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Wa rebels leave Panglong

 Wa-Bang, northern Shan State. Source: Wikimedia One of Myanmar's most powerful rebel armies has walked out of the so-called Panglong peace conference. Representatives of the heavily armed, 20,000-member United Wa State Army (UWSA) left the summit in Nay Pyi Taw after being told that they could...

Vietnam border talks fail

The neglected Cambodia-Vietnam Friendship Monument in Phnom Penh, built to commemorate the war to drive the Khmer Rouge from power, is symbolic of their complex relationship. Source: Wikimedia A closed meeting on border issues between Vietnam and Cambodia has reportedly ended in deadlock on the...

Tallest Thai building unveiled

MahaNakhon. Source: Wikimedia MahaNakhon, the tallest Thai building, has been officially opened with a light and sound show. Its signature spiral ribbon of cubes make the structure look like a pixelated picture. Beams hit the 314-metre building and shone towards the sky from the vast structure...

Border guards battle traffickers, Zika

Mosquitoes and traffickers are concentrating the minds of Malaysian border guards. Source: Pixabay The Thai junta has approved an official Malaysian application to extradite 10 Thai citizens accused of masterminding cross-border human-trafficking activities as the country also steps up anti-Zika measures. Malaysia's Deputy Prime Minister Dr...

Region chokes on ‘haze’ again

Smog has made life difficult for Singaporeans in previous years. Source: Wikimedia "Haze" has returned to Singapore with the air smelling of burning from fires on Sumatra and Indonesian Borneo, which have started polluting the region's air again.   According to the National Environment Agency (NEA),...

Bkk governor suspended amid graft probe

Bangkok’s municipal lights costs more than US$1.1 million last new year’s eve. Source: YouTube The Thai junta has used emergency powers to suspend Bangkok's governor amid a corruption probe. Sukhumbhand Paribatra is under investigation over a light display outside the city hall in December. The two-term governor,...

S’pore sees robo-taxi launch

There will not be much space for passengers in a Mitsubishi i-MiEV when the researcher and engineer are seated. Source: Wikimedia Singapore has launched a self-driving taxi service under a trial allowing passengers to use a smartphone app to hail a free ride in autonomous...

Ex-Singapore president dies

S R Nathan. Source: Wikimedia Former Singaporean president S R Nathan has died in Singapore General Hospital aged 92 after a stroke, as the current prime minister, Lee Hsien Loong, showed his own mortality by nearly collapsing in public. Nathan was also closely associated with...

UN chief to attend Panglong

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon’s attendance would be a significant achievement. Source: Flickr   United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon will attend Myanmar’s huge “Panglong” peace conference next week that seeks to end decades of civil war with the country’s powerful ethnic minority armies. The deputy director of the President's Office,...

Rapper arrested over ‘mosque’ video 

The video is not understated. Source: YouTube   A popular Malaysian hip-hop and movie director has been arrested over a pop video which allegedly disrespects Islam, reported Bernama, the national news agency. Namewee, 33, the stage name of Wee Meng Chee, was detained at Kuala Lumpur International Airport when...

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