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  • Choice Tables: In Siem Reap, Cambodia, Local Fare Gets a Chance to Shine
    New restaurants offer a deep dive into one of Southeast Asia’s lesser-known cuisines.
    Robyn Eckhardt.  International Herald Tribune.  Mon, 31 Aug 2015 18:04:42 GMT.
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  • Myanmar’s president signs off on law seen as targeting Muslims
    Myanmar’s president on Aug. 30 signed into law the last of four controversial bills championed by radical Buddhists but decried by rights groups as aimed at discriminating against the country’s Muslim minority.
    Hurriyet.  Mon, 31 Aug 2015 15:16:00 +0200.
  • Thai Police Hunt Two Bangkok Bombing Suspects
    Police probing Thailand's deadliest bombing issued arrest warrants on Monday for two suspects after a second weekend raid on a suburban apartment block uncovered possible bomb-making materials.
    Reuters.  International Herald Tribune.  Mon, 31 Aug 2015 12:09:29 GMT.
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  • Myanmar President Signs Off on Law Seen as Anti-Muslim
    Myanmar's president on Monday signed into law the last of four controversial bills championed by radical Buddhists but decried by rights groups as aimed at discriminating against the country's Muslim minority. ...
    Voice of America.  Mon, 31 Aug 2015 11:34:02 -0400.
  • Bangkok police claim bomber hunt reward
    Thailand's police chief says an $83,000 public reward will go to his own men after they arrested a suspect in the deadly bombing of a Bangkok shrine.
    BBC News.  Mon, 31 Aug 2015 09:54:35 GMT.
  • Australia denies migrant deal collapse
    Australia's government says a deal under which Cambodia agreed to take in refugees in exchange for aid is on track, despite reports to the contrary.
    BBC News.  Mon, 31 Aug 2015 07:19:44 GMT.
  • Malaysia's Prime Minister Vows Not to Step Down
    Malaysia's government staked its claim to the capital's streets Monday after a two-day demonstration calling for the ouster of Prime Minister Najib Razak. ...
    Voice of America.  Mon, 31 Aug 2015 03:14:06 -0400.
  • Bangkok bombings: Thai police arrest suspect
    Police hunting for the perpetrators of Thailand's deadliest bombing arrest a suspect they say fits the description of a man identified on security cameras as leaving a rucksack at the site of the Aug. 17 blast in Bangkok.
    Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.  Sat, 29 Aug 2015 05:40:50 EDT.
  • Your Best Market Timing Moves Now
    I freely admit to being perhaps the world’s worst market timer. For instance, October 2008 found me in Siem Reap, Cambodia watching the market attempt to come unglued on satellite TV. ...
    By Frank Armstrong Iii.  Forbes.  Fri, 28 Aug 2015 18:29:00 GMT.
  • Final MH17 Crash Report Due In October
    The Dutch Safety Board has announced that the final report into the downing of Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 over eastern Ukraine last year will be published on October 13.
    Radio Liberty.  Thu, 27 Aug 2015 12:50:30 +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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