- No major breakthrough at meeting on Asian boat people crisis Updated: May-29-15 2:45 pm
BANGKOK - A regional conference called to address the swelling tide of boat people in Southeast Asia ended Friday with no major breakthroughs, as Myanmar criticized those blaming it for fueling the crisis and warned that "finger pointing" would not help.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Bangladesh bans Islamist group accused of killing bloggers Updated: May-25-15 11:42 am
DHAKA, Bangladesh - Bangladesh on Monday banned a radical Islamist group accused of attacking and killing atheist bloggers and writers.
- Boat by boat, how 3,000 stranded migrants reached land 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.
- The Latest on Rohingya: US envoy says address root causes Updated: May-22-15 9:01 am
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- Q&A on origins of Rohingya conflict and why it persists Updated: May-22-15 5:50 am
YANGON, Myanmar - Many of the thousands of migrants abandoned at sea in Southeast Asia this month are Rohingya Muslims who fled their home country of Myanmar. Here are facts about the history and persecution of the ethnic and religious minority:
- Brokers tricking Rohingya children onto trafficking boats Updated: May-18-15 8:25 pm
SITTWE, Myanmar - The boy was shoved onto the wooden vessel with hundreds of other Rohingya Muslims. For days, the 14-year-old sat with his knees bent into his chest, pressed up against sweaty bodies in the cabin's rancid heat.
- AP News Guide: Plight of Myanmar's Rohingya Updated: May-14-15 11:28 pm
Thousands of Myanmar's Rohingya Muslims have been fleeing persecution at home, and now their refugee boats are being turned away by neighboring countries, leaving them stranded at sea. Others had been locked up in jungle camps in Thailand. An untold number have died of starvation, sickness and abuse.
- Study: With goats, chickens, program helps poorest get by Updated: May-14-15 2:14 pm
NEW YORK - The very poorest of the poor can be helped with a program that includes providing goats, sheep, chickens or other livestock and training in how to make money from them, a large six-nation study concludes.
- Bangladesh man the latest blogger killed in the country Updated: May-12-15 3:59 am
SYLHET, Bangladesh - Masked men wielding machetes stabbed a blogger and author to death Tuesday near his home in northeastern Bangladesh, police said, the third fatal attack this year against a blogger in the South Asian country.
- Thai trafficking crackdown targets corrupt police, officials Updated: May-08-15 7:49 am
BANGKOK - Thailand's police chief announced the arrest of a powerful provincial mayor on Friday and said 50 police officers are being investigated in a widening human trafficking scandal spanning four Asian countries.