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Controversial Buddhist monk Wirathu. Pic: AP.

Burma police: Explosion near Wirathu sermon in Mandalay wounds 5

By Mon, Jul 22, 2013 12:40PM UTC Comments Off Controversial Buddhist monk Wirathu. Pic: AP.

YANGON, Burma (AP) — A small explosion went off near a firebrand monk as he was giving a sermon in Burma’s second-largest city, wounding five people, police and witnesses said Monday. The blast occurred at around 9 p.m. Sunday during a Buddhist ceremony in Mandalay. Ashin Wirathu — a monk accused of inciting violence with...

Violence flares in Burma ahead of Obama visit

By Fri, Nov 16, 2012 5:26PM UTC Comments Off US President Barack Obama. Pic: AP.

YANGON, Burma (AP) — Ethnic rebels in northern Burma staged a deadly attack on a prison convoy, state media reported Friday, highlighting one of the country’s violence-plagued corners days before President Barack Obama’s historic visit to the former pariah state. About 30 ethnic Kachin rebels ambushed the five-car convoy Wednesday in Kachin state, killing two...

Burma: Fresh clashes between Muslims, Buddhists

By Tue, Oct 23, 2012 5:04PM UTC Comments Off

YANGON, Burma (AP) — Fresh clashes between Muslims and Buddhists have broken out in volatile western Burma, leaving at least three people dead and hundreds of homes burned to the ground, authorities said Tuesday. The unrest, which erupted Sunday night, is some of the worst reported between Rohingya Muslims and ethnic Rakhine Buddhists since skirmishes...

Burma students swell ranks at land grab protest

By Wed, Sep 12, 2012 4:00PM UTC Comments Off

YANGON, Burma (AP) — Students have joined farmers and other protesters against a land grab for a copper mining project in northwestern Burma. The student activists from the city of Mandalay joined Tuesday’s protest in Monywa in northwestern Sagaing region after police arrested 12 demonstrators on Monday. Land rights activist Win Cho in Yangon said...

Burma invites anti-colonialist home from exile

By Mon, Sep 10, 2012 11:00AM UTC Comments Off

YANGON, Burma (AP) — One of Burma’s legendary “Thirty Comrades” who spearheaded the struggle against British colonialism has been invited back from exile by President Thein Sein. The daughter of 92-year-old Kyaw Zaw told U.S.-funded Radio Free Asia in an interview this weekend that the invitation was conveyed by President’s Office Minister Aung Min. She...

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