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Asean Today: Actress Snatches Son; Trump Faces Indon Ban; 'Like' Can Lead to Jail Term

Friday, December 11, 2015
Today Around Southeast Asia

PHUKETWAN recognises the importance of Asean with the Economic Community approaching and marks what's happening around the region with a column, Asean Today, that will cease when Phuketwan closes on December 31.

Singapore Singapore's Gardens by the Bay and Marina Bay Sands have made it to Facebook's top 20 most checked-in locations around the world this year, ahead of other well known attractions such as the Hollywood Walk of Fame and Madison Square Park.

Malaysia Former Neighbours actress Eliza Szonert has snatched her child back from her estranged musician partner in dramatic scenes in a restaurant in Malaysia during an ongoing custody row. Szonert and her former partner, musician businessman Ashley Crick, had been embroiled in a row over care of her son while they were staying in Kuala Lumpur.


qz.comA prominent member of Indonesia's United Development Party (PPP), HM Romahurmuziy, issued a statement that if Donald Trump doesn't apologise for saying Muslims should be barred from the US, then the Indonesian people should reject his investments in the country. ''The PPP calls for the rejection of Trump's investments in any form in Indonesia,'' he said.

Cambodia Just in case you didn't get the memo, no selfies with monks, no skimpy clothing and no smoking are allowed at Cambodia's ancient Angkor Wat temple complex. Okay?

VIDEO Angkor Code of Conduct

Thailand A Samut Prakan man has been arrested for '''liking''' a doctored photo of HM the King and sharing an infographic on Facebook about the Rajabhakti Park scandal, the military said. He faces up to 32 years in jail.

Philippines The Philippines is receiving 114 armored vehicles donated by the US, officials said, boosting the poorly-equipped military's fight against various insurgent groups.

Myanmar Along with Cambodia and Laos, Myanmar has been granted an extension and will not join the AEC until 2018, but economists say even this target may be hard to meet.

Brunei If there was an award for the most polite regional grouping in the world, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) would be a perennial favorite to win. So observant are its 10 members of consensus and non-interference in each other's affairs that critics say the group abides by an unwritten code of NATO (No Action, Talk Only).

Vietnam Airports Corporation of Vietnam, the country's airports operator, made its debut on the Ho Chi Minh City Stock Exchange, raising a total of $49.6 million, using 3.47 percent of its chartered capital.

Laos The Vientiane Times reports that the 'Southern Laos, Charming by Nature' brand has now been adopted by Saravan, Xekong, Attapeu and Champassak provinces, in a bid to promote the region as a single destination.


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