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Total direct investment by US companies in Myanmar remains at slightly more than US$243 million as of June 2014, according to the Directorate of Investment and Company Administration (DICA). (more…)

Myanmar Police Force has sought information from Interpol about the international terrorist group al-Qaeda following its recent threat to launch attacks in South Asia and Myanmar, Police Colonel Aung Htay Myint of the MPF’s Transnational Crime Department said on September 16. (more…)

Eighty per cent of human trafficking cases in Myanmar are linked to China, Union Home Affairs Minister Lt-Gen Ko Ko said on Saturday. (more…)

A top official in Burma’s President’s Office has urged the United States Congress not to block military cooperation between the two countries, warning that a bill under consideration would only increase the isolation of the Burmese army at a crucial time.
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The head of the United Nations’ technical advisory board for Myanmar’s census has dismissed criticisms of the process and blamed civil society and human rights groups for having “inflamed” tensions surrounding the count.
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Japan will begin buying rubber from Myanmar producers next month if it meets the quality standards required by its market, according to the Myanmar Rubber Planters and Producers Association.
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Two senior United Nations officials have called for increased humanitarian assistance and development efforts to meet the needs of all communities in Myanmar’s Rakhine state following a visit there this week.
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Swiss food giant Nestlé SA has confirmed that it is preparing to invest around US$50 million in Myanmar’s food and beverage industry over the next six years, in the latest sign yet of the Myanmar consumer market’s attractiveness to international firms.
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Building on a long legacy of support for the aspirations of the Burmese people, the United States is providing assistance to deepen and accelerate Burma’s political, economic, and social transition; promote and strengthen respect for human rights; deliver the benefits of reform to the country’s people; and support the development of a stable society that reflects the diversity of all its people.
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As the 27th session of the United Nations Human Rights Council convened this week, a legal advisory group has warned that Burma’s police force still uses torture during interrogations.
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Five months after returning home from a work trip in March to Asia, Daniel Rathbun received a letter from SunTrust Banks Inc.STI +0.60%. Mr. Rathbun, the bank wrote, had violated its policy by accessing his account from a computer in Myanmar, a country on which the U.S. has placed economic sanctions.
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Government officials have moved to distance themselves from media reports that Myanmar would resettle thousands of Rohingya currently residing in Bangladesh, highlighting the continued rift between the countries on the repatriation process, which has been stalled since 2005.
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Burma was ranked 134 among 148 countries in a Global Competitiveness Report 2014-15, released by the World Economic Forum on 3 September.
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A special envoy of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation has meet elders from the Buddhist community during a visit to the Rakhine State capital, Sittway.
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Al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahri on Wednesday announced the formation of an Indian branch of the militant group with the aim of spreading Islamic rule across the subcontinent and beyond.
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Rights groups called on the European Union ahead of Thein Sein’s visit to Europe to demonstrate its support for human rights in Myanmar by introducing a resolution on the country at the next United Nations General Assembly that stresses the need to protect human rights.
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Economic Development Minister Alexei Ulyukayev on Friday proposed increasing trade with Myanmar to $500 million a year by 2017 after he signed an agreement with his Myanmar counterpart to set up a bilateral trade and economic commission, RIA Novosti reported.
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An audit conducted for clothing retailer Gap Inc. identified issues with working conditions, health and safety at two factories in Burma that are now producing garments for the United States-based company.
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Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Tzachi Hanegbi, is due to arrive in Myanmar Wednesday, making Israel’s first official visit to the Southeast Asian country in 35 years.
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Britain’s newly appointed international development minister said on Monday that the United Kingdom will increase its development aid to Burma by more than a third in the next fiscal year.
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