Thursday, 27 November 2014

Southeast Asia

Lower Global Oil Prices Boost Asia's Prospects Into 2015

FILE - A worker at a state-owned Pertamina petrol station holds money as a motorcycle is filled with subsidized fuel in Jakarta, Oct. 31, 2014.

27 November 2014
Economists say benefits from lower oil import bills also ease international payment pressures with more money in pockets of consumers, less price inflation. More
November 2014
27 November 2014

Video Trial Highlights Vietnam’s Persistent Land Rights Problem

In Vietnam, the state owns the land and leases it to the people, but a growing economy is making land rights an important issue.

26 November 2014

Video Asia Seeks to Improve Vital Birth Registrations

Asia seeks to legally recognize births via an improved birth registration, national identification number.

Video US Returns Looted Ancient Artifacts to Thailand

Majority of pottery, bronze items, stone tools, beads and sandstone molds taken from Ban Chiang UNESCO World Heritage site.

25 November 2014

Video VOA EXCLUSIVE: Hotel in Guangzhou Serves as China’s Loose Ebola Quarantine

The hotel is still open for regular business, but at least several floors have been reserved for potential Ebola carriers, health workers, and Chinese security officials

Video Asia Seeks to Improve Vital Birth Registrations

This week government ministers from Southeast Asia are meeting in Bangkok to discuss how to improve official registrations of births, deaths and marriages - critical measures for providing government services. VOA Correspondent Steve Herman reports from Samut Prakan.

24 November 2014

Aung San Suu Kyi: Myanmar Opposition to Keep Pushing for Constitutional Change

In exclusive interview with VOA, country’s pro-democracy leader suggests referendum on clause that bars her from running for president.

23 November 2014

VOA Exclusive: Interview With Myanmar President Thein Sein

Thein Sein calls allegations that minority Muslim Rohingya are fleeing alleged torture in Rakhine state a media fabrication.

19 November 2014

Youth Fear Impending Job Competition With Asean

All 10 Asean countries are set to form and EU-style community, allowing the free movement of goods and services between them at the end of 2015.

Australia Tightens Asylum Seekers' Access

Canberra says asylum seekers who registered with the UNHCR in Indonesia after July 1 would no longer be eligible for resettlement in Australia.

Thailand Tallies Billions in Rice Program Losses

Government-backed rice price support scheme launched by former leader Yingluck Shinawatra promised farmers a fixed, above-market price for their rice crops.

Photogallery Hong Kong Protesters Clash with Police Outside Legislature

Police in Hong Kong clashed with protesters who tried to force their way into the territory's legislature early Wednesday.

15 November 2014

G20 Summit Opens in Brisbane

Australian PM Tony Abbott says delegates should focus on economic issues, despite the security situation in Ukraine, regional territorial disputes and the debate on global warming.

Video Obama Warns Myanmar Reforms Not Complete

President Barack Obama in Friday wrapped up a visit to Myanmar, also known as Burma, where he warns that reforms are still not complete.

14 November 2014

Video Quiet Asia Summits Offer Little on Key Issues

Asian leaders and their regional partners made mo progress on key issues such as South China Sea disputes and trade as they wrapped up their summit in Myanmar's capital. VOA Correspondent Steve Herman reports from Naypyiataw on the final say of the SEAN and East Asia summits.

13 November 2014

Hong Kong Protesters Vow to Keep Up Campaign

China’s President Xi Jinping called Hong Kong’s protests illegal and said law and order must be maintained.

Obama Sees 'New Day' for Myanmar, But Urges Reform Measures

One area of special concern for Obama is treatment of Rohingya people, a mostly Muslim group that is denied citizenship, faces wide range of other restrictions.

Video ASEAN Holds 25th Summit in Myanmar's Capital

The 25th summit of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) is underway. VOA Correspondent Steve Herman reports from Myanmar's capital, Nay Pyi Taw, that the summit opened with the host's expressions of concern about unfulfilled goals.

Multimedia Obama in Myanmar for ASEAN Meetings

President Barack Obama will attend the East Asia Summit, beginning Thursday, which is a broader gathering of the 10 ASEAN countries plus eight other nations.

Video US, China Announce Emissions Reduction Goals

Announcement could help play key role in global efforts to combat climate change; US and China are the world's top emitters of carbon dioxide.

12 November 2014

Photogallery ASEAN Summit, 2014

Video ASEAN Summit Again Focuses on South China Sea

There are indications that ASEAN leaders’ summit Wednesday will make progress on a long-running and contentious territorial dispute.

Video Asean Summit Again Focusses on South China Sea

There are indications the Asean leaders's summit will make progress on the long-running and contentious dispute: establishing a code of conduct for the South China Sea. VOA Correspondent Steve Herman reports from Myanmar's capital, Nay Pyi Taw.

11 November 2014

Asean Draft Statement Foreshadow Upcoming Summits

The drafts show that Myanmar will welcome a variety of initiatives by the US, from cooperation on information sharing to cooperation in various regional forums.

S. Korean Captain Sentenced to 36 Years in Ferry Disaster

The Gwangju District Court found Captain Lee Jun-Seok guilty of negligence, but not homicide; A homicide conviction could have resulted in the death penalty.

ASEAN Summit Again Focuses on South China Sea

There are indications that ASEAN leaders’ summit Wednesday will make progress on a long-running and contentious territorial dispute.

APEC Leaders Endorse China-Led Free Trade Zone

Endorsement seen as an achievement for Beijing, which has been pushing the Free Trade Area of the Asia-Pacific, or FTAAP, over a US-led alternative.

10 November 2014

Despite Tensions, China Gives Obama Warm Welcome

Bilateral relations have been strained largely because of Beijing's suspicions that US wants to contain China’s growth.

Warming China-Japan Relations Unlikely to Resolve Conflicts

Both sides agree to talk about competing claims to E. China Sea islands and anger over Japan’s militaristic past, but issues unlikely to be resolved anytime soon.

08 November 2014

Former Detainee: N. Korea Wanted Ex-US President to Intervene

Jeffrey Fowle says North Korean authorities also wanted him to admit to visiting journalists that he'd committed unspecified crime.

Video As World Leaders Converge in Myanmar, Rohingya Face Worsening Conditions

Human rights groups are focusing attention on ongoing forced detentions, restricted movements and intimidation of more than 120,000 displaced ethnic Rohingya.

07 November 2014

US to Press China on Human Rights at APEC

US National Security Adviser met with American, Chinese rights advocates ahead of summit.

Myanmar Reacts to Leaked ASEAN Document

Myanmar's Director of ASEAN Affairs, Aung Lin, says each member of regional bloc has obligation to keep materials confidential.

06 November 2014

Aung San Suu Kyi: Myanmar Reforms 'Stalled'

Opposition leader cautions US, others against being overly optimistic, adds that her meetings with president, top generals were only start to new path.

Human Rights in Myanmar Under Scrutiny Ahead of ASEAN Summit

Independent organization based in Southeast Asia says it has documented Myanmar’s navy, army, police and other security forces abuses against Rohingya Muslim people.

Multimedia Hong Kong Demonstrators Preserve Their Legacy

From sculpture and installation art to origami and animation, the democracy campaign has unleashed a wave of creative protest.

ASEAN Document Pushes Talks on South China Sea

Statement, leaked ahead of next week's summit in Myanmar, is draft of closing message.

05 November 2014

India Concerned About Chinese Subs in Sri Lankan Ports

Beijing's growing naval presence in Indian Ocean region has opened a new area of rivalry for two Asian countries.

25 Years Later, Is Germany's Reunification a Model for the Koreas?

A Cold War era border still remains in Asia, on the Korean peninsula, where there are practically no signs of reunification.

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'World’s Best Rice' Title Could Boost Cambodian Rice Exportsi
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25 November 2014
For the third year in a row, Cambodia’s premier rice has been voted the world’s best at the World Rice Conference. The award, which it shares this year with Thailand, comes at a time when Cambodia is looking at rice exports as a way to increase incomes for its many impoverished subsistence farmers.

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All Thumbs (Movie: Minority Report)i
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24 November 2014
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Video All Thumbs (Movie: Minority Report)

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Video Carry Out (Movie: Jane Eyre)

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Video A Wake Up Call (Movie: Limitless)

You can say, "The visit to the doctor was definitely 'a wake up call' for him. The heavy drinking, smoking, and partying every night needs to stop." What does it mean? For more videos - go to www.youtube.com/KhmerSpecialEnglish. To contact Mani & Mori - write to them at maniandmori@gmail.com.
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Video Save Face (Movie: Just Go With It)

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