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New Myanmar-Thailand Bridge Brings ASEAN Closer to Trans-Regional Corridor

The transnational highway will pass through Vietnam, Laos, Thailand and Myanmar, invigorating regional trade and potentially curtailing economic dependence on China.

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Serious Drought Expected to Hit Lower Mekong Countries Through Early 2020

The next few months could be rough for regional agriculture. 

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Inside Thailand's Ambitious High-Speed Train Project Linking Bangkok Airports, Pattaya

Thailand is currently planning and building a number of high-speed railway projects connecting cities both within and outside the country. 

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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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Thai Prime Minister Suggests Moving Capital to Help Overcrowded Bangkok

In what seems to be a growing trend among overcrowded Southeast Asian capitals, Thailand's Prime Minister has floated the idea of relocating its capital from Bangkok.

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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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A Malaysian NGO Has Started Running Deforestation Tours

Tourism has long been a capricious, shape-shifting beast. Its latest incarnation explores the damage humanity is doing to the natural world.

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Indonesia to Build New Capital City in Borneo as Jakarta Sinks Into the Sea

Indonesia could soon begin construction of a new capital city, which will be built in the province of East Kalimantan, Borneo.

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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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Nuon Chea, Khmer Rouge's Second-in-Command, Dies at 93

Nuon Chea, known as "Brother Number Two," below only Pol Pot, passed away on Sunday.

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Jakarta to Build Giant Sea Wall to Stop City Sinking Into Sea

Last Friday, Indonesian President Joko Widodo warned that in order to stop the country's capital from sinking into the sea, a giant wall surrounding the city must be built quickly.

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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.

Michael Tatarski

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Cambodia's Shocking Rates of Deforestation to Blame for Climate Emergency

As the impacts of climate change become more apparent worldwide, members of the public are connecting more weather events to the phenomenon.

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High-Speed Railway Connecting Bangkok to China in the Works

The modern bullet train system will take Bangkokians to Laos and China from Bang Sue.

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Hong Kong: How China's ‘One Country, Two Systems’ Model Is Being Reshaped

Protest organizers in Hong Kong claim that nearly two million people, most clad in black and many carrying white flowers as a symbol of mourning, took to the streets on June 16 as demonstrations ...

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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...

Chris Humphrey

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[Photos] How One of Malaysia’s Last Nomadic Tribes Suffers From Societal Neglect

The semi-nomadic Batek, who live in Kuala Koh Village beside Peninsular Malaysia’s Taman Negara National Park, made global headlines recently after their community was torn apart by pollution, disease...

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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.