Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Apr 03, 2013 (English Version)


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Burma’s Buddhist and Muslims Divided by Fire

The tragic death of 13 children at a Muslim school on Tuesday has highlighted the deepening mistrust between Burma’s Buddhist and Muslim communities. Read More


US, EU Call for Investigation of Fatal Rangoon Fire

After a blaze killed 13 boys at an Islamic boarding school, Burmese authorities hoping to quell religious tensions are urged to conduct a careful inquiry. Read More


Immigration Ministry Says Census Needed in Burma

Burmese refugees living in the camps along the Burma-Thailand border need to be repatriated if they want to be included in the national census. Read More


Advocacy Groups Call on Burma to End Landmine Use

International rights groups said landmines are still heavily used by the Burmese military and ethnic groups, threatening more than 450,000 refugees and internally displaced persons. Read More


On Trial and Split Apart, Vietnamese Farming Clan Defiant

The farmers have become folk heroes in this nation of autocratic rule, limited land rights and steep inequities. Read More


N. Korea Refuses to Allow S. Koreans Into Factory Park

Pyongyang prevents entry to the jointly run park, the last remaining symbol of detente between the rivals, as tensions continue to rise. Read More


Malaysia PM Dissolves Parliament to Hold Elections

Malaysia’s prime minister dissolved Parliament on Wednesday to call for national elections expected later this month. Read More


Jimmy Carter Visits Burma on ‘Goodwill’ Mission

Former US President Jimmy Carter paid a visit to Burma on Tuesday, meeting with top government officials in Naypyidaw, the state-run New Light of Myanmar reported on Wednesday. Carter, a member of The Elders, an international group of Nobel laureates that also includes Aung San Suu Kyi, met representatives of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs [...] Read More


Burma Ignored Warning Signs, UN Says

The government of Burma failed to do enough to stop the spread of violence in March, the UN special envoy on human rights said on Tuesday. Tomas Ojea Quintana said he had serious concerns about renewed violence between Buddhists and Muslims in Burma. Human Rights Watch said recently at least 40 people died in the [...] Read More


Indonesian Economy Minister Meets Thein Sein

Indonesia’s Coordinating Minister for Economic Affairs Hatta Rajasa met President Thein Sein on Tuesday in Naypyidaw, the New Light of Myanmar reported. The meeting included discussions about agriculture, energy, mining and plantations, among other things. The two countries intend to double bilateral trade in the next few years. Read More


Press Kept Out of Singapore President Meetings

Singaporean President Tony Tan Keng Yam began a five-day state visit to Burma in Naypyidaw on Monday by offering to help set up a vocational training institute in Rangoon as part of Singapore’s efforts to help Burma develop economically, Eleven Media reported on Tuesday. Unlike other visits of heads of state to Burma, however, domestic [...] Read More


Google Chief Says ‘Dangerous Period’ ahead for Burma Internet

Google’s chairman Eric Schmidt, who visited Burma on March 23, said he is concerned about the future of the Internet in Burma. He wrote in a blog post on Monday that the ongoing violence could lead to a new era of online censorship. Schmidt wrote: “We are entering a dangerous period for the Internet in [...] Read More


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