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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...

2006-03-13 06:20:00

By Darren Schuettler BANGKOK -- Myanmar has reported what is believed to be the secretive country's first case of bird flu, while Afghanistan was checking on Monday to see if it is the latest country to be infected by the deadly disease. Underscoring bird flu's rapid spread around the globe, Cameroon became the fourth African country to report an outbreak of bird flu on Sunday, joining Nigeria, Egypt and Niger, which have reported cases of the H5N1 flu virus in poultry. In a matter of weeks,...

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...


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