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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President Rodrigo Duterte’s government recently repealed a ban on contraception – a rather surprising move in the predominantly Catholic Philippines – in an effort to reduce poverty and boost economic development.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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[Video] Taiwanese Official’s Funeral Features Pole Dancers, Giant Puppets

We’re scarcely into 2017, but perhaps the best funeral of the year has already taken place.

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Environmental NGO Investigating Singaporean Imports of Cambodian Sand

Singapore is in hot water over its use of sand imported from Cambodia for land reclamation projects. 

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China Vows to End Ivory Trade in 2017

In an unexpected move, China announced late last week that it would shut down the world’s largest ivory market by the end of 2017.

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Taiwan's Same-Sex Marriage Bill Passes First Legislative Hearing

Taiwan is getting closer and closer to becoming the first Asian country to legalize same-sex marriage.

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Trump's Taiwan Phone Call and What His Presidency Means for Southeast Asia

Last Friday, United States President-elect Donald Trump threw political convention out the window once again by speaking on the phone with the leader of Taiwan.

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Myanmar Conducting Ethnic Cleansing Against Rohingya: UN Official

As a campaign of collective punishment against the Rohingya ethnic group continues in Myanmar’s western Rakhine state, Bangladeshi border guards are forcibly repatriating refugees back to Myanmar.

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Indonesia Wants to Build a $40bn Bird-Shaped Wall to Save Jakarta From the Sea

A fantastically ambitious plan has been put forth to save Jakarta, the capital of Indonesia, from the sea.

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Japan Reopens Street Swallowed by Sinkhole in Just a Week

Japan has once again proven to the world that its construction personnel are nothing short of miracle workers after Fukuoka authorities filled a massive sinkhole in just 48 hours.

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Indonesia Crowns Its Miss Transgender in Secret Amid Increasing Threat From Religious Hardliners

Last week, in a Jakarta theater, Indonesia crowned its annual Miss Transgender in secret.

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