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Former prime minister Pen Sovann. Source: YouTube Cambodia's first post-Khmer Rouge prime minister Pen Sovann has died aged 80. He was installed by Vietnam only to be imprisoned his former allies.Pen Sovann was premier from June to December 1981 of the then People's Republic of Kampuchea.He...

Indonesia coal exports return 

Indonesia is the Philippines’ main supplier of coal. Source: Flickr Indonesia plans to resume coal exports to the Philippines after they were cancelled amid fears of piracy.Militants based in the southern Philippines have taken several Indonesian sailors hostage this year.Only vessels with a capacity in...

Judges mull non-marital sex ban

Indonesia is trying to encourage young couples to tie the knot. Source: PixabayThe Indonesian supreme court is debating whether non-marital sex should be outlawed, which would also make gay sex illegal.The Family Love Alliance, a conservative lobby group, petitioned Jakarta's Constitutional Court to broaden...

Refugees begin return to Myanmar 

Conflict with Karen nationalist armies has driven many citizens to flee across the Thai frontier. Source: YouTubeThe voluntary repatriation of 68 Burmese refugees from camps along the Thai border has begun with the United Nations' refugee organisation calling the movement a "milestone" in Myanmar's...

Junta asks Google to block content 

Thailand’s King Bhumibol Adulyadej during a 1970s documentary. Source: YouTubeBangkok’s junta has met Google bosses amid growing calls from royalists to arrest those who insult the monarchy.King Bhumibol Adulyadej’s death on October 13 has led to the emergence of royalist mobs enforcing rough justice on...

US scrambles to decipher Duterte

Residents invited to explore a US-Philippine military air base. Source: WikimediaWashington has said it will seek clarity on the comments of Philippine president, Rodrigo Duterte, on military and economic "separation from the US" made during a financial forum in Beijing. The US said his remarks...

Virtual Plain of Jars to be created

Drone video of the Plain of Jars. Source: YouTubeA team of Australian archaeologists has announced plans to recreate Laos' mysterious Plain of Jars in virtual reality, that could allow “visitors” to walk through remote sites.The bomb-strewn area in Laos' central Xieng Khouang province is...

Driverless taxi has minor knock

Would driverless technology address Singapore’s notorious traffic jams? Source: WikimediaOne of Singapore’s self-driving taxis being trialled has had its first accident, although the multitude of normal crashes occurring all the time in the Lion City go unreported.The developer nuTonomy said the car had clipped a...

Military claims more Rakhine attacks

Impoverished Rakhine State shares a long border with Bangladesh. Source: Flickr Three police officers were attacked with machetes in Myanmar's impoverished Rakhine State on Saturday by assailants who were shot dead, the military claimed, saying that it was facing an Islamist insurgency. The military said it...

Prince plans year of ‘mourning’ 

Thai Crown Prince Vajiralongkorn. Source: WikimediaThe coronation of Thai Crown Prince Vajiralongkorn will be delayed more than a year as part of the "mourning" period for King Bhumibol Adulyadej, it has been announced. The late king's 64-year-old son would take the throne after funeral rites had...

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