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South Korea joins US, Thailand in military drill

SATTAHIP, Thailand—Troops from South Korea joined their Thai and US counterparts last Saturday in an amphibious vehicle landing drill as part of Southeast Asia’s...

Judge halts deportation of Indonesian Christians

HIGHLAND PARK, New Jersey—A federal judge has temporarily halted deportation proceedings against Indonesian Christians who are in the United States illegally but are seeking...

Cambodia endorses amendment making insulting the king a crime

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia—Cambodia’s Cabinet last Friday endorsed an amendment to the criminal code making insulting the king a criminal offense punishable by a fine...

Lion dance in Singapore ahead of Lunar New Year

SINGAPORE—Performers from Southeast Asia took part in an international lion-dance competition in Singapore ahead of the Lunar New Year, the most important holiday in...

Hollywood star Michelle Yeoh calls Rohingya plight ‘despicable’

COX’S BAZAR, Bangladesh—Hollywood star Michelle Yeoh says she’s appalled by the plight of the hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims who have fled violence...

Grim reminders of Vietnam war, 4 decades later

HANOI, Vietnam—It’s been over for 40-plus years, the war that Americans simply call Vietnam but the Vietnamese refer to as their Resistance War Against...

Cambodia, India to expand ties in IT, infrastructure

NEW DELHI—The leaders of India and Cambodia last Saturday agreed to work toward a bilateral investment treaty that could see tens of millions of...

Myanmar’s Suu Kyi meets China’s Xi as Rohingya censure intensifies

BEIJING—Myanmar’s civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi, facing growing international criticism over her country’s persecution of Rohingya Muslims, said last Friday that her government...

Former Asean Sec-Gen Surin dead at age 68

BANGKOK—Former Association of Southeast Asian Nations Secretary-General Surin Pitsuwan has died in Thailand. He was 68. Thailand’s Democrat Party said Surin died last Thursday in...

SE Asia’s economic boom reaches Thailand

AN economic boom that’s reverberated across Southeast Asia has finally crossed over to Thailand. The economy, which has lagged its neighbors this decade, is projected...

Cambodia’s top court orders opposition party dissolved

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia—Cambodia’s Supreme Court ordered the country’s main opposition party to be dissolved last Thursday, dealing one of the most crushing blows yet...

US would consider individual sanctions for Myanmar

United States Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said on Wednesday that the US is deeply concerned by “credible reports” of atrocities committed by Myanmar’s...

Bangkok firefighters on front line of city’s snake scourge

When the latest distress call came into Phinyo Pukphinyo’s fire station in Bangkok, it was not about a burning home or office building. Instead,...

Singapore suspends part of rail line after ‘awful day’ of crash

Singapore suspended part of a rail line to conduct checks, after a train collision on Wednesday left more than two dozen people injured and...

Indonesia policy dilemma looms as credit growth lags

Indonesia’s hopes of hitting double-digit credit growth this year have all but faded, presenting a dilemma for policy-makers trying to stimulate Southeast Asia’s biggest...

Trudeau urges just solution to Rohingya crisis

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau brought up his country’s concerns about human rights and extrajudicial killings in the Philippines when he met with President...

Asean syncs connectivity plan with Xi’s Belt and Road

The Association of Southeast Asian Nations and China have agreed to join forces in accelerating the implementation of their respective connectivity plans while, at...

Trump’s handshake challenge: He grimaces, grins, grips

HE grimaced. He grinned. He gripped. President Donald J. Trump is known for his long, at times aggressive, handshakes with world leaders. But at an...

More work needed for Asean economic integration as challenges emerge

The emergence of China as a rising superpower and the increasing link between economics and security have undermined the foundations on which the Association...

Trump thanks Duterte for his hospitality, ducks human-rights issue

UNITED States President Donald J. Trump repeatedly thanked President Duterte for hosting world leaders at the annual Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) summit...