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Burma resumes peace talks with Kachin rebels

By Tue, May 28, 2013 6:15PM UTC

MYITKYINA, Burma (AP) — Burma’s government has launched a fresh round of peace talks with ethnic Kachin rebels, seeking to end a major armed conflict that has recently been overshadowed by strife between Buddhists and Muslims in other parts of the country. The round of talks beginning Tuesday is the

Sri Lanka Met Office apologizes for naming cyclone after revered king

By Tue, May 28, 2013 6:12PM UTC Bangladeshis carry their belongings as they flee Cyclone Mahasen earlier this month. Pic: AP.

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka’s top meteorology official has apologized for naming a deadly cyclone after a king who built massive irrigation tanks well over a millennium ago and was venerated as a god. Political leaders and a farmers’ group have protested the naming of a cyclone after

Chelsea Clinton in Burma for clean water project

By Tue, May 28, 2013 11:43AM UTC Chelsea Clinton, daughter of former U.S. President Bill Clinton, speaks during a launching ceremony in Yangon Monday. Pic: AP.

YANGON, Burma  (AP) — Chelsea Clinton is carrying out some of her father’s globe-trotting work in a country where her mother blazed a diplomatic trail — Burma. She represented former President Bill Clinton’s Clinton Global Initiative at a Monday ceremony bringing Procter & Gamble’s Children’s Safe Drinking Water initiative to

Suu Kyi slams 2-child limit for Muslims in Burma

By Tue, May 28, 2013 11:07AM UTC Aung San Suu Kyi. Pic: AP.

YANGON, Burma (AP) — Opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi and Islamic leaders expressed dismay over decisions by authorities in western Burma to restore a two-child limit on Muslim Rohingya families, a policy that does not apply to Buddhists and follows accusations of ethnic cleansing. Some Buddhists, however, welcomed the

Japan gives Burma $504m loan, forgives debt

By Mon, May 27, 2013 11:12AM UTC Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, center right, and Myanmar President Thein Sein, centre left,  inspect the honor guard at Presidential Palace Sunday, in Naypyitaw, Burma. Pic: AP.

YANGON, Burma (AP) — Japan’s government on Sunday extended its first loan to Burma in 26 years and canceled the remainder of the Southeast Asian country’s debt, as Tokyo looks to re-establish strong economic ties with the former pariah nation. The 51 billion yen ($504 million) loan agreement was signed

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