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  • Myanmar in rare multi-party talks
    Myanmar's president holds rare roundtable talks with the opposition, military and ethnic groups, as the US calls for "credible" elections next year.
    BBC News.  Fri, 31 Oct 2014 15:06:15 GMT.
  • Lawsuit over Malaysia missing plane
    Two children whose father was on Malaysian Airlines flight MH370 which disappeared file a lawsuit against the airline and Malaysia's government.
    BBC News.  Fri, 31 Oct 2014 08:40:12 GMT.
  • Myanmar Leaders Hold Landmark Meeting, but no Breakthroughs
    Myanmar's president and military chief met Friday with top political and ethnic minority leaders, the first summit of its kind in the country that is recovering from decades of direct military rule. ...
    Voice of America.  Fri, 31 Oct 2014 00:10:33 -0400.
  • Cell Tower News: Ebola tracking using cell towers
    Ebola tracking with cell towers This year has seen cell towers linked to a least a few major news stories. Back in March towers were used in an attempt to track the whereabouts of the missing Malaysia Airlines 370 flight. ...
    Jarad Matula.  RCR Wireless.  Thu, 30 Oct 2014 20:01:16 +0000.
  • Myanmar Foreign Investment Zone Sparks Land Grab Outrage
    As Myanmar’s real estate market booms, there are increasing complaints of land confiscation from people who say they are being illegally evicted from their property and cut out of huge profits. ...
    Voice of America.  Thu, 30 Oct 2014 10:25:00 -0400.
  • World Briefing: Cambodia: American Fugitive Is Arrested
    The police said Wednesday that they had arrested a man identified by the news media as a United States Army deserter wanted in Florida on child pornography charges.
    By The Associated Press.  International Herald Tribune.  Thu, 30 Oct 2014 00:22:12 GMT.
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  • Singapore Is The Best Place In The World To Do Business
    Singapore tops the World Bank's ranking of places to do business. There are some small reforms that will improve the life of entrepreneurs across the world, with more than 80% of the countries seeing improvements.
    By Philip Salter.  Forbes.  Wed, 29 Oct 2014 17:57:00 GMT.
  • 36 Hours in Hanoi
    During a weekend in Vietnam’s capital, go on a street food crawl, browse the art scene and explore the city’s history.
    By Robyn Eckhardt.  International Herald Tribune.  Wed, 29 Oct 2014 17:54:10 GMT.
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  • Canadian held in Indonesia likely to face charges, family says
    Neil Bantleman, the Canadian man being held in Indonesia after being swept up in a high-profile child sexual assault investigation, will be charged there, his family says.
    Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.  Wed, 29 Oct 2014 11:30:55 EDT.
  • Chief MH17 Investigator on German Claims: 'We Will Need Evidence'
    In an interview, the Dutch official leading the investigation of the crash of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 over eastern Ukraine addresses reports that German intelligence is convinced the plane got shot down by pro-Russian separatists.
    Spiegel Online.  Mon, 27 Oct 2014 17:12:24 +0100.
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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