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

Putin accepts invites to visit Thailand, Vietnam

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

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

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

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

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

Thailand pledges support of National Ceasefire Agreement in Myanmar

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

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

Philippine envoy stresses rules-based order for South China Sea

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

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PM Srettha to attend the ASEAN-GCC summit in Riyadh

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

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

Srettha, Anwar set up task forces to step up ties

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

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

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

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

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

UK Special Envoy boosting engagement on LGBT+ rights

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

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

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

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

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Myanmar junta angry at China over crime blockbuster ‘tarnishing’

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

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Thai-Cambodian ties entering ‘a new era’

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

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New centre symbolizes Thai-Cambodian efforts against human trafficking

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

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

A new era declared in Thai-Cambodian relationship

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

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

Srettha, Hun Manet hold talks on Thai-Cambodian cooperation

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

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

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

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

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Cross border scams on agenda at Thai and Cambodian PM meeting

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

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Indonesia woman jailed for TikTok video praying before eating pork

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

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PM Srettha to visit Cambodia this month

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

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

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

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

Several ASEAN air force chiefs skip Myanmar meeting

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

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

Fifty-six people killed in Hanoi apartment fire

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

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Srettha government urged to make South peace talks more inclusive

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

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

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

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

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Earthquake in Laos felt in Chiang Rai

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

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

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

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Highlights of the Prayut government’s diplomatic achievements

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

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Philippines, Australia sign strategic partnership deal

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Luxembourg to sign the ASEAN TAC next year

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

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

Asean forms a troika to tackle the Myanmar crisis

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

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

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

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

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

ASEAN leaders seek unity at summit dominated by Myanmar crisis

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

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Sarun will head Thai delegation to Asean summit

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

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Japan is ASEAN’s new comprehensive strategic partner

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

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Hundreds of Malaysian tourists stranded at Sadao district border checkpoint

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

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

Candidate close to establishment wins Singapore presidential race

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

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Thailand a prospective export target for Vietnam

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

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Dollar crunch prompts new rule, remittance service for Myanmar workers

One of Myanmar’s leading private banks has launched a digital money remittance service for Myanmar migrant workers in Thailand, coinciding with a new official requirement for them to remit at…

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

East Timor condemns Myanmar’s expulsion of top diplomat

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

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ERIA launches a digital innovation centre

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

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

New PMs of Thailand and Cambodia vow to work together

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

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Cambodia’s Prime Minister Hun Manet (C).//AFP

Cambodian lawmakers elect Hun Sen’s son as next leader

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

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

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

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Biden to sign strategic partnership deal with Vietnam

U.S. President Joe Biden will sign a strategic partnership agreement with Vietnam during a state visit to the Southeast Asian country in mid-September, Politico reported on Friday, citing three people…

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Members of the fire and rescue department inspect the crash site of a plane on a street in Shah Alam, Malaysia’s Selangor state on August 17.//AFP

Ten killed in light plane crash near Malaysian capital

A light plane crashed into a four-lane road near Malaysia’s capital on Thursday, killing eight people on board and two motorists on the ground, the local police chief said. The…

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An elephant with a shackled leg is pictured at the Hanoi Zoo in Hanoi on August 16//AFP

Push to free chained elephants at Hanoi zoo

Legs in iron chains and unable to roam freely, the treatment of two elderly elephants at the Hanoi public zoo has drawn outrage in Vietnam, with animal rights groups demanding…

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This photo taken on August 13, 2023 and received courtesy of Tarlin Mg via Facebook on August 14 shows rescue workers at the site of a deadly landslide at an unregulated jade mine near northern Kachin’s Hpakant township. At least 25 people are missing after a landslide at an unregulated jade mine in a remote region of Myanmar, rescue workers said August 14. (Photo by Tarlin MG / UGC / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE – MANDATORY CREDIT « AFP PHOTO / Tarlin MG via Facebook » – NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS – DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS

