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  • Vietnam tycoon arrested for 'fraud'
    One of Vietnam's richest men, Ha Van Tham, is arrested by police on suspicion of lending fraud, authorities say.
    BBC News.  Sat, 25 Oct 2014 09:42:46 GMT.
  • Greater China Billionaires To Speak At Forbes Conference In Singapore Next Week
    Some of Greater China’s most influential business leaders will be exchanging opinions about regional and global business trends beginning Tuesday, Oct. 28, at the annual Forbes Global CEO Conference being held this year in Singapore.
    By Russell Flannery.  Forbes.  Sat, 25 Oct 2014 09:06:00 GMT.
  • Malaysia envoy appears in NZ court
    A Malaysian diplomat appears briefly in court on charges of attempted rape in the New Zealand city of Wellington after being extradited.
    BBC News.  Sat, 25 Oct 2014 03:47:11 GMT.
  • Editorial: A Deepening Partnership With Vietnam
    The United States should move with great care as it forges closer ties and builds a regional counterweight to China.
    By The Editorial Board.  International Herald Tribune.  Sat, 25 Oct 2014 01:37:28 GMT.
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  • LatAm: Viettel launches Bitel brand in Peru; America Movil posts Q3 results
    Vietnamese-owned Viettel Group last week officially launched its Bitel-branded mobile service in Peru. ...
    Roberta Prescott.  RCR Wireless.  Fri, 24 Oct 2014 20:51:32 +0000.
  • Simona Halep, in Defeat, Helps Serena Williams
    Williams made the semifinals of the WTA Finals in Singapore and earned the year-end No. 1 ranking without hitting a ball because Ana Ivanovic failed to beat Halep in straight sets.
    By The Associated Press.  International Herald Tribune.  Fri, 24 Oct 2014 14:18:55 GMT.
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  • US Scales Back 'Cobra Gold' War Games in Thailand
    The United States has confirmed it is scaling back a major annual defense exercise in Thailand, where Washington has criticized a coup by the country's military. A spokesperson for the U.S. ...
    Voice of America.  Fri, 24 Oct 2014 05:15:49 -0400.
  • Malaysian company set to buy rest of Istanbul airport
    Malaysia Airports Holdings has announced it will acquire the remaining 40 percent stake in the Sabiha Gökçen International Airport
    Hurriyet.  Thu, 23 Oct 2014 17:12:00 +0200.
  • Africa: Domestic Workers From Asia, Africa Beaten, Raped, Overworked in UAE - HRW
    [Thomson Reuters Foundation]Bangkok -One Indonesian maid in the United Arab Emirates toiled 21 hours a day, serving 20 people with no days off. Another was not paid for three years and then received only half the wages she was owed.
    All Africa.  Thu, 23 Oct 2014 15:16:35 GMT.
  • Indonesian President Close to Finalizing Cabinet, Expands Team
    Indonesian President Joko Widodo has finalized “99 percent” of his cabinet, quickly filling gaps in his ministerial team after the anti-graft agency rejected some of his candidates, a senior adviser said on Thursday. ...
    Voice of America.  Thu, 23 Oct 2014 11:31:28 -0400.
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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