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2008-10-08 09:00:20

Text of report in English by Thailand-based Burmese publication Irrawaddy website on 7 October A truck carrying a squad of police pulls up in front of a Rangoon's internet cafe. The police burst into the cafe and shout to the customers sitting at the computer terminals: "Hands off!" Then they tour the terminals and check every screen, asking users to describe what they are looking at. If anyone is found using G-talk, the police inquire further - "Who are you chatting with?""Where do they...

2008-09-25 06:00:14

Text of report in English by Japan's largest news agency Kyodo Yangon [Rangoon], Sept. 25 Kyodo - A small blast occurred at a bus stop in central Yangon on Thursday, injuring three people, sources confirmed. The explosion, believed to have been caused by a small bomb, occurred around 10:40 a.m. at the bus stop in front of City Hall, the sources said. The three injured people were waiting at the bus stop, the sources said. The explosion occurred amid tightened security in Yangon and...

2008-09-24 06:00:13

Text of press release published by Paris-based Reporters Without Borders (RSF) on 23 September Reporters Without Borders and the Burma Media Association are overjoyed by today's release of leading Burmese journalist U Win Tin after 19 years in detention. He emerged from Insein prison still dressed in prisoner clothes after benefiting from an amnesty announced by the military government for thousands of detainees ahead of elections promised for 2010. "We worked together to defend U Win...

2008-09-23 15:00:13

Myanmar journalist U Win Tin was released after 19 years in jail Tuesday as part of an amnesty announced by the country's military junta, advocates said. Win Tin, 78, the political mentor of Myanmar democracy leader and Nobel Peace Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi, walked out of Insein Prison near Yangon still dressed in prison clothes, the journalists advocacy group Reporters Without Borders said in a release. The country's longest-serving political prisoner was let go as part of an...

2008-08-07 09:00:19

Text of report in English by Thai newspaper Bangkok Post website on 7 August [Report by Anucha Charoenpo, AFP: "Bush: America Seeks An End To Tyranny in Burma; reiterates call for release of Suu Kyi] United States President George W. Bush has vowed to "seek an end to tyranny" in Burma and called on the regime to free democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi, according to a copy of a speech he will deliver in Bangkok today. Photo from Bangkok Post, AFP, 7 August. Caption reads: "US President...

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2007-09-27 18:00:04

YANGON, Myanmar - Soldiers with automatic rifles fired into crowds of anti-government demonstrators Thursday, killing at least nine people in the bloodiest day in more than a month of protests demanding an end to military rule. Bloody sandals lay scattered on some streets as protesters fled shouting "Give us freedom, give us freedom!" On the second day of a brutal crackdown, truckloads of troops in riot gear also raided Buddhist monasteries on the outskirts of Yangon, beating and arresting...

2006-09-01 18:32:43

By Evelyn Leopold UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The United States on Friday asked the U.N. Security Council to deal with Myanmar, whose junta government has jailed opponents, persecuted minorities and sent refugees fleeing into neighboring states. The United States, had sought to put Myanmar, formerly Burma, on the council's agenda in May. It backed off after opposition from several council members and settled for briefings from U.N. officials instead. But U.S. Ambassador John Bolton...

2006-06-25 01:56:20

YANGON (Reuters) - The United States should back Myanmar's roadmap to democracy instead of seeking to oust the military junta, state-run newspapers said on Sunday. "The notorious villain has been following the old pattern of trying to topple the ruling military government," said a commentary published in several newspapers considered mouthpieces of the regime. The United States, which has imposed sanctions on Yangon and is one of its loudest critics, wants the U.N. Security Council...

2006-06-19 00:14:54

By Aung Hla Tun YANGON (Reuters) - Buddhist monks chanted prayers to mark the 61st birthday of detained democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi on Monday while pro-democracy activists around the world planned protests against the military junta. Rallies were due to be held in more than 25 countries across Asia, Europe and North America to demand the freedom of the Nobel Peace Laureate, who has spent 10 of the past 17 years in some form of detention. But their protests will likely fall on...


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cenobite
  • One of a religious order living in a convent or in community; a monk: opposed to anchoret or hermit (one who lives in solitude).
  • A social bee.
This word comes from the Latin 'coenobium,' convent, which comes from the Greek 'koinobios,' living in community.
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