The government says it will help the Rohingya migrants who have been at sea for months if it can verify that they are from Myanmar.
Another boat carrying 500 migrants has been spotted off Malaysia.
He asks parliament to approve the request amid ongoing fighting near the border with China.
He says the refugees found off of Indonesia and Malaysia were not from Rakhine state.
But insurgents say they repelled the attacks, killing some 30 government troops.
Thousands of boat people may be languishing at sea and Bangkok says it has discovered 73 human-smuggling camps in the south.
The court released one 16-year-old student on bail because he must be tried in a juvenile court.
Surge of illegal Andaman Sea and Bay of Bengal crossings comes as Thais crack down on trafficking
She has called for a new and independent investigation into her husband’s death.
Thais reach out to Malaysia, Myanmar after grim discovery of trafficking victims' bodies
The attack came as President Thein Sein met with leaders from other armed ethnic groups.
Graves were in what is believed to be a former camp for trafficking stateless Rohingya Muslims from western Myanmar
Twelve groups issue a list of demands following a summit in Shan state.
A local government leader says the project will not be built unless residents agree to it.
Other ethnic army leaders will decide the next step at a special meeting during their six-day summit to discuss the nationwide cease-fire.
One ethnic leader says the groups have lost their trust in the government because of continued attacks.
The factory employees demand better pay and improved benefits.