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Local fishermen (R) tow boats of Rohingya migrants off the coast near the city of Geulumpang, in Indonesia's East Aceh district, on May 20, 2015

Indonesia begins search for migrant boats

AFP News Indonesia has begun search and rescue operations for stranded migrant boats carrying Bangladeshis and ethnic Rohingya from Myanmar, an official said Sunday, after it dropped a hardline policy of refusing them sanctuary. Jakarta sparked international outrage by turning away vessels filled with desperate migrants, among thousands stranded at sea since a Thai crackdown on human-trafficking …