Thailand's new Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva has met human rights officials to discuss claims of Thai army abuse of asylum seekers. His staff say they are investigating reports that troops sent Rohingya people from western Burma back to sea in boats without engines. Reports of more than 500 deaths have poured in over the weekend, from Indian officials and regional newspapers. These suggest that more than 1,000 Rohingya were put to sea in December. The Thai military allegedly forced the migrants' boats back into the sea and set them adrift. Hundreds were rescued off India and Indonesia but hundreds more are still missing. (BBC)

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