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Myanmar to grant amnesty to all political prisoners

Myanmar President Thein Sein issued a decree Monday to grant amnesty to all political prisoners, taking the step just a day before the deadline set in July for releasing all of them by the end of the year. The official order, reported by the state-owned broadcaster MRTV, did not indicate how many prisoners would be set free under it. Dozens of people are believed to remain imprisoned for their political activities even after a spate of releases of such prisoners earlier this year.

Japan to extend fresh aid of 63 bil. yen in loans to Myanmar

Japan pledged fresh aid worth about 63 billion yen in loans to Myanmar on Sunday, mainly to help the Southeast Asian country's infrastructure-building projects. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe unveiled the aid during talks at his office in Tokyo with Myanmar's President Thein Sein, who came to Japan to attend the regional summit between Japan and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations.

Myanmar president calls for national unity to build prosperous nation

Myanmar president calls for national unity to build prosperous nation YANGON, Dec. 12 (Xinhua) -- Myanmar President U Thein Sein Thursday called for national unity to build a nation of prosperity, upholding nationalist spirit showed in 1300 Uprising. U Thein Sein made the call in his message to a ceremony marking the Diamond Jubilee of 1300 historic Oil Field Uprising,

Myanmar businesses call for better deal from China

Leading Myanmar firms called on China Wednesday to improve investment practices in its impoverished neighbour, amid increasing scrutiny of Beijing's sometimes controversial projects. China is a long-term ally of former military-ruled Myanmar. It accounts for the lion's share of the country's foreign direct investment -- about 33 percent -- and is considered a crucial trading partner. But a series of political reforms have seen Western sanctions against Myanmar swept away, raising hopes of a boom in international investment.

Thein Sein urges Filipinos to invest in Myanmar

Myanmar President Thein Sein on Thursday urged Filipino businessmen and investors to invest in Myanmar, saying his country "offers ample investment opportunities." Thein Sein, who arrived here Wednesday for a state visit, said that Myanmar "has been creating opportunities for a good economic environment and foreign direct investment."

Xinhua Asia-Pacific news summary at 0600GMT, Dec. 4

Xinhua Asia-Pacific news summary at 0600GMT, Dec. 4 BALI, Indonesia -- Indonesia and Brazil have held a meeting here, discussing ways to improve implementation of the Strategic Partnership Action Plans signed by the two countries,a statement from the Indonesian Foreign Affairs Ministry said Wednesday.

Myanmar releases 69 political prisoners

Myanmar's government announced Friday the release of 69 political prisoners from 18 different jails across the country, under the latest amnesty to be granted by reformist President Thein Sein. Thein Sein pledged to the international community in July that there would be no political prisoners in Myanmar by the end of the year. The prisoners being released within the day are mostly members or supporters of ethnic rebel groups.

Myanmar frees 69 political prisoners

Myanmar on Friday said it had released dozens of detained activists as the fast-changing former pariah state hosts top-level international visitors, including from the European Union. Some 69 inmates were freed, the latest in a series of releases that have been seen internationally as a key marker of the country's emergence from military rule. "The committee for scrutinising the status of remaining political prisoners will continue working to grant amnesty to all remaining political prisoners before the end of December 2013," a statement from the president's office said.

Japan, Myanmar agree to cooperate over electricity development

Japanese industry minister Toshimitsu Motegi told Myanmar President Thein Sein on Thursday that Japan will offer electric power knowhow, Japanese government officials said after their talks in the capital. "I hope your country will use Japan's technology," Motegi was quoted as telling the president, who spoke of wanting to build a coal-fired power station that is also environmentally friendly.

Myanmar grants amnesty to 73 political prisoners

Myanmar President Thein Sein granted amnesty to 73 political prisoners Tuesday on "humanitarian grounds," presidential spokesman Ye Htut said. The prisoners will be released from various prisons across the country on Tuesday under Thein Sein's amnesty order, National Economic and Social Advisory Council member Hla Maung Shwe said. The move comes after Thein Sein pledged during his recent visit to Europe to release all political prisoners within this year.
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