After ordeal at sea, Rohingya toddler dies in Indonesia

Beneath the swaying banana trees, there is nothing but a few plants to mark the resting place of three-year-old Shahira Bibi and the horror of the final weeks of her short life, at sea on a migrant boat.

Indonesia begins search for migrant boats

Indonesia has begun search and rescue operations for stranded migrant boats carrying Bangladeshis and ethnic Rohingya from Myanmar, an official said Sunday, after it dropped a hardline policy of refusing them sanctuary.

Indonesia believes most migrants at sea not Rohingya: Australia
Indonesia believes most migrants at sea not Rohingya: Australia

 Indonesia has told Australia that most of the migrants stranded at sea in Southeast Asia are illegal labourers from Bangladesh, not oppressed Muslim Rohingya, Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said in comments published Saturday.

"Boat people" likely posing as Rohingya for aid, says Myanmar general

Myanmar`s military commander-in-chief said some "boat people" landing in Malaysia and Indonesia this month are likely pretending to be Rohingya Muslims to receive UN aid and that many had fled neighbouring Bangladesh, state media reported on Friday.

Boat people grateful for sanctuary, baffled by Gambia offer

Boat people who have come ashore in Southeast Asia after harrowing journeys are delighted that Indonesia and Malaysia will give them temporary shelter -- although some were baffled by an offer of sanctuary in a tiny African nation they had never heard of.

Three dead in shootout with police in Indonesia`s Aceh

Three gunmen were killed in violent clashes with Indonesian security forces in Aceh, police said Thursday, jolting the westernmost province as it prepares to mark a decade of peace.

China says concerned over Indonesia''s blowing up of fishing boat

China on Thursday expressed "serious concern" over the blowing up of a Chinese fishing vessel seized by Indonesia six years ago, the first such incident under President Joko Widodo.

Malaysian PM orders rescue of migrant boats
Malaysian PM orders rescue of migrant boats

Prime Minister Najib Razak said Thursday he had ordered the Malaysian Navy and coastguard to conduct search and rescue operations for boats carrying stricken migrants including ethnic Rohingya from Myanmar.

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.

Fishermen wept as they rescued starving migrants off Indonesia

 Fishermen Muchtar Ali broke down in tears when he set eyes on the overcrowded boat carrying desperate, starving Rohingya off the coast of Indonesia before going to the rescue of a vessel that has become emblematic of Asia`s human-trafficking crisis. 

UN welcomes Malaysia, Indonesia pledge on migrants

The United Nations refugee agency on Wednesday welcomed a promise by Malaysia and Indonesia to offer temporary shelter to 7,000 migrants adrift at sea and called for them to be brought to shore immediately.

Australia jails Iraqi people-smuggler for 10 years

An Iraqi man was Wednesday sentenced to 10 years in jail by an Australian court after pleading guilty to smuggling asylum-seekers from Indonesia.

Malaysia, Indonesia to accept boats in migrant breakthrough
Malaysia, Indonesia to accept boats in migrant breakthrough

Malaysia and Indonesia said Wednesday they would no longer turn away migrant vessels, responding to world pressure by offering to take in a wave of boatpeople provided that they could be resettled or repatriated within a year.

Myanmar says `ready to provide humanitarian help to boat migrants`

Myanmar said Wednesday it was "ready to provide humanitarian assistance" to boatpeople, in its most conciliatory comments yet as several Southeast Asian neighbours meet to discuss the boat crisis gripping the region.

Hundreds of "boat people" land in Indonesia

Hundreds of Rohingya and Bangladeshi migrants landed in Indonesia`s northwestern Aceh province early on Wednesday, an Indonesian search and rescue official said.

Indonesia says migrant crisis is regional problem

 Indonesia said Tuesday a migrant boat crisis was a problem for all of Southeast Asia ahead of key regional talks, as Jakarta and other countries came under more pressure to let the boatpeople land. 

UN urges southeast Asian nations to let migrants reach land

 United Nations agencies urged Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand on Tuesday to step up sea rescue operations and stop preventing thousands of desperate migrants from reaching land.

Singapore scientists to assess tsunami risk

A team of 10 scientists from Singapore's Nanyang Technological University (NTU) will conduct a month-long sea expedition from Saturday to assess tsunami risks near the western coast of Indonesia.

Fears grow for Rohingya migrants on missing boat

Fears grew 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.

Indonesia turns away boat as Asian migrant crisis escalates

The Indonesian navy prevented a suspected migrant boat from entering the country`s waters at the weekend after the arrival of hundreds of Rohingya and Bangladeshis and has stepped up patrols in the area, the military said Monday.