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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...

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Durian-Flavored Condoms Are Now a Thing in Southeast Asia

It was bound to happen sooner or later: durian, one of the world’s most divisive fruits, is making an appearance in bedrooms throughout Southeast Asia.

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There's Now a Netflix-Like Streaming Service in North Korea

North Korea is currently among a handful of countries and territories in the world, including Crimea, Syria and China, where Netflix is not available. However, the reclusive East Asian country ha...

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Philippines Police Banned From Picking Nose, Taking Selfies While on Duty

If you just can’t live without picking your nose, it’s probably wise to avoid a career in law enforcement in the Philippines: the country just banned its police force from messing around with their na...

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AirAsia Rewards Hoang Xuan Vinh, ASEAN Gold Medalists With Free Flights for Life

It’s a good year to be an Olympic medalist from Southeast Asia, as regional low-cost carrier AirAsia has announced that it will provide “free flights for life” to all local athletes who won a gold med...

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[Video] Powerful Earthquake Damages at Least 185 Ancient Bagan Pagodas

On Wednesday, a powerful earthquake struck near Myanmar’s ancient capital of Bagan, killing at least three people and damaging nearly 200 Buddhist pagodas in the area, reports Wall Street Journal.

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Thailand to Track Tourists' Phones Using Special SIM Cards

In the future, tourists who overstay their visa in Thailand will face trouble, as the Thai government just greenlit a plan to track foreign tourists’ phones via their SIM card.

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Chinese Man Attempts to Board a Plane With Turtle Disguised as KFC Hamburger

Late last month, a Chinese national made a unique alteration to his KFC hamburger while attempting to board a flight from Guangzhou to Beijing.