Mobile Payment Firms Struggle to Dethrone Cash in Southeast Asia

More than 70 percent of the region's 600 million-plus people do not use banks and e-commerce is projected to hit $88 billion by 2025.

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Concrete and Coral: Beijing’s South China Sea Building Boom Fuels Concerns

Regional security experts believe a town on Subi reef in the Spratlys archipelago could soon be home to China's first troops based in the maritime heart of Southeast Asia.


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Military Officers Transferred Over Jade Mine Bribes, Killings in Rakhine

Two officers have been transferred to the military's auxiliary force for taking bribes from jade mines operating without a license, another for killings in Rakhine State.

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Anti-Corruption Investigation of Finance Minister Nearly Complete

Myanmar’s Anti-Corruption Commission chairman says he will soon report the findings of the investigation to the president and parliamentary speakers.

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Chin Villagers Accuse AA Soldiers of Torture, Extortion

Arakan Army denies troops extorted 6.7 million kyats by torturing officials, preacher.

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No Sex Please—We’re Burmese

Despite draconian laws and official denial, sex is big business in Burma.

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Artist Brings the Stone Age to Yangon

Than Htay’s ‘Cave People’ series is based on cave paintings combined with texture and color splashes.

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New Body to Track Online Instigators Who Harm Govt, Sovereignty

“We formed the body as a preemptive measure to identify those who are harming our citizens, government and sovereignty,” said U Win Khant.

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Trump Casts Doubt on Planned Summit With North Korean Leader

Trump said there was a "substantial chance" his summit with Kim Jong Un will not take place as planned amid concerns that Kim is resistant to giving up his nuclear weapons.


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