- Myanmar president signs off on controversial population law Updated: May-23-15 8:28 am
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.
- UN chief says save migrants, deal with cause of flight Updated: May-23-15 3:08 am
YANGON, Myanmar - U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Saturday urged Southeast Asian nations to deal with the causes behind a growing humanitarian crisis that has forced thousands of Rohingya from Myanmar and Bangladeshi migrants to flee by sea, leaving many still stranded in boats.
- 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 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:
- EU urges Myanmar, Thailand to take action over Rohingya Updated: May-21-15 10:49 am
BRUSSELS - European Union lawmakers are calling on Myanmar to end the persecution of Rohingya Muslims and for Thailand to launch investigations into reports of mass graves of the Muslim minority.
- Rohingya migrant crisis eases, but hard questions remain 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.
- US says willing to take in Rohingya boat people Updated: May-20-15 6:21 pm
WASHINGTON - The United States is willing to take in Rohingya refugees as part of international efforts to cope with Southeast Asia's stranded boat people, the State Department said Wednesday.
- 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.
- US: Myanmar legislation on birth control 'dangerous' Updated: May-19-15 2:39 pm
WASHINGTON - The U.S. says legislation on population control approved by Myanmar's parliament is dangerous and could undermine the democratic hopes of minority groups.
- Rohingya crisis highlights toothless nature of ASEAN 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.
- Myanmar army blames ethnic rebels for shelling inside China Updated: May-19-15 1:25 am
YANGON, Myanmar - Myanmar's army chief blamed ethnic Kokang rebels for shelling attacks in southwestern China that he said aimed to damage relations between China and Myanmar, state media reported Tuesday.
- 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.
- Myanmar court hands hard-labor sentences to 6 activists Updated: May-15-15 8:52 pm
YANGON, Myanmar - A Myanmar court imposed new sentences with hard labor for six prominent activists who are already serving prison terms for political activities.
- 125 former slaves return home to Myanmar from Indonesia Updated: May-15-15 4:11 am
YANGON, Myanmar - More than 100 Burmese men who worked as slave fishermen in Indonesia have arrived home and were waiting Friday to return to their villages to be reunited with families many have been separated from for years.
- 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.
- How Southeast Asia has created its own humanitarian crisis 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.
- First few fishing slaves home in Myanmar; hundreds waiting Updated: May-13-15 3:13 pm
TUAL, Indonesia - When Kyaw Naing arrived at the tiny thatch-and-bamboo shack in Myanmar, it was empty and the door stood wide open.
- 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.
- Indonesian police arrest 7 in seafood slavery case Updated: May-12-15 8:22 pm
JAKARTA, Indonesia - Two Indonesians and five Thais were arrested on charges of human trafficking connected with slavery in the seafood industry, Indonesian police said. They were the first suspects taken into custody since the case was revealed by The Associated Press in a report two months ago.
- Activist: Rohingya at sea without food, water beg for rescue 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.
- Myanmar court acquits 2 soldiers of killing journalist Updated: May-12-15 12:55 am
YANGON, Myanmar - A military court has acquitted two soldiers on trial for the shooting death of a freelance journalist, according to Myanmar's human rights body.
- Afghanistan, Myanmar pick neutral venues for World Cup games Updated: May-11-15 11:53 am
ZURICH - FIFA says Afghanistan will host its first 2018 World Cup qualifying match in Iran, and Myanmar chose Thailand as its home venue.
- 1,600 Rohingya, others land in Indonesia and Malaysia 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 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.