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  • Bloomberg Philanthropies Hosts International Road Safety Conference In Thailand
    More than 125 experts from 15 countries, including government officials and law enforcement, will convene in Bangkok, Thailand from July 27 to 29, 2016 to address strategies to improve road safety. ...
    By Tanya Mohn.  Forbes.  Wed, 27 Jul 2016 15:33:00 GMT.
  • Nigerians, Zimbabweans face execution
    UN human rights officials express grave concerns over planned executions in Indonesia, some of them of foreign nationals.
    BBC News.  Wed, 27 Jul 2016 14:45:14 GMT.
  • Singapore university investigates 'simulated rape' claims
    Reports that first-year students were made to simulate a rape scene as part of their induction are to be investigated by the National University of Singapore (NUS).
    BBC News.  Wed, 27 Jul 2016 11:00:37 GMT.
  • Indonesia's President Reshuffles Cabinet
    Indonesian President Joko Widodo installed 13 new cabinet ministers in his government Wednesday, including a former general accused of human rights abuses during the country's brutal occupation of East Timor in the 1990s. ...
    Voice of America.  Wed, 27 Jul 2016 04:42:46 -0400.
  • US Encouraged to See Direct China-Philippines Dialogue on Maritime Disputes
    The U.S. says it is encouraged by the willingness of China and the Philippines to engage in direct dialogue over the South China Sea following a tribunal ruling against Beijing earlier this month. In Manila Wednesday, U.S. ...
    Voice of America.  Wed, 27 Jul 2016 02:25:38 -0400.
  • Indonesian Police Say DNA Confirms Most Wanted Terror Suspect Is Dead
    The suspect, known as Santoso, was killed earlier in the week in a gun battle with Indonesian security forces.
    Joe Cochrane.  International Herald Tribune.  Tue, 26 Jul 2016 17:38:05 GMT.
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  • Goldman Sachs Is Sued on Ties to Malaysia’s Prime Minister
    A private equity firm asserts that Goldman Sachs provided bad advice to one of its clients to help the scandal-plagued administration of Najib Razak.
    Nathaniel Popper.  International Herald Tribune.  Tue, 26 Jul 2016 15:02:42 GMT.
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  • ASEAN Foreign Ministers Meeting In Laos
    The foreign ministers from the 10 members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations [ASEAN] are meeting in Laos on July 24 with the South China Sea dispute expected to dominate the session.
    Radio Liberty.  Sun, 24 Jul 2016 08:23:10 +0000.
  • Honda Rethinks Assembly Line with “Assembly Revolution Cell”
    Honda introduced a new approach to mass production at its plant in Prachinburi, Thailand, where each worker is required to do jobs that would take five workers to perform at a conventional plant. ...
    Stefan Ogbac.  Motor Trend.  Mon, 23 May 2016 23:00:43 +0000.
  • Masquerada: Songs and Shadows Release Date, Price and Specs - CNET
    The game is one of the most ambitious titles to ever come out of the growing Singapore game development scene.
    Rahil .  CNET.  Fri, 29 Apr 2016 13:00:02 +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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