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Update: At Least 5 Dead after Second Day of Clashes in Central Burma

Clashes continue in Meikhtila, with at least five people confirmed dead a day after communal violence erupted between Buddhists and Muslims in the town. Read More


Drug Addiction Lurks in Kachin Conflict’s Shadow

Myitkyina is known for having one of the highest concentrations of heroin addicts in the world. The Kachin Baptist Convention’s rehabilitation camp offers them help. Read More


Michael Learns To Rock on a Stage in Burma

After years of pop music isolation Burma is ready to rock as the Danish band is eagerly anticipated ahead of its March show. Read More


Burma’s Parliament Agrees to Review Constitution

Suu Kyi’s opposition National League for Democracy party has long said that the constitution is undemocratic because of powers given to the army. Read More


Winners and Losers of Burma’s Looming Mobile Phone Boom

Burma’s mobile phone market offers huge opportunities for international telecoms companies, but few in the country have the money to pay for the new technology. Read More


UN Concerned over Tobacco Fair in Philippines

The World Health Organization expresses concern that the Philippines is encouraging smoking by hosting one of the world’s largest tobacco trade shows. Read More


Thai TV Show Draws Army Wrath for Lese-Majeste Debate

A television show is testing the boundaries of controversial laws protecting Thailand’s monarchy, drawing rebukes from the army chief and a government minister. Read More


South Korea: Chinese Address Source of Attack

A Chinese Internet address was the source of a cyberattack on one company hit in a massive network shutdown in South Korea. Read More


Why the 88 Generation Students Party is Crucial

A political party formed by the 88 Generation Students group could be just what Burma needs to keep its democratic transition on track. Read More


US Ambassador ‘Deeply Concerned’ About Meikhtila Communal Violence

US Ambassador to Burma Derek Mitchell responded to the outbreak of inter-communal violence in Meikhtila town, central Burma, on Thursday. In a brief statement he said, “I am deeply concerned about reports of violence and widespread property damage in Meikhtila Township, Mandalay Region. We extend our deepest condolences to the families of those who lost [...] Read More


Burma Ends Use of Special Tourist Currency

Burma’s parliament has endorsed a presidential decision to abandon the use of so-called Foreign Exchange Certificates, a special currency primarily used by tourists. The director of President Thein Sein’s office, Zaw Htay, says parliament unanimously agreed Wednesday with a presidential letter announcing the plan. The Foreign Exchange Certificates were introduced in 1993 in an effort [...] Read More


Calls for Myanmar Peace Center to Reveal Funding

Controversy is brewing around the Myanmar Peace Center with a growing number of actors in Burma’s peace process calling on the center to disclose its funding, according to an Eleven Media report. Founded last year by presidential decree and placed under the authority of the President Office Minister Aung Min, the center received EU funding [...] Read More


Bangladesh’s Figurehead President Dies at 84

Bangladesh’s figurehead president, Zillur Rahman, died Wednesday at a hospital in Singapore. He was 84. Rahman was a top leader of the ruling Awami League party before Parliament elected him president in 2009. He was flown to Singapore’s Mount Elizabeth Hospital on March 10 for treatment of respiratory problems. His body will be flown back [...] Read More


Rat May Have Caused Fukushima Power Outage

This week’s power outage at Japan’s tsunami-crippled nuclear plant may have been caused by a rat. Masayuki Ono, spokesman for Tokyo Electric Power Co., the utility that runs the Fukushima Dai-ichi plant, says a 15-centimeter rat was found dead on Wednesday near a switchboard. He says the rat may be linked to the power failure, [...] Read More


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