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People watch a burning mosque in Lashio, northern Shan State during sectarian violence last year. Pic: AP.

Burma says sectarian violence challenges reforms

By Wed, Oct 01, 2014 2:03PM UTC Comments Off People watch a burning mosque in Lashio, northern Shan State during sectarian violence last year. Pic: AP.

NEW YORK (AP) — Burma's foreign minister says sectarian violence between Buddhists and minority Muslims has thrown up an "unfortunate and unexpected challenge" in the country's transition to democracy, but he denies the unrest has been fueled by racism....

Burma and Sri Lankan Buddhist hard-liners sign agreement

By Wed, Oct 01, 2014 1:46PM UTC Comments Off Sri Lankan Buddhist monks listen to Burma's hard-line Buddhist monk Ashin Wirathu speak at a convention organized by Sri Lanka's Bodu Bala Sena. Pic: AP.

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — A Burma Buddhist monk and a Sri Lankan ultranationalist both known for campaigning against Muslims have formally signed an agreement to work together to protect Buddhism....

Burma convicts activist 11 times for single march

By Thu, Sep 11, 2014 5:44PM UTC Comments Off Htin Kyaw pictured outside a court in Yangon last month. Pic: AP.

YANGON, Burma (AP) — A Burmese court has sentenced a prominent human rights activist to two years in prison for marching through its biggest city and handing out leaflets that questioned the legitimacy of the country's new, nominally civilian government....

Dethroned Burmese beauty queen runs off with crown, new boobs

By Fri, Aug 29, 2014 3:57PM UTC Comments Off Burmese model May Myat Noe. Pic: AP.

YANGON, Burma (AP) — The first Burma national to win an international pageant has been stripped of her title for being rude and dishonest, and has allegedly run off with the expensive crown and breast implants. ...

High stakes in Burma’s peace process

By Sat, Aug 23, 2014 11:08AM UTC Comments Off Burma army soldiers in Kachin State. Pic: AP.

The Burmese government has pursued more than a dozen rounds of cease-fire talks with the country’s major armed ethnic groups over the past three years but has missed the timetable for achieving a nationwide cease-fire agreement several times. ...

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