Monday, July 12th, 2004


July 11: Rangoon: The luckiest two-year-old in Burma must be Phyo Min Oo, who should have been dead by now. He is one of the first toddlers in his isolated country to be given life-saving drugs to combat the HIV raging in his tiny frame.
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For Aung Naing Oo, diagnosed with HIV, the reasons for taking antiretroviral, or ARV, treatment are obvious: he wants to prolong his life.
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“In June 2001, we assessed mental health problems among Karenni refugees residing in camps in Mae Hong Son, Thailand, to determine the prevalence of mental illness, identify risk factors, and develop a culturally appropriate intervention program.
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Yangon: Myanmar will soon allow export goods of Thailand to transit through the country in the latter’s trade with third countries such as China, India and Bangladesh, a local news journal reported Monday.
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Rangoon: Visitor numbers to Burma have surged in recent months as interest in Asian destinations among tourists continues to grow, a semi-official newspaper reported Monday.
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Jakarta: Indonesia suspects that telephone lines at its embassy in military-ruled Myanmar may have been bugged, a official said Monday. An investigation in June by a security team from Jakarta found that the electronic frequency of lines in the ambassador’s and the security attache’s rooms was lower than normal, said a foreign ministry spokesman,
Yuri Thamrin.
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Visiting United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan yesterday reiterated that he would like to see progress in the national reconciliation and democratisation process in military-ruled Burma.
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July 11: Bangkok: While “Access for All”, the theme for the on-going international AIDS Conference, is flashed along the streets of Bangkok these days, insiders observe disbelievingly the fact that migrant workers have been denied access to the meeting.
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July 10: Kuala Lumpur: Malaysia will ask France to try to prevent the European Union from abandoning the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) scheduled for Vietnam in October, a report said Saturday.
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Bangkok: Thailand pledged to assist neighboring countries fight AIDS in a keynote address Sunday to the largest international conference ever held on the disease.
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July 10: Washington: A senior US senator who spearheaded a campaign for Washington to impose trade sanctions against Myanmar for human rights abuses is now calling for the downgrading of diplomatic relations with the military-ruled state.
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Why? Producing a travel guide to Burma
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