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Myanmar tries NZ man on charge of insulting Buddha

Philip Blackwood, center, a New Zealand bar manager, is escorted by Myanmar police officers as he leaves a court following a court appearance along with Myanmar nationals Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014, in Yangon, Myanmar. Blackwood and and two Myanmar men have pleaded innocent to charges they insulted religion by posting an advertisement with an image of a pink Buddha wearing headphones. AP

A New Zealand bar manager and two Myanmar men pleaded not guilty Thursday to charges they insulted religion by posting an advertisement with an image of a pink Buddha wearing headphones.

Posted: December 18th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Gov’t spends P24 million on Aquino’s Apec, Asean meetings

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Benigno Aquino III

Malacanang on Sunday announced that it allocated P24 million for President Benigno Aquino III’s attendance to conferences organized by the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (Apec) and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) from November 10 to 13.

Posted: November 9th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

8,000 more Rohingya flee Myanmar—expert

In this April 2, 2014 photo, Myanmar police officers stand guard as census enumerators collect information at Dar Paing camp for Muslim refugees in north of Sittwe, Rakhine State, Myanmar. Almost all Rohingya were excluded from a U.N.-funded nationwide census earlier this year, the first in three decades, because they did not want to register as Bengalis. AP.

A growing sense of desperation is fueling a mass exodus of Rohingya Muslims from western Myanmar, with at least 8,000 members of the long-persecuted minority fleeing by boat in the last two weeks, according to residents and a leading expert.

Posted: October 25th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Thailand arrests 53 Rohingya migrants–official

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Thai authorities on Saturday arrested 53 Rohingya migrants and two suspected Thai traffickers en route to neighboring Malaysia, an official said.

Posted: October 11th, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Latest News Stories,Photos & Videos,World | Read More »

Myanmar freeing 3,073 prisoners in new amnesty

Myanmar prisoners get off at truck as they were released from Insein prison Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2014, in Yangon, Myanmar. The Myanmar government pardoned 3,073 prisoners on Tuesday, but advocacy groups said no political prisoners were included despite a pledge by the president to free all such detainees by the end of this year. (AP Photo/Khin Maung Win)

Myanmar pardoned and began freeing 3,073 prisoners Tuesday in an amnesty that virtually excluded political prisoners despite a presidential pledge to free all such detainees by year’s end.

Posted: October 8th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

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