Asean News

Jim Thompson was killed by Malay communists, sources say

BANGKOK (The Nation/ANN Desk) – One of the oldest unsolved mysteries in Asia has been solved – as recorded in a documentary film that premieres on Wednesday in Bangkok

On Easter Sunday in 1967, Jim Thompson went for an afternoon walk in the Cameron Highlands’ jungle-clad hills. The American, known as the “king of Thai silk”, was on vacation in Malaysia with friends at the Moonlight Cottage, a colonial-period villa in the old British hill station north of Kuala Lumpur.

FEATURE: Mindanao violence 'fuelled by drugs, arms'


Brunei initiates launch of Asean Mineral Awards

Study finds high pesticide levels in local Thai food

BANGKOK (The Nation/ANN) - NGOs call for law forcing industry to declare discharge of dangerous toxins.

OPINION: Asean centrality: What's that?


SINGAPORE (The Straits Times/ANN) - Asean risks losing relevance as a regional player over its weak response to the Rakhine crisis.

FEATURE: World AIDS Day 2017 promotes “Right to Health”


VIENTIANE (Vientiane Times/ANN) - This year’s World AIDS Day campaign promotes the theme of “Right to Health” and raises awareness of the 36.7 million people worldwide who are living with HIV in realising their rights.

No plan to lift ban on political activity: Thai junta

BANGKOK (The Nation/ANN) - Deputy PM cites weapons find as reason; academic suggests it’s a ruse to keep power.

Breast cancer most common in Brunei


BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN (Borneo Bulletin/ANN) - Breast cancer is now the most common cancer in Brunei Darussalam, according to a press release.

It can affect women of all ages with the peak incidence in women of age 45-55.

Vietnam: Sharp rise in mentally ill patients


HAI PHONG CITY (Viet Nam News/ANN) - Currently, 200,000 people with severe mental illness are entitled to monthly benefits, and 13,000 mental patients from economically disadvantaged backgrounds who cannot take care of themselves and have no caretakers have been admitted into social welfare establishments.

Southeast Asia rises as most popular destination for S Koreans: report


SEOUL (The Korea Herald/ANN) - According to data gathered from travel metasearch engine Kayak, South Korean travellers picked Southeast Asian destinations such as Bangkok and Da Nang as most preferred spots.

Countries in Southeast Asia are rising as popular holiday spots for South Korean travelers, with the destinations being the most searched online, market data showed Tuesday.