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  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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."

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • China's mega-tours draw attention abroad, critique at home 
    Updated: May-22-15 9:08 am

    BEIJING - All-expenses-paid trips to reward top salespeople aren't unusual, but direct marketing companies that are the Chinese versions of Amway, Avon and Herbalife are taking it to an extreme by sending thousands abroad on package tours.

  • The Latest on Rohingya: US envoy says address root causes story has photos
    Updated: May-22-15 9:01 am

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  • China's mega-tours draw attention abroad, critique at home story has photos
    Updated: May-22-15 5:01 am

    BEIJING - All-expenses-paid trips to reward top salespeople aren't unusual, but direct marketing companies that are the Chinese versions of Amway, Avon and Herbalife are taking it to an extreme by sending thousands abroad on package tours.

  • 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 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.

  • The boat people crises in Europe and Asia - a comparison 
    Updated: May-20-15 1:58 pm

    BRUSSELS - They may be separated by thousands of miles and vast expanses of sea but those people risking their lives in the Mediterranean and the Andaman Sea in southeast Asia seem to come from the same script.

  • 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.

  • Thailand's government approves referendum on constitution 
    Updated: May-19-15 6:39 am

    BANGKOK - Thailand's military government on Tuesday approved holding a referendum on the newly drafted constitution, the prime minister said, but he indicated that the decision could delay a general election.

  • Thai ex-PM starts trial for role in rice subsidy scheme story has photos
    Updated: May-19-15 2:16 am

    BANGKOK - Thailand's former Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra entered a plea of not guilty Tuesday at the start of a trial that could see her jailed for a decade, which critics say is part of a politically motivated campaign against her family.

  • Brokers tricking Rohingya children onto trafficking boats story has photos
    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.

  • 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 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.

  • Several blasts injure 15 people in Thailand's restive south 
    Updated: May-14-15 11:14 pm

    HAT YAI, Thailand - Fifteen people were injured by several explosions set off by suspected insurgents in a city in Thailand's restive south, police said Friday.

  • 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.

  • First few fishing slaves home in Myanmar; hundreds waiting story has photosstory has video
    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.

  • Indonesian police arrest 7 in seafood slavery case story has photos
    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 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.