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  • Kachin rebels renew plea for U.S. role to ensure fair Myanmar peace
    Kachin rebels renew plea for U.S. role to ensure fair Myanmar peace Tue, Apr 22, 2014

    By David Brunnstrom WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The last ethnic insurgent group still fighting Myanmar's government has issued a new plea for the United States to become involved in peace efforts in order to guarantee future minority rights. General Gun Maw, deputy commander in chief of the Kachin Independence Army and a member of the insurgents' main political committee, said he made the request to U.S. officials during a visit to the United States that began last week. Gun Maw, thought to be the most senior KIA official ever to visit Washington, said the invitation was first extended to the United States, Britain, China and the United Nations in February last year. "This trip, I reaffirmed that invitation," Gun Maw told Reuters in an interview on Monday. More »

  • Anti-junta Myanmar journalist Win Tin dies at 85
    Anti-junta Myanmar journalist Win Tin dies at 85 Mon, Apr 21, 2014

    YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — Win Tin, a prominent journalist who became Myanmar's longest-serving political prisoner after challenging military rule by co-founding the National League for Democracy, died Monday, He was 85. More »

  • Veteran Myanmar pro-democracy campaigner Win Tin dies
    Veteran Myanmar pro-democracy campaigner Win Tin dies Mon, Apr 21, 2014

    Win Tin, one of the founders of Myanmar's pro-democracy opposition and its longest-serving political prisoner, died Monday aged 84 after striving for decades to bring freedom to a nation under military dictatorship. More »

  • Win Tin, journalist and opponent of Myanmar's military, dies aged 84
    Win Tin, journalist and opponent of Myanmar's military, dies aged 84 Mon, Apr 21, 2014

    By Aung Hla Tun YANGON (Reuters) - Win Tin, a veteran Myanmar journalist and ally of Aung San Suu Kyi, who spent 19 years in prison because of his fight against military rule, died on Monday at the age of 84, colleagues said. He was a founding member of Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy (NLD) in 1988 and one of the party's leaders, but said he preferred being a journalist. "I honestly think I was cut out just to be a journalist rather than a politician," he told Reuters in 2010. But he was an activist journalist and could not sit idly by as his people suffered under decades of dictatorship. More »

  • Burma’s Badass Gun-toting Medics
    Burma’s Badass Gun-toting Medics Sat, Apr 19, 2014

    The Free Burma Rangers are one of the few aid groups left operating in Myanmar’s contested ethnic states—and their work often straddles the line between humanitarian relief and armed activism. More »

  • US calls on Myanmar to stop violence on Muslims Fri, Apr 18, 2014

    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — U.S. U.N. Ambassador Samantha Power called on Myanmar's government Thursday to take urgent steps to stop the violence in the western region where thousands of Rohingya Muslims have fled their homes, warning that continuing unrest could imperil the country's path to democracy and prosperity. More »

  • U.S. envoy Power urges Myanmar action to stop Rakhine violence
    U.S. envoy Power urges Myanmar action to stop Rakhine violence Thu, Apr 17, 2014

    U.S. ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power on Thursday urged the Myanmar government to intervene in Rakhine State to stop violence between ethnic Rakhine Buddhists and Rohingya Muslims and ensure the delivery of humanitarian aid. Power's remarks came after U.N. special adviser on Myanmar Vijay Nambiar briefed the 15-member U.N. Security Council on Thursday on the crisis in the country formerly known as Burma. At least 237 have been killed in religious violence in Myanmar since June 2012 and more than 140,000 displaced, many of them stateless Rohingya Muslims in Rakhine State, one of Myanmar's poorest regions that is home to 1 million Rohingya. More »

  • Suu Kyi cautions Myanmar 'not yet a democracy'
    Suu Kyi cautions Myanmar 'not yet a democracy' Fri, Apr 11, 2014

    Myanmar's opposition leader and Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi warned Friday that her country, despite a spate of reforms hailed by the international community, "is not yet a democracy". More »

  • Internet freedom in Myanmar: A curse or an opportunity?
    Internet freedom in Myanmar: A curse or an opportunity? Fri, Apr 11, 2014

    With Myanmar's recently acquired internet freedom, questions arise about hate speech and incitement to violence online. More »

  • Italy's Berlusconi headed for community service
    Italy's Berlusconi headed for community service Thu, Apr 10, 2014

    Italian prosecutors on Thursday approved a request by Silvio Berlusconi's lawyers for the three-time prime minister to do community service rather than face house arrest following a tax fraud conviction. More »

  • Prosecutor, defence urge community service for Berlusconi
    Prosecutor, defence urge community service for Berlusconi Thu, Apr 10, 2014

