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Wai Wai Nu, a young Rohingya activist based in Rangoon, was among the guests at a dinner hosted by US President Barack Obama at the White House on Monday night.
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Local gold prices reached a 27-year peak on Wednesday, following the continued weakening of the kyat against the US dollar, industry sources said.
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The second EU-Myanmar Human Rights Dialogue was held in Nay Pyi Taw on 18 June 2015 according to an official joint statement on 18 June. A Civil Society Forum preceded the Dialogue on 17 June in Yangon, where the human rights situation in both the EU and Myanmar was discussed with civil society and human rights defenders, as well as by bilateral meetings with various stakeholders.
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Nobel Peace Laureate and former President of Timor Leste Jose Ramos-Horta has urged Myanmar to do more to address the Rohingya issue reported Channel News Asia on 21 June.
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While most Australians were happily tucking into bacon and eggs on Saturday morning, Jade Horrobin was finishing off the last of her week’s rations.
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Myanmar’s central bank has started unrestricted sales of foreign currency at its own specified rate to help importers hit by exchange rate fluctuations over the past two weeks reported Reuters on 18 June.
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The state corporation Rosatom has signed a memorandum with Myanmar on peaceful use of nuclear energy at the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum 2015, an Interfax correspondent has reported from the ceremony according to the asia.rbth.com website on 18 June.
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As the news coverage of the migrant crisis in the Bay of Bengal and the Andaman Sea drops away, the UN has made a renewed call to harness the energy to solve the regional problem with a 12 June updated appeal.
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Entrepreneur and conservationist Yin Myo Su has been presented with a Global Leadership Award at a gala event in Washington DC for her work in promoting socially and economically responsible development.
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The Central Bank of Myanmar will allow the unrestricted sale of foreign currencies at official rates to importers of edible oil, fuel and cement, rolling back a policy that had limited withdrawals in an apparent bid to ward off supply shortages and a rise in the commodities’ prices.
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Less than a week after Burma’s most popular politician returned from her first visit to China, eight lawmakers from a handful of the country’s ethnic minority groups will also make the trip to meet Chinese politicians and economists.
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In the run-up to November’s crucial nationwide elections, Burma’s press freedom landscape leaves a lot to be desired, according to a new report by Amnesty International.
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Union Minister for Foreign Affairs U Wunna Maung Lwin received Mr Syed Hamid Albar, Special Envoy of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation on Tuesday.
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The impact of Myanmar’s repressive policy toward Rohingya Muslims was made clear in recent weeks with scenes of desperate people crammed into boats, an escalation of a miserable maritime flight in which an estimated 90,000 people have fallen prey to smugglers and traffickers since early 2014. The United Nations estimates that around 1,000 people have died on the way.
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Q: What did you learn on your trip to China?

A: It was a good discussion. We all understand that neighbors have to live in peace and harmony.
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The US government’s development finance institution, Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC), has approved up to US$250 million in financing for Apollo Towers Myanmar.
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An Australian company contracted to assess the potential environmental and social impact of the planned Mongton dam has responded to recent criticism of the consultation process, saying that interference with its data collection efforts could lead to “suboptimal outcomes for the affected communities.”
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Burma’s rice exporters will attend an exhibition in Milan late next month for the first time, hoping to promote Burmese rice in Italy and other European markets, according to the chairman of the Myanmar Rice Federation.
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Daw Aung San Suu Kyi returned to Yangon yesterday following her first visit to China, including talks with President Xi Jinping. However, few details about her five-day tour, which also took the NLD leader to Shanghai and Kunming, have been released.
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Last year the US listed company announced plans to open a Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) in Myanmar. Now it has set its sights on introducing American restaurant chain Pizza Hut to Yangon’s Golden Valley.
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