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Southeast Asia Maritime Build-Up Accelerates, Raising Risks in Disputed Seas

Southeast Asian nations bolster their navies amid rising tensions in the South China Sea, raising the risk that any confrontation in the waterway could spiral.

Asia’s Migrant Domestic Workers Rally to Fight Low Pay and Abuse

Asia is home to 41 percent of the estimated 53 million domestic workers worldwide, most of them women who work excessively long days and earn far below the minimum wage.

Filipina Maid Photographs ‘Modern Slavery’ in Hong Kong

A Filipina maid in Hong Kong publisheS stark photographs of burned and beaten domestic workers to highlight what she says is “modern slavery.”

Malaysia Finds 139 Graves Around Suspected Trafficking Camps

Malaysia uncovers 139 graves thought to contain the remains of migrants from Burma and Bangladesh scattered around more than two dozen suspected human trafficking camps.

Women’s Walk Across Koreas’ DMZ Denied; They Cross by Bus

Female activists including Gloria Steinem and two Nobel Peace laureates are allowed to cross by bus and complete what one calls a landmark event.

Kids on Their Own Among Migrants Who Arrived in Indonesia

Children on their own, some tricked or kidnapped, are among the thousands of refugees landing in Indonesia and Malaysia after months aboard human trafficking boats.

China Readies National Carbon Market to Fight Climate Change

China prepares for next year’s roll-out of a nationwide system that could help the world’s biggest emitter of heat-trapping carbon dioxide rein in its emissions.

Indonesia’s Military Creeps Back into Civilian Affairs

President Joko Widodo is drawing the army more closely into his wars on drugs, terrorism, and corruption.

Mass Graves of Suspected Trafficking Victims Found in Malaysia

Mass graves and suspected human trafficking detention camps are discovered by Malaysian police in towns and villages bordering southern Thailand.

US Readies Air Patrols in Search for Rohingya Boat People

Naval vessels from Burma and Malaysia search for stranded boat people and the US military prepares air patrols to step up its involvement.

Cambodia Accepts 4 Refugees Under Australia Agreement

Four refugees rejected by Australia who have agreed to resettle in Cambodia will likely become examples that other refugees will follow.

A Year After Thai Coup, Stability Trumps Growth for Business

When Thailand’s army seized power in a bloodless coup one year ago, much of the business establishment quietly cheered them on.

As Crisis over Migrants Grows, Malaysia and Burma to Talk

Malaysia and Indonesia have committed to temporarily sheltering thousands of migrants and refugees from Burma and Bangladesh, as the US vows to play a “leading role” in resettlement

Crop-Loss Indian Farmers Sell Their Children to Survive: Authorities

Worsening crop failures, caused by extreme weather, are leading to increasing financial desperation in India—and a rash of suicides and child trafficking, officials say.

China Denying Passports to Restrict Critics, Minorities

Eroding barriers to travel in China have thrown into relief a new pattern showing that groups deemed potentially risky to the leadership are largely being barred.

Thai Junta Delays Polls, Raising Questions About Return to Democracy

Thailand’s junta delays a general election by at least six months, hours after former Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra was banned from traveling overseas.

Malaysia, Indonesia Say Will Take in Migrants at Sea, Temporarily

Malaysia and Indonesia say they will offer temporary shelter to 7,000 “boat people” adrift in rickety boats, but make clear they will take no more.

Australia Maintains Cattle Sales to Vietnam Despite Slaughter Scandal

Australia will investigate claims by an animal rights group that cattle in Vietnam are being slaughtered with sledgehammers but will not suspend live cattle exports.

Over 430 Migrants Taken to Indonesia After Months at Sea

Migrants stranded at sea for months were rescued and taken to Indonesia, the latest in a stream of Rohingya and Bangladeshi migrants to reach shore.

‘Boat People’ Crisis a Test for Asean’s Humanitarian Resolve

Asean has been silent as boatloads of Rohingya Muslims fleeing persecution in Burma and Bangladeshis escaping poverty at home face sickness and starvation at sea.