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Singapore: Asia’s second most visited city

Singapore, despite its limited size, attracts a lot of visitors. Source: Wikimedia Singapore is Asia-Pacific's second-most popular destination, with 11.81 million international visitors last year, according to a MasterCard index. Bangkok came top with 21.9 million visitors and Tokyo was a narrow third behind Singapore's 11.76...

Thein Sein calls for unity

Myanmar's President Thein Sein has presided over considerable reforms. Source: Wikimedia Myanmar's outgoing president, Thein Sein, called for unity among political parties in the national interest and said he would back the new government of Aung San Suu Kyi. Speaking to a Parliament which expires today...

Ford admits failure in Indonesia and Japan

The Ford Ranger has had the most success in Indonesia. Source: Wikimedia US car manufacturing giant Ford has announced it will abandon its operations in Indonesia and Japan, blaming disappointing sales and poor market conditions. The company explained that it would cease all operations this year,...

Kerry calls on Hun Sen to allow debate

John Kerry said he was impressed by Cambodia’s development. Source: Wikimedia US Secretary of State John Kerry called on Cambodia to allow "vigorous and peaceful" debates ahead of the 2018 election, stressing the importance of human rights. During his stopover in Phnom Penh before heading to...

Suu Kyi meets military chief to discuss handover

Aung San Suu Kyi is aware that she must keep the military on side. Source: Wikimedia The leader of Myanmar’s National League for Democracy Aung San Suu Kyi has held talks on the transfer of power with Commander-in-Chief Min Aung Hlaing, before a parliament dominated...

Malaysian IS video threatens revenge

Malaysia’s military and police say they are on their toes. Source: Wikimedia The so-called Southeast Asian wing of Islamic State has threatened to take revenge over the arrests of an increasing number of its members in Malaysia, prompting tighter security in the federation. "If you catch us...

Kerry aims to woo Cambodia away from China

Kerry is in the region to prepare for the US-Asean summit in Sunnylands, California, next month. Source: Wikimedia US Secretary of State John Kerry is visiting Laos and Cambodia, which analysts have seen as part of a broader push by Washington to improve its Asean...

Sect members shipped to Java camps

A video shows a mob burning down the Borneo settlement on January 19. Source: Brisbane Times Jakarta’s Social Affairs Ministry has transported around 1,300 former members of religious minority group Fajar Nusantara Movement or Gafatar from West Kalimantan on Borneo to their homes in Java...

Ex-monk who led uprising detained in Myanmar

Yangon on October 5, 2007. Source: Wikimedia A former monk who led the 2007 street protests in Myanmar, misleadingly known as the Saffron Revolution, has appeared in court in Mandalay charged with immigration offences. Nyi Nyi Lwin, better known as Gambira, has been living in Thailand and...

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