Burma

UN to Burma: Make Rohingya Muslims citizens

By Wed, Nov 20, 2013 10:18AM UTC Rohingya Muslims who fled Burma to Bangladesh to escape religious violence, sit in a boat after being intercepted crossing the Naf River by Bangladeshi border authorities in 2012. Pic: AP. Pic: AP.

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The General Assembly’s human rights committee on Tuesday passed a resolution urging Burma to give the stateless Rohingya minority equal access to citizenship and to crack down on Buddhist violence against them and other Muslims in the southeast Asian nation. The resolution passed the committee by

Burma’s president pardons 69 political prisoners

By Sat, Nov 16, 2013 3:41PM UTC Kyaw Ne Win, left, a grandson of former dictator Gen. Ne Win, is welcomed by his younger brother Zwe Ne Win, right, as he arrived at their residence after he and his younger brother Aye Ne Win were released from Insein prison Friday. Pic: AP.

YANGON, Burma (AP) — Burma’s president on Friday pardoned 69 political prisoners, including two grandsons of a former dictator, as part of a promise to free all such detainees by the end of the year. Most of those newly freed are members of ethnic minorities, said Ye Aung, who is

Bill Clinton: Violence in Burma sickens world

By Fri, Nov 15, 2013 12:29PM UTC Former U.S. President Bill Clinton, left, speaks with Burma Opposition Leader Aung San Suu Kyi, during their meeting at her lakeside residence Thursday. Pic: AP.

YANGON, Burma (AP) — Reports of sectarian violence in Burma sicken the world, former U.S. President Bill Clinton said after speaking to political and civic leaders about challenges faced by the emerging democracy following a half-century of military rule. The attacks on Muslims are a topic many in this predominantly

Buddhists in Burma protest Islamic group’s upcoming visit

By Wed, Nov 13, 2013 9:52AM UTC Burmese Buddhist monks carry religious flags as they march to protest against the upcoming visit of a delegation of the Organization of Islamic Cooperationin Yangon Tuesday. Pic: AP.

YANGON, Burma (AP) — Hundreds of Buddhists marched through the streets of Burma’s biggest city on Tuesday to protest an upcoming visit by a high-level delegation from the world’s biggest Islamic political bloc. Some of those who marched in Yangon carried banners saying “Get out!” and “Stop interfering in our

Resistance to malaria drugs spreads in SE Asia

By Tue, Nov 12, 2013 11:54AM UTC Pic: AP.

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. experts are raising the alarm over the spread of drug-resistant malaria in several Southeast Asian countries, endangering major global gains in fighting the mosquito-borne disease that kills more than 600,000 people annually. While the communicable disease wreaks its heaviest toll in Africa, it’s in nations along

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