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A Burmese company, backed by the Chinese government is preparing to test mineral sands on the Arakan coast to see if they can be used to produce Titanium and Aluminium.
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Exactly two weeks after knocking offline almost 300 Thai Courts of Justice websites, hackers associated with the Anonymous collective have taken out 20 Corrections Department prison sites, continuing their cyber crusade against the death sentences given to two Myanmar men for the murder of two British tourists on Koh Tao.
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North Korea may be preparing to launch a long-range missile as soon as within a week, Japan’s Kyodo news agency reported early on Thursday, citing an unnamed Japanese government official.
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When the people of Myanmar went to the polling stations last November, I bet they shared the same overwhelming sentiments that swept over Indonesians back in 1999. Like their Myanmar cousins, Indonesians too were at the dawn of a momentous change – their biggest ever since breaking away from colonial rule.
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Asian stock markets mostly swung back into positive territory Wednesday while oil prices tumbled again, as the wild swings that have marked the start of the year showed no signs of abating.
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At just 10 years old, Mizba Ahmed and her family fled persecution in Myanmar.

Boarding a smuggler’s boat bound for Australia, she never imagined that instead of finding a better life, she’d end up spending 18 months in detention on the isolated Pacific island of Nauru.
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Today, 26 January, is the 67th Republic Day of India. H.E. Mr. Gautam Mukhopadhaya, Ambassador of India to Myanmar, talked to Mizzima Editor-in-Chief Soe Myint about a range of issues including Indian-Myanmar relations, the Act East Policy, the potential for improved trade and investment between the two countries and his positive view of the Myanmar elections.
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The Chinese government has released and deported a Swedish man it accused of training and funding unlicensed lawyers in the country, leading to an extraordinary taped confession broadcast on state television.
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Today, 26 January, is the 67th Republic Day of India. H.E. Mr. Gautam Mukhopadhaya, Ambassador of India to Myanmar, talked to Mizzima Editor-in-Chief Soe Myint about a range of issues including Indian-Myanmar relations, the Act East Policy, the potential for improved trade and investment between the two countries and his positive view of the Myanmar elections.
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Parliamentarians from across Southeast Asia have raised concerns at the re-arrest of former monk and pro-democracy leader U Gambira on alleged immigration offences and called on authorities to ensure his immediate and safe release in a statement released on 21 January.
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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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Taking a page out of the workers’ union book, overseas recruiters have found their boycott paid off.

A moratorium on sending workers to Malaysia was launched after revisions to the scheme jumped the visa price and allowed a functional monopoly by funneling all applications through a single agency.
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Two Myanmar men sentenced to death in Thailand for murder have been given a momentary reprieve: The court yesterday allotted an extra month for their appeal. The defence team applied for and was granted the extension just four days before the initial court deadline.
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As 2016 begins, an historic contest is under way over competing development models – that is, strategies to promote economic growth – between China, on the one hand, and the US and other Western countries on the other. Although this contest has been largely hidden from public view, the outcome will determine the fate of much of Eurasia for decades to come.
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Mainland Southeast Asia is set for a year of uncertainty and potential friction as sensitive political transitions loom, especially in Thailand and Myanmar, and external economic factors, like the slump in commodity prices and China’s slowdown, take the steam out of regional economies.
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It is a long walk on rugged terrain. The nearest traditional rice field of the indigenous Karen is five kilometres away from the village, tucked away in a dense forest. Yet Mueno, while carrying her three-old son, shows no sign of fatigue even as I am gasping for breath.
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The Myanmar Overseas Employment Agencies Federation (MOEAF) has indefinitely suspended its’ assistance to Burmese seeking to work in Malaysia, in protest of a visa fee hike.
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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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Indonesia must strengthen its defenses against Islamic State and work with neighboring countries to fight it, Jakarta’s police chief said on Friday, a day after an attack by suicide bombers and gunmen in the heart of the Southeast Asian nation’s capital.
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