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Mahathir pledges to step down for Anwar after next November

KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) — Malaysia’s Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad, the world’s oldest prime minister, promised on Tuesday to hand over power to anointed successor Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim in spite…

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Gambia details mass rapes, killings in Myanmar at World Court

THE HAGUE (Reuters) —The Gambia’s legal team described mass rapes, the burning of families in their homes and the killing of dozens of Muslim Rohingya children with knives as it…

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Suu Kyi to face scrutiny over genocide charges in the Hague

YANGON (Reuters) – The last time Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi traveled to western Europe, she was feted as the freshly elected civilian ruler of a fledgling democracy who…

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Former Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak arrives at Kuala Lumpur High Court in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, December 3, 2019. REUTERS/ Lim Huey Teng

Former Malaysian PM Najib takes stand in 1MDB scandal-linked trial

KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) – Former Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak took to the witness box for the first time on Tuesday to defend himself on criminal charges linked to a…

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Prime Minister Mahathir and his wife Siti Hasmah Mohamad Ali during a rest over coffee at a café in Kuala Lumpur. Photo from Mahathir’s Facebook post

Malaysian PM Mahathir takes wife on a date around KL

Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad took the weekend off for a date with his wife Tun Dr Siti Hasmah Mohamad Ali around the Malaysian capital of Kuala Lumpur, according to…

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Thailand’s ranking among 20 top marine polluters improves from 6th to 10th place

Thailand’s ranking among the 20 biggest international contributors to marine plastic waste has improved by four places from sixth to tenth, thanks to the government’s initiatives and the voluntary efforts…

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70 aftershocks followed Thursday’s 6.4 magnitude earthquake in Laos

About 70 aftershocks were recorded after the 6.4ML earthquake struck Xayaboury province in the Laos PDR yesterday. The quake damaged 65 houses in the Chalerm Phrakiat district of Thailand’s northern…

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Thai-owned power plant in Hongsa intact, but homes damaged by earthquakes

Houses in many villages in the Hongsa district of Xayaboury province in the Laos PDR were damaged by two strong earthquakes this morning, according to the Vientiane Times. Xayaboury deputy…

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Cambodia’s opposition leader in-exile Sam Rainsy, who leads the Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP), speaks to members of the media as he arrives at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport in Sepang on November 9, 2019. – Cambodia’s exiled opposition figurehead Sam Rainsy arrived in Malaysia on November 9 as he sought to return home to rally his supporters against strongman Hun Sen, while security was beefed up at the kingdom’s borders and in Phnom Penh. (Photo by SADIQ ASYRAF / AFP)

Sam Rainsy: Malaysian MPs support democracy in Cambodia

KUALA LUMPUR —  Malaysian lawmakers have shown their support for democracy in Cambodia, said  Sam Rainsy, the acting president of the Cambodian National Rescue Party (CNRP). The self-exiled politician, whose…

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Exiled Cambodian opposition figurehead arrives in Malaysia

Cambodia’s exiled opposition figurehead Sam Rainsy arrived in Malaysia Saturday as he sought to return home to rally his supporters against strongman Hun Sen, while security was beefed up at the kingdom’s…

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Cambodia tightens security at Thai border with additional troops

Cambodia has beefed up security along its border with Thailand, with troop and police reinforcements being deployed at strategic areas to prevent former opposition leader Sam Rainsy and his men…

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A woman reads a local newspaper with a headline on Cambodia’s oppositon leader Sam Rainsy attempt to return at a newsstand in Phnom Penh on November 7, 2019. – Thailand will not allow Sam Rainsy to transit through the kingdom in a bid to return to Phnom Penh, Prime Minister Prayut Chan-O-Cha said on November 6. (Photo by TANG CHHIN Sothy / AFP)

Sam Rainsy insists he will return to Cambodia

Cambodian opposition leader Sam Rainsy has vowed to try to return to Cambodia from self-imposed exile on Saturday despite Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha’s refusal to grant him entry into Thailand…

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PM refuses ex-Cambodian opposition leader Sam Rainsy entry into Thailand

Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has made clear that Cambodia’s former opposition leader Sam Rainsy will be refused entry to Thailand on his way to the Cambodian border town of…

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ASEAN believes RCEP makes tremendous progress despite India’s absence

Even though India is not yet on board the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP), ASEAN leaders believe that they have made a breakthrough to make one of the world’s most…

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Russia is ready to assist ASEAN to develop digital economy

