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An official from Indonesia's national search and rescue agency in Medan, North Sumatra points at his computer screen to the position where AirAsia flight QZ8501 went missing off the waters of Indonesia on December 28, 2014. Photo: Sutanta Aditya/AFP

Rescuers scoured the Java Sea on Sunday for an AirAsia plane carrying 162 people which went missing in bad weather en route from Indonesia to Singapore, in the third crisis for a Malaysian carrier this year.

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Myanmar accused's defence team and supporters outside the Samui Court, Thailand, December 26, 2014 . Photo: Andy Hall/Facebook
Myanmar accused's defence team and supporters outside the Samui Court, Thailand, December 26, 2014 . Photo: Andy Hall/Facebook

The two Myanmar men accused of murdering two British tourists on Thailand’s Koh Tao island will have more time to prepare their defence but it will mean a further seven months in jail.

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Flowers are displayed on the Ban Nam Khem tsunami memorial park wall on the tenth anniversary of the 2004 tsunami in Phang-nga province on December 26, 2014. Prayer recitals and solemn visits to mass graves marked the start of mourning on December 26 across tsunami-hit nations for the 220,000 people who perished when giant waves decimated coastal areas of the Indian Ocean a decade ago. AFP PHOTO / Pornchai KITTIWONGSAKUL
Flowers are displayed on the Ban Nam Khem tsunami memorial park wall on the tenth anniversary of the 2004 tsunami in Phang-nga province, Thailand on December 26, 2014. Photo: Pornchai Kittiwongsakul/AFP

Prayers, tears and solemn visits to mass graves marked commemorations Friday across tsunami-hit nations in Asia for the 220,000 people who perished when giant waves decimated coastal areas of the Indian Ocean a decade ago.

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Myanmar migrant workers check and fold fishing nets after they unload the catch at the fishing port on Si Rae island, off Phuket, southern Thailand, June 13, 2009. Photo: Barbara Walton/EPA

Thailand’s cabinet has issued a ministerial regulation to reduce the migrant permit fee to only 500 Thai baht, down from the current rate of 2,000 baht, reports The Nation.

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Illegal immigration and human trafficking remains a serious challenge for the Thai authorities. Here some illegal immigrants from Myanmar, Cambodia and Laos, are questioned by Thai tourist police officers at Thonburi Railroad Station, Bangkok February 2, 2007 after they were arrested camping near the railway station. Photo: Narong Sangnak/EPA
Illegal immigration and human trafficking remains a serious challenge for the Thai authorities. Here some illegal immigrants from Myanmar, Cambodia and Laos, are questioned by Thai tourist police officers at Thonburi Railroad Station, Bangkok February 2, 2007 after they were arrested camping near the railway station. Photo: Narong Sangnak/EPA

Ten Muslim Rohingya people escaped from detention at the Phang Nga immigration office in Southern Thailand on December 22, according to The Nation.

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Lawyer U Aung Myo Thant talks at the press conference to discuss the Koh Tao case at the Orchid Hotel in Yangon on December 18, 2014. Photo: Nyain Thit Nyi/Mizzima
Lawyer U Aung Myo Thant talks at the press conference to discuss the Koh Tao case at the Orchid Hotel in Yangon on December 18, 2014. Photo: Nyain Thit Nyi/Mizzima

Members of Myanmar’s Upper House of parliament has made a pledge to ensure the safety and security of Myanmar migrant workers on Thailand’s Koh Tao if they come forward as witnesses in the case of the murders of two British tourists, according to the Myanmar embassy’s special team helping with the defence.