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Myanmar, Bangladesh to address "root causes" of migrant crisis

Bangkok - Myanmar and Bangladesh agreed to address the "root causes" of a migrant exodus from their shores at talks in Bangkok Friday, but critics pilloried a deal that failed to mention the Rohingya minority at the heart of the crisis.

Myanmar says don't 'single us out' at migrant crisis talks

Bangkok - Myanmar rebuked the UN Friday after being called on to address the cause of the exodus of Rohingya Muslims from its shores, saying it is being "singled out" for criticism at international talks.

Thailand hosts talks on Southeast Asia migrant crisis

Bangkok - Delegates from 17 nations gathered in Thailand Friday for talks on Southeast Asia's migrant crisis which has seen thousands of desperate people flee on boats across the Bay of Bengal aiming for Malaysia and Indonesia.

Thai ex-PM Thaksin under investigation for lese majeste

Bangkok - Thai police are investigating whether fugitive former premier Thaksin Shinawatra committed royal defamation in a recent interview, authorities said Wednesday as they announced his passports had been revoked.

Thai elections pushed back to September 2016

Bangkok - Thailand's junta confirmed Wednesday that elections will not be held until September 2016, dealing a further blow to hopes that the kingdom's generals will swiftly hand power back to a civilian government.

Thailand starts air search for stranded migrants

Bangkok - Thailand said Tuesday it had begun air reconnaissance missions looking for stranded migrant boats in the Andaman Sea, following criticism that regional nations were not actively searching for stricken vessels.

Meth seizures quadruple across much of Asia-Pacific: UN

Bangkok - Methamphetamine seizures across much of the Asia-Pacific region have quadrupled over five years, the UN said Tuesday, citing rising wealth as one reason for a boom in production and consumption.

Elephant grabs B.C. man's GoPro, snaps adorable 'elphie'

Vancouver - An enterprising elephant grabbed a Vancouver tourist's GoPro camera and snapped an "elphie" with the student. It was definitely a once-in-a-lifetime photo opportunity for Christian LeBlanc, a University of British Columbia student.

Small Thai anti-junta groups vow protests on coup anniversary

Bangkok - Small groups of anti-junta activists have vowed to hold protests Friday marking one year since Thailand's generals seized power from the elected government, but widespread dissent is unlikely in a country still locked down by the military.

Stigma haunts relatives of Thais jailed under royal insult law

Bangkok - When Natnicha's husband was jailed for insulting Thailand's monarchy under the country's lese majeste laws, she didn't just lose a partner.

Bay of Bengal migrant crisis: The boats and the numbers

Bangkok - In the past 10 days, nearly 3,000 boatpeople from Myanmar and Bangladesh have been rescued or swum to shore in Malaysia, Indonesia and Thailand.

Fears grow for Rohingya migrants on missing boat

Satun - Fears grew on Tuesday for the welfare of hundreds of Rohingya migrants on a boat bounced between waters off Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia that has not been heard from in more than 60 hours.

Ousted Thai PM proclaims innocence as criminal trial starts

Bangkok - Thailand's ousted prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra insisted on her innocence on Tuesday, at the start of a trial that could see her jailed for a decade, part of what observers say is a vendetta against her family.

Misery at sea: The Rohingya boat bounced between nations

Amphoe Hankha - The fate of around 300 ethnic Rohingya migrants whose overcrowded trawler has been bounced for days between Thai and Malaysian waters dramatises the desperate plight of Southeast Asia's new boat-people.

Thailand's Yingluck faces trial and political ruin

Bangkok - Thailand's first female prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra faces court Tuesday at the start of a negligence trial which could see her jailed for a decade and deliver a hammer blow to the political dominance of her family.

Of smugglers and kingpins: Southeast Asia's big money trade in humans

Amphoe Hankha - Around $1,100 should have secured passage for each of the Rohingya migrants who were found adrift in the Andaman Sea -- victims of a dark trade in humans that pivots around smuggling kingpins in Thailand's south.

Shunned migrant boat leaves Thai waters: Governor

Amphoe Hankha - A boat packed with desperate Rohingya migrants left Thai waters early Friday bound for Indonesia, authorities said, in line with the kingdom's policy of blocking entry to such vessels.

Malaysia turns away boats as death stalks weary migrants

Amphoe Hankha - Malaysia turned away two vessels carrying hundreds of migrants while one boat turned up in Thai waters, as critics accused Southeast Asian governments Thursday of playing "human ping pong" with desperate boatpeople.

Migrant boat found in Thai waters

Amphoe Hankha - A boat crammed with scores of Rohingya migrants -- including many young children -- was found drifting in Thai waters Thursday, according to an AFP reporter at the scene, with passengers saying several people had died over the last few days.

Bay of Bengal exodus: Where are the boats?

Bangkok - In recent days nearly 2,000 boat people from Myanmar and Bangladesh have been rescued or swum to shore in Malaysia and Indonesia.
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