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Myanmar fisherman goes home after 22 years as a slave

Myanmar fisherman goes home after 22 years as a slave

All he did was ask to go home. The last time the Burmese slave made the same request, he was beaten almost to death. But afte…

  • AP Analysis: Trade victory boosts Obama in Asia Sun, Jun 28, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A legislative victory on trade this past week has given a vital boost to President Barack Obama's effort to deepen U.S. engagement in the Asia-Pacific region. His administration also navigated worrying tensions with China by stressing at high-level talks in Washington how the two powers can cooperate on issues of global concern, like climate change. More »

  • Top Asian News at 7:30 p.m. GMT Sat, Jun 27, 2015

    ISLAMABAD (AP) — A devastating weeklong heat wave in Pakistan's southern port city of Karachi killed 1,233 people, an official said. Nazar Mohammad Bozdar, operations director at the Provincial Disaster Management Authority, said about 65,000 heatstroke patients were treated by doctors at all of Karachi's hospitals since June 20 when the heat wave struck Sindh province, where Karachi is the provincial capital. More »

  • Top Asian News at 6:30 p.m. GMT Fri, Jun 26, 2015

    PUERTO PRINCESA, Philippines (AP) — China is pressing ahead with the construction of artificial islands on at least two reefs that are also claimed by the Philippines in an increasingly tense territorial dispute, Filipino officials said Friday, despite Beijing's pronouncement that some work would end soon. Mayor Eugenio Bito-onon of Kalayaan islands, which are under Philippine control, said he saw Chinese construction in full swing with many dredgers and huge cranes visible when he flew last week near Subi Reef. More »

  • U.S. criticizes Myanmar military veto after law change fails
    U.S. criticizes Myanmar military veto after law change fails Fri, Jun 26, 2015

    By Timothy Mclaughlin and Hnin Yadana Zaw YANGON (Reuters) - The United States said on Friday that an effective legislative veto held by Myanmar's military was undemocratic and reiterated calls for changes to the constitution, a day after lawmakers from the armed forces bloc rejected any significant amendments to the charter. Washington has re-engaged with Myanmar since a quasi-civilian government took power in 2011, ending 49 years of military rule, with President Barack Obama investing substantial personal effort and prestige in promoting democratic reform. The United States has pushed for the country's military to be reined in, submitting to civilian control and stepping back from the political arena. More »

  • Myanmar's parliament blocks changes to constitution
    Myanmar's parliament blocks changes to constitution Thu, Jun 25, 2015

    YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — Myanmar's parliament voted against several constitutional amendments Thursday, ensuring that the military's veto power remains intact and that opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi cannot become president in an election this year. More »

  • Top Asian News at 5:30 p.m. GMT Thu, Jun 25, 2015

    SUSAN-RI, North Korea (AP) — June is something like Hate America Month in North Korea. Officially, it's called "Struggle Against U.S. Imperialism Month" and — more so than usual — it's a time for North Koreans to swarm to war museums, mobilize for gatherings denouncing the evils of the United States and join in a general, nationwide whipping up of anti-American sentiment. More »

  • Moves to change two key constitution clauses fail in Myanmar house vote Thu, Jun 25, 2015

    Motions to amend Myanmar's constitution to remove a military legislative veto on key decisions and change rules that effectively bar Aung San Suu Kyi from the presidency failed on Thursday to win sufficient support in parliament. The ballot followed a three-day joint session to debate changes to the army-drafted constitution and votes to amend the two key clauses fell short of the more than three-quarters support needed to put them to public referendum. More »

  • Myanmar military retains veto after constitution change vote fails
    Myanmar military retains veto after constitution change vote fails Thu, Jun 25, 2015

    By Hnin Yadana Zaw NAYPYITAW (Reuters) - A move to amend Myanmar's constitution to remove the military's legislative veto on key decisions fell short of the required 75 percent support in parliament on Thursday, preserving the armed forces' powerful political role in the Asian nation. The result was no surprise given that a quarter of the seats in the house are, by law, held by the military, which ruled Myanmar for half a century until 2011. The proposal aimed to trim the share of house votes needed to amend the constitution to 70 percent. More »

