Muslims celebrate Eid with prayers, feasts

By Thu, Aug 08, 2013 3:41PM UTC Filipino women Muslims eat as they celebrate during Eid al-Fitr. Pic: AP.

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Muslims have begun celebrating the end of the fasting month of Ramadan with solemn sunrise prayers followed by savory high-calorie feasts to mark their holiest holiday. Thursday’s celebrations come despite concerns over violence looming in parts of Asia and elsewhere. In Indonesia, the world’s most populous

Can Burma quench China’s thirst for energy?

By Tue, Aug 06, 2013 11:50AM UTC The pipes for a 770 kilometer (480 mile) pipeline are seen placed in fields near Ruili in China's Yunnan province last year. Pic: AP.

Despite the opening of a major gas pipeline from Burma to China last week, Beijing may not find Naypyidaw so willing to answer its energy needs in the future On July 28, China and Burma inaugurated an oil and gas pipeline which will transport gas from the Bay of Bengal

Indonesia bomb linked to violence against Rohingya

By Mon, Aug 05, 2013 8:02PM UTC

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — A senior official says an attack on a Buddhist temple in Indonesia’s capital was aimed at avenging violence against Rohingya Muslims in Burma. A small explosion Sunday near the front door of the Ekayana Grha Buddhist temple in West Jakarta injured one person and slightly damaged

The loss of a Burmese icon: ‘Moustache Brother’ Par Par Lay dies

By Mon, Aug 05, 2013 6:53PM UTC The loss of a Burmese icon: ‘Moustache Brother’ Par Par Lay dies

Most tourists that made the trek north to the Burmese city of Mandalay would have stopped by the Moustache Brothers for their nightly cultural shows. However, the comedic trio of U Par Par Lay, U Lu Zaw and Lu Maw lost the leader of their troupe last week when Par

Analysis: Can Burma find a solution for its constitutional dilemma?

By Sun, Aug 04, 2013 7:27PM UTC The current 2008 Constitution practiced by current government is not accepted, as it is devoid of democratic essence and not in accordance with the principles of federalism, Khun Okkar, spokesman of the UNFC said at the press conference on 2 August in Chiang Mai, Thailand.  (Photo: Saw Tun Lin-KIC)

Burma’s quasi-civilian government headed by President Thein Sein has declared itself as a reformist administration since it took power in March 2011. Now, it has to meet head-on a major challenge in order to show its true color concerning constitutional revision which has been calling by various oppositions. As demands

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