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  1. News - Asia - MYANMAR

    Myanmar ruling party set for leadership vote

    Posted Oct 16th 2012, 04:03pm by Agence France-Presse in Naypyidaw

    ... Agence France-Presse in Naypyidaw Top figures in Myanmar’s ruling party stepped down on Tuesday for a leadership revamp aimed at improving its electoral prospects against Aung San Suu ... was released from house arrest just days later. But observers say the blossoming of freedoms in Myanmar has put the party at a distinct disadvantage if it goes up against Suu Kyi’s huge popularity ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1062443/myanmar-ruling-party-set-leadership-vote
  2. News - Asia - MYANMAR

    Myanmar's President Thein Sein re-elected as ruling party head

    Posted Oct 17th 2012, 12:00am by Agence France-Presse in Naypyidaw

    ... Agence France-Presse in Naypyidaw Ruling party revamps its leadership Myanmar's reformist President Thein Sein was yesterday reappointed head of the ruling party at a key meeting ... order as its nominal head," said independent Myanmar analyst Richard Horsey, speaking of Thein Sein. He said the move might also come as a blessing in disguise for Shwe Mann. "If he ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1062714/myanmars-president-thein-sein-re-elected-ruling-party-head
  3. News - Asia - MYANMAR

    Myanmar work will continue, vows National Endowment for Democracy

    Posted Oct 01st 2012, 12:00am by Greg Torode

    ... Greg Torode, Chief Asia correspondent The US-funded National Endowment for Democracy has played a key role in Myanmar's move towards freedom, but it says there is a long way to go Endowing Myanmar with hope One of the more discreet elements of Myanmar's transformation is the enduring role of the National Endowment for Democracy, the US taxpayer-funded body ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1050977/myanmar-work-will-continue-vows-national-endowment-democracy
  4. News - Asia - MYANMAR

    Thein Sein could accept Suu Kyi as Myanmar's president

    Posted Oct 01st 2012, 12:00am by AGENCIES

    ... the barriers impeding Suu Kyi's route to the residency, as the country heads towards crucial 2015 elections. Myanmar's constitution prohibits those with close foreign relatives from holding ... civilian role. Myanmar's once omnipotent military still holds a key bloc of seats in the country's fledgling parliament that gives it a potential veto over any constitution change. Suu ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1051133/thein-sein-could-accept-suu-kyi-myanmars-president
  5. News - Asia - THAILAND

    Thaksin scales back Myanmar visit after reports of assassination plot

    Posted Nov 08th 2012, 12:00am by David Eimer

    ... Fugitive ex-prime minister's rally of 'red shirts' called off after claim by Bangkok, now doubted, that Myanmar had detained would-be assassin When Thailand's former ... and their opponents for control of the country. His sister, Yingluck Shinawatra, is the current prime minister. Officials in Myanmar believe there was no plan to kill Thaksin. They said that the suspect ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1077329/thaksin-scales-back-myanmar-visit-after-reports-assassination-plot
  6. News - Asia - MYANMAR

    Exploited workers in 'Little Myanmar' bank on Suu Kyi

    Posted Oct 17th 2012, 12:00am by David Eimer in Mahachai, Thailand

    ... a way home 'Little Myanmar' banks on Suu Kyi Walk the streets of Mahachai and you might be in Myanmar rather than Thailand. Shop stores have signs in the distinctive Myanmese script, ... concentrations of the estimated two million Myanmese- also known as Burmese- working in Thailand. So many Myanmese live in Mahachai that the city has been dubbed "Little Myanmar". They come ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1062715/exploited-workers-little-myanmar-bank-suu-kyi
  7. News - Asia - MYANMAR

    Myanmar's Union Solidarity and Development Party to pick new chief

    Posted Oct 14th 2012, 12:00am by AFP

    ... chief Myanmar's army-backed ruling party is preparing for a leadership revamp as the dramatic political reforms that it has helped foster threaten to bring an electoral wipeout in 2015. ... to map out a new strategy. The top post has remained vacant since Thein Sein, now 67, stepped down last year to take office as president of Myanmar amid the country's emergence from decades ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1060541/myanmars-union-solidarity-and-development-party-pick-new-chief
  8. News - Asia - MALAYSIA

    450 Myanmar asylum seekers reach Malaysia

    Posted Dec 31st 2012, 03:12pm by Associated Press in Kuala Lumpur

    ... Associated Press in Kuala Lumpur Police say about 450 asylum seekers from Myanmar have landed in Malaysia after a dangerous boat journey that left one dead. They are one of the largest groups of Myanmar’s Rohingya Muslims who’ve reached Malaysia this year after leaving their violence-scarred hometowns. A police official on Malaysia’s northern Langkawi island says the asylum ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1116615/450-myanmar-asylum-seekers-reach-malaysia
  9. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    A year of progress in Myanmar and Philippines, stress in South China Sea

    Posted Dec 30th 2012, 12:00am by Philip Bowring

    ... Philip Bowring Philip Bowring looks back on a mixed year of hope in Myanmar and the Philippines but growing unease over China's maritime disputes with its neighbours High hopes ... that it would "actively maintain the peace and stability of the Indian Ocean". The better news from Asia continued to come out of Myanmar, notwithstanding the plight of the Rohingya. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1115340/year-progress-myanmar-and-philippines-stress-south-china-sea
  10. News - Asia - MYANMAR

    Christmas Day plane crash in Myanmar kills 2, but 70 survive

    Posted Dec 27th 2012, 12:00am by AFP

    ... Agence France-Presse in Heho Christmas Day crash landing amid heavy fog in Myanmar kills two, but 70 make it out alive I thought plane would explode: crash survivor Survivors of a crash landing in Myanmar on Christmas Day recounted fleeing the burning plane as smoke filled the cabin after the airliner came down in a field short of the runway. There was no warning from the pilots ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1113057/christmas-day-plane-crash-myanmar-kills-2-70-survive

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