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  • Philippine Muslim extremists stage mass jailbreak
    Muslim extremists carrying Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) group insignia have staged a daring jailbreak in the southern Philippines, freeing 28 detainees in the latest in a series of mass escapes, officials said on Aug. 28
    Hurriyet.  Sun, 28 Aug 2016 11:53:00 +0200.
  • Philippines: IS-linked Maute group inmates freed in 'raid'
    Muslim militants linked to so-called Islamic State are freed from jail in the Philippines in what officials say was a deal made to look like a "raid".
    BBC News.  Sun, 28 Aug 2016 10:41:24 GMT.
  • Thailand Vows To Extradite Russian Businessman Sought On Corruption Charges
    Russia’s embassy in Thailand says Thai authorities have agreed to extradite a Russian businessman and local lawmaker from Russia’s Khakassia Republic who is sought on corruption charges.
    Radio Liberty.  Sun, 28 Aug 2016 06:29:43 +0000.
  • Attacks Cloud Thailand's Upcoming Peace Talks
    A series of recent bombings in Thailand, including one this week, remain unexplained. But analysts say they cast a shadow over peace talks scheduled to begin next Friday between the Thai government and southern insurgents. ...
    Voice of America.  Fri, 26 Aug 2016 19:31:44 -0400.
  • Rakhine Nationalists Reject Annan's Commission on Myanmar Ethnic Violence
    Rakhine nationalists in Myanmar have rejected the news that former U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan will head a commission to discuss ethnic conflict and clashes in Myanmar's Rakhine state. ...
    Voice of America.  Fri, 26 Aug 2016 19:25:18 -0400.
  • The haze is back across South East Asia
    Singapore is blanketed in dense haze caused by forest fires in Indonesian, as six Indonesian provinces declare a state of emergency.
    BBC News.  Fri, 26 Aug 2016 16:46:21 GMT.
  • The Philippines And Other Developing Countries Ramp Up Online Education Culture
    Across the globe, more governments are passing legislation to create national models for online education and MOOC coursework opportunities.
    By Jason Schmitt.  Forbes.  Thu, 25 Aug 2016 20:44:00 GMT.
  • nuTonomy Launches Self-Driving Car Service in Singapore
    Ride-hailing company nuTonomy has gotten a head start over Uber by launching the first autonomous taxi service. Today, the company’s robo-taxis began transporting passengers on the streets of Singapore. ...
    Kelly Pleskot.  Motor Trend.  Thu, 25 Aug 2016 19:30:22 +0000.
  • First driverless taxi hits the streets of Singapore
    The first driverless taxi began work today in a limited public trial on the streets of Singapore.  Thu, 25 Aug 2016 06:32:45 EST.  Subscription required.
  • Self-Driving Taxis Make Their Debut in Singapore
    The introduction by the start-up nuTonomy beats Uber, which plans to offer rides in autonomous cars in Pittsburgh, by a few weeks.
    The Associated Press.  International Herald Tribune.  Thu, 25 Aug 2016 04:18:31 GMT.
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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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