Death toll from Myanmar jade mine landslide hits at least 31

Yangon, Myanmar – The death toll from a landslide at an unregulated jade mine in a remote part of Myanmar has hit at least 31, with eight people still missing,…

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Thailand-Vietnam bilateral trade expected reach US$25Bn next year

The Thai Chamber of Commerce has set a target to increase bilateral trade between Thailand and Vietnam to US$25 billion next year, with the expectation that young entrepreneurs and start-ups…

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Hue Citadel, Vietnam – A Journey Back in Time

One of Vietnam’s most historic towns, Hue, is packed with relics from the reign of the 19th-century Nguyen emperors. From 1802 to 1945, Hue was the capital of Vietnam and…

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Myanmar to skip Asean chair of 2026

Myanmar’s Asean chairmanship will give up its chair in 2026 due to the domestic situation and the country’s unpreparedness, according to diplomatic sources.The chair will be taken up by the…

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The photo shows people looking at the site of a deadly landslide at an unregulated jade mine near northern Kachin’s Hpakant township. //AFP

At least 25 missing after Myanmar jade mine landslide

At least 25 people are missing after a landslide at an unregulated jade mine in a remote region of Myanmar, rescue workers said Monday. The incident on Sunday outside northern…

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A woman casts her vote at a polling station during the state election in Selayang, Malaysia’s Selangor state on August 12.//AFP

Malaysians vote in six states in polls seen as referendum on Anwar

Malaysians went to the polls in six states Saturday to vote for state assembly members in elections being closely watched as an indicator of support for Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim’s…

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In this handout picture taken on August 10, 2023, Cambodia’s Prime Minister-designate Hun Manet (C) and incoming cabinet members pose for a group photo at the headquarters of the Cambodian Peopleís Party (CPP) in Phnom Penh. (Photo by Kok KY / CAMBODIA’S GOVERNMENT CABINET / AFP)

Cambodia’s Hun Sen unveils new government with son as leader

Outgoing Cambodian ruler Hun Sen on Thursday unveiled the country’s new government, headed by his eldest son and including his youngest son and his nephew in senior roles. Hun Sen’s…

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A stockpile of dry coconuts in a garden of Amphawa district, a famous agrotourism destination 65 kms west of Bangkok. (Photo by Phoowadon Duangmee)

Thailand is China’s top source of coconut meat and shells

Thailand is the top exporter of coconut meat and shells to China, under the ASEAN-China free trade agreement (ACFTA), accounting for 80.02% of market share, with export value for the…

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Evidence of ongoing war crimes in Myanmar

In its report, released on August 8th, the UN’s Independent Investigative Mechanism for Myanmar (IIMM) has highlighted that there is strong evidence of repeated war crimes in Myanmar. The IIMM…

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Indonesian President Joko Widodo (L) and First Lady Iriana Widodo (R) on August 6.//AFP

Indonesia says Myanmar solution needs ‘political will’ from all sides

Indonesian President Joko Widodo on Tuesday said a resolution to the Myanmar crisis that has dragged into its third year needed “political will” from all sides of the conflict, as…

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Hun Manet (C), commander of the Royal Cambodian Army and eldest son of Prime Minister Hun Sen, gestures after he casts his vote at a polling station in Phnom Penh on July 23, 2023. -STR / AFP

Cambodian king appoints Hun Sen’s son as new PM

Hun Manet was appointed Cambodia’s new leader by the king on Monday, after having effectively been given the post from his father who ruled for nearly four decades. Days after a landslide…

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Hun Manet, eldest son of Prime Minister Hun Sen, shows his finger after he casts his vote at a polling station in Phnom Penh on Jul 23, 2023 (Photo: AFP/STR)

Cambodian king to appoint Hun Sen’s son as new PM

Cambodia’s king on Monday will appoint Hun Manet the country’s new leader after his father Hun Sen calls time on nearly four decades of hardline rule. Days after a landslide victory in July’s election, Hun Sen — one of the world’s longest-serving leaders…

