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Thailand unveils puppies with royal pedigree – Reuters

BANGKOK (Reuters) – Thailand has unveiled eight puppies related to the pet dog of late King Bhumibol Adulyadej, as the country observed the third anniversary of the monarch’s death. The black, brown and white puppies were born from two royal dogs artificially inseminated with semen from two male offspring of …

Philippine police chief resigns amid drug allegations

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippine national police chief resigned on Monday after he faced allegations in a Senate hearing that he intervened as a provincial police chief in 2013 to prevent his officers from being prosecuted for allegedly selling a huge quantity of illegal drugs they had seized. Gen. …

Will Hanoi’s Train Street survive? – BBC News

Authorities in Hanoi, Vietnam have shut down cafes and banned large crowds on Train Street, one of the city’s most popular tourist spots. Every day, trains rush by on the narrow street, just inches away from residents’ homes, and in recent months many tourists have flocked there to take pictures …

China denounces Thai politicians for backing Hong Kong protests | News | Al Jazeera

Hong Kong pro-democracy leader Joshua Wong had posted a photo with Thai opposition leader Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit. The Chinese embassy in Bangkok has condemned Thai politicians for showing support to Hong Kong activists amid mass anti-Beijing protests, saying that such a move could harm the relationship between the two countries. The criticism was echoed …

Why are interest rates falling in Southeast Asia?

IT WAS not long ago that economists were fretting about interest rate rises in Southeast Asia. But in 2019, the mood has distinctly shifted among central banks in the region. Malaysia’s Bank Negara cut its interest rate in May by 25 basis points, the first cut since July 2016. The Philippines reduced its interest …