Yangon http://www.globalpost.com/taxonomy/term/27561/all en 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 Thomson Reuters 5738520 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 Agence France-Presse 5749717 at http://www.globalpost.com Policeman dies, 42 people injured in Myanmar land grab clash http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130227/policeman-dies-42-people-injured-myanmar-land-grab-clash <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 Aung Hla Tun</p> <p>YANGON, Feb 27 (Reuters) - A policeman died and 42 people were injured in Myanmar on Wednesday during a protest by farmers over what they said was a land grab by a private company, a growing source of tension as people assert their rights after the end of military rule.</p> <p>Twenty-seven police were among the injured on the sixth day of demonstrations in Maletto Village Tracts, around 40 miles (64 km) west of Yangon in the fertile Irrawaddy Delta, the rice bowl of Myanmar.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130227/policeman-dies-42-people-injured-myanmar-land-grab-clash" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Indian Ocean Irrawaddy Delta Yangon Thomson Reuters Wed, 27 Feb 2013 12:15:43 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5768361 at http://www.globalpost.com Myanmar vows new openness for oil industry http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130304/myanmar-vows-new-openness-oil-industry <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>Myanmar pledged a new era of transparency Monday in its oil and gas industry, as it courts foreign investors after decades of secretive rule by a junta accused of plundering natural resources.</p> <p>Speaking at a conference attended by several major foreign oil firms in Yangon, energy ministry officials said international standards would be upheld in auctions for the rights to lucrative energy reserves.</p> <p>"Transparency is the most important word," said the ministry's assistant director Aung Kyaw Htoo.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130304/myanmar-vows-new-openness-oil-industry" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Asia Indian Ocean Technology Yangon AFP Mon, 04 Mar 2013 11:00:34 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5772687 at http://www.globalpost.com Google's Schmidt to visit Myanmar, an untapped telecoms market http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130315/googles-schmidt-visit-myanmar-untapped-telecoms-market <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 Aung Hla Tun</p> <p>YANGON (Reuters) - Google Inc Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt, who visited North Korea in January, will become the first high-profile tech company executive to visit Myanmar in the wake of reforms that prompted Western nations to ease sanctions following decades of military dictatorship.</p> <p>The visit next week to Myanmar, where Schmidt will speak at a technology and communications park and meet with government officials, is just one stop in a multi-country Asian tour to promote Internet access, according to Google.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130315/googles-schmidt-visit-myanmar-untapped-telecoms-market" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Burma Computing Indian Ocean Politics Technology Yangon Thomson Reuters Fri, 15 Mar 2013 13:15:37 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5784457 at http://www.globalpost.com Myanmar skaters hunting for a home http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130318/myanmar-skaters-hunting-home <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>With their indie hairstyles, tattoos and ripped jeans, Yangon's teenage skaters look like their counterparts anywhere in the world and -- like their peers -- they struggle to find somewhere to skate. </p> <p>The city's one dedicated skate park was bulldozed a few years ago without explanation, leaving the small but committed group of skaters to improvise with a battered tyre, a chipped wooden ramp and a rail.</p> <p>But the group -- in their teens or early 20s -- say they are desperate for a proper space to hone their skills without getting in the way of pedestrians and shop owners.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130318/myanmar-skaters-hunting-home" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Skateboarding Technology Yangon AFP Tue, 19 Mar 2013 03:45:27 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5787347 at http://www.globalpost.com URGENT ¥¥¥ US 'deeply concerned' over Myanmar riots http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130321/urgent-us-deeply-concerned-over-myanmar-riots <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 United States is "deeply concerned" about reports of deadly communal unrest in central Myanmar, its embassy in Yangon said on Thursday.</p> <p>"We extend our deepest condolences to the families of those who lost their lives and property in the violence," Ambassador Derek Mitchell said in a statement, adding that the US embassy was closely monitoring events.</p> <p>klm/dr/sls</p> Yangon AFP Thu, 21 Mar 2013 09:02:14 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5789635 at http://www.globalpost.com Google's Schmidt tells Myanmar a free Internet can anchor reform http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130322/googles-schmidt-tells-myanmar-free-internet-can-anchor-reform <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 Aung Hla Tun</p> <p>YANGON (Reuters) - The Internet has the power to prevent Myanmar's leaders from backsliding on the country's rapid transformation that has taken place since the military government stepped aside two years ago, Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt said on Friday.</p> <p>Speaking to an audience of young entrepreneurs and students in the main city of Yangon, he said the Internet can empower Myanmar's people.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130322/googles-schmidt-tells-myanmar-free-internet-can-anchor-reform" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Burma Eric Schmidt Law Technology Thein Sein War Yangon Thomson Reuters Fri, 22 Mar 2013 12:00:35 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5790888 at http://www.globalpost.com URGENT ¥¥¥ Mosques, homes destroyed in new Myanmar unrest: police http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130326/urgent-mosques-homes-destroyed-new-myanmar-unrest-police <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>Two mosques and dozens of homes have been destroyed in fresh communal violence in Myanmar, police said on Tuesday.