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Court Rejects Complaint against President over Protest Raid

A court rejects an attempt by Sagaing Division villagers to sue Burma’s President Thein Sein for his alleged role in a November crackdown on protestors. Read More


Google Chief to Visit Burma

Google’s executive chairman, Eric Schmidt, who made a highly publicized trip to North Korea in January, is expected to travel to Burma later this month. Read More


Local Authorities Still Wary of Foreign Visitors

Burma is tipped as the next big tourism attraction, but our reporter finds ethnic areas need to play catch up with reforms. Read More


Burma NLD Conference Inspires Cambodia Opposition Leader

Exiled leader Sam Rainsy says Burma provides a positive example for his country’s political reform process. Read More


Alleged Rape Victim, Accused of Theft, Released on Bail

A 15-year-old girl who says her former employer repeatedly raped her has been released on bail after her alleged assailant’s wife accused her of theft. Read More


Myanmar Must Face Up To Junta Crimes, UN Envoy Says

The military regime stands accused of having used forced labour, suppressing ethnic minorities and killings and torture by its troops and police. Read More


Two Years On, Slow Tsunami Cleanup Progress Prompts Concerns

More than 300,000 people remain displaced and virtually no rebuilding has begun along the battered northeastern Japanese coast. Read More


Police Fire Teargas on China Village After Land Grab Protest

Chinese security forces fired tear gas and beat protesters in a village in southern China on Sunday to quell a grassroots protest movement over a land dispute. Read More


Philippines Alarmed by Alleged Malaysian Abuses

Abuses of Filipinos reported in Sabah further strain relations between the Asean allies. Read More


Khmer Rouge Genocide: Justice Delayed May Be Justice Denied

Two cases are plunging Cambodia into soul searching over how far to pursue war-crimes accusations against former commanders. Read More


Finally, a Window for Peace in Burma

The international community should do whatever it can to sustain Burma’s peace process, which has made unprecedented progress. Read More


Chelsea Fights Back to Draw at United in FA Cup

Chelsea staged a second-half comeback at Manchester United to earn 2-2 draw in the FA Cup on Sunday. In the Premier League Liverpool beat Tottenham. Read More


Suu Kyi Meets Cambodian Opposition Leader

Burma’s pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi met with Cambodian opposition leader Sam Rainsy in Rangoon on Saturday to discuss their parallel struggles for democracy, AFP reports. Rainsy heads the Cambodia National Rescue Party but lives in self-imposed exile in France. He faces 11 years in prison if he returns after being convicted. Critics say [...] Read More


Burma and India to Conduct Joint Naval Exercise

As part Burma and India’s efforts to enhance their defense ties, their navies will conduct joint exercises and patrols in the Bay of Bengal this week, the Times of India reports. A Burmese frigate and corvette made a port call in Visakhapatnam in India’s Andra Pradesh State ahead of the exercise, which reportedly is due [...] Read More


Shan State Police Profiting from Drug Trade: Rights Group

An ethnic non-governmental group, the Shan Human Rights Foundation, alleges in a report that police and military authorities in parts of Shan State are profiting from drug-trafficking issues, according to SHAN News. A monthly report on events in February claims that in the Burmese border town of Tachilek police are arbitrarily detaining youngsters and alleged [...] Read More


India Gang Rape Suspect Commits Suicide

A senior Indian police official says the main suspect in the gang rape of a woman on a New Delhi bus has committed suicide in jail. A police official at Tihar jail says Ram Singh killed himself on Monday. Singh was on trial on murder and rape charges. The official spoke on condition of anonymity [...] Read More


Philippines Asks Malaysia about Alleged Rights Abuses

Philippine officials have asked Malaysia to clarify news reports that Filipinos in Malaysia’s eastern Sabah state were being mistreated while authorities crack down on Filipino gunmen staking a claim on the resource-rich region. The Department of Foreign Affairs on Sunday also reiterated a call for Malaysia to give Philippine diplomats full access to Filipinos who [...] Read More


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