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Phil Blackwood, a New Zealand national incarcerated in Rangoon’s Insein Prison since December 2014, will be released on Friday.
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Today’s jailing of another activist just hours after a prisoner amnesty was announced in Burma is a stark reminder of how prevalent repression still is in the country, said Amnesty International.
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Conflict and tensions between Buddhists and Muslims in Burma could be up for discussion at the World Buddhist Peace Conference in Sagaing Township, where the Sitagu International Buddhist Academy is hosting the three-day event beginning this Friday.
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Stocks, oil and emerging currencies all went into reverse Thursday as an early rally gave way to fear again, extending a rout that has sent global markets into a tailspin since the start of the year.
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SMART Myanmar held a kick-off launch event on 19 January at the UMFCCI with approximately 200 guests from factories, embassies and other stakeholders, according to a press release on the 20 January.
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Rights group Amnesty International on Wednesday called for the immediate and unconditional release of former Buddhist monk U Gambira who was arrested in Mandalay on Tuesday evening on immigration charges.
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Burma’s largest privately owned lender, Kanbawza (KBZ) Bank, has been listed as one of the world’s 100 leading companies in 2015 by World Finance, a London-based magazine.
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Myanmar journalist Htet Khaung Lin has been awarded the prestigious Lorenzo Natali Prize in Brussels for a story on clandestine sex workers.
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The German Government has committed 10 million euro additional grants for flood-affected areas in northern Myanmar.
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“I would not exchange my betel nut plantation for a dam,” Kalonehtar villager Han Htay said one sunny day earlier this month, speaking at his home in southeastern Burma’s Tenasserim Division.
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Corruption has plagued compensation initiatives for those affected by the dual oil and gas pipelines running across Burma from the coast of Arakan State to China’s Yunnan province, a local watchdog said on Monday.
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Asian stock markets edged down Tuesday following data showing China’s economy, the world’s second biggest and a key driver of global growth, logged its weakest performance in a quarter of a century last year.
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British human rights activist Andy Hall will stand trial in a Thai court charged with defaming a Thai fruit company and violating computer laws, which could lead to seven years imprisonment if found guilty.
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During his second diplomatic visit to Burma, US Deputy Secretary of State Antony Blinken urged the outgoing government to free all remaining political prisoners before the National League for Democracy (NLD) takes the mantle at the end of March.
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The United States has branded itself a “full and committed partner” as Burma continues toward democracy, departing from Washington’s former reticence in light of what looks likely to be a peaceful transfer of power to a freely elected government this year.
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The delegation of UK government, business and academic sectors will meet with Myanmar government officials and others to support the development of the geoscience sector.
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Over 500 Myanmar civil society organisations have voiced “deep concerns” about a prospective EU-Myanmar investment protection agreement (IPA).
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A leadership delegation from the Restoration Council of Shan State/Shan State Army-South (RCSS/SSA-S) flew to Switzerland on 15 January for a ten-day exposure trip to Switzerland, according to representatives from the organisation.
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Joshua Chit Tun is a 29-year-old Burmese-born American, educated in the United States. His grandfather, Walter Chit Tun, was one of Burma’s pioneer body builders, a professional weightlifter and one of Burma’s earliest movie stars.
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A new arbitration bill has come into force, replacing legislation drafted over half a century ago and helping address a key concern among foreign investors in Myanmar.
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