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Australia’s Secretive Refugee Camps Run into New hurdle: Ethical Investors By

Investors in the company that runs Australia's secretive refugee camps are starting to flex their muscles in a way that may achieve greater transparency and oversight.

Rioters Rampage Against Residence Law in Northeast India By

Rioters set fire to the homes of seven lawmakers during a rampage to protest new legislation defining who can claim residence in the state of Manipur.

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Sri Lanka's president has asked the country's newly elected lawmakers to draft political reforms to promote ethnic reconciliation in the post-war era.


Heavy rain over the past few days has inundated parts of Kachin State, including in the jade-rich region of Hpakant, and Mogaung and Mohnyin townships.


Stray fire near a displacement camp in Kachin State causes scores to flee, according to a local religious charity providing aid for conflict-affected civilians.

A Night of Shakespeare at the Strand By

Around 200 people gathered in Rangoon’s Strand Hotel on Monday evening for a theater performance by the renowned London-based venture Shakespeare’s Globe.

Phuketwan Journalists Acquitted of Defaming Thai Navy By ,

Two journalists were acquitted Tuesday in a criminal defamation lawsuit filed over an online news report about the trafficking of refugees from Burma.

Thousands Sign Petition to Stop Rape of Low-Caste Indian Sisters By

Two sisters and their family were forced to flee their northern India village in May after their brother eloped with a higher caste, married woman.

Thai Police Award Themselves $84k for Arrest of Bomb Suspect By

Thai police had offered a US$84,000 reward for tips leading to arrests in the Bangkok bombing. On Monday, they handed out the cash—to themselves.

Indian Scholar Who Criticized Idol Worship Murdered at Home By ,

The attack on Malleshappa M. Kalburgi sent a chill through Indian civil society, stoking worries about religious extremism and intolerance.

Thai Police Say Bangkok Bombing Suspect is Not Cooperating By

Police said the man arrested in connection with Bangkok’s deadly bombing was uncooperative and would remain in military custody for at least seven days.

Defiant Malaysian PM Rejects Calls that he Step Down By

Embattled Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak poured scorn on a huge two-day rally that brought together tens of thousands demanding his resignation.

‘The Storm Makers’ puts Cambodia’s Sex-Trafficking under Spotlight By

A chilling expose of Cambodia’s human trafficking underworld, a new documentary depicts the lives of women returned from a life of slavery abroad.

Antiquated Colonial ‘Loitering’ Charge Lands Hundreds in Jail By

Many British colonial-era laws remain on the books despite political reforms, including a ‘loitering at night’charge that has landed hundreds in Rangoon in detention.


In the shadow of the Shwedagon is a temporary art exhibition that explores a refreshingly modern view of the monument.


As peace negotiators continue to insist that a nationwide ceasefire is within reach, clashes reportedly break out again in Shan and Kachin states.


Burma’s election oversight body proposes new rules that would limit the number and movement of credentialed correspondents covering a Nov. 8 election.

Arakan Army Calls for Calm After Bangladesh Border Clash By

The Arakan Army seeks to prevent further clashes after recent fighting between Bangladeshi border guards and the ethnic Arakanese rebels in western Burma.

Burma Army Chief Meets Thai Top Brass in Bangkok By

Min Aung Hlaing met key leaders including Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha and influential nonagenarian Prem Tinsulanonda in the Thai capital on Thursday.


The sudden ouster of Shwe Mann from Burma’s ruling party reconfirmed that the military is not about to relinquish power, writes Bertil Lintner.

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