BRIEF - Over 20,000 fled by boat since start of year: UNHCR

The United Nations refugee agency warned on Friday that tens of thousands of asylum seekers, many of them Rohingya Muslims from Burma, still risk death, disease and human trafficking on boats bound for Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia and Australia. In a report on irregular maritime movements in Southeast Asia, the UNHCR said that more than 20,000 people are known to have fled the Bangladesh-Burma border area by sea since the beginning of 2014, in continuation of a trend that has been worsening since riots broke out in western Burma in mid-2012.