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Apr 08, 2013 (English Version)


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Kachin Ceasefire Talks Postponed Because of China, NGOs Claim

The government and Kachin rebels cancelled a ceasefire meeting Friday. Kachin NGOs allege the cancellation occurred because China objected to the presence of Western observers. Read More


Cities Ready for Thingyan Water Festival

Rangoon will soon be transformed into a chaotic mass of gyrating dancers, as residents take to the streets to bring in the New Year. Read More


Deadly Burma Asylum-Seeker Clash Spurs Call for Reform

The decision followed a deadly clash between Burma Buddhists and Muslims in a Medan detention center on Friday that left eight people dead. Read More


China’s Xi Offers to Reduce Friction Over Hotspots

With pressure growing to get North Korea to step back from war, Xi Jinping said no one country should be allowed to upset world peace. Read More


Malaysian Leader Offers Election Sweeteners

Malaysian leader Najib Razak has promised more cash handouts for the poor along with cheaper cars and homes. Read More


The Vicious Cycle of Extreme Nationalism

The experience of the former Yugoslavia offers valuable lessons for Burma as it witnesses the emergence of a virulent strain of nationalism. Read More


Ex-refugees in Fort Wayne protest Burma violence

Members of one of the largest US communities of Burmese immigrants held a demonstration on Sunday to call attention to sectarian violence targeting Muslims in Burma. About 100 former Burma residents who resettled in the Fort Wayne area gathered outside the Allen County Courthouse to protest the violence in their homeland, formerly known as Burma. [...] Read More


False Reports of Soldiers’ Deaths Due to ‘Radio Miscommunication’ — Govt

Reports that thirteen soldiers were killed recently by unidentified attackers on the Thai-Burma border were untrue, the Burmese government told the media. According to the government, they were lost on patrol in the forest on the border in southern Ranong Province, the same place where 92 Thais were arrested last year, according to The Nation. [...] Read More


Fire the Top Disaster in Burma, UN Says

Fire is the top natural disaster in Burma, the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) told Eleven Media on Sunday. Let Let Aye, a programme analyst with the UNDP, told Eleven Media there had been 45 fires in Rangoon in the first two months of the year, which displaced 725 people and destroyed 42 buildings. In [...] Read More


Former Communist Party Comrades Squabble Over Land

Former comrades of the Burma Communist Party and their offspring are locking horns over a plot of land granted to them more than 55 years ago, the Bangkok Post reported on Sunday. The disputed plot of land, in Dekkhinathiri Township in Naypyidaw, was part of a settlement area the Burmese government granted the Communist Party [...] Read More


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