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Published: 04/4/11

700 Fishermen Missing in Myanmar After Severe Storms

By  not in system - AOL News
700 Fishermen Missing in Myanmar After Severe Storms

YANGON, Myanmar -- Nearly 700 fishermen from Myanmar are missing after a three-day burst of unseasonable storms that ripped apart rickety fishing boats in the Andaman Sea, news reports said Monday. Rescued fishermen gave harrowing accounts. Some told local media they held on for days to broken bamboo rafts before being rescued by offshore oil companies, Thai fishing boats or Myanmar naval boats. The Weekly Eleven news journal reported that 15,583 fisherman were rescued after the March 14-17 storms whipped up 70 mph (112 kph) winds, battering fishing rafts and trawlers, and sweeping thousands...

Published: 03/25/11

Powerful Quake in NE Myanmar Kills More Than 70

By  not in system - AOL News
Powerful Quake in NE Myanmar Kills More Than 70

YANGON, Myanmar -- A powerful earthquake that toppled homes in northeastern Myanmar has killed more than 70 people, and there were fears Friday the toll would mount as conditions in more remote areas became known. The Thursday night quake, measured at magnitude 6.8 by the U.S. Geological Survey, was centered just north of Tachileik town in Shan State near the Thai border. It was felt hundreds of miles (kilometers) away in the Thai capital, Bangkok, and the Vietnamese capital, Hanoi. Myanmar state radio announced Friday that 73 people had been killed and 111 injured. It said 390 houses, 14 Bu...

Published: 03/24/11

Myanmar Struck by Earthquake; 5 Facts About the Former Burma

By  Mara Gay - AOL News
Myanmar Struck by Earthquake; 5 Facts About the Former Burma

The impoverished Southeast Asian country of Myanmar, known as Burma under British rule, is somewhat off the beaten path in terms of American news consumption and rarely makes headlines. So when it was struck by a powerful earthquake today, AOL News thought it would take a moment to offer up a quick list of key facts about the resource-rich but harshly ruled nation. It was struck by a 6.8-magnitude earthquake today. There were no reports of deaths or major destruction in the country, but in Myanmar, where a repressive government restricts virtually every source of news, accurate information ca...

Published: 03/24/11

6.8-Magnitude Quake Strikes Northeastern Myanmar, Kills 1

By  not in system - AOL News
6.8-Magnitude Quake Strikes Northeastern Myanmar, Kills 1

YANGON, Myanmar -- A powerful earthquake struck northeastern Myanmar on Thursday night, killing one woman and shaking buildings as far away as Bangkok. No tsunami was generated. The quake hit in an area where Myanmar, Thailand and Laos meet, about 70 miles (110 kilometers) from Chiang Rai. The northern Thai city sustained minor damage, according to Thai television. AP Nurses help push a patient's bed as they are evacuated from a hospital in Chiang Rai province, northern Thailand, following an earthquake Thursday. A powerful quake struck northeastern Myanmar on Thursday night, kill...

Published: 03/1/11

Myanmar's Strongman Appears on TV in Women's Clothing

By  Matthew Hall - AOL News
Myanmar's Strongman Appears on TV in Women's Clothing

So you think Libya leader Col. Moammar Gadhafi is nuts? You might also want to try Myanmar's repressive head of state, Senior Gen. Than Shwe. For a recent televised ceremony, the 78-year-old boss of Asia's most authoritarian regime ditched his army dress uniform in favor of, more simply, a woman's skirt. Than Shwe appeared at a national holiday event last month wearing a woman's sarong -- or acheik -- and got the country talking. That is, as much as people can talk in an oppressed society. Khin Maung Win, AP Myanmar's top leader, Senior Gen. Than Shwe, right, greets guests durin...

Published: 01/31/11

Myanmar Opens First Parliament in Two Decades

By  not in system - AOL News
Myanmar Opens First Parliament in Two Decades

NAYPYITAW, Myanmar -- Myanmar opened its first parliament in more than two decades Monday, an event greeted with cautious optimism by opposition lawmakers despite the military's tight management of the event. The military and its allies hold more than 80 percent of the seats in both houses of parliament, ensuring that the army exercises control over the wheels of power, as it has since a 1962 coup deposed the last legitimately elected legislature. A single-party parliament under the late dictator Gen. Ne Win was abolished in 1988 after the army crushed a pro-democracy uprising. The 440-seat ...

Published: 01/11/11

1/11/11: What Happens on Dates That Seem Meaningful?

By  Torie Bosch - AOL News
1/11/11: What Happens on Dates That Seem Meaningful?

Today's date just looks cool: 1/11/11. Our calendar is filled with such dates that seem to play with numbers: 9/9/99 (Sept. 9, 1999); 1/23/45 (Jan. 23, 1945); 9/8/76 (Sept. 8, 1976). But does anything actually happen on these dates that look cosmically significant? Going back through the last 1/11/11s (1911, 1811, 1711, etc.), nothing major crops up. But important events happened on some of the other eye-catching dates: 9/9/99 Some people thought that 9/9/99 would be a Y2K (remember that?) precursor, a day when computers would choke on a confusing number. "In the end, no big problems mater...

Published: 11/14/10

Aung San Suu Kyi, Finally Free -- but What of Democracy for Burma?

By  Alex Wagner - Politics Daily
Aung San Suu Kyi, Finally Free -- but What of Democracy for Burma?

For those of us who've managed to get to Rangoon, Burma, and make the pilgrimage to the house on University Avenue where the freedom fighter Aung San Suu Kyi has been held under house arrest for the past seven years, Saturday was a big day. The house, shrouded by overgrown foliage, possessed of little besides the legendary Nobel Peace Prize laureate, her broken piano and a collection of books, was never easy to see from the street: Armed guards were stationed outside the tall iron gates that kept passers-by from entering the premises (at least from the front). During times of political or ci...

Published: 11/13/10

Newly Free Myanmar Activist Urges Talks

By  not in system - AOL News
Newly Free Myanmar Activist Urges Talks

YANGON, Myanmar (Nov. 14) -- Myanmar democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi, freed from seven years of house arrest, told thousands of wildly cheering supporters Sunday that she would continue to fight for human rights and the rule of law in the military-controlled nation. She called for face-to-face talks with the junta's leader. She spoke to about 5,000 people who crowded around the dilapidated headquarters of her political party, the first stop for the Nobel Peace Prize laureate after leaving the lakeside residence that had been her prison. "I believe in human rights and I believe in the rule ...

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