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After Rumors, Rangoon Muslims Fear Attacks

Rangoon’s Muslim communities were gripped by fear on Sunday night as reports emerged that anti-Muslim attacks were being staged, but no incidents occurred. Read More


‘Buddhist’ Thugs Make Their Comeback

Last week’s murderous rampage in Meikhtila bears all the marks of the twisted chauvinistic “Buddhism” that the country’s rulers have promoted for decades. Read More


A Former Child Soldier Recounts Years of Attempted Escape

Ye Lin calls on the authorities to end the use of child soldiers, who are often forcibly recruited into the Burmese government’s army. Read More


Thailand Rescues Trafficked Burmese Fishermen

A total of 29 Burmese nationals who were sold into Thailand’s fishing industry have been rescued by the Thai authorities so far this month. Read More


Aid Workers Call for Millions in Donations for Fire-Ravaged Burma Refugee Camp

More than 2,300 refugees who became homeless when fire destroyed their shelters in Mae Surin refugee camp need shelter. Read More


Anti-Muslim Violence Spreads to Two More Central Burma Towns

Even as soldiers imposed order in the burned-out city of Meikhtila, unrest was reported in two other towns to the south. Read More


Govt Seems Helpless to Stem the Booming Shan Drug Trade

Deep in the lawless mountains of the Golden Triangle, sloping fields of illegal poppies have just been scraped dry for opium. This is the peak season for producing drugs here, and in Burma’s nascent era of democratic change, the haul has gotten only bigger. Read More


Trade Relations in Focus before China’s Xi Gives Africa Speech

China’s trade ties with Africa will be under the spotlight on Monday when President Xi Jinping outlines his country’s relationship with the continent. Read More


Filipino Militants Free Australian Hostage

Militants in the southern Philippines on Saturday released an emaciated-looking Australian man near a coastal town where they kidnapped him for ransom 15 months ago. Read More


Burma Lower House Speaker Visits New Zealand

Burma’s Lower House Speaker Shwe Mann is visiting New Zealand, where he will meet with local lawmakers, state-run newspaper The New Light of Myanmar reports. He is visiting on invitation of New Zealand Lower House Speaker David Carter. Shwe Mann left for New Zealand on Saturday, leading a delegation of several lawmakers who chair parliamentary [...] Read More


France Signs MoU to Provide Burma Aid

Agence Française de Développement (AFD), the main implementing agency for France’s official development assistance to developing countries, signed a memorandum of understanding with Burma’s  Ministry of National Planning and Economic Development in Naypyidaw on Saturday. According to Burmese state-run media reports on Sunday, AFD has agreed to provide infrastructure for rural development, food security, agricultural [...] Read More


Ministry Drafts Foreign Worker Law

Burma’s Ministry of Labor, Employment and Social Security is drafting a law for foreign workers, according to a report by Eleven Media. The ministry’s director general, Myo Aung, said “the country needs a strong regulation to control” foreign workers, who currently only number a few thousand. The report cites an analyst who said that the [...] Read More


Mitsubishi Ships 13 Diesel Generators to Burma

Japan’s Mitsubishi Heavy Industries has shipped 13 sets of diesel-engine power-generation systems to the Yangon City Electricity Supply Board (YESB), according to a report by the Tokyo-based JCN Newswire. The generators—provided as part of emergency grant aid from the Japanese government in response to Burma’s ongoing power shortages—are Japan’s first large-scale aid to Burma since [...] Read More


Yoma Sets up Joint Venture in Burma

Singapore-based Yoma Strategic Holdings, owned by Burmese businessman Serge Pun, has formed a joint venture with the Burma-based First Myanmar Investment Co Ltd (FMI), a unit of Serge Pun & Associates (Myanmar) Ltd. The new joint venture, YSH Finance Ltd, was incorporated in the British Virgin Islands to hold Yoma’s and FMI’s joint investments in [...] Read More


Foreign Maids Lose Court Fight for HK Residency

Hong Kong’s top court ruled against two Filipino domestic helpers seeking permanent residency on Monday, the final decision in a case that affects tens of thousands of other foreign maids in the southern Chinese financial hub. The Court of Final Appeal was unanimous in its ruling, siding with the government’s position that tight restrictions on [...] Read More


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