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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....

Millions sign petition to change Burma constitution

By Thu, Aug 07, 2014 1:23PM UTC Comments Off Aung San Suu Kyi. Pic: AP.

YANGON, Burma (AP) — The party of opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi has collected nearly 5 million signatures in support of changing Burma's military-drafted constitution and challenging the military's dominance in parliament....

Burma information and health ministers step down

By Wed, Jul 30, 2014 10:36AM UTC Comments Off Burma Prime Minister Thein Sein. Pic: AP.

YANGON, Burma (AP) — Burma's ministers for information and health have been allowed to retire, in the country's second Cabinet reshuffle in two months....

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