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Past articles by Liam:

Australia urged to fund more mental health programs for children in war zones

An estimated 7 million children are currently living in high-intensity conflict zones, and they risk developing the most serious of mental health problems, such as schizophrenia and post-traumatic stress disorder. → Read More

Hong Kong democracy protester 'detained' briefly by Border Force as artists counter Beijing

A Hong Kong pro-democracy student activist says she was targeted by Australian Border Force officials and briefly detained ahead of a controversial Be Water event. → Read More

Australia gave a former Nauru detainee $98,000 to settle in Cambodia. He says that's not enough

A Syrian refugee who took a deal from Australia to settle in Cambodia says he needs nearly $80,000 a year to cover his family's health and education costs. → Read More

Signing off from South-East Asia after fulfilling a 20-year dream

"The Mekong countries I've covered have become increasingly authoritarian, but it's still a wonderful region to visit and report on," writes South-East Asia correspondent Liam Cochrane, who is returning to Australia after almost four years based in Bangkok. → Read More

Australian researchers helping solve Lao archaeological mystery

Australian-led research is offering tantalising clues into an archaeological mystery in the jungles of Laos, helped along by GPS mapping. → Read More

Archaeologists discover more giant stone jars used to store the dead in Laos

Deep in the jungle of Laos are giant stone jars surrounded by ancient bones. No-one knows how they got there, but they may have served a ghoulish purpose. → Read More

Thailand's military leader General Prayut Chan-o-cha secures power months after contentious election

Despite a pre-rigged Parliament and a messy election, it was medicinal cannabis and promised jobs that finally got the military cohort across the line, writes Liam Cochrane. → Read More

Thai dissidents living in exile fear for their lives after a string of disappearances and murders

After a string of disappearances and gory murders, Thai dissident exiles say they're living in fear. A band in Laos has appealed for help, fearing they will be next. → Read More

Former Nauru detainee Abdullah Zalghani says Australia abandoned his family in Cambodia

Abdullah Zalghani accepted Australia's offer to move to Cambodia rather than stay in offshore detention. But five months after reuniting with his family, he says promises to help his family have evaporated. → Read More

Australian divers Richard Harris and Craig Challen return to scene of dramatic Thai cave soccer team rescue

In July last year, Dr Richard Harris and Dr Craig Challen helped save the Wild Boars soccer team from a flooded Thai cave. Nine months on, they have returned to the scene of the dangerous rescue operation. → Read More

Australia stands by 'routine diplomatic practice' in Thai politician's sedition case

The Australian Government has defended its decision to send a diplomat to observe a controversial legal case in Bangkok, after the Thai Government summoned the Australian Ambassador in for talks over the incident. → Read More

Thai election chaos as soldiers check ballots and a missing calculator delays count

Even the notion of what it means to win is up for grabs following the election in Thailand, where no major party is near an outright majority and bizarre allegations continue to emerge. → Read More

Thailand's election: The army general, the Oxford scholar, the tycoon 'daddy' and the woman who could beat them

Thailand is about to leave military rule for democracy for the first time in five years. Here's what you need to know about the upcoming Thai election and the contenders who could determine the country's future. → Read More

Red Cross letters unite a humanitarian and her grandfather across the decades

When Katrina Elliot Myerson's 97-year-old grandfather showed her some letters from his time as a POW in Burma, it drew a line to her work with the Red Cross in Myanmar. → Read More

Thai Government to take a cut of rescued soccer team's major movie deal

The Thai Government is planning to take a substantial share of a major movie deal signed with the families of the rescued Wild Boars soccer team, suggesting the players appoint a beauty pageant winner as a negotiator. → Read More

'His future lies in your hands': Hakeem AlAraibi's wife appeals directly to Thai Prime Minister

Drawing parallels with the high-profile asylum case of Saudi teen Rahaf Alqunun, Mr AlAraibi's wife says she only wants her husband to be treated the same way and not sent somewhere where he may be killed. → Read More

Bahrain files extradition request for Melbourne-based refugee Hakeem AlAraibi

Bahrain submits an official request to extradite Hakeem AlAraibi, the Melbourne-based refugee detained in Bangkok, dashing his supporters' hopes of a quick resolution to the case. → Read More

Former Socceroo Craig Foster visits refugee Hakeem AlAraibi in Bangkok prison

The former Socceroos skipper turned analyst launches an emotional appeal for Mr AlAraibi's release after spending 20 minutes speaking with the Melbourne-based footballer through prison glass. → Read More

Saudi teen Rahaf Alqunun reacts to Australian resettlement option with smile, dancing emojis

Saudi teenager Rahaf Alqunun's first reaction to the news Australia might resettle her was disbelief, then emojis. → Read More

Saudi woman seeking asylum in Australia 'detained in Bangkok airport'

An 18-year-old Saudi woman on her way to seek asylum in Australia is being held in an airport hotel in Bangkok, and says her family will kill her if she is forced back to Saudi Arabia. → Read More