Indian Ocean http://www.globalpost.com/taxonomy/term/27001/all en Mobile revolution in Myanmar is on the cards, but too slow for many http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130120/mobile-revolution-myanmar-the-cards-too-slow-many <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>By Jeremy Wagstaff</p> <p>YANGON, Jan 21 (Reuters) - Myanmar is on the cusp of a mobile revolution. Only it's happening way too slowly for many locals.</p> <p>Last week the government invited expressions of interest for two mobile phone licenses - a first step towards increasing mobile penetration from its current 5-10 percent to 80 percent in three years. That would lift it off the bottom of the world's ladder of mobile use and put it on a par with neighbours like Bangladesh.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130120/mobile-revolution-myanmar-the-cards-too-slow-many" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Burma Business Indian Ocean Technology Thomson Reuters Sun, 20 Jan 2013 21:30:22 +0000 5736992 at http://www.globalpost.com Japan's rush into Myanmar snags on land ownership issues http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130123/japans-rush-myanmar-snags-land-ownership-issues <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>By Antoni Slodkowski</p> <p>THILAWA, Myanmar, Jan 24 (Reuters) - If Japan's plans to develop a massive industrial complex in Myanmar push ahead, Win Aung's village will be cut in half, his cottage and ricefields razed.</p> <p>The 39-year-old is one of hundreds of farmers who make their living off rice paddies earmarked for the Thilawa economic zone, a project that has become the centrepiece of Japanese investment in Myanmar.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130123/japans-rush-myanmar-snags-land-ownership-issues" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Burma Indian Ocean Politics Technology War Win Aung Yangon Thomson Reuters Wed, 23 Jan 2013 21:15:03 +0000 5738520 at http://www.globalpost.com URGENT ¥¥¥ Maldives to hold first polls since president toppled http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130206/urgent-maldives-hold-first-polls-president-toppled <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>The Maldives is to hold presidential polls on September 7, the first since the archipelago's first democratically elected leader was toppled in what he called a coup, the government said Wednesday.</p> <p>"The election commission has announced September 7 as the date," Masood Imad, media secretary to President Mohamed Waheed, told AFP.</p> <p>aj/co/jw</p> Indian Ocean AFP Wed, 06 Feb 2013 06:00:30 +0000 5747185 at http://www.globalpost.com Japan's Dentsu to open in Myanmar http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130208/japans-dentsu-open-myanmar <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Japanese public relations company Dentsu will open an office in Myanmar's commercial capital Yangon next week, in the latest push by a Japanese firm to break into the potentially lucrative new market.</p> <p>The firm, the largest of its kind in Japan, said Thursday it would work with both foreign and local companies seeking to cash in on new opportunities in the country of 62 million people.</p> <p>Dentsu said it was looking to the 27th Southeast Asian Games, which Myanmar is set to host in December, as a source of advertising contracts.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130208/japans-dentsu-open-myanmar" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Dentsu Indian Ocean Japan Technology Yangon AFP Fri, 08 Feb 2013 08:30:31 +0000 5749717 at http://www.globalpost.com 17 gunmen killed in Thai military base attack: army http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130212/17-gunmen-killed-thai-military-base-attack-army-0 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Scores of heavily armed gunmen stormed a military base in unrest-plagued southern Thailand, an army spokesman said Wednesday, in a major assault that left at least 17 militants dead.</p> <p>"Some 100 fully armed militants stormed the base, where there were 60 marines," Colonel Pramote Promin, southern army spokesman, told AFP. </p> <p>He said the attack, one of the most ambitious in several years of violence in Thailand's deep south, had resulted in the deaths of at least 17 assailants. </p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130212/17-gunmen-killed-thai-military-base-attack-army-0" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Asia Disaster Indian Ocean Thailand War AFP Wed, 13 Feb 2013 04:30:41 +0000 5754069 at http://www.globalpost.com Maldivian watchdog accuses India of 'interference' http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130216/maldivian-watchdog-accuses-india-interference <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Maldivian judges Saturday accused India's top envoy of meddling in domestic politics by sheltering ex-president Mohamed Nasheed who faces charges that could rule him out of contesting elections.</p> <p>Nasheed has remained at the Indian embassy since Wednesday after taking refuge there to avoid being arrested after he failed to appear in court last weekend to answer charges of abuse of power while he was president.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130216/maldivian-watchdog-accuses-india-interference" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Indian Ocean Maldives Mohamed Nasheed Mohamed Nasheed Politics AFP Sat, 16 Feb 2013 10:00:44 +0000 5757396 at http://www.globalpost.com Maldives protests at Indian protection for ex-leader http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130218/maldives-protests-at-indian-protection-ex-leader <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>The Maldives has summoned India's ambassador and made a strong protest over a standoff involving opposition leader Mohamed Nasheed who has taken refuge in the Indian embassy, an official said Monday.</p> <p>The former president has been in the embassy since Wednesday to evade arrest after he failed to appear in court on charges which his party considers politically motivated and designed to disqualify him from politics.