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Up to 6,000 Rohingya, Bangladeshi Migrants Stranded at Sea

An estimated 6,000 Bangladeshis and Rohingya Muslims from Burma remain trapped at sea in crowded, wooden boats, migrant officials and activists say.

From Rundown Outpost, Philippines Watches China Island Take Shape in Disputed Sea

China’s reclamation around seven reefs in the South China Sea is making Philippine islands vulnerable, Philippine military officials and security experts say.

Blogger, 16, Exposes Limits on Free Speech in Singapore

A government crackdown on a teen video blogger and independent news and opinion website has focused attention on free speech limits in the city-state.

Political Tensions Mount for Indonesia’s Widodo as Economy Skids

Senior figures from President Joko Widodo’s political party weigh in after data show Indonesia’s economy is smaller, in real terms, than when he took office.

Thai King Leaves Hospital After Seven Months, Returns to Seaside Palace

King Bhumibol Adulyadej, the world’s longest-reigning monarch, left hospital on Sunday after seven months spent convalescing following surgery last year.

Widow of Slain US-Bangladeshi Blogger Lashes out at Dhaka

In her first extensive interview since the attack, Rafida Ahmed has criticized the Bangladeshi government for not responding more aggressively to her husband’s murder.

Boats with 600 Rohingya and Bangladeshis Land in Indonesia

Boats carrying nearly 600 Bangladeshis and long-persecuted Rohingya Muslims from Burma land in western Indonesia , with some migrants needing urgent medical care.

Thailand’s Trafficking Crackdown Adds to Migrants’ Misery

A crackdown on human trafficking networks in Thailand puts migrants fleeing Burma and Bangladesh at even more risk, activists and officials say.

Thailand Wants Meeting with Burma, Malaysia over Human Trafficking Crisis

Thai PM Prayuth Chan-ocha calls for a three-way meeting with Malaysia and Burma to try to resolve a regional human trafficking crisis.

Survivors Battle for Helicopters Near Nepal Village That Vanished

Foreign trekkers and local Nepalese in a popular Himalayan village disputed who should be prioritized for airlift evacuations in the days following the earthquake.

Images Show Vietnam Reclaiming Land in South China Sea

Newly released satellite images show Vietnam has carried out significant land reclamation at two sites in the disputed South China Sea.

Jailed Malaysian Opposition Leader’s Wife Wins His Parliament Seat

The wife of Anwar Ibrahim has won his seat in a by-election, a vote that was seen as a test of Prime Minister Najib Razak’s leadership.

K-pop Star BoA to Launch New Album

Renowned South Korean K-pop star BoA will release her latest album, titled “Kiss My Lips,” online at midnight on May 12.

Over 50 Thai Police Punished Over Links to Human Trafficking

The disciplinary action comes as the Thai prime minister orders a probe into the discovery of human trafficking camps near the Malaysian border.

Militants Rob Bank in Bangladesh to Raise Funds

A gang of Islamist militants stages a bank robbery in Bangladesh in which nine people were killed in order to fund their operations.

Asia to Lead Growth in 2015 Despite China Slowdown: IMF

Asian economies will lead world growth in 2015 as recoveries in India and Japan help to offset the slowdown in China.

Thailand’s New Weapon to Beat Southern Insurgency: DNA Swabs

Thailand’s military government has introduced a new strategy to curb the insurgency that has rumbled on in the country’s jungle-blanketed deep south for more than a decade.

Thai Army Finds 6 More Bodies in Suspected Rohingya Trafficking

Thai authorities find bodies of six suspected Rohingya migrants from Burma at a rubber plantation where a mass grave was found at the weekend.

Thai Police Find New Trafficker Camps, Crackdown Intensifies 

Police found two more camps Tuesday believed to have held human trafficking victims in southern Thailand, days after the grim discovery of 26 bodies at a separate location.

Tea to Tech: China’s Cybersecurity Push Sparks a ‘Gold Rush’

Edward Snowden’s disclosures of US cyberspying and security holes in American technology products prompt Beijing to accelerate efforts to replace foreign technology with Chinese-developed systems.