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  • Joint Islamic calendar agreed in Istanbul meet
    Muslim clerics from across the world agreed a unified Islamic calendar on May 30 to determine religious days and festivals. Representatives from around 50 countries including Turkey, Malaysia, Egypt and the U.S. ...
    Hurriyet.  Mon, 30 May 2016 18:31:00 +0200.
  • Once The World's Largest Fish Fillet Producer, Pacific Andes Is Barely Treading Water Now
    Pacific Andes International Holdings, a Hong Kong company controlled by the Malaysian Ng family, once the largest fish fillet producer globally by volume, seems to have just about escaped liquidation. ...
    By Megha Bahree.  Forbes.  Mon, 30 May 2016 14:07:00 GMT.
  • Duterte declared next Philippine leader
    Rodrigo Duterte is officially declared the next president of the Philippines by parliament, but chooses not to attend the ceremony.
    BBC News.  Mon, 30 May 2016 10:10:42 GMT.
  • Philippines Military: 54 Muslim Rebels Killed in South
    Intense fighting between Philippine troops and a little-known Muslim group apparently inspired by the Islamic State group has killed 54 militants and two soldiers, officials said Monday. Regional military spokesman Maj. ...
    Voice of America.  Mon, 30 May 2016 05:13:35 -0400.
  • Cambodian Police Set to Block March by Opposition
    Police in Cambodia are blocking opposition activists from staging a protest march, as both sides spar over intensifying government pressure on its critics. ...
    Voice of America.  Mon, 30 May 2016 04:36:27 -0400.
  • Body of Thai boat British victim found
    The body of Briton Jason Parnell, missing after a speedboat capsized near the island of Koh Samui in Thailand, has been found, the Foreign Office confirms.
    BBC News.  Sun, 29 May 2016 08:18:23 GMT.
  • Drought and ‘Rice First’ Policy Imperil Vietnamese Farmers
    The Mekong Delta, Vietnam’s premier rice growing region, is suffering its worst drought since at least 1926, and saline water has swept farther up the delta than ever.
    Jane Perlez.  International Herald Tribune.  Sun, 29 May 2016 00:42:56 GMT.
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  • Arts: Major Lazer in Nuremberg, Germany, and Ai Weiwei in Athens: Global Arts Guide
    Arts events around the world this week, from Shanghai to Singapore to Hay-on-Wye, Wales.
    Compiled By Christopher D. Shea.  International Herald Tribune.  Fri, 27 May 2016 16:30:06 GMT.
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  • Honda Rethinks Assembly Line with “Assembly Revolution Cell”
    Honda introduced a new approach to mass production at its plant in Prachinburi, Thailand, where each worker is required to do jobs that would take five workers to perform at a conventional plant. ...
    Stefan Ogbac.  Motor Trend.  Mon, 23 May 2016 23:00:43 +0000.
  • 18 girls killed in fire at boarding school dorm in Thailand
    Police say 18 girls ranging from 5 to 12 years old have been killed in a fire at a boarding school dormitory in northern Thailand.
    Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.  Mon, 23 May 2016 00:01:23 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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