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BANGKOK -- Thai voters went to the polling stations on Sunday morning in the Southeast Asian country's general election.

The polls started at 8:00 a.m. (0100 GMT) and will continue until 5:00 p.m. local time (1000 GMT) on Sunday. More than 52 million Thai citizens are eligible to vote in the election. (Thailand-Election)

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PHNOM PENH -- Fireworks were fired into the sky over the Tonle Sap River in front of Cambodia's Royal Palace in the capital Sunday night to mark the 70th birthday of Cambodian King Norodom Sihamoni.

The colorful and eye-catching fireworks were on display for about 20 minutes.

Congratulatory messages from the leaders of the Senate, the National Assembly, and the government ministries have been read on television channels and radios, published on newspapers and posted on online media. (Cambodia-King-Birthday Celebration)

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BANGKOK -- The oppositions are leading the general election of Thailand on Sunday, according to the early result released by the electoral body.

The two major oppositions, Pheu Thai Party and the Move Forward Party, were almost on par as 50 percent of vote counting was completed and they were forecasted to capture more than half of the 400 constituency seats in the House of Representatives or the lower house of parliament. (Thailand-Election)

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PHNOM PENH -- Cambodia's total export to the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) member countries amounted to 2.89 billion U.S. dollars in the first four months of 2023, up 16 percent from 2.49 billion dollars over the same period last year, the Ministry of Commerce's latest report showed on Sunday.

During the January-April period this year, Cambodia's top three export destinations under RCEP were Vietnam, China and Thailand, the report said, adding that the Southeast Asian kingdom shipped products worth 1.18 billion dollars to Vietnam, 440 million dollars to China and 393 million dollars to Thailand. (Cambodia-Export-RCEP)

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DHAKA -- Extremely dangerous Cyclone Mocha began crossing the Bangladesh and Myanmar coasts Sunday, a senior official of Bangladesh Meteorological Department (BMD) told Xinhua.

Mocha has a diameter of more than 500 km and its impact will be felt in many areas of Bangladesh, the BMD Director Md Azizur Rahman.

According to a special bulletin of the BMD, the cyclone, packing winds of up to 215 mph, brought destructive winds and a potentially devastating storm surge. (Bangladesh-Myanmar-Mocha)

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HIROSHIMA, Japan -- Hundreds of Japanese citizens took to the streets in the Japanese city of Hiroshima over the weekend to protest against the upcoming Group of Seven (G7) summit.

Protests will also be held along the streets on Sunday, starting at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, a cenotaph where an atomic bomb was dropped by the United States at the end of World War II.

About 200 citizens carrying banners reading "No G7" and "No War" gathered in Hiroshima to protest against the G7 summit on Saturday as Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida visited the city to inspect summit-related venues. (Japan-G7 Summit-Protest) Enditem

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