Flood fears worsen for Brisbane

Up to 20,000 homes may now be hit in Brisbane, as deadly floodwaters hit Australia’s third-largest city, officials in Queensland say.

Tunisian interior minister sacked

Tunisia’s president dismisses Interior Minister Rafik Belhaj Kacem and orders the release of all of those detained during the recent unrest.

Poland blamed for Kaczynski crash

The crew of the Polish jet that crashed in Smolensk ignored warnings for fear of upsetting President Kaczynski, Russia says.

Port Project Raises Concerns about Rights, Environment

By YENI
Plans to build a massive new port and special economic zone in Tavoy, or Dawei, in southern Burma will likely come at an enormous cost to local people and the environment, say experts.

Junta Troops Using Prisoners as Human Minesweepers

By SAI ZOM HSENG
The Burmese army is forcing prison inmates to act as porters and human minesweepers on the front line in Karen State, according to a Thailand-based human rights group.

China to Operate Oil Wharf in Burma

By THE IRRAWADDY
China National Petroleum Corporation has drawn up an agreement with Qingdao Port to build and operate a wharf on Burma’s western coastline to transfer oil and gas to Yunnan.

UNHCR to Interview Jailed Burmese Rebels in Kolkata

By ZARNI MANN
The UN’s refugee agency will interview 34 Burmese rebels who have been detained in India for more than 12 years.

Minister’s Sons to Manage Gas Pipelines

By YAN PAI
The IGE Group of Companies, owned by the sons of Burma’s Minister of Industry 1 Aung Thaung, has obtained the permit to manage the natural gas pipelines.

Thai Cabinet Approves Social Welfare Measures
By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
Thailand’s Cabinet approves a package of social welfare measures that was slammed by critics as populist handouts designed to woo voters ahead of elections that must be called by the end of the year.

Vietnam’s Party Congress Opens Amid Tight Security
By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
Vietnam’s ruling communists open their party congress to pick new leaders and set the country’s direction for the next five years.

Military draft seen as threat to ethnic armed groups

Military-draft-law-sThe enactment of a military draft law, making most adult Burmese subject to serve in the armed forces, …

Company seeking to build hotel for football fans sues residents

monywa-sky-map-sThe Shwe Nagar Min Company has sued four Monywa South Ward residents in Sagaing Division …

The People’s Military Service Law of the SPDC

As every citizen is under a duty to safeguard the independence, sovereignty and the territorial integrity of the Union of Myanmar, …

Rubber plantations expanding in Mon State

rubber-plantation-sRubber plantations in Mon State could increase by 500 percent in 22 years, according to …

US donates $1.5 million in aid to Cyclone Giri victims

Cyclone-Giri-2010-story-sUS embassy officials in Rangoon said on Tuesday that the US government will donate US$1.5 million …

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Legendary filmmaker Maung Wunna dies

Two-time Burmese Academy Award winning director and novelist dies at his home in Rangoon after a yearlong battle with lung cancer

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Artillery shells hit Thailand as fighting rages

Eleven shells land on Thai soil as clashes between Burmese troops and an opposition Karen army intensify in eastern Burma

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UN to extend treatment for HIV patients

Supply of anti-retroviral (ARV) drugs to be extended for Burma, where only 12 percent of HIV patients receive proper treatment