`I stopped counting`: Doctor on discovering migrant boat dead

Stiff lifeless bodies submerged in water -- it`s a sight Canadian doctor Simon Bryant won`t soon forget after he found dozens of dead migrants in the hold of a boat off Libya.

Some 50 migrants found dead in boat off Libya: Coast guard

Some 50 migrants were found dead in the hold of a boat off the coast of Libya on Wednesday during a rescue operation which saved 430 other people, the Italian coast guard said.

Suspected asylum seeker boat sighted off West Australia

 A small wooden boat reportedly carrying asylum-seekers from Vietnam has been sighted off the Australian coast in a failure of the country's tight surveillance of its northern seas, a media report said on Tuesday.

Rescue boat with hundreds of migrants stopped from landing in Sicily: Charity

Italian authorities prevented a rescue boat with some 700 migrants aboard from landing in Sicily because there was no room for the people in reception centres, a humanitarian group said Friday.

Myanmar to handover more boat people to Bangladesh

Myanmar authorities are slated to handover 165 verified Bangladeshi boat people, an official report said on Thursday.

Presence of foreign dhow: Kerala seeks NIA probe

The Kerala government on Tuesday asked the Centre to order a probe by NIA into the case relating to interception of a suspicious foreign fishing dhow with 12 crew members off Kerala coast, Home Minister Ramesh Chennithala said here.

Israel bars foreign activist flotilla from reaching Gaza
Israel bars foreign activist flotilla from reaching Gaza

 Israel said on Monday it had blocked a boat leading a four-vessel protest flotilla of foreign activists from reaching the Gaza Strip and forced the vessel to sail to an Israeli port.

Paris tourist boat skipper sentenced in fatal crash

A French court on Tuesday handed down a three-year suspended prison sentence to the skipper of a Bateaux Mouches tourist boat that crashed into a smaller vessel on the River Seine in 2008, killing a man and boy.

Australia turns away boat carrying 65 immigrants

 Australian authorities allegedly turned back a boat carrying 65 illegal immigrants, including four women and three children, after it crashed into a reef, media reported on Tuesday.

Myanmar navy escorting boat with 727 migrants to Bangladesh waters: Minister

 Myanmar`s navy is escorting a boat crammed with 727 abandoned migrants to the waters of neighbouring Bangladesh, four days after intercepting it in the Andaman Sea, the country`s information minister said on Tuesday.

China: Boat carrying 458 people capsizes in Yangtze river

In what could be China's worst disasters in years, a ship with over 400 people on board sank after being caught in a storm on the Yangtze River in China's southern Hubei province on Monday night, leaving at least five people dead and hundreds unaccounted for.

Australia turns back asylum-seeker boat: Indonesia

Scores of asylum-seekers have come ashore in eastern Indonesia after their boat was intercepted by the Australian navy and pushed into Indonesian waters as they headed for New Zealand, police said Monday.

Thailand says agrees to US flights to search for boat people

Bangkok has agreed to allow the US military to operate flights out of Thailand to search for migrants stuck on boats, a Thai official said today.

Rohingya Muslims found on boat rescued by Myanmar navy

At least eight Rohingya Muslims from Myanmar were among some 200 migrants rescued from a trafficking boat by the Myanmar navy on Thursday, according to interviews conducted by Reuters, contradicting official accounts that all onboard were from Bangladesh.

Myanmar state handed over more than 200 boat people

 Myanmar`s navy on Friday handed over to the country`s western Rakhine State government 208 Bangladeshi nationals who were found drifting at sea on a migrant boat.

Bay of Bengal migrant crisis: The boats and the numbers

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.

Malaysia turns away boats as death stalks weary migrants
Malaysia turns away boats as death stalks weary migrants

Malaysia has turned away two vessels carrying a combined 600 migrants, an official who spoke on condition of anonymity said Thursday, as concern mounted in the region over the fate of boatloads of people stranded at sea.

About 1,400 migrants rescued off Indonesia, Malaysia

 A second boat carrying hundreds of migrants from Myanmar and Bangladesh has been rescued off Indonesia`s far west coast, an official said Monday, less than a day after nearly 600 others arrived in a wooden vessel seeking refuge.

German Navy ship in Mediterranean migrant rescue

A German Navy ship on Friday came to the rescue of a boat carrying some 200 migrants in the Mediterranean, the Defence Ministry said, days after it joined a beefed-up EU mission.

Italian navy finds migrant disaster boat

 The Italian navy announced Thursday it had located the sunken wreck of a migrant boat in which 700 people are feared to have died last month.