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  • Two Britons die in Thai beach attack
    Two British tourists killed in an attack on a beach in southern Thailand are named by Thai police as Hannah Witheridge and David Miller.
    BBC News.  Mon, 15 Sep 2014 17:23:45 GMT.
  • Millions of gloves to fight Ebola
    Malaysia is to donate more than 20 million rubber gloves to alleviate shortages among health workers tackling the Ebola outbreak in West Africa.
    BBC News.  Mon, 15 Sep 2014 15:01:33 GMT.
  • 2 British tourists found dead on Thai beach
    The bodies of two British tourists were found Monday on a beach in southern Thailand and police said their heads had been beaten in a gruesome attack.
    Miami Herald.  Mon, 15 Sep 2014 06:09 EDT.
  • Philippine Base for US Ships Draws Mixed Reactions Amid China Tensions
    The Philippines and China are locked in a territorial dispute in the South China Sea. In recent years, Beijing has sent forces to occupy reefs claimed by Manila and boats from both countries have engaged in stand offs in those waters. ...
    Voice of America.  Mon, 15 Sep 2014 05:43:26 -0400.
  • Chilies and chocolates
    Exactly 18 years ago, I was at the National Day of Mexico reception at Singapore Raffles Hotel. ...
    Hurriyet.  Mon, 15 Sep 2014 00:01:00 +0200.
  • Heroin packed under frozen fish: 2 Canadians charged in massive drug bust
    Two Canadian-Vietnamese dual citizens have been charged with smuggling heroin and methamphetamine worth 75 million Australian dollars ($68 million US) hidden in a consignment of frozen fish fillets shipped from Kuala Lumpur to Sydney.
    Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.  Sun, 14 Sep 2014 23:21:56 EDT.
  • MH370: Sonar Reveals Secrets Of Sea Floor
    The hunt for missing Malaysian plane MH370 has revealed unsuspected secrets about the Indian Ocean, including underwater volcanoes and trenches dating back up to 100 million years.
    By Paul Rodgers.  Forbes.  Sun, 14 Sep 2014 17:05:00 GMT.
  • Typhoon Kalmaegi Makes Landfall in Philippines
    A strong typhoon slammed into the rice-producing Philippine northern region on Sunday, sparking warnings of possible landslides, flash floods and storm surges, national disaster agency officials said. ...
    Voice of America.  Sun, 14 Sep 2014 09:36:24 -0400.
  • About 100 Rescued From Sunken Philippine Ferry
    Rescuers saved about 100 people overnight and recovered two bodies from a ferry that sank in rough seas after encountering steering trouble in the central Philippines, officials said Sunday.
    By The Associated Press.  International Herald Tribune.  Sun, 14 Sep 2014 02:33:31 GMT.
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  • Malaysia Risks Enraging China by Inviting U.S. Spy Flights
    Malaysia reportedly offered to allow P-8 Poseidon aircraft to fly out of the country’s most eastern area, a move that would give the United States greater proximity to the South China Sea.
    By Jane Perlez.  International Herald Tribune.  Sat, 13 Sep 2014 23:24:58 GMT.
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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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