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Peace Prize for Thein Sein Draws Praise and Scorn

President Thein Sein will be granted an international peace award Monday, but officials, opposition members and experts disagree on whether or not he deserves it. Read More


Wait for Official Arakan Report, Says Burma Government

Following publication of a damning Human Rights Watch report, Naypyidaw says it won’t comment on the situation in Arakan State before releasing its own findings. Read More


Burma Govt Accused of Ethnic Cleansing Against Rohingya Muslims

Human Rights Watch accuses Burmese authorities of committing “crimes against humanity” in western Burma last year, as the European Union prepares to lift economic sanctions. Read More


Ahead of 2015, Voting System Debate Heats up in Burma

Burma’s main opposition party, the National League for Democracy, prefers the current first-past-the-post system, but smaller parties want to introduce proportional representation. Read More


Dunkley Was Given Permission to Leave Burma: Lawyer

The Australian newspaper publisher’s lawyer says he was blocked from leaving the country despite having the proper exit visa. Read More


Severe Drought Hits Burma’s Famed Inle Lake

Drought returns to Inle Lake, affecting locals’ access to clean water and inhibiting transportation to tourist attractions surrounding the famed body of water. Read More


Indonesian President to Visit Naypyidaw

Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono will make visits to Singapore, Burma and Brunei this week, according to a presidential staffer. Read More


Spurs Stun Man City With Late Comeback, Liverpool and Chelsea Draw

Gareth Bale fronted a late fightback by Tottenham in a 3-1 victory over Manchester City on Sunday, while Liverpool and Chelsea drew 2-2. Read More


Condition of Indian Girl Who Was Raped Improves

The 5-year-old girl was in critical condition after being raped, tortured and then left alone in a locked room for two days in New Delhi. Read More


China Rushes Relief After Sichuan Quake Kills 186

Relief teams flew in helicopters and dynamited through landslides Sunday to reach some of the most isolated communities. Read More


N Korea Moves 2 More Missile Launchers

The move of missile launchers to the east coast apparently indicates North Korea is pushing ahead with preparations for a test launch. Read More


Video Shows Police Standing By as Violence Wracked Meiktila

Video obtained by the BBC shows police officers standing idly by as rioters attacked minority Muslims in Meiktila Township last month. Muslim-owned homes and businesses are seen being looted and destroyed, and in one clip police look on as a man is left to burn in the street. The violence killed at least 43 people [...] Read More


32 Dead During Burma’s New Year Festivities

Thirty-two people were killed and 190 others injured during the water festival that marks the Buddhist New Year in Burma, state media reported over the weekend. The New Light of Myanmar said on Saturday that the 177 criminal cases, which included murders, assaults, theft and arson, were fewer than in previous years. The paper attributed [...] Read More


Pipeline Protesters Detained, Organizers Say

At least three protesters of a Chinese-backed gas pipeline in Arakan State were detained after about 400 people staged an unauthorized demonstration against the project on Thursday, the Democratic Voice of Burma reported on Friday. The protest against China National Petroleum Corporation, which is undertaking the venture jointly with Burma’s state-owned Myanmar Oil and Gas [...] Read More


Australian Media Magnate Prohibited from Leaving Burma

Media magnate Ross Dunkley has been barred from leaving Burma ahead of a court case in which he is involved, Eleven News reported, citing the Myanmar Times. The Australian managing director of Myanmar Consolidated Media was accused of assaulting a family member of the majority shareholder of the Myanmar Times, an MCM publication. The altercation [...] Read More


Political Parties Send Representatives to China

Representatives from five political parties in Burma are on a weeklong visit to Beijing, according to The New Light of Myanmar. The state-run daily reported that the delegation is making the trip at the invitation of the External Communication Department of the Chinese Communist Party. The parties represented include the National Democratic Force, the National [...] Read More


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