article 14 January 2016 World, Indonesia
Jakarta attack: at least seven killed by bombs and gunfire

Isis claims responsibility after six explosions are followed by gun battles in the Indonesian capital Jakarta. Five attackers are believed to be among the dead.

article 25 May 2015 World, Malaysia
Malaysia finds 139 graves in abandoned trafficking camps

Malaysian authorities discover signs of torture and graves with multiple bodies in more than two dozen abandoned camps linked to human trafficking.

post 21 May 2015
Read more from John Sparks on the World News blog Rohingya will not be saved by the new 'no push-back' policy

As odious as the business of smuggling people across the Andaman Sea is, the traffickers and the "boat people" fleeing Burma and Bangladesh share a common cause.

post 20 May 2015
Read more from John Sparks on the World News blog Nightmare at sea ends for the 'green boat' migrants

The mystery of the 'green boat' was solved this morning when 400-odd occupants of a rickety fishing trawler turned up on the Indonesian coast in the early hours of this morning.

article 20 May 2015 World, Malaysia
Rohingya migrants rescued off the coast of Indonesia on Wednesday
Stranded at sea: Rohingya migrants offered shelter

Indonesia and Malaysia agree to end their policy of pushing migrants boats back out to sea, and instead say they will provide temporary shelter to thousands stranded at sea.

article 19 May 2015 World, Malaysia
Pushed back out to sea: clock ticking for Rohingya migrants

UN agencies urge Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand to stop pushing migrant boats back out to sea, as fears grow for those stranded with dwindling food supplies.

article 15 May 2015 World, Thailand
Thousands of migrants stranded off Indonesia

Up to 8,000 Rohingya and Bangladeshi migrants are thought to be stranded at sea as Indonesia and other south Asian governments prevent them from coming ashore.

post 29 April 2015
Read more from John Sparks on the World News blog Indonesia's executions: a weak president acting tough

The execution of eight convicted drug traffickers by Malaysia is a demonstration of the underlying weakness of the country's President.

article 28 April 2015 World, Indonesia
Indonesia executes eight drug traffickers

Eight drug traffickers are reportedly executed by firing squad in Indonesia after pleas for clemency from around the world were rejected - but a Filipino woman is spared the death penalty.

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