US: Millions displaced by religious violence in 2013

By Tue, Jul 29, 2014 11:06AM UTC A Rohingya girl who was displaced following 2012 sectarian violence carries a baby at Nga Chaung Refugee Camp in Pauktaw, Rakhine state, Burma. Pic: AP.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. says millions of people were forced from their homes because of their religious beliefs last year.

UN Burma envoy worried over camps for displaced

By Sun, Jul 27, 2014 5:05PM UTC Yanghee Lee, the United Nationâ's Human Rights Special Envoy to Burma. Pic: AP.

YANGON, Burma (AP) — The U.N.’s new human rights envoy for Burma has described conditions as deplorable in camps for persons displaced by sectarian strife, and warned that the country’s human rights situation may be backsliding despite progress under three years of elected government.

US senator urges Burma to amend constitution

By Fri, Jul 25, 2014 3:26PM UTC Aung San Suu Kyi. Pic: AP.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Sen. Mitch McConnell has issued a strong call for Burma to amend its constitution to allow opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi to run for president and for the military to submit to civilian rule.

Should Asia-Pacific countries ban the plastic bag?

By Fri, Jul 25, 2014 6:00AM UTC A boy brushes his teeth standing next to a polluted canal littered with plastic bags and other garbage, on World Environment Day in Mumbai, India last month. Pic: AP.

The port city of Freemantle in Western Australia has just banned single-use non-biodegradable plastic bags. It is the first city in Australia to do so. Shop owners failing to follow the law risk a single fine of $150, climbing to $2,500 for serial offenders.

Burma: Troubled Rakhine state invites aid groups to return

By Thu, Jul 24, 2014 8:37PM UTC Rohingya refugees at Da Paing camp in Rakhine State in April. Many were cut off from vital aid supplies after aid groups were forced to leave earlier this year. Pic: AP.

YANGON, Burma (AP) — Authorities in Burma’s Rakhine state say international aid organizations are welcome to return to the area they left in April after Buddhist mobs disrupted their work helping displaced Rohingya Muslims.

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