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A fresh surge of refugees and migrants from Myanmar and Bangladesh is expected to set out in smugglers’ rickety boats for southeast Asia when the monsoon season ends in about a month, the United Nations said on Friday.
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At least 70 people are estimated to have died of starvation, dehydration, disease and abuse by crews at sea on ships abandoned in May this year, said the UN Refugee Agency according to a report by the Daily Star on 28 August.
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Thai Prime Minister Gen. Prayut Chan-o-cha and Burmese Commander-in-Chief Snr-Gen Min Aung Hlaing discussed the current relationship between the two countries during a meeting in Bangkok on Thursday.
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Myanmar rebel group the Arakan Army (AA) swooped on a Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) patrol in Boro Modak area of Thanchi in Bandarban, Bangladesh, yesterday morning, leading to a gun battle that left one BGB soldier injured The Daily Star reported on 27 August.
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THE PUBLIC Health Ministry yesterday extolled its success in promoting health insurance for more than 1.7 million migrant workers from Cambodia, Myanmar and Laos and their accompanying family members.
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A controversial Chinese loan may have become a burden due to recent flooding and currency depreciation.
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Asian shares made tentative gains Wednesday after a China interest rate cut designed to soothe fears about stalling growth in the world’s number-two economy, but more volatility was forecast in a crisis that has panicked global markets.
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Two Burmese workers on trial in Thailand for the murder of two British tourists should not be given access to a confidential British police report about the case, a British judge ruled on Tuesday.
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Floods, landslides and a cyclone have made at least 180,000 people in Bangladesh homeless, with thousands living in makeshift shelters on riverbanks, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) said on Tuesday.
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Peak tourism season is nearing, and insiders are cautiously watching current events for effects on foreign arrivals.

There has been extensive flooding through much of the country and a high-profile pair of bombing attacks in Bangkok that may hurt arrivals to Thailand, the largest gateway to Myanmar. Still, insiders say that even if foreign tourists are wary, there is plenty of time for in-bound tourism to improve ahead of the peak season.
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Immigration police in Narathiwat’s Sungai Kolok district yesterday raided a rented house that they said was allegedly occupied by a human-trafficking ring, and arrested one Thai suspect and five Myanmar men, who were waiting to be taken to Malaysia.
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Myanmar’s army chief Soe Win visited Royal Thai Army headquarters on Tuesday in a bid to strengthen ties between the two countries’ militaries.
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Malaysian authorities have found mass graves containing the remains of more than 20 people believed to be human trafficking victims near the border with Thailand, police said on Sunday.
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Myanmar authorities are making arrangements to send back 126 more “boat people” who are verified as Bangladeshi nationals to their country of origin by next Tuesday, according to a report by Xinhua on 21 August.
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KBZ, the largest domestic private bank, plans to open representative offices in Thailand and Singapore by October, according to KBZ senior managing director U Than Cho.
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Hoping for a brighter future, Maung Htay left Burma when he was just a teenager. He is now 42, but his dream is still far from realized. He is still impoverished and has lost all contact with his parents after more than 20 years of working in Thailand.
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It was supposed to be a diplomatic coup when President Thein Sein freed the 155 Chinese workers sentenced to life imprisonment for illegal logging less than two weeks ago in Burma, under a massive presidential pardon. But it turned out to be a failed move politically for the Union Solidarity and Development Party-Military (USDP-Military) regime.
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India has asked Myanmar to hand over four top leaders of Naga rebel group the Nationalist Socialist Council of Nagaland-Khaplang (NSCN-K), including its chief SS Khaplang, holding them responsible for the killing of 18 army soldiers in Manipur on June 4 India’s Economic Times reported on 18 August.
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After a 22-year hiatus, flag carrier Myanmar National Airlines (MNA) on Monday (Aug 17) resumed flying overseas as it launched its international flight from Yangon to Singapore, despite other Myanmar airlines having struggled to compete with Singaporean carriers on the highly competitive route.
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Thai entrepreneurs should tap into Burma’s high growth potential, business leaders say.

However, competition has grown intense as Burma welcomes other foreign investors, forcing some Thai businesses to seek local partners in order to make it easier to do business there.
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