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'Klingon Newt' one of 163 new species found in Southeast Asia

A snake with iridescent scales, a mouse-eared flower, and a newt resembling a Klingon are just a few of the 163 unusual species of flora and fauna discovered in Southeast Asia in 2015, and they are a reminder of our planet's unusual biodiversity.

Many more species at risk from tree plantations in Southeast Asia

The quest for economic growth in many Southeast Asian countries is taking a toll on hundreds of species of mammals, birds, and amphibians as natural forests are cleared to make way for tree plantations.

First amphibious centipede species found, and it's horrible

London - Just when we thought it was safe to go back in the water, someone has discovered a freshwater creature we should be worried about encountering. It's a venomous centipede that is as much at home in the water as it is on land.

Poaching of this rare bird's 'ivory' is flying under the radar

The slaughter of elephants and rhinos for ivory and horns has generated a lot of media attention, and rightly so. But there is a rare and endangered bird called the helmeted hornbill that is being slaughtered for the same reason.

El Nino helping to fuel fires as Southeast Asia chokes on smoke

Air Pollution Index (API) levels reached into the "unhealthy" range yesterday in many regions of Southeast Asia as the smoke and haze from forest and bush fires continued to spread.

Rare butterfly is half-male and half-female

A volunteer at Drexel University's Natural Science exhibit on butterflies was witness to an amazing phenomenon in October. A new butterfly, just emerged from its chrysalis, appeared to be half-female and half-male.

Move over Ebola- Malaria next big health crisis

The World Health Organization recently reported the number of people dying from Malaria has dropped 47 percent in Sub-Saharan Africa since 2000. WHO attributed the success in reducing the number of deaths, in large part, to better diagnosis and treatment.

Thai junta leader Prayuth wants media blackout for ex PM Thaksin

Bangkok - Thailand’s military junta head Prayuth Chan-ocha has asked the national media to “stop reporting" about former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra.

Dutch artist fakes five-week trip through southeast Asia

Amsterdam - In an effort to show how much we manipulate situations on the social media, Zilla van den Born from Amsterdam pretended to take a five-week trip away in southeast Asia, all the while keeping her friends on Facebook updated with photos of her great trip.

WHO: Alcohol kills millions per year

The World Health Organization (WHO) wants global governments to crack down after study shows that alcohol kills millions per year.

Thai Army ready to take action to 'solve' political conflict

Bangkok - The Royal Thai Army (RTA) is prepared to intervene if the political situation worsens, army chief Gen Prayuth Chan-ocha said Wednesday.

Thai protesters defy emergency law — Pro-government activist shot

Bangkok - Thai anti-government protesters today paraded through the capital city Bangkok, defying the state of emergency imposed by the government on Tuesday.

Philippines top Southeast Asian team in FIFA world rankings

Climbing four places to 137th, the Philippines is currently the top-ranked Southeast Asian team in the latest FIFA world rankings.

63,000-year-old skull found in Laos

Parts of a modern human skull found in Laos are the earliest skeletal evidence of human occupation of Southeast Asia. Dating of the skull and surroundings suggests the remains may be up to 63,000 years old.

Op-Ed: Myanmar prepares for historic vote

Rangoon - Myanmar is preparing to go to the polls Sunday in its third election in 50 years. Democracy champion Aung San Suu Kyi is running for one of 45 parliamentary seats.

Timor: Two ex guerrilla fighters face off in 2nd round of voting

President Jose Ramos-Horta appears to have lost his bid for re-election as East Timor's President, with two ex guerrilla fighters to face off in another round of voting.

Thailand backs Twitter censorship policy

Bangkok - Thai government becomes first to endorse Twitter's controversial decision to permit country-specific censorship of content.

Myanmar frees more political prisoners

Rangoon - The Southeast Asian regime pardoned hundreds of dissidents, journalists and a former premier under a major prisoner amnesty, intensifying a surprising series of reforms by the army-backed government.

U.S. warns tourists of 'possible terrorist threat' in Bangkok

Bangkok - The U.S. embassy in Thailand warned on Friday that there is a "real and very credible" threat of a terrorist attack against American citizens in Bangkok.

