At first they are just specks in the distance, blobs of color bobbing on the water. But as they get closer, you can make out more, a tangle of human forms huddled on rafts, paddling furiously to cross the water.
Like many Australians, Melissa Chomel wants to get married to the person she loves. For the past 8 weeks, she and her partner Ebony have been anxious about the outcome of Australia's same-sex marriage survey.
Myanmar's military has acquitted itself of any wrongdoing against Rohingya Muslims in Rakhine State in an internal report, denying widespread reports of murder, rape and destruction in the west of the country.