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Burma mobs kill at least 40 Rohingya Muslims

More than 40 Rohingya Muslims were killed in attacks by Buddhists last week in Burma's Rakhine state. Two international aid officials who visited the area said they found evidence of a massacre, BBC News reports.

Activists skeptical as Myanmar gov't frees political detainees

Rangoon - Although presidential spokesman Ye Htut announced "there are no more political prisoners," in a December Facebook post, activists and ex-prisoners in Myanmar are expressing skepticism.

Democracy leader Suu Kyi targets Myanmar presidency

Democracy activist and Nobel Peace Laureate Aung San Suu Kyi admitted she intends to run for president of Myanmar in the 2015 presidential elections but there are hurdles she has to take before a final decision can be made.

Calls for Burma to revoke two-child limit for Rohingya Muslims

Burmese opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi has added her voice to human rights groups calls for Burma to revoke the two-child policy applied to Rohingya Muslims.

Private newspapers return to Burma

Authorities in Burma granted approval for 16 daily newspapers, and one of them is run by opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi's party.

China calls for ceasefire in Burma

China has called for the immediate ceasefire between the Burmese government and the Kachin Independence Army fighting in the north of Burma, after an artillery shell landed in China’s Yunnan province for the fourth time since December 2012.

UN expresses concern over Burma's Muslims and human rights abuses

The UN General Assembly (GA) unanimously passed a resolution that simultaneously salutes the positive changes in Burma and expresses concern over the rising violence between Buddhists and Muslims in Rakhine state.

Three killed in Burma crash landing

A plane was forced to crash land on a road in Burma on Tuesday, killing three and injuring eleven others. Officials suspect the weather may have been a cause.

Scores of buried WWII Spitfires may soon fly again

The truth or fiction behind rumours of scores of buried WWII Spitfire fighter planes is soon to be revealed with the announcement that ownership issues have been solved and recovery funding sourced.

Obama makes historic visit to Burma

Today, U.S. President Barack Obama conducted his first visit to Burma, a country once shunned by the international community.

Aung San Suu Kyi visits India after 40 years

Aung San Suu Kyi, Burmese opposition leader and Nobel Prize laureate, started on Tuesday a six-day visit to India, during which she will meet key Indian leaders and reunite with former colleagues and friends in Delhi, where she studied in her youth.

Op-Ed: Romney SLOC outsourced '02 Olympic uniform production to Myanmar

One voice has been notably silent in the recent explosion of outrage over the Chinese manufacture of Team USA Olympic uniforms: Mitt Romney's.

The legendary ruins of the historical city of Ayutthaya, Thailand Special

Ayutthaya - The ancient city of Ayutthaya was the Thai capital for over 400 years and one of the largest and most magnificent cities in Southeast Asia. Impressive ruins of temples and palaces show the remains of this once glorious city ravaged by war.

Myanmar's Suu Kyi boycotts Parliament

Yangon - Myanmar democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi and 42 other members of the National League for Democracy (NLD) boycotted the parliament's opening session on Monday over a dispute regarding the constitutional oath of office.

Op-Ed: Myanmar prepares for historic vote

Rangoon - Myanmar is preparing to go to the polls Sunday in its third election in 50 years. Democracy champion Aung San Suu Kyi is running for one of 45 parliamentary seats.

Aung San Suu Kyi wins right to run in elections

Yangon - Myanmar's election commission has approved democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi's plans to run for election in April's parliamentary poll.

Myanmar frees more political prisoners

Rangoon - The Southeast Asian regime pardoned hundreds of dissidents, journalists and a former premier under a major prisoner amnesty, intensifying a surprising series of reforms by the army-backed government.

Australia eases sanctions against Myanmar

Canberra - Yesterday Canberra eased some of its sanctions against Myanmar's military-backed government. Furthermore, “members of Burma’s new Government who were not previously on Australia’s sanctions list will not be listed at this time”.

Turning point in Burma: Suu Kyi could get govt role

Yangon - Democracy champion Aung San Suu Kyi, 66, could be given a post in Myanmar’s nominally civilian government if she is elected to parliament, presidential adviser Nay Zin Latt told AFP on Sunday.

Nobel Peace Prize laureate Aung San Suu Kyi to re-enter politics

Myanmar's democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi has indicated she may re-enter politics after years in isolation following her detention for her efforts in propagating democracy in a country ruled for decades by a military junta.

With U.S. tech, Internet censorship continues in Syria, Burma Special

An investigation into commercial online filtering technology reveals the prevalence of devices from Blue Coat, an American firm, being used to censor the Web in Syria and Burma. Ron Deibert of Toronto's Citizen Lab discusses the report's importance.

Myanmar: Nukes? Can't afford 'em

The military junta in Myanmar is hoping to put concerns to rest that the country has a covert nuclear weapons program, saying that the country simply can't afford them. At least this is what officials told visiting US Senator John McCain.

Myanmar's pro-democracy leader Suu Kyi now has internet access

Yangon - Aung San Suu Kyi has been set up with wireless broadband at her home after the military junta authorised a network connection.

Myanmar detains Japanese journalist for sneaking into country

A Japanese journalist has been arrested in eastern Myanmar (Burma) for illegally crossing over the border from Thailand. Toru Yamaji, who sneaked into Myanmar to cover Sunday's elections, has been charged under the country's Immigration Act.

Bank robbers go to jail if caught, bad banks just settle in court

British banking giant Barclays has paid $298 million to settle a case about dealing with US sanctions-listed countries such as Burma, Cuba, Iran, Libya and Sudan.

Op-Ed: November 7 sham election date announced in Burma

The government's election committee in Myanmar has finally announced that November 7 will be the date of the first elections to be held in 20 years. Most people who follow the news, however know this to be mere window dressing.

Maesot, Thailand, on the Burmese border

Since 1949, a genocidal war has continued unabated in Burma, otherwise known as Mynamar. This long running armed conflict has somehow escaped notice by the rest of the world.

Bombs during Burmese festival kill 9, injure 170

Yangon - At least nine people were killed and more than 170 injured in a triple bomb attack in Myanmar's biggest city Yangon (Rangoon) on Thursday afternoon during the annual water festival when thousands celebrate the new year.

Supreme court in Burma rejects Aung San Suu Kyi appeal

The latest appeal by Burmese opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi to overturn a sentence of 18 months house arrest has been denied by the Supreme court in Burma.

Tin Oo, deputy of Aung San Suu Kyi, released in Burma

With his sentence having ended on Feb 13, the vice-chairman of Aung San Suu Kyi's opposition National League for Democracy (NLD), Tin Oo has been released from house arrest today.
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