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Stories with place: Southeast Asia
  • Myanmar's Suu Kyi is missing from global meeting on Rohingya story has photos
    Updated: May-26-15 7:29 am

    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.

  • Malaysian forensics teams dig up graves at traffickers' camp story has photos
    Updated: May-26-15 7:29 am

    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 story has photos
    Updated: May-26-15 7:25 am

    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.

  • Taiwan proposes plan to ease South China Sea tensions story has photos
    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 story has photos
    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.

  • Australia rejects Vietnamese refugee claims in 40 minutes 
    Updated: May-25-15 8:58 pm

    CANBERRA, Australia - Australia secretly held a group of 46 Vietnamese asylum seekers on a warship at sea for almost a month and rejected their refugee claims during interviews that took as little as 40 minutes before returning them all to Vietnam last month, officials said.

  • Thousands celebrate opening of Burmese mosque in Fort Wayne 
    Updated: May-25-15 3:22 pm

    FORT WAYNE, Indiana - Burmese Muslims in Fort Wayne and across the U.S. are celebrating the construction of what's believed to be their first mosque in more than three decades.

  • Indonesian police kill 2 suspected terrorists in shootout 
    Updated: May-25-15 7:22 am

    JAKARTA, Indonesia - Indonesia's anti-terrorism squad killed two suspects and arrested seven others in raids on a jihadist organization with possible links to the Islamic State group, police said Monday.

  • 14 Indonesian students rescued after misjudging Alpine hike 
    Updated: May-25-15 7:05 am

    BERLIN - Police in the southern German region of Bavaria say their biggest-ever helicopter rescue operation saved 14 Indonesian students who misjudged the weather during a spring hike in the Alps.

  • Aquino: Philippines to fly usual routes over disputed reefs 
    Updated: May-25-15 6:25 am

    MANILA, Philippines - Philippine aircraft will continue to fly their usual routes over disputed reefs in the South China Sea, the country's president said Monday, defying China's challenges to its planes and those of the United States.

  • Badminton federation suspends membership of SportAccord story has photos
    Updated: May-25-15 5:20 am

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia - The Badminton World Federation has joined a long list of Olympic sports suspending its membership of SportAccord.

  • Kids on their own among migrants who arrived in Indonesia story has photosstory has video
    Updated: May-24-15 11:53 pm

    KUALA CANGKOI, Indonesia - It was just the two of them, brother and sister, out on the open ocean with hundreds of other desperate migrants, mostly Rohingya Muslims fleeing their homes in Myanmar. For nearly three months, the siblings comforted each other when rolling waves thrashed their boat, when their empty bellies ached and when they were beaten for trying to stand up to stretch their legs.

  • Australia to bring home bodies of 25 who died in Vietnam War 
    Updated: May-24-15 10:30 pm

    CANBERRA, Australia - Australia announced Monday that it will repatriate the remains of up to 25 Australian soldiers killed about 50 years ago during the Vietnam War.

  • Sens. Reed, McCain lead visit to Vietnam, Singapore 
    Updated: May-24-15 5:22 pm

    WASHINGTON - U.S. Sens. John McCain and Jack Reed are leading a delegation of senators to Vietnam and Singapore.

  • Forgotten for decades, fallen NY soldier finally honored story has photos
    Updated: May-24-15 12:37 pm

    ALBANY, New York - Carroll Heath didn't have it easy growing up in the Great Depression. His father wasn't around, his mother was a patient in a mental hospital and he kept largely to himself. Soon after graduating high school, he enlisted in the Army and wound up in the Philippines, where he's believed to have died sometime in 1942.

  • Catholics organize to promote pope's climate change message 
    Updated: May-24-15 12:13 pm

    NEW YORK - There will be prayer vigils and pilgrimages, policy briefings and seminars, and sermons in parishes from the U.S. to the Philippines.

  • Thailand beats Vietnam 1-0 in WCup qualifier 
    Updated: May-24-15 10:39 am

    BANGKOK - Thailand finally broke through 10-man Vietnam to win 1-0 in their Group F opener for 2018 World Cup Asian Qualifiers on Sunday.

  • APEC trade chiefs vow to speed up work in WTO 
    Updated: May-24-15 10:23 am

    MANILA, Philippines - Trade ministers from 21 Asia-Pacific countries on Sunday issued strong support to the World Trade Organization's efforts to boost global trade amid a flurry of regional free trade agreements.

  • Year-old Thai coup imposes superficial calm but little else story has photos
    Updated: May-23-15 10:17 pm

    BANGKOK - Shortly after seizing power in a coup that followed months of debilitating street protests, Gen. Prayuth Chan-ocha vowed to end Thailand's decade of political upheaval once and for all. In his words, "to bring everything out in the open and fix it."

  • Myanmar president signs off on contested population law story has photos
    Updated: May-23-15 8:42 pm

    YANGON, Myanmar - Myanmar's president has signed off on a law requiring some mothers to space their children three years apart despite objections by a visiting senior U.S. diplomat and rights activists, who worry it could be used not only to repress women, but also religious and ethnic minorities.

  • North Haven chaplain, 70, helps seafarers at Conn. ports 
    Updated: May-23-15 3:05 am

    NEW HAVEN, Connecticut - Ruth Setaro knew the man was trying to convey a serious problem.

  • Boat by boat, how 3,000 stranded migrants reached land story has photos
    Updated: May-23-15 1:16 am

    More than 3,000 migrants abandoned by human traffickers have been rescued or washed ashore this month in Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand. Some are Rohingya Muslims fleeing persecution in Myanmar, while others are Bangladeshis seeking better economic prospects. Many more are feared to still be stranded at sea, abandoned by traffickers amid a regional crackdown.

  • China contributing experts, troops to disaster relief drills 
    Updated: May-23-15 1:07 am

    BEIJING - China is contributing 600 personnel, including 49 from the military, to multinational disaster relief exercises in Malaysia, the first time it has taken part in such an effort, the Defense Ministry said Saturday.

  • UN chief urges peaceful solution of South China Sea dispute story has photos
    Updated: May-22-15 10:32 am

    HANOI, Vietnam - U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called Friday for a peaceful solution to territorial disputes in the South China Sea, where China's increased assertiveness has alarmed its smaller neighbors.

  • Aspiring Asia leader China takes no role in Rohingya crisis 
    Updated: May-22-15 10:14 am

    BEIJING - Malaysia has begun searching for thousands of boat people believed stranded in the Andaman Sea. From a hemisphere away in Washington, the U.S. said it will send navy planes. Even the small African nation of Gambia has offered help, saying it could take in the migrants.