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Burma to Sign Intl Arbitration Convention

Burmese parliamentarians support a government plan to sign a key international arbitration agreement for settling international disputes. The move can help attract foreign investment. Read More


Refugees Relying More on Cash From Family, Friends Abroad

Less basic aid to Burma’s refugees in Thailand means money sent from abroad has never been more vital. Read More


Laiza’s Blitz Spirit

Despite the ongoing offensive against Laiza, its people maintain a stoic resistance to the throes of war. Read More


EU Pledges Reform Support during Thein Sein’s Visit

Burma’s President Thein Sein received support for his reforms during his first visit to the EU, but was urged to make peace with ethnic rebels. Read More


NKorea Vows to Cancel ’53 Korean War Ceasefire

North Korea’s military vows to cancel the ceasefire that ended the Korean War as the UN moves to impose sanctions over Pyongyang’s recent nuclear test. Read More


Armed Filipinos Elusive after Malaysian Assault

Malaysian security forces briefly battle armed Filipino intruders who were on the run after being bombarded with airstrikes and mortar fire, police said. Read More


Japan’s ‘Long War’ to Shut Down Fukushima

The world’s worst nuclear disaster since Chernobyl a quarter century earlier calls into question Japan’s vaunted reputation for bureaucratic competence and leading edge technology. Read More


Rise in Demand for Burmese Rubber Exports

Burma expects to increase its rubber exports by a third in the coming year following recent efforts to promote the industry to the international community. Read More


China Destroys Ikea’s Nestle Chocolate

Chinese authorities say they have destroyed nearly two tons of chocolate cake imported by Sweden’s Ikea for violating food quality standards. The Shanghai quarantine bureau said this week Kraft cheese and 2.7 tons of Nestle chocolate bars also were among dozens of imported products destroyed in its latest round of quality inspections. Chinese authorities have [...] Read More


Indonesia to Probe Police Torture

Indonesia will probe officers shown in a blurry video allegedly torturing four tied-up suspected terrorists in Central Sulawesi province, an official said on Tuesday. The 14-minute video was shot in Poso during a counterterrorism operation at an Islamic boarding school in 2007, said national police spokesman Brig. Gen. Boy Rafli Amar. “It was part of [...] Read More


NLD Congress Disinvites Four Members

Three days ahead of its first party congress in 24 years, Burma’s National League for Democracy (NLD) announced that four NLD representatives would not be invited to attend the event. In a statement on Tuesday the NLD Congress Commission said the four were disinvited as they had “aimed to destroy the party’s unity,” adding that [...] Read More


Suu Kyi Meets with China Ambassador

Burma’s pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi met with China’s Ambassador to Burma Li Junhua on Tuesday evening in the capital Naypyidaw, according to a post on the Facebook page of her party, the National League for Democracy. The post made no mention of the issues that were discussed during the meeting. The Chinese Embassy [...] Read More


Govt to Offer Loans to Kachin Displaced

Burma’s government said it plans to offer agricultural loans to Kachin villagers who have been displaced by the ongoing conflict in northern Burma, Mizzima reports. Livestock and Fisheries Ministry Ohn Myint told Mizzima at an agriculture industry conference in Rangoon that his ministry would offer the loans, together with livestock such as pigs and cows, [...] Read More


Appeals Hearing Starts for Cambodian Dissident

A Cambodian court has begun hearing the appeal of a radio station owner who claims his 20-year prison sentence on insurrection charges was the result of a political vendetta by the government. The lawyer defending 71-year-old Mam Sonando, Sar Sovan, said Tuesday that the Appeals Court hearing was expected to last three days. Mam Sonando’s [...] Read More


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