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Myanmar eyeing possibility of building new deep-sea port

The Myanmar government will jointly perform a feasibility study with a private company from Thailand to explore the possibility of building a new deep-sea port in the country's southeastern Mon State facing the Gulf of Moattama, state media reported Friday.

Fresh Myanmar clashes signal growing Muslim desperation

By Andrew R.C. Marshall (Reuters) - Attempts to bring stability to Myanmar's strategic northwest Rakhine State could be unraveling after police opened fire on Rohingya Muslims for the third time in two months, reviving tensions in a region beset by religious violence last year. Villages outside the state capital Sittwe remain volatile after a dispute over custody of a dead Rohingya quickly escalated into a day of clashes on Friday in which police raked Rohingya crowds with gunfire, according to witnesses.

S. Korea pushes to develop Yangon's undeveloped suburb

NAYPYIDAW, Myanmar, June 20 (Yonhap) -- South Korea is pushing to develop the southern region of Myanmar's largest city of Yangon, officials said Thursday, as part of its efforts to boost cooperation with the emerging Southeast Asian country. Yangon, the former capital of Myanmar, is the country's most important commercial center, though its southern suburban area of Dala is undeveloped.

US warns against travel to parts of Myanmar after riots

The United States on Tuesday warned against travel to Mandalay region and parts of Yangon after deadly communal rioting in central Myanmar that has seen Muslim homes and mosques razed. A post on the US Embassy website said the unrest in Meiktila "has resulted in strong feelings on many sides". It "strongly advised" citizens to avoid areas in the main city of Yangon and all of Mandalay region amid signs the unrest has spread.

URGENT ¥¥¥ US warns against travel to parts of Myanmar after riots

The United States on Tuesday warned against travel to Mandalay region and parts of Yangon after deadly communal rioting in central Myanmar that has seen Muslim homes and mosques razed. A post on the US Embassy website said the violence in Meiktila "has resulted in strong feelings on many sides" and "strongly advised" citizens to avoid areas in the main city of Yangon and all of Mandalay region amid signs the unrest has spread. klm/apj/ia

Death toll from Myanmar unrest hits 40: state media

The death toll from recent communal violence in central Myanmar has risen to 40 after eight more bodies were pulled from the wreckage of a riot-hit town, state media reported on Tuesday. The clashes were a stark reminder of the challenge that Muslim-Buddhist tensions pose to Myanmar's government as it tries to reform the country after decades of iron-fisted military rule ended two years ago. In a televised statement late on Monday, Myanmar's government called for an end to "religious extremism" that it warned could derail the Buddhist-majority country's reform process.

Policeman killed, scores injured in Myanmar land clash

A policeman was killed and more than a dozen farmers wounded -- some by gunfire -- in clashes during a protest over land ownership in Myanmar's Delta region, activists and police told AFP Wednesday. A further 26 police were injured during Tuesday night's demonstration, where farmers demanded the return of 500 acres (200 hectares) of land in the Irrawaddy Delta which they say was seized by the military government in 1996.

Policeman killed, scores injured in Myanmar land clash

A policeman was killed and more than a dozen farmers wounded -- some by gunfire -- in clashes during a protest over land ownership in Myanmar's Delta region, activists and police told AFP Wednesday. A further 26 police were injured during Tuesday night's demonstration, where farmers demanded the return of 500 acres (200 hectares) of land in the Irrawaddy Delta which they say was seized by the military government in 1996. Around 300 farmers have been protesting the alleged land-grab since last week.
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