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Thai Graft, Royal Insult Cases Threaten To Embroil Junta By

Accusations of corruption involving a park built to honor Thailand’s revered monarchy are threatening to damage an anti-graft drive by the ruling junta.

Migrants Processing Thai Chicken Exports Abused, Exploited—Researchers By

Migrants processing Thai chicken for its biggest export market, Europe, face widespread abuse by their employers, researchers said on Wednesday.


Authorities increased security across Indonesia after a video appearing on social media threatened attacks against police and other targets, police said.


RANGOON — Ethnic conflict, national reconciliation, rampant corruption, runaway inflation and a judicial system under the thumb of entrenched interests. All these challenges and more will face the next government, which will be sworn in next March and almost certainly steered by Aung San Suu Kyi, the leader of the National League for Democracy (NLD), […]


Police have charged five men accused of involvement in printing a calendar which included reference to Rohingya as an ethnic minority group living in Burma.

Burma Among World’s Worst in Landmine Victims By

At least 3,700 civilians in Burma have been injured or killed by landmines over the last 17 years, according to the Landmine and Cluster Munition Monitor.


RANGOON — Just over two weeks since voters turned out in droves for a peaceful general election that ushered in a conclusive majority in favor of Burma’s main opposition party, Burmese people still feel a lingering sense of unease. In a country where the military has long wielded political power, Burmese citizens’ remain concerned over […]

Rights Groups Call to End Sexual Violence, Impunity in Conflict  By

Women remain vulnerable in Burma’s militarized zones, two leading rights groups warn, presenting newly documented cases of sexual violence in conflict.

Search Ends for Victims of Hpakant Jade Mining Landslide By

Police in Kachin State say they have ended efforts to find bodies in a jade mining landslide that killed more than 100 people.


The people of Burma made history on Nov. 8, when they took to the polls to select the country’s new leadership. Lauded as the country’s freest and fairest in a quarter century, the election resulted in a landslide victory for the National League for Democracy (NLD)—the opposition party led by Nobel laureate Aung San Suu […]

No Reprieve for Chaw Sandi Tun in Facebook Defamation Case By

The Maubin Township court in Irrawaddy Division rejected an appeal Tuesday for defamation charges to be dropped against Chaw Sandi Tun over a Facebook post.


RANGOON — The paltry electoral haul of the Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP) got a little bit paltrier this week, with reversal of a race previously called in favor of the ruling party, which was instead awarded to the Ta’ang National Party. Shan State No. 5 in the Union Parliament’s Upper House was called […]

Indian Women Join “Happy to Bleed” Campaign to Protest Menstruation Remarks By

Indian women have taken to social media to condemn the head of a famous Hindu temple, who said he would only allow females to enter if they were not menstruating.

Nestle Confirms Labor Abuse Among its Thai Seafood Suppliers      By

Impoverished migrant workers in Thailand are sold or lured by false promises and forced to catch and process fish ending up in Nestle’s supply chains.

Thailand Indicts Two for Deadly Bangkok Bombing By

A Thai military court has indicted two foreigners accused of carrying out the deadly August bombing in Bangkok, but skepticism about the case still abounds.

Leader of Religious Forum Attacked in Bangladesh By

Two men wielding kitchen knives attacked a religious forum leader in Bangladesh on Tuesday, police say.


RANGOON — Commander-in-chief Snr-Gen Min Aung Hlaing makes clear in an interview with The Washington Post that the incoming National League for Democracy government will be hard-pressed to engineer a dramatic acceleration of democratization in Burma on his watch, offering little to indicate that he has been moved by the NLD’s electoral rout of the […]

2 Injured Amid Explosions in Mong Hsu Near Ongoing Military Clashes By

Two separate explosions rocked Shan State’s Mong Hsu Township on Tuesday, injuring two men and causing panic throughout the town.

Challenges Remain for Bagan Heritage Recognition By

The scale of tourism development in Bagan has alarmed locals, who are concerned about the future of the former seat of the Pagan Kingdom.

Authorities Order Miners to Move as Death Toll Rises from Hpakant Landslide By

Local authorities have told small-scale miners living near the site of a deadly landslide at a jade mine in Kachin State’s Hpakant to move immediately.

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