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Burma rejects UN envoy’s claim he was attacked by Buddhist mob

By Thu, Aug 22, 2013 4:17PM UTC UN human rights envoy to Burma Tomas Ojea Quintana. Pic: AP.

YANGON, Burma (AP) — Burma said a U.N. human rights envoy was well-protected during a visit to a city wracked by religious violence, brushing off his claims that police did nothing as a 200-strong Buddhist mob descended on his car, kicking the windows and doors and shouting abuses. President Thein

Burma Buddhist mob swarms car of UN rights envoy

By Thu, Aug 22, 2013 11:43AM UTC Tomas Ojea Quintana. Pic: AP.

YANGON, Burma (AP) — A U.N. human rights envoy visiting Burma said Wednesday that a confrontation he had with an angry mob made him empathize with victims of the country’s deadly sectarian violence. Tomas Ojea Quintana said 200 angry Buddhists mobbed his car after he landed this week in the

Tobacco brands slip into Burma without fanfare

By Wed, Aug 21, 2013 4:08PM UTC A man arranges boxes of cigarettes at his roadside tobacco shop in Yangon. Pic: AP.

YANGON, Burma (AP) — As some of the world’s biggest companies trumpet their arrival in Asia’s hottest frontier market, the tobacco industry has a different strategy: It’s slipping into Burma without fanfare. The impoverished nation of 60 million people emerged from a half-century of isolation and brutal military rule two

Thai minister accuses Rohingya refugees of ‘feigning pitifulness’

By Wed, Aug 21, 2013 10:00AM UTC Rohingya migrants sit on a police van in southern Thailand. Pic: AP.

In the past year an estimated that over 35,000 Rohingya – an ethnic minority group from Burma who are denied citizenship there and targeted in deadly persecution (partly incited by Buddhist monks) – fled on often overcrowded and frail boats to the Andaman Sea. They often land on Thailand’s shorelines instead

86 Muslim Rohingya escape from Thai detention

By Tue, Aug 20, 2013 7:34PM UTC

BANGKOK (AP) — More than 80 Muslim Rohingya asylum seekers from Burma detained in southern Thailand for illegally entering the country escaped from a crowded immigration detention center on Tuesday after nearly eight months in jail, police said. Eighty-six out of 137 men at the immigration building used blades to

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