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May 24, 2015

Indonesia begins search for migrant boats

Indonesia has begun search and rescue operations for stranded migrant boats carrying Bangladeshis and ethnic Rohingya from Myanmar, an official said Sunday, after it dropped a hard-line policy of refusing them sanctuary. Jakarta sparked international outrage by turning away vessels filled with desperate migrants, ...

Nepal's sons return to rebuild quake-damaged family homes

May 24, 2015

Nepal's sons return to rebuild quake-damaged family homes

Dressed in his brother’s old British Army fatigues, Mohan Ghale is rebuilding his mother’s home stone by stone, after returning to Barpak village, high in the Himalayas, which was demolished by last month’s earthquake. Ghale had been working as a plumber a full day’s ...

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

China to investigate anti-Japan TV drama decried as vulgar

China’s media watchdog will investigate an anti-Japan television serial that viewers have criticized as vulgar for a scene showing a woman making use of a grenade concealed in her crotch to kill Japanese soldiers, state media said on Thursday. Ties between the neighbors have ...

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 ...

South Korea's Park names new prime minister

May 21, 2015

South Korea's Park names new prime minister

South Korean President Park Geun-hye on Thursday selected her justice minister to become the new prime minister — a post that has become something of a poisoned chalice under her administration. Hwang Kyo-ahn, 58, was named as the new prime minister after his predecessor, ...

Vatican finance minister denies Australian bribe allegation

May 21, 2015

Vatican finance minister denies Australian bribe allegation

Pope Francis’ finance minister has denied an allegation that he offered a bribe to a victim of clergy abuse to protect a pedophile priest. The allegation against Cardinal George Pell was made under oath on Wednesday at a government inquiry known as the Royal ...