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  • Malaysian State Bars Lawmaker Nurul Izzah Anwar From Campaigning
    Immigration officials in Sarawak, on the island of Borneo, refused to let Ms. Nurul Izzah, an opposition member of Parliament, enter.
    Richard C. Paddock.  International Herald Tribune.  Tue, 03 May 2016 13:36:04 GMT.
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  • Tensions Rising Ahead of South China Sea Ruling
    As the Philippines awaits an international arbitration ruling on a challenge to China's claims to nearly all of the South China Sea, it is already becoming clear that regardless of which way the decision goes, the dispute is intensifying. ...
    Voice of America.  Tue, 03 May 2016 13:16:00 -0400.
  • Philippines to Discuss Lease of Japan Surveillance Planes
    The Philippine defense chief said Tuesday his government has agreed in principle to lease five Japanese surveillance planes to be used in patrolling disputed areas of the South China Sea and in search-and-rescue missions during disasters. ...
    Voice of America.  Tue, 03 May 2016 10:59:16 -0400.
  • Singapore arrests over 'terror plot'
    Singapore says it arrested eight Bangladeshi men in April accused of plotting attacks in their home country as the "Islamic State in Bangladesh".
    BBC News.  Tue, 03 May 2016 09:46:41 GMT.
  • What in the World: A Nickname for Daw Aung San Suu Kyi? There’s No Short Answer
    Western notions of first and last names don’t really apply in Myanmar, presenting a quandary for people who speak or write about its leading political figure.
    Patrick J. Lyons.  International Herald Tribune.  Tue, 03 May 2016 09:00:22 GMT.
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  • New Delta Air Lines CEO Announces International Premium Economy Product
    While international premium economy is not a new concept, several major airlines such as Lufthansa and Singapore Airlines recently either rolled out the cabin or have announced plans to do so. ...
    By Jason Rabinowitz.  Forbes.  Mon, 2 May 2016 12:07:00 GMT.
  • Africa: Singapore Tells Uganda to Forget Oil, Concentrate On Agriculture
    [Monitor] Kampala -The Singaporean minister of state for trade and industry has advised Uganda not to be excited by the potential prospects the oil industry seems to present.
    All Africa.  Mon, 02 May 2016 11:11:25 GMT.
  • Vietnam protest over fish die-off
    Hundreds of people hold a rare protest in Vietnam against the mass death of fish, which the demonstrators blame on a Taiwanese company.
    BBC News.  Sun, 01 May 2016 12:32:37 GMT.
  • Philippine militants free 10 Indonesian hostages
    Abu Sayyaf militants have freed 10 Indonesian tugboat crewmen who were seized at sea in March and taken to a jungle encampment in the southern Philippines, officials said Sunday.
    Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.  Sun, 1 May 2016 05:28:29 EDT.
  • 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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