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Stories with place: Malaysia
  • 170 kids on their own among migrants to arrive in Indonesia 
    Updated: May-24-15 10:04 am

    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.

  • Malaysia finds graves of suspected trafficking victims story has photos
    Updated: May-24-15 7:05 am

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia - Malaysian authorities said Sunday that they have discovered a series of graves in at least 17 abandoned camps used by human traffickers on the border with Thailand where Rohingya Muslims fleeing Myanmar have been held.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • The Latest on Rohingya: US envoy says address root causes story has photos
    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:

  • Rohingya migrant crisis eases, but hard questions remain story has photos
    Updated: May-21-15 7:43 am

    BANGKOK - The decision by Indonesia and Malaysia to give temporary shelter to thousands of migrants stranded at sea appears to have defused a potential Southeast Asian humanitarian catastrophe, but the root causes of the crisis remain. Here's a look at still-unanswered questions surrounding the Rohingya Muslim migrants who are persecuted at home in Myanmar and have found scant welcome anywhere else.

  • Indonesia, Malaysia to help Muslim migrants stranded at sea 
    Updated: May-20-15 3:11 am

    PUTRAJAYA, Malaysia - Indonesia and Malaysia agreed Wednesday to provide temporary shelter to thousands of migrants believed to be stranded at sea, a potential breakthrough in the humanitarian crisis confronting Southeast Asia after weeks of reluctance by the region's nations to take responsibility.

  • Rohingya crisis highlights toothless nature of ASEAN story has photos
    Updated: May-19-15 11:53 am

    BANGKOK - The Southeast Asian grouping known as ASEAN has made a point of not pressuring member nations over internal issues such as rights abuses, and in the case of Myanmar's persecuted Rohingya minority, the policy has come back to haunt it.

  • AP News Guide: Plight of Myanmar's Rohingya story has photos
    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.

  • Tottenham friendly sparks dispute in Malaysia 
    Updated: May-14-15 10:44 pm

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia - An exhibition game between English Premier League club Tottenham and a Malaysian Select XI in Kuala Lumpur on May 27 has sparked criticism and even calls for a boycott for compromising the national team's preparations for important upcoming matches as well as interrupting the local league.

  • Thai authorities spot boat carrying migrants near Malaysia 
    Updated: May-14-15 6:01 am

    BANGKOK - A Thai provincial governor says authorities have spotted a boat carrying hundreds of migrants near Malaysian border waters.

  • How Southeast Asia has created its own humanitarian crisis story has photos
    Updated: May-13-15 11:32 pm

    BANGKOK - The waters off some of Southeast Asia's most pristine beaches are the focal point of a regional humanitarian crisis. Yet nobody is rushing to solve it.

  • Asian football body suspends general secretary Soosay 
    Updated: May-13-15 9:17 pm

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia - The Asian Football Confederation suspended general secretary Alex Soosay on Wednesday amid allegations he ordered a cover-up during an investigation into the organization in 2012.

  • Another refugee boat located off Penang, Malaysia 
    Updated: May-13-15 6:17 am

    LANGKAWI, Malaysia - A boat crammed with more than 500 refugees, likely Rohingya and Bangladeshis, was found Wednesday off the coast of Penang island in northern Malaysia, a person involved in the situation said.

  • Activist: Rohingya at sea without food, water beg for rescue story has photos
    Updated: May-12-15 6:01 am

    LANGKAWI, Malaysia - A ship carrying hundreds of Rohingya Muslims sent out a distress call asking to be rescued Tuesday, saying they were abandoned by their captain without fuel and have been without food or water for three days.

  • 1,600 Rohingya, others land in Indonesia and Malaysia story has photos
    Updated: May-11-15 5:10 am

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia - About 1,600 Rohingya and Bangladeshi refugees have landed in Malaysia and Indonesia in the past day, apparently after human traffickers abandoned their virtual floating prison ships and left the passengers to fend for themselves, officials said Monday.

  • Boats with 600 Rohingya and Bangladeshis land in Indonesia story has photos
    Updated: May-11-15 12:29 am

    JAKARTA, Indonesia - Boats carrying nearly 600 Bangladeshis and long-persecuted Rohingya Muslims from Myanmar washed to shore in western Indonesia, some after captains and smugglers abandoned the ships, leaving passengers to fend for themselves, survivors and migrant experts said. Thousands more are believed to be stranded at sea.

  • New Malaysia Air CEO vows turnaround for battered airline 
    Updated: May-08-15 10:06 am

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia - The new CEO of Malaysia Airlines said its financial situation is more challenging than anticipated and it will shrink in size as it tries to overcome a tarnished image with the travel industry and the public.

  • Thai trafficking crackdown targets corrupt police, officials story has photos
    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.

  • New Malaysia Air CEO vows turnaround for battered airline 
    Updated: May-08-15 6:38 am

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia - The new CEO of Malaysia Airlines said its financial situation is more challenging than anticipated and it will shrink in size as it tries to overcome a tarnished image with the travel industry and the public.

  • Thailand arrests 4, vows crackdown on human traffickers 
    Updated: May-04-15 8:49 am

    PADANG BESAR, Thailand - Police arrested three Thai officials and a Myanmar citizen in a crackdown on a long-existing criminal network that smuggles persecuted ethnic Muslims from Myanmar into Thailand and holds them captive in camps where scores have died before they can pay ransoms demanded for their freedom.

  • Former No. 1 Lee Chong Wei given backdated, 8-month ban 
    Updated: Apr-27-15 5:42 am

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia - Former top-ranked badminton player Lee Chong Wei has been given a backdated eight-month doping ban after testing positive in August at the world championships, allowing him to return to competition on Friday.

  • Malaysia: ASEAN to avoid confronting China in S. China Sea story has photos
    Updated: Apr-27-15 5:26 am

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia - Malaysia's leader said Monday that Southeast Asian countries will avoid direct confrontation with China but push for a quick conclusion to a binding code of conduct to govern behavior in the disputed waters of the South China Sea.