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  1. News - Asia - MYANMAR

    Five million back curbing Myanmar military's role in politics

    Posted Jul 22nd 2014, 11:27pm by Reuters

    ... Reuters in Yangon 5m back curbing army role in politics Myanmar's main opposition party says it has collected about five million signatures seeking reduced powers for unelected ... The NLD canvassed the country of 60 million for almost two months, tapping into discontent among many who say the military should withdraw from politics after ruling for 49 years. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1557288/five-million-back-curbing-myanmar-militarys-role-politics
  2. News - Asia - MYANMAR

    Myanmar bridles at US ethnic strife concerns

    Posted Jan 26th 2013, 08:48pm by Agence France-Presse in Yangon

    ... Agence France-Presse in Yangon Myanmar issued a rebuke to the United States embassy in Yangon on Saturday after the US raised concerns over continued fighting between the army and ethnic rebels in the northern state of Kachin. The Myanmar foreign ministry accused the US statement, issued on Thursday, of only presenting one side of the bloody conflict, which has continued despite ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1136728/myanmar-bridles-us-ethnic-strife-concerns
  3. News - Asia - MYANMAR

    Myanmar's reforms may be running out of steam

    Posted Jul 13th 2014, 06:06am by WASHINGTON POST

    ... Myanmar's leadership. "We have a moral obligation despite the political benefits" of improving ties, said congressman Joseph Crowley, who has introduced a bill to link additional US aid ... The Washington Post in Yangon Obama says the country is a success story, but there are signs its reforms are running out of steam Myanmar's new day clouding over US President Barack ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1552885/myanmars-reforms-may-be-running-out-steam
  4. News - Asia - MYANMAR

    Millions sign petition in Myanmar urging army to curtail its power

    Posted Jul 20th 2014, 06:20am by AFP

    ... in a show of strength ahead of elections next year. Suu Kyi has travelled the country drawing crowds of thousands with speeches urging the military to accept a lesser political role, as her party ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1556657/millions-sign-petition-myanmar-urging-army-curtail-its-power
  5. News - Asia - MYANMAR

    Aung San Suu Kyi's opposition party youth ready to rise in ranks

    Posted Jul 06th 2014, 05:40am by AFP

    ... dramatic reforms since he took office in 2011. These included releasing political prisoners, ending direct media censorship and allowing opposition into parliament. Suu Kyi, 69, who spent 15 years ... was Myanmar's longest-serving political detainee under the former junta. "On the road ahead, whether the youths and the elders like it or not, youths will have to take positions one day," Suu ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1547618/aung-san-suu-kyis-opposition-party-youth-ready-rise-ranks
  6. News - Asia - MYANMAR

    US envoy Power urges Myanmar action to stop Rakhine violence

    Posted Apr 18th 2014, 11:32am by Reuters at the United Nations

    ... Reuters at the United Nations Samantha Power urges Yangon to prevent religious violence between Buddhists and stateless Muslim Rohingya in Rakhine state US Ambassador to the United Nations ... that the violence poses a serious threat to the country’s dramatic economic and political reforms as it emerges from a half century of military rule. “We continue to support Burma’s reforms, but are greatly ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1486737/us-envoy-power-urges-myanmar-action-stop-rakhine-violence
  7. News - Asia - MYANMAR

    Gap to be first US retailer to enter Myanmar market

    Posted Jun 07th 2014, 08:47pm by Associated Press in Yangon

    ... are reportedly producing vests and jackets for the company’s Old Navy and Banana Republic brands. They will be ready for sale in the US by this summer, according to a statement released on Saturday by the US Embassy. While Asian nations have long had a strong presence in Myanmar, it’s only in the last few years that companies from North America and Europe have started returning, thanks ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1527602/gap-be-first-us-retailer-enter-myanmar-market
  8. News - Asia - MYANMAR

    US Congress panel slams Myanmar's persecution of Rohingya Muslims

    Posted Mar 26th 2014, 09:12pm by AP

    ... Associated Press in Washington US Congress panel slams persecution of Rohingya The House Foreign Affairs Committee has called for an end to persecution of Myanmar's minority Rohingya Muslims in one of the strongest US congressional criticisms yet of Myanmar's reformist government. The committee is charged with overseeing US foreign policy, and the resolution, which ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1457927/us-congress-panel-slams-myanmars-persecution-rohingya-muslims
  9. News - Asia - MYANMAR

    Myanmar frees five political prisoners under Thein Sein pardon

    Posted Jan 01st 2014, 01:27am by AP

    ... Associated Press in Yangon Five political inmates freed as Thein Sein honours vow Myanmar freed five prisoners yesterday and more are expected to be released next week as part of a pledge by the country's president to release all political prisoners by the end of last year. The move came after President Thein Sein granted a pardon on Monday to those convicted of, or charged with, a variety ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1394371/myanmar-frees-five-political-prisoners-under-thein-sein-pardon
  10. News - Asia - MYANMAR

    Aung San Suu Kyi's hopes of Myanmar presidency suffer blow

    Posted Jun 14th 2014, 04:28am by Reuters

    ... and her National League for Democracy (NLD) party have been pushing for constitutional change ahead of next year's election, mainly to reduce the political clout of the military, which ruled ... the constitution to allow Suu Kyi to become president is still possible, although political analysts say it is unlikely it would be passed because the military and its USDP allies dominate parliament. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1532126/aung-san-suu-kyis-hopes-myanmar-presidency-suffer-blow

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