Global food prices are still sky-high, but Cambodia has announced an end to its ban on rice exports, and Vietnam may soon follow suit.
Weeks ahead of Cambodia's general election, Prime Minister Hun Sen's government forces the closure of an independent radio station that gave airtime to the opposition.
Burma's volunteer groups are helping villagers return to their land in the Irrawaddy delta in a bid to kick-start a rice harvest amid severe food shortages that linger in cyclone-hit areas. Relief still isn't reliably available to all, with at least 1 million people still falling between the cracks.
Ethnic Chinese families close to Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen are playing a key role in putting Chinese companies in touch with top Cambodian officials, resulting in billions of dollars' worth of deals.
Dozens of Burmese cyclone refugees may have died when their boats went down in the Irrawaddy river after the junta ordered them to return home.
As the U.N. Secretary-General heads to Burma and southeast Asia tries to persuade the country's secretive military rulers to accept disaster relief aid from its neighbors, Laos sends a medical team and other personnel to help set up a refugee camp for survivors.
Burma's military government has sharply revised upward the estimated death toll from Cyclone Nargis, as aid agencies report cholera and continued delays in getting help to survivors.
Burma’s military regime has begun moving large numbers of cyclone and flood victims from a major city hit by Tropical Cyclone Nargis last week. And a growing number of ordinary people are saying that foreign aid supplies are being sold privately in shops and markets, or controlled by officials and government supporters, instead of being distributed free to the most needy.
More than 1 million Burmese survivors of Tropical Cyclone Nargis are still living with scant food or water as the threat of infectious disease mounts. Many say they have yet to receive any official aid and are managing as best they can on handouts from well-wishers and non-government groups.
The United Nations seeks a massive infusion of funding for Burma's cyclone relief effort, while a leading expert says the country's health infrastructure could be overwhelmed by disease outbreaks in the wake of Cyclone Nargis.