Burma

Buddhists in Burma torch Muslim homes and shops

By Mon, Aug 26, 2013 10:13AM UTC Debris of burning buildings in Htan Gone village of Kantbalu township, Sagaing division Burma, Sunday. Pic: AP.

HTAN GONE, Burma (AP) — Members of a 1,000-strong Buddhist mob torched dozens of homes and shops in northwestern Burma following rumors that a Muslim man tried to sexually assault a young woman, officials and witnesses said, as the country was once again gripped by sectarian violence. The rioters, who

Buddhists torch Muslim homes in Burma

By Sun, Aug 25, 2013 3:08PM UTC

YANGON, Burma (AP) — Fresh sectarian violence broke out in northwestern Burma late Saturday when Buddhist mobs burned down dozens of homes and shops following rumors that a young woman had been sexually assaulted by a Muslim man. There were no reports of injuries. Burma’s radical monk Wirathu, whose anti-Muslim

Hundreds of Muslims in western Burma relocated

By Sun, Aug 25, 2013 2:19PM UTC

YANGON, Burma (AP) — Hundreds of Muslims trapped in ghetto-like conditions in western Myanmar after their homes were torched by Buddhist-mobs last year were moved Saturday to a camp for internally displaced people, officials said. Government spokesman Win Myaing said the relocation from Aung Mingalar quarter in Sittwe township was

Burma facing ‘urgent’ drug-resistant TB threat

By Sat, Aug 24, 2013 12:01PM UTC In this Aug 21, 2013 photo, a patient goes through eye-examination at a clinic for HIV and Tuberculosis patients, run by Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) in suburbs of Yangon, Burma. Tuberculosis is one of the world's most infectious killers affecting 12 million people, with an estimated 9,000 new infections every year in Burma, according to WHO, only 800 of which have ever gotten treatment. Experts from across the globe were gathering in Yangon this week for a two-day symposium aimed at finding ways to speed up diagnosis of drug-resistant tuberculosis, improve patient care and take advantage of new shortened and less toxic treatments. (AP Photo/Gemunu Amarasinghe)

YANGON, Burma (AP) — Twice a month, Min Naing Oo visits emaciated patients at a Myanmar clinic, urging them through his face-mask to keep taking their medicine no matter how sick it makes them. Otherwise they will die — and fuel the spread of drug-resistant tuberculosis in a country that

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,

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