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

7.1-magnitude earthquake hits northern Philippines: USGS

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

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

Myanmar junta executes three more political prisoners, more anticipated

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

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

Myanmar junta executes four democracy activists

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

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

Three people killed in Philippine university shooting

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

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

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

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

Motor vehicle factories in Myanmar under threat of closure

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

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

US ambassador-nominee pledges to help Thais pressure Myanmar junta

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

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A matter of rice and death in Myanmar

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Brussels to host first ASEAN-EU summit in December

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

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

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

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Battle for Myanmar military base continues

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

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Thai air force scrambles fighters after alleged incursion by Myanmar aircraft

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

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

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

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

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

Duterte’s daughter takes oath as Philippine vice president

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

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

Cambodia convicts opposition figures in mass trial

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

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

Hun Sen appeals to Myanmar to reconsider death sentences

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

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Malaysia government agrees to axe mandatory death penalty

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

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

ASEAN special envoy to visit Myanmar later this month

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

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

Myanmar sentences two politicians to death

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

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

Indonesia summons India envoy over ‘derogatory’ Prophet remarks

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

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

Cambodia ruling party scores landslide local poll win

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

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

New Thai-Lao strategic impetus, rail connectivity

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

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Senior US defence officials to visit Thailand

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

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Myanmar junta says will carry out first judicial executions in decades

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

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Photo: Thailand’s Government House Facebook page

Thailand, Lao PDR enhance ties as Laotian PM makes visit

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

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

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

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

ASEAN envoy to make another visit to Myanmar

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

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Boat carrying 43 capsized in Indonesia, 26 missing

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

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Representatives of 193 countries discuss disaster risk mitigation in Indonesia

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

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

Seven killed after fire engulfs Philippine ferry

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

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

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

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

Vesak Day celebration in Borobudur with thousands of lanterns

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

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(File Photo by Brendan SMIALOWSKI / AFP)

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

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

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

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

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

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

ASEAN and the US agree on a joint vision statement

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

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

Biden welcomes Southeast Asian leaders with energy, maritime pledges

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

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

The Bongbong paradox

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

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

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

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

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

Protests break out as Philippines election returns a Marcos to presidency

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

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

Marcos, son of strongman, triumphs in Philippines presidential election

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

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

Marcos Jr eyes landslide as Philippines votes for new president

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

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

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

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

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

Dirty tricks allegations mar last days of Philippine election campaign

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

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

ASEAN seeks US support for peace efforts in Ukraine

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

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

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

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

ASEAN’s joint statement on facing common global challenges

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

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Thailand’s press freedom ranking improves this year

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

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

Concern grows over even more scheduled power cuts in Myanmar

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

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

ASEAN will discuss humanitarian aid for Myanmar on May 6th

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

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Indonesian navy arrests two crude palm oil smuggling foreign tankers

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

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

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

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Malaysia to lift more COVID curbs, eases mask mandate

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

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(FILES) Aung San Suu Kyi / AFP

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

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

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

Bali to deport man for dancing naked at sacred mountain

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

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

Thailand names first special envoy on Myanmar

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

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Malaysia is confident it can meet global demand for palm oil

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

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Myanmar immigration building near Thai border car bombed Saturday night

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

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Fuel shortages in Myanmar lead to a scramble at petrol stations

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

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

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

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A soldier walk to an armoured vehicle outside the Central Bank of Myanmar, as people gathered to protest against the military coup, in Yangon on February 15, 2021. (Photo by Sai Aung Main / AFP)

Vice-chairwoman of Myanmar’s Central Bank shot dead at home

Myanmar’s local news media report that the Vice-Chairwoman of Myanmar’s Central Bank, Than Than Swe, was shot dead in her home earlier today (Thursday). She was alone when she opened…

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Myanmar’s new banking rule forces conversion of foreign currencies into Kyat

Myanmar’s Central Bank has announced that all foreign currency accounts held in the country’s banks must be exchanged to the Kyat within one working day, and all foreign currency earned…

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For years Myanmar Beer dominated bars and supermarket shelves, but after the generals ousted Aung San Suu Kyi’s civilian government last February many turned their backs on produced with a junta-backed conglomerate, along with a host of other goods made by companies linked to the armed forces, from soap to coffee. (Photo by AFP)

Myanmar military’s beer sales tumble after junta boycott

When Japanese brewing giant Kirin called time on its Myanmar operations last month, the news made little difference to Kyaw Gyi — like many drinkers, he had long boycotted the…

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Indonesia greets Ramadan with mass prayer as COVID curbs ease

JAKARTA, April 3 (Reuters) – The world’s largest Muslim-majority nation of Indonesia welcomed the start of the holy fasting month of Ramadan with a mass prayer at Jakarta’s grand mosque on Saturday,…

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UN Special Envoy on Myanmar has held talks with the ASEAN leadership