</p> <p>The clashes broke out late on Monday in villages in the Bago region north of Yangon, a police officer who did not want to be named told AFP, adding that there were no reports of casualties in the latest incident.</p> <p>hla/dr/ia</p> Yangon AFP Tue, 26 Mar 2013 09:00:48 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5794006 at http://www.globalpost.com US unlocks $100,000 in aid as Myanmar riots spread http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130326/us-unlocks-100000-aid-myanmar-riots-spread <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 United States said Tuesday it was providing some $100,000 to help the victims of communal riots in Myanmar, as the violence crept closer to the main city of Yangon.</p> <p>The money would go towards providing hygiene kits, blankets and plastic sheeting, as well as emergency water supplies for people fleeing the unrest, State Department acting deputy spokesman Patrick Ventrell said.</p> <p>He renewed US concerns after fresh Buddhist-Muslim violence broke out late Monday and again on Tuesday in villages in the Bago region roughly 150 kilometers (90 miles) north of Yangon.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130326/us-unlocks-100000-aid-myanmar-riots-spread" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Burma Indian Ocean Politics War Yangon AFP Tue, 26 Mar 2013 20:02:00 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5794649 at http://www.globalpost.com Muslims vanish as Buddhist attacks approach Myanmar's biggest city http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130329/muslims-vanish-buddhist-attacks-approach-myanmars-biggest-city <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 Jason Szep</p> <p>SIT KWIN, Myanmar (Reuters) - The Muslims of Sit Kwin were always a small group who numbered no more than 100 of the village's 2,000 people. But as sectarian violence led by Buddhist mobs spreads across central Myanmar, they and many other Muslims are disappearing.</p> <p>Their homes, shops and mosques destroyed, some end up in refugee camps or hide in the homes of friends or relatives. Dozens have been killed.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://thomsonreuters.com" class="button wire reuters"></a></p> <p><span>Copyright Thomson Reuters, 2013.</span></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130329/muslims-vanish-buddhist-attacks-approach-myanmars-biggest-city" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Asia Indian Ocean Politics Social Issues Technology Yangon Thomson Reuters Fri, 29 Mar 2013 14:15:05 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5797048 at http://www.globalpost.com 13 dead in fire at Muslim school in Yangon http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130401/13-dead-fire-at-muslim-school-yangon <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>Thirteen people, including children, have been killed in a fire at a Muslim school in Yangon, police in Myanmar's main city said Tuesday, adding that an electrical fault was suspected.</p> <p>"Thirteen people, mostly children, were killed during a fire at a Muslim religious school in downtown Yangon," a police officer at the scene told AFP. "We assume that it was due to an electrical short circuit."</p> <p>The blaze comes against a backdrop of heightened Buddhist-Muslim tensions in Myanmar following violence that has left 43 people dead.</p> <p>hla/dr/pj</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> Yangon AFP Mon, 01 Apr 2013 23:45:59 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5798882 at http://www.globalpost.com 13 dead in fire at Muslim school in Myanmar http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130401/13-dead-fire-at-muslim-school-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>Thirteen people, including children, were killed after a fire broke out on Tuesday in a Muslim school in Yangon, police in Myanmar's main city said, adding that an electrical fault was suspected.</p> <p>The blaze comes against a backdrop of heightened Buddhist-Muslim tensions in Myanmar following recent sectarian clashes, but police said initial indications suggested an electrical fault had caused the fire.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130401/13-dead-fire-at-muslim-school-myanmar" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Burma Indian Ocean Yangon AFP Tue, 02 Apr 2013 00:30:04 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5798888 at http://www.globalpost.com 13 dead in fire at Muslim school in Myanmar http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130401/13-dead-fire-at-muslim-school-myanmar-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>Thirteen people, including children, were killed after a fire broke out on Tuesday in a Muslim school in Yangon due to a suspected electrical fault, police in Myanmar's main city said.</p> <p>The blaze comes against a backdrop of heightened Buddhist-Muslim tensions in Myanmar following recent sectarian clashes, but police said initial indications suggested that the blaze was accidental.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130401/13-dead-fire-at-muslim-school-myanmar-0" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Asia Indian Ocean Yangon AFP Tue, 02 Apr 2013 01:30:12 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5798907 at http://www.globalpost.com Fire at Islamic school kills 13 boys in Myanmar http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130401/fire-at-islamic-school-kills-13-children-yangon <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 Aung Hla Tun and Min Zayar Oo</p> <p>YANGON (Reuters) - A fire caused by faulty electrical equipment killed 13 boys at an Islamic school in Myanmar on Tuesday, the fire service said, although some Muslims voiced concern since it followed a wave of anti-Muslim violence in the Buddhist-majority country.</p> <p>The boys suffocated after the fire broke out in a dormitory of the school in the central, multi-ethnic Botataung district of the former capital of Yangon at about 2:40 a.m. (2010 GMT on Monday).</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://thomsonreuters.com" class="button wire reuters"></a></p> <p><span>Copyright Thomson Reuters, 2013.</span></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130401/fire-at-islamic-school-kills-13-children-yangon" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Burma Indian Ocean The Botataung War Yangon Yangon Region Thomson Reuters Tue, 02 Apr 2013 01:45:20 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5798910 at http://www.globalpost.com