Nov 13, 2013

Buddhists monks in Myanmar protest visit by Islamic delegation

Dozens of Buddhist monks carrying banners that said “Get Out” and “Don’t interfere in Myanmar’s internal affairs” gathered outside Yangon airport Wednesday to protest the arrival of a delegation from the world’s biggest Islamic political bloc. Secretary-General Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu and several ministers from the ...

Nov 12, 2013

Southeast Asia losing battle with malaria

U.S. experts are raising the alarm over the spread of drug-resistant malaria in several Southeast Asian countries, endangering major global gains in fighting the mosquito-borne disease that kills more than 600,000 people annually. While the communicable disease wreaks its heaviest toll in Africa, it ...

227 million meth pills seized in Asia in '12: U.N.

Nov 8, 2013

227 million meth pills seized in Asia in '12: U.N.

Seizures of crystal meth and methamphetamine pills reached record highs in East and Southeast Asia in 2012, with Myanmar retaining its status as a major supplier of the illicit drugs, the United Nations said Friday. In its annual report on amphetamine-type stimulants in the ...

Holocaust museum highlights Myanmar's Rohingya

Nov 6, 2013

Holocaust museum highlights Myanmar's Rohingya

Just a few blocks from the White House where Myanmar’s president was feted for working for democracy, another side of his country is now on display at a more haunting Washington landmark: the plight of its most beleaguered people, the Rohingya Muslims, depicted in ...

Boat with 70 Muslim Rohingya sinks off Myanmar

Nov 3, 2013

Boat with 70 Muslim Rohingya sinks off Myanmar

A boat carrying 70 ethnic minority Muslim Rohingya capsized Sunday off the western coast of Myanmar, an aid worker said. Only eight survivors have been found. The boat was in the Bay of Bengal and headed for Bangladesh when it went down early Sunday, ...

Envoy backs Myanmar's nation-building bid

Nov 3, 2013

Envoy backs Myanmar's nation-building bid

by Hidenori Tajima

Mikio Numata, Japan’s ambassador to Myanmar, said he will support the people’s efforts to build their own nation. “I would respect whatever future Myanmar people envision,” said Numata, who assumed his post last November. Numata, 63, said he realized that Myanmar had changed dramatically ...

Firms giving refugees jobs instead of charity

Oct 25, 2013

Firms giving refugees jobs instead of charity

by Megumi Iizuka

With applications for refugee status reaching record levels, a number of Japanese businesses are providing employment and training to people forced to flee their home country due to war and persecution, with emphasis on genuine vocational opportunities rather than charity. Mohammad Mawaheb Seraj Eddin, ...

Oct 17, 2013

Bomb blasts in eastern Myanmar kill one

Three small bombs went off in eastern Myanmar, killing one person and wounding six, the latest in a series of unexplained explosions in a country that had seen few such attacks since an elected government took over two years ago. The blasts in Namkham, ...