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Memory! Film Fest Celebrates Celluloid in Rangoon

The 10-day festival, which features more than 50 films from around the world, will run from May 29 to June 7 at the Nay Pyi Taw Theater in downtown Rangoon.

Conservationists, Scientists Warn of Threat to Newly Discovered Species in Taunggyi

The future of a new species of crocodile newt is being threatened by development, water pollution and poaching, according to conservationists and researchers.

China to Extend Military Reach, Build Lighthouses in Disputed Waters

China outlines a strategy to boost its naval reach and holds a groundbreaking ceremony for two lighthouses in disputed waters of the South China Sea.

Burma on Track for November Vote, Challenges Remain: Election Commission

Burma will go ahead with an election in November despite challenges in areas that have suffered ethnic conflict, the country’s election commission chairman says.

Singapore’s Foreign Maids Exploited by Agents, Employers

Reports of domestic workers being burned, beaten and raped have sparked outrage in Asia, which has the largest share of the world’s domestic workers.

Over Three Weeks, Fighting ‘Almost Daily’ in Kachin State: KIA

A rebel spokesman says recent clashes have been an almost daily occurrence in northern Burma, where government forces are encroaching on Kachin Independence Army territory.

Aung Myo Oo, sous chef at Rangoon’s Gekko Japanese bar and restaurant, has some advice for aspiring cooks: Learn your trade and master the basics.

Villagers Displaced by Myitsone Dam Face Legal Limbo

Nearly five years after their forced relocation from the site of the suspended Myitsone dam, residents of are still legally prohibited from returning.

Detained Student Leader Grateful for Former US Leader’s Support

A student leader currently standing trial for her involvement the Letpadan student protests has expressed thanks for a letter of support penned by former US President George W. Bush.

UWSA to Opt Out of Ethnic Summit on Nationwide Ceasefire

The United Wa State Army won’t attend an ethnic summit next month in Karen State, where ethnic leaders will discuss signing a nationwide ceasefire agreement.

Burma’s Looming Power Struggles

Why are there protests against coal-fired power projects when most of Burma’s rural population is off the grid, living in darkness?

Burma to Repatriate 200 Bangladeshis Rescued off Arakan Coast

Burma will repatriate 200 Bangladeshi nationals rescued from the sea off the Arakan coast last week, after talks with officials from Bangladesh’s Foreign Affairs Ministry.

Malaysian Police Reveal Grim Secrets of Jungle Trafficking Camps

Malaysian police forensic teams begin digging up the remains of dozens of suspected trafficking victims from shallow graves at a jungle camp near Thai border.

Unpopular But Defiant, Burma’s Ruling Party Unfazed About Poll Prospects

The Union Solidarity and Development Party’s dubious history doesn’t seem to faze the ruling party as it prepares for an historic election this year.

Southeast Asia Maritime Build-Up Accelerates, Raising Risks in Disputed Seas

Southeast Asian nations bolster their navies amid rising tensions in the South China Sea, raising the risk that any confrontation in the waterway could spiral.

Asia’s Migrant Domestic Workers Rally to Fight Low Pay and Abuse

Asia is home to 41 percent of the estimated 53 million domestic workers worldwide, most of them women who work excessively long days and earn far below the minimum wage.

Filipina Maid Photographs ‘Modern Slavery’ in Hong Kong

A Filipina maid in Hong Kong publisheS stark photographs of burned and beaten domestic workers to highlight what she says is “modern slavery.”

For Naw Eh Wah and her handmade jewelry shop Amazing Grace, a kind of affirmative action dictates the hiring process.

Funeral Held for Farmer After Land Seizure Protest

63-year-old Myint Aung had set himself on fire last week to protest the confiscation of his land by the military.

Limit Set as First Pseudo-Credit Cards Are Issued

After giving its approval for local banks to issue quasi-credit cards, the Central Bank of Myanmar sets a maximum withdrawal limit of 5 million kyats.

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