    By Emilio Parodi MILAN (Reuters) - Both the prosecution and defence have asked a Milan court to order former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi to serve a one-year sentence for tax fraud doing community service, judicial sources said on Thursday. The ruling will be crucial in determining what role the 77-year-old - still the most influential political figure on Italy's right - can continue to play in public life over the coming year. Berlusconi could in theory be sent to prison or put under house arrest, but as both the prosecutor and his lawyers favour community service, this appears the most likely outcome. An Italian government agency earlier asked for Berlusconi to work in a centre for the elderly. More »

  • Suu Kyi in Germany hopes Myanmar can overcome strife
    Suu Kyi in Germany hopes Myanmar can overcome strife Thu, Apr 10, 2014

    Myanmar pro-democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi said on a trip to Germany Thursday that she hoped her country could also overcome its internal divisions amid deadly Buddhist-Muslim strife. More »

  • Suu Kyi, Germany's Merkel discuss Myanmar's future
    Suu Kyi, Germany's Merkel discuss Myanmar's future Thu, Apr 10, 2014

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

  • US optimism ebbs over Myanmar reforms
    US optimism ebbs over Myanmar reforms Fri, Apr 4, 2014

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Two years after the United States announced the normalization of diplomatic relations with Myanmar, optimism in Washington over the nation's embrace of democracy is waning and concern over the plight of minority Muslims is growing. More »

  • Energy giants win Myanmar offshore oil and gas blocks
    Energy giants win Myanmar offshore oil and gas blocks Wed, Mar 26, 2014

    This picture taken on February 23, 2013, shows a Myanmar worker filling up a car at a petrol station in Yangon More »

  • US panel: End persecution of Muslims in Myanmar Tue, Mar 25, 2014

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The House Foreign Affairs Committee on Tuesday called for an end to persecution of Myanmar's minority Rohingya Muslims in one of the strongest U.S. congressional criticisms yet of Myanmar's reformist government. More »

  • Cell phones catapult 'Shangri-La' Bhutan into modern age
    Cell phones catapult 'Shangri-La' Bhutan into modern age Mon, Mar 24, 2014

    A Bhutanese man speaks on his mobile phone as he stands on a street in the kingdom's capital Thimphu, on February 20, 2014 More »

  • Myanmar plans by-elections for 28 seats this year Thu, Mar 20, 2014

    YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — Myanmar will hold by-elections later this year to fill 28 unoccupied parliamentary seats, its top elections official said Thursday, letting contending parties test the political waters about a year ahead of the next general election. More »

  • Myanmar to mull interfaith marriage law
    Myanmar to mull interfaith marriage law Fri, Feb 28, 2014

    President Thein Sein asks parliament to consider an intermarriage bill aimed at 'protecting' Buddhists. More »

  • DJ Travis faces sex assault retrial 'nightmare'
    DJ Travis faces sex assault retrial 'nightmare' Tue, Feb 25, 2014

    Disc jockey Dave Lee Travis said his personal "nightmare" was going to continue after he found out he faces a retrial on two sexual assault charges. More »

  • Victims of BBC sex offender Savile were laughed at - report
    Victims of BBC sex offender Savile were laughed at - report Mon, Feb 24, 2014

    By Michael Holden LONDON (Reuters) - Victims of Jimmy Savile, the former BBC TV presenter who after his death was unmasked as one of Britain's most prolific sex offenders, said they were ignored or laughed at when they tried to report that he had abused them, a report said on Monday. Last year, police said Savile, one of the country's best-known celebrities in the 1970s and 1980s, had sexually abused hundreds of victims, mainly youngsters, at hospitals and at BBC premises over six decades until his death aged 84 in 2011. A report by the charity, the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC), found many of those Savile had targeted said the authorities had dismissed their claims at the time of the abuse while others stayed silent because they feared they would not be believed. "Half a century on, the world finally discovered just how dreadful his crimes were - something these men and women had known all that time but felt powerless to do anything about." Detectives say Savile, a one-time professional wrestler who became famous as a pioneering DJ in the 1960s, used his fame as a TV presenter and dedicated charity fundraiser to gain access to children. More »

  • British DJ Travis faces sex assault retrial 'nightmare'
    British DJ Travis faces sex assault retrial 'nightmare' Mon, Feb 24, 2014

    British disc jockey Dave Lee Travis said his personal "nightmare" was going to continue after he found out Monday he faces a retrial on two sexual assault charges. More »

  • Is Suu Kyi eclipsing Myanmar's peace process?
    Is Suu Kyi eclipsing Myanmar's peace process? Mon, Feb 17, 2014

    The pro-democracy icon may not be able to run for president unless the constitution is changed. More »

  • DJ Travis cleared of sex assaults
    DJ Travis cleared of sex assaults Fri, Feb 14, 2014

