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News highlights from Asean countries in the Star-AseanPlus section for Friday (Oct 22)
BANGKOK (The Nation/Asia News Network): In an expansive sting operation, police netted several suspects believed to be involved in two human-trafficking cases – one getting Thais illegal jobs in Cambodia and the other involving Rohingya refugees in Malaysia.
EISENHUETTENSTADT, Germany (Reuters) - Zhina ran in the dead of night through a forest near the Belarusian-Polish border. Crucifix clenched in her pocket, she slipped with her mother and younger sister through a hole cut in the wire fence by men she believed were Belarusian police.
PANAMA CITY (Reuters) - On their trek north towards the United States, some 19,000 migrant children have crossed the dangerous jungles that sprawl the border between Panama and Colombia so far this year, the United Nations children's agency UNICEF said Monday.
SHILADZE, Iraq (Reuters) - Despite the risk of getting stranded in Europe or perishing on the way there, scores of people from a single town in Iraq's Kurdish region have opted to be smuggled into European Union countries via Belarus, local smugglers and officials say.
Malaysian authorities are waging a battle against foreign fishermen who ane encroaching illegally into local waters and depriving our fisher folk of their catch.
The Senate Commerce Subcommittee is examining how Facebook handled information from its own researchers on Instagram’s potential threat to younger users while the company publicly played down the issue.
The writers ANNISA EROU and TASHRYN MOHD SHAHRIN say it is essential for Asean to employ a multi-stakeholder approach to eradicate slavery at sea.
KUALA LUMPUR (Bernama): A total of 362 victims of human trafficking victims were rescued in the first eight months of this year.
KUALA LUMPUR: Everyone should have access to the Internet and the Communications and Multimedia Ministry must speed up efforts to improve Internet connectivity across the country, says Dr Maszlee Malik (Independent-Simpang Renggam).