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  • MH17 crash: Briton's body identified
    The Foreign Office confirms the body of John Alder, one of 10 Britons killed in the Malaysia Airlines crash, has been identified.
    BBC News.  Sat, 30 Aug 2014 09:20:24 GMT.
  • World Briefing: Myanmar: Census Yields a Surprise
    Myanmar has discovered that it has 51 million people — far less than the previously estimated 60 million.
    By The Associated Press.  International Herald Tribune.  Sat, 30 Aug 2014 02:11:20 GMT.
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  • Readout of the Vice President's Call with President Aquino of the Philippines
    Vice President Biden spoke with President Aquino of the Philippines today to express U.S. support for the Filipino peacekeepers currently surrounded by armed non-state groups in the Golan Heights. ...
    The White House.  The White House.  Sat, 30 Aug 2014 00:20:02 +0000.
  • Letter: Dealing With Myanmar
    David I. Steinberg, an Asian scholar at Georgetown, responds to an editorial.
    International Herald Tribune.  Fri, 29 Aug 2014 21:19:59 GMT.
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  • Labor Shortage Dents Thai Plans to Boost Rice Exports
    Thailand is facing delays in plans to export millions of tons of rice from state stockpiles because of a labor shortage at ports after hundreds of thousands of foreign workers fled amid fears of a military crackdown on illegal migrants. ...
    Voice of America.  Fri, 29 Aug 2014 18:41:54 -0400.
  • Myanmar census shows 9m shortfall
    The first national census since 1983 reveals that Myanmar has 9 million fewer people than the 60 million the government had estimated.
    BBC News.  Fri, 29 Aug 2014 17:42:33 GMT.
  • Dutch prosecutor in Ukraine for crash inquiry
    The Netherlands has assigned a prosecutor to work in Kiev on the criminal investigation into the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17.
    Miami Herald.  Fri, 29 Aug 2014 13:16 EDT.
  • Malaysia Airlines to slash 6,000 jobs in survival bid
    Malaysia Airlines will slash thousands of staff, trim its route network, and replace its CEO under a plan announced to stave off bankruptcy after two air tragedies plunged the already troubled carrier deeper into crisis
    Hurriyet.  Fri, 29 Aug 2014 12:50:00 +0200.
  • Malaysia Airlines to Cut Staff, Routes
    Malaysia Airlines, the country's money-losing flag carrier, will cut thousands of jobs, trim routes and replace its CEO under plans to return the company to profitability within three years. ...
    Voice of America.  Fri, 29 Aug 2014 05:05:27 -0400.
  • What Anti-China Riots? Investment In Vietnam Surges Ahead
    When I visited Ho Chi Minh City three years ago, I couldn’t meet enough angry people. Factory bosses in the industrial parks outside town complained of lazy workers who would pull wildcat strikes for higher pay. ...
    By Ralph Jennings.  Forbes.  Fri, 29 Aug 2014 00:00:00 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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