Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Feb 26, 2013 (English Version)


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Rohingya Citizenship a Burmese Decision: Suu Kyi to Foreign Critics

Opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi reacted to foreign critics by saying that Burma “must decide for itself” whether or not Rohingya should gain citizenship. Read More


Thein Sein Arrives in Norway for Start of European Tour

Burmese President Thein Sein arrives in Norway for his first stop on a 12-day, five-nation tour of Europe. Read More


Girl Who Accused Employer of Rape Faces Charges of Theft

A 15-year-old girl who says her employer repeatedly raped her is taken into custody after the wife of her alleged abuser accuses her of theft. Read More


Mon Celebrate National Day, Call Again for Federal State

Thousands of people celebrate Mon National Day in Paung Township, Mon State, amid renewed calls for greater autonomy for the ethnic region. Read More


Colonial-Era Club Taken Over By Stray Dogs and Weeds

The former glories of the Pegu Club in Rangoon, which once inspired British poet Rudyard Kipling, are long gone. Read More


UMFCCI Calls for Complete End to US Sanctions

Burmese business leaders call on Washington to drop remaining sanctions after meeting with one of the largest American business delegations ever to visit the country. Read More


US Caught in Awkward Embrace of Burmese Crony

As a US business delegation visits Burma, blacklisted businessmen rub shoulders with would-be investors uncertain about Washington’s long-term policy on the country. Read More


Philippines Urges Clan to Leave Malaysia Village

Philippines President Benigno Aquino III asks a royal Muslim clan leader to order his followers to withdraw from Malaysian land they claim as their own. Read More


Tibetan Monks Self-immolate in Anti-China Protest

Two Tibetan Buddhist monks set themselves on fire in protest against Chinese rule at a festival to mark the end of the Tibetan New Year. Read More


Chinese Hackers Seen as Increasingly Professional

Beijing’s insinuations that massive cyberattacks against foreign targets are the work of rogues fly in the face of evidence that China’s hackers are paid employees. Read More


China’s Xi to Tread Peaceful, Patient Path on Taiwan

China’s Communist Party chief Xi Jinping pledges peaceful ties during a meeting with a Taiwan delegation, suggesting he won’t dramatically Beijing’s policy towards the island. Read More


Burma-Malaysia Trade to Reach $1 Billion

Burma-Malaysia bilateral trade is expected to total nearly US $1 billion in 2013 as a result of Burma’s economic reforms and trade liberalization policies, news agency Bernama reports. “Going by past growth records, I am optimistic that the RM 3 billion [$ 970 million] is within reach this year,” Deputy Chief Executive Officer of the [...] Read More


Thein Sein Embarks on Trip to Europe

Burma’s President Thein Sein left for Europe on Monday where he will meet with the leaders of five countries and visit European Union offices, state-run newspaper The New Light of Myanmar reports. Thein Sein will make “goodwill” visits to Norway, Finland, Austria, Belgium and Italy, and also make a stopover at the Brussels’ head office [...] Read More


Govt to Review $900 Million Duty-Free Import Deal

Burma’s Ministry of Finance has requested the Myanmar Investment Commission to reassess its decision to waive duties on US $900 million worth of goods imported by Myanmar Annawa Swan Arshin Group, Eleven Media reports. Last year, the company was granted the rights to develop Rangoon’s Ahlone Shipyard into a 20-hectare international port. The group requested [...] Read More


Burmese Smuggler Caught with 15 Kg of Heroin

An alleged drug smuggler from Burma was caught by police in China’s Yunnan Province on Sunday with a nearly 15 kg of heroin, Chinese state news agency Xinhua reports. The trafficker was supposedly nabbed in Gengma County in the city of Lincang at around 11:30 pm with 29 packages of heroin weighing a total of [...] Read More


Singapore Sentences 4 Chinese Strikers to Jail

A Singapore court sentenced four Chinese immigrant bus drivers on Monday to up to seven weeks in prison for instigating the city-state’s first labor strike in 26 years. Three of the men were sentenced to six weeks’ imprisonment. A fourth driver faced an additional charge of publicizing the strike in an online post and received [...] Read More


Vietnam to Participate in UN Peacekeeping Missions

Vietnam has said it will begin participating in UN peacekeeping operations from early next year. The move is a further sign that the country of 87 million wants to play a bigger international role. The state-controlled Tien Phong newspaper on Tuesday quoted Vice Defense Minister Nguyen Chi Vinh as telling visiting assistant United Nations General [...] Read More


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