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What We Know So Far About the Assassination of Kim Jong-Nam

It's only February and already an international murder mystery has dominated Southeast Asian news.

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[Video] Urban Planners Don't Know What to Do With Phnom Penh's 'Shit Canal'

An open drainage canal in Phnom Penh, known as the “shit canal” in English, remains a challenge for urban planners and landscape architects working to transform Cambodia’s capital into a more livable city.

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UN Reps Call for Regional Coordination Against Growing Terrorist Activity

As other regions in the world combat the rise of extremist groups, two UN representatives are warning that Southeast Asia could face an uptick in terrorist activities in 2017.

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Japan to Make 2020 Olympics Medals From Recycled Phones

When athletes stand atop their podiums at the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympic Games, their sparkling gold, silver and bronze medals will all share a special ingredient – recycled mobile phones.

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Syrian Refugees in Thailand: A Life in Limbo

Instead of heading westward towards Europe – and risk drowning in the Mediterranean during the arduous journey, a slew of Syrian refugees decided to try their luck in Southeast Asia instead. However, for most of them, they escaped death just to step into a life of constant fear and hardship.

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Trump Axes TPP, Vows to Defend East Sea From China

After his inauguration, one of US President Donald J. Trump’s first actions was to axe the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) free trade agreement while simultaneously expressing an explicit interest in checking China's growing power in Southeast Asia’s East Sea.

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Southeast Asia's Air Pollution Deaths Could Triple by 2030

A new Harvard-backed report is predicting the future of Southeast Asia’s air quality, and it does not look good.

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First-Ever Direct China-UK Freight Train Arrives in London

You can now travel directly from China to the UK by train – well, sort of – if you’re willing to spend the entire trip with socks, clothes and an assortment of other household products.

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[Photos] Here Are 7 Southeast Asian Birds You Might Never See Again

We’ve written at length about the bleak future of the Mekong River, which is suffering major environmental degradation due to human activity. But it isn’t only the animals living in the waters of the Mekong that face the threat of extinction as a result: those that fly high above the mighty waterway are also at risk.

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Philippines President Lifts Ban on Contraceptives

President Rodrigo Duterte’s government recently repealed a ban on contraception – a rather surprising move in the predominantly Catholic Philippines – in an effort to reduce poverty and boost economic development.

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Taiwan to Start Teaching Vietnamese in Grades 3-12 in 2018

Starting in 2018, Taiwanese students will have the option to learn Vietnamese, among other Southeast Asian languages, from grades 3-12.

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