Burma says sectarian violence challenges reforms

By Wed, Oct 01, 2014 2:03PM UTC People watch a burning mosque in Lashio, northern Shan State during sectarian violence last year. Pic: AP.

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.

Burma and Sri Lankan Buddhist hard-liners sign agreement

By Wed, Oct 01, 2014 1:46PM UTC Sri Lankan Buddhist monks listen to Burma's hard-line Buddhist monk Ashin Wirathu speak at a convention organized by Sri Lanka's Bodu Bala Sena. Pic: AP.

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.

Hardline Burmese monk: We’ll join hands with Sri Lankan radicals

By Mon, Sep 29, 2014 11:25AM UTC Hardline Burmese monk Wirathu. Pic: AP.

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.

ADB cuts growth forecast for Southeast Asia

By Thu, Sep 25, 2014 6:25PM UTC

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.

Burma convicts activist 11 times for single march

By Thu, Sep 11, 2014 5:44PM UTC Htin Kyaw pictured outside a court in Yangon last month. Pic: AP.

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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