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has pledged to cooperate with ASEAN in the exchange of knowledge and technology to help move the regional grouping towards a digital economy. He said…

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PM Mahathir opposes separatism in Thailand’s deep South

Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohammad is supportive of Thailand’s efforts to resolve unrest in the deep South of the country through peaceful means and opposes any desires for separatism. Mahathir…

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“Build ASEAN brands” – AirAsia CEO Fernandes

Tony Fernandes, the Group CEO of AirAsia, appealed to ASEAN governments to help create and strengthen what he called “ASEAN brands” as part of the efforts to harness economic and…

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Leaders told to create a truly child-friendly ASEAN

Thailand’s Minister of Social Development and Human Security Chuti Krairiksh today (Friday) urged all ASEAN member countries to make a child-friendly ASEAN a reality. In his address on the 30th…

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Vietnamese turn to traffickers to help chase fortunes abroad

DIEN THINH, Vietnam (AP) — For many Vietnamese, a job in a Western European country is seen as a path to prosperity worth breaking the law. But the risks of…

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The Latest: Lion Air report says various issues led to crash

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — The Latest on the final report by Indonesia’s National Transportation Safety Committee on the Oct. 29 crash of a Lion Air flight that killed 189 people….

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Foreigners offer prayers at the reopened Erawan shrine in Bangkok on August 19, 2015. Thai monks led prayers on August 19 for the reopening of Bangkok shrine where a blast killed 20 people, as police hunted a man shown on security footage calmly planting what is believed to be the bomb. AFP PHOTO / Christophe ARCHAMBAULT (Photo by CHRISTOPHE ARCHAMBAULT / AFP)

Long-stay foreigners in Thailand to be required to have health insurance when applying for non-immigrant visas

Effective from October 31st, foreigners who apply for a non-immigrant visa will be required to have health insurance to ensure that they are covered for medical treatment while in Thailand…

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Thailand and Germany push global knowledge exchange to rethink Circular Economy

from 25- 27  September 2019 –The Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH in collaboration with the United Nations Environmental Program (UNEP) organised the “Reduce! Rethinking the Circular Economy: A…

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Indonesian couple fear sex-ban changes will make them criminals

TANGERANG, Indonesia (Reuters) – After 13 years of happily unmarried life that has brought them three children, one middle-aged Indonesian couple is worried.   Their relationship is neither legal nor…

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Cambodian judge orders new probe in reporters’ spying case

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — A court in Cambodia on Thursday ordered a new investigation and postponed a verdict in the espionage trial of two journalists who had worked for…

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Mahathir says he will stay in power 3 years at the most

NEW YORK (Agencies) – Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad of Malaysia said he expects to stay as leader for three years, just a week after his political heir apparent Anwar Ibrahim…

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Thais warned to avoid protest sites in Indonesia

The Thai Embassy in Jakarta has warned Thai people travelling in the Indonesian capital and other cities to avoid sites where Indonesians have been protesting since Monday. The embassy said…

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Thai PBS forges cooperation with Timor-Leste’s Press Council

In 1998, a contingent of The Royal Thai Army joined the multi-national peacekeeping force set up by the United Nations in Timor-Leste (East Timor). It was tasked with restoring peace…

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Prime Minister Prayut addressing the UN Climate Action Summit in New York on Monday. – Photo from Government House

PM Prayut reaffirms ASEAN’s active role in tackling climate change

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha on Monday said the 10 countries of ASEAN are committed to working with the international community to tackle the challenge of climate change.   Addressing the…

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20 killed, 70 hurt in protests in Indonesia’s Papua province

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — At least 20 people were killed Monday, including three shot by police, in violent protests by hundreds of people sparked by rumors that a teacher insulted…

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Malaysia, Indonesia shut thousands of schools over forest fires haze

(AFP) Thousands of schools were shuttered across Malaysia and IndonesiaThursday, affecting at least 1.7 million pupils, officials said, as toxic hazefrom rampant forest fires sent air quality plummeting. Nearly 2,500 schools were ordered to shut their doors in Malaysia — including nearly 300 in the smog-hit…

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Money flows to determine Future Forward future

Tuesday, December 10, 2019: Another political suspense yet reaches a climax on Wednesday, December 11, with the Election Commission set to rule on whether the Future Forward can legally and…

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(FILE PHOTO) – Indonesia’s Incumbent President Joko Widodo attends a plenary session during the 34th ASEAN Summit in Bangkok, Thailand, June 22, 2019. REUTERS/Jorge Silva

