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Malaysia tribe end protest as mega-dam floods their homes

About 100 Malaysian tribespeople were forced to end a three-month blockade of a dam after rising waters threatened to flood their homes in Borneo, activists said Tuesday. The state-linked Sarawak Energy company began filling the reservoir in late September, a week after some 100 Penan natives from seven villages began a protest on the only road to the remote, $1.3 billion Murum dam in Sarawak state, located in the northwest of Borneo.

4th Cambodia int'l film festival to kick off at weekend

4th Cambodia int'l film festival to kick off at weekend PHNOM PENH, Dec. 2 (Xinhua) -- The fourth Cambodia International Film Festival will be launched here from Dec. 7 to 12 to promote the country's cinema industry, organizers said Monday. About 90 films from more than ten countries will be screened to audience in the capital city, including some 30 Khmer films. "This is the largest yearly cinema event in Cambodia and it's only showing in Phnom Penh," Cedric Eloy, chief executive of the Cambodia Film Commission, said at a press briefing.

Indonesian energy minister quizzed in graft scandal

Indonesia's anti-corruption agency questioned the energy minister as a witness in a bribery scandal Monday, in a case that could further damage the president's ailing party ahead of polls. Jero Wacik, the minister for energy and mineral resources, was quizzed by Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) officials at the agency's office in Jakarta. The questioning was in relation to a bribery case against Rudi Rubiandini, the former chief of Indonesia's main energy regulator, who was arrested in August for allegedly accepting kickbacks.

Chinese citizens warned again to avoid Thailand's rally sites

Chinese citizens warned again to avoid Thailand's rally sites BANGKOK, Dec. 1 (Xinhua) -- The Chinese embassy in Thailand on Sunday issued the second travel advisory in a week on Sunday to urge Chinese citizens to keep away from protest sites. In a statement posted on the embassy's website, Chinese citizens who are now in Thailand or plan to leave for the country are urged to closely monitor the local situation, avoid protest sites and try not to go out at night. They are also urged not to wear red or yellow clothes to avoid trouble.

British kickboxer gets 25 years for US Marine murder

A Thai court sentenced a British kickboxer to 25 years in prison Thursday for the murder of a former US Marine following a bar fight on the island of Phuket. The sentence on Lee Aldhouse was reduced from life imprisonment because he pleaded guilty to stabbing to death 23-year-old Dashawn Longfellow in 2010. The victim was in Thailand after sustaining a combat injury in Afghanistan.

Myanmar president calls for accelerating education promotion efforts

Myanmar president calls for accelerating education promotion efforts YANGON, Nov. 27 (Xinhua) -- Myanmar President U Thein Sein Wednesday called on the country people to speed up education promotion efforts for the development of the nation. U Thein Sein made the call in his message on the occasion of the country's 93rd Anniversary National Day which marked an education movement against the introduction of colonial education system in 1920. He stressed that the education reform plays a crucial part of the country's reform in various sectors.

Indonesia, Australia spy claim tension spreads to corporate world

By Yayat Supriyatna and Kanupriya Kapoor JAKARTA (Reuters) - Rising diplomatic tension between Australia and Indonesia spread into the corporate world on Friday when a state-owned Indonesian firm suspended talks with Australian cattle farmers, citing trust issues between the neighbors.

Indonesia, Australia spy claim tension spreads to corporate world

By Yayat Supriyatna and Kanupriya Kapoor JAKARTA (Reuters) - Rising diplomatic tension between Australia and Indonesia spread into the corporate world on Friday, after a state-owned Indonesian firm suspended talks with Australian cattle ranchers, citing trust issues between the neighbors. PT Rajawali Nusantara Indonesia (RNI) is the first Indonesian firm to freeze business ties with Australia due to the uproar sparked by reports that Canberra had spied on President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono and his wife.

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UN calls on Myanmar to keep prisoner release promise

A UN committee on Tuesday called on Myanmar to stick to a promise to release all political prisoners by the end of the year. While welcoming major reforms started by the government as Myanmar emerges from decades of military rule, the UN General Assembly's rights committee expressed concern at new detentions of political activists. An annual resolution on Myanmar was passed by consensus by the 193 nation-committee, having been toned down from past years because of changes already ordered by President Thein Sein.
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