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Seoul Closes All Dog Slaughterhouses in Campaign to Stop Dog Meat Trade

After committing to ending the dog meat trade over a year ago, on October 26, Seoul’s mayor, Park Won-soon, announced the official closure of all canine slaughterhouses in the city. 

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Singapore to Demolish Sentosa's Merlion to Make Room for New Development

One of Singapore's most well-known attractions is heading for a date with the wrecking ball.

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Historic British Embassy Building in Bangkok Demolished for Shopping Mall

The nearly 100-year-old compound was sold and dismantled to make way for a shopping mall.

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Singapore Will Ban Domestic Ivory Trading From September 2021

The National Parks Board (NParks) said that Singapore will ban the domestic trade of elephant ivory from September 1, 2021.

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Bangkok Imposes Heavier Fine on Motorbikes Driving on Sidewalk

Bangkok's city government has doubled the THB2,000 (US$65) fine for motorcyclists driving on sidewalks starting August 1.

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Low Rainfall, Hydropower Dams Lead to Record-Low Mekong River Levels

Water levels in the lower Mekong basin during this early flood season from June to July have hit record lows.

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South Korean Man Arrested After Clip Showing Beating of Vietnamese Wife Goes Viral

The brutal beating, caught on camera, has made national headlines in both Vietnam and South Korea. While the man has been detained, some are worried that this incident represents just the tip of the i...

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ASEAN Countries Confirm Bid to Co-Host FIFA World Cup 2034

On June 22, a meeting between representatives of ten ASEAN countries was held to discuss the prospect of co-hosting the FIFA World Cup.

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The Startup That's Bringing Abandoned Bikes to Burmese Children

As ofo and oBike bumble towards bankruptcy, thousands of bicycles are finding their way to poor communities in Myanmar.

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Hong Kong Transport Authorities Ban, Then Unban Ad Showing Gay Couple

The Cathay Pacific ad depicts two well-dressed gentlemen strolling hand-in-hand down the beach accompanied by the phrase "move beyond labels" as part of a larger inclusivity campaign.

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Taiwan Becomes First in Asia to Legalize Same-Sex Marriage

It's been an emotional week for Taiwan's same-sex couples.

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[Photos] Huawei's New European-Inspired Campus Has Its Own Private Trams

The Chinese technology behemoth's new campus in Dongguan, north of Shenzen, consists of 12 different "towns," each designed to resemble iconic European cities such as Paris, London, Bruges and Granada...

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Singapore Trials Growing Plants Atop Buses to Reduce Interior Heat

What appear to be slabs of golf course sod strewn across Singapore public buses are in fact part of a pilot program attempting to ascertain if green roofs for vehicles can reduce heat waste.

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Thailand-Cambodia Railway Reopens After 45 Years

Traveling between the two ASEAN capitals is now a reality thanks to recent efforts by Thailand and Cambodia to reconnect their defunct railway.

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Indonesian Theme Park Covers Breasts of Mermaid Statues, Citing 'Eastern Values'

Two mermaid statues in an Indonesian theme park were the latest victim of haphazard censorship.

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Grab to Train Drivers to Detect Human Trafficking

Corporations and NGOs are working together to fight against human trafficking.

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Jakarta Welcomes Indonesia's First-Ever MRT Line

Will the new MRT system end the city's hammajang traffic?

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Thailand Is Sending Obese Cops to an Exercise Boot Camp to Get in Shape

Thailand is going all out to help its obese police officers shed their excess kilograms.

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As Toxic Smog Reaches Dangerous Levels, Bangkok Closes All Public Schools

All 437 city-run public schools will be closed through Friday because of dangerous air quality that has overtaken the city.

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Japan Imposes JPY1,000 Departure Tax on All Foreign Visitors

The JPY1,000 (US$9.22) fee went into effect on Monday and aims to raise funds to support the country's tourism sector.