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Burma Govt Releases 59 Political Prisoners, Former MMT Shareholder

Burma’s government on Tuesday granted amnesty to 93 prisoners, including 59 prisoners of conscience and former Myanmar Times shareholder Sonny Swe. Read More


Indonesia President Visits Burma, Fails to Meet Muslim Leaders

Indonesia’s president said he would raise the issue of anti-Muslim violence during his visit to Burma, but he failed to meet Muslim and Rohingya groups. Read More


Seven Muslims Accused of Killing Monk Face Trial in Meikhtila

Seven Muslims suspected of killing a Buddhist monk in an up-country town in central Burma last month are on trial this week, according to police. Read More


In Burma, a Legal Bid to Save Rangoon’s Old Courthouse

In a long-running fight to keep hotel developers away from two colonial justice buildings, activists in Burma’s biggest city threaten to sue the government. Read More


EU Drops Sanctions Against Burma

The European Union drops its political and economic sanctions against Burma to support the country’s “remarkable process” of democratic reforms. Read More


Fascism is Back in Fashion in Burma

Nazi symbolism is trendy in parts of Burma today, at a time when real-life fascists are becoming a disturbing part of the political landscape. Read More


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Van Persie Guides Man United to 20th Premier League Title

Manchester United clinched a convincing victory over Aston Villa, with Robin Van Persie scoring three times, as the club recorded its 20th league title. Read More


Indonesian President to Discuss Violence against Rohingya on Burma Visit

Persecution of the Rohingya ethnic group in Burma is expected to be raised by President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono during his visit to the country. Read More


Sea Disputes, North Korea in Spotlight at Asean Summit

Asian leaders are expected to press China to start negotiations on a new pact to thwart a clash in one of the world’s busiest waterways. Read More


Japan Nationalists Near Disputed Isles, MPs Visit Shrine

Japanese nationalists sail a flotilla of boats in waters near islands at the center of a row between China and Japan, further straining tense ties. Read More


Burma Lauds EU Decision to Lift Sanctions

Burma has hailed a European Union decision lifting political and economic sanctions against the former pariah state, pledging to continue its reforms and march toward democracy. Senior Burma diplomat Aung Lynn told reporters on the sidelines of an Asean conference in Brunei’s capital, Bandar Seri Begawan, on Tuesday that the international community can expect more [...] Read More


Lower House Speaker Shwe Mann Leaves for South Korea

Shwe Mann, the speaker of Burma’s Lower House of Parliament and a high-ranking member of the previous military regime, is traveling to South Korea with a delegation of Burmese lawmakers, the New Light of Myanmar newspaper reported on Tuesday. Shwe Mann, a former general whose visit to North Korea in 2008 raised speculation of a [...] Read More


Burma’s Cheap SIM Cards Now Available—in Short Supply

A highly anticipated supply of cheap cellphone SIM cards are now being sold in Burma through a lottery program in some townships, Eleven Myanmar reported Monday. Townships have each received a monthly supply of 300,000 SIM cards, which cost as little as 1,500 kyat (US $2), and interested buyers can purchase the cards if selected [...] Read More


India Invests in Burma’s IT, Farming Sectors

India is ramping up its participation in Burma’s IT and farming sectors, the Hindustan Times reported Tuesday. A task force lead by Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s advisor on skill development, S. Ramadorai, is working to establish the Myanmar Institute of Information Technology (MITT) in Burma as it seeks to boost ties with its Southeast [...] Read More


In Meikhtila, Arson Attempts Haunt Displaced Residents

Although the situation has stabilized in the central Burma town of Meikhtila, where anti-Muslim riots left thousands displaced and dozens dead last month, displaced residents say arson attempts have prevented them from returning home, the Democratic Voice of Burma reported Monday. At least eight arson attempts by unknown assailants have been reported since the rioting [...] Read More


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