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The South Korean and Japanese defense ministers will hold talks for the first time in four years next week to discuss pressing regional issues including North Korea, Seoul said Thursday.

Four Malaysian navy ships began searching the seas for stranded boat people Thursday in the first official rescue operation since desperate migrants started washing onto Southeast Asia's shores, and a formerly reluctant Myanmar agreed to attend a regional meeting aimed at easing the crisis.
Malaysia orders sea search & rescue for migrants


In a major diplomatic breakthrough that could ease Southeast Asia's migrant crisis, Indonesia and Malaysia offered Wednesday to temporarily take in thousands of people who have been stranded at sea but appealed for international help, saying the crisis is a global, not regional, problem.
Malaysia, Indonesia to offer shelter to migrants


From rescuing migrants at sea to donating all they can, residents of Indonesia's Islamic Aceh province are warmly welcoming hundreds of desperate fellow Muslims who have fled their homelands -- a contrast to the rejection they face elsewhere in Southeast Asia.
Shunned by much of Asia, migrants welcomed in Aceh


Indonesia and Malaysia agreed Wednesday to provide temporary shelter to thousands of migrants stranded at sea, the first breakthrough in the humanitarian crisis confronting Southeast Asia after weeks of reluctance by the region's nations to take responsibility.
Indonesia, Malaysia to help Muslim migrants stranded at sea


Rohingya and Bangladeshi migrants on board a foundering vessel off Indonesia fought with axes, knives and metal bars in vicious clashes that left at least 100 dead, survivors said as they recovered from their ordeal.
Deadly carnage unleashed on foundering Asian migrant boat


Myanmar on 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.
Myanmar accepts 'concern' over migrant exodus


The United States on Friday upped the pressure on Southeast Asian nations, urging them not to float boatloads of desperate migrants back out to sea.

Rohingya and Bangladeshis migrants abandoned at sea by human traffickers had nowhere to go Thursday as Malaysia turned away two crammed boats, and Thailand kept at bay a large vessel with hundreds of hungry people.

They are the strongest leaders to emerge in years from the world's two most populous nations - and appear to be trying to forge a strong working relationship.
Personal diplomacy marks Modi's China trip amid warming ties


KATHMANDU - A 7.3-magnitude earthquake hit devastated Nepal on Tuesday, sending terrified residents running into the streets in the capital Kathmandu, according to witnesses and the US Geological Survey.
7.3-magnitude quake hits devastated Nepal: USGS


Nearly 2,000 boat people from Myanmar and Bangladesh have been rescued or swum to shore in Malaysia and Indonesia, authorities said Monday, warning that still more desperate migrants could be in peril at sea.
Nearly 2,000 boat people rescued in SE Asia


A powerful typhoon gained strength Sunday as it zeroed in on the northeastern tip of the Philippines, where some 1,400 people were moved to safety from coastal areas exposed to floods and storm surges.

Technological advances that have reduced prices and improved efficiency of renewable energy have helped transform the politics around climate change since 2009 .
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