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Malaysia Finds 139 Graves Around Suspected Trafficking Camps By

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 By

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


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 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.


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 By

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 By

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 By

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 By

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 By

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 By

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 By

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 By

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 By

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 By

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 By

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 By

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.

Roads Before Welfare: India’s Modi Faces Dissent Over Spending Shakeup By

The prime minister’s cuts in federal welfare spending on the poorest of India’s 1.25 billion people are under scrutiny, including from within his cabinet.

Ousted Thai PM Thaksin Says No Plans to Mobilize Supporters By

Thailand’s former PM says he has no plans to mobilize his “Red Shirt” supporters but calls the junta government “not so impressive.”

Nepal Quake Death Toll Becomes Highest on Record; Dozens Still Missing By

At over 8,500 fatalities, two major earthquakes in Nepal are the deadliest recorded, as rescuers search for dozens of people still missing in remote villages.

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