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|By AUNG ZAW|
|Sometimes, a look inside another struggling country can help answer questions about your own.|
|By LAWI WENG|
|Burma would “disintegrate” if the demands by ethnic groups for a federal system of government were granted, says the No 2 ranking general.|
|By WAI MOE|
| One of Japan's leading dailies, citing a Burmese military source, says this year's election is slated take place on October 10. |
|By ARKAR MOE|
| A 59-year-old woman, Kyi Lay, dies while undergoing a hip operation at Aung Yadana Medical Center in Rangoon. |
|By THE IRRAWADDY|
| About 100 female workers from a shrimp processing factory in Rangoon's Hlaing Tharyar Township have gone on strike. |
|By EILEEN NG|
| Assailants attacked three Malaysian churches with firebombs Friday, extensively damaging one amid a growing conflict over the use of the word "Allah" by non-Muslims. |
|By THE IRRAWADDY|
|A former military officer and a foreign affairs official were sentenced to death and another foreign affairs official was sentenced to long-term imprisonment in a special court in Insein Prison.|
| Trade unions attack Burma wage rise|
Jan 8, 2010 (DVB)–A salary increase for civil service workers in Burma is necessary but will severely strain the country’s budget and “damage the public”, a Burmese trade union coalition has said. - more
| UN defends hiatus on Burma envoy|
Jan 8, 2010 (DVB)–The United Nations has said that it continues to be closely engaged with Burma after accusations that it has been lax in appointing a successor to former envoy Ibrahim Gambari. - more
| Death sentence for Burmese whistleblowers|
Jan 8, 2010 (DVB)–Two Burmese government officials accused of leaking sensitive information about secretive diplomatic trips to Russia and North Korea are to be executed, a Rangoon court has announced. - more
| Women selling hair ‘to restore livelihoods’|
Jan 7, 2010 (DVB)–Trade in women’s hair in Burma has boomed in the last five years as people look for a new way to make ends meet, particularly in the wake of the devastation wrought by cyclone Nargis. - more
| Shan party eye 2010 elections |
Jan 7, 2009 (DVB)–A Shan political party that came second in the 1990 elections in Burma has requested a meeting with its imprisoned party leaders prior to elections this year, apparently with an eye to participating. - more
| ILO to be ‘more proactive, not reactive’ in Burma|
Jan 7, 2010 (DVB)–The International Labour Organisation is looking to change its approach to dealing with issues of child soldiers and forced labour in Burma, with a top-level ILO official to visit the country next week. - more
| Farmers sell livestock to repay loans|
Jan 6, 2010 (DVB)–Farmers in central Burma forced to repay loans months in advance of their deadline have reportedly been selling off livestock, following threats of arrest. - more
| US senator Webb gives election backing |
Jan 6, 2010 (DVB)–US senator Jim Webb, the only senior-level US official to have met Burmese junta chief Than Shwe, has said that he supports the junta’s controversial planned elections, to be held this year. - more
Followers of an activist Vietnamese monk are forced underground.
Hmong abroad fear for relatives forcibly returned from Thailand to Laos.
Relatives of a jailed Tibetan filmmaker hope they can afford a lawyer to appeal his sentence.
A new points-based scheme aims to help millions of migrant laborers in south China.