Burma

Myanmar MPs hold landmark session

The first freely elected parliament in Myanmar for 50 years holds its opening session. Hundreds of new MPs, mostly from the National League for Democracy (NLD) but also some smaller parties, sworn...

May 19, 2015
May 19, 2015

Saudi Arabia advertises for 8 new executioners

Saudi Arabia advertises for eight new executioners, recruiting extra staff to carry out an increasing number of death sentences, usually done by public beheading.

May 13, 2015
May 13, 2015

First priority is to save lives of migrants: UNHCR

United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) expresses grave concern over reports that Indonesia and Malaysia have pushed back boats carrying vulnerable people from Myanmar and Bangladesh.

May 13, 2015
May 13, 2015

US calls for regional response to migrant crisis

The United States has voiced fear for the lives of the migrants abandoned by traffickers at land and sea, calling on Southeast Asian nations to co-operate to address the crisis.

May 10, 2015
May 10, 2015

Hundres of Rohingya rescued at sea

A boat carrying about 500 members of Myanmar's Rohingya Muslim community has been rescued off northern Indonesia.