UN special envoy on Myanmar, Noeleen Heyzer, held talks with the ASEAN chair and its special envoy in Phnom Penh on Thursday, to strengthen UN-ASEAN cooperation in their efforts to…

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Thailand-Malaysia border crossings reopen after two years

Land border checkpoints between Thailand and Malaysia have reopened today (Friday), after being closed for more than two years due to the COVID-19 pandemic. A main checkpoint in Sadao district…

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Plane carrying banknote paper expected to arrive in Myanmar

Myanmar local media reports that a plane, containing materials to print Myanmar Kyat banknotes, is due to arrive in Nay Pyi Taw tonight (Wednesday). Khit Thit News Media cites sources…

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Singapore extends quarantine-free entry as Asia shifts to “living with COVID”

SINGAPORE, March 24 (Reuters) – Singapore said on Thursday it will lift quarantine requirements for all vaccinated travellers from next month, joining a string of countries in Asia moving more…

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Thai, Cambodian police crack down on major call centre gang in Cambodia

The Thai Police Cyber Taskforce (PCT) announced today (Thursday) a crackdown on a major call centre gang in Cambodia and the arrest of 28 suspects, among them two Taiwanese. Numerous…

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ASEAN special envoy Prak to meet Ko Ko Gyi, UN representatives in Yangon

On the second day of their three-day visit to Myanmar, the ASEAN special envoy and delegates are scheduled to meet with selected stakeholders in Yangon today (Tuesday), according to a…

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

Myanmar to reopen to international tourists

Myanmar will resume international passenger flights from April 17, the military said Saturday, lifting a two-year ban on foreign tourists. The Southeast Asian nation closed its borders to visitors in…

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This photo taken on September 20, 2018 shows Myanmar migrant workers preparing a fishing boat in the Thai coastal province of Samut Sakhon. (Photo by Lillian SUWANRUMPHA / AFP)

Applause for allowing migrant workers to stay on in Thailand

This week, the Thai cabinet made a commendable decision to allow legal migrant workers from Myanmar, Cambodia and the Lao PDR, who have been working in Thailand for four years,…

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Special ASEAN-US summit postponed until May

The second special ASEAN-US summit, which was scheduled to take place on March 28th and 29th, has been postponed until new dates can be arranged in May, according to Thailand’s Deputy…

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Cabinet approves two-year extension for legal workers from neighbouring countries

The Thai cabinet agreed today (Tuesday) to allow legal migrant workers from Myanmar, Cambodia and Laos, who have been working in Thailand for four years, to stay for another two…

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Myanmar to accept Thai baht for border trade, eyes using rupee

March 15 (Reuters) – Myanmar will start accepting the Thai baht currency for settling border trade transactions and is also looking at a similar plan to use the Indian rupee…

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6.7-magnitude quake strikes Indonesia’s Sumatra

Jakarta (AFP) – A strong quake struck off the west coast of Indonesia’s Sumatra island early on Monday, sending residents fleeing from their homes, but no damage or victims were reported…

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Thai woman claims close call with organ trading gang in Cambodia

A 25-year-old Thai woman from Bangkok, who was lured to work illegally in Cambodia for a call centre, escaped and fell victim to an organ trading gang, has safely returned…

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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)

Second special ASEAN-US summit postponed

The second special ASEAN-US summit has been postponed due to scheduling conflicts among ASEAN participants, according to an informed source. The source said that the proposed dates of March 28th and…

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Malaysia to re-open for tourists after two-year COVID-19 closure

Malaysia will re-open to all vaccinated tourists from April 1, authorities said Tuesday, joining a growing number of countries removing restrictions in an attempt to live with Covid. The tourism-reliant Southeast Asian country, known for its…

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Thailand expresses grave concern over Ukraine crisis at UN General Assembly

At the 11th Emergency Special Session of the UN General Assembly on Tuesday, Thailand expressed grave concern over the worsening hostilities and violence in Ukraine. Dr. Suriya Chindawongse, Thailand’s Permanent…

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In this file photo taken on February 17, 2021, model, actor and singer Paing Takhon (C) attends a demonstration against the military coup in Yangon. – Paing Takhon, a leading Myanmar actor, singer and model jailed for supporting pro-democracy protests has been pardoned and released, his legal team said on March 2, 2022. (Photo by AFP)

Myanmar junta pardons actor jailed for dissent

Yangon (AFP) – A leading Myanmar actor, singer and model jailed for supporting pro-democracy protests has been pardoned and released, his legal team said on Wednesday. Paing Takhon, 25 — a…

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Rescuers look for survivors from search boats after a vessel carrying tourists capsized in the waters between Cu Lao Cham island and Hoi An on Vietnam’s central coast on February 26, 2022 killing at least 13 people. (Photo by Hoang Sa / AFP)

13 dead after tourist boat sinks in Vietnam

At least 13 people were killed and four others missing after a tourist boat capsized Saturday in bad weather off the coast of Hoi An, a world heritage-listed Vietnamese city,…

