The death toll in a ferry accident in central Bangladesh soared to 69, after more bodies were recovered from the overcrowded boat which sank within minutes of colliding with a cargo vessel.
The Chin or Lai-Hakha version of the “Community Integration Guidebook” was released as Chin people around the world celebrate their National Day, commemorating the day that the Chin leaders abandoned traditional feudal culture of ruling and introduced a democratic system of governing in 1948, according to a press release from the Burmese American Community Institute on February 21.
Malaysia and Myanmar have agreed that the Islamic State threat is real and IS may try to instill its ideology in hotspots in ASEAN, reports the Malay Mail on February 20.
Australia was assessing the damage from two severe cyclones that left a trail of destruction on February 21, wrecking hundreds of homes and cutting electricity to thousands as authorities warned of more flooding and gusty winds.
Thailand, Myanmar, China and Laos are working together to tackle the Mekong triangle illegal drug trade, according to The Nation on February 20.
Former Thai prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra is to be indicted on criminal charges stemming from her government's rice subsidy scheme, the Thai Office of the Attorney General said February 19.
In a new briefing, the Environmental Justice Foundation strongly recommends that Thailand remains on Tier 3 in the US government’s 2015 Trafficking in Persons Report to send a clear signal to Bangkok that further progress and substantive efforts are required to ensure removal from the Tier 3 ranking which places it alongside countries such as North Korea and Iran.
The crowdfunding effort for the Koh Tao Myanmar murder suspects has fallen foul of a “sudden change of terms and conditions” on the crowdfunding site that now prohibits criminal defense fundraising, according to migrant worker activist Mr Andy Hall, reporting on Facebook on February 18.
The Indonesian Attorney General’s Office has decided to put off the execution of eleven inmates on death row, including two Australian drug traffickers, according to the Jakarta Globe on February 17.