    Disc jockey Dave Lee Travis said he had been through "a year and a half of hell" after he was cleared by a jury of a string of sexual assault charges. More »

  • British DJ Travis cleared of sex assaults
    British DJ Travis cleared of sex assaults Thu, Feb 13, 2014

    British disc jockey Dave Lee Travis said he had been through "a year and a half of hell" after he was cleared by a jury Thursday of a string of sexual assault charges. More »

  • Myanmar carrier to boost international routes with lease deal
    Myanmar carrier to boost international routes with lease deal Tue, Feb 11, 2014

    Myanma Airways has signed a contract with GE Capital to lease 10 Boeing aircraft worth nearly a billion dollars in a major makeover More »

  • Cameron defends 'family of nations'
    Cameron defends 'family of nations' Fri, Feb 7, 2014

    David Cameron evoked his own family's Scottish heritage as he delivered a heartfelt plea for Scotland to remain part of the United Kingdom. More »

  • Myanmar's Buddhist-Rohingya ethnic divide
    Myanmar's Buddhist-Rohingya ethnic divide Tue, Feb 4, 2014

    Displaced Rohingya Muslims struggle with persecution and Buddhist resentment. More »

  • Wikipedia project aims to enshrine celebrity voice recordings
    Wikipedia project aims to enshrine celebrity voice recordings Tue, Jan 28, 2014

    Famous people of the internet — and the world at large — are being asked to record their voice for digital archiving as part of a year-old Wikipedia project. That effort, led by Wikipedia contributor Andy Mabbett, began in late 2012 and is now getting off the ground with recordings by British celebrity Stephen Fry and astronaut Charlie Duke. The program asks for anyone with their own Wikipedia entry to record a short snippet (around 10 seconds) that's attached to the page with its own audio transcription. Some of those subjects may have been dead for years, making it a direct way to archive studio-quality versions of their voice. More »

  • Muslims in Myanmar 'Treated Like Animals', Says Rohingya Activist
    Muslims in Myanmar 'Treated Like Animals', Says Rohingya Activist Tue, Jan 28, 2014

    Unprecedented political reforms in Myanmar have been widely celebrated, but these achievements are marred by increasing religious extremism and horrific levels of violence aimed at the region's Muslims. But over the last two years, several violent episodes against Muslims led by angry Buddhist mobs have tainted the picture of a progressive Myanmar painted by president Thein Sein. The capital Yangon, a multicultural city populated by Buddhists, Christians and Muslims, has also witnessed a rise in fear and suspicions among the two communities. Over recent days, UN humanitarian chiefs, and human rights organisations have reported credible evidence of a massacre of at least 48 Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar's western Rakhine State, with many of the victims believed to be women and children. More »

  • DJ Travis says live TV grope claims 'insane'
    DJ Travis says live TV grope claims 'insane' Tue, Jan 28, 2014

    Disc jockey Dave Lee Travis said claims that he groped a young woman live on BBC television were "insane", as he gave testimony in his trial on Tuesday. More »

  • World Bank pledges $2 billion for Myanmar
    World Bank pledges $2 billion for Myanmar Sun, Jan 26, 2014

    A man checks electricity meters at a building in downtown Yangon on September 26, 2013 More »

  • Myanmar releases child soldiers from service
    Myanmar releases child soldiers from service Sat, Jan 18, 2014

    Armed forces release 96 children and youths in the country's largest single release of underage recruits. More »

  • Dave Lee Travis first in court in trials over showbiz sex abuse
    Dave Lee Travis first in court in trials over showbiz sex abuse Wed, Jan 15, 2014

    By Belinda Goldsmith LONDON (Reuters) - The first in a list of ageing celebrities accused of sexually abusing young fans over many years went on trial on Tuesday in an investigation that has rocked confidence in the BBC, Britain's publicly funded broadcaster. One of Britain's best-known radio DJs in the 1970s and 1980s, Dave Lee Travis, who counted Myanmar's Aung San Suu Kyi among his fans, is facing 14 charges involving 11 women aged from 15 upwards that date from between 1976 and 2008. British-based Australian entertainer Rolf Harris also appeared in court on Tuesday where he pleaded not guilty to 12 counts of indecent assault, one allegedly involving a girl aged seven or eight. The charges stem from a police investigation launched after the 2011 death of one of the BBC's top TV presenters, Jimmy Savile, who turned out to have been a prolific sex predator over six decades. More »

  • DJ Dave Lee Travis 'assaulted girls on air', court hears
    DJ Dave Lee Travis 'assaulted girls on air', court hears Tue, Jan 14, 2014

    Veteran British presenter Dave Lee Travis sexually assaulted young women while live on television and in his radio studio, prosecutors told his trial on Tuesday. More »