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Southeast Asia: Subregion of Asia
Southeast Asia or Southeastern Asia is a subregion of Asia, consisting of the regions that are geographically south of China, east of the Indian subcontinent and north-west of Australia. Southeast Asia is bordered to the north by East Asia, to the west by South Asia and the Bay of Bengal, to the east by Oceania and the Pacific Ocean, and to the south by Australia and the Indian Ocean. The region is the only part of Asia that lies partly within the Southern Hemisphere, although the majority of it is in the Northern Hemisphere. In contemporary definition, Southeast Asia consists of two geographic regions:
  1. Mainland Southeast Asia, also known historically as Indochina, comprising Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Peninsular Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam.
  1. Maritime Southeast Asia, also known historically as Nusantara, the East Indies, or the Malay Archipelago, comprising the Andaman and Nicobar Islands (India), Ashmore and Cartier Islands (Australia), Brunei, Christmas Island (Australia), the Cocos (Keeling) Islands (Australia), East Malaysia, East Timor, Indonesia, the Philippines and Singapore.


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Philippines in lockdown as health workers struggle [Video]

Philippines in lockdown as health workers struggle

Government imposes some of the strictest restrictions in Southeast Asia, with more than half the country's population ordered to stay home..

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:00Published
Penguins take a tour of aquarium [Video]

Penguins take a tour of aquarium

Edward and Annie, the penguins, explore Shedd Aquarium amid coronavirus closure

Credit: Reuters - Viral Video     Duration: 00:54Published
Transforming trash into hip treasures in Myanmar [Video]

Transforming trash into hip treasures in Myanmar

Stitch by stitch, bottle by bottle, 68-year-old Wendy Neampui from Yangon is turning trash into fashionable apparel at her upcycle shop called "ChuChu House". Libby Hogan reports.

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:59Published
Vietnam quarantines village of 10,000 over virus [Video]

Vietnam quarantines village of 10,000 over virus

Vietnamese authorities quarantined the rural community of Son Loi, which is home to 10,000 people, including 11 of the 16 coronavirus cases in the country.

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:04Published
Cruiseliner passengers set foot in Cambodia [Video]

Cruiseliner passengers set foot in Cambodia

Passengers onboard the MS Westerdam cruiseliner were able to finally disembark to the Cambodian port town of Sihanoukville on Friday (February 14) , after two weeks at sea.

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:30Published

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Malaysia reported 150 new coronavirus cases on Sunday, taking the total to 2,470, the highest in Southeast Asia.
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Vietnam's health ministry reported an additional 11 coronavirus cases on Saturday, bringing the total number in the Southeast Asian country to 174.
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