Burma

Is Burma in the midst of constitutional Catch 22?

By Wed, Oct 09, 2013 3:08PM UTC Opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi speaks as she asks a question during a regular session of parliament. Pic: AP.

Burma’s seemingly civilian government headed by President U Thein Sein has declared itself as a reformist administration since it took power in March 2011. Now, these claims are being put to the test as it comes under increasing pressure to revise the constitution. As demands for constitutional amendment increase, the

Disputes cloud Asia-Pacific summit focus on trade

By Tue, Oct 08, 2013 5:47PM UTC Left to right, Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, Papua New Guinean Prime Minister Peter O'Neill, Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, Peruvian Foreign Minister Eda Rivas and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry at the APEC conference. Pic: AP.

BALI, Indonesia (AP) — Asia-Pacific leaders vowed Tuesday to cooperate on stabilizing a global economic recovery threatened by resource scarcity and bottlenecks to growth. Leaders of the 21-member Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum wrapped up their annual summit with a pledge to protect security of food, energy and water from threats

Burma frees prisoners ahead of regional summit

By Tue, Oct 08, 2013 3:48PM UTC Burma frees prisoners ahead of regional summit

YANGON, Burma (AP) — Burma’s president has pardoned 56 political prisoners, moving forward with his pledge to by the end of the year release all those jailed for opposing the government. President Thein Sein ordered their release Tuesday, just ahead of a forum in Brunei to be attended by leaders

Muslim victims say Burma police aided attackers

By Sun, Oct 06, 2013 1:30PM UTC In this Oct. 3, 2013 file photo, a Kaman Muslim woman cries after government authorities visited the area to give donations and comfort victims of sectarian violence between Buddhists and Muslims in Shwehlay village, Thandwe, Rakhine State, in western Myanmar.  Even as President Thein Sein came to western Myanmar to urge an end to the sectarian violence, security forces could not prevent Buddhist mobs from torching the homes of minority Muslims or hacking them to death, at times, unwittingly, even encouraging them. That has raised questions about the government's ability to quench a virulent strain of religious hatred blamed for the deaths of more than 240 people in the last 18 months. The latest attack occurred Tuesday, Oct. 1, in Thandwe township, killing five just hours before President Thein touched down for a scheduled visit.  (AP Photo/Khin Maung Win, File)

THANDWE, Burma/Myanmar (AP) — Even as the president came to western Burma to urge an end to sectarian violence, security forces could not prevent Buddhist mobs from torching the homes of minority Muslims or hacking them to death, at times, unwittingly, even encouraging them. That has raised questions about the government’s

Burma says suspects arrested after Thandwe riots

By Sun, Oct 06, 2013 10:46AM UTC An armed police officer guards as Rohingya Muslims stand behind him at a refugee camp in Sittwe, capital of Rakhine State, western Burma. Pic: AP.

YANGON, Burma/Myanmar (AP) — Authorities in Burma arrested 44 suspects for their alleged role in sectarian violence that wracked a coastal township in western Burma over the last week, state media reported. Five Muslims were killed and scores of homes set on fire when Buddhist mobs went on a rampage in Thandwe,

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