Thursday, February 28, 2013

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Kachin Shelling Killed 9 Civilians since September: Rights Group

Since September nine civilians have been killed and fourteen injured in Kachin State as a result of Burmese army artillery fire, rights activists allege. Read More


Thein Sein Meets Burmese in Norway

Burmese President Thein Sein expresses gratitude toward Norway and urges exiles to return to Burma during a meeting with Norway’s Burmese community. Read More


Burmese Workers in Jordan Strike for Better Pay, Conditions

Burmese workers at a garment factory in Jordan continue a two-week-old strike to demand more money, better food and an end to discrimination. Read More


Burma Weathers Criticism in Quest for SEA Games Gold Glut

Burma is billing the Southeast Asia Games as its coming-out party after military rule, but foreign competitors say Burma is cherry-picking sports it plays best. 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


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


US Business Faces Confused Signals from Washington on Burma

This week’s visit to Burma by a US business delegation comes amid continuing uncertainty about whether Washington is ready to completely lift sanctions. Read More


Vietnam Journalist Critical of Party Boss Fired

A Vietnamese journalist at a state-run newspaper is sacked after criticizing remarks made by the general secretary of the Communist Party on his blog. Read More


Rights Group Urges Probe into Thai Activist Death

Human Rights Watch urges Thailand to investigate the slaying of Prajob Nao-opas, an environmentalist who exposed the dumping of toxic waste. Read More


Asia Rebalance Remains US Priority amid Fiscal Woes: Pentagon

Washington’s security pivot to the Asia-Pacific region will continue despite drastic US budget cuts, says the top Pentagon official for Asia. Read More


USAID Head to Visit Burma

Rajiv Shah, the head of the US Agency for International Development (USAID), will visit Burma on March 8-9, USAID announced on Wednesday. The visit would strengthen a US $170 million US-Burma Partnership program set up in November that promotes development, human rights, democracy and peace in Burma in partnership with American companies, universities and non-governmental [...] Read More


China to Execute Burmese Drug Lord March 1

China will execute convicted Burmese drug lord Naw Kham and three accomplices by lethal injection on Friday in Kunming, Yunnan Province, Chinese media report. The Kunming Intermediate People’s Court announced the execution of Naw Kham and Hsang Kham, from Thailand, Yi Lai, stateless, and Zha Xika, Laotian, on Wednesday, reports. Naw Kham is accused [...] Read More


Villagers Started Deadly Clash: Burma State Media

Burma’s government newspaper The New Light of Myanmar accuses villagers in the Irrawaddy Delta’s Maubin Township of starting a clash that killed one policeman and injured dozens of officers and villagers. Hundreds of farmers gathered in Palaung village to reclaim land that was seized by the former military regime in 1996. The paper’s Burmese version [...] Read More


Deadly Skirmishes Continue in Shan State: Rebels

Despite reports that Shan rebel and Burmese military commanders met on Feb. 20 to end skirmishes in northern Shan State, violence has since continued. Shan media said on Wednesday that dozens of Burmese soldiers have been killed in clashes with the Shan State Army North. “Before the Union Day of 12 February, the Burma Army [...] Read More


Thailand, Muslim Militants Agree to Peace Talks

Thai authorities have agreed to hold peace talks with Muslim militant leaders based in neighboring Malaysia to help ease nearly a decade of unrest in southern Thailand. Paradorn Pattanathabutr, secretary general of Thailand’s National Security Council, and a Malaysian-based senior representative of the National Revolution Front signed an agreement aimed at starting the talks. No [...] Read More


China Arrests 5 Tibetans for ‘Inciting’ Self-Immolation

Chinese police arrested five Tibetans, mostly Buddhist monks, whom they allege worked at the behest of foreign forces to persuade three people to set themselves on fire in anti-Beijing protests. The arrests are the latest in an intensified crackdown on self-immolations by authorities in tightly controlled Tibetan areas and indicate that China’s new leadership is [...] Read More


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