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2006-05-20 08:16:24

By Aung Hla Tun YANGON (Reuters) - Senior U.N. official Ibrahim Gambari met detained Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi in a Yangon guest house on Saturday, her first contact with an outsider in three years, a government source said. The meeting followed an audience between Gambari and Than Shwe, the ruling military junta's supremo, in his new jungle capital. It lasted about an hour, according to the source, who asked not to be identified. There were no further details....

2006-05-15 08:42:09

By Ed Cropley NEAR THE SALWEEN RIVER, Myanmar (Reuters) - Ta Kler Too was two weeks old when he had to go through his first minefield. Born on the run from the army in the jungles of eastern Myanmar, he and his family -- all ethnic Karen -- are now in the relative security of a makeshift refugee camp protected by Karen National Liberation Army (KNLA) guerrillas. One mile from the Thai border, they remain at the mercy of infection, diarrhea and malaria but consider themselves the...

2006-05-14 02:02:26

MONE, Myanmar (Reuters) - Myanmar's military junta said on Sunday it wondered whether the U.S. exemption of the Karen refugees from immigration laws presaged an invasion of the southeast Asian country. Information Minister Brigadier General Kyaw Hsan said the last time Washington allowed an exemption from laws aimed at keeping terrorists and their supporters out was before the "Bay of Pigs" invasion of Cuba after the communist victory there. "The U.S. government then provided these...

2006-05-09 03:17:25

YANGON (Reuters) - Myanmar has accused the U.S. and British embassies of violating diplomatic protocol by conducting free training courses for members of Aung San Suu Kyi's opposition party, a state newspaper said on Tuesday. The New Light of Myanmar said junior leaders of the National League for Democracy (NLD) had studied English, computers and international relations at the embassies since last year. It said the training was illegal because the $1,000 fees normally charged to the...

2006-05-04 03:00:48

YANGON (Reuters) - Flash floods triggered by Cyclone Mala killed 18 people in central Myanmar, state media reported on Thursday, sharply raising the death toll from last week's storm. Another 14 people were still missing after the storm swept inland on April 29 and struck Kyangin Township, 130 miles northwest of the capital, Yangon, the Kyemon newspaper said. "The flash floods occurred after the storm caused heavy rainfall in the mountains," the newspaper said, quoting government...

2006-05-01 02:16:28

YANGON (Reuters) - Aung San Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy has been hit by a spate of resignations it blames on pressure from Myanmar's military junta, which has threatened to ban the party. An NLD spokesman confirmed weekend reports in state-controlled newspapers that 17 party officials in Northern Shan State had quit en masse last week. "We think it is just because of pressure by authorities," NLD spokesman Nyan Win told Reuters on Monday. "We hear NLD members in some...

2006-04-30 09:22:37

YANGON (Reuters) - Cyclone Mala killed at least two people in Myanmar and damaged hundreds of homes and several factories before petering out over the weekend, state media and the Red Cross said on Sunday. Hurricane-force winds and heavy rainfall struck a township near the capital Yangon late on Friday, tearing the roofs off five factories in two industrial parks, the Kyemon newspaper reported. Some 586 homes were damaged in Hlaing Thar Yar Township, 10 miles west of Yangon, Michael...

2006-03-27 05:46:49

By Aung Hla Tun PYINMANA, Myanmar (Reuters) - Myanmar's generals are in no hurry to hand over to civilian rulers despite international pressure to speed up democratic reforms, paramount leader Than Shwe said on Monday. Addressing 10,000 troops on parade in a new capital deep in jungle-clad mountains, Senior General Than Shwe defended a seven-step "roadmap to democracy" criticized by the West and even regional neighbors for being too vague and too slow. "Today, the Tatmadaw and the...

2006-03-26 00:53:51

By Darren Schuettler BANGKOK (Reuters) - Outsiders will get a rare glimpse of secretive Myanmar's new capital on Monday, a fortified compound deep in the jungle analysts say signals a further retreat into isolation. Five months after the military junta announced the shock move to a lumber town 400 km (250 miles) north of Yangon, strongman Senior General Than Shwe will preside over a military parade attended by foreign diplomats to mark Armed Forces Day. The generals say the move to...

2006-03-13 05:50:00

By Darren Schuettler BANGKOK (Reuters) - Myanmar has found the H5N1 bird flu virus in chickens in what is believed to be the secretive country's first case of the deadly disease, but there was no sign of human infection, a U.N. official said on Monday. "The information is there is no human case so far," said the U.N. official in Yangon, who declined to be named. Myanmar health officials ordered surveillance to be stepped up after the outbreak in the central Mandalay region was reported to the...


Word of the Day
bodacious
  • Remarkable; prodigious.
  • Audacious; gutsy.
  • Completely; extremely.
  • Audaciously; boldly.
  • Impressively great in size; enormous; extraordinary.
This word is probably from the dialectal 'boldacious,' a blend of 'bold' and 'audacious.'
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