Human Welfare

The Latest: Tsunami toll now 429 dead, thousands homeless

Dec 25, 2018

The death toll from the tsunami that hit Indonesian islands without warning has passed 420 with more than 1,400 people injured

Indonesia tsunami survivors remain jittery as deaths hit 429

Dec 25, 2018

Traumatized Indonesian tsunami survivors jittery amid false alarms, deaths top 420 and thousands remain homeless

Indonesia's disaster agency says death toll from tsunami exceeds 420 with thousands of people left homeless

Dec 25, 2018

Indonesia's disaster agency says death toll from tsunami exceeds 420 with thousands of people left homeless

Thai court extends detention of refugee sought by Bahrain

Dec 11, 2018

A Thai court has ruled that a soccer player who holds refugee status in Australia can be held for 60 days pending the completion of an extradition request by Bahrain, the homeland he fled four years ago on account of alleged political persecution

Philippine peace talks adviser resigns over agency graft

Nov 28, 2018

The Philippine president has accepted the resignation of his adviser on peace talks with insurgents and sacked two other officials due to corruption in an anti-poverty program created for insurgency-hit areas

Thai lawmakers back legalizing medical marijuana

Nov 9, 2018

Thailand's legislature has proposed legal amendments that would allow the licensed medical use of marijuana, making it a potential trailblazer in Asia in legalizing what used to be regarded strictly as a dangerous drug

UN finds 486 million in Asia still hungry, progress stalled

Nov 2, 2018

A United Nations report says some 486 million people are malnourished in Asia and the Pacific and progress in alleviating hunger is stalling

Thai authorities to deport 70 Pakistani asylum seekers

Oct 11, 2018

Thai authorities have convicted 70 Pakistani asylum seekers of staying illegally in Thailand despite their protestations that they face persecution if they are sent home

Thai police hand over 100 kilos of marijuana for research

Sep 25, 2018

Thai police have handed over around 100 kilograms (220 pounds) of seized marijuana to be used for medical research, as officials seek to produce pot-based medication

Vietnam's President Tran Dai Quang dies of illness at 61

Sep 21, 2018

Vietnamese President Tran Dai Quang has died of a serious illness at age 61