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130218/maldives-protests-at-indian-protection-ex-leader" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Indian Ocean Maldives Mohamed Nasheed AFP Mon, 18 Feb 2013 08:30:38 +0000 5758741 at http://www.globalpost.com U.S. business group heading to Myanmar to explore opportunities http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130222/us-business-group-heading-myanmar-explore-opportunities <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>WASHINGTON, Feb 22 (Reuters) - Fifty U.S. business executives will visit Myanmar next week to explore trade and investment opportunities in the resource-rich nation now that the United States has eased sanctions, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce said on Friday.</p> <p>"This delegation trip is an important milestone," Tami Overby, the chamber's vice president for Asia said in a statement. "We have made tremendous progress in normalizing economic relations between our countries. It is now time to take the relationship to the next level."</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130222/us-business-group-heading-myanmar-explore-opportunities" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Burma Indian Ocean Military dictatorship Technology Thomson Reuters Fri, 22 Feb 2013 20:45:39 +0000 5763752 at http://www.globalpost.com UPDATE 1-U.S. business group heading to Myanmar to explore opportunities http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130222/update-1-us-business-group-heading-myanmar-explore-opportunitie <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>WASHINGTON, Feb 22 (Reuters) - Fifty U.S. business executives will visit Myanmar next week to explore trade and investment opportunities in the resource-rich nation now that the United States has eased sanctions, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce said on Friday.</p> <p>"This delegation trip is an important milestone," Tami Overby, the chamber's vice president for Asia said in a statement. "We have made tremendous progress in normalizing economic relations between our countries. It is now time to take the relationship to the next level."</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130222/update-1-us-business-group-heading-myanmar-explore-opportunitie" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Burma Indian Ocean Military dictatorship Technology Thomson Reuters Sat, 23 Feb 2013 00:30:11 +0000 5763929 at http://www.globalpost.com http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130223-0 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Yemen troops shoot dead southern activist in Aden clashes: medics</p> <p>faw-lyn/dv</p> Asia Gulf of Aden Indian Ocean AFP Sat, 23 Feb 2013 08:30:24 +0000 5764074 at http://www.globalpost.com URGENT ¥¥¥ Yemen troops shoot dead separatist in Aden clashes http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130223/urgent-yemen-troops-shoot-dead-separatist-aden-clashes <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Yemeni troops shot dead a southern separatist on Saturday in clashes that erupted when activists blocked roads during a protest in the main port city of Aden, medics and activists said.</p> <p>"One man was killed and two others were wounded by gunfire," a medic at Aden's Al-Naqib hospital told AFP on condition of anonymity.</p> <p>Activists from the separatist Southern Movement confirmed the victims belonged to their group which calls for autonomy or the complete independence of the south.</p> <p>faw-lyn/dv</p> Asia Gulf of Aden Indian Ocean AFP Sat, 23 Feb 2013 08:30:28 +0000 5764077 at http://www.globalpost.com Yemen troops kill separatist in southern clashes http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130223/yemen-troops-kill-separatist-southern-clashes <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Yemeni troops shot dead a southern separatist in clashes that erupted in Aden on Saturday when activists blocked roads in a campaign of "civil disobedience" to protest the killing of five people.</p> <p>"One man was killed and two others were wounded by gunfire," a medic at Aden's Al-Naqib hospital told AFP on condition of anonymity.</p> <p>Activists from the separatist Southern Movement confirmed the casualties belonged to their group which calls for autonomy or the complete independence of the south.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130223/yemen-troops-kill-separatist-southern-clashes" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Asia Government Indian Ocean AFP Sat, 23 Feb 2013 11:31:04 +0000 5764133 at http://www.globalpost.com http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130223-8 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Former Maldives president Nasheed leaves Indian embassy in Male: Indian official</p> <p>pmc/ac</p> Indian Ocean AFP Sat, 23 Feb 2013 11:46:46 +0000 5764160 at http://www.globalpost.com Austrian hostage in Yemen in desperate video plea http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130223/austrian-hostage-yemen-desperate-video-plea <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>An Austrian man kidnapped in Yemen late last year with a Finnish couple said in a video posted on the Internet that his captors would kill him in a week if their demands were not met, Austrian media said Saturday.</p> <p>The video, which was posted on Youtube on February 21, was confirmed as authentic by the authorities of Finland and Austria, the Austrian APA agency said.</p> <p>"My name is Dominik Neubauer. I'm an Austrian citizen. I've been taken hostage on the 21st of December 2012 by a Yemeni tribe," the hostage says in the video, a gun held to his head.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130223/austrian-hostage-yemen-desperate-video-plea" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Asia Indian Ocean Islamic terrorism Technology War AFP Sat, 23 Feb 2013 21:31:49 +0000 5764550 at http://www.globalpost.com Maldives denies deal as ex-president back in action http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130224/maldives-denies-deal-ex-president-back-action <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>The Maldivian government Sunday denied any deal to allow ex-president Mohamed Nasheed to end his refuge at the Indian embassy in the capital and resume election campaigning without fear of arrest.</p> <p>Presidential spokesman Abbas Riaz said Nasheed walked out of the embassy on Saturday afternoon of his own will and there was no agreement with an Indian mediator who rushed to the Maldives last week to resolve a tense standoff.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130224/maldives-denies-deal-ex-president-back-action" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Indian Ocean Maldives Mohamed Nasheed Mohamed Nasheed Politics AFP Sun, 24 Feb 2013 08:45:56 +0000 5764754 at http://www.globalpost.com