Wednesday, August 15th, 2007


Myanmar’s ruling military junta imposed a surprise 100 percent hike on fuel at state-owned gas stations on Wednesday, apparently to keep up with global oil prices.
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Human rights activists and opposition politicians are leading efforts in Burma to help victims of the recent floods and other needy people.
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Four soldiers from the Kengtung based Burma Army artillery battalion raped a 10-year old Lahu girl in early June. The victim was hospitalized, said a local.
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A commander of the KNLA 6th Brigade has described the meeting between his group and the Burmese Army officials are just an attempt to reach a mutual understanding and confidence building.
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Internet users in Matupi town, Chin state, Burma have been warned not to send anti-government e mails by Burma’s ruling military junta. A new   cyber café has been set up in Matupi.
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Though originally released almost a decade ago, “Sacrifice”, a film documenting the plight of Shan State girls working in the Thai sex industry, proves no less poignant a saga for today’s world.
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Myanmar Diplomacy Energy Myanmar and Vietnam sign pact on petroleum cooperation Yangon Myanmar and Vietnam have signed a memorandum of understanding on strategic cooperation in the petroleum sector, state-run media reports said Wednesday.
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Myanmar has picked PetroChina to sell gas to China via a pipeline from two blocks in which Indian firms have stakes, India’s junior oil minister said on Tuesday, dashing the hopes of bringing the gas to India.
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A Burmese woman Ms. Pari (name changed for security reasons) from Chin state, Burma is likely to be deported to India by South Korea after being detained for a year.
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“The international community must act now” to address the situation in Burma, reads a public statement, released today, highlighting five countries that the United States government believes should be the subject of strong Security Council action.
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Nearly one in three sex workers in Burma were living with HIV in 2005, according to a UNAIDS report from 2006. The ruling junta’s National AIDS Program also admitted that in 2005, HIV prevalence among 15- to 24-year-olds was 2.2 percent. Only in 2002 did the junta admit the existence of the epidemic in Burma.
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In recent days a spate of public assaults by the police and deaths in custody has been reported by independent media monitoring conditions in Burma.
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