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22-Year-Old May Have Been Abducted on Backpacking Trip

A 22-year-old with dreams of traveling the world has disappeared in the middle of an eight-month backpacking trip through South America and Southeast Asia. Jesse Galganov, who is from Montreal and plans to start medical school in Philadelphia next fall, was last heard from around Sept. 28, when he texted...

Philippines declares end to 5-month militant siege in Marawi 

The Philippine government on Monday declared an end to the militant siege of a southern city that lasted five months, left more than 1,100 people dead and sparked fears of the Islamic State group gaining a foothold in Southeast Asia. Speaking at an annual meeting of the region's defense ministers,...

Donald Trump's Big Trip to Asia: What Can Washington Do to Reassure ASEAN?

21 hours agoHumor / odd : The Sideshow

Trump has an opportunity to begin shaping Southeast Asia's geopolitical map in America’s favor. Donald Trump's Big Trip to Asia: What Can Washington Do to Reassure ASEAN? Last month, the White House announced that President Donald Trump will travel to Japan, South Korea, China, Vietnam and the Philippines in November.

Grab raises $700M in debt to add more drivers to its ride-hailing service in Southeast Asia

Grab is in the process of raising $2.5 billion for it ride hailing service in Southeast Asia, but that hasn’t stopped the Uber rival from tapping banks for $700 million in debt facilities to develop its business. The Singapore-basedShow More Summary

Grab raises $700 million in debt to grow ride-hailing service in Southeast Asia

(Reuters) — Singapore-headquartered Grab, the main Southeast Asian rival of Uber, said on Friday it had secured debt facilities of up to $700 million to help expand its car rental program. Grab, which said the debt funding was a record for a southeast Asian startup, said the facilities were secured from global and regional banks. […]

Shallow graves in Thailand's drug warehouse

Stuck on a merry-go-round of drug taking, dealing and jail, Somphal Boonsanoon's journey through addiction ended in a shallow grave in Ayutthaya, Thailand's historic heart and Southeast Asia's meth warehouse. His curse from his teens was 'yaba', the small methamphetamine pills cut with caffeine that Thais call crazy medicine. Show More Summary

Cambodian viral site Khmerload has new plans for a BuzzFeed-like digital empire across Southeast Asia

When I met with Khmerload founder In Vichet recently, his wildly popular website was leading with stories typical of its entertainment-driven coverage: Two local pop singers have been spotted wearing the same outfits; a feature on the family of a well-known Cambodian business tycoon; and, with more than 7,500 shares, a series of photographs that...

This Singapore-based startup tests Southeast Asia’s appetite for a member-funded journalism service

Most of Southeast Asia’s legacy media are family businesses or for-profit entities controlled by conglomerates. But New Naratif, a new regional startup, is now testing the market for a paid membership approach to journalism via crowdfunding. Borrowing heavily from the ethos of De Correspondent, the Dutch news site that raised $1.7 million from 20,000 subscribers...

Fire Emblem Warriors street date broken in Southeast Asia

Want a chance to purchase Fire Emblem Warriors a bit early? All you have to do is find the right retailer in Southeast Asia! Once again, it seems retailers in the region don't care too much for release dates, and have already put Fire Emblem Warriors out there. I'd imagine Nintendo is getting quite fed up with the region by now!

Philippines hunts Malaysian professor set to be regional Isil leader after commanders killed in Marawi

6 days agoNews : The Newsroom

The Philippine army on Tuesday said it was hunting down a Malaysian professor primed to be next Isil leader in Southeast Asia after the terrorist movement’s two most senior regional commanders were killed in battle. Isil’s SoutheastShow More Summary

Two most-wanted Isil militants in south-east Asia killed in Philippines 

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Islamic State’s emir in Southeast Asia Isnilon Hapilon has been killed in offensive by Philippine troops, the country’s defence secretary claimed on Monday. His death deals a blow to Isil’s reported ambition to create a regional base to carry out terrorist activities across Asia. Show More Summary

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We spent the last nine days in Southeast Asia, in Vietnam, Cambodia, and Laos. If you want the play by play version of our trip, head on over to the Gotham Gal’s blog where she does that and has has done for every trip we’ve taken over the last fifteen years. As an aside, if […]

IS Southeast Asia chief killed in Philippines: govt

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The head of the Islamic State group in Southeast Asia, who figures on the US "most wanted terrorists" list, was killed on Monday in the battle to reclaim a militant-held Philippines city, officials said. Isnilon Hapilon's reported death...Show More Summary

IS a threat to SE Asia despite leader's death: analysts

The reported death of Islamic State's top leader in Southeast Asia is a major blow to the jihadists but analysts warn it remains a potent threat, with battle-hardened fighters set to return from the Middle East. IS's regional head Isnilon...Show More Summary

AirAsia CEO reveals the one piece of advice he got from Richard Branson that defined his business

The rise of AirAsia over the past 16 years has been nothing short of meteoric. The Malaysian low-cost carrier has transformed air travel in Southeast Asia by bringing it to the masses. In the process, its founder, Tony Fernandes, has...Show More Summary

A Unified Korean Peninsula is Possible—Under China's Rules

Khang Vu Security, Asia China must believe that it has more to gain from doing business with a united prosperous Korea than from living with nuclear-armed North Korea on its doorstep. In 648, Silla (present day Southeast of South Korea)...Show More Summary

OPPO’s first “full-screen” smartphone, the OPPO F5, launches later this month

The handset will hit Southeast Asia with FHD+, 2160 x 1080 resolution display and "AI beauty recognition technology," on October 26.

Fare Alert: Major US Cities to Bangkok From $216 Roundtrip

For a decade it was unheard of to see roundtrip fares to Southeast Asia for under $600. That's changed. I don't even bother sharing fares to Europe unless they're under $500... preferably under $400. Still this one is an unusually good fare even by recent sale fare standards. Continue reading Fare Alert: Major US Cities to Bangkok From $216 Roundtrip...

Vietnam Airlines, Air France sign deal to boost routes

Vietnam Airlines and Air France signed a joint venture Tuesday to increase routes between Europe and Vietnam, as they try to capitalise on a fast-growing appetite for travel to and from Southeast Asia. The stronger cooperation, which will include coordinated flight schedules, will give the French carrier a foothold in a region already well-served by other large airlines.

Vertex Ventures closes new $210M fund for Southeast Asia and India

Vertex Ventures, one of the VC funds that is linked to Singapore sovereign fund Temasek, has closed its third investment fund for Southeast Asia and India with a total of $210 million for investment. Vertex Venture Holdings operates five funds across the world, which include vehicles focused on the U.S., Israel and healthcare. Show More Summary

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