Human Welfare

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

Malaysia urged to ban child marriages as older man weds teen

Sep 19, 2018

Malaysia's government has come under renewed pressure to outlaw child marriages after another case of a child bride surfaced in a rural state, the second in two months

Refugee camp landslide in Thailand leaves 1 dead, 7 missing

Sep 17, 2018

A disaster response official says a landslide at a refugee camp in northern Thailand has left one person dead and seven missing.

Rights groups alarmed over Thai detention of asylum seekers

Aug 31, 2018

Human rights groups are alarmed at Thailand's detention of more than 160 asylum seekers from hill tribe ethnic minorities in Vietnam and Cambodia

Lombok lifted 10 inches by quake that killed nearly 400

Aug 11, 2018

Scientists say the powerful Indonesian earthquake that killed nearly 400 people lifted the island it struck by as much as 25 centimeters (10 inches).

The Latest: Indonesia minister says quake deaths pass 300

Aug 9, 2018

Indonesia's top security minister says the death toll from last Sunday's earthquake on the island of Lombok has climbed to 319

AP Photos: Rescuers search for missing on Indonesian island

Aug 8, 2018

AP Photos: Rescuers are searching for missing villagers on Indonesia's Lombok island after it was hit by a powerful magnitude 7.0 earthquake that killed more than 130 people and left tens of thousands homeless