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Asia Suffered $83bn in Damage from Disasters Last Year

In 2016, Asia suffered greater financial losses due to natural and man-made catastrophes than any other region in the world, according to a new report.

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In China, Conservationists Debate Moving Historical Monuments

While Vietnam's headlong rush to modernization wipes out historical monuments and heritage buildings across the country, in recent years China has taken an unorthodox approach to preserving the past: ...

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US Ambassador to Cambodia Criticized for Demanding Repayment of Wartime Debt

The United States is under fire for asking Cambodia to repay its wartime debts.

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How Japan Is Using Pokemon GO to Bring Tourists Back to Quake-Hit Areas

Almost a year after Japan’s Kyushu island was rocked by a powerful earthquake, one Pokemon character is helping to boost tourism in the affected Kumamoto and Oita prefectures.

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Sink or Swim: Bangkok Might Be Underwater by 2032

The future is looking dire for Bangkok as the city continues to sink and sea levels continue to rise.

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Indonesia Grants 9 Indigenous Communities Rights to Manage Forests

Indonesian President Joko Widodo recently granted the right to manage customary forests to nine indigenous communities.

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Vietnamese Embassy in Malaysia Confirms Identity of Suspect in Kim Jong-Nam Murder

Over the weekend, Vietnam’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs confirmed the identity of Doan Thi Huong, one of the two primary suspects in the high-profile murder of Kim Jong-Nam, estranged half-brother of ...

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What We Know So Far About the Assassination of Kim Jong-Nam

It's only February and already an international murder mystery has dominated Southeast Asian news.

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[Video] Urban Planners Don't Know What to Do With Phnom Penh's 'Shit Canal'

An open drainage canal in Phnom Penh, known as the “shit canal” in English, remains a challenge for urban planners and landscape architects working to transform Cambodia’s capital into a more livable ...

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UN Reps Call for Regional Coordination Against Growing Terrorist Activity

As other regions in the world combat the rise of extremist groups, two UN representatives are warning that Southeast Asia could face an uptick in terrorist activities in 2017.

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Japan to Make 2020 Olympics Medals From Recycled Phones

When athletes stand atop their podiums at the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympic Games, their sparkling gold, silver and bronze medals will all share a special ingredient – recycled mobile phones.

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Syrian Refugees in Thailand: A Life in Limbo

Instead of heading westward towards Europe – and risk drowning in the Mediterranean during the arduous journey, a slew of Syrian refugees decided to try their luck in Southeast Asia instead. However, ...

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First-Ever Direct China-UK Freight Train Arrives in London

You can now travel directly from China to the UK by train – well, sort of – if you’re willing to spend the entire trip with socks, clothes and an assortment of other household products.

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[Photos] Here Are 7 Southeast Asian Birds You Might Never See Again

We’ve written at length about the bleak future of the Mekong River, which is suffering major environmental degradation due to human activity. But it isn’t only the animals living in the waters of the ...

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Philippines President Lifts Ban on Contraceptives

President Rodrigo Duterte’s government recently repealed a ban on contraception – a rather surprising move in the predominantly Catholic Philippines – in an effort to reduce poverty and boost economic...

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Taiwan to Start Teaching Vietnamese in Grades 3-12 in 2018

Starting in 2018, Taiwanese students will have the option to learn Vietnamese, among other Southeast Asian languages, from grades 3-12.

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[Video] Taiwanese Official’s Funeral Features Pole Dancers, Giant Puppets

We’re scarcely into 2017, but perhaps the best funeral of the year has already taken place.

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China Vows to End Ivory Trade in 2017

In an unexpected move, China announced late last week that it would shut down the world’s largest ivory market by the end of 2017.

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Taiwan's Same-Sex Marriage Bill Passes First Legislative Hearing

Taiwan is getting closer and closer to becoming the first Asian country to legalize same-sex marriage.

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Trump's Taiwan Phone Call and What His Presidency Means for Southeast Asia

Last Friday, United States President-elect Donald Trump threw political convention out the window once again by speaking on the phone with the leader of Taiwan.