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Philippines says China blocked, water-cannoned boat in S. China Sea

The Philippines on Sunday accused China’s coast guard of blocking and water-cannoning a Philippine military supply boat in the South China Sea, condemning the “excessive and offensive actions” against its…

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Myanmar air strikes kill two Karenni rebels and 12 government troops

Fierce fighting raged on Saturday about 30km from the Thai border with Myanmar, between Myanmar ground forces, supported by air strikes, and Karenni rebel forces. Three Myanmar jets were deployed…

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Fugitive ex-Thai PMs Thaksin and Yingluck seen in video at Cambodian leader’s birthday party

Former Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra attended a birthday party for outgoing Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen in Phnom Penh, according to video posted online Sunday, a day after Thaksin said…

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File photo : Malaysia’s former prime minister Mahathir Mohamad leaves the Nikkei Forum “Future of Asia” in Tokyo on May 26.//AFP

Malaysia ex-PM Mahathir discharged from hospital after checks: source

Former Malaysian prime minister Mahathir Mohamad was discharged from a specialist heart hospital on Friday, a source told AFP, after four days of medical checks. The 98-year-old former leader is…

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Bangkok is the world’s most visited city this year

Bangkok, Thailand’s capital, is the most visited city in the world so far this year, with around 22 million international arrivals, according to a survey by the Travelness travel blog….

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Vietnam expands automated passport control at major airports

The Immigration Department has deployed the automatic passport control gate system (Autogate) at Noi Bai and Tan Son Nhat immigration gates from August 1st, 2023 and at Da Nang and…

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Myanmar’s Aung San Suu Kyi pardoned in 5 cases: state media

Jailed Myanmar civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi has been pardoned in five criminal cases, though she still faces 14 others, state media said Tuesday. The announcement was part of an amnesty of more…

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

Myanmar junta extends state of emergency, signalling poll delay

Myanmar’s junta extended the country’s state of emergency by six months on Monday, signalling a delay to elections they had pledged to hold as the military battles anti-coup fighters across…

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This handout photograph taken and released by the Myanmar’s Military Information Team on July 31, 2023, shows Min Aung Hlaing Myanmar’s military chief speak during a defense and security council meeting in Naypyidaw. (Photo by Myanmar Military Information Team / AFP)

Myanmar junta officially postpones election promised after 2021 coup – state TV

Myanmar’s ruling junta has officially postponed an election promised by August this year after its 2021 coup, state television reported on Monday night. Junta leader General Min Aung Hlaing, in…

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Violent clashes have ramped up since the Myanmar military deposed Aung San Suu Kyi’s civilian government in February 2021. / AFP

One dead, 12 wounded in Myanmar bomb blast

A bomb blast in southeastern Myanmar killed one person and wounded 12 others on Monday, an official said. Violent clashes have ramped up since the military deposed Aung San Suu…

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Attacks on Karenni rebels increase, 117 more refugees flee to Mae Hong Son

Fighting has been raging in Kayah state in Myanmar since Thursday, when government troops launched ground and air attacks on rebel forces in the Demoso Township, forcing 117 Karenni to…

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Tourists shy away from sea around Ko Lan to avoid plankton bloom

Tourists visiting Ko Lan, a small resort island off Pattaya beach, found to their dismay on Saturday that the sea around the island has turned green and was emitting a…

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Vietnam’s Vinfast starts construction of EV factory in the US

Vinfast, a Vietnamese electric car manufacturer under Vingroup, held a ground-breaking ceremony for an electric car factory in North Carolina, US on Friday. The event marked an important step in…

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Rice field by the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) in Los Banos town, Laguna province, Philippines. (Photo by Ted Aljibe / AFP)

Philippines seeks rice supply boost, may look to India

Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. said on Saturday the country must boost its rice stocks and that he may seek a supply deal with India, worried about the potential impact…

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Fears of further depreciation after Myanmar’s new 20,000 Kyat note announcement

