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Singapore Trials Growing Plants Atop Buses to Reduce Interior Heat

What appear to be slabs of golf course sod strewn across Singapore public buses are in fact part of a pilot program attempting to ascertain if green roofs for vehicles can reduce heat waste.

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Thailand-Cambodia Railway Reopens After 45 Years

Traveling between the two ASEAN capitals is now a reality thanks to recent efforts by Thailand and Cambodia to reconnect their defunct railway.

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Indonesian Theme Park Covers Breasts of Mermaid Statues, Citing 'Eastern Values'

Two mermaid statues in an Indonesian theme park were the latest victim of haphazard censorship.

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Grab to Train Drivers to Detect Human Trafficking

Corporations and NGOs are working together to fight against human trafficking.

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Jakarta Welcomes Indonesia's First-Ever MRT Line

Will the new MRT system end the city's hammajang traffic?

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Thailand Is Sending Obese Cops to an Exercise Boot Camp to Get in Shape

Thailand is going all out to help its obese police officers shed their excess kilograms.

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As Toxic Smog Reaches Dangerous Levels, Bangkok Closes All Public Schools

All 437 city-run public schools will be closed through Friday because of dangerous air quality that has overtaken the city.

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Japan Imposes JPY1,000 Departure Tax on All Foreign Visitors

The JPY1,000 (US$9.22) fee went into effect on Monday and aims to raise funds to support the country's tourism sector.

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What We Know So Far About the 152 Vietnamese Tourists Who Went Missing in Taiwan

The recent disappearance of 152 Vietnamese tourists in Taiwan has the potential to severely affect the visa application process for Vietnamese citizens in the future.

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Thousands of Myanmar Women Are Trafficked for Forced Marriage in China: Report

The report was conducted by the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and the Kachin Women’s Association Thailand (KWAT).

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Taiwan Votes Against Marriage Equality in Referendum, but Not All Is Lost

While the voting result is a setback for Taiwan's progress on LGBTQ rights, there is still hope.

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Asia's Latest Pokémon GO Icon Is a Taiwanese Grandpa Who Uses 11 Phones to Play

While many people spend their retired lives arranging flowers, playing chess, nurturing pet birds or yelling at cable news television, this Taiwanese man is devoting his golden years to catching Pokém...

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Better Pay, Lower Costs in Vietnam Entice Taiwanese Workers Away From Home

Destinations such as Vietnam and India are enticing Taiwanese companies and workers to settle down.

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Penguin Random House Will Open Its Southeast Asia Publishing Arm in Singapore

While Penguin Random House's distributing unit has already existed in Singapore, the establishment of a publishing arm could open up more opportunities for Southeast Asian writers.

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Thailand Closes Famous Maya Bay Indefinitely to Save Coral Reef From Tourists

Maya Bay, a small beach on Thailand's Phi Phi Leh Island, has been a popular tourist destination since it appeared in the 2000 film The Beach starring Leonardo DiCaprio.

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Taiwan Considers Opening Citizenship to Skilled Southeast Asian Workers

To address an aging population and loss of skilled workers to more affluent neighbor nations, Taiwan is debating policies that would make it easier for skilled workers from Southeast Asian countries t...

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Grab, Uber Fined $9.5m in Singapore Over 'Anti-Competitive' Merger

The Grab and Uber merger from this past March led to an investigation over competition infringement conducted by Singapore's competition watchdog.

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Bangkok Banned Street Vendors Last Year. Now, Merchants Are Fighting Back.

Last year, Bangkok's military junta imposed a ban on street vendors on the grounds of maintaining the city's "order and hygiene."

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South Korea Imposes Ban on Sale of Coffee in Schools

The ban will be applied for both students and teachers.

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KFC Bans Straws for All In-House Diners in Hong Kong and Macau

The move is the latest in a wave of Asian initiatives to combat plastic waste.