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Australian Mr Michael Chan (R), the brother of death-row prisoner Andrew Chan, arrives for visiting Andrew at Kerobokan Prison in Bali, Indonesia, February 17, 2015. Photo: Made Nagi/EPA
Australian Mr Michael Chan (R), the brother of death-row prisoner Andrew Chan, arrives for visiting Andrew at Kerobokan Prison in Bali, Indonesia, February 17, 2015. Photo: Made Nagi/EPA

The Indonesian Attorney General’s Office has decided to put off the execution of eleven inmates on death row, including two Australian drug traffickers, according to the Jakarta Globe on February 17.

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The Thai labour market relies heavily on migrant labour, workers who on occasion are under age. Fishmongers push a cart of fresh fish at the Bangkok fish market on January 20, 2005. Photo: Udo Weitz/EPA
The Thai labour market relies heavily on migrant labour, workers who on occasion are under age. Fishmongers push a cart of fresh fish at the Bangkok fish market on January 20, 2005. Photo: Udo Weitz/EPA

At least three textile and electronics factories in the Thai border province of Tak were found to be using Myanmar immigrant child labourers aged under 15, according to The Nation on February 17.

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Illegal immigrants from Myanmar and Bangladesh escorted by Thai navy officers on a navy patrol ship at Similan island southern Thailand, January 19, 2019. Photo: Royal Thai Navy/EPA
Illegal immigrants from Myanmar and Bangladesh escorted by Thai navy officers on a navy patrol ship at Similan island southern Thailand, January 19, 2019. Photo: Royal Thai Navy/EPA

Police in Indonesia’s West Sumatra province have detained 30 undocumented migrants from Myanmar and Bangladesh in Padang on their way to Christmas Island, according to the Jakarta Globe on February 14.

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Australian PM pleads with Indonesia over death row men AFP Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott pleaded with Indonesia to heed Australia's call for clemency for two death row convicts, and warned that Canberra would make its displeasure known should the executions go ahead. Mr Abbott made the plea on February 14 for Mr Andrew Chan, 31, and Mr Myuran Sukumaran, 33, who are facing execution by firing squad after being convicted over a failed 2005 bid to traffic heroin from Indonesia's island of Bali into Australia. "Millions of Australians are feeling very, very upset about what may soon happen to two Australians in Indonesia," Mr Abbott told reporters in Sydney. "And my plea, even at this late stage, is for Indonesia to be as responsive to us as it expects other countries to be to them when they plead for the life of their citizens on death row overseas." Australian media reported that there are 360 Indonesians on death row around the world, including in Malaysia, Singapore, China, Saudi Arabia and Qatar, with 230 of these on drugs charges. © AFP
Australian PM Tony Abbott has called on the Indonesian authorities to spare the lives of two Australian citizens facing the death sentence for drug trafficking. Ms Halen Chan (L) and her son Mr Michael Chan (R), family of death-row prisoner Mr Andrew Chan, leave after visiting Andrew at Kerobokan Prison in Bali, Indonesia, February 10, 2015. Australian Mr Myuran Sukumaran along with his compatriot Mr Andrew Chan are facing execution by firing squad. Photo: Made Nagi/EPA

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott pleaded with Indonesia to heed Australia's call for clemency for two death row convicts, and warned that Canberra would make its displeasure known should the executions go ahead.

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12th ASEAN Chiefs of Defence Forces Informal Meeting in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on February 10, 2015. Photo: MOI
12th ASEAN Chiefs of Defence Forces Informal Meeting in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on February 10, 2015. Photo: MOI

The chiefs of the defence forces of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations have called for more military cooperation and the transformation of current bilateral exercises into multilateral ASEAN drills, according to recent media reports.

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Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha (L) and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe shake hands prior to their meeting at Abe's official residence in Tokyo, Japan, 09 February 2015. Photo: EPA/FRANCK ROBICHON/POOL
Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha (L) and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe shake hands prior to their meeting at Abe's official residence in Tokyo, Japan, February 9, 2015. General Prayuth was on a three-day visit to Japan. Photo: Franck Robichon/ EPA

Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha sent a clear message to the Japanese government, its business leaders and the media that elections would be held in Thailand at the end of this year or early next, according to the Bangkok Post on February 10.