A fire at a nursing home in central China left at least 38 people dead, officials said Tuesday, with bodies burned beyond recognition and wheelchairs reduced to charred frames. The fire broke out on Monday evening in an apartment building at a privately-owned old people's home in Pingdingshan, the state news agency Xinhua said. "The bodies were so badly burned, we couldn't tell who was who," Xinhua quoted one victim's relative saying of the identification process.
By Praveen Menon and Andrew R.C. Marshall WANG KELIAN, Malaysia (Reuters) - Malaysian police believe at least two of the jungle camps where they have found nearly 140 graves of suspected human trafficking victims were abandoned in the last two to three weeks, around the time that Thailand launched a crackdown on people smugglers. The first body removed from the site had been dead for around the same amount of time and may have been left unburied as the traffickers fled in a hurry from the area near the Thai border, the local police chief said. The dense jungles of southern Thailand and northern Malaysia have been a major stop-off point for smugglers bringing people to Southeast Asia by boat from Myanmar, most of them Rohingya Muslims who say they are fleeing persecution, and Bangladesh.