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Thai Cabinet Approves Bill to Legalize Same-Sex Partnerships

Thailand is on its way to allowing same-sex unions.

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China Removes Pangolin Scales From Official Traditional Medicine List

The move has given conservationists hope in the fight to save the world's most-trafficked animal.

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11 Nests of Rare Sea Turtles Found in Thailand Amid Lockdown

When the cat's away, the mice will play; or in this case, during pandemic lockdown, animals will reclaim the spaces once bustling with human activity.

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Singapore to Introduce Vietnamese Language to School Curriculum

Singapore's Ministry of Education (MoE) will introduce Vietnamese and Thai studies alongside increased attention to Malay and Chinese.

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China to Release Dam Water in Upper Mekong to Aid Droughts

Severe droughts in the Mekong Delta region are being exacerbated by the building and storage of water in dams. 

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Indonesia Minister Proposes Taxes to Sugary Drinks, Polluting Vehicles, Plastic Bags

There is a new proposal to tax sugary drinks, plastic bags and cars that release high amounts of carbon dioxide emissions in Indonesia. 

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Japan Imposes Stricter Visa Process for Foreign Students, Including Vietnam, From April

Due to the increasing number of visa overstays, Japan's Immigration Services Agency will tighten the issuing process for student visas for dozens of countries from April.

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After Thailand Bans Plastic Bags, Shoppers Turn to Buckets, Pots and Pans

On New Year's Day, tens of thousands of stores throughout Thailand stopped giving out plastic bags free of charge.

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Amid Slowing US Growth, Asia Becomes Netflix's Fastest-Growing Market

The streaming giant is exploding in popularity across Asia.

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To Combat Bullying, Cambodia to Teach LGBTQ Issues in School Syllabus

The new lessons are aimed at ending discrimination against, and bullying of, LGBTQ people in the country.

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New Myanmar-Thailand Bridge Brings ASEAN Closer to Trans-Regional Corridor

The transnational highway will pass through Vietnam, Laos, Thailand and Myanmar, invigorating regional trade and potentially curtailing economic dependence on China.

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Serious Drought Expected to Hit Lower Mekong Countries Through Early 2020

The next few months could be rough for regional agriculture. 

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Inside Thailand's Ambitious High-Speed Train Project Linking Bangkok Airports, Pattaya

Thailand is currently planning and building a number of high-speed railway projects connecting cities both within and outside the country. 

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Seoul Closes All Dog Slaughterhouses in Campaign to Stop Dog Meat Trade

After committing to ending the dog meat trade over a year ago, on October 26, Seoul’s mayor, Park Won-soon, announced the official closure of all canine slaughterhouses in the city. 

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Singapore to Demolish Sentosa's Merlion to Make Room for New Development

One of Singapore's most well-known attractions is heading for a date with the wrecking ball.

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Historic British Embassy Building in Bangkok Demolished for Shopping Mall

The nearly 100-year-old compound was sold and dismantled to make way for a shopping mall.

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Singapore Will Ban Domestic Ivory Trading From September 2021

The National Parks Board (NParks) said that Singapore will ban the domestic trade of elephant ivory from September 1, 2021.

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Bangkok Imposes Heavier Fine on Motorbikes Driving on Sidewalk

Bangkok's city government has doubled the THB2,000 (US$65) fine for motorcyclists driving on sidewalks starting August 1.

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Low Rainfall, Hydropower Dams Lead to Record-Low Mekong River Levels

Water levels in the lower Mekong basin during this early flood season from June to July have hit record lows.

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South Korean Man Arrested After Clip Showing Beating of Vietnamese Wife Goes Viral

The brutal beating, caught on camera, has made national headlines in both Vietnam and South Korea. While the man has been detained, some are worried that this incident represents just the tip of the i...