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  • AirAsia recovery operation suspended
    The Indonesian military suspends recovery operations for AirAsia flight QZ8501 in the Java Sea after repeatedly failing to lift the fuselage.
    BBC News.  Tue, 27 Jan 2015 09:27:56 GMT.
  • Widodo vows no death row amnesty
    Indonesia's president says there will be "no amnesty" for drug traffickers facing the death penalty, despite Australian appeals over its citizens.
    BBC News.  Tue, 27 Jan 2015 07:12:21 GMT.
  • Indonesia's Military Halts AirAsia Jet Recovery Effort
    Indonesia scaled down search and recovery efforts January 27 for the bodies and wreckage of an AirAsia passenger jet that crashed last month as the military pulled out from the operation, navy officials said. ...
    Voice of America.  Tue, 27 Jan 2015 05:17:14 -0500.
  • How Premier League Soccer Has Come To Dominate Southeast Asian Sports Apparel Markets
    As American sports leagues continue to seek new revenue streams, their focus has turned from local interests to building an international fan base throughout the world. ...
    By Marc Edelman.  Forbes.  Mon, 26 Jan 2015 15:00:00 GMT.
  • Confusion, Optimism Remain as Vietnam Decriminalizes Gay Marriage
    In the past few months, Tang Ai Linh has noticed something new whenever she is logged on to Facebook: a lot more people have been posting photos and stories from gay weddings. ...
    Voice of America.  Mon, 26 Jan 2015 10:42:26 -0500.
  • Scores of Philippine Police Officers Killed in Firefight With Rebels
    At least 43 police officers were killed during an attempt to capture one of Southeast Asia’s most wanted terrorism suspects, police and government officials said.
    By Floyd Whaley.  International Herald Tribune.  Mon, 26 Jan 2015 10:18:06 GMT.
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  • Hackers target Malaysia Airlines, threaten data dump
    The Malaysia Airlines website was commandeered Monday by hackers who referenced ISIL jihadists and claimed to be from the 'Lizard Squad'
    Hurriyet.  Mon, 26 Jan 2015 09:33:00 +0200.
  • World Briefing: Malaysia: Airline Website Is Hacked
    Malaysia Airlines’s website has been hacked by a group that posted a message proclaiming support for the Islamic State militant group.
    By The Associated Press.  International Herald Tribune.  Mon, 26 Jan 2015 04:38:45 GMT.
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  • AirAsia preliminary crash report won't be released in full
    Indonesian investigators may release some initial findings next week into last month's crash of any AirAsia passenger jet that killed 162 people, but the full preliminary report will not be made public, a government official said on Wednesday.
    Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.  Wed, 21 Jan 2015 06:32:12 EST.
  • Two Uyghurs Shot Dead At China-Vietnam Border
    Chinese police have shot dead two Uyghurs who authorities say were allegedly trying to illegally cross into Vietnam.
    Radio Liberty.  Mon, 19 Jan 2015 09:04:45 +0000.
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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