May 23, 2015

Thai police detain student protesters 'for talks'

Dozens of Thai students who were dragged away and held overnight by police after they staged an anti-coup protest in Bangkok on Friday evening were “merely invited for talks,” a senior police officer said Saturday. The student protest was one of a handful of ...

Malaysia, Myanmar begin searching for migrants at sea

May 22, 2015

Malaysia, Myanmar begin searching for migrants at sea

Malaysian Navy ships have begun searching the seas for stranded boat people in the first official rescue operation since desperate migrants started washing onto Southeast Asia’s shores. Meanwhile, Myanmar on Friday carried out its first rescue of a migrant boat. Thousands of Bangladeshis and ...

May 22, 2015

Thailand, Vietnam seek more Japan investment in medical, other fields

Senior government officials of Thailand and Vietnam urged Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Thursday to encourage Japanese investment in their growing industries, including in the medical and farming sectors, on top of existing railway and infrastructure development projects, Japanese officials said. In a brief ...

May 21, 2015

Malaysia orders sea search and rescue for migrants

Malaysia’s prime minister said Thursday he has ordered the navy and the coast guard to comb the sea to look for stranded migrants, the first country to announce it will search for the refugees in desperate need of help instead of waiting for them ...

May 19, 2015

Australia backs boat turnarounds in Asian migrant crisis

Australia reiterated its backing Tuesday for its regional neighbors’ efforts to stem a surge in boat people in Southeast Asia by turning back vessels — a controversial strategy to deter people-smuggling also used by Canberra. Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand have sparked international outrage by ...