A body from an Indonesian capsized boat victim carried by Malaysian rescuers. Photograph: Malaysian Enforcement Angency/EPA/handout

Sixty-one bodies have been recovered from an overloaded wooden boat which sank off Malaysia carrying dozens of Indonesian illegal immigrants, maritime(...)

Ambiya Khatu,  who married a man who paid for her release from smugglers in Thailand, watches her niece with her mother, Mabiya Khatu, at home in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia“There was nobody to rescue us, so I agreed,” she said. Photograph: Mauricio Lima/The New York Times

The young woman had been penned in a camp in the sweltering jungle of southern Thailand for two months when she was offered a deal. She had fled Burma(...)

Burma’s parliamentary speaker Shwe Mann: he angered the military by supporting an attempt in parliament in June to amend the constitution to limit the military’s political role. Photograph: Ye Aung Thu/AFP/Getty Images

Burma’s powerful ruling party chief Shwe Mann has been ousted from his post, party members said on Thursday, apparently after losing a power struggle (...)

Denis O’Brien: his Caribbean telco is a fully-fledged member of the flotation club. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Digicel inched closer to its listing in New York this week by updating its SEC filings, although it is still likely to be November before Denis O’Brie(...)

A man rows his boat in a flooded village outside Zalun Township, in Burma. Photograph: Soe Zeya Tun/Reuters

The president of Burma has urged people to leave a low-lying southern delta region, with rain water flowing into the area threatening further flooding(...)

Women and children gather at a well at a refugee camp in Teknaaf, Bangladesh. In 1992, hundreds of thousands of ethnic Rohingya fleeing a campaign of arson, rape and extrajudicial killing by the Burmese Army poured into Bangladesh where a multimillion-dollar people smuggling business has sent roots deep into impoverished corners of the country. Photograph: Sergey Ponomarev/New York Times

From his shop overlooking a pier on this island near the border with Burma (Myanmar), Mohammad Hossain watched the human smuggling business swell. Ove(...)

Staff oversee the printing of a Burmese-language newspaper in Rangoon (Yangon).  Photograph: Adam Dean/New York Times

It is the dawn of democracy in Burma (Myanmar). If only the Burmese had their own word for it. As this former dictatorship opens to the world, languag(...)

Denis O’Brien: he founded Digicel  in Jamaica in 2001, the company has grown across the Caribbean, central America and the south Pacific. Photograph; Dara Mac Dónaill

Denis O’Brien’s Digicel’s planned flotation is a signal that the business has arrived at a crossroads. Since he founded it with the launch of a new mo(...)

Trading up: The Gulfstream G650ER has a list price of €60 million and a range of about 11,800km

Businessman Denis O’Brien is ordering a new private jet, worth about €60 million, to replace the aircraft he recently put on the market. Mr O’Brien (...)

Amid tensions between the two countries, Burmese opposition leader and Nobel Peace Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi began her visit to China on Wednesd(...)