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Malaysia and Myanmar have agreed that the Islamic State threat is real and IS may try to instill its ideology in hotspots in ASEAN, reports the Malay Mail on February 20.
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Myanmar will be pressing for a common visa for all ASEAN countries during Malaysia’s tenure as chair of the regional organisation, says head of the government’s visa department. (more…)

Another year has brought further delay to a region-wide agreement on the migrant workers question. (more…)

Malaysia will kick-start its chairmanship of ASEAN in 2015 by hosting the ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ Retreat in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia from January 27 to 28, according the ASEAN secretariat in a press release received on January 2. (more…)

Burma has become a full member of the Asean Infrastructure Fund, the last country of the regional grouping to gain shareholder status, the fund announced on Thursday. (more…)

Two Myanmar nationals wanted by the Malaysian police to assist in the investigation into the murder of several fellow nationals on Malaysia’s Penang island are believed to have fled the state, according to The Star on December 17. (more…)

Burmese nationals seeking work or who hope to visit Malaysia will be screened for criminal records, the Malaysian Home Minister has announced. (more…)

52 Burmese nationals, sentenced to yearlong prison terms for using forged visas in an attempt to enter Malaysia, have thanked embassy staff in Kuala Lumpur as they returned to Burma yesterday. (more…)

Police in Malaysia have arrested 20 people in a widening investigation into the murder of at least 18 Burmese nationals in the northern state of Penang since January. (more…)

Myanmar will be one of several countries under the spotlight for their efforts to crack down on the manufacture and trade in illegal drugs at a regional ASEAN meeting being held in Jakarta. (more…)

Police in Malaysia investigating the murders of 23 Myanmar nationals say their deaths are linked to communal tensions in Rakhine State, a Malaysian news website has reported.

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The ASEAN Summit is finished. The international visitors have moved on, Naypyidaw hoteliers can adjust their room rates to reasonable levels again, and the Myanmar government can breathe a sigh of relief. (more…)

After a year as the ASEAN chair, Myanmar has handed over the position to Malaysia for 2015. (more…)

President Barack Obama and leaders from Europe and Asia gather this week in Myanmar to discuss territorial disputes in the South China Sea, the Islamic State group, Ebola and other issues that threaten to undermine regional security. (more…)

The number of journalists attending the 25th Asean Summit in Naypyidaw is expected to reach a record high, but reporters said access is severely limited due to “tight security.” (more…)

Myanmar is now hosting 25th Asean Summit and its related meetings held in Nay Pyi Taw, a new capital, starting from November 9. The heads of the States/Governments will attend the Summit. (more…)

Thailand, Myanmar, Laos and China have pledged to join forces to fight drug trafficking along the Mekong River, where officials estimate they are failing to intercept 80 percent of smuggled narcotics, reports the Bangkok Post. (more…)

Several activist groups in Rangoon are planning to march to the US Embassy during the Asean Summit next week in order to call on the international community to support for significant constitutional reforms in Burma, an activist said. (more…)

Members of the Dawei Development Association (DDA), a rights watchdog monitoring the lurching progression of the Dawei Special Economic Zone (DSEZ) in Burma’s southern Tennasserim Division, tabled fresh findings to the Thai Human Rights Commission in Bangkok on Tuesday.
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When Afsar Miae left his home near Teknaf in southern Bangladesh to look for work last month, he told his mother, “I’ll see you soon.” He said he expected to return that evening.
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