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  • Philippines’ President Endorses Mar Roxas as Successor
    President Benigno S. Aquino III praised Mr. Roxas, his interior secretary, as the candidate most likely to carry on his anticorruption efforts.
    Floyd Whaley.  International Herald Tribune.  Fri, 31 Jul 2015 17:37:35 GMT.
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  • China's Stocks, Scandal In Malaysia And Poland's New President
    LONDON – Extreme volatility in China’s stock market in recent weeks, including the largest single-day drop since 2007 earlier this week, has stoked fears of a global selloff spurred by a weakening Chinese economy. ...
    By Control Risks.  Forbes.  Fri, 31 Jul 2015 15:28:00 GMT.
  • Africa: Lessons Learnt From Pneumonia Diagnostics Project
    [Malaria Consortium] Pneumonia is one of the leading causes of death in children under five in both Southeast Asia and sub-Saharan Africa.
    All Africa.  Fri, 31 Jul 2015 15:10:34 GMT.
  • Deadly flash floods hit Myanmar
    More more 20 people die as severe flooding in the north and west of Myanmar damages land and homes, displacing many.
    BBC News.  Fri, 31 Jul 2015 13:09:36 GMT.
  • Environmentalists Issue Warning on Mekong Biodiversity
    Scientists say the Southeast Asia’s rapid development is driving deforestation in the vital Mekong Subregion, and threatening scores of species in one of the world’s most biodiverse ecosystems. ...
    Voice of America.  Fri, 31 Jul 2015 12:29:13 -0400.
  • Possible piece of missing MH370 airliner to be studied in France
    The wing fragment found on Réunion Island in the Indian Ocean is wrapped and ready to be loaded on a cargo flight for France, where experts are hoping to learn whether it comes from the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370.
    Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.  Fri, 31 Jul 2015 12:24:38 EDT.
  • Réunion Debris Probably From Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, Australian Officials Say
    They cautioned that final confirmation about the part found on the remote French island of Réunion would not come from Australia.
    Michelle Innis.  International Herald Tribune.  Fri, 31 Jul 2015 12:18:08 GMT.
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  • Australia 'increasingly confident' wreckage is from MH370
    Authorities hunting for Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 said on July 31 they were "increasingly confident" that wreckage found on an Indian Ocean island was from the ill-fated jet, raising hopes of solving one of aviation's great mysteries.
    Hurriyet.  Fri, 31 Jul 2015 09:33:00 +0200.
  • Families of MH370 Victims Renew Talk of Compensation
    The discovery of plane debris washed up on a remote island in the southern Indian Ocean has rekindled efforts by family members of passengers on board a missing Malaysia Airlines flight to seek greater compensation, aviation lawyers said. ...
    Voice of America.  Fri, 31 Jul 2015 08:39:03 -0400.
  • Plane debris to be sent to France
    Debris found on an Indian Ocean island is to be sent to France to determine if it is from the missing airliner MH370, Malaysia's PM says.
    BBC News.  Thu, 30 Jul 2015 17:41:08 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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