Asia & Pacific

UN Chief Says Save Migrants, Deal With Cause of Flight

Migrants perform a Friday prayer at a temporary shelter in Langsa, Aceh province, Indonesia Friday, May 22, 2015. In the past three weeks, thousands of refugees and migrants have washed ashore in Malaysia, Indonesia and Thailand, according to the International Organization for Migration. Half are Rohingya and the rest are from Bangladesh, the IOM said. The U.N. refugee agency estimates more than 3,000 others may still be at sea. (AP Photo/Binsar Bakkara)
Migrants perform a Friday prayer at a temporary shelter in Langsa, Aceh province, Indonesia Friday, May 22, 2015. In the past three weeks, thousands of refugees and migrants have washed ashore in Malaysia, Indonesia and Thailand, according to the International Organization for Migration. Half are Rohingya and the rest are from Bangladesh, the IOM said. The U.N. refugee agency estimates more than 3,000 others may still be at sea. (AP Photo/Binsar Bakkara)

YANGON, Myanmar—U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Saturday urged Southeast Asian nations to deal with the causes behind a growing humanitarian crisis that has forced thousands...

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Burma’s President Signs Off on Controversial Population Law

YANGON, Burma— Burma’s president has signed off on a controversial law requiring some mothers to space their children three years apart. Critics warn it could be used to repress not only women, but religious and ethnic minorities. The Population Control …... Read More




  • Migrants sit on their boat as they wait to be rescued by Acehnese fishermen on the sea off East Aceh, Indonesia, Wednesday, May 20, 2015. (AP Photo/S. Yulinnas)

    Malaysia Orders Sea Search-and-Rescue for Migrants

    YANGON, Burma—Four Malaysian navy ships began searching the seas for stranded boat people Thursday in the first official rescue operation since desperate migrants started washing... Read more

  • fishermen drive bottle-nose dolphins into a net during their annual hunt off Taiji, Wakayama Prefecture, Japan, Sept. 2, 2010. A Japanese government spokesman defended an annual dolphin hunt Monday, Jan. 20, 2014, one day after U.S. Ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy tweeted that she was deeply concerned by the inhumanity of the practice. (AP Photo/Kyodo News, File)

    Japan Town to Still Hunt Dolphins After Aquariums’ Rejection

    TOKYO— The fishing town of Taiji will not stop its dolphin hunts, the mayor said Thursday, after Japan’s aquariums decided to stop buying captured dolphins... Read more

  • Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe speaks during a banquet of a symposium on the "Future of Asia" in Tokyo, Thursday, May 21, 2015.  Vying to keep pace with China's rising influence and economic clout, Japan plans to provide $110 billion to help develop roads, ports and other infrastructure in Asia in the next five years, Prime Minister Abe said Thursday. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi)

    Japan Ups Ante in Race to Boost Influence in Asia With Cash

    TOKYO— Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has announced that Tokyo will provide more than $100 billion to help develop roads, ports and other infrastructure in... Read more

  • A Nepalese army chopper, that spotted the suspected wreckage of a U.S. Marine helicopter, lands at the airport in Kathmandu, Nepal, Friday, May 15, 2015. Nepalese rescuers on Friday found three bodies near the wreckage of the chopper that was carrying six Marines and two Nepalese army soldiers. The U.S. Marines said they were sending their own rescue team to assess the wreckage and determine if it was the missing helicopter, the UH-1 "Huey." (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)

    Bodies of 6 US Marines, 2 Nepalese in Crash Identified

    KATHMANDU, Nepal— Nepalese and U.S. military officials say they’ve identified all eight bodies recovered from the crash site of a U.S. Marine helicopter that disappeared... Read more

  • U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry speaks to the media at a press conference held at a hotel in Nairobi, Kenya, Monday, May 4, 2015. (AP/Ben Curtis)

    Kerry in South Korea to Talk Security, Cyber Issues

    SEOUL, South Korea— U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is in South Korea where he will be discussing security issues amid fresh fears of North... Read more

  • the external courtyard of the sanctuary of Baal in the ancient oasis city of Palmyra. (JOSEPH EID/AFP/Getty Images)

    IS Group Enters Syrian Town of Palmyra, Nears Ancient Ruins

    BEIRUT (AP) — Islamic State fighters have pushed into the Syrian town of Palmyra, home to famed 2,000-year-old ruins, and are clashing with government troops... Read more

  • A Nepalese army chopper, that spotted the suspected wreckage of a U.S. Marine helicopter, lands at the airport in Kathmandu, Nepal, Friday, May 15, 2015. Nepalese rescuers on Friday found three bodies near the wreckage of the chopper that was carrying six Marines and two Nepalese army soldiers. The U.S. Marines said they were sending their own rescue team to assess the wreckage and determine if it was the missing helicopter, the UH-1 "Huey." (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)

    Nepal Army: All 8 Bodies Found in Crashed US Marine Chopper

    KATHMANDU, Nepal— The bodies of all eight people on board the U.S. Marine helicopter that crashed during a relief mission in earthquake-hit Nepal have been... Read more

  • Facilities destroyed by Saudi-led airstrikes at the al-Duleimi military base, near the Sanaa International airport, in Yemen, Wednesday, April 29, 2015. (AP/Hani Mohammed)

