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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.

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Philippine President Duterte’s War on Crime Is Killing Hundreds, Crowding Prisons

While Vietnam plans to release 20,000 prisoners over the next two years, easing the congestion in its facilities and saving US$9 million in the process, inmates in the Philippines are feeling the crus...

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Chinese Netizens Save Cats From Eviction at Local Museum

A museum in China was recently forced to reverse its decision to evict a litter of stray cats after netizens protested the move.

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[Video] China Takes Its Straddling Bus for a Test Drive

In the world’s largest metropolises, road congestion has always been a tough nut to crack for local governments, which usually attempt to remedy the situation by either banning vehicles or m...

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Singapore Hawker Stalls Become First Street Food Restaurants to Earn Michelin Star

Last week, two street stalls in Singapore made dining history as the first street vendors to be featured in prestigious Michelin restaurant guide.

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Pokemon GO Comes to Asia but Not Vietnam

Over two weeks after the game’s initial release in Europe and North America, Pokemon GO has arrived in Asia.

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[Video] Japan Held International Whistling Competition Because of Course They Did

If you’ve ever yearned to be on stage but lacked the pipes to launch a singing career, do we have news for you.

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Thailand Tries to Get Rid of Sex Tourism

In an effort to attract wealthier visitors, Thai officials are attempting to get rid of the country's reputation as a sex tourism destination.

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Over Half of Southeast Asian Workers Could Lose Jobs in 20 Years: ILO Study

Over half of Southeast Asian workers risk losing their jobs to automation in the next 20 years, according to a recent study by the International Labor Organization (ILO).

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Japan’s First VR Porn Festival Finishes Early Due to Overcrowding

It’s a sticky situation for Japanese smut lovers as the country’s first virtual reality (VR) porn festival was prematurely canceled due to overcrowding, reports the Next Web.

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[Video] China Built the World's Largest Telescope So It Could Look for Aliens

Our search for extraterrestrial neighbors is about to get easier now that China has unveiled the world’s largest radio telescope.

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Unruly Thai Students Could Get Drafted

After two young technical school students shot at their peers on a city bus, Thailand's military junta is considering automatic conscription for unruly students.