Burma

Burma: Constitutional dilemma – revision or drawing a new charter?

By Fri, Aug 23, 2013 7:03PM UTC Opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi asks a question during a regular session of the parliament at Myanmar Lower House on 25 July, 2012, in Naypyitaw, Myanmar. (AP Photo/Khin Maung Win)

President Thein Sein’s government has declared itself a reformist administration since it took power in March 2011. At present, it has to meet a confrontational challenge so as to show its proper practice regarding constitutional change, which has been called for by various oppositions. As demands for constitutional amendment increased,

Ousted China politician Bo Xilai denies taking bribes

By Thu, Aug 22, 2013 4:32PM UTC Bo Xilai, center, stands on trial at the court  in eastern China's Shandong province on Thursday. Pic: AP.

JINAN, China (AP) — Ousted Chinese politician Bo Xilai recanted a confession of bribery while prosecutors alleged he used his wife and son to help collect more than $4 million in illicit funds, as he stood trial Thursday in China’s biggest political scandal in decades. Court officials released frequent microblog

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

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