The pubic in Myanmar are worried that the Kyat is further depreciating, after the announcement that a new 20,000 Kyat bank note denomination will be printed, though Myanmar’s Central Bank…

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(FILES) in this file photo taken on January 17, 2020, Myanmar’s State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi poses for pictures during a welcoming ceremony for China’s President Xi Jinping at the Presidential Palace in Naypyidaw. Myanmar civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi, who was ousted from power in a 2021 military coup, has been moved from prison to a government building, an official from her political party said on July 28, 2023. (Photo by AFP)

Myanmar’s Aung San Suu Kyi moved from prison: party official 

Myanmar civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi, who was ousted in a 2021 military coup, has been moved from prison to a government building, an official from her party said…

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TikTok won’t launch cross-border e-commerce services in Indonesia amid concerns

TikTok said it has no plans to roll out a cross-border business in Indonesia as a government minister on Thursday expressed concerns over how reported plans for a new e-commerce…

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Unlike his father, Hun Manet is not in a ‘legacy trap’

The swift decision by Samdech Prime Minister Hun Sen to appoint his son, Hun Manet, as the next leader of Cambodia was a well-calculated and Machiavellian move to create a…

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New wetlands at Singapore’s Gardens by the Bay

An urban wetland being built in Gardens by the Bay will be twice as large as what was originally planned. Scientists find that mangroves in that environment can capture more…

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Schoolchildren make their way to school as haze from forest fires blankets Palembang. (Photo by Abdul Qodir / AFP)

As El Nino fuels fire risk, Southeast Asia prepares for haze crisis

Southeast Asian nations are gearing up to tackle the threat of a tougher-than-usual “haze” season together, as the El Nino climate phenomenon raises the risk of soaring temperatures. Ministers and…

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(FILES) Cambodia’s Prime Minister and Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) president Hun Sen gestures as he arrives to attend the EU-ASEAN summit at the European Council headquarters in Brussels on December 14, 2022, with EU and ASEAN flags in the background. (Photo by Kenzo TRIBOUILLARD / AFP)

Hardline Cambodian PM Hun Sen to step down after four decades

Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen, one of the world’s longest-serving leaders, said Wednesday he will resign and hand power to his eldest son after almost four decades of hardline rule….

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Indonesia says Taliban representatives visited ‘informally’

Representatives of Afghanistan’s Taliban government travelled to Indonesia earlier this month on an unofficial visit, the foreign ministry in Jakarta said Tuesday, despite Kabul saying they held meetings with politicians…

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Indonesia sees rising wildfire risk amid dry weather conditions – govt

Indonesian authorities said on Monday the number of areas where wildfire could occur has doubled over the past week due to dry weather, raising concerns over widespread forest fires even…

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Hun Sen’s ruling party claims landslide win in Cambodian election after opposition was suppressed

The ruling party of Cambodia’s longtime Prime Minister Hun Sen claimed a landslide victory in Sunday’s general election, an outcome that was virtually assured after the suppression and intimidation of…

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Myanmar announces new note, inflation fears rise

State-owned news media have announced that new bank notes for the Kyat, the official currency of Myanmar, will be printed. The new note will be a 20,000 Kyat denomination and…

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At least 15 killed, 19 missing in Indonesia ferry sinking

At least 15 people were killed and 19 more were missing on Monday after a ferry sank off the coast of Indonesia’s Sulawesi island, search and rescue officials said. The…

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Hun Manet, son of Cambodia’s Prime Minister Hun Sen, speaks during the final Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) election campaign for the upcoming general election in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, July 21, 2023. REUTERS/Cindy Liu

Cambodia holds lopsided election ahead of historic transfer of power

Cambodia holds a one-sided election on Sunday that is certain to prolong the ruling party’s dominance of politics, clearing the path for a historic leadership transition and the end of…

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Profile: Cambodia’s Hun Sen: four decades of power

Cambodians vote Sunday in an election lacking any credible opposition to Prime Minister Hun Sen, who has maintained an iron grip on the kingdom since first becoming leader in 1985….

