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United States calls for urgent action on south-east Asian migrant crisis

The US has said that the world needs to act on the migrant crisis enveloping south-east Asia.

Thousand of migrants are thought to be adrift, despite around 2,000 landing in the Indonesia and Malaysia. Thailand has turned several boats away.

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Migrant crisis: Malaysia to launch search missions

Malaysia's prime minister says his country will conduct search and rescue operations for thousands of stranded migrants.

Rohingya and Bangleshi migrants on board a fishing boat yesterday. Credit: Reuters

More than 3,000 people, including Rohingya Muslims fleeing persecution in Burma and Bangladeshis trying to escape poverty, have arrived in overcrowded boats on the shores of Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand.

Najib Razak tweeted that he had ordered his country's navy and coastguard "to conduct search and rescue efforts (for) Rohingya boats. We have to prevent loss of life".

Malaysia and Indonesia have said they will provide temporary shelter to migrants, but have appealed to the international community for help in resettling them.

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