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  • Myanmar education activists arrested
    Police in Myanmar break up a demonstration against new education legislation, arresting eight.
    BBC News.  Thu, 05 Mar 2015 17:53:52 GMT.
  • Vietnam's IT Workers Value Passion Over Pay
    As Vietnam emerges as a global hotspot for offshore IT services, the country’s tech workers have more employment opportunities than ever before. With IT talent in high demand, job seekers can be selective. ...
    By Techonomy.  Forbes.  Thu, 5 Mar 2015 16:04:00 GMT.
  • DNA reveals bird shift surprise
    DNA samples reveal two species of forest-dwelling birds on remote Indonesian islands are actually members of the ground-dwelling pipit and wagtail family.
    BBC News.  Thu, 05 Mar 2015 12:42:14 GMT.
  • Next Step for Anirban Lahiri, India’s Top Golfer: U.S. Debut
    Lahiri, the No. 1 player on the Asian Tour, has four victories in the past 11 months, including the Malaysian and Indian Opens.
    By Karen Crouse.  International Herald Tribune.  Thu, 05 Mar 2015 02:23:35 GMT.
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  • Indonesia Rejects Australian Proposal to Save Condemned Prisoners
    Indonesian officials have rejected Australia's proposal for a prisoner swap to spare the lives of two Australian drug smugglers who are set to be executed. ...
    Voice of America.  Thu, 05 Mar 2015 00:48:12 -0500.
  • Australia proposes prisoner swap to spare men from Indonesia execution
    Australia's foreign minister said on Thursday she had proposed a prisoner swap to her Indonesian counterpart in an 11th hour effort to save the lives of two Australian drug smugglers expected to face a firing squad within days.
    Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.  Thu, 5 Mar 2015 00:45:15 EST.
  • Op-Ed Contributor: How China Fuels Myanmar’s Wars
    Chinese-led development projects stoke ethnic tensions across the border.
    By Matthew Smith.  International Herald Tribune.  Wed, 04 Mar 2015 12:13:21 GMT.
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  • Philippines Economy Strong, But Foreign Investment Lags
    While the Philippines has recently become an economic powerhouse in Asia, with strong growth driven mostly by domestic consumer spending on goods and services, the government said it will focus on foreign investment, which is lagging. ...
    Voice of America.  Wed, 04 Mar 2015 07:29:51 -0500.
  • Africa: Satellite Data Suggests Forest Loss Is Accelerating
    [Thomson Reuters Foundation]London -Satellite images suggest tropical forests from the Amazon to the Philippines are disappearing at a far more rapid pace than previously thought, a University of Maryland team of forest researchers say.
    All Africa.  Tue, 03 Mar 2015 09:15:07 GMT.
  • As Part of the Let Girls Learn Initiative, First Lady to Travel to Japan and Cambodia March 18-22
    Tokyo, Japan; Kyoto, Japan; Siem Reap, Cambodia Coming on the heels of the President and First Lady’s launch of the Let Girls Learn international girls education initiative, Mrs. ...
    The White House.  The White House.  Mon, 02 Mar 2015 23:23:00 +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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