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Bus-car collision in Burma kills 12 people

By Sat, Apr 12, 2014 5:12PM UTC Comments Off

YANGON, Burma (AP) — A passenger bus has collided with a car and burst into flames along a Burma highway, killing 12 passengers and injuring five others. The Information Ministry says the bus overtook the car Saturday and hit and dragged the vehicle, causing the fuel tank to explode. Six car occupants and six bus...

Burma papers protest sentencing of reporters

By Fri, Apr 11, 2014 12:57PM UTC Comments Off A man buys a weekly news journal at a roadside newspaper stand in Yangon, Burma. Pic: AP.

YANGON, Burma (AP) — Several private newspapers in Burma have printed black front pages to protest the recent arrests and sentencing of journalists. Burma has only recently emerged from a half-century of military rule, and one of the most visible reforms since a new, nominally civilian government came to power in 2011 was a freeing up of the press. But experts warn the media climate has been worsening recently....

US envoy urges Burma to help aid groups return

By Fri, Apr 11, 2014 10:22AM UTC Comments Off Police patrol in Burma's Rakhine state. Pic: AP.

YANGON, Burma (AP) — A visiting U.S. State Department official has urged Burma's government to quickly facilitate the return of international aid organizations to the western state of Rakhine, where tens of thousands of Rohingya Muslims face acute shortages of water, food and medical care....

Suu Kyi, Germany’s Merkel discuss Burma’s future

By Fri, Apr 11, 2014 10:07AM UTC Comments Off German Chancellor Angela Merkel, right, welcomes Burma Opposition Leader Aung San Suu Kyi, center, for a meeting at the chancellery in Berlin, Germany, Thursday. Pic: AP.

BERLIN (AP) — Opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi is discussing Burma 's future with German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin, a city Suu Kyi describes as a symbol of success in achieving unity....

Burma vows to protect aid workers from violence

By Thu, Apr 10, 2014 10:54AM UTC Comments Off Police trucks in Sittwe, Rakhine State. Pic: AP.

YANGON, Burma (AP) — Burma is vowing to protect U.N. and humanitarian aid workers seeking to return to the strife-torn state of Rakhine after rampaging Buddhist mobs attacked the workers' homes and offices....

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