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Visa Entering Cash-Dominated Burma Market: Report

Posted August 17th, 2012 at 4:10 am (UTC-5)
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It may soon be easier to make credit and debit card transactions in Burma, after financial services company Visa announced it is preparing to enter the Southeast Asian nation’s cash-dominated market. The Wall Street Journal reported Friday that Visa is training local bank workers to use electronic payment systems to help modernize Burma’s economy, which […]

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UN: Sectarian Unrest in Western Burma Improving

Posted August 16th, 2012 at 2:15 am (UTC-5)
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The United Nations says the security situation is improving in Burma’s western Rakhine state, where violence between Buddhists and ethnic Rohingya Muslims has left dozens of people dead and tens of thousands displaced. The U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs says reports of clashes have “substantially decreased” over the past three weeks. But […]

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Burma Names Naval Chief as VP

Posted August 15th, 2012 at 5:55 am (UTC-5)
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A navy chief with a politically moderate reputation has been sworn in as one of Burma’s vice presidents in a move seen as empowering reformers in the military-dominated government. Admiral Nyan Tun replaces a regime hardliner whose resignation last month prompted rumors of a power struggle. Tin Aung Myint Oo officially quit for health reasons, […]

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Burma’s President Tells VOA He Will Open Schools for Rohingya

Posted August 14th, 2012 at 7:50 pm (UTC-5)
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Burmese President Thein Sein says his government will open schools to improve the education of minority Rohingya Muslims who accuse the majority Buddhist state of persecuting them. In an exclusive interview with VOA Burmese Service chief Than Lwin Htun, President Thein Sein said education is an important tool to help different communities live in harmony […]

Burma’s President Tells VOA He Will Open Schools for Rohingya

Posted August 14th, 2012 at 3:50 pm (UTC-5)
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Burmese President Thein Sein says his government will open schools to improve the education of minority Rohingya Muslims who accuse the majority Buddhist state of persecuting them. In an exclusive interview with VOA Burmese Service chief Than Lwin Htun, President Thein Sein said education is an important tool to help different communities live in harmony […]

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Burma’s President Tells VOA He Will Open Schools for Muslims

Posted August 14th, 2012 at 10:50 am (UTC-5)
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Burmese President Thein Sein says his government will open schools to improve the education of minority Rohingya Muslims who accuse the majority Buddhist state of persecuting them. In an exclusive interview with VOA Burmese Service chief Than Lwin Htun, President Thein Sein said education is an important tool to help different communities live in harmony […]

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Burma’s President Tells VOA He Will Open Schools for Muslims

Posted August 14th, 2012 at 8:55 am (UTC-5)
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Burmese President Thein Sein says his government will open schools to improve the education of minority Rohingya Muslims who accuse the majority Buddhist state of persecuting them. In an exclusive interview with VOA Burmese Service chief Lwin Htun Than, President Thein Sein said education is an important tool to help different communities live in harmony […]

Bangladesh Orders Aid Groups to Suspend Services to Rohingya Refugees

Posted August 2nd, 2012 at 12:30 pm (UTC-5)
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Bangladesh is ordering international humanitarian groups to stop providing aid to ethnic Rohingya refugees who have fled deadly communal violence in neighboring Burma. Local administrator Joynal Bari confirmed Thursday to VOA Bangla Service that the groups Doctors Without Borders, Action Against Hunger and Muslim Aid have been instructed to stop their activities in the southeastern […]

Bangladesh Orders Aid Groups to Suspend Services to Rohingya Refugees

Posted August 2nd, 2012 at 7:50 am (UTC-5)
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Bangladesh is ordering international humanitarian groups to stop providing aid to ethnic Rohingya refugees who have fled deadly communal violence in neighboring Burma. Diderik Van Halsema, a spokesperson for Doctor’s Without Borders, (MSF) tells VOA his organization is one of three groups that have reportedly been ordered to suspend their services to the Rohingya along […]

World Bank Preparing $85 Million in Grants to Support Burma’s Reforms

Posted August 1st, 2012 at 3:35 am (UTC-5)
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The World Bank is preparing up to $85 million in new grants for Burma in order to help support reforms in the Southeast Asian country. The global lender said in a statement Wednesday that the grants will support “community driven development programs” that aim to provide the Burmese people with “real economic benefits” from their […]

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