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  • Singapore Arrests Teenager Over Video Critical of Lee Kuan Yew
    The arrest came on Sunday as a state funeral for Mr. Lee, the founding father who died last week, was attended by world leaders and dignitaries.
    Austin Ramzy.  International Herald Tribune.  Tue, 31 Mar 2015 17:14:19 GMT.
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  • Myanmar profile
    Provides an overview, basic facts and key dates for this south Asian country.
    BBC News.  Tue, 31 Mar 2015 16:28:42 GMT.
  • Journalists held as Malaysian arrests mount
    Malaysian police detained a prominent publisher and a website editor on sedition charges March 31, the latest targets in a mounting tally of arrests that a senior opposition politician compared to an infamous 1987 political crackdown.
    Hurriyet.  Tue, 31 Mar 2015 15:57:00 +0200.
  • Singapore profile
    Provides an overview of Singapore, including key events and facts.
    BBC News.  Tue, 31 Mar 2015 15:47:14 GMT.
  • Editors and Executives of News Website Malaysian Insider Are Arrested
    Critics call the detention of five people from the publication, over an article about a proposal to allow strict Islamic law, an assault on press freedom.
    Austin Ramzy.  International Herald Tribune.  Tue, 31 Mar 2015 12:06:36 GMT.
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  • Thai PM to Lift Martial Law
    The head of Thailand's ruling military council says he has asked the country's king for permission to remove the martial law that was put in place following a coup last year. ...
    Voice of America.  Tue, 31 Mar 2015 05:15:15 -0400.
  • Myanmar Government, Rebels Sign Draft Peace Deal
    The government of Myanmar and representatives from 16 major ethnic rebel groups have signed a draft cease-fire accord that aims to end decades of armed conflict. ...
    Voice of America.  Tue, 31 Mar 2015 04:49:29 -0400.
  • Lee Kuan Yew 'Doesn't Trust' The Nation He Built
    Singapore’s founding father never believed his country would outgrow its nanny.
    By Muhammad Cohen.  Forbes.  Mon, 30 Mar 2015 05:03:00 GMT.
  • Thailand Extradites Another Reputed Russian Crime Boss
    Thailand has extradited a Russian citizen wanted by Kemerovo regional police in Siberia for banditry, kidnapping and extortion.
    Radio Liberty.  Fri, 27 Mar 2015 14:52:23 +0000.
  • Africa: Moments in Time - Lee Kuan Yew's Singapore
    [Daily Maverick] For three decades, travelling around, into and out of Southeast Asia, J. BROOKS SPECTOR and his family passed through Singapore numerous times. One of his children was even born there. ...
    All Africa.  Wed, 25 Mar 2015 13:48:51 GMT.
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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