• A man is pulled out alive by divers and rescuers after a ship sank at the Jianli section of the Yangtze River, Hubei province, China, June 2, 2015. More than 200 divers combed a capsized Chinese ship in the Yangtze River on Wednesday looking for more than 400 missing people, many of them elderly Chinese tourists, as Premier Li Keqiang called for a transparent investigation. Picture taken June 2, 2015. REUTERS/China Daily CHINA OUT. NO COMMERCIAL OR EDITORIAL SALES IN CHINA       TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY      - RTR4YKQM
    June 3, 2015  

    In our news wrap Wednesday, Chinese authorities called in more divers to search for more than 400 people still missing since Monday, when a cruise ship capsized by tornado-force winds on the Yangtze River. Also, more than 700 migrants in an overloaded fishing boat made it to shore in Myanmar, after being held at sea for days by the country’s navy. Continue reading

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    June 1, 2015  

    Thousands of Rohingya Muslims have attempted to flee Myanmar, where they are seen as illegal immigrants, Lucy Watson of Independent Television News reports from Rakhine State, where 140,000 Rohingya are living in camps and yearning to escape. Continue reading

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    May 17, 2015  

    Malaysian officials initiated emergency, high-level talks with neighboring countries Sunday, hoping to address the more than 5,000 refugees that have been stranded at sea as they try to escape ethnic persecution and poverty in Myanmar and Bangladesh. But none of the Southeast Asian countries are welcoming the refugees, even as food and water supplies aboard the boats dwindle. Aubrey Belford of Reuters joins Hari Sreenivasan via Skype from Koh Lipe, Thailand. Continue reading

  • Migrant who arrived in Indonesia by boat with Rohingya and Bangladeshi migrants, receives assistance from friends to drink water, at Kuala Langsa in Indonesia's Aceh Province
    May 15, 2015  

    Since November, an estimated 20,000 to 25,000 people have fled persecution in Myanmar and poverty in Bangladesh. Thousands are currently stranded at sea, some having been turned away from Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia. Many are from the Rohingya, a muslim minority targeted by the Myanmar government. Hari Sreenivasan talks to Sarnata Reynolds of Refugees International. Continue reading

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    March 10, 2015  

    In our news wrap Tuesday, the University of Oklahoma expelled two students for leading a racist chant at a fraternity event. The president of the school has said others may face discipline as well. Also, President Obama laid out a series of changes to the student loan system, calling for better treatment of Americans burdened with student debt and more transparency from lenders. Continue reading

  • Police clash with student protesters during a protest in Letpadan March 10, 2015. Myanmar police beat students, monks and journalists with batons on Tuesday as they dispersed a protest against a proposed new education law after a standoff that lasted more than a week, a Reuters witness said. REUTERS/Soe Zeya Tun (MYANMAR - Tags: EDUCATION CIVIL UNREST) - RTR4SS83
    March 10, 2015   BY Shehryar Nabi 

    Protests in Myanmar took a violent turn on Tuesday after police beat students, monks and reporters and detained about 100 people demonstrating against an education law that has been criticized for curtailing academic freedoms. Continue reading

  • U.S. President Barack Obama and Myanmar's opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi, R, speak during a press conference at her residence in Yangon on November 14, 2014.  Obama began talks with Suu Kyi, in a show of support for the opposition leader as the nation turns towards elections next year with uncertainty over the direction of reforms. Photo by Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images
    December 12, 2014   BY Matthew Pennington, Associated Press 

    WASHINGTON — Human rights advocates and some lawmakers say the United States is sending the wrong signal by opening the door for broader engagement with Myanmar’s widely criticized military just weeks after President Barack Obama assured opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi that closer ties weren’t going to happen soon. Continue reading

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    December 10, 2014  

    In northern Myanmar, there’s an epidemic of heroin addiction and HIV infection among workers who mine for jade. Some believe the government is encouraging the use of drugs as a weapon against their people. Hari Sreenivasan talks to Dan Levin of The New York Times about China’s role in the industry and how the epidemic spread. Continue reading

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    November 13, 2014  

    In our news wrap Thursday, Liberia’s president lifted a state of emergency that restricted citizen movement, citing progress against Ebola. More than half of the more than 5,000 people who have died from the disease have been from that country. Also, The New York Times reported that President Obama will issue an executive order on immigration, drawing fresh warnings from Republicans. Continue reading

  • President Barack Obama shakes hands with Myanmar President U Thein Sein on the second day of the ASEAN summit on November 13, 2014 in Naypyidaw, Myanmar. The capitol of Naypidaw is hosting the 25th Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) summit as world leaders including Obama, Thai Premier Gen. Prayuth Chan-Ocha, Indonesian President Joko Widodo and Indian Premier Narendra Modi will be in attendance. Photo by Paula Bronstein/Getty Images
    November 13, 2014   BY Josh Lederman, Associated Press 

    NAYPYITAW, Myanmar — President Barack Obama received a hero’s welcome two years ago during his historic visit to Myanmar, whose rapid rebirth after decades of repression was a source of hope for the region and beyond. Yet as he meets Thursday with President Thein Sein in the nation’s sparkling new capital, Obama is carrying a far grimmer message as he seeks to reverse a worrisome backslide in the country’s march toward a freer and fairer society. Continue reading

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