- US waits Thai approval for flights to locate boat people Updated: May-28-15 5:24 pm
WASHINGTON - The State Department says it is waiting for Thailand to allow U.S. surveillance flights through Thai airspace to help locate stranded boat people in Southeast Asian seas.
- Nobel laureates appeal for end to persecution of Rohingya Updated: May-28-15 12:52 pm
COPENHAGEN, Denmark - Several Nobel Peace Prize winners on Thursday called for an end to the persecution of Myanmar's Rohingya Muslims, describing it as "nothing less than genocide," and appealed for international help for them in Rakhine state.
- Thai protest leaders get jail term for anti-government rally Updated: May-28-15 9:42 am
BANGKOK - Six prominent protest leaders in Thailand were sentenced to two years in prison Thursday for storming the prime minister's office compound during massive anti-government rallies in 2008 in part of the political turmoil that has plagued the country in the past decade.
- Image of Asia: Standing watch on Malaysian navy ship at sea Updated: May-28-15 9:28 am
In this photo by Vincent Thian, a Malaysian navy sailor stands guard on the bow of a corvette ship patrolling the seas off the island of Langkawi while watching for abandoned migrant boats. Thousands of Rohingya Muslims and Bangladeshis are believed to be adrift at sea after a regional crackdown on traffickers prompted captains and smugglers to abandon their boats. The navy will provide humanitarian assistance to migrants entering Malaysian waters and hand them over to the authorities on land. Malaysia and Indonesia agreed last week to provide the migrants with shelter for one year, but their future beyond then is uncertain.
- Dump truck carrying children crashes in Indonesia, 17 killed Updated: May-28-15 9:10 am
MEDAN, Indonesia - A dump truck carrying children of plantation workers to school Thursday morning plunged into a ditch in western Indonesia, killing 17 of them, police said.
- Myanmar restricts journalists after photos show sleeping MPs Updated: May-28-15 8:26 am
YANGON, Myanmar - Journalists were negotiating with Myanmar officials Thursday to restore their access to the Parliament chamber after being pushed out because pictures of snoozing lawmakers were published online.
- Dalai Lama urges Aung San Suu Kyi to help Rohingya Muslims Updated: May-28-15 7:10 am
NEW DELHI - The Dalai Lama has urged Aung San Suu Kyi, Myanmar's pro-democracy icon and a fellow Nobel Peace Prize laureate, to speak out to protect her country's persecuted Rohingya Muslims amid a human trafficking crisis, a newspaper reported Thursday.
- Myanmar's month of milestones on international soccer stage Updated: May-28-15 3:32 am
For Myanmar's fledgling soccer squad, it doesn't get much better than this.
- UN body says fewer are suffering from hunger in Asia-Pacific Updated: May-28-15 3:22 am
BANGKOK - The proportion of people suffering from hunger in the Asia-Pacific region has fallen by half in the last 25 years, the United Nation's food body said Thursday.
- Boat people talks: Key issues and expectations Updated: May-28-15 2:46 am
BANGKOK - In the past month, more than 3,000 desperate, hungry people have landed on the shores of Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand, drawing international attention to a crisis in Southeast Asia. Arrivals of the overcrowded boats - crammed with Rohingya Muslims fleeing persecution in Myanmar and impoverished Bangladeshis hoping to find jobs - have now slowed. But the crisis is far from over, and will be the topic of a Friday conference in Bangkok to be attended by senior officials from across the Asia-Pacific and beyond.
- Asian federation still backs Blatter, wants elections Friday Updated: May-28-15 1:15 am
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia - The Asian Football Confederation says it still supports Sepp Blatter's bid for another term as FIFA president, and opposes any move to delay Friday's scheduled elections despite a fresh crisis in the sport's global governing body.
- Philippine economic growth slows to 5.2 percent in 1Q Updated: May-28-15 1:14 am
MANILA, Philippines - Sluggish government spending slowed Philippine economic growth in the first quarter of this year, officials said Thursday.
