Southeast Asia

Myanmar Rebels: Government Army Ignoring President Thein Sein’s Ceasefire

January 21, 2013

“President Thein Sein had issued the ceasefire order on Friday to troops in the La Ja Yang area of Kachin State near the border with China, where fighting has been fiercest.”

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Myanmar Government Unveiled New Reforms to Donor Countries and International Organizations Over the Weekend

January 21, 2013

“A wide-ranging “Framework for Economic and Social Reforms” to be presented in the capital, Naypyitaw, sets out priorities until 2015 and broader initiatives “that will allow Myanmar to become a modern, developed and democratic nation by 2030″.”

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Myanmar Government Announces Unilateral Ceasefire Against Kachin Rebels

January 19, 2013

“The announcement of a cease-fire, to start Saturday, was made during the main evening newscast and came only hours after Parliament approved a resolution calling for an end to a year and a half of fighting.”

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U.S. Navy Minesweeper Ship Stuck Aground on a Coral Reef Near the Philippines

January 18, 2013

“In a statement, it said the ship had 79 crew on board when it ran aground, but that 72 were being transferred to a smaller vessel “as a precautionary measure”.”

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U.S. Navy Minesweeper Ship Runs Aground a on Reef in the Philippines

January 17, 2013

“The ship remains stuck on the reef. No injuries were reported among the ship’s crew of 81 and there were no indications of a fuel leak.”

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Secretary of State Hillary Clinton Expresses Concern for Missing Laos Activist

January 16, 2013

“”We call upon the Lao government to pursue a transparent investigation of this incident and to do everything in its power to bring about an immediate and safe return home to his family.”"

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4 American Land Mine Removal Experts Injured by an Accidental Explosion in Cambodia

January 15, 2013

“While details of the accident were not clear, Meas Chamrouen … said machine gun ammunition had exploded, though the cause was unknown.”

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Philippine Gaming Regulator: FBI Sent Agents to Manila to Probe Casino Payments to a Government Official

January 15, 2013

“The payments are also being investigated by the Nevada Gaming Control Board, which regulates Universal’s operations in the United States.”

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Singapore Raises Industrial and Residential Property Taxes to Lower Real Estate Costs

January 14, 2013

“”Coupled with the large supply pipeline of public and private housing over the next few years, we think property prices will very likely stabilise, if not fall, this year.”"

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Tens of Thousands of Protesters Demonstrate Against Taiwan’s President Ma Ying-jeou

January 14, 2013

“Ma, whose approval rating now stands at around 15 percent, insists that tying the island’s high-tech industries ever closer to China’s lucrative markets is the best way for Taiwan to avoid economic marginalization.”

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Myanmar Permits the Head of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) to Enter to Prisons and Conflict Zones

January 14, 2013

“Western countries suspended most sanctions as a reward for political, social and economic reforms after the new government took power in March 2011 after decades of military rule.”

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Tens of Thousands of Protesters in Malaysia Rally Demanding Political Reforms

January 14, 2013

“Tens of thousands Malaysians have come out to protest in the country’s capital against the government calling for reforms and possible ouster of the ruling coalition. The rally comes before Malaysia’s general elections, which are due by mid-2013.”

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Myanmar Security Forces Assault Protesters in the Largest Crackdown in 20 Months

November 29, 2012

“Analysts said the brutal way that the crackdown was carried out could hurt the popularity of Mr. Thein Sein as he tries to convince the country that his government has made a clean break from the military regime that ruled for five decades.”

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China’s Neighbors Object to the Country’s New Passports

November 25, 2012

“The passports feature a map of China that includes areas of the South China Sea claimed by other countries, as well as territory claimed by India.”

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White House announces that President Obama will visit Myanmar in mid-November

November 8, 2012

“Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was previously the most senior US official to go to Burma when she visited in December 2011.”

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