6,000 Bangladeshis, Rohingya stranded at sea

May 12, 2015

6,000 Bangladeshis, Rohingya stranded at sea

Hundreds of migrants abandoned at sea by smugglers in Southeast Asia have reached land and relative safety in the past two days. But an estimated 6,000 Bangladeshis and Rohingya Muslims from Myanmar remain trapped in crowded, wooden boats, migrant officials and activists said. With ...

Indonesia rescues 1,000 migrants from boats drifiting without fuel

May 11, 2015

Indonesia rescues 1,000 migrants from boats drifiting without fuel

Around 1,000 migrants from Myanmar and Bangladesh were rescued from wooden boats stranded off the coast of Indonesia’s northern Aceh province on Sunday and Monday, authorities said.  On Sunday, two overcrowded boats carrying 573 people, including nearly 100 women and dozens of children, were ...

Apr 29, 2015

Worker dies in Thai pet food meat grinder

A migrant worker from Myanmar was killed after he slipped into a meat grinder at a pet food factory in Thailand, police said Wednesday. The man, who police identified as 37-year-old Zaw May Zir, died on Monday evening at a factory in southeastern Chonburi ...

Apr 27, 2015

Thailand seizes 3 tons of elephant tusks smuggled from Kenya

Customs officials in Thailand say they’ve seized 3 tons of ivory worth $6 million hidden in tea leaf sacks in what they’re calling the second-biggest bust in the country’s history. Customs Department Director-General Somchai Sujjapongse says the 511 elephant tusks were bound for Laos ...