Indonesia unveils site of new capital on Borneo island

JAKARTA (Reuters) – Indonesia on Monday revealed the long-awaited site for its new $33-billion capital on the forested island of Borneo to replace the crowded, polluted megacity of Jakarta, which…

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US-China trade row seen to help conclude RCEP by year end

The escalating trade war between the US and China may help drive a conclusion to the negotiation of the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) free trade agreement to ensure smooth…

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ASEAN commemorates 52nd anniversary by inaugurating new secretariat building

JAKARTA, Aug. 8 (Xinhua) — The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) inaugurated here on Thursday its new secretariat building as it commemorates its 52nd anniversary. Inauguration of the new…

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ARF discussed cooperation on security issues

Foreign ministers from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and their counterparts from world powers including the United States, China and Russia discussed cooperation on a number of security…

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(Photo) U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo poses with his ASEAN counterparts for a family photo during the ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ Meeting in Bangkok, Thailand August 1st, 2019/ REUTERS (Jonathan Ernst/Pool)

Pompeo says U.S. doesn’t ask Southeast Asians to take sides

BANGKOK (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told Southeast Asian counterparts at a meeting in Bangkok on Thursday that the United States never asked Indo-Pacific nations to take…

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52nd ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ Meeting (AMM), July 30th – August 3rd, 2019

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Chinese FM hails major progress in effort to resolve disputes in South China Sea

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi today hailed the early completion of the first reading of the papers relating to the negotiation of a joint code of conduct in the South…

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Thai PM delivered an opening speech at the 52nd ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ Meeting, Bangkok

Thailand’s Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha delivered the opening speech at the 52nd ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ Meeting in Bangkok on Wednesday, July 31st. The Prime Minister cited a number of outcomes…

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3rd ASEAN Media Forum

July 29th, 2019 – Mrs. Pornpimol Kanchanalak, Advisor to Foreign Minister, delivered a keynote speech on behalf of H.E. Don Pramudwinai, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Thailand, on “ASEAN &…

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Jurin to attend RCEP in a bid to form world’s biggest trading bloc

Thailand’s Deputy Prime Minister and Commerce Minister Jurin Laksanawisit is scheduled to attend a ministerial conference on the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) in Beijing later this week, in a…

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Thailand and ASEAN attempt to curb marine debris

In an effort to eliminate marine plastic debris, the 10 member states of ASEAN (The Association of Southeast Asia Nations) has adopted “The Bangkok Declaration on Combating Marine Debris in…

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(Photo) FILE: People wait to see the sunset from the top of Shwesandaw Pagoda in the ancient city of Bagan February 13, 2015/REUTERS (Soe Zeya Tun )

Myanmar’s temple city Bagan awarded UNESCO World Heritage status

YANGON (Reuters) – UNESCO inscribed Myanmar’s ancient capital of Bagan as a World Heritage Site on Saturday, nearly a quarter of a century after the complex of Buddhist temples was…

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Future Forward spokeswoman advised to read more before making public comments

An economics professor at Chulalongkorn University has rebuked Future Forward spokeswoman Pannika “Chor” Wanich and advised her to equip herself with knowledge before making public comments “just for the sake…

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Thai PM to join G20 Osaka summit as ASEAN chair

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha is leaving for Osaka on Thursday to attend the G20 summit which has become a highly-anticipated event this week in the wake of the lingering trade…

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FM Don advises Thanathorn not to talk about ASEAN

Foreign Minister Don Pramudwinai – “It took many years, since there were just five founding members, to become a grouping of ten countries. This is not a matter of just…

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Future Forward party leader urged ASEAN to drop the principle of non-interference

Future Forward party leader Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit – “ASEAN in a year in which Thailand plays a leading role can prove that we can move beyond the fortress of ignorance under…

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ASEAN leaders’ spouses visited Royal Barges museum

June 23, 2019 – Spouses of ASEAN leaders visited the National Museum of Royal Barges in Bangkok and witnessed a chanting demonstration for the Royal Barge Procession and enjoyed a…

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ASEAN Summit accepts Thailand’s ASEAN Outlook on Indo-Pacific concept

ASEAN leaders have accepted Thailand’s initiative to reinforce ASEAN’s leading role, in the conduct of relations with external partners in the region, by adopting the “ASEAN Outlook on the Indo-Pacific”…

