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  • Dalai Lama Urges Aung San Suu Kyi to Help Myanmar’s Rohingya
    The Dalai Lama criticized the leader of Myanmar’s democracy movement for not addressing the country’s harsh treatment of its Rohingya minority.
    Thomas Fuller.  International Herald Tribune.  Thu, 28 May 2015 17:25:13 GMT.
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  • Malaysian police probed over graves
    Malaysia detains 12 policemen suspected of human trafficking, two of whom are said to be connected to recently discovered jungle graves.
    BBC News.  Thu, 28 May 2015 11:01:01 GMT.
  • Growth in Philippines slows sharply
    Growth in the Philippine economy slowed in the first quarter of the year to its lowest annual pace since 2011.
    BBC News.  Thu, 28 May 2015 04:03:24 GMT.
  • Malaysia: 139 People Buried in Remote Graves on Border
    Malaysia's Deputy Home Affairs Minister says the government believes 139 people are buried in a group of graves discovered in a remote location on the country's border with Thailand. ...
    Voice of America.  Thu, 28 May 2015 03:43:53 -0400.
  • Thailand Sentences 6 ‘Yellow Shirt’ Protesters to 2 Years in Prison
    Six "yellow shirt" protesters in Thailand have been sentenced to two years in prison for breaking into the prime minister's office during massive anti-government protests in 2008. ...
    Voice of America.  Thu, 28 May 2015 02:10:14 -0400.
  • After Germanwings And Malaysia Airlines Tragedies, The FAA Will Study Pilots' Mental Health
    The Federal Aviation Administration said Wednesday that it will join forces with air carriers and the medical community to study the mental and emotional health of commercial pilots. ...
    By Micheline Maynard.  Forbes.  Wed, 27 May 2015 17:49:00 GMT.
  • Migrants Rescued From the Sea Face Uncertainty in Indonesian Camps
    Aid groups are concerned that the conditions in the camps are unsanitary, could potentially spread disease, and were never intended for long-term habitation.
    Joe Cochrane.  International Herald Tribune.  Wed, 27 May 2015 14:22:02 GMT.
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  • Thai elections pushed back to September 2016: Junta
    Thailand's junta confirmed May 27 that elections will not be held until September 2016, dealing a further blow to hopes that the kingdom's generals will swiftly hand power back to a civilian government.
    Hurriyet.  Wed, 27 May 2015 09:10:00 +0200.
  • Malaysia finds 139 graves, signs of torture at human trafficking camps
    Malaysia has found 139 graves, and signs of torture, in more than two dozen squalid human trafficking camps suspected to have been used by gangs smuggling migrants across the border with Thailand, the country's police chief said on Monday.
    Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.  Mon, 25 May 2015 01:48:40 EDT.
  • Pet Geckos May Pose Health Risk
    Researchers detect antibiotic-resistant bacteria in lizards from Indonesia Source: HealthDay Related MedlinePlus Pages: Animal Diseases and Your Health, Antibiotic Resistance, Pet Health
    National Library of Medicine.  Thu, 21 May 2015 12:00:00 EDT.
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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