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Saturday, December 14, 2019

South East Asia

Developments as they unfold in the Asean region.

Scientists home in on potential treatments for deadly Nipah virus

Scientists have found around a dozen potential drugs to block the disease.

Bangkok Bank buys Standard Chartered’s Indonesian stake for US$2.7 bil

Move marks the first major purchase of an overseas lender by a Thai bank.

Suu Kyi’s ‘silence’ over genocide slammed in court

Lawyers say Nobel peace laureate failed to deny the conclusions of a 2018 UN investigation.

Thousands gather for Thai king’s final coronation event

River procession allows citizens a rare chance to see the royal family in the flesh.

Singapore defends misinformation law after criticism

Government says law won't curb free speech but activists fear it could be used to stifle dissent.

44,000-year-old cave painting uncovered in Indonesian cave

Researchers confirm limestone artwork depicting a prehistoric hunting scene could be world's oldest.

NZ to retrieve bodies from volcano despite eruption warnings

Risky mission for remains planned as pressure from distraught victims' families mounts.

Thai election agency wants to break up high-profile opposition party

Future Forward Party has been accused of violating laws by accepting multimillion-dollar loans.

Philippines hails ‘world class’ SEA Games despite stormy start

After a presidential apology, online mockery and deadly typhoon, host nation ran away winners with 149 gold medals.

Chef de mission sorry for Malaysia’s dismal SEA Games outing

Megat Zulkarnain Omardin also believes overconfidence of athletes cost the contingent dearly.

Home advantage gains Philippines 149 SEA Games gold medals

Country's best-ever haul comes after it dominated all debut sports.

Suu Kyi calls Rohingya genocide case against Myanmar ‘misleading’

Myanmar argues military 'clearance operations' in Rakhine were a justifiable response to terrorism.

Cambodia PM scoffs at EU sanctions threat, says Brexit will ease...

We export the most to England, says Hun Sen defiantly.

Forest fires cost Indonesia US$5.2 bil in economic losses

Total damage is equal to 0.5% of the country's GDP, says World Bank.

TikTok owner testing music app in bid for next global hit

Resso is now available in India and Indonesia, 2 of Asia’s most populous countries.

US tightens sanctions on Myanmar army chief

'Credible reports' show mass-scale rape, sexual violence by soldiers under Min Aung Hlaing.

Bangladesh starts fencing Rohingya camps, cutting off internet

Frustration has been growing about hosting the refugees.

Rohingya demand Suu Kyi acknowledge Myanmar’s ‘merciless’ atrocities

'The international community must listen to our voice because we are the real victims,' says leader.

US sanctions Cambodian PM’s allies for alleged corruption

Pressure intensifies on Hun Sen over crackdown on opposition and military ties with China.

‘Out of shape’ Schooling vows to fix physique after SEA Games...

Olympic swim champ says he needs to find his ideal weight after bulking up.

Tesco could pay special dividend upon Malaysia-Thai exit, say analysts

UK grocer's Asian assets could be worth as much as £9.5 billion.

Philippine bank probes transfers in Aussie money-laundering scandal

Sydney-based Westpac is alleged to have breached laws more than 23 million times.

Malaysia file protest following revocation of gymnast’s gold

Chef de mission Megat Zulkarnain Omardin says the decision should not have happened after the medal ceremony.

EU slaps Indonesia with 5-year biodiesel tariffs, fueling trade tensions

Commission says subsidised biodiesel exports are causing 'a threat of material injury to the union industry'.

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