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Cambodia’s election committee prepare voting booths on polling day eve

Cambodia’s National Election Committee (NEC) gathered to organise and set up polling stations on Saturday a day ahead of the country’s general election, in which about 9.7 million out of…

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A view of Kuala Lumpur’s skyline in Malaysia May 30, 2023. REUTERS/Hasnoor Hussain/File Photo

Malaysia halts music festival after same-sex kiss by UK band The 1975

Malaysia’s government halted a music festival in the capital Kuala Lumpur on Saturday, a day after the frontman of British pop rock band The 1975 kissed a male bandmate onstage…

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Members of anti-animal cruelty group Humane Society International, (HSI) transport a cage containing dogs from a slaughter house in Tomohon, North Sulawesi, Indonesia, Friday, July 21, 2023. (Photo by Mohammad Taufan / AP)

A notorious Indonesian animal market has ended its brutal dog and cat meat trade, campaigners say

Authorities on Friday announced the end of the “brutally cruel” dog and cat meat slaughter at a notorious animal market on the Indonesian island of Sulawesi following a years-long campaign…

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Fighting expected to escalate near Myanmar’s border with Mae Hong Son

Fighting between Myanmar government forces and Karenni Army troops is expected to escalate, after the Myanmar military sent three battalions of reinforcements to a border base opposite Mueang district of…

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Hun Manet, commander of the Royal Cambodian Army and eldest son of Prime Minister Hun Sen, gestures during a campaign rally in Phnom Penh on July 21.//AFP)

‘Victory day’: Cambodia heir leads final rally ahead of one-sided election

Cambodian leader Hun Sen’s eldest son and chosen successor hailed “victory day” in a final rambunctious rally Friday, ahead of one-sided elections that his father’s ruling party is guaranteed to…

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Propaganda leaflets appear in Myanmar following Thai FM’s visit

Since the visit by Thailand’s Foreign Minister Don Pramudwinai, propaganda leaflets have been distributed within Myanmar carrying the FM’s picture. The handout, so far only reported to have been distributed…

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U.S. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen attends a meeting with Vietnamese Prime Minister Pham Minh in Hanoi, Vietnam Thursday, July 20, 2023. (Photo by Hau Dinh / AP)

US Treasury’s Yellen sees Vietnam as key partner in ‘friendshoring’ supply chains

The United States sees Vietnam as a key partner in expanding green energy sources and building more resilient supply chains, U.S. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen said in a speech to…

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Malaysia issues license to Musk’s Starlink to bring internet services to remote areas

Malaysia has issued a license to Starlink, the satellite communications service started by Elon Musk, to provide internet services in the country, particularly in remote areas, its communications minister said…

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Fur-ever after: Indonesians sorry after lavish dog ‘wedding’ backlash

Jakarta – Two Indonesian women have apologised after a lavish “wedding” for their dogs sparked a backlash in the middle-income country, where wealth distribution is one of the most unequal in…

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Thailand’s adult female literacy placed 6th among ASEAN countries

A report on gender equality and development shows that, despite significant progress in education equality, the disparity still exists. The literacy rate of Thailand’s adult females in 2022 was 92.4%,…

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Cambodia’s Prime Minister Hun Sen shakes hands with supporters during a rally for the ruling Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) ahead of the upcoming election in Phnom Penh on July 1, 2023. Cambodians go to the polls on July 23. (Photo by Tang Chhin Sothy / AFP)

Critics question fairness of Cambodia election as PM prepares son for succession

With no clear challenge in sight, the mood around the ruling Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) is festive with song and cheer as they campaign in the streets of capital Phnom…

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Myanmar’s first eSports app – Eternity

An eSports-centric application has been set up by an enterprising group of gamers in Myanmar, exciting local eSports fans. It is hoped that the “Eternity” app will become the “be…

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