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Two Myanmar migrant workers accused of murdering British tourists in Thailand head to trial today in a case that has called into question the Thai justice system and the treatment of its migrant population.
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Authorities in Myanmar have investigated human trafficking cases involving a record six child victims in June, police said Tuesday according to a report in the Global New Light of Myanmar on 8 July.
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More than 500 boat people arrested in Phyarpon district who are now at the 37th milepost on the border between Myanmar and Bangladesh will be repatriated to Bangladesh this week, said U Khin Soe, head of the Immigration department in Rakhine state, adding that the department had received authorisation from Bangladesh to allow the boat people to enter Bangladesh.
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A Myanmar delegation led by Maj Gen Min Naung, North Western Command, reached Imphal on Monday to attend the seventh Indo-Myanmar Regional Border Committee meeting which aims to develop stronger bonds of friendship between the two countries E-Pao reported on 7 July.
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Japan, Myanmar, and Thailand have signed an agreement for the mutual development of the Dawei Special Economic Zone in Myanmar, IHS Maritime reported on 6 July.
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Singapore was Myanmar’s top overseas investor in 2014, accounting for more than half of the over US$8 billion in total inflow, which had doubled from US$4 billion in 2013, according to a report in the China Post on 6 July.
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The story of a family from western Myanmar that was torn apart during a regional migration crisis, published in The New York Times on Monday, has elicited an outpouring of response from readers who want to help them and other members of the Rohingya ethnic group.
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Prior to the heinous murders of British tourists Hannah Witheridge and David Miller in Thailand last September, migrant workers’ presence and everyday lives on Koh Tao Island were not publicly discussed. This situation abruptly changed once migrants were identified by case investigators as key suspects behind the killings.
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Despite an intense effort from India, the Myanmar Government is reluctant to crack down on Indian militant groups that have taken refuge in its territory, reported the Times of India on 5 July.
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Thai military rangers have been deployed along the border in Tak province after a series of clashes between Myanmar forces and the Democratic Karen Benevolent Association (DKBA).
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Thailand, Japan and Burma on Saturday effectively launched the US$50 billion Dawei special economic zone by signing an agreement in Tokyo that will have a deep impact on trade and investment in Southeast Asia.
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Many wondered whether Daw Aung San Suu Kyi would comment on sensitive human rights issues under the noses of her Communist hosts. The long-term imprisonment of Liu Xiaobo, a fellow Nobel laureate, had some speculating that Myanmar’s icon of democracy would wade into China’s difficult domestic politics.
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Prior to British tourists Hannah Witheridge and David Miller’s heinous murders last September, migrant workers’ presence and everyday lives on Koh Tao were not publicly discussed. This situation abruptly changed once migrants were identified by case investigators as key suspects behind the killings.
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A huge Indian military operation to checkmate separatist rebels in the country’s northeastern borders with Myanmar has started, officials told Indian TV channels on Wednesday.
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Burmese military officials have called on their Thai counterparts to help capture Kokang rebel leader Peng Jiasheng, who they claim is hiding in Thailand.
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Burmese refugees in camps along the Thai border are to be given vocational training in an effort to increase the number of refugees willing to return to their home country.
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A belated Thai clampdown on illegal fishing is forcing unlicensed vessels ashore, threatening to paralyse a key industry as the kingdom desperately tries to avoid a European Union ban on exports worth $1 billion a year.
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In the wake of an agreement between India, Bangladesh, Nepal and Bhutan for unhindered vehicular movement, a similar accord with Myanmar and Thailand will facilitate smoother surface movement in the region, India’s union Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari said on Tuesday according to Desh Gujarat on 1 July.
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The World Bank has upgraded Bangladesh, Kenya, Myanmar, and Tajikistan to its lower middle income classification from least developed countries (LDCs) while South Sudan has fallen back into the low-income group.
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All he did was ask to go home.

The last time the Burmese slave made the same request, he was beaten almost to death. But after being gone eight years and forced to work on a boat in faraway Indonesia, Myint Naing was willing to risk everything to see his mother again.
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