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Myanmar still using rape as weapon of war: women's group

By David Brunnstrom WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A women's group says that Myanmar's military is still using rape as a weapon of war, with more than 100 women and girls raped by the army since a 2010 election brought about a nominally civilian government that has pursued rapprochement with the West.

LDP's Komura to visit Myanmar next week

Liberal Democratic Party Vice President Masahiko Komura will make a five-day visit to Myanmar from Sunday and meet opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi on Monday, the ruling party said Friday. Komura will discuss with Suu Kyi Japan's support for legislative improvement toward democratization in the Southeast Asian country. The LDP is also arranging a meeting between Komura and President Thein Sein.

LDP's Komura to visit Myanmar next week

Liberal Democratic Party Vice President Masahiko Komura will make a five-day visit to Myanmar from Sunday and meet opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi on Monday, the ruling party said Friday. Komura will discuss with Suu Kyi Japan's support for legislative improvement toward democratization in the Southeast Asian country. The LDP is also arranging a meeting between Komura and President Thein Sein.

US uses 'Myanmar' name as 'diplomatic courtesy'

The United States sometimes uses the official name Myanmar instead of Burma as a "diplomatic courtesy" to the Asian country, the State Department said Monday, in a sign of rapprochement. Military leaders changed the official name to "Myanmar" in 1989, saying that the old term "Burma" was a sorry legacy of British colonialism and implied that the ethnically torn land belonged only to the Burman majority.

Japan offers 10 bil. yen in support for Myanmar ethnic minorities

Japan announced Monday it will provide 10 billion yen in support to Myanmar over the next five years to improve the livelihoods of ethnic minorities in border areas of the country beset by decades of armed conflict. The announcement was jointly made by Japanese Ambassador to Myanmar Mikio Numata and Yohei Sasakawa, Japan's special envoy for national reconciliation in Myanmar, at a press conference in Yangon.

Japan to give 10 bil. yen to aid Myanmar's ethnic minorities

Japan plans to provide 10 billion yen chiefly in grants over the next five years to Myanmar to bolster the living standards of ethnic minorities that have suffered during years of internal conflicts in the country, government sources said Saturday. Tokyo intends to provide the aid to help accelerate ongoing peace talks between the government of President Thein Sein and ethnic rebels, the sources said.

Japan to give 10 bil. yen to aid Myanmar's ethnic minorities

Japan plans to provide 10 billion yen chiefly in grants over the next five years to Myanmar to bolster the living standards of ethnic minorities that have suffered during years of internal conflicts in the country, government sources said Saturday. Tokyo intends to provide the aid to help accelerate ongoing peace talks between the government of President Thein Sein and ethnic rebels, the sources said.

Suu Kyi urges Myanmar army to back charter reform

Myanmar's opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi on Saturday called on the powerful military to get involved in reforming the country's junta-era constitution, which currently bars her from becoming president. The Nobel laureate, who has repeatedly asserted her readiness to take on the top political job, said the nation's "tatmadaw" army was "essential" in amending the charter, which is currently being debated by a parliamentary panel that includes soldiers.

Suu Kyi urges Myanmar army to back charter reform

Myanmar's opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi on Saturday called on the powerful military to get involved in reforming the country's junta-era constitution, which currently bars her from becoming president. The Nobel laureate, who has repeatedly asserted her readiness to take on the top political job, said the nation's "tatmadaw" army was "essential" in amending the charter, which is currently being debated by a parliamentary panel that includes soldiers.

Myanmar president calls for cautious approach to charter change

Myanmar President Thein Sein voiced concern Thursday over the constitutional amendment sought by the main opposition party led by Aung San Suu Kyi, warning it could end up in "a political impasse" if the stakeholders fail to make the right decisions. In his monthly public radio address, Thein Sein said, "I believe that a healthy Constitution must be amended from time to time" to address national, economic, and social needs.
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