away from a deadline…

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UK’s foreign secretary arrived in Thailand Tuesday on her Southeast Asia tour

The United Kingdom’s Foreign Secretary Liz Truss arrived in Bangkok today (Tuesday) to forge closer bilateral ties with Thailand and to develop the UK’s wider role in Southeast Asia, as…

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People pass the control tower of Singapore’s Changi Airport, Singapore January 18, 2021. REUTERS/Edgar Su/File Photo

Singapore, Malaysia to allow quarantine-free travel between both countries

SINGAPORE, Nov 8 (Reuters) – Singapore and Malaysia will allow quarantine-free travel between both countries for individuals vaccinated against COVID-19, they said in a joint statement on Monday. The two…

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‘Liberal democracy’ can aid ASEAN on superpower rivalry: former Thai FM

BANGKOK – A united ideology can elevate ASEAN to better manage superpower rivalry, regional crises and meet the aspirations of its citizens, said two Thai regional experts. Both Kasit Piromya,…

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Nguyễn Văn Quang is fixing his bean sprout growing machine. (Photo by VTV)

Vietnamese farmer invents automatic bean sprout growing machine

A secondary school dropout and the son-in-law of a family of four generations of bean sprout farmers, invents an automatic bean sprout growing machine to help with the hardships of…

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Photo taken on August 17, 2017, Myanmar’s then-civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi (R) sits next to top aide Win Htein at a funeral service for the National League for Democracy (NLD) former chairman Aung Shwe in Yangon. (Photo by AFP)

Senior aide to Myanmar’s Suu Kyi sentenced to 20 years in prison

Win Htein, a senior aide to Myanmar’s ousted leader Aung San Suu Kyi, was sentenced to 20 years in prison on Friday on charges of high treason, media and one…

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Cambodia’s Foreign Minister Prak Sokhon attends the 14th ASEM Foreign Ministers’ Meeting at the Royal Palace of El Pardo near Madrid on December 16, 2019. (Photo by Javier Lizon / POOL / AFP)

New ASEAN chair Cambodia to keep pressure on Myanmar junta

PHNOM PENH, Oct 28 (Reuters) – Cambodia, the incoming chair of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), will push Myanmar’s military rulers to open dialogue with its opponents, its…

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This handout photo released by the host broadcast, ASEAN Summit 2021, on October 26, 2021 shows US President Joe Biden (C) taking 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)

Biden vows to stand with Asia on freedom, hits at China on Taiwan

WASHINGTON/BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN (Reuters) – President Joe Biden told Southeast Asian nations on Wednesday the United States would stand with them in defending freedom of the seas and democracy and called China‘s actions towards Taiwan “coercive” and a threat to…

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Which Asia-Pacific countries are re-opening to foreign visitors?

Thailand’s re-opening to vaccinated foreign tourists marks a major easing of border controls for Asia, where governments have been far slower to roll back coronavirus travel curbs than in much…

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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

Biden joins U.S.-ASEAN summit Trump skipped after 2017

WASHINGTON/BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN (Reuters) – U.S. President Joe Biden joined Southeast Asian leaders for a virtual summit on Tuesday, the first time in four years that Washington has engaged at the top level with a…

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Sultan of Brunei Hassanal Bolkiah (C) takes part in the ASEAN-China Summit on the sidelines of the 38th Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) summit held online on a live video conference in Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei, on October 26, 2021. Hakim S. Hayat / AFP

Southeast Asian leaders hold summit, excluding Myanmar coup leader

Southeast Asian leaders begin their annual summit on Tuesday without Myanmar military leader Min Aung Hlaing, who overthrew a civilian government on Feb. 1, in a rare exclusion for the…

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Thai PM urges ASEAN to develop coordinated voices, innovative approaches to US and China

In his speech, on the first day of the 39th ASEAN Summit via a video conference this morning (Tuesday), Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha urged other leaders of the Association…

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Southeast Asian summit begins without Myanmar after junta snubbed

Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei (AFP) – Southeast Asian leaders kicked off an ASEAN summit Tuesday but Myanmar refused to send a representative after being angered by the bloc’s decision to exclude the…

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Junta spokesman Brigadier General Zaw Min Tun speaking during a live press conference organised by the military government in Naypyidaw. Myanmar’s junta threatened on October 25 to skip an ASEAN summit after the bloc said its chief could not attend over doubts of the military government’s commitment to defusing a bloody crisis. Handout / AFPTV / Myanmar Radio and Television / AFP

Myanmar threatens to skip ASEAN summit over junta chief’s exclusion

Myanmar’s junta threatened on Monday to skip an ASEAN summit after the bloc said the country’s military chief could not attend over doubts about the government’s commitment to defusing a bloody crisis. Myanmar has been in turmoil since the generals ousted civilian…

