14 stranded Indian sailors leave Bahrain for home

Fourteen Indian soldiers, who were stranded on board an oil tanker off the coast of Bahrain since December last year have finally left for home, media reports said on Tuesday.

Thai people smuggling crackdown creates fresh dangers

The two boys in the back of the Thai police pickup truck were terrified.

US voices concerns to Myanmar party head on race, religion bills

A senior US official met the head of Myanmar`s ruling party and parliamentary speaker on Monday and expressed concerns about race and religion bills critics say discriminate against minority Muslims.

US calls for speedy inquiry into Thai mass grave

 The United States, which has censured Thailand for failing to act against human trafficking, called on Monday for a speedy and credible inquiry into the discovery of a mass grave containing more than two dozen bodies thought to be of ethnic migrants.

Three Thai officials, Myanmar man held over migrant deaths: Police

Three local Thai officials and a Myanmar national have been arrested on suspicion of human trafficking after the remains of 26 migrants were found in a mass grave in southern Thailand, police said Monday.

Thailand arrests three, vows crackdown on human traffickers

Thai authorities have arrested three local officials they allege were involved in trafficking and holding Rohingya Muslims for ransom at a jungle camp where 26 bodies were found last week in the mountains of southern Thailand.

China lodges protest with US after religious freedom report

China has lodged a protest with the United States after a US government commission said Chinese violations of religious freedom were "severe" and "systematic", the Foreign Ministry said on Monday.

Myanmar ready to finalise nationwide ceasefire agreement

Myanmar President U Thein Sein on Monday said the government is ready to finalise a nationwide ceasefire agreement.

Bodies from Thai mass grave show no initial signs of violent death: Police

Twenty-six bodies exhumed at a mass grave in southern Thailand near a camp with suspected links to human trafficking bear no signs of violent death, police said on Sunday, following initial forensic examinations at the site.

Thai forensics exhume three skeletons from migrant mass grave

 The badly decayed remains of at least three more migrants thought to be from Myanmar or Bangladesh were exhumed Saturday from a mass grave in southern Thailand, as details emerged of the maltreatment endured at the remote people smugglers` camp. 

Thai authorities resume dig at migrant mass grave site

Thai authorities on Saturday resumed the excavation of a mass grave site in a remote patch of jungle where migrants believed to be from Myanmar and Bangladesh were held for months by people smugglers in appalling conditions.

Myanmar speaker says he'll run for presidency if nominated

Myanmar parliament speaker Shwe Mann says he will run for the nation's presidency if nominated by the ruling party.

Myanmar rebels convene in remote Wa region

A host of Myanmar ethnic rebels began talks in the isolated Wa region bordering China Friday as they mull whether to agree a full ceasefire with the government, an armed group official said.

Mass grave of `boat people` found in south Thailand: Rescue worker

Around 30 graves believed to belong to migrants from Myanmar and Bangladesh were discovered Friday in southern Thailand, a rescue worker said, in an area criss-crossed with trafficking routes.

Mass grave of `boatpeople` found in southern Thailand

Around 30 graves believed to belong to migrants from Myanmar and Bangladesh were discovered on Friday in southern Thailand, officials said, in an area criss-crossed with trafficking routes.

From barracks to ballot box, Myanmar`s military holds key to power

 The Myanmar soldier, wearing his crisp green uniform, rifles through a box of T-shirts for a souvenir of his time in the country`s fledgling legislature -- a deeply controversial position in the former junta-run nation on the cusp of key elections.

Worker crushed in Thai pet food factory meat grinder

A migrant worker from Myanmar was killed after he slipped into a meat grinder at a pet food factory in Thailand, police said Wednesday.

UN chief urges Myanmar to address Muslims' status ahead of vote

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Friday urged Myanmar to address the citizenship status of Rohingya Muslims in the country`s western Rakhine state ahead of a general election scheduled to be held later this year.

US removes prominent Myanmar businessman from sanctions list

 The United States removed a prominent businessman from its Myanmar sanctions list on Thursday, in spite of doubts about reforms in the Southeast Asian country.

Military in rare clash with insurgents in west Myanmar

Myanmar's military has arrested five people after a rare clash with insurgents in Rakhine state, state media said today, potentially complicating efforts to reach a nationwide ceasefire with numerous rebel groups.