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Thai navy sues website over Rohingya allegations

By Fri, Dec 20, 2013 1:17PM UTC Rohingya migrants sit on a police van in southern Thailand. Pic: AP.

Thailand’s navy has filed criminal defamation charges against a news website that published stories alleging Thai military involvement in the trafficking of Burma’s ethnic Rohingya boatpeople, an editor said.

US blacklists Burma firms for NKorea arms trade

By Wed, Dec 18, 2013 1:26PM UTC

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States imposed sanctions Tuesday on a Burma military officer and three companies it accuses of involvement in the continuing, illicit arms trade with North Korea. The designations do not directly target Burma’s government but will deepen doubts over the nation’s compliance with U.N. Security Council

UN: Poverty pushing Burma opium output higher

By Wed, Dec 18, 2013 12:57PM UTC Villagers harvest opium in Burma's Shan State. Pic: AP.

Official efforts to stamp out opium production in Burma are falling flat because poor farmers don’t have alternative ways to make a living, a U.N. agency said Wednesday.

Burma’s president pardons 44 political prisoners

By Wed, Dec 11, 2013 6:59PM UTC

YANGON, Burma (AP) — Burma’s president has pardoned 44 political prisoners, coinciding with the country’s hosting of the Southeast Asian Games. The majority of those freed Wednesday were activists charged under a peaceful assembly law that sets a maximum one-year prison term to people who protest without permission. (MORE: Why

Few heirs apparent to Mandela’s symbol of freedom

By Sun, Dec 08, 2013 12:08PM UTC This combination of 2013 file photos shows, from left, Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi; Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani teenager shot by the Taliban for promoting education for girls, and Tibet's spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama. The passing of Nelson Mandela leaves a waning number of global figures representing freedom and resilience against oppression - and a changing world that makes it harder for anyone to approach Mandela’s iconic power. (AP Photo/Peter Morrison, Craig Ruttle, Marco Ugarte)

The passing of Nelson Mandela leaves a waning number of global figures representing freedom and resilience against oppression — and a changing world that makes it harder for anyone to approach Mandela’s iconic power. There are a few whose trials have made them symbols of freedom, including the former political

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