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Commander-in-Chief of Myanmar’s armed forces, Senior General Min Aung Hlaing attends the IX Moscow conference on International Security in Moscow on June 23, 2021. Alexander Zemlianichenko / POOL / AFP

Myanmar says it’s committed to ASEAN peace plan, despite general’s snub

Myanmar’s military rulers pledged on Sunday to cooperate “as much as possible” with a peace plan agreed with ASEAN, despite a stern rebuke of the regional bloc for excluding the…

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This picture taken on April 11, 2017 shows tourist boats anchored at a beach in Phu Quoc island in southern Vietnam. (Photo by HOANG DINH Nam / AFP)

Vietnam to open Phu Quoc island to vaccinated tourists in November

Vietnam plans to reopen the resort island of Phu Quoc to vaccinated foreign visitors in late November, authorities said, as the country looks to reboot its tourism industry after almost…

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Indonesia’s international airport in Tuban on Indonesia’s resort island of Bali. (Photo by SONNY TUMBELAKA / AFP)

Indonesia set COVID19 Quarantine set to five days

The Indonesian government has officially cut the quarantine period from eight days to five days, following the Circular of the Covid-19 Task Force Number 20 of 2021 concerning International Travel…

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The first organic skincare brand in Myanmar

Myanmar is a country which has been plagued by troubles throughout its history, but it prospered quickly after the 2015 election, which saw the first democratically elected government come into…

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Newly-released prisoners wave from a bus as they depart the Insein Prison in Yangon on October 18, 2021, after authorities announced more than 5,000 people jailed for protesting against a February coup. (Photo by STR / AFP)

Myanmar’s military releases prisoners, retracts court cases following ASEAN decision

Myanmar’s junta government has decided to release prisoners and cancel arrest warrants issued against thousands of people just days after ASEAN announced that it will exclude Myanmar’s representative from future…

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This photo taken on June 30, 2021 shows Myanmar Pressphoto Agency (MPA) journalist Ye Myo Khant (R) and Myanmar Now photographer Kay Zone Nway (L) posing after being released from Insein prison in Yangon, as Myanmar authorities released more than 2,000 anti-coup protesters from prisons across the country, including local journalists. (Photo by STR / AFP)

Myanmar to free more than 5,000 jailed for anti-coup protests: junta chief

Yangon (AFP) – Myanmar will release more than 5,000 people jailed for protesting against a February coup which ousted the civilian government, the country’s junta chief said Monday. A total…

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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 opposition welcomes ASEAN’s junta snub, wants summit invite

Oct 18 (Reuters) – Myanmar’s shadow government, formed by opponents of ruling military, welcomed on Monday the exclusion of junta leader Min Aung Hlaing from an upcoming regional summit, but…

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A priest sprinkles holy water on dogs at a drive-through pet blessing a day before World Animal Day, at Eastwood Mall, Quezon City, Metro Manila, Philippines, October 3, 2021. REUTERS/Lisa Marie David

Philippines pets receive blessings in drive-through ceremony

MANILA, Oct 3 (Reuters) – Hundreds of animal lovers in the Philippines had their pets blessed via a drive–through ceremony on Sunday to mark World Animal Day and the feast of Saint Francis of Assisi, the patron…

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ASEAN won’t invite Myanmar junta leader to summit

In the strongest sign of its frustration with the continuing crisis in Myanmar, ASEAN foreign ministers have decided not to invite the country’s junta leader Gen Min Aung Hlaing to…

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ASEAN chair Brunei confirms junta leader not invited to summit

Brunei said on Saturday a non-political representative from Myanmar will be invited to an upcoming summit of leaders from Southeast Asian countries this month, effectively sidelining the leader of a…

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In this file photo taken on February 15, 2021, Khin Maung Zaw (C), a lawyer representing detained Myanmar civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi and ousted president Win Myint, speaks to the media outside Dekhina district court in Naypyidaw. – Khin Maung Zaw, the chief lawyer for Myanmar’s ousted civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi, said on October 15, 2021 he has been banned by the junta from speaking to journalists, diplomats or international organisations. (Photo by STR / AFP)

Lawyer for Myanmar’s Suu Kyi says gagged by junta

Yangon (AFP) – The chief lawyer for ousted Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi said Friday he had been banned by the junta from speaking to journalists, diplomats or international organisations….

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Changi Airport in Singapore. (Photo by CNA)

More than 2,400 vaccinated travelers are now approved to enter Singapore without quarantine from next Tuesday

More than 2,400 vaccinated travelers from eight countries like the UK, France, and the US are now approved to enter Singapore without quarantine, from next Tuesday. Applications under these new…

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