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  • Ukraine Welcomes Sanctions, While Russia Belittles Them
    Ukrainian officials also said they would not scale back their military offensive, even if it impeded access by investigators to the crash site of a Malaysian airliner.
    By Andrew Roth and Neil Macfarquhar.  International Herald Tribune.  Wed, 30 Jul 2014 16:27:15 GMT.
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  • UN chief: halt violence around Ukraine crash site
    Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is calling for an immediate halt to hostilities around the crash site of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 in eastern Ukraine to allow unimpeded access for international investigators.
    Miami Herald.  Wed, 30 Jul 2014 12:23 EDT.
  • Court to start genocide trial of top Khmer Rouge leaders
    Cambodia's U.N.-backed Khmer Rouge court was set to begin a second trial of two former regime leaders on charges including genocide of Vietnamese people and ethnic Muslims
    Hurriyet.  Wed, 30 Jul 2014 12:04:00 +0200.
  • Japan's ANA cancels Burmese deal
    Japan's ANA Holdings cancels its plan to buy a 49% stake in Asian Wings Airways, an airline based in Myanmar, also known as Burma.
    BBC News.  Wed, 30 Jul 2014 10:21:27 GMT.
  • Majority In Russia Believe Malaysian Jet Shot Down By Ukrainians: Poll
    A public-opinion poll in Russia has found that the majority of residents in Russia's big cities believe that the Malaysian passenger plane that crashed in eastern Ukraine killing 298 people on July 17 had been shot down by the Ukrainian army.
    Radio Liberty.  Wed, 30 Jul 2014 10:19:37 +0000.
  • Malaysia Airlines MH17: Observers turned back from crash site again
    International observers have turned back from another attempt to reach the site where Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 went down in eastern Ukraine.
    Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.  Wed, 30 Jul 2014 05:49:45 EDT.
  • Khmer Rouge duo begin genocide trial
    The last two surviving leaders of Cambodia's Khmer Rouge regime are to begin their second trial, this time for genocide, in Phnom Penh.
    BBC News.  Wed, 30 Jul 2014 04:14:29 GMT.
  • Cambodia Looks to Put Its Rice on the World’s Plate
    As the country improves the quality of its grain, it hopes to make the most of the opportunity and export one million tons of milled rice in 2015.
    By Luke Hunt.  International Herald Tribune.  Tue, 29 Jul 2014 21:47:58 GMT.
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  • Kerry: No Evidence Russia Seeks to End Ukraine Violence
    Calling on Russia to use its "considerable influence" with separatists in eastern Ukraine to ensure the Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 crash site is secured, U.S. ...
    Voice of America.  Tue, 29 Jul 2014 12:59:26 -0400.
  • Amnesty International, Thai Military Leaders Discuss Rights Concerns
    Amnesty International says a team of four from its headquarters in London traveled to Thailand to research the human rights situation in the kingdom following the May 22 coup. ...
    Voice of America.  Tue, 29 Jul 2014 08:48:25 -0400.
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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