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ASEAN leaders told to wake up to ASEAN DNA

Thailand’s Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha called on his counterparts in ASEAN to awaken to the sense of belonging in the ASEAN Community, or ASEAN DNA, and join hands and hearts…

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Special silver lei souvenir gifts for ASEAN leaders and their spouses

ASEAN leaders and their spouses, attending the ASEAN Summit in Bangkok, will each be presented with a special souvenir from the Thai government, a silver lei (garland) crafted by top…

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Southeast Asian leaders throw weight behind China-led trade pact

Southeast Asian leaders gathered in Bangkok on Saturday determined to drive forward the world’s largest commercial pact, with the trade war between the US and China clouding the outlook for…

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Southeast Asian nations vow to combat plastic debris in oceans

BANGKOK (Reuters) – Southeast Asian nations vowed on Saturday to fight against plastic pollution in the ocean, as their leaders adopted a joint declaration during a summit in Bangkok. The…

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ASEAN to bid for the right to host 2034 World Cup

The 34th ASEAN Summit will tomorrow consider a proposal, from the ASEAN foreign ministers, for the regional bloc to submit a bid to host the football World Cup in 2034….

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US-China trade war, sea row in ASEAN summit spotlight

BANGKOK (AP) — Southeast Asian leaders will commit to conclude a long-delayed regional trade pact this year despite lingering odds to fend off risks from a protracted U.S.-China trade war…

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Thailand’s PM holds talks with leaders of Vietnam, Indonesia and Myanmar

Prime Minister Prayut Can-o-cha held bilateral talks with the leaders of Indonesia, Vietnam and Myanmar on the sidelines of the ASEAN Summit in Bangkok today. Government deputy spokesman Lt-Gen Werachon…

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Pheu Thai calls on ASEAN leaders to press PM Prayut about democratic principles

As ASEAN leaders are now in Bangkok for the 34th ASEAN Summit, the opposition Pheu Thai party today called on them to apply pressure to Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha to…

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PM vows to increase efforts against human trafficking following 2019 TIP report

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha is satisfied that Thailand remains on Tier 2 of the US State Department’s 2019 Trafficking in Persons (TIP) report and has vowed to continue tackling human…

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Thailand ready to host 34th ASEAN Summit

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SDGs ranking 2019 – Thailand 40th globally, 1st in ASEAN

Thailand ranks 40th out of 162 countries surveyed on development progress relating to the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), moving up 19 places from last year, according to the Sustainable…

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(Photo) Filmmaker Min Htin Ko Ko Gyi arrives at Insein court before his trial in Yangon, Myanmar May 23, 2019/Reuters

As Myanmar military takes critics to court, some want Suu Kyi to act

YANGON (Reuters) – As Min Htin Ko Ko Gyi arrived at a Yangon court recently to face charges of defaming Myanmar’s military in Facebook posts, the ailing filmmaker was greeted…

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(Photo) Indonesia’s presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto speaks to his supporters after this week’s presidential election in Jakarta, Indonesia, April 19, 2019/ REUTERS

Tight security at Indonesia court as opposition pushes for fresh election

JAKARTA (Reuters) – Lawyers for Indonesia’s political opposition called on Friday for President Joko Widodo’s election victory to be annulled, telling the Constitutional Court it had been achieved through “systematic…

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(Photo) Residents and protesters hold lighted candles at the wake of Kian Loyd delos Santos, a 17-year-old high school student, who was among the people shot dead last week in an escalation of President Rodrigo Duterte’s war on drugs in Caloocan city, Metro Manila, Philippines August 21, 2017./ REUTERS

Philippines slams ‘unpardonable intrusions’ by U.N. rights experts

MANILA (Reuters) – The Philippine government attacked United Nations human rights experts on Saturday for “unpardonable intrusions”, after a call for an international investigation into killings linked to President Rodrigo…

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(Photo) In a Facebook post on June 6, 2019, Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen said he deeply regretted Singapore PM Lee Hsien Loong’s remarks./AFP

Cambodia’s Hun Sen says Singapore supported genocide

PHNOM PENH/HANOI (Reuters) – Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen has accused Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong of supporting genocide because of comments Lee made about Vietnam’s 1978 invasion of…

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Myanmar strongman pays respects to the remains of General Prem

Myanmar strongman, Senior General Min Aung Hlaing, has poured high praise on the late General Prem Tinsulanonda, saying he felt as if he had lost his father.     Min…

