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34,069 Myanmar migrant workers have returned home from Thailand


A total of 34,069 undocumented Myanmar migrant workers have returned home as of Wednesday although Thai authorities have delayed the full enforcement of a new labor law introduced last week, the Ministry of Labor, Immigration and Population said Thursday.

Philippine troops arrest Marawi militants' 'main financier'


Philippine security forces arrested on Wednesday the main financier and logistics supporter of the pro-Islamic State militants who have for weeks been battling government troops for control of a southern town, the army said.

Talks between Philippine gov't, leftist rebels to resume next month


Talks between the Philippine government and the leftist rebels to end the decades-long insurgency in the country will resume next month, the chief negotiator of the Philippine government said Tuesday.

Dynamite fishing, drugs, threaten Myanmar's 'sea gypsies'


With a swift breath the teenage boy dives into the turquoise waters of southern Myanmar, a spear clutched in his hand, but below him lies nothing but a graveyard of broken, grey coral.

Philippine gov't needs more time to decide whether to lift martial law


The Philippine security authorities need more time to make assessment on whether or not to lift the martial law in Mindanao in the southern Philippine region, Philippine Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said on Monday.

Myanmar endeavors to list western Rakhine region as world heritage


Myanmar is making efforts to put Mrauk U, a region in western Rakhine state with historical cultural evidences, on the list of world heritage sites of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).

Philippine casino hit by deadly arson attack reopens


A Philippine casino that was shut down after an armed attacker set fire to gambling rooms claiming the lives of 37 people reopened Thursday with enhanced security, authorities said.

Philippine gov't readies plan to rebuild besieged Marawi city


The Philippine government is readying its plan to rebuild the besieged southern city of Marawi, which was devastated by the ongoing war between the troops and the militants inspired by the Islamic State (IS), a government official said Thursday.

Cambodian ruling party marks 66th anniversary, vowing to maintain peace, development


The ruling Cambodian People's Party (CPP) on Wednesday commemorated the 66th anniversary of its birth, vowing to continue maintaining hard-won peace and development.

Myanmar plans to modernize police force


Myanmar has planned to equip the country's police force with modern weapons and firearms for use in suppressing riots, said Deputy Minister of Home Affairs Major General Aung Soe, Myanmar News Agency reported Tuesday.