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2006-02-27 01:04:58

By Ed Cropley BANGKOK (Reuters) - Myanmar's military junta has suspended visits by the Red Cross to 90 prisons and labor camps across the country, the humanitarian agency said on Monday. "Basically, the situation is not very good," said Fiona Terry, a spokeswoman for the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in Yangon. "The government has not authorized us to visit since the end of last year." The military government in charge of the former Burma had not given any specific...

2006-02-15 03:15:14

By Aung Hla Tun YANGON (Reuters) - An offer by Aung San Suu Kyi's opposition party to recognize military rule in Myanmar -- if the generals free her and summon a parliament whose 1990 election they ignored -- appears to be heading into a black hole. The offer by the National League for Democracy was impractical and a sign of desperation that may not even elicit a response from the generals who have ruled the former Burma in various guises since 1962, analysts said on Wednesday. A...

2006-01-16 05:42:33

KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - U.S. envoy Christopher Hill welcomed Southeast Asian nations' efforts to push Myanmar's military rulers toward democracy when he met Malaysian Foreign Minister Syed Hamid Albar on Monday, U.S. embassy officials said. The United States has led growing international opposition to Myanmar over the past two years, tightening sanctions against Yangon and branding it an "outpost of tyranny" for its house arrest of democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi. Hill told Syed...

2006-01-08 23:36:34

By Clarence Fernandez KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - Myanmar's military rulers could find themselves on a collision course with the United Nations Security Council by turning a deaf ear to a growing global chorus for political reform, a U.N. diplomat said on Monday. Former Malaysian diplomat Razali Ismail, who gave up his post as U.N. special envoy to Myanmar when his contract expired on January 3, said the Security Council took a small step in showing its concern by holding an informal...

2005-12-04 03:08:09

By Darren Schuettler YANGON (Reuters) - Myanmar's constitution-drafting National Convention resumes on Monday with the military junta facing increasing international pressure to speed up a "roadmap to democracy" that has achieved little since it was announced more than two years ago. More than 1,000 delegates representing "all walks of life" in the former Burma were gathering on Sunday at a special compound outside the capital, Yangon, where they are to spend the next two months...

2005-12-03 07:22:16

By Darren Schuettler YANGON (Reuters) - Myanmar rejected on Saturday U.S. accusations that the military-ruled country is a security threat to the region. Prompted by Washington, the UN Security Council agreed for the first time on Friday to discuss human rights in the Southeast Asian country. The decision came after Myanmar's rulers ordered opposition leader and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Aung San Suu Kyi to remain under house arrest for a further six months. "These accusations are...

2005-11-06 02:35:07

By Aung Hla Tun YANGON (Reuters) - Myanmar's military junta, which has been branded an "outpost of tyranny" by the United States, started on Sunday to move key ministries to a secret location in the mountains and dense forest. The former Burma's ruling generals made no announcement concerning the move, although Myanmar watchers have said they are relocating to ensure a better-fortified seat of government in case the country comes under attack. Civil servants were kept in the dark...

2005-10-09 10:31:56

By Ed Cropley BANGKOK (Reuters) - With big chunks of its territory in rebel hands and a military government shrouded in riddles, mystery and enigma, Myanmar presents the global fight against bird flu with a unique set of problems. Officially, the H5N1 avian influenza strain that has killed millions of birds and scores of people across Asia since late 2003 has not landed in the former Burma, even though neighbouring China, Thailand and Laos have all had outbreaks. However, given the...

2005-09-30 02:56:04

please read in first paragraph ... backed by Nobel peace laureate Desmond Tutu and former Czech President Vaclav Havel ... instead of ... backed by Nobel peace laureates Vaclav Havel and Desmond Tutu ... (making clear Havel is not a Nobel laureate). A corrected version follows. YANGON (Reuters) - Myanmar has dismissed a report backed by Nobel peace laureate Desmond Tutu and former Czech President Vaclav Havel arguing for the U.N. Security Council to take action against the junta due...

2005-09-30 03:02:40

YANGON (Reuters) - Myanmar has dismissed a report backed by Nobel peace laureate Desmond Tutu and former Czech President Vaclav Havel arguing for the U.N. Security Council to take action against the junta due to its human rights record. "The report portrays Myanmar in the most negative light. There is no basis whatsoever to its claims," the Foreign Ministry said in a statement carried by all state-owned newspapers on Friday. "It is based on misinformation by a few remaining...


Word of the Day
sough
  • A murmuring sound; a rushing or whistling sound, like that of the wind; a deep sigh.
  • A gentle breeze; a waft; a breath.
  • Any rumor that engages general attention.
  • A cant or whining mode of speaking, especially in preaching or praying; the chant or recitative characteristic of the old Presbyterians in Scotland.
  • To make a rushing, whistling, or sighing sound; emit a hollow murmur; murmur or sigh like the wind.
  • To breathe in or as in sleep.
  • To utter in a whining or monotonous tone.
According to the OED, from the 16th century, this word is 'almost exclusively Scots and northern dialect until adopted in general literary use in the 19th.'
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