Hijacked Orkim Harmony tanker released, pirates escape
Hijacked Orkim Harmony tanker released, pirates escape

The hijacked oil tanker Orkim Harmony has been released by pirates, who fled in the ship`s rescue boat, Malaysian navy and maritime officials said on Friday.

Anti-migrant protests in Myanmar`s troubled Rakhine

Buddhist hardliners backed by monks protested in Myanmar`s troubled Rakhine state Sunday against help being offered to desperate migrants found adrift on boats in the Bay of Bengal.

Rohingya `trafficker` shot dead in Bangladesh

A Rohingya man suspected of involvement in people trafficking has been shot dead in Bangladesh, police said Monday, as the country battles a migrant crisis.

Myanmar arrests 93 traffickers, but none from Rakhine

Myanmar police have arrested more than 90 people for human trafficking offences this year, media reported Monday, but no cases have been uncovered in Rakhine state where persecuted Rohingya have fled in droves.

SEA Games: Singapore tells drone-flyers to buzz off

Flyers of unmanned aircraft were sternly warned to stay away as the Southeast Asian (SEA) Games gets going in Singapore this week.

Japan agrees to beef up Philippine military with hardware

 The Philippines may soon be getting military equipment from Japan as the Southeast Asian country looks to better defend itself in an increasingly tense territorial dispute with China.

Thai Army general denies human trafficking charges: Police

A three-star Thai army general has denied charges against him for offences related to human trafficking, Thailand`s police chief said, the latest in a series of arrests aimed at stamping out people smuggling.

Myanmar needs to treat Rohingya as citizens: US

Myanmar`s government needs to treat minority Rohingya Muslims as citizens to solve the root cause of the migrant crisis in Southeast Asia, US Assistant Secretary of State Anne Richard said on Wednesday.

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

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.

Thailand has 600 new "boat people" in holding areas - deputy pm

Thailand has 600 new "boat people" in temporary holding areas, the country`s Deputy Prime Minister General Tanasak Patimapragorn said on Friday.

Thailand OKs US flights to locate migrant boats: Deputy PM

Thailand will allow the United States to fly surveillance planes from its territory to identify boats carrying migrants adrift in Southeast Asian seas, the country`s deputy prime minister said on Friday.

Thailand hosts talks on Southeast Asia migrant crisis

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.

Thailand to host talks on regional migrant crisis

Representatives from 17 nations will gather 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.

Southeast Asia maritime build-up accelerates, raising risks in disputed seas

Southeast Asian nations are prioritising spending on their navies and coastguards amid rising tensions in the South China Sea, but as their capabilities grow, so does the risk that any confrontation in the contested waterway will be harder to contain.

Australia PM rules out resettling Asian boat migrants

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott Thursday ruled out helping resettle the wave of migrants fleeing to Southeast Asia, saying it would worsen the problem and "encourage people to get on boats".

Myanmar acknowledges `concern` over migrant exodus

Myanmar Monday acknowledged international "concerns" about waves of boatpeople, many of whom are fleeing from persecution, but denied it is solely to blame as thousands languish in dire straits at sea.

Stop the blame game: Former Indonesian president on migrant crisis

 Indonesia`s former president Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono on Sunday urged nations to seek a solution instead of assigning blame over the migrant crisis engulfing Southeast Asia, warning that hundreds of lives are at stake.

Diplomatic moves start as Myanmar faces blame for migrant crisis

Malaysia said Sunday its foreign minister would meet his Indonesian and Thai counterparts to discuss the influx of boatpeople to Southeast Asia as international pressure grew for a regional solution.

Malaysia seeks Myanmar help on migrant 'catastrophe'

Malaysia's prime minister said on Saturday he would seek help from Myanmar to address the unfolding "humanitarian catastrophe" involving a wave of boatpeople flooding to Southeast Asia, thousands of whom are ethnic Rohingya fleeing oppression in the mainly Buddhist country.

Thailand finds over 100 migrants on island, many more still adrift

Thailand has found more than 100 migrants on a southern island but thousands remain adrift as boats are pushed back out into Southeast Asia`s seas by governments who have ignored a UN call for a coordinated rescue.