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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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People-centred process brings better living standards in 500 villages
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There must have been a sigh of relief as Ooredoo, a Qatar-based telecoms company, finally started offering SIM cards to the people of Myanmar, who previously had to pay hundreds of dollars for somewhat dysfunctional service. Telenor, another foreign telecoms license winner, has meanwhile vowed to provide network coverage for 90 per cent of Myanmar’s population within five years. Myanmar has never had it so good.
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Japan’s top three banks are racing to open branches in Myanmar as investments in the country by Japanese companies are increasing on the back of its booming economy.
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Thura Shwe Mann, speaker of Parliament’s Lower House, will visit the United States of America, following an invitation made over the weekend by US Secretary of State John Kerry.
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A United States delegation that included Secretary of State John Kerry did not breach sanctions when it stayed at a Nay Pyi Taw hotel owned by blacklisted tycoon U Zaw Zaw, said a statement released by the US embassy in Yangon.
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The Myanmar Police Force hopes to extend the training programme it has conducted in partnership with the European Union since September 2013.
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