Friday, January 26th, 2007


Myanmar released about 370 of its customs officials Friday, after they were detained last year as part of the ruling military junta’s anti-corruption campaign, a detainee’s relative said.
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Burma’s poet laureate Tin Moe is dead, and Burmese people at home and abroad are still sending condolences and holding ceremonies in Thailand, Japan, South Korea, Europe and California, where he died last Monday.
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The supreme commander of the Thai military, Boonsang Niumpradit, flew to Burma for the day today to discuss cooperation between the two countries on anti-narcotics efforts.
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The Central Committee of the Karen National Union has dismissed a Karen faction’s attempts to reach a ceasefire agreement with the Burmese military junta, as “against Karen interests”.
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International health experts meeting in Bangkok have called for greater efforts to combat HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases prevalent in border areas of Burma.
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The Burmese Football Federation has denied allegations of match fixing by the Burmese football team in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Football Championship, 2007.
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The United Kingdom will lobby and continue to push for a Security Council resolution on Burma, UK Foreign Office Minister Ian McCartney said.
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January 25: A controversial vote shows how far the country’s foreign policy has changed
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January 25: Supporters of six Burmese ethnic opposition groups will be exempt from the U.S.’s material support provisions, as enshrined in anti-terrorism laws, when they apply for refugee status and resettlement in the U.S., announced the Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff in a recent press release.
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Discussion of International Crisis Group’s controversial December briefing on humanitarian aid in Burma continued this month with a response by the group’s president, Gareth Evans, to a critique issued by Open Society Institute President Aryeh Neier last week.
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