Southeast Asia

United Nations: Myanmar sentences 3 UN Staff Members to prison for their alleged involvement in June 2011 violence

August 29, 2012

“The staffers were charged with various crimes, including promoting hatred between Buddhist and Muslims, and participation in arson attacks. All are believed to be Myanmar citizens from the region’s Muslim community.”

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Search for Philippine Interior Secretary Jesse Robredo continues, intensifies

August 18, 2012

administration has intensified its efforts to find missing Interior Secretary Jesse Robredo and two others after the plane crashed off Masbate waters Saturday afternoon.

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Heavy rains in the Philippines kill at least 53 people and displace over 260,000 from their homes

August 7, 2012

“The United States pledged Tuesday to provide $100,000 for disaster relief; Philippine disaster officials said government agencies and nonprofits have given more than $400,000 to aid affected families.”

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3 year-old child killed by her own parents in a suspected exorcism ritual in Malaysia

August 6, 2012

District police chief Azman Abdul Lah says police raided a house in northern Penang state late Sunday after receiving a distress call from a relative and found a group of eight people lying on top of the girl in a bedroom.

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3 fires in less than 24 hours displaces 500 people in Cebu City, Philippines

August 5, 2012

“Two of the three fires occurred four hours apart. The third fire occurred in barangay Mambaling and caused minimal damage, Cebu City Fire Marshall Aderson Comar said yesterday.”

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Followers of the former Mayor of a town in the Philippines kill 4 in an ambush of the current Mayor

August 3, 2012

“Four people were killed Thursday when the convoy of a municipal mayor in Sulu was ambushed by fully armed men believed to be followers of the previous mayor, police said.”

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China moves forward with its first major tender of oil and gas blocks in the disputed South China Sea

August 2, 2012

“China National Offshore Oil Corp (CNOOC), a state oil giant, invited foreign firms in late June to bid on oil blocks that overlap territory being explored by Vietnam. Beijing claims almost all the South China Sea.”

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All 8 Badminton Players accused of throwing Matches disqualified & sent home (Video)

August 2, 2012

“The disqualifications mean Australian pair Renuga Veeran and Leanne Choo are promoted and get an unexpected lifeline into the quarter-finals after having been eliminated earlier.”

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The Philippines summons Cambodia’s Ambassador after being accused of playing “dirty politics”

August 1, 2012

“At a regular meeting hosted by Cambodia last month, the 10-nation bloc for the first time in its 45-year history failed to issue a joint statement because of tensions over the maritime disputes.”

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Bad Athletes? 8 Olympic Female Badminton Players accused of “abusive or detrimental conduct” to the sport

August 1, 2012

“The charges result from two lackluster contests in London that angered the watching crowds. The eight players concerned had all already qualified for the quarterfinals of the tournament before the final matches of the group stage on Tuesday night.”

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Human Rights Watch: Burmese Security Forces targeting Rohingya Muslims in western Burma (also known as Myanmar)

August 1, 2012

“Human Rights Watch says Burmese security forces have committed killings, rape, and mass arrests against Rohingya Muslims in western Burma in the aftermath of deadly sectarian violence in June.”

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China and South Korea slam Japan’s claims to territorial rights over some disputed Pacific Ocean Islands

July 31, 2012

“South Korea expressed “deep regret” that Japan chose to assert its claim to disputed islets for an eighth year in an annual defense white paper released today, and China said Japanese comments on a separate group of islands claimed by both nations were irresponsible and erroneous.”

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United Nations Envoy visits the site of ethnic clashes in western Myanmar

July 31, 2012

“The United Nations says there are about 800,000 Rohingya in Myanmar and considers them to be among the most persecuted people in the world.”

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Typhoon in the Philippines kills 7 and displaces over 20,000 people

July 31, 2012

“Initially a tropical storm, Saola strengthened late Monday into a typhoon with sustained winds of 74 miles per hour and gusts of 93mph.”

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Taiwan reasserts its sovereignty over islands in the South China Sea

July 31, 2012

“The Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Tuesday reasserted Taiwan’s sovereignty over islands in the South China Sea, following news that Japan will help the Philippines boost its maritime security mechanisms.”

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