    Pakistani Airstrikes Kill 15 Militants Near Afghan Border

    ISLAMABAD—Pakistan’s military says its warplanes have pounded militant hideouts in a troubled tribal region along the Afghan border, killing at least 15 suspected militants. In... Read more

  • Pakistan fighter jets fly in formation during the Pakistan National Day parade in Islamabad, Pakistan, Monday, March 23, 2015. Pakistan has demonstrated its first locally manufactured armed drone aircraft. The drone was introduced to the public Monday as part of Pakistan's Republic Day parade, with officials hailing it as a key element in the country's ongoing battle against local Islamic militant groups. The annual parade itself had been suspended for the past seven years due to fears of terrorist attack. (AP Photo/Anjum Naveed)

    Pakistani Airstrikes Kill 15 Militants Near Afghan Border

    ISLAMABAD— Pakistan’s military says its warplanes have pounded militant hideouts in a troubled tribal region along the Afghan border, killing at least 15 suspected militants... Read more

  • Rohingya migrants sit on a boat drifting in Thai waters off the southern island of Koh Lipe in the Andaman sea on May 14, 2015. A boat crammed with scores of Rohingya migrants -- including many young children -- was found drifting in Thai waters on May 14, with passengers saying several people had died over the last few days. AFP PHOTO / Christophe ARCHAMBAULT (CHRISTOPHE ARCHAMBAULT/AFP/Getty Images)

    1,000 Migrants Land in Indonesia, Thailand in Growing Crisis

    JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — More than 1,000 migrants came ashore in different parts of Indonesia and Thailand on Friday, becoming the latest refugees to slip... Read more

  • Philippine National Police carry a body bag containing the remains of fire victims for DNA identification at a makeshift morgue at Valenzuela city, a northern suburb of Manila, Philippines, Thursday, May 14, 2015. On Thursday, police will open a criminal investigation into the fire incident at Kentex rubber slipper factory that killed dozens of people, as a relative of several of the victims said the blaze had trapped workers in the building's second floor where iron grills on windows prevented their escape. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)

    Philippine Factory Where 72 Died Suspected of Breaking Law

    MANILA, Philippines— A factory where a fire killed 72 people violated employment laws, the Philippines’ top labor official said Friday, as more witness reports emerged... Read more

  • Nepalese residents dig through the remains of a collapsed house in this village in northeastern Nepal on May 14, 2015. Two very strong earthquakes struck Nepal killing over 8,000 people and leaving hundreds of thousands homeless within a period of three weeks. AFP PHOTO / PRAKASH MATHEMA (MATHEMA/AFP/Getty Images)

    Nepal Rescuers Find 3 Bodies Near Crashed US Marine Chopper

    KATHMANDU, Nepal—Nepalese rescuers on Friday found three bodies near the wreckage of a U.S. Marine helicopter that disappeared earlier this week while on a relief... Read more

  • Firemen train their hoses at the burning Kentex footwear factory at Valenzuela city, a northern suburb in Manila, Philippines, Wednesday, May 13, 2015. At least three bodies have been recovered and there were no survivors found after the fire was put under control, said fire officials and Mayor Rex Gatchalian of Valenzuela city north of Manila. Dozens of workers reported missing were feared to have perished, the city mayor and fire officials said. (AP Photo)

    Philippine Police Investigating Factory Fire That Killed 72

    MANILA, Philippines— Philippine police are investigating as a criminal matter a fire that killed at least 72 factory workers who became trapped in the building’s... Read more

  • Students Connor Williams, left, and Cooper Wattam use a kayak to cross a flooded paddock in Paraparaumu, north of Wellington, New Zealand, Thursday, May 14, 2015. Heavy rain caused flooding Thursday that left one man dead, halted train service and blocked highways during the evening commute. Crews struggled to clear highways, and the shutdown of Wellington's train services delayed travel for many. (Mark Mitchell/New Zealand Herald via AP) NEW ZEALAND OUT, AUSTRALIA OUT

    Flooding in New Zealand Capital Halts Trains, Causes 1 Death

    WELLINGTON, New Zealand— Heavy rain caused flooding in New Zealand’s capital Thursday that left one man dead, halted train service and blocked highways during the... Read more

  • Malaysian Transport Minister Liow Tiong Lai told reporters that Malaysia, Australia and China, which are leading the hunt for the Boeing 777 that went missing on March 8 last year, are "committed to the search." (Greg Wood/AP)

    Search for Missing Malaysia Plane Yields Uncharted Shipwreck

    SYDNEY—Search crews hunting for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 in the desolate ocean waters off western Australia have discovered an old shipwreck, officials said Wednesday. The... Read more

  • Shiite fighters, known as Houthis, wearing army uniforms escort the convoy of Ismail Weld al-Sheikh, new U.N. special envoy to Yemen, at the international airport in Sanaa, Yemen, Tuesday, May 12, 2015 (AP/Hani Mohammed)

    Iran Warns Saudi, US Against Hindering Yemen Aid Ship

    TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — A senior Iranian military official has warned the Saudi-led coalition targeting Yemeni rebels that blocking an Iranian aid ship bound for... Read more


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