Education still a big concern in remote areas

May 24, 2015
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Savy, a Chong ethnic in Areng Valley, is 15 years old, Chorng ethic, but is studying in grade 3 at a primary school. He has no idea about school break and openings when asked. He only goes to school whenever he is free; or when he does not have anything to do at home. “I don’t care about […]

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Countries To Show More Support for ASEAN Education: Experts

February 27, 2014
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Although 2015 is almost looming near, there seems to be a lack of understanding within the ASEAN members in terms of ASEAN framework and what it actually means for each of the Southeast Asian nations, despite the fact that some have already been included into school curriculums.

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Asean-China Code of Conduct Key to Stability: Indonesia

March 21, 2013
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Indonesian government believe code of conduct is key to maintaining regional stability in the midst of ongoing stand-off over territorial dispute in the South China Sea. “It is not an exaggeration [that] the Code of Conduct will serve as an effective instrument to prevent pending jurisdictional disputes from degenerating into serious tensions or open conflicts,” Indonesian Defense Minister […]

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A Dam That Grip Destiny of Mekong River and Million Lives

November 10, 2012
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By Som Rina November 8th, 2012 Laos is one of the poorest countries in the world and relies heavily on foreign aid. To boost the country’s economy, Laos government has focused on the dam construction in the Mekong river in order to generate more power for the use in the nation, and to sell to […]

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Cambodia’s revered former king dies at 89

October 15, 2012
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I was woken up today at around 6am in the morning by calls from two editors at Agence France Presse and the Associated Presse. A moment later, I noticed that I received two text messages from two of my former classmates, Sorthy and Ritthy who ended their messages in the same way “True?”. “What’s true?” […]

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Indonesia continues supporting TL to join ASEAN

October 11, 2012
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Minister for Exterior of Indonesia Agus Tarmiji as a technical advisor for ASEAN has held a meeting with Minister for Education Bendito Freitas, talking about capacity building and human resource of the country before joining ASEAN. Mr. Taher said Indonesia continue to maintain its position to support Timor-Leste to join ASEAN, based on his point […]

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Soares holds meeting with PR TMR

October 11, 2012
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State Secretary for ASEAN Roberto Soares has a held meeting with President of the Republic Taur Matan Ruak to inform him about his future plans and preparations. Soares said the plan that he would implement next year would focus on socialization about joining ASEAN to all citizens. He added 2013 was important for Timor-Leste to […]

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Code of conduct needs to be more prescriptive: Indonesia

October 7, 2012
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JAKARTA — Indonesia Foreign Affairs Minister Marty Natalegawa yesterday (September 17) called on further efforts from ASEAN member countries to make the future code of conduct on South China Sea more ambitious and prescriptive. “I’m not 100 per cent happy about the current draft of the COC,” he said. “We need to have a benchmark. […]

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ASEAN backs Viet Nam bid for rights council

October 7, 2012
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NEW YORK — ASEAN members have pledged to support each other’s bids for seats at the United Nations, including Viet Nam’s candidacy for the 2014-16 UN Human Rights Council tenure. The bloc’s foreign ministers comfirmed the arrangement at the recent Informal ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ Meeting (IAMM), which took place on September 27 on the sidelines […]

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Armed conflicts not realistic in South China Sea: experts

October 7, 2012
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By Thu Huong Le JAKARTA – Countries would not head into armed conflicts even as tensions in the South China Sea seem to be escalating, experts have suggested. “I think what the US and China want to avoid is for this to become another Korean Peninsula,” said Dr. Ralf Emmers, an associate professor at Nanyang […]

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