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Former Singapore prime minister Lee Kuan Yew, seen here in March 2013, who died in Singapore aged 91 on March 23, 2015. Photo: Stephen Morrison/EPA
Monday, March 23 2015

Singapore's first prime minister Lee Kuan Yew, one of the towering figures of post-colonial Asian politics, died March 23 after ...

The two Solar Impulse 2 pilots are spreading the word on clean energy, as seen here with Myanmar President U Thein Sein at Mandalay International Airport on March 20, 2015. Photo: Solar Impulse
Saturday, March 21 2015

‘Clean energy evangelists” Bertrand Piccard and Andre Borschberg are hosting events and visiting schools in ...

Saturday, March 21 2015

Deep-seated patriarchy and years of military rule have kept Myanmar society from the rest of the world.

An angry mob took to the streets of Mandalay in central Myanmar early on July 2, 2014 following a report of a rape, which later proved false. Photo: AFP
Saturday, March 21 2015

A court in Pyinmana has sentenced five people to 21 years’ imprisonment over a fake rape report that sparked deadly sectarian unrest in Mandalay last July. 

According to a court official, speaking on March 20, the five people, including a Buddhist woman who filed a false complaint with police that she had been raped, were sentenced to lengthy prison terms for the false claims that led to rioting and the deaths of one Buddhist and one Muslim man.

Saturday, March 21 2015

The fourth day of peace talks between Myanmar government negotiators and armed ethnic groups ended on a positive note...

Saturday, March 21 2015

The parents of two detained student leaders Ko Min Thway Thit and Ma Phyo Phyo Aung met with their children...

President U Thein Sein delivers a speech as seen on a background display as Myanmar Airforce soldiers participate in a ceremony to mark the 67th anniversary of Myanmar's Independence day, in Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar, January 4, 2015. Photo: Lynn Bo Bo/EPA
Friday, March 20 2015

The Tatmadaw will maintain its role in politics to support the transition to democracy but will eventually submit to civilian rule, President U Thein Sein told the BBC in an interview broadcast on March 20, Reuters news agency reported.

The military had initiated the reform process and still needed to play a political role to support the transition, President U Thein Sein said, referring to the seven-point roadmap for a transition to democracy unveiled by the ruling junta in August 2003.

President U Thein Sein (C) with pilots Andre Borschberg (L) and Bertrand Piccard (R) at Mandalay International Airport on March 20, 2015. Photo: Bo Bo/Mizzima
Friday, March 20 2015

President U Thein Sein met the pilots of the Solar Impulse on the morning March 20 after the aircraft landed at Mandalay International Airport the night before.

Pilots Bertrand Piccard and Andre Borschberg have brought their “clean energy” message to Myanmar as they attempt to fly their solar-powered plane around the world.

Mr Piccard flew the latest leg of their epic journey, flying in from Varanasi, India and arriving at 7.51 pm the night before.

Friday, March 20 2015

A refugee community from Myanmar in North Carolina, US, has been shocked by a triple homicide.

An 18-year-old ethnic Karen man has been arrested in connection with the stabbing deaths of three children in the southeastern US state, police said March 18.

Responding to a report of a person walking down the street with a knife, police disarmed Eh Lar Doh Htoo late March 17 at a house in New Bern, North Carolina, where they found the bodies of two of the victims. The third died as he was being transported to a hospital.

Friday, March 20 2015

A Myanmar court’s decision sentencing two journalists to prison with hard labour for allegedly defaming a military officer shows the need for the country to enact legal reforms to guarantee respect for media freedom, the International Press Institute said on March 19.

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