- Singapore Airlines investigates engine problem during flight Updated: May-27-15 9:28 am
SINGAPORE - Singapore Airlines said Wednesday that it is investigating how one of its jets suffered a loss of power in both of its engines over the weekend and descended 13,000 feet (3,962 meters) before regaining altitude en route from Singapore to Shanghai.
- Fleeing poverty, Bangladeshis caught in Asian boat crisis Updated: May-27-15 6:46 am
UKHIYA, Bangladesh - The traffickers spun stories that were unimaginable to their listeners, many who hailed from tiny Bangladeshi villages where almost no one earns more than a few dollars a day.
- Thailand revokes passports of ousted premier Thaksin Updated: May-27-15 6:40 am
BANGKOK - Thai authorities said Wednesday they revoked two passports belonging to former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra following an interview he gave in South Korea they said could affect national security.
- Reform training sought for Singapore teen over blog, video Updated: May-27-15 6:07 am
SINGAPORE - Prosecutors in Singapore say they are seeking reform training for a teenager who is refusing probation and who again made public the video and blog posts a court deemed offensive earlier this month.
- Buddhists in Myanmar deny boat people are Rohingya Updated: May-27-15 5:37 am
YANGON, Myanmar - Several hundred protesters in Myanmar's main city are denying that boat people arriving on Southeast Asian shores are Rohingya Muslims, a religious minority the government and many others in the predominantly Buddhist nation say does not exist.
- Navy ships to leave Hawaii for humanitarian deployment Updated: May-27-15 12:06 am
HONOLULU - Two Navy ships are leaving Hawaii on a four-month deployment to Southeast Asia and several small Pacific island states to help countries better respond to disasters.
- Malaysian forensics teams dig up graves at traffickers' camp Updated: May-26-15 3:04 pm
BUKIT WANG BURMA, Malaysia - Malaysian forensics teams exhumed a body from a shallow grave Tuesday at an abandoned jungle camp used by human traffickers, the first of what police predicted would be more grim findings as they search through a cluster of illicit hideouts near the border with Thailand.
- China's army plays down South China Sea island-building Updated: May-26-15 2:49 pm
BEIJING - China's military on Tuesday compared its controversial island-building in the South China Sea to ordinary construction such as road-building going on elsewhere in the country, trying to deflect criticism over an issue seen as inflaming tensions in the region.
- Serenity Now: Beach seclusion off Cambodia's southern coast Updated: May-26-15 1:24 pm
KOH RONG, Cambodia - I was in need of a digital detox (aren't we all nowadays?), but instead of heading to a swanky resort that simply locked my phone away for the duration of the stay, I headed to an undeveloped island off the southern coast of Cambodia.
- Myanmar's Suu Kyi is missing from global meeting on Rohingya Updated: May-26-15 1:21 pm
YANGON, Myanmar - An international gathering about the plight of Myanmar's persecuted Rohingya Muslims boasts a star-studded cast, with three Nobel Peace Prize laureates among those calling on the world to wake up to the unfolding tragedy.
- McCain leading US Senate delegation to Vietnam, Singapore Updated: May-26-15 10:47 am
PHOENIX - Sen. John McCain is leading a U.S. Senate delegation that will visit Vietnam and Singapore this week.
- Taiwan proposes plan to ease South China Sea tensions Updated: May-26-15 1:04 am
TAIPEI, Taiwan - Taiwan's President Ma Ying-jeou laid out a plan Tuesday to ease tensions in a vast, resource-rich Asian ocean where China has chafed against its neighbors by expanding islets with landfill to solidify its claims in the region.
- Rohingya seek better life in Malaysia, but reality is stark Updated: May-25-15 9:01 pm
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia - Malaysia has been a sort of promised land for Rohingya Muslims fleeing persecution in Myanmar. The tens of thousands who endured perilous journeys to get here find more work opportunities than in Indonesia and a more Muslim-friendly environment than in Thailand.