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Floodwater released by Chinese dam in Cambodia submerges village

Floodwater released by a recently opened Chinese hydroelectric dam in Cambodia has completely submerged a village, the campaign group International Rivers said on Friday (Feb 2). Hundreds of families from five villages in the northern province of Stung Treng had moved several months ago to designated ...

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Thai navy says 11 million pill haul a record from Laos

Thailand’s navy has seized 11 million meth pills from traffickers crossing from Laos via the Mekong River, a record bust from a communist state that is emerging as a key Asian drug route. Keep reading ...

Channel News Asia Reporter

Power stacked against Southeast Asia's poor as China dams Mekong

Cambodian fisherman Sles Hiet lives at the mercy of the Mekong: A massive river that feeds tens of millions but is under threat from the Chinese dams cementing Beijing’s physical – and diplomatic – control over its Southeast Asian neighbours.Keep reading ...

Channel News Asia Reporter

Asian dolphins a step closer to extinction: group

The International Union for Conservation of Nature said on Tuesday it had changed the status of the Irrawaddy dolphin and finless porpoise, both living in Asian waters, to “endangered” from “vulnerable”, meaning they are closer to extinction.[]”In the Mekong River, for example, the majority of ...

Channel News Asia Reporter

Deadly diet: Thai doctors battle cancer-causing fish dish

It was not until he got to medical school that Narong Khuntikeo finally discovered what caused the liver cancer that took both of his parents’ lives – their lunch.Like millions of Thais across the rural northeast, his family regularly ate koi pla – a local ...

At 97, this Vietnamese grandma has mastered the Internet

At first glance, it’s easy to dismiss Le Thi as just another raddled old woman. At 97, she has lost almost all her teeth and a severe hunchback impedes her movement. She spends most of her time lying in bed on her side, slowly chewing ...

Sri Lanka deploys more troops as flood toll climbs to 180

Thousands of Sri Lankan troops battled on Monday (May 29) to get relief supplies to over half a million people displaced by the island’s worst flooding for 14 years, which has killed at least 180 people. The military said a lull in torrential monsoon rains allowed ...

Bird flu hits poultry markets in major Chinese city: Media

Authorities in China’s third-largest city warned that about 30 percent of its live poultry markets were contaminated with the H7N9 avian flu virus, as an eastern province ordered markets to shut, state media reported on February 11. East China’s Zhejiang province has ordered all markets ...

Lifting US jade sanctions ‘a mistake’: Myanmar minister

The minister in charge of mining in Myanmar’s conflict-ridden state of Kachin says it was a mistake for the United States to lift sanctions on the country’s notorious jade industry. Kachin lies at the heart of the “jade tract”, a small area that has deposits ...

Standing strong: new facility to help Myanmar landmine victims, amputees

She lay and cried in the hospital. The nurses did too. Tin Mya had already had two major amputation operations performed on her toes and foot, which had turned black. And she was about to lose most of her lower leg. The cause of her pain ...

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