Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Apr 30, 2013 (English Version)


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Mobs Attack Muslim Areas Near Burma’s Former Capital

Mosques and some Muslim-owned properties were destroyed on Tuesday in a town near Rangoon in the latest round of communal violence between Buddhists and Muslims. Read More


Put Us in Prison, Letpadaung Protesters Say

Hundreds of protesters dare the police to jail them rather than continuing the hunt for eight activists who oppose a copper mine in northwest Burma. Read More


China Sells Helicopter Gunships to UWSA: Report

The purchase of the gunships is part of Wa moves to make the Wa region more like an independent state, able to project military force. Read More


Muslim Victims of Burma Unrest Face Uncertain Future

In central Burma, justice and security is elusive for thousands of Muslims who lost their homes in a deadly rampage by Buddhist mobs in March. Read More


Ford is First to Enter Burma’s Growing, Volatile Car Market

Ford is the first international automaker to sell new cars in Burma, but it’s unclear if the growing, volatile market will take to its vehicles. Read More


‘What I Have Been, Constantly, Is in a Revolution’

Famed exile Kachin singer and songwriter Mun Awng longs to perform before a home audience, but isn’t convinced he can do so freely just yet. Read More


Retailers to Compensate Victims of Bangladesh Disaster

Two Western retailers promise to compensate families of garment workers killed while making their clothes in a Bangladesh factory building that collapsed last week. Read More


Thai Rebels Press for Independence, Set to Scupper Peace Talks

A Muslim rebel group in southern Thailand says it will press for an independent state, threatening a second round of peace talks that started Monday. Read More


China Says It Detains 19, Seizes Weapons after Xinjiang Unrest

Chinese police detain 19 people and seize homemade weapons following a clash between residents and officials that killed 21 people last week in Xinjiang. Read More


Thai Army Chief Blames ‘Gangs’ for Burma Border Tensions

Thai Army chief Prayuth Chan-ocha said that “dishonest and bad” Thais are responsible for sparking Burmese territorial claims over three small islands in the overlapping marine area between the two countries. The Bangkok Post reported that the islands were being used by human traffickers to hide illegal workers. “I don’t want to blame anyone else [...] Read More


Burmese Sailor among Five Kidnapped off Nigeria

A Burmese sailor and four others were among the latest to be abducted by pirates off the southern coast of Nigeria, according to a report by AFP. The April 25 incident was carried out by “14 heavily armed pirates” who boarded the vessel 45 nautical miles off the Nigerian town of Brass, the report said, [...] Read More


Toshiba Opens Office in Rangoon

Japan’s Toshiba Corp said on Monday that its Singapore-based subsidiary, Toshiba Asia Pacific Pte Ltd, has established a branch office in Rangoon and will start operation in May, according to a report by Business Wire. The company said the Rangoon office will investigate the market for power generation and distribution and other areas, including consumer [...] Read More


Chen Guangcheng’s Nephew Denied Medical Parole

A relative says the imprisoned nephew of Chinese activist Chen Guangcheng is suffering from appendicitis and prison officials have denied his application for medical parole. Chen Kegui was convicted in November of attacking officials who stormed his home to search for his uncle in what has been seen as retaliation by local officials angered by [...] Read More


Indian Arrested for Letting Son, 9, Drive Ferrari

Police in India have arrested a man who allowed his 9-year-old son to drive his Ferrari. Mohammed Nisham was arrested on charges of endangering the life of a child and allowing a minor to drive, said Inspector Biju Kumar. He was released after posting bail of 5,000 rupees ($92), Kumar said. Nisham’s wife filmed the [...] Read More


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