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Karen Communities Demand Halt to Salween River Dams

About 2,000 ethnic Karen gathered in northern Karen State on Friday to demand an end to government plans to build dams on the Salween River. Read More


Kachin Prisoners Accused of Bomb Plot

Two Kachin men arrested last year and allegedly tortured for spying for the KIA are now facing charges of plotting to blow up a bridge. Read More


KNU in Bid to Reunite Karen Splinter Groups

The Karen National Union said it has formed a committee to focus on the reunification of all Karen armed forces. Read More


Case of Teen Allegedly Raped, Drugged Adjourns after Initial Hearing

The child’s former employer is alleged to have repeatedly raped her, forced her to take drugs and made threats on her life. Read More


Govt Holds off on Press Law Following Criticism

A controversial draft media law that was sent to Parliament recently won’t be considered before June, and only after consultation with members of the media. Read More


NLD Patriarch Defends Suu Kyi’s Copper Mine Position

NLD co-founder Win Tin says that by facing up to a difficult problem, Aung San Suu Kyi showed “how leaders should behave.” Read More


Chinese Companies Must Act Responsibly: Envoy

China’s new special envoy for Asia acknowledges that many Chinese companies need to change the way they do business in Burma. Read More


10 Percent of Burmese Work Abroad: Migration Expert

A migrant rights activist said 10 percent of Burma’s labor force works abroad, underscoring the need to improve the Burmese government’s migration policies. Read More


Google’s Schmidt to Visit Latest US Move to Open Burma Networks

Mobile phone penetration in the country of 60 million is estimated to be a meagre 5-10 percent. Read More


More Than a Quarter of North Korean Children Malnourished — UN

The report said humanitarian aid should be neutral and impartial “and must not be contingent on political developments.” Read More


Australia Eases Some Military Sanctions on Reforming Myanmar

Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard said restrictions would be lifted on military humanitarian aid and peacekeeping, but an arms sales embargo would stay in place. Read More


China Replaces Britain in World’s Top Five Arms Exporters — Report

The world’s top arms exporters are dominated by the United States and Russia, which accounted for 30 percent and 26 percent of weapons exports. Read More


Lampard Hits 200th Chelsea Goal in West Ham Win

Frank Lampard scored his 200th goal for Chelsea in their 2-0 victory West Ham in the Premier League on Sunday, while Wigan beat Newcastle 2-1. Read More


Burma Parliament Backs Review of Constitution

Burma’s Lower House on Friday approved a motion to review the country’s controversial Constitution, state-run newspaper The New Light of Myanmar reports. Lawmaker of the ruling Union Solidarity and Development Party Aye Myint suggested in the motion that the Lower House and Union Parliament “form [a] committee and [a] commission comprising law experts and intellectuals [...] Read More


Burma Military Clashed with Kachin Rebels: Report

Burma’s military and Kachin rebels reportedly clashed on March 13, a day after government peace negotiators and ethnic rebels held ceasefire talks in Ruili, China, Kachin News Group reports. The army’s Infantry Battalion No. 241 and Kachin Independence Army (KIA) special battalion No. 301 fought for two hours in Shan State’s Kuktai Township near Hu [...] Read More


US to Offer Aid for Burma’s Landmine-Affected Areas

US Assistant Secretary for Conflict and Stabilization Operations Rick Barton is currently visiting Burma to discuss US government efforts to help communities in the country’s landmine-affected areas, the US State Department announced. It said Barton arrived last Friday and is scheduled to leave on March 24. He will meet with civil society groups, mine action [...] Read More


US: Expedite trials of Khmer Rouge leaders

The US says the death of Khmer Rouge co-founder and foreign minister Ieng Sary highlights the need to expedite the trials of leaders of the communist regime whose late 1970s rule killed an estimated 1.7 million Cambodians. State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland says the US continues to support Cambodia’s UN-backed tribunal to bring to justice [...] Read More


Rival Indonesian Football Leagues Merge

Indonesia’s rival football leagues agreed to merge on Sunday, hoping to end a split that had threatened to see the world’s fourth most populous nation suspended by the sport’s governing body FIFA. The long running battle over controls of the sport had left the football-obsessed country with two leagues and two national teams. “This is [...] Read More


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