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An Icelander reads a referendum pamphlet in Reykjavik (2 March)
Iceland is voting on a deal to repay the UK and Netherlands over the Icesave bank collapse, with a big "no" vote expected.
Brown sees troops in Afghanistan
UK PM Gordon Brown visits British troops in Afghanistan amid a growing row over his evidence to the Iraq war inquiry.
Canada U-turn on anthem change
Canada's government drops a proposal to change the country's national anthem by making it more gender-inclusive.

For Sex Workers, A Life of Risks

Widespread poverty is fueling prostitution in Burma, where a lack of protection for commercial sex workers exposes them and their communities to a host of dangers.

4,000 Workers Go on Strike in Rangoon

Around 4,000 factory workers at an industrial estate in Rangoon stage a sit-in to demand better pay, in the latest sign of growing labor unrest in the former Burmese capital.

Weekly Business Roundup (March 6, 2010)

India has canceled plans to buy a big consignment of pulse crops from Burma after the Naypyidaw government demanded US $44 million advance cash payment.

Junta Should Go Before ICC, Nobel Laureates Tell Ban

In a meeting with the UN secretary-general, two Nobel Peace Prize laureates say that Burma's junta should be tried by the International Criminal Court for its abuses against women.

Regime May Outlaw UWSA

The Burmese junta is reportedly considering the option of outlawing the United Wa State Army if they fail soon to agree to join the Border Guard Force.

Thai government in visa trouble again

Friday, March 5, 2010

Amid Hardships and Unchanged Behaviors

There is nothing easy about helping HIV/AIDS patients, but one of the most difficult things to deal with is the behavior of some who carelessly spread the disease to others.
Freed NLD leader back into thick of party work
National League for Democracy’s vice-chairman Tin Oo, freed recently, ...
New Indian magazine focuses on regional security issues
The launch of the monthly periodical Look East seeks to highlight security...
Civilians flee forced recruitment into militia groups
At least 100 people in southern Burma’s Mon State have fled to regions controlled ...
Lawyer arrested for defending labour activist freed
A lawyer, arrested for defending a labour rights activist in Burma’s Pegu division, ...
Rangoon strike ends but unrest prevails Mar 5, 2010 (DVB)–A 1500-strong strike at a major Burmese brewery has ended peacefully but signs remain of a growing unrest among Rangoon workers. - more
850,000 migrants register in Thailand Mar 5, 2010 (AFP)–Around 850,000 migrant workers in Thailand have met a deadline to start a registration process, the labour ministry said Thursday, as rights groups made renewed calls for a halt to the policy. - more
Suu Kyi ‘house hearing’ begins Mar 5, 2010 (DVB)–Lawyers for Burma opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi yesterday issued their first statements in a hearing regarding an intra-familial dispute over her Rangoon house. - more
Opposition party central committee announced Mar 5, 2010 (DVB)–Burma’s main opposition party has announced the formation of its new Central Committee, now under the leadership of party chairman Aung Shwe. - more

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