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.
bangkokpost.com Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen will visit Thailand on December 18 and 19 for a joint Thai-Cambodian cabinet meeting and government and business cooperation talks.
AP The UN-backed tribunal trying members of Cambodia's former Khmer Rouge regime for genocide and other crimes said it formally charged the group's navy commander, Meas Muth, on Monday. Prime Minister Hun Sen has opposed any expansion of the trial, and Cambodian police had refused to arrest Meas Muth.
news24.com The prices of some key goods in Malaysia will be capped during the Christmas season to prevent profiteering, the government said. The price control scheme will take effect from December 23 to 27.
the west australian The re-emergence of Myanmar and commensurate growth of tourism have seen Hilton, Accor, Best Western, Kempinski, Dusit and Royal Park recently opening hotels. Plans for a 375-room Sheraton Yangon Hotel have been announced. There are now more than 45,000 rooms in more than 1100 hotels nationally.
AP A Singapore-registered shipping company was found guilty of transferring tens of thousands of dollars used to transport fighter jets and surface-to-air missile systems from Cuba to North Korea in 2013. The haul, hidden under heaps of sugar and discovered by Panamanian authorities, was the biggest load of arms and related materials ever to be intercepted on its way to or from the isolated North.
business-standard.com According to the law, the maximum punishment for such violation is a fine of 100,000 Singapore dollars and five years in jail. The case was adjourned till January 29, next year.
reuters Communist Laos has shown "no political will to solve" the mystery of the abduction of prominent social activist Sombath Somphone, a United Nations human rights official said on Monday, on the third anniversary of the kidnapping.
reuters Chinese oil major Sinopec is building a filling station on an island in the South China Sea, as China continues to expand its civilian infrastructure in the disputed waterway, entrenching its reach in the maritime heart of Southeast Asia.
afp Four people, including a baby, were killed and 10 others left missing after a speedboat sank in a river on the Indonesian part of Borneo island, a rescue official said. The boat was carrying 53 people up the Kapuas river when it hit a submerged log.
themalaymailonline.com Malaysia and Indonesia should set up a joint group to halt the annual burning of forest, said green activist Datuk Seri Ang Lai Soon. In an email to Bernama, he said this should be done before the annual burning ''ritual'' could recur next year.
theaustralian.com.au While most of Asia is slowing economically as it transitions unevenly towards consumer-led growth, Standard & Poor's says ''the party seems to be just getting started in Vietnam''.
afp Droughts, erratic rains and frosts brought by a super-charged El Nino are severely impacting the Pacific, with Papua New Guinea worst hit, aid group Oxfam said in a report. Calling for an urgent up-scaling in relief to save lives, the charity said 4.7 million people faced hunger, poverty and disease in the Pacific region as a result of the weather pattern.