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  • Search Halted for Indonesia Landslide Victims
    Indonesian officials say they have called off the search for victims of a landslide on the main island of Java. ...
    Voice of America.  Sun, 21 Dec 2014 07:04:37 -0500.
  • Mother believes son was murdered
    The mother of a Derby man who died in Thailand last year tells a coroner she has a "gut feeling" her son was murdered.
    BBC News.  Sat, 20 Dec 2014 02:29:44 GMT.
  • VIDEO: Workers freed days after tunnel collapse
    Twelve workers have been rescued after being trapped for four days in a collapsed tunnel in Vietnam's Lam Dong region.
    BBC News.  Fri, 19 Dec 2014 19:30:00 GMT.
  • Cultured Traveler: Thailand’s ‘Gong Highway’
    Along this 21-mile stretch of road in the eastern corner of the country, the soundtrack is the echoing bong of instruments made there.
    By Jody Jaffe and John Muncie.  International Herald Tribune.  Fri, 19 Dec 2014 16:55:13 GMT.
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  • Exiled Myanmar Singer Still Not Able to Return Home
    In Myanmar, thousands of refugees have returned home in recent years, drawn by democratic changes, a growing economy and loosened restrictions on political freedoms. But not everyone is welcome. ...
    Voice of America.  Fri, 19 Dec 2014 12:13:00 -0500.
  • Malacca Journal: Celebrating the Legacy of a Chinese Explorer
    A Malaysian town is commemorating the contributions of Zheng He, a Chinese seafarer who spread his country’s culture and architecture here in the 15th century.
    By Edward Wong.  International Herald Tribune.  Fri, 19 Dec 2014 01:33:07 GMT.
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  • Computer Science In Vietnam: Counting Down To The Hour Of Code
    The supply of computer science grads in Vietnam is not keeping up with demand. Attracting new students who wouldn?t otherwise be exposed to science and technology is a major emphasis for those trying to grow the talent pool.
    By Techonomy.  Forbes.  Thu, 18 Dec 2014 17:13:00 GMT.
  • 3 temporary foreign workers killed in Alta. crash
    Three people are dead after a crash near Sylvan Lake, north of Calgary, on Saturday afternoon. The victims were all temporary foreign workers from the Philippines.
    Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.  Sun, 14 Dec 2014 11:59:32 EST.
  • 26 dead, 82 missing in Indonesian landslide
    Rescuers searching for more than 80 people missing after a landslide in Indonesia deployed bulldozers and excavators Sunday to battle their way through roads strewn with debris to the site of the disaster, officials said.
    Hurriyet.  Sat, 13 Dec 2014 11:41:00 +0200.
  • Remarks by President Obama at Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative Town Hall, 11/14/14
    Yangon University Rangoon, Burma 3:43 P.M. MMT PRESIDENT OBAMA: Hello, everybody! AUDIENCE: Hi! PRESIDENT OBAMA: Myanmar Luu Ngae Myar Min Galarbar! (Applause.) It’s wonderful to be back in Myanmar. Everybody, please have a seat. ...
    The White House.  The White House.  Fri, 14 Nov 2014 13:46:00 +0000.
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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