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  • Lewis Hamilton on Malaysian Grand Prix pole position
    Lewis Hamilton puts in a scintillating performance to take pole position for the Malaysian Grand Prix.
    BBC News.  Sat, 01 Oct 2016 10:15:09 GMT.
  • Philippines' Duterte defiant over 'slaughter' call
    Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte refused to back down Saturday over his stated desire to slaughter millions of people, as global condemnation built against him likening his crime war with Hitler's efforts to exterminate Jews. ...
    Yahoo.  Sat, 01 Oct 2016 05:19:01 -0400.
  • Delphi to expand driverless-taxi test
    Delphi Automotive wants to expand its road test of driverless taxis - scheduled to debut next year in Singapore - to other cities.  Sat, 1 Oct 2016 00:01:00 EST.  Subscription required.
  • Pornographic film appears on billboard in Jakarta
    Motorists and residents in south Jakarta, Indonesia, are left in shock after a pornographic film appears on a large electronic screen close to the mayor's office.
    BBC News.  Fri, 30 Sep 2016 16:54:37 GMT.
  • South China Sea is a US Election Issue for Southeast Asian Americans
    In the basement office of his Southeast Asian Community Center in a gritty neighborhood of downtown San Francisco, Philip Nguyen runs down a list of issues he says matter to Vietnamese Americans like himself. Lack of good jobs. ...
    Voice of America.  Fri, 30 Sep 2016 15:25:10 -0400.
  • Duterte 'Happy to Slaughter' Addicts
    President Rodrigo Duterte of the Philippines said in a speech on Friday that he would be “happy to slaughter” millions of drug addicts in his country. Mr. Duterte likened himself to Hitler.
    New York Times.  Fri, 30 Sep 2016 13:35:41 GMT.
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  • Indonesian Slum Dwellers Challenge Eviction Law in Landmark Case
    Slum dwellers in Indonesia have launched a landmark legal case to challenge a decades-old law which has been used to forcibly remove thousands of families, amid a wave of evictions in the country's capital. ...
    Voice of America.  Fri, 30 Sep 2016 12:57:59 -0400.
  • Dutch Government Rebukes Russian Ambassador Over MH17 Remarks
    The Dutch Foreign Ministry has summoned Russia's ambassador in The Hague for a diplomatic rebuke after Moscow made remarks critical of the criminal investigation into the crash of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17.
    Radio Liberty.  Fri, 30 Sep 2016 11:15:13 +0000.
  • Duterte, Citing Hitler, Says He Wants to Kill 3 Million Addicts in Philippines
    Defying criticism of his country’s bloody war on drugs, the Philippine president escalated his provocative rhetoric with a reference to the Holocaust.
    Felipe Villamor.  New York Times.  Fri, 30 Sep 2016 08:55:28 GMT.
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  • More Tech Startups In Philippines Likely Won't Trickle Down To Its Poor
    In August 2015, the Philippines government announced a roadmap toward supporting the country?s startup ecosystem. The goal is for the country to boast 500 startups with a total valuation of $2 billion by 2020.
    By Casey Hynes.  Forbes.  Fri, 30 Sep 2016 04:11:00 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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