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Google executive killed in Mount Everest avalanche after quake By

Dan Fredinburg, a Google Inc executive based in California, was among those killed on Saturday in an avalanche on Mount Everest caused by a devastating earthquake in Nepal, the company said.

Nepal seeks help, death toll seen rising after devastating quake By

Nepal urged countries to send aid to help it cope with the aftermath of a devastating earthquake that killed nearly 1,400 people


Hundreds of fishermen rescued from traffickers almost three weeks ago are stuck in Indonesia due to lack of funds to send them home.


Burma’s business community predicts that the delisting could signal a tide of redemption for a long list of so-called cronies ostracized by the Western superpower.


Elected representatives who won seats in Burma’s historic 1990 election, the results of which were ignored by the former military regime, will mark the 25th anniversary of the poll next month.

Kaman IDPs in Arakan State Ask Govt to Rebuild Homes By

More than 4,000 Kaman Muslims in Arakan State are seeking government support for resettlement after their homes were destroyed during intercommunal violence in 2012.

Kokang Rebels Claim Dozens of Govt Soldiers Killed, Arms Seized By

Kokang rebels say they killed dozens of government soldiers and seized numerous small arms while fending off a Burma Army attack in northern Shan State.

Strong Winds Disrupt Flights to and From Rangoon By

Strong winds in Burma’s former capital lead to a suspension of all flights to and from Rangoon International Airport, according to reports in local media.


Photographs documenting an education reform protest, led by students whose historic march was brutally crushed by police last month, will be on display in Rangoon.

China to Crack Down on Strippers at Rural Funerals By

Chinese officials are launching a campaign to crack down on stripteases and other lewd shows that have become popular at funerals in some rural areas.

Thai Government Holds Talks With Politicians, Activists By

Thailand’s junta holds reconciliation talks with leaders of the party it toppled nearly a year ago, along with other politicians, academics and student activists.

US Lifts Sanctions on Prominent Burmese Businessman By

The Treasury removes a prominent Burmese businessman from a blacklist that had barred him from doing business in the United States.

Suu Kyi Pans Podesta Deal as Govt Wages PR Battle Against US Sanctions By

Aung San Suu Kyi has panned the government’s decision to pay a US firm to overhaul its image, as a presidential adviser admitted the firm had been charged with ending US sanctions.

Court Transfers Students’ Case, 4 Face Extra Charges in Rangoon By

Letpadan Court transfers the case against 70 detained students to a court near Tharawaddy Prison, while four students face additional criminal charges by Rangoon police.

Amnesty Calls for Rio Tinto Probe for Role in Monywa Mine Sale By

Amnesty International calls on British authorities to investigate British-Australian mining giant Rio Tinto for a possible breach of sanctions against Burma.

Activist Gets 6 Months for Protest Against Journalist’s Killing By

A Mandalay court sentences an imprisoned activist to a further six months of detention for an unauthorized protest against the army’s killing of a journalist.

Robert San Aung Nominated for Human Rights Award By

The lawyer has been nominated for the Martin Ennals Award in recognition of his work as one of the Burma’s leading human rights defenders.

Laukkai’s Displaced Continue to Trickle Back Home By

Residents of Laukkai who fled the Kokang conflict continue a gradual return to the war-torn township, even as uncertainty lingers over the broader region’s stability.

Burma Population Control Law Threatens Minorities: Rights Group By

Burma’s religious and ethnic minorities may be targeted by a proposed population control law which could also be a setback for maternal health advances.

Sri Lankan Police Arrest Former President’s Brother By

Former Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa's brother is arrested and a judge orders him detained for two weeks over alleged misappropriation of state funds.

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