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  1. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    Australia must come up with a more humane plan to deal with boat people

    Posted Oct 06th 2014, 03:49am by SCMP Editorial

    ... SCMP Editorial 'Plan B' needed for boat people Australia built a prosperous, multicultural society on the back of boatloads of hard-working migrants, including many poor ... That is if they are not lost at sea. Untold numbers have perished. Every country has the right to decide who can enter. Admittedly the "boat people" issue is socially divisive. But the lengths to which ...

  2. News - Asia - INDONESIA

    15 people, including 10 foreigners, missing when boat sinks off Indonesia

    Posted Aug 17th 2014, 07:06pm by AFP

    ... a search-and-rescue official. The nationalities of the foreigners still missing were not clear. The missing Indonesians were four boat crew members and a tour guide. "A tourist boat with 25 people ... in different parts of the archipelago as millions travelled for the Muslim Eid holiday, leaving at least 36 people dead. However, boat sinkings involving foreign tourists are rare, with accidents ...

  3. News - Asia - ACCIDENT

    Two tourists missing in boat crash near Thai resort island

    Posted Oct 20th 2014, 11:33am by AFP

    ... Agence France-Presse in Bangkok Two tourists were missing late Sunday after a speed boat carrying mostly Chinese tourists crashed into a fishing vessel between two Thai resort hubs, said ... news agency Xinhua said the two missing tourists were from South Korea, while 14 Chinese passengers suffered ”slight injuries”. Accidents involving boats, buses and other forms of public ...

  4. News - Asia - CRIME

    Australia jails Indonesian people smugglers for role in deadly boat voyage

    Posted Jun 05th 2014, 03:14pm

    ... route to Australia in recent years, most of them having paid people-smugglers to bring them on wooden vessels from Indonesia. In the incident in June 2012, the small wooden fishing boat started ... in jail in Australia for people-smuggling, after a doomed venture in which more than 100 people drowned. The men were not charged with organising the people-smuggling venture or with the deaths ...

  5. News - Asia - DEFENCE

    US Navy close to using robotic patrol boats as escort vessels

    Posted Oct 06th 2014, 04:28am by AFP

    ... at every step. "The excitement about this technology is it is autonomous," Klunder said. "So we're not talking about people having to drive with toggle switches." The boats ... Agence France-Presse in Washington In the event of conflict, America could use fleet to block Malacca Strait, key supply route for oil to China, with one sailor controlling 20 boats U.S. ...

  6. News - Asia

    Vietnam jails four men for arranging illegal migrant sea journeys

    Posted Jun 12th 2013, 12:29pm by Associated Press in Hanoi

    ... illegal sea voyages to Australia for more than 60 would-be migrants, a judge said on Wednesday. The men were found guilty of arranging for 33 people to leave by boat in May last year. The boat ran aground in Indonesia. The court found the gang arranged another voyage that month but the 28 people were arrested before the journey, Judge Ta Quoc Viet said. The men received sentences of between ...

  7. News - World - PEOPLE SMUGGLING

    Ramming of migrant boat an act of 'mass murder'

    Posted Sep 20th 2014, 04:32am by AFP

    ... Agence France-Presse in Geneva Ramming of migrant boat an act of 'mass murder' People smugglers who allegedly sank a boat killing up to 500 migrants are probably guilty of "mass murder" and should be brought to justice, the UN's new rights chief said yesterday. "The callous act of deliberately ramming a boat full of hundreds of defenceless people ...

  8. News - World - MIGRATION

    Up to 500 migrants feared dead after smugglers 'capsize their boat'

    Posted Sep 16th 2014, 02:31am by AFP

    ... Agence France-Presse in Rome Migrants say people smugglers rammed boat after they refused to move to smaller vessel 500 feared dead after traffickers 'capsized boat' As many ... on purpose by people smugglers. According to the survivors, the Syrian, Palestinian, Egyptian and Sudanese migrants set out from Damietta in Egypt on September 6, and were forced to change boats ...

  9. News - Asia

    Australia gives boats to Sri Lanka to tackle people-smuggling

    Posted Nov 18th 2013, 05:16am by AFP

    ... Agence France-Presse in Sydney Australia gives boats to tackle people-smuggling Australia said it would give Sri Lanka two patrol boats to tackle people-smuggling operations in the Indian ... co-operation with Sri Lanka in the region is important as it is effective." Sri Lankan police have arrested dozens of people for organising illegal boat trips to Australia, including several naval ...

  10. News - World - maritime disasters

    Hundreds feared drowned as migrant boat capsizes off Libya

    Posted Aug 23rd 2014, 10:52pm by Reuters

    ... Reuters in Tripoli Coast guard, lacking ships, has to commandeer fishing vessels for rescue; at least 16 saved so far A wooden boat carrying up to 200 migrants who were trying to reach ... said it had no boats of its own and had to commandeer fishing vessels in a rescue attempt after fishermen raised the alarm on Saturday morning. Migrants have been streaming out of North Africa ...




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