NEW YORK (AP) — Burma’s foreign minister says sectarian violence between Buddhists and minority Muslims has thrown up an “unfortunate and unexpected challenge” in the country’s transition to democracy, but he denies the unrest has been fueled by racism.
COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — A Burma Buddhist monk and a Sri Lankan ultranationalist both known for campaigning against Muslims have formally signed an agreement to work together to protect Buddhism.
COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Burma’s hard-line Buddhist monk Ashin Wirathu, known for his anti-Muslim stance, says his movement will join hands with a like-minded Sri Lankan group to protect Buddhists, whom he calls a “threatened” world minority.
MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Asian Development Bank has trimmed its economic growth forecast for Southeast Asia this year and next due to slower domestic demand in some of its bigger economies.
YANGON, Burma (AP) — A Burmese court has sentenced a prominent human rights activist to two years in prison for marching through its biggest city and handing out leaflets that questioned the legitimacy of the country’s new, nominally civilian government.
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