Wednesday, February 27, 2013

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Land Protest Leaves One Dead, Dozens Injured

A policeman was killed and dozens of others were injured when police and protesters clashed in the Irrawaddy Delta’s Maubin Township on Tuesday. Read More


Red Cross Aid Reaches Rebel Town of Laiza

The International Committee of the Red Cross is visiting the Kachin rebel-held town of Laiza to deliver aid and inspect the needs of displaced civilians. Read More


Burmese in Norway Greet Their President with Protest

As Burma’s President Thein Sein started his European tour as a recognized reformist leader, a group of protesting Burmese gave him a more frosty welcome. Read More


Tutu Says Burma Must Avoid ‘New Apartheid’

South African peace activist praises Burma’s reforms but calls for more action to end violence during his first visit to the country. Read More


Political Prisoners in Mandalay Claim Mistreatment

Despite Burma’s ongoing reforms, political prisoners in Mandalay Division’s Ohbo Prison say they are still being ill-treated and forced to carry out hard labor. Read More


Ethnic Groups to Begin Search for Japanese War Dead

Twelve ethnic groups in Burma will soon begin a year-long search for the remains of Japanese soldiers killed in the country during World War II. Read More


China Military Further Tightens Burma Border Control

China’s military is conducting annual exercises along the border with Burma’s restive Kachin State amid signs that it continues to tighten security in the region. Read More


No Turning Back on Reforms, but Still a Long Way to Go: Burma Experts

Speakers at an event organized by the Brookings Institution in Washington say Burma’s economic reforms are irreversible, but still far from complete. Read More


Elephant Dancers to Perform at SEA Games

The traditional performance—a favorite of former strongman Snr-Gen Than Shwe—will appear as part of the opening ceremony of Burma’s first major international sporting event. Read More


Suu Kyi Welcomes Desmond Tutu to Rangoon Home

South African anti-apartheid leader archbishop Desmond Tutu saw an old wish come true on Tuesday when he met Burma’s pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi. Read More


Dennis Rodman Worms His Way into North Korea

Former NBA star Dennis Rodman brings his basketball skills and flamboyant style—tattoos, nose studs and all—to the country with possibly the world’s strictest dress code. Read More


Tibet Exile Leader Blames Self-immolations on China Policy

Tibetan prime minister Lobsang Sangay says Beijing’s attempts to stop Tibetans setting themselves on fire to protest against Chinese rule are only provoking more self-immolations. Read More


Film Reopens Old, Long-buried Wounds in Indonesia

A new film shines a light on a dark era in Indonesian history buried by more than three decades of rigid anticommunist education and propaganda. Read More


Burma’s AEC Performance

With less than a year to go until it assumes the Asean chair, Burma is struggling to meet the deadline for the Asean Economic Community Read More


121 Rohingya Found Adrift off Indonesia’s Aceh

A wooden boat carrying 121 hungry, weak Rohingya has been found adrift off Indonesia’s northernmost province of Aceh. A doctor at a hospital in Lhokseumawe says the boat had engine trouble and was discovered by fishermen about 25 kilometers (16 miles) off the coast. The doctor, Herry Luthfi, said Wednesday that the group includes six [...] Read More


Insurer AIA to Open Burma Office

AIA Group Ltd, Asia’s third-biggest insurer, said on Wednesday that it was planning to open a representative office in Burma, as part of a strategy of targeting demand in fast-growing Southeast Asian economies. AIA’s chief executive, Mark Tucker, told reporters on a conference call that the company had received “provisional approval” to open the representative [...] Read More


Foreign Investors and Tycoon to Explore Burma’s Resources

Serge Pun, a business crony of Burma’s previous military regime, is teaming up with London Stock Exchange listed private equity firm Origo Partners to invest in resource exploitation sector in Burma. Origo Partners said in a press release on Tuesday that its “joint venture, with Serge Pun & Associates (Myanmar) Limited (SPA), will help it [...] Read More


US Official Met Suu Kyi to Discuss Reforms

A US government human rights negotiator met with Burma’s opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi and government officials last week to discuss the country’s political reforms. Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights and Labor Michael H. Posner met with Suu Kyi, Presidential Advisor Soe Thane, Attorney General Tun Shin, Deputy Minister of Home [...] Read More


Wildlife group calls for Thai ban on ivory trade

An international conservation group is calling on Thailand to outlaw its domestic ivory trade as part of a campaign to tackle elephant poaching in Africa. World Wildlife Fund regional representative Stuart Chapman presented a petition to Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra on Wednesday calling for the ban. It was signed by 500,000 people from around the [...] Read More


Tamil Suspects Raped, Abused by Govt Forces: HRW

An international human rights group alleges Sri Lankan security forces continue to use torture, rape and other forms of sexual violence against suspected members of the Tamil Tiger rebels and their supporters, nearly four years after the end of the country’s civil war. The military denied the allegations. In a report released on Tuesday, New [...] Read More


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