Mizzima:Before carrying a laptop or second camera on train, pay your tax

// Chiang Mai (Mizzima) – If you want to carry your laptop computer or more than one camera on a train in Burma, if you forget to pay a special tax prior to departure you risk being fined, said an official with the Rail Transportation Department.


Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh agrees to step down in 30 days

By AHMED AL-HAJ Associated Press
SANAA, Yemen—Yemen’s embattled president agreed Saturday to a proposal by Gulf Arab mediators to step down within 30 days and hand power to his deputy in exchange for immunity from prosecution, a major about-face for the autocratic leader who has ruled for 32 years.

‘Much to be Done’


In a program aired on April 15, Aung San Suu Kyi discusses the appointment by the United States of a Special Envoy for Burma, explains why she will not leave Burma to travel abroad, and shares her views of Burma’s newly elected government.

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Freedomhouse.org:Freedom on the Net 2011

A Global Assessment of Internet and Digital Media Freedom

In order to illuminate the emerging threats to internet freedom and identify areas of opportunity, Freedom House created a unique methodology to assess the full range of elements that comprise digital media freedom. This report examines internet freedom in 37 countries around the globe. The study’s findings indicate that the threats to internet freedom are growing and have become more diverse. Cyber attacks, politically-motivated censorship, and government control over internet infrastructure have emerged as especially prominent threats.


The Star:Indonesian woman locked up by Myanmar boyfriend for a week

JOHOR BARU: A 37-year-old Indonesian woman was locked up in a room for about a week and tortured by her boyfriend until the state Immigration Department came to her rescue.



VOA:EU Eases Sanctions Against Certain Burmese Government Members

The European Union has eased economic and political sanctions against certain civilian members of the new Burmese government.


Skynews:Egypt’s Ex-President Detained For 15 Days

Egypt’s toppled president Hosni Mubarak has been put under detