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Monday, October 21, 2019

South East Asia

Developments as they unfold in the Asean region.

Houses torched, hundreds homeless near site of Indonesia’s new capital

Fight between 2 communities sees a man stabbed to death.

Thai opposition protests army troop transfer to king

Future Forward party says no emergency justifies the decree, accuses PM of acting like a junta leader.

Philippine PM Duterte hurts hip in motorcycle mishap

His fall happens days after he admitted having a disease that causes skeletal weakness.

Philippines quake kills child, injures dozens

Buildings and homes suffer cracks, power knocked out in several cities.

Singapore jails drunk N. Zealander for biting policewoman

27-year-old to serve 26-week sentence after pleading guilty to causing hurt to public servant.

Minister tells Filipinos to boycott Hollywood film over China-centric map

‘Abominable’ shows U-shaped line illustrating Beijing’s claims over disputed South China Sea areas.

Myanmar looking to ride surfing wave at SEA Games

Water sport slowly gaining prominence thanks to ardent and passionate fans.

Vietnam calls for restraint in maritime dispute with China

Its leader however says to 'never compromise' on sovereignty.

Jakarta still sinking, despite groundwater improvements

Construction and natural movement of soil due to tectonic activities making things worse.

Indonesia enlists McKinsey’s help to move capital to Borneo

New first city will be situated in forest, away from crowded, flood-prone Jakarta.

Indonesia shuts schools as haze makes a comeback

El Nino weather pattern intensifies dry-season fires again after improvement in air quality.

Slithery sewer discovery reveals Thailand’s third-largest snake

4m king cobra found in housing estate weighed 15 kilos.

Vietnam pulls ‘Abominable’ for showing ‘nine-dash line’ scene

Authorities revoke license for DreamWorks' animated film over controversial South China Sea map.

Tears, grief mark 17th anniversary of Indonesia’s Bali bombings

Grieving families, attack survivors and representatives from several embassies laid flowers at the memorial.

Jokowi says Wiranto incident must never happen again

Indonesian leader tightens security after knife attack left security minister requiring surgery.

IS radical stabs ex-Indonesian army chief Wiranto

Former general Wiranto stable in hospital, couple arrested.

Singapore world’s first to ban sugary drink ads

Highly sweet beverages must also carry label to signal they are unhealthy.

Lion Air pounces on record IPO rush

Top Indonesian carrier among two dozen companies planning share sales.

US loses top spot to Singapore in competitiveness rankings

Hong Kong, the Netherlands and Switzerland make up the top 5.

Singapore’s PropertyGuru plans share sale, Australian listing

The company is planning to raise as much as US$257 mil.

Judge shoots himself after acquitting murder suspects in Thailand

The judge is receiving treatment in a hospital.

Thai army charges opposition for speaking in favour of Malay-Muslim region

Six leaders debated possible devolution of some powers to nation's violence-hit south.

Wildlife poachers to get 100 lashes in Aceh

Public flogging, common in conservative Sumatran province, expected to take effect early next year.

Indonesian couple fear sex-ban changes will make them criminals

Millions living in unofficial relationships could also face problems.