Saving migrant lives at sea `top priority`

United Nations chief Ban Ki-moon said Saturday that saving the lives of migrants stranded at sea in Southeast Asia should be a "top priority" as the region battles with an exodus of boat people fleeing persecution and poverty.

Detained Thai students 'merely invited for talks': Police

Dozens of Thai students who were dragged away and held overnight by police after they staged an anti-coup protest in Bangkok Friday evening were "merely invited for talks", a senior police officer said Saturday.

Arrests after anti-junta protests on coup anniversary

Police arrested several anti-junta activists Friday for small protests marking a year since Thailand`s generals seized power from the elected government, as the defiant junta leader said the country "may have collapsed" without his intervention.

Thailand again says election could be delayed

Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha said on Friday a general election will take place in the Southeast Asian country in April or May 2016 - but could be delayed by three months if a referendum takes place.

Small Thai anti-junta groups vow protests on coup anniversary

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.

A year after Thai coup, stability trumps growth for business

When Thailand`s Army seized power in a bloodless coup, much of the business establishment quietly cheered them on. A year on, the captains of Thai industry remain firmly behind the junta, despite a lacklustre economy and a delayed return to democracy.

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.

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.

Stigma haunts relatives of Thais jailed under royal insult law

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. She lost her friends and place in Thai society -- joining the growing ranks of outcasts since royalist generals seized power a year ago.

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.

Ousted Thai PM proclaims innocence as criminal trial starts

 Thailand`s ousted prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra insisted on her innocence 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.

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.

Thai junta delays polls, raising questions about return to democracy
Thai junta delays polls, raising questions about return to democracy

Thailand`s junta delayed a general election by at least six months on Tuesday, hours after former Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra was banned from travelling overseas, raising questions about a promised return to democracy.

Former Thai PM banned from travelling abroad at start of trial

  Former Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra was banned from travelling overseas on Tuesday at the start of her trial on negligence charges, the latest in a slew of cases her supporters say are part of an attempt to tighten the junta`s grip on power.

Ex-Thai PM stresses rule of law as sister appears in court

 Thailand`s wildly divisive billionaire former premier Thaksin Shinawatra on Tuesday told Asian governments the "rule of law" was key to democracy, nearly a year after the military toppled his sister`s administration.

Ousted Thai PM Yingluck Shinawatra pleads not guilty as negligence trial begins
Ousted Thai PM Yingluck Shinawatra pleads not guilty as negligence trial begins

Thailand`s ousted prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra appeared in court Tuesday for the start of a trial that could see her jailed for a decade, part of what observers say is a vendetta against her family.

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.

Thailand worried by blast of anti-migrant vitriol on social media

 Thailand expressed concern on Monday at a wave of anti-migrant vitriol on social media, which the government said underlined why it cannot accept any more of the asylum seekers who have been arriving by boat on its shores.

Thai people smuggling `kingpin` hands himself in: Police

A former Thai regional official accused of being a major people trafficking kingpin turned himself in on Monday, police said, as the kingdom continues a belated blitz against the lucrative trade.

Misery at sea: The Rohingya boat bounced between nation

 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.