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The Indian army’s brief foray this week into Burma to hunt militants set alarm bells ringing in far-away Pakistan, Delhi’s arch-rival whom it blames for stoking a rebellion in the disputed region of Kashmir.
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Myanmar is one of 57 prospective members for the bank, which is slated to play a similar role to other development institutions such as the Asian Development Bank and the World Bank. Yesterday, Pyidaungsu Hluttaw parliamentarians voted on the June 9 proposal to join, with 454 in favour, 7 against and 3 abstentions.
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A fierce debate within the highest echelons of the United Nations over how to deal with Myanmar on the issue of the Rohingya is moving from behind closed doors into the public domain, casting doubts over whether the UN body has formulated a coherent strategy.
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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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A lawmaker has failed in her efforts to compel the Rangoon Division Parliament to block five controversial developments near Shwedagon Pagoda, after an intervention from the divisional planning minister shut down debate on the matter.
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Soaring sugar prices have prompted Mandalay food companies to appeal to the government for help. Myanmar Food Processors’ and Exporters’ Association (Mandalay) has asked the commerce ministry to allow the import of sugar, which has been blocked since the end of April.
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The combined investment law will have built-in incentives for priority areas and sectors, according to U Aung Naing Oo, director general of the Directorate of Investment and Company Adminstration.
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Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi arrived in China on Wednesday (Jun 10) for a debut visit that will cast an intriguing light on Beijing’s attitude towards the democracy champion and Nobel laureate as she bids to take power.
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One hundred and fifty boat people were repatriated from Maungdaw in northwest Arakan State to Bangladesh on Monday afternoon, some 18 days after the Burmese navy found their boat adrift off the Arakanese coast.
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U Khin Aung Myint, Speaker of the upper house, yesterday told parliamentarians how he had rejected suggestions from an Australian politician that Myanmar should take in more than 20,000 boat migrants, saying the people of Myanmar would not accept them.
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A law enacted last month by the quasi-military government allows officials in the Buddhist-majority nation to order women to wait three years between births. Rights groups say the changes, which are backed by ultra-nationalist Buddhist groups, target Muslim women according to a report in the Singapore based Today on 9 June.
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Chinese leaders will woo Myanmar’s opposition leader and Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi on her first visit to the country, a snub for the quasi-military government whose fighting with rebels along China’s border has angered Beijing.
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The Kachin Women’s Association – Thailand (KWAT) has called on the international community to start pressuring the Myanmar government to stop its attacks against ethnic peoples according to a statement from the group on 9 June.
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The Oslo Conference to End Myanmar’s Systematic Persecution of Rohingyas was held from May 26 to 28 at the Norwegian Nobel Institution in Oslo, Norway.
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Politics, as we all know, can make for strange bedfellows. Five years ago, few would have imagined that the Communist Party of China (CPC) would ever invite Burma’s opposition leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, for a diplomatic visit. Alas, it happened.
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Aung San Suu Kyi, leader of Burmese opposition party the National League for Democracy (NLD), is set to make her first goodwill visit to China, following an invitation from the ruling Communist Party of China (CPC). She is scheduled to meet with the country’s President Xi Jinping and Prime Minister Li Keqiang during the trip between 10 and 14 June.
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Forty-nine activists were charged during the month of May, according to the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners-Burma (AAPP).
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The peak business representative bodies from the UK and Burma have signed an accord in Rangoon to increase trade between the two countries.
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“They deserve to be treated like we all deserve to be treated—with dignity and respect”

Activist and Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai is standing with the Rohingya people of Burma and calling on world leaders to demand an end to their persecution.
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The immediate Rohingya migration crisis – of gangster criminality, vessels set adrift, people starving and bodies exhumed – is galvanising action among those who can’t accept such evil. Efforts to avert these humanitarian tragedies must be supported.
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