US flights in search for boat people to start soon

May 29, 2015 8:19 PM

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. says it expects to begin surveillance flights in Thai airspace in the next few days to help search for boat people stranded in Southeast Asian seas.

The U.S. Navy has been conducting flights out of Malaysia for nearly a week, identifying one possible refugee vessel so far. Although Thailand is a U.S. treaty ally, it has been more reticent, citing national security concerns.

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