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Philippines stops sending workers to Qatar, fearing food riots

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The Philippines on June 6 blocked the deployment of new overseas workers to Qatar as the gas-rich Gulf state started grappling with a diplomatic...
Islamic State radicals destroy and torch church in Mindanao (video)

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Members of the Islamic State (IS) extremist group who are holding the southern Philippine city of Marawi on Mindanao under siege have begun destroying...
Mobile money services booming in Myanmar

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The absence of an inclusive banking branch network in Myanmar and notoriously complicated and slow banking account transmissions have led to strong acceptance of...
Cambodia’s communal polls testing the waters for 2018 election

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Cambodians in around 1,600 municipalities across the country are going to the polls on June 4 in what is seen as the biggest test...
Australian PM hints at new search for missing flight MH370

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The Prime Minister of Australia, Malcolm Turnbull, suggested that the search for the missing plane of doomed Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, which vanished on March...
Singapore on highest terror alert level, ISIS named biggest threat

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A new report by Singapore's Ministry of Home Affairs released on June 1 noted that the terrorism threat to the city state reached the...
Wealth of Thailand’s richest got another boost

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The new Forbes list of Thailand's 50 richest persons is out, and - lo and behold - it shows that their collective net worth...
Kim Jong-nam murder trial goes to high court, suspects facing death

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The high-profile court case on the alleged murder of North Korea’s Kim Jong-nam at Kuala Lumpur International Airport on February 13 this year has...
Trump makes it harder for Southeast Asians to obtain US visas

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An increasing number of acts of terrorism and violent attacks, the spread of Islamist ideas and serious incidents of human trafficking from Southeast Asia...
Myanmar’s hardline Buddhist monks unimpressed by ban

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Myanmar's ultra-nationalist Ma Ba Tha movement despite a ban gathered in a Yangon monastery on May 27, just shortly after Myanmar's top Buddhist clergy...
Is Mindanao Southeast Asia’s Syria in the making?

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Pictures of the southern Philippine city of Marawi on fire are sending a worrying message across the world: Will Mindanao, the Philippines' conflict-ridden southern...
Mindanao clashes: Philippine gov’t speaks of “foreign invasion”

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The Philippine government said on May 26 that the clashes in Marawi City on the southern island of Mindanao were an "invasion of foreign...
Proton sale: Malaysia’s ex-PM bemoans “loss of national car brand”

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Malaysia's former Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad is not amused about the sale of a 49.9-per-cent stake of national car maker Proton to Chinese automotive...
Harley-Davidson builds factory in Thailand

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In what is quite a contradiction to US President Donald Trump's motto "Buy American, hire American," iconic US motorbike maker Harley-Davidson announced on May...
Internet speed in Southeast Asia: Singapore, Thailand top, Philippines flop

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Singapore and Thailand have the fastest average Internet speeds in of the more developed countries in Southeast Asia, while the Philippines is lagging significantly...
Communist Laos gets first-ever cardinal

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In a surprise move, Pope Francis on May 21 named new cardinals for countries where Catholics are only a small minority: Mali, Sweden -...
Trans-Pacific Partnership to go ahead – without the US

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Countries in the economic pact of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreed on May 21 to move on with the multilateral trade deal without the...
The importance of producing MAMA noodles

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Since 45 years, MAMA noodles are part of the daily diet in Thailand, and the brand is widely regarded as the queen of instant...