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UN rights chief slams Myanmar monk for ''sexist'' remarks

United Nations human rights chief Zeid Ra`ad Al Hussein sharply criticized a prominent Myanmar monk on Wednesday for what he said were sexist and abusive public comments about a UN special rapporteur.

Asia-Pacific rebalance to remain top priority for Obama

Ahead of President Obama's sixth trip to the Asia-Pacific region and his second this year one of his top aide has said the "Asia-Pacific rebalance" is going to be the top foreign policy priority of the Administration in the remaining two years.

John Kerry to travel to Burma, Australia

US Secretary of State John Kerry will travel to Burma and Australia next week, it was announced on Saturday.

Suu Kyi cautions Myanmar `not yet a democracy`

Aung San Suu Kyi warned Friday that her country, despite a spate of reforms hailed by the international community, "is not yet a democracy".

Myanmar Army role to be `gradually` decreased: President

Myanmar`s leader Wednesday said the role of the powerful military should be reduced slowly in the transition to democracy amid opposition campaigns to ease the army`s grip on political power.

US ending Myanmar refugee program

The United States is winding down a program which has helped to resettle 73,000 refugees from Myanmar over almost a decade, a US official confirmed.

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 has said, in a sign of rapprochement.

Myanmar to free remaining political prisoners Tuesday

Myanmar Tuesday announced the release of all remaining political prisoners on the last day of 2013.

Myanmar to strive for peace in ASEAN region

Myanmar President U Thein Sein pledged that the country would strive to ensure peace and prosperity in the ASEAN region as it assumes ASEAN chairmanship in 2014, media reported Wednesday.

UN calls for humanitarian access in Myanmar`s Kachin state

UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator in Myanmar Ashok Nigam expressed deep concern Friday over the recent clashes between government troops and the rebels in Kachin state that have blocked humanitarian access to some 1,000 civilians.

Suu Kyi to claim EU Sakharov prize 23 years after award

Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi is to finally receive the EU Sakharov human rights prize she won in 1990 at the height of the Myanmar military crackdown, the European Parliament revealed today.

Suu Kyi fears Myanmar unrest could deter investors

Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi warned on Saturday that communal violence and weak "rule of law" could scare off investors despite the country`s rapid pace of political and economic reform.

Myanmar marks 25th anniversary of pro-democracy uprising

Myanmar activists on Thursday held their first march through Yangon to mark the anniversary of a bloody crackdown on democracy rallies 25 years ago.

Blast during mass sermon by Buddhist Myanmar monk

An explosion in a car parked meters away from a radical Buddhist monk wounded four people at a mass sermon in northern Myanmar, police said on Monday.

Myanmar enacts new central bank law

Myanmar has introduced a new law to overhaul its central bank, the presidential office said on Friday, in the latest reform aimed at burnishing the country`s economic credentials.

Make Rohingya Muslims Myanmar citizens: UN chief

The UN chief is warning Myanmar that it must end Buddhist attacks on minority Muslims in the country`s west if it wants to be seen as a credible nation.

Time Magazine’s ‘Buddhist Terror’ cover story irks Myanmar

Myanmar has reacted angrily to a Time magazine cover story on a prominent radical monk accused of fuelling anti-Muslim violence, accompanied by the headline "The Face of Buddhist Terror".

Myanmar still needs opposition: Veteran activist

Jailed for nearly two decades for his struggle against the junta, veteran dissident Win Tin says Myanmar`s pro-democracy movement must not forget its role as the opposition, despite the country`s political changes.

Can`t underestimate Myanmar`s progress: US

Acknowledging that Myanmar still has a long way to go when it comes to protection of human rights and democracy, the United States has said the progress made by the country cannot be underestimated.

Boats carrying fleeing Rohingya Muslims capsize off Myanmar

Several overcrowded boats carrying more than 100 Rohingya Muslims trying to escape an approaching cyclone have capsized off the coast of western Myanmar. The United Nations says only 42 are known to have survived.