  • Myanmar parliament rejects charter change in blow to Suu Kyi
    Myanmar parliament rejects charter change in blow to Suu Kyi Thu, Jun 25, 2015

    Myanmar's parliament Thursday dealt a body blow to Aung San Suu Kyi's hopes of amending a junta-era constitution that bars her from the presidency before landmark elections, voting down a bill to end the military's effective veto on charter change. More »

  • Myanmar's parliament blocks Aung San Suu Kyi from presidency, in vote against … Thu, Jun 25, 2015

    YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — Myanmar's parliament blocks Aung San Suu Kyi from presidency, in vote against charter changes. More »

  • Myanmar military puts its case for hanging on to political power
    Myanmar military puts its case for hanging on to political power Wed, Jun 24, 2015

    By Hnin Yadana Zaw NAYPYITAW, Myanmar (Reuters) - A lawmaker in army uniform gave an impassioned speech before Myanmar's parliament, flaunting the might of the military with a picture slide-show of tanks, heavy weapons and statues of heroic soldiers. Under debate are changes to a 2008 constitution that would weaken the powerful political stake the military awarded itself before its top brass ended their half-century rule in 2011 to usher in a new era of managed democracy. "Myanmar is still in a democratic transition ... stability and reconciliation are very important in this period and democratic practices are not mature enough yet," Brigadier General Tin San Naing, one of 166 officers hand-picked by the military to serve as lawmakers, told the house as debate opened on Tuesday. More »

  • Top Asian News at 1:30 p.m. GMT Sun, Jun 21, 2015

    TOKYO (AP) — Foreign ministers from Japan and South Korea held a rare meeting Sunday on the eve of the 50th anniversary since their countries normalized relations marred by Japan's colonization and World War II conquest. Yet, the ties between the most important U.S. allies in Asia are so low that one hoped-for outcome of the meeting is an agreement for the countries' leaders to just show up at Monday's ceremonies in their respective capitals, instead of exchanging written statements. More »

  • Myanmar's Suu Kyi eyes landslide election win
    Myanmar's Suu Kyi eyes landslide election win Sun, Jun 21, 2015

    Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi called on her party Sunday to push for a landslide victory at crucial elections expected later this year as she celebrated her birthday with supporters. More »

  • Election success depends on stability of Myanmar - Suu Kyi
    Election success depends on stability of Myanmar - Suu Kyi Sat, Jun 20, 2015

    By Timothy Mclaughlin and Hnin Yadana Zaw YANGON (Reuters) - Myanmar's opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi said on Saturday the country would need to be stable for an election due in November to be successful and urged her party's candidates to be open about their assets. Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy (NLD) is expected to do well in the parliamentary election, which will be the first free and fair vote in Myanmar in 25 years. Suu Kyi remains barred from holding the president's office by the 2008 military-drafted constitution, which does not allow for individuals with children who are foreign citizens to become president. More »

  • Top Asian News at 12:30 p.m. GMT Sat, Jun 20, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Tensions between the U.S. and China are growing over its island-building in the South China Sea and over suspicions that Beijing was behind a massive hack into a federal government server that resulted in the theft of personnel and security clearance records of 14 million employees and contractors. But both powers have incentives to calm the waters ahead of the Chinese leader's visit to Washington in the fall. More »

  • Suu Kyi party to decide 'soon' on contesting Myanmar polls
    Suu Kyi party to decide 'soon' on contesting Myanmar polls Sat, Jun 20, 2015

    Myanmar's opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi said Saturday her party would shortly decide whether to contest crucial elections, as it battles to change the constitution barring her from the presidency. More »

  • Suu Kyi warns instability could delay Myanmar elections
    Suu Kyi warns instability could delay Myanmar elections Sat, Jun 20, 2015

    YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi told her party's senior members Saturday that this year's general election could be delayed if there is any instability in the country. More »

  • Aung San Suu Kyi accelerates political battle as she turns 70
    Aung San Suu Kyi accelerates political battle as she turns 70 Fri, Jun 19, 2015

