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  • 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 »

  • As Myanmar reopens, so does its universities
    As Myanmar reopens, so does its universities Fri, Jan 10, 2014

    Closed following student unrest in 1988, Yangon University is accepting undergraduates again in a sign of change. More »

  • Myanmar president supports changing army-drafted constitution
    Myanmar president supports changing army-drafted constitution Thu, Jan 2, 2014

    By Aung Hla Tun YANGON (Reuters) - Myanmar's president gave his backing on Thursday for amending a military drafted constitution and indicated support for changes that would make Nobel Peace Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi eligible to lead the country. Thein Sein, the reformist general and former top member of the army regime that ruled Myanmar for 49 years, said changing the constitution could help national reconciliation and he did not support laws that bar anyone from becoming president. "I would not want restrictions being imposed on the right of any citizen to become the leader of the country," Thein Sein said in a monthly televised address to the nation. "At the same time, we will need to have all necessary measures in place in order to defend our national interests and sovereignty." The comments by the president are likely to be welcomed by opposition leader Suu Kyi, the 68-year-old leader of a peaceful two-decade struggle against military dictatorship, who has in recent months stated her wish to become president. More »

  • Myanmar declares 'no more political prisoners' after amnesty
    Myanmar declares 'no more political prisoners' after amnesty Tue, Dec 31, 2013

    Myanmar on Tuesday announced there were "no more political prisoners" after issuing a sweeping amnesty order aimed at fulfilling a presidential pledge to free all dissidents by the end of the year. More »

  • Suu Kyi's party to run in Myanmar elections
    Suu Kyi's party to run in Myanmar elections Sat, Dec 28, 2013

    Opposition party plans to contest in 2015 polls even if constitution keeps barring its leader from presidential race. More »

  • Freed Pussy Riot rockers reunite in Siberia
    Freed Pussy Riot rockers reunite in Siberia Tue, Dec 24, 2013

    Two freed members of anti-Kremlin punk band Pussy Riot on Tuesday met in Siberia for the first time since their release, discussing plans to set up a new rights group to help Russian prisoners. More »

  • Pussy Riot women vow to fight on after release
    Pussy Riot women vow to fight on after release Mon, Dec 23, 2013

    The two jailed members of anti-Kremlin punk band Pussy Riot, whose imprisonment prompted a wave of global outrage, walked free on Monday and immediately vowed to fight injustice in Russian prisons. More »

  • Pussy Riot: symbol of the new anti-Putin opposition
    Pussy Riot: symbol of the new anti-Putin opposition Mon, Dec 23, 2013

    Russian punk rockers Pussy Riot, whose two jailed members were freed in an amnesty on Monday, went from nearly unknown rebels to a global cause celebre for their defiant opposition to President Vladimir Putin. More »