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Burma Prime Minister Thein Sein. Pic: AP.

Burma commutes death sentences, jail terms

By Fri, Jan 03, 2014 11:04AM UTC 1 Comment Burma Prime Minister Thein Sein. Pic: AP.

YANGON, Burma (AP) — Burma's president on Thursday commuted the death sentences of some convicts and slashed the jail terms of others, but it was unclear whether any political prisoners would be freed through his order....

New rival for 2015 elections in Burma

By Thu, Jul 18, 2013 10:31AM UTC Comments Off New rival for 2015 elections in Burma

By Aung Tun Though the next election in Burma/Myanmar will be held in November 2015, almost three years from now, the election campaign is already more intense than expected. However, it is not just a campaign between the opposition National League for Democracy (NLD) and the ruling party, the Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP);...

Abolishing Burma’s feared border force: PR or reform?

By Mon, Jul 15, 2013 5:58PM UTC Comments Off Burma President Thein Sein. Pic: AP.

Surprise news arrived on Sunday with a statement from President Thein Sein’s office announcing the disbanding of NaSaKa, the feared security force that has manned Burma’s border with Bangladesh (and previously the Chinese and Thai borders), and attracted fierce criticism for its treatment of civilians in western Burma. It was always seen as symbolic of...

Burma leader talks peace with Shan ethnic rebels

By Tue, Jun 11, 2013 9:26AM UTC Comments Off Burma President Thein Sein. Pic: AP.

NAYPYITAW, Burma (AP) — The Burma government’s efforts to make peace with ethnic minorities took another step forward Monday as representatives of the country’s biggest minority group, the Shan, met with the country’s reformist president in the capital. Shan State Army (South) leader Yawd Serk said after the talks that President Thein Sein had agreed...

Obama vows US support as Burma leader visits

By Tue, May 21, 2013 8:35AM UTC Comments Off President Barack Obama gestures during a meeting with Burma's President Thein Sein in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, on Monday. Pic: AP.

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. President Barack Obama told Burma’s president during a long-awaited White House visit that he appreciates the leader’s efforts to lead the Asian country on its long, and sometimes difficult, path to democracy and assured him of U.S. support. Former general Thein Sein was the first president of Burma to visit the...

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