US American convicted for abusing underage Cambodian boys

Phnom Penh - A Cambodian court has sentenced an American man to 10 years in prison for sexually abusing two minors. The man is Philip Bruce Shepard, 69, a doctor from Michigan.

Money for Thailand's victims of political strife

Bangkok - The cabinet has approved a compensation package for victims of all the political violence which took place between 2005 and 2010.

Australia eases sanctions against Myanmar

Canberra - Yesterday Canberra eased some of its sanctions against Myanmar's military-backed government. Furthermore, “members of Burma’s new Government who were not previously on Australia’s sanctions list will not be listed at this time”.

Turning point in Burma: Suu Kyi could get govt role

Yangon - Democracy champion Aung San Suu Kyi, 66, could be given a post in Myanmar’s nominally civilian government if she is elected to parliament, presidential adviser Nay Zin Latt told AFP on Sunday.

World's least known cat facing extinction

The world's least known, least understood and strangest feline, the flat-headed cat, is facing extinction as its habitat is destroyed and replaced by biofuel plantations.

Scientists discover more than 1,000 new species in Southeast Asia

Scientists have discovered thousands of new species in Southeast Asia’s Greater Mekong region over the last 10 years, including a cyanide-laced millipede, a poisonous green viper and a rat believed to be extinct for 11 million years.

Reject Polluting Investors, Academics Advise

South East Asia's tiger economies should prize the long-term health of their environment above the ongoing short-term gains provided by foreign firms that pollute, economists have claimed.
 

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The haze crisis in Southeast Asia is an annual problem caused by fires set in forest and on carbon-r...
The haze crisis in Southeast Asia is an annual problem caused by fires set in forest and on carbon-rich peatland in Indonesia to quickly and cheaply clear land for palm oil and pulpwood plantations
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Discovered by Dzung Trung Le  Tao Thien Nguyen  Kanto Nishikawa  Son Lan Hung Nguyen  Anh Van Pham  ...
Discovered by Dzung Trung Le, Tao Thien Nguyen, Kanto Nishikawa, Son Lan Hung Nguyen, Anh Van Pham, Masafumi Matsui, Marta Bernardes & Nguyen Quang Truong, the Klingon Newt is only the fouth newt discovered in Thailand.
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Discovered by  Alexandre Teynié  Patrick David  Anne Lottier  Minh Duc Le  Nicolas Vidal and Nguyen...
Discovered by Alexandre Teynié, Patrick David, Anne Lottier, Minh Duc Le, Nicolas Vidal and Nguyen Quang Truong, the rainbow-headed snake is a new species and the only member of its genus.
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Recent discovery by  Nobuyuki Tanaka  Takashi Sugawara  Mu Mu Aung & Jin Murata  the Purple Mouse-Ea...
Recent discovery by Nobuyuki Tanaka, Takashi Sugawara, Mu Mu Aung & Jin Murata, the Purple Mouse-Eared Flower was last seen by British botanist and explorer Frank Kingdon-Ward in 1956.
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The impact of slash-and-burn clearing of the montane forests is having a devastating effect on many ...
The impact of slash-and-burn clearing of the montane forests is having a devastating effect on many species.
Cambridge University
The impact of slash-and-burn clearing of the montane forests is having a devastating effect on many ...
The impact of slash-and-burn clearing of the montane forests is having a devastating effect on many species, such as this Eastern Hoolock gibbon.
Duke University/Bibbin Li
The Klingon Newt is but one of 163 newly discovered species in Southeast Asia.
The Klingon Newt is but one of 163 newly discovered species in Southeast Asia.
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The impact of slash-and-burn clearing of the montane forests is having a devastating effect on many ...
The impact of slash-and-burn clearing of the montane forests is having a devastating effect on many species.
Cambridge University
The skies over Burma (Myanmar)  Thailand  Laos  and Vietnam were extremely smoky on March 5  2010  w...
The skies over Burma (Myanmar), Thailand, Laos, and Vietnam were extremely smoky on March 5, 2010, when the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Aqua satellite passed overhead and captured this image. Hundreds of active fires were detected by the sensor; locations are outlined in red.
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