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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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Thailand to allow US to identify migrant boats

Thailand is to allow the US to fly surveillance planes through its airspace to help identify boats carrying migrants adrift in south-east Asian seas.

"Yes, we are permitting it, it is starting today," said Thailand's Deputy Prime Minister General Tanasak Patimapragorn.

The flights will help the migrant crisis that is rapidly developing in the region.

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