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Hunt starts for centuries-old, 270 ton bell in Burma river

By Thu, Aug 14, 2014 3:14PM UTC Comments Off

YANGON, Burma (AP) — A team of divers is trying to retrieve a bronze bell that has been lying for centuries at the confluence of three rivers south of Burma’s old capital, Yangon. The 270 ton bell, believed to be one of the largest ever cast, was made on the order of King Dhammazedi in...

Burma lifts curfew in Mandalay

By Tue, Aug 12, 2014 5:59PM UTC Comments Off

YANGON, Burma (AP) — Authorities in Burma’s second-largest city of Mandalay have lifted a curfew imposed after attacks on minority Muslims left two people dead and injured 14 others. The rioting in early July was triggered by rumors that two Muslim men had raped a Buddhist woman. Mobs torched homes and shops, prompting authorities on...

State Dept defends John Kerry’s stay in blacklisted Burma hotel

By Tue, Aug 12, 2014 5:36PM UTC Comments Off U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry. Pic: AP.

YANGON, Burma (AP) — The U.S. says Secretary of State John Kerry wasn't breaking any rules when he stayed in a hotel owned by a tycoon blacklisted by the U.S. because of ties with Burma's former military regime....

Kerry presses Burma on democratic reform

By Sun, Aug 10, 2014 12:39PM UTC Comments Off

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is warning the leaders of Burma that improved relations with the United States will require a significant speed-up in its democratic transition and a halt to what Washington sees as backsliding on commitments to improve human rights....

Online development gathers pace in Burma

By Fri, Aug 08, 2014 3:02PM UTC Comments Off Photo courtesy Ooredoo Myanmar

Burma's emerging tech and telecoms sectors saw two major boons this week. Ooredoo announced it will launch low-cost products and services on August 15, and Code for Change Myanmar announced it will host the country's second-ever hackathon in early September. ...

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