Southeast Asia

Obama Seeks Stronger Ties With Widodo, Indonesia

Indonesian presidential candidate Joko Widodo talks to the media during his visit at a reservoir development project in Jakarta, Indonesia, July 22, 2014.

24 July 2014
President's call to Widodo lends U.S. support to credibility of July 9 election; Indonesia plays crucial role in administration’s ‘rebalance’ of Asia-Pacific region. More
July 2014
23 July 2014

TransAsia Airways Plane Crashes on Landing in Taiwan

47 people killed, 11 taken to hospital after 70-seater ATR 72, crashed near runway on island of Penghu.

22 July 2014

Video Protesters Again Demand Vietnamese Apology Over Kampuchea Krom

Thousands of demonstrators, including students and monks, gathered in front of the Vietnamese Embassy on Monday, calling again for an apology for alleged remarks made about Vietnam’s ownership of the Mekong Delta.

21 July 2014

Photogallery Ukraine Gives Up Lead on Airliner Investigation

Move appears to be aimed at convincing Russia, rebels it supports to allow transport of 272 bodies found so far.

McDonald's, KFC in China Face New Food Safety Scare

McDonald’s, Yum! brands say they have stopped using products supplied by a local meat processor after reports of food safety concerns.

Vietnam Remembers Geneva Accords as Tensions With China Abate, for Now

Accords were an important milestone for national independence, while recent threats to national sovereignty in South China Sea pose 'considerable challenge' to national independence

18 July 2014

Multimedia Malaysian Minister: Air Crash 'Outrage Against Human Decency'

Most passengers on flight from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur were Dutch; many were going to an international AIDS conference.

Information Expert Breaks Down Cambodia’s ‘Cybercrime’ Law

Cambodia’s cybercrime law was leaked earlier this year but Cambodian officials have denied the existence of such a draft law.

Malaysian Tanker Hijacked on South China Sea

Pirates stole 2,500 tons of marine gas oil; Navy official says 15 crew members are safe, 3 injured.

Photogallery Philippines Begins Cleanup After Typhoon

Storm now headed toward contested parts of South China Sea, where Chinese and Vietnamese ships have sparred around a controversial oil-drilling rig.

15 July 2014

Calls for Stronger US Position on China in South China Sea

China defends its position, saying its claims in the seas against neighboring countries are within its rights.

14 July 2014

Rights Groups Concerned About Thai Repatriation of Myanmar Refugees

General Prayuth Chan-ocha says joint effort will be made in repatriation of more than 100,000 refugees living in camps along border.

10 July 2014

Video Xi: US, China Confrontation Would Be 'Disaster'

US, Chinese officials open talks in Beijing amid background of increasing tension between China and its neighbors in the South China Sea.

09 July 2014

Video South China Sea Disputes Expected to Lead US-China Talks

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08 July 2014

Vietnam Association Demands Release of Boat, Crew from China

Hanoi has demanded that Beijing reveal exact location where incident took place.

Video South China Sea Disputes Likely to Dominate US-China Talks

US top diplomat, defense chief to meet in Beijing this week with their Chinese counterparts on trade and security issues.

Myanmar Arrests Hundreds After Mandalay Violence

Police say most of those arrested were taken into custody for violating a curfew order that was put in place to stem the violence.

04 July 2014

Hindi or English? Contentious Language Issue Resurfaces in India

Whether speaking in parliament, with Indian officials or foreign leaders, PM Modi has communicated in Hindi since taking office.

Myanmar Buddhists Threaten to Kill Muslims

Religious violence continues to flare after two deaths this week; curfew imposed.

Thai Economy Shows Signs of Improvement After Coup

Central Bank expects to see economic growth by second half of 2014, as military government presses on with economic reforms, restructuring.

Illicit Ivory Sales Booming in Bangkok

Environmentalists say 20,000 of remaining 500,000 African elephants were killed last year, primarily poached for ivory to meet Asian demand.

01 July 2014

Thailand Offers to Register Migrant Workers

Foreign Affairs Minister Hor Namhong told reporters Tuesday he expects at least 130,000 Cambodians to return to work in Thailand legally.

Indonesia’s Presidential Race Heats Up

Jakarta governor Joko Widodo has watched his comfortable lead of more than 25 percent drop to single digits.

Video Thailand Takes Steps to Combat Migrant Labor Exploitation

Authorities establish 'one stop' centers for registering migrant workers.

Photogallery Pro-democracy Protesters Flood Hong Kong

Tens of thousands of Hong Kong residents marked the 17th anniversary of the handover of the city from Britain to China today by marching in protest of the Chinese government.

July 2014


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Yearlong Political Deadlock Endsi
22 July 2014
Cambodia’s political deadlock has ended. For nearly a year, the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party has refused to join the government, calling for electoral reforms in a system it says was deeply flawed. Following nearly five hours of meetings between top opposition officials and Prime Minister Hun Sen, that deadlock has ended. The two sides finally reached agreement on a formula for selecting the National Election Committee, which the Rescue Party has said was biased toward the ruling Cambodian People’s Party. Hun Sen and Rescue Party President Sam Rainsy emerged from talks Tuesday smiling and shaking hands. “Victory,” Hun Sen told reporters after the meeting. “You can all applaud.” (Heng Reaksmey, Phnom Penh)

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Labor of Love (Movie: That's What I Am)i
21 July 2014
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Video Labor of Love (Movie: That's What I Am)

You can say, "Every weekend he volunteers at the hospital working with the sick and the dying. It brings him great joy to care for others. It's his 'labor of love' to humanity." What does it mean? Watch here. For more videos - go to

Video Put Stock In (Movie: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2)

AT THE MOVIES WITH MANI & MORI - English Learning / American Idioms You can say, "Her history and her patterns have shown that she is not very responsible with money, so I am not going to 'put too much stock in' believing she has changed." What does it mean? Watch here.

Video Thick Skinned [Movie: The Lion King]

You can say, "I find that it's necessary sometimes to be 'thick skinned' to public opinions, some people will like you and some will not … it's just how it is." What does it mean? Watch here. For more videos -

Video Knock Your Socks Off [Movie: Meet The Robinsons]

You can say, "You have to try this new Cambodian restaurant in DC, it's super delicious, it's amazing - one bite of it and it will 'knock your socks off'." What does it mean? Watch here. For more videos - go to
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