Last month, at a Cabinet function on the lawn of Bangkok's Government House, deputy prime minister and defense minister Prawit Wongsuwan made a simple gesture: He raised his arm to shield his eyes from the sun. He might be wishing by now that he hadn't.
An investigation by The Associated Press details a massacre and at least five mass graves in Myanmar's Rakhine State. Hundreds of thousands of Rohingya have fled from there to Bangladesh since last August. ARI SHAPIRO, HOST: There's an Associated Press report today detailing a massacre and at least five mass graves in the Rakhine State in Myanmar.
537,000: That's the number of Rohingya who have fled Myanmar for Bangladesh in the past seven weeks, according to the U.N. It's the largest migration of people in Asia in decades. The Rohingya are fleeing a campaign of terror by the Myanmar military and Buddhist vigilantes, something the U.N.
Myanmar and Bangladesh say they have signed an agreement to allow the return of Rohingya refugees who fled to Bangladesh. But many Rohingya say they are too scared of violent attacks in Myanmar to return home. ARI SHAPIRO, HOST: More than half a million Rohingya Muslims have fled Myanmar in recent months, escaping violent persecution.
The president of the Philippines, Rodrigo Duterte, celebrates his first year in office Friday. Since becoming president, he has picked a fight with former President Obama, cursed out the Pope, joked about raping women and declared his "separation" from the United States to pursue a more independent foreign policy with new friends China and Russia.
She has no phone, no laptop, no Internet and no air conditioning inside her cell. It's 93 degrees outside, but Leila de Lima looks remarkably composed. The Philippine senator spends much of her time reading and attending to Senate business as best she can, though she isn't allowed to vote.
A month ago, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte hit the pause button on his controversial war on drugs. That war has left more than 7,500 people dead since Duterte took office last June, promising a "dirty" and "bloody" fight against drugs.
When I visited Chief Inspector Paulito Sabulao in September, he was getting heat from his boss - who was getting heat from his bosses - about why Sabulao's men hadn't killed any drug suspects in the two months since the drug war began. Sabulao is not in trouble anymore.
With her 8-year-old son's head resting in her lap, Zubaida was sitting at home with some other women from her village in western Myanmar's Rakhine state when the military came - and the gunfire started. "All the men from the village started running away, and my son ran with them," Zubaida, 25, says.