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Anti-Muslim Violence Finally Subsides in Central Burma

No major anti-Muslim attacks have been reported in central Burma since Friday and the unrest seems to have subsided after nine days of violence. Read More


Thai Authorities Restrict Aid Deliveries to Devastated Refugee Camp

Thai security forces clamped down on aid deliveries to Ban Mae Surin refugee camp on Sunday, where a blaze earlier in March killed 38 people. Read More


882 Homes Torched in Meikhtila, Satellite Images Show

Satellite image released by Human Rights Watch show that mobs in Meikhtila destroyed three neighborhoods covering 60.5 acres and containing at least 828 homes. Read More


President Outlines Economic Plan in Annual Budget Speech

President Thein Sein outlined his government’s economic plan for the coming year in a radio address on Sunday. Read More


Privately Owned Daily Newspapers Return to Burma

Burma bucks a global trend with the launch of a slew of privately owned daily newspapers on Monday—the first to hit the newsstands in decades. Read More


Burma Says Govt Not to Blame for Religious Riots

The government denies that authorities bear some blame for recent mob attacks by Buddhists on Muslims that killed dozens of people. Read More


In Burma, Conflict Threatens Reform, 2 Years On

In Kachin State, children play in bomb shelters and trenches, monuments to everything that has gone wrong in Burma over the last two years. Read More


Liverpool Beats Villa 2-1, Man U Maintains Title Surge with Win

Steven Gerrard’s penalty sealed a second-half turnaround by Liverpool against Aston Villa, while Manchester United beat Sunderland 1-0 to maintain their 15-point title race lead. Read More


S. Korea Vows Fast Response to North

South Korea will strike back if the North stages any attack on its territory, the new president warns, as tensions ratchet higher. Read More


Vietnam ‘Secret Army’ Vets Gathering in US

The Special Guerrilla Unit, known as the “secret army,” was established by the CIA to conduct covert operations in Laos during the Vietnam war. Read More


Slim Chance of Life After Tibet Mudslide Buries 83

Twenty-one bodies have been recovered from the mudslide that buried workers in piles of earth up to 30 meters deep. Read More


Singapore President Makes First Ever Visit to Burma

Singapore’s President Tony Tan Keng Yam will travel to Burma on Monday for the start of a five-day visit—the first ever by a Singaporean head of state since the two countries established relations in 1966. While in Burma, Tan will open a center of the city state’s trade promotion agency, International Enterprise (IE) Singapore. According [...] Read More


Burmese Authorities Release Four Bangladeshis

Four Bangladeshi nationals, including three policemen, were freed by Burmese border authorities on Sunday after being detained for 18 days for illegal entry, according to a report by the Bangladeshi newspaper the Daily Star. The four men were arrested at around 5:30 pm on March 13 near the  Ghumdhum border crossing, and claimed that they [...] Read More


Thai Airline to Launch Burma Flights from Mae Sot

Thai budget carrier Nok Air plans to open two new routes from the border town of Mae Sot to Rangoon and Moulmein in Burma, the Bangkok Post reports. On Sunday, 20 airline executives flew from Mae Sot to Moulmein ahead of the airline’s plan to operate services on that route. The move follows a recent [...] Read More


AP Opens Full News Bureau in Burma

The Associated Press on Saturday became the first international news agency to open a bureau in Burma since a reformist government there began relaxing restrictions on the media for the first time in decades. Six multi-format journalists will staff the new AP bureau full time. The Information Ministry informed the AP on Saturday it had [...] Read More


UN to Pay Overdue Salaries at Cambodia Trial

The United Nations-backed tribunal trying former Khmer Rouge leaders for genocide said on Saturday that it would pay several months of overdue salaries for its Cambodian staffers, in rare good news for the troubled body. The tribunal has been beleaguered by political and financial considerations since its establishment in 2006. It spent $141.1 million through [...] Read More


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