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Myanmar’s ancient temple city faces modern danger

The spires of Bagan have survived wars, earthquakes and centuries of tropical sun, but in recent years Myanmar’s ancient capital has faced a distinctly modern threat — scaffolding and cement. The temples, some of which are around 1,000 years old, are one of the country’s most treasured religious sites and…

5.7-magnitude quake hits Myanmar

A shallow 5.7-magnitude earthquake struck close to Myanmar’s second-biggest city on Friday evening, seismologists said. The quake hit at 6:54 pm local time (1224 GMT) at a depth of 10 kilometres (six miles), the US Geological Survey said. It was 110 kilometres north of the city of Mandalay. The agency…

Fresh religious unrest breaks out in Myanmar

About 1,000 anti-Muslim rioters burned shops and homes in a fresh outbreak of communal unrest in Myanmar, officials said Sunday, as the former army-ruled nation grapples with spreading religious violence. Police fired warning shots on three occasions as a mob tried to set property ablaze and attacked fire engines that…

Chinese firms in Myanmar attempt to fix image problem

Chinese firms in Myanmar attempt to fix image problem (via The Christian Science Monitor) Facing unexpected turbulence over its investments in Myanmar, China is employing a strategy more commonly used by Western corporations: The “corporate social responsibility” campaign. Hence last week’s rollout of new guidelines to be followed…  …

Drug-resistant malaria spreading rapidly in Cambodia, Myanmar, Thailand

Deadly malaria that is resistant to drug treatment has spread rapidly to the border between Thailand and Myanmar, raising concerns of an uncontrollable epidemic, scientists said Thursday. A pair of studies published in The Lancet and the journal Science showed how the disease is moving fast into new territory and…

U.S. seeks to exchange ambassadors with Myanmar

WASHINGTON — US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Friday that the United States is moving toward exchanging ambassadors with Myanmar, as a reward for reforms by the military-backed government. Echoing President Barack Obama in hailing the release of political prisoners, Clinton said she is also instructing State Department officials…

Myanmar frees leading political prisoners

Myanmar pardoned a number of prominent dissidents, journalists and a former premier Friday under a major prisoner amnesty, intensifying a surprising series of reforms by the army-backed regime. Western powers have demanded the freedom of political detainees languishing in jail in the country formerly known as Burma before they will…

Scientists identify a new species every two days in Mekong region

Scientists identify a new species every two days in the Greater Mekong region, the WWF said Monday, in a report detailing 2010′s more unusual finds such as a leaf warbler and a self-cloning lizard. But the conservation group warned some species could disappear before they are ever recorded because of…

Obama offers Myanmar fresh start in relations

US President Barack Obama offered Myanmar a new era in relations if it reforms and promised democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi his eternal support in letters hand-delivered by his top diplomat Thursday. The high-stakes personal intervention in a country long regarded by the West as a pariah state came during a historic visit…

Clinton pushes reform in historic Myanmar talks

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton held landmark talks with Myanmar’s rulers Thursday, saying she was “encouraged” by reform moves from the new regime after decades of repression and isolation. The top diplomat, sent by President Barack Obama on a delicate mission to encourage change in a nation long distrustful…

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