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ASEAN expresses “deep concern” over Russia’s attack on Ukraine

ASEAN is “deeply concerned” over the evolving situation and hostilities in Ukraine, according to a statement released Saturday, after Russian troops began military assaults on key Ukrainian cities. “We call…

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Police officers help to evacuate patients after a magnitude 6.2 earthquake damaged a local hospital in West Pasaman, in Indonesia’s West Sumatra province on February 25, 2022. (Photo by IDENVI SUSANTO / AFP)

Two dead as 6.2-magnitude earthquake strikes Indonesia’s Sumatra

At least two people died when a 6.2-magnitude earthquake rocked Indonesia’s Sumatra island on Friday, with residents shuttling loved ones to safety as buildings crumbled around them. The quake came…

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Vietnam to fully reopen for international tourists March 15th

Vietnam to fully reopen to international visitors from 15th March. According to the proposal, visitors will no longer need to be part of package tours and only need to meet…

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A Thai Marine demonstrated how to handle a cobra to the US Marines during a jungle survival training as part of the Cobra Gold military exercise in Ban Chantaklem, Chantaburi in February 2020. (Photo by Royal Thai navy)

Cobra Gold 2022: Scaled-down and no cobra sacrifices

Hosted by Thailand for the past four decades, the Indo-Pacific multination war games known as Cobra Gold make headlines every year – not just for military affairs but also for…

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ASEAN envoy seeks Myanmar junta blessing to meet its opponents

PHNOM PENH, Feb 17 (Reuters) – A special Southeast Asian envoy to the crisis in Myanmar on Thursday said he was seeking to visit the country next month and appealed…

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Thailand to attend Indo-Pacific Forum in Paris

Thailand will join 57 other countries from the Indo-Pacific region to discuss a range of issues related to defence and security, digital connectivity and transnational issues, such as climate change…

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Myanmar to skip ASEAN ministerial meeting, Cambodia says

Cambodia said on Tuesday that Myanmar had confirmed its absence from this week’s meeting of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), a day after its ruling military criticised neighbours…

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Aileen Tan Shau Hwai conducting research on giant clam. (Photo by Zulfigar Yasin)

Op-Ed: Empowering Women in Ocean Science is Crucial to Environmental Recovery Efforts in Asia-Pacific

Like many of her male counterparts who regularly endure long and exhausting ocean research expeditions, the braving of challenging environs makes for a typical workday for Aileen Tan Shau Hwai,…

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Philippines kicks off chaotic election campaign season

The race to lead the Philippines kicked off Tuesday, with the son and namesake of former dictator Ferdinand Marcos the favourite to succeed authoritarian firebrand Rodrigo Duterte and return his clan to…

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Russian President Vladimir Putin (L) and Chinese President Xi Jinping pose for a photograph during their meeting in Beijing, on February 4, 2022. (Photo by Alexei Druzhinin / Sputnik / AFP)

Putin-Xi summit: strong support for ASEAN centrality

It must be the first time that the leaders of Russia and China have met exclusively and mentioned ASEAN during their discussion. Annually, each of them held bilateral meetings with…

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Myanmar’s U Chan Aye to attend ASEAN retreat

Myanmar will send U Chan Aye, Permanent Secretary for Foreign Affairs, to attend the upcoming ASEAN ministerial retreat in Phnom Penh, according to an informed source in Phnom Penh. The…

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A soldier steps out of a military vehicle outside Myanmar’s Central Bank during a protest against the military coup, in Yangon, Myanmar, February 15, 2021. REUTERS/Stringer/File Photo

Myanmar – Military and Diplomacy expected to intensify in 2022

In this second year of the Myanmar coup, activities by all parties are expected to accelerate. The stakes are high for all stakeholders as Myanmar’s military digs in. Nine prominent…

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Anti-military government protest being dispersed with tear gas by security forces in Sanchaung township in Yangon, Myanmar on March 3, 2021. (Photo by AP)

Myanmar has descended into quasi-civil war, but neither side has means to win it

While Gen Min Aung Hlaing’s coup against a civilian government one year ago has failed to achieve national unity and peace as promised, the unprecedented uprising of Myanmar’s people is…

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ASEAN and EU leaders plan to meet in Brussels in December

To mark the 45th anniversary of ASEAN-EU relations, their leaders are planning a summit in Brussels in December, according to an informed diplomatic source, who asked not to be identified….

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Few commuters ride on a mostly empty bus in Yangon, Myanmar on Tuesday, Feb. 1, 2022.

Myanmar marks coup anniversary with silent strikes

On this day (February 1st) twelve months ago, Myanmar’s promising future, coming out of a COVID-19 lockdown, was squashed by a military coup. The following months were tumultuous, rife with…

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ASEAN retreat set for 16-17 February

ASEAN foreign ministers will hold their first informal meeting under the new chair on February 16th and 17th in Phnom Penh in a hybrid format, allowing virtual participation, according to…

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