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Myanmar military ruler to attend ASEAN summit in 1st foreign trip

Thailand has announced that the head of Myanmar’s military government, Senior General Min Aung Hlaing, will attend an Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) summit in Indonesia next week – his first known foreign trip since he seized power in a coup on February 1. Myanmar ...

Al Jazeera

Red-crowned cranes reappear in Mekong Delta

After a year of absence, over 30 red-crowned cranes have returned to Phu My Biosphere Reserve and Tram Chim National Park in the Mekong Delta. Phu My Biosphere Reserve in Kien Giang Province on Saturday confirmed the 30 cranes had been here for half a month. ...

Phuc Dien

Damming of the Mekong: Thai Villagers Lament a River in Crisis

Large numbers of people here in the dry northeast region of Thailand bordering Laos and Cambodia, a region known as Isaan, are facing the consequences of changes in the natural rhythms of the Mekong River wrought by the construction in recent years of dams upstream ...

Vijitra Duangdee

Cambodia puts its arduous titling process for Indigenous land up for review

Ethnic Kui Indigenous people have for generations mined the mountains and streams of Cambodia’s Romtom commune for their livelihoods. But those traditions shifted as Delcom, a Malaysian-owned gold-mining company, began digging up the land in the early 2010s and confronting artisanal miners with armed guards. ...

Danielle Keeton-Olsen

Laos Jars are Slowly Revealing their Secrets

In the rugged province of Xieng Khoaung in upper northern Laos are scattered more than 2,000 large carved stone jars. They vary in size, with the biggest standing at just over 2.5 metres tall and weighing in at 30 tonnes. The jars are believed to ...

Dr Louise Shewan, University of Melbourne; Dr Dougald O’Reilly, ANU and Dr Thonglith Luangkhoth

Vietnam’s largest wind power plant enters operation

HCMC-based energy firm Trungnam Group Friday has put its wind power plant in central Ninh Thuan Province into operation, considered the country’s largest to date. The plant, which spreads over an area of 900 hectares in Thuan Bac District, has 45 turbines with a total capacity ...

Nguyen Quy

Sweden supports Thai partnership for plastic reduction

With support from the Swedish government, the Solid Waste Management Association, Thailand (SWAT) is launching its Plastic Footprint Reduction Project to reduce ocean plastic pollution The project is under the framework of the United Nations Environment Programme’s SEA circular project and initiated by the Coordinating Body on the ...

Mette Larsen

INTERVIEW: Myanmar military increasing efforts to keep truth from getting out, UN expert says

Over 700 people are reported to have been killed in the brutal response by the security forces since the military overthrew the democratically elected Government on 1 February. Thousands more have been injured – many of them seriously, and over 3,000 people are in detention.   That includes at least ...

UN's Peace and Security

Cambodia border, Mekong Delta named 'hotspots' for possible Covid-19 outbreak

Health Minister Nguyen Thanh Long warned the risk of a new Covid-19 outbreak in Vietnam was “very high” amid a significant surge in community transmissions from neighboring countries. Long told an online meeting Friday the southwest border with Cambodia and southwestern provinces of the country, better ...

Le An

'Nothing about the Mekong is normal now’: Anger along Southeast Asia’s great river as water levels become unpredictable

From a distance, it is hard to make sense of the small patches of green emerging from the cracking mud flats of the Mekong River. They are not oases, nor sprouts of river grass along dusty channels where water normally flows; they are golf greens. Recently, ...

Jack Board

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