    Myanmar's indomitable opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi has entwined her life with the politics of her country, but as she turns 70 on Friday "The Lady" is facing one of the greatest challenges of her decades-long freedom fight. More »

  • Suu Kyi accelerates political battle as she turns 70
    Suu Kyi accelerates political battle as she turns 70 Fri, Jun 19, 2015

    Myanmar's indomitable opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi has entwined her life with the politics of her country, but as she turns 70 on Friday "The Lady" is facing one of the greatest challenges of her decades-long freedom fight. More »

  • How Hong Kong lawmakers rejected Beijing's 'sham' democracy pla … Thu, Jun 18, 2015

    A tiny band of pro-democracy politicians in one of the world’s most open economies has poked a finger into the eye of its sovereign power. Hong Kong democrats vetoed a dictate today by China’s communist leaders over how to select the city’s next chief executive, on grounds that it violated international principles for a free and fair election. Thursday's much-anticipated vote on an electoral reform proposal came after months of peaceful street protest last year and was perhaps the most important on Hong Kong’s democratic development since the former British colony reverted to China in 1997, observers say. More »

  • Amnesty accuses Myanmar government of intimidating media
    Amnesty accuses Myanmar government of intimidating media Wed, Jun 17, 2015

    YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — Myanmar's government is using threats, harassment and imprisonment to intimidate the media ahead of national elections later this year, Amnesty International said Wednesday. More »

  • In Myanmar's election year, radical Buddhism heightens tension
    In Myanmar's election year, radical Buddhism heightens tension Mon, Jun 15, 2015

    By Andrew R.C. Marshall MEIKTILA, Myanmar (Reuters) - When religious violence erupted in Meiktila in central Myanmar two years ago, local politician Win Htein spoke up for the minority Muslims who bore its deadly brunt. Many of his fellow Buddhists have never forgiven him. At least 44 people were killed in March 2013 after a rampage by Buddhist mobs that Win Htein, a lawmaker for the National League for Democracy (NLD), tried to stop.  Led by Aung San Suu Kyi, the NLD will soon contest a general election, and Win Htein admits that memories of his actions then could lose the party votes among Myanmar's Buddhist majority. More »

  • A model of reconciliation for Myanmar Mon, Jun 15, 2015

    Of all the violent conflicts involving religion, one that really boggles outsiders is the persecution of the Rohingya in Myanmar (Burma). Since 2012, this Muslim minority has come under attack from the country’s majority Buddhists – with many monks, who normally teach peace and lovingkindness, at the front lines. Myanmar’s leaders are under pressure from the West to protect the 1 million Rohingyas from Buddhist chauvinists. More »

  • Burma Doesn't Want the Rohingya but Insists on Keeping Them
    Burma Doesn't Want the Rohingya but Insists on Keeping Them Fri, Jun 12, 2015

    What happens when the government systematically isolates an ethnic minority, denies its members citizenship rights, sends them to refugee camps, looks away as a campaign of ethnic violence targets them, and ultimately promises to drive them out of the country? Now, what happens if the same government says they also can’t leave? According to The New York Times, the government of Burma says it will prevent members of the country’s beleaguered Rohingya Muslim population from leaving. More »

  • How Zhou Yongkang verdict aids President Xi's 'Chinese dream' Fri, Jun 12, 2015

    The life sentence handed to Zhou Yongkang on Thursday shows that President Xi Jinping’s high-stakes program to rid himself of opposition and to centralize power in the Chinese party-state is proceeding apace. Mr. Zhou, once a figure of immense clout and wealth, had previously been a Politburo standing committee member, head of state security, and general manager of the oil giant China National Petroleum. The leader of that faction, former Politburo member Bo Xilai, is now also serving a life sentence after being convicted in 2013 for embezzlement in a high-profile trial. More »

  • China calls for border stability after Myanmar ceasefire Fri, Jun 12, 2015

    China on Friday called on Myanmar to restore stability to their common border after a rebel group that has been battling the Myanmar military announced a unilateral ceasefire. The ethnic Chinese Myanmar National Democratic Alliance Army (MNDAA) announced the ceasefire after coming under pressure from Beijing to end four months of intense fighting. Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei said China, which is currently playing host to Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi, welcomed the ceasefire. More »

