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Prince Charles omits Myanmar from upcoming Asia tour

LONDON: Prince Charles and his wife Camilla will visit Singapore, Malaysia and India this autumn, but not Myanmar, where violence has forced nearly 600,000 Muslim Rohingya to flee in the past year, royal officials announced on Wednesday. Prince Charles, heir to the British throne, and Camilla will depart for Asia on October 30 for an 11-day tour, on an itinerary intended to cement relations ahead of the Commonwealth Summit in Britain in April 2018. British media reports last month said the Foreign Office was…

The cassette tape still has a following in South East Asia

SUBANG JAYA, MALAYSIA: Collectors and music fans wearing the t-shirts of obscure rock bands brave the tropical heat outside a record store near Malaysia's capital, waiting to get their hands on new cassette tapes. No, this isn't a flashback to the 1980s, but an event marking recent International Cassette Store Day, an annual celebration of a music format once thought headed for extinction but now enjoying a rebirth. Vinyl's renaissance is well-documented and now it seems cassettes are rising from the grave, with artists…

Obama makes final presidential trip to China, South-east Asia

ABOARD AIR FORCE ONE, UNDEFINED: Barack Obama begins his 11th and final presidential trip to the Asia-Pacific in earnest on Friday, visiting China to nurture what has become arguably the world's most important relationship and cementing an eight-year "pivot to Asia."