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Malaysia’s Mahathir proposes common East Asia currency pegged to gold

KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) – Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad on Thursday mooted the idea of a common trading currency for East Asia that would be pegged to gold, describing the…

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Malaysia to send 3,000 tonnes of plastic waste back to countries of origin

KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) – Malaysia will send as much as 3,000 tonnes of plastic waste back to the countries it came from, the environment minister said on Tuesday, the latest…

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ASEAN parliamentarian group calls for end to judicial harassment of Thai politicians

The Jakarta-based ASEAN Parliamentarians for Human Rights (APHR) released a statement yesterday (May 27) calling on the Thai authorities to end their harassment of Future Forward party leader Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit…

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Thai films steadily spread soft power across the region

“Friend Zone”, a romantic comedy about a handsome guy who has been in love with his best friend for over a decade, produced by a promising Thai director, Chayanop Boonprakop….

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Thais in Indonesia advised to avoid protest sites for their safety 

Thai citizens in Indonesia have been warned by the Thai embassy in Jakarta to exercise extreme caution when travelling around Indonesia’s capital and to avoid areas where protests are being…

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Indonesia curbs social media, blaming hoaxes for inflaming unrest

JAKARTA, May 22 (Reuters) – Indonesia has introduced curbs on social media in a bid to prevent the spread of hoaxes, some calling for violent post-election attacks, and quell two…

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(Photo) Indonesian anti-riot police take a position to disperse the mob during an overnight-violent demonstration near by the Elections Oversight Body (Bawaslu) in Jakarta on May 22, 2019./AFP

Jakarta governor says six dead in Indonesia post-election unrest

JAKARTA (Reuters) – Six people died in civil unrest that gripped parts of Jakarta on Tuesday night after the election commission confirmed that President Joko Widodo won last month’s election,…

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(Photo) The signing was overseen by Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak (L) and his Singapore counterpart Lee Hsien Loong, who proposed the idea together in 2013/AFP

Singapore and Malaysia suspend intercity rail project

SINGAPORE (Reuters) – Singapore and Malaysia have agreed to suspend the construction of a billion dollar train project linking the city-state to the southern Malaysian state of Johor, their transport…

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(Photo) Indonesia’s Joko Widodo (C), who has won a second term as president, spoke to reporters with his running mate Ma’ruf Amin (R) in Jakarta three days before the official results were announced/AFP

Indonesia opposition plans legal challenge after president’s re-election confirmed

JAKARTA (Reuters) – Indonesian President Joko Widodo comfortably won re-election in last month’s poll, an official count showed on Tuesday, throwing the spotlight on his opponent Prabowo Subianto who has…

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(Photo) AFP: Southeast Asia is in the grip of a fresh surge of paedophile activity with predators orchestrating and watching abuse on live-streaming sites and via webcams, paying for it with near-untraceable crypto-currency, victims and children’s charities warn

Keyboard predators: SE Asia’s kids targeted by online paedophiles

Southeast Asia is in the grip of a fresh surge of paedophile activity with predators orchestrating and watching abuse on live-streaming sites and via webcams, and paying for it with…

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Picture: (AFP) The festering diplomatic row is over tonnes of rubbish shipped to the Philippines from Canada in 2013 and 2014

Philippines withdraws top diplomats from Canada over trash row

MANILA (Reuters) – The Philippines is withdrawing top diplomats from Canada after Ottawa missed a deadline to take back 69 shipping containers full of trash, the latest move in a…

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As trade war bites, China’s Xi preaches openness

BEIJING (Reuters) – China has a glorious history of being open to the world and it will only be more open, President Xi Jinping said on Wednesday, in his first…

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Vietnam intensifies crackdown on online dissent: Amnesty report

HANOI (Reuters) – Vietnam has stepped up its imprisonment of political activists, Amnesty International said in a report on Monday, intensifying a crackdown that has seen the number of prisoners…

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Thailand to export elephants after 10-year ban

After a decade long ban on the export of Thai elephants, Thailand’s Foreign Trade Department has eased restrictions to pave way for the export of the protected species for non-commercial…

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Participants of INPUT 2019 register for the reception at Royal Orchid Sheraton Hotel Monday night.

INPUT 2019 documentary event starts in Bangkok

INPUT 2019, one of the world’s leading events for public broadcasters and documentary film producers,  starts today in Bangkok with a documentary on the dramatic cave rescue at Tham Luang in…

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Indonesia plans to move capital city out of crowded Java island

JAKARTA (Reuters) – Indonesia’s president has decided to move the capital of the world’s fourth most populous country away from the crowded main island of Java, but has yet to…

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Man arrested for picking anemone from the sea

A tour guide has been arrested on charges of hunting protected marine species after he allegedly picked a bunch of anemone, along with anemonefish, from the sea for display to…

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Over 270 died from overwork-related illnesses in Indonesia elections

JAKARTA (Reuters) – Ten days after Indonesia held the world’s biggest single-day elections, more than 270 election staff have died, mostly of fatigue-related illnesses caused by long hours of work…

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15 dead in Sri Lanka after gun battle with suspected Islamist militants

COLOMBO (Reuters) – The bodies of 15 people, including six children, were discovered at the site of a fierce overnight gun battle on the east coast of Sri Lanka, a…

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Indonesia President Joko Widodo declares victory in presidential race

JAKARTA (Reuters) – Indonesian President Joko Widodo declared victory on Thursday in the race to lead the world’s third-largest democracy, saying unofficial results showed his ticket had got 54 percent…

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Indonesia’s Widodo set for 2nd term as president

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesian President Joko Widodo has won a second five-year term, preliminary election results showed Wednesday, in a victory for moderation over the nationalistic rhetoric of his…

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In world’s biggest one-day election, Indonesia votes for its president

JAKARTA (Reuters) – Indonesians began voting in the world’s biggest single-day election today as polling stations opened across the sprawling equatorial archipelago following a six-month campaign to choose a new…

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Vietnam woman in Kim brother murder to be freed on May 3

Subsequently, the 30-year-old former hair salon worker pleaded guilty to “causing injury” and was handed a three year and four month jail term effective from the date of her arrest…

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Incumbent President Joko Widodo (C-L in white) and his running mate for the upcoming election Ma’ruf Amin (C-R in white) parade during a campaign in Tangerang, in the Banten province on April 7

Indonesia president leads in polls, ballot tampering charges probed

JAKARTA (Reuters) – Four days ahead of Indonesia’s general election, President Joko Widodo retains a double-digit lead over his challenger, retired general Prabowo Subianto, three opinion polls published this week…

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Nationwide sacred water drawing ceremony proceeds smoothly

Officials and members of the public in Thailand’s 76 provinces today took part in a nationwide ceremony to draw sacred water from 108 water sources to be used during the Coronation of HisMajesty…

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Vietnamese national Doan Thi Huong smiles as she is escorted by Malaysian police out of the High Court in Shah Alam on Monday.

Vietnam woman in Kim assassination to walk free next month

Kuala Lumpur (AFP) — A Vietnamese woman accused of assassinating the North Korean leader’s half-brother will walk free in May after pleading guilty to a lesser charge, her lawyer said….

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Brunei to impose death by stoning for gay sex and adultery

Adultery and gay sex in Brunei will be subject to death by stoning from next week, authorities said, under a strict Sharia law that has been on hold for four years amid…

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Trump promises North Korea ‘AWESOME’ future ahead of summit

Hanoi (AFP) — US President Donald Trump touted North Korea’s “AWESOME” future if his “friend” Kim Jong Un, whom he meets for a high-stakes dinner later tonight, agrees to give…

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Mahathir urges ASEAN to be vigilant against big power involvement in region

KUALA LUMPUR – Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad of Malaysia said today  big power rivalry and foreign interference swirling around the Middle East is yet another reminder why Malaysia and ASEAN must…

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US and China extend trade talks; Xi-Trump meeting may follow

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. and Chinese negotiators agreed Friday to extend high-level trade talks through the weekend, and President Donald Trump said he hoped to meet next month at his…

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Democrats unveil ten policies to make Bangkok livable, clean, safe

Democrat party leader Abhisit Vejjajiva today presented ten policies to upgrade the livelihood of the people in Bangkok by making the city “livable, beautiful, clean, safe and with opportunities”. He…

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Most undecided yet which parties to vote for

Poll finds most people undecided about which parties to vote for About 76 percent of respondents in the latest opinion poll admitted that they have not yet decided which parties…

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Suu Kyi’s NLD party clashes with military over proposal to change army-drafted charter

NAYPYITAW (Reuters) – Myanmar’s ruling party clashed with military lawmakers on Tuesday as it proposed steps towards changing the constitution, its biggest challenge in nearly three years to the army’s…

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