  • When China stands to reason Thu, Jun 11, 2015

    As far as we know, pollsters have yet to figure out if people today are more committed than in the past to reason together and freely seek the truth. Yet when China’s ruling Communist Party warmly welcomes a visit by a leading democracy advocate, Aung San Suu Kyi, a poll might not be needed. More »

  • China urges Suu Kyi to maintain positive ties, no mention of dissident
    China urges Suu Kyi to maintain positive ties, no mention of dissident Thu, Jun 11, 2015

    Chinese President Xi Jinping told Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi on Thursday that he hoped Myanmar would maintain a consistent and positive position on relations, state media said, regardless of any changes in Myanmar's domestic politics. China has been keen to engage Suu Kyi, whose National League for Democracy (NLD) party is expected to do well in a general election in November, the first free vote in the country for 25 years. There was no mention of whether Suu Kyi raised the issue of fellow Nobel Peace Prize winner Liu Xiaobo, who was jailed for 11 years in 2009 for subversion for organizing a petition urging an end to one-party rule. More »

  • Myanmar's Aung San Suu Kyi meets China's president Thu, Jun 11, 2015

    BEIJING (AP) — Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi met Thursday with Chinese President Xi Jinping during a visit to Beijing aimed at building ties with her country's powerful neighbor. More »

  • China's Xi Jinping meets Myanmar's Aung San Suu Kyi
    China's Xi Jinping meets Myanmar's Aung San Suu Kyi Thu, Jun 11, 2015

    Myanmar's Aung San Suu Kyi met Chinese President Xi Jinping in Beijing on Thursday, state media said, during her closely watched first visit that China hopes will establish a line of communication with the influential opposition leader. More »

  • Under pressure from China, Kokang rebels declare Myanmar ceasefire Thu, Jun 11, 2015

    By Timothy Mclaughlin and Hnin Yadana Zaw YANGON (Reuters) - An ethnic Chinese rebel group that has been battling the Myanmar military on the border with China has announced a unilateral ceasefire, the group said on Thursday, after coming under pressure from Beijing to end four months of intense fighting. The Myanmar National Democratic Alliance Army (MNDAA), which is led by ethnic Chinese commander Peng Jiasheng, said in a statement that the ceasefire began on Wednesday. "The Chinese government's strong calls for restoring peace in the China-Myanmar border region," was one of the reasons for the decision, the statement said. More »

  • Top Asian News at 3:30 a.m. GMT Thu, Jun 11, 2015

    SYDNEY (AP) — Australia's prime minister told an Asia-Pacific regional conference on Thursday that terrorism was a modern form of treason and the region's greatest security challenge. Prime Minister Tony Abbott gave an opening address to delegates from about 30 countries attending a conference in Sydney on countering terrorism propaganda and enhancing regional cooperation. More »

  • Making first visit to China, Aung San Suu Kyi's pragmatism in play Wed, Jun 10, 2015

    Aung San Suu Kyi’s arrival in Beijing for high-level talks appears to mark her transformation from opposition icon and Nobel laureate, to pragmatic Asian politician and stateswoman. During her visit, made at Beijing’s invitation, Ms. Suu Kyi is due to meet President Xi Jinping in her role as opposition leader and as the daughter of General Aung San, a nationalist hero. More »

  • Myanmar's Aung San Suu Kyi in China for first visit
    Myanmar's Aung San Suu Kyi in China for first visit Wed, Jun 10, 2015

    Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi arrived in China Wednesday for a debut visit that will cast an intriguing light on Beijing's attitude towards the democracy champion and Nobel laureate as she bids to take power. More »

  • Top leaders to host Suu Kyi on her 1st visit to China
    Top leaders to host Suu Kyi on her 1st visit to China Wed, Jun 10, 2015

    BEIJING (AP) — Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi will meet with Chinese leaders in Beijing this week to build ties with her country's giant neighbor, while China hopes to shore up its declining influence in the Southeast Asian nation following recent democratic reforms there. More »