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  • Bike-share ban for unwed Aceh couples
    An Indonesian district where Sharia law is practiced passes legislation to ban unmarried couples from riding motorcycles together.
    BBC News.  Tue, 05 May 2015 16:00:57 GMT.
  • Smuggler 'hid rare birds in bottles'
    An Indonesian man is arrested for allegedly smuggling rare birds, including parrots and cockatoos, inside plastic bottles.
    BBC News.  Tue, 05 May 2015 14:12:46 GMT.
  • Mass Grave Exposes Entrenched Trafficking in Thailand
    Police in southern Thailand have found two more camps believed to have held human trafficking victims -- one containing a buried skeleton. ...
    Voice of America.  Tue, 05 May 2015 13:50:00 -0400.
  • Indonesia’s Economy Slumps to Its Weakest Pace Since 2009
    The economy was hit by soft global demand and a collapse in commodities prices. The weakness underscores the challenge facing President Joko Widodo.
    International Herald Tribune.  Tue, 05 May 2015 05:45:35 GMT.
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  • Thailand to Open Inquiry Into Human Trafficking Network
    The head of the Thai national police said that three local officials and one man from Myanmar had been arrested since the discovery of a mass grave.
    Thomas Fuller.  International Herald Tribune.  Mon, 04 May 2015 15:59:34 GMT.
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  • Africa: 9th International Conference On Typhoid, Invasive NTS Disease Held in Bali, Indonesia
    [PR Newswire] Bali, Indonesia -- Global public health experts discuss future strategies of combatting typhoid, invasive NTS disease
    All Africa.  Mon, 04 May 2015 15:10:49 GMT.
  • Philippines Disappointed After Pacquiao's Defeat
    Sadness and disappointment gripped Filipinos after Manny Pacquiao's defeat in his much-anticipated fight against American Floyd Mayweather Jr. but they still considered the boxing icon a national hero. ...
    Voice of America.  Sun, 03 May 2015 11:11:57 -0400.
  • Floyd Mayweather defeats Manny Pacquiao, keeps unblemished record
    Floyd Mayweather Jr. preserved his unbeaten record as a professional with a unanimous decision victory over Manny Pacquiao of the Philippines in their welterweight megabout at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Saturday.
    Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.  Sun, 3 May 2015 00:51:11 EDT.
  • Mass 'migrant prison camp' grave found in Thailand
    Authorities in Thailand uncovered a mass grave in an abandoned jungle camp May 1 believed to contain the remains of migrants from Myanmar and Bangladesh, a grisly find in a region notorious for people-smuggling routes
    Hurriyet.  Fri, 01 May 2015 15:46:00 +0200.
  • Honda, Takata sued over airbag shrapnel death in Malaysia
    The father of a pregnant woman killed by shrapnel from an airbag that deployed during an auto accident in Malaysia sued Takata and Honda in the US.  Fri, 1 May 2015 06:43:18 EST.  Subscription required.
Laos map, showing Vientane, the capital city of Laos, and adjacent areas of the Southeast Asian peninsula
Thailand map, showing Bangkok, the capital city of Thailand, and adjacent areas of Southeast Asia
Indonesia map, showing Jakarta, the capital city, plus Brunei, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, and Timor-Leste

Facts About Southeast Asian States

The nations of Southeast Asia include the mainland nations of Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand, and Vietnam, as well as the island nations of Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, and Timor-Leste.  Browse the national government websites listed below for additional news and information about the Southeast Asian countries.

The State of Brunei's capital city is Bandar Seri Begawan, and its national currency is the Brunei Dollar.  The primary languages used in Brunei are Malay and English, and the country's estimated population in 2007 was 375,000.

The State of Cambodia's capital city is Phnom Penh, and its currency is the Riel.  Khmer is the official language of Cambodia, and in 2007, the nation's estimated population was 13,996,000.

The Republic of Indonesia's capital city is Jakarta, and its currency is the Rupiah.  Bahasa Indonesia is the country's official language, and Indonesia's estimated population in 2007 was 234,694,000.

The Lao People's Democratic Republic's capital city is Vientiane, and its currency is the Kip.  The official language of Laos is Lao, and in 2007, the country's estimated population was 6,522,000.

Malaysia's capital city is Kuala Lumpur, and its currency is the Malaysian Dollar.  Bahasa Malaysia is the country's primary language, and in 2007, Malaysia's estimated population was 24,821,000.

The Union of Myanmar is also known as Burma.  Myanmar's capital city is Rangoon, and its currency is the Kyat.  Burmese is the nation's primary language, and in 2007, Myanmar's estimated population was 47,374,000.

The Republic of the Philippines' capital city is Manila, and its currency is the Philippine Peso.  The country's primary languages are Filipino and English, and in 2007, the estimated population of the Philippines was 91,077,000.

The Republic of Singapore's capital city is Singapura, and its currency is the Singapore Dollar.  Chinese and English are the most widely used languages in Singapore, and in 2007, the Republic's estimated population was 4,553,000.

The Kingdom of Thailand's capital city is Bangkok, and its currency is the Baht.  Thai is the official language of Thailand, whose estimated population was 65,068,000 in 2007.

The Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste's capital city is Dili, and its currency is the US Dollar.  Portuguese and Tetum are the primary languages used in Timor-Leste, whose estimated population in 2007 was 1,085,000.

The Socialist Republic of Vietnam's capital city is Hanoi, and its currency is the Dong.  The primary language of Vietnam is Vietnamese, and in 2007, the country's estimated population was 85,262,000.

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