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Myanmar Conducting Ethnic Cleansing Against Rohingya: UN Official

As a campaign of collective punishment against the Rohingya ethnic group continues in Myanmar’s western Rakhine state, Bangladeshi border guards are forcibly repatriating refugees back to Myanmar.

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Indonesia Wants to Build a $40bn Bird-Shaped Wall to Save Jakarta From the Sea

A fantastically ambitious plan has been put forth to save Jakarta, the capital of Indonesia, from the sea.

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Japan Reopens Street Swallowed by Sinkhole in Just a Week

Japan has once again proven to the world that its construction personnel are nothing short of miracle workers after Fukuoka authorities filled a massive sinkhole in just 48 hours.

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Indonesia Crowns Its Miss Transgender in Secret Amid Increasing Threat From Religious Hardliners

Last week, in a Jakarta theater, Indonesia crowned its annual Miss Transgender in secret.

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Pen Sovann, Cambodia’s First Post-Khmer Rouge PM, Dies at 80

Cambodia’s first prime minister after the defeat of the Khmer Rouge, Pen Sovann, passed away last Saturday at 80 years old.

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China Punishes Environmental Officials for Falsifying Air Quality Data

Five environmental protection officials in Xi’an, China have been detained after an investigation found they had stuffed cotton into local air-monitoring equipment in order to alter air quality data.

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[UPDATED] Thailand on Edge as King's Health Deteriorates

[UPDATE] At 3:52pm on Thursday, October 13, Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej passed away at age 88, according to The Guardian. Tensions are high in Thailand as citizens await further news on th...

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Zika Likely to Spread to Northern Vietnam, Across Asia-Pacific

Vietnam’s Ministry of Health confirmed two new Zika cases over the weekend, bringing the total number of nationwide cases since April to five.

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Thailand Reports First Cases of Zika-Linked Microcephaly in Southeast Asia

Thailand recently reported Southeast Asia's first confirmed cases of microcephaly, a birth defect characterized by an abnormally small head, which are linked to mosquito-borne Zika, prompting the Cent...

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Thailand's Nudist Resorts Are a Haven for Naturists

For international naturists, a visit to one of Europe’s many nudist beaches ranks high on the travel to-do list. If you’re not, however, one for showing skin in too public a place, a series of Thai nu...

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New Angkor Wat Research Delves Into Daily Lives of Ancient Khmer

Fresh on the heels of some revolutionary discoveries, archaeologists are uncovering the daily lives of ancient Khmers at Angkor Wat.

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Haze From Indonesia Forest Fires Caused Over 100,000 Deaths: US Study

A new study by researchers from Harvard and Columbia universities has found that last year’s catastrophic forest fires in Indonesia may have caused some 100,300 premature deaths.

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Korean Plastic Surgery Clinic Gives Pikachu a Facelift, Creates Monster

In case you don't have enough nightmare fodder, a plastic surgery clinic in Seoul, South Korea decided to give famed Pokemon character Pikachu a makeover in order to showcase the range of services it ...

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Kim Jong-Un Sulks, Bans Sarcasm in North Korea After Being Called 'Fool' by Citizens

In the latest example of Kim Jong-un’s supreme brilliance, the North Korean leader has banned sarcasm in the isolated nation.

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Obama Vows to Lift Myanmar Sanctions Thanks to Government Reforms

On Wednesday, while hosting Myanmar’s State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi in the Oval Office, President of the United States Barack Obama revealed that the US is primed to lift sanctions on the Southeas...

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This Notorious Suicide Spot in Japan Is Seeing Fewer Deaths Thanks to Pokemon GO

While Pokemon GO has made global headlines thanks to distracted drivers and pedestrians causing accidents, in one part of Japan the mobile phenomenon may actually be saving lives.

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[Photos] Villages in China Are Sinking Due to Decades of Coal Mining

China, the world’s largest coal producer and consumer, has recently started to evacuate hundreds of thousands of residents from coal mining communities after announcing that no new mines will be appro...

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Warming Seas Have Increased Asian Typhoon Intensity by 50%: Study

A new study has shown that the power of typhoons impacting East and Southeast Asia has intensified by 50% over the last four decades due to warming seas.

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Obama Doubles Assistance for UXO Clearance During Laos Visit

At the start of his trip to Laos this week, President Barack Obama announced that he would double US assistance for clearing unexploded ordinance (UXO) in the small Southeast Asian nation.

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Singapore Welcomes Ingenious New Book Vending Machines

In an effort to promote local reading culture, municipal authorities established a book street in Saigon earlier this year and plan to launch another in Hanoi this December. An independent bookstore i...