One year after struggling ashore during Southeast Asia’s human-trafficking crisis, hundreds of desperate Rohingya migrants remain in limbo, forgotten footnotes as record numbers worldwide flee violence and persecution
Southeast Asia has long been regarded as a hub for illegal wildlife trade because of its wealth in biodiversity and proximity to major markets for wildlife products
MANILA, Philippines (Mar. 19, 2016) — When a boat hiding dozens of endangered scaly anteaters or pangolins was found parked in Palawan in 2013, officials discovered most of the animals came from other parts of Southeast Asia, not from the Philippines.
Initial autopsy results show the victims suffocated due to lack of oxygen
BANGKOK, Thailand (Mar. 14, 2016) — Eight people died and 7 were injured when they accidentally triggered a fire extinguisher system inside the vault of a major Thai bank and released a suffocating cloud of chemicals, officials said Monday, March 14.
The director of the company running the service says he does not know the explosion’s cause and adds that he had been using gas-powered engines for 8 years
BANGKOK, Thailand (Mar. 5, 2016) — 60 people were hospitalized Saturday, March 5, mostly for burns, after the engine on a Bangkok commuter boat exploded and sent passengers leaping to a nearby pier or into the water, officials and reports said.
Scientists say that by zapping male mosquitoes’ private parts with a radioactive source, they can reduce the population of the Aedes aegypti
SEIBERSDORF, Austria (Feb. 20, 21016) — The atmosphere inside the laboratory on the outskirts of Vienna is literally buzzing with armies of male mosquitoes locked up inside net-covered boxes. Their sole mission in life: stop females from breeding.
Authorities say the 22-year-old Thai man is likely to have caught the same strain of the virus that has caused panic in countries such as Brazil and Colombia
BANGKOK, Thailand (Feb. 6, 2016) — A man has contracted the Zika virus in Thailand, officials said Tuesday, February 2, as a global alert intensifies over the mosquito-borne infection blamed for a surge in serious birth defects in South America.
The EU hit Thailand with a ‘yellow card’ warning last April, threatening to ban all seafood exports unless the military government tackled rampant illegal fishing and labor abuses among its fleets
BANGKOK, Thailand (Feb. 1, 2016)— Thai police said Monday, February 1, over 100 people have been arrested in a crackdown on human trafficking since the European Union threatened to boycott the country’s multi-billion dollar fishing industry over the issue.
BANGKOK, Thailand (Nov. 26, 2015) — Myanmar and Bangladesh face renewed pressure to tackle “the root causes” of an annual migration crisis after Thailand on Thursday, November 26, announced a regional summit ahead of the new sailing season.
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (Oct. 30, 2015) — Persistent rains have cleared the air across vast stretches of Southeast Asia that have choked for weeks on hazardous smoke from Indonesian fires, with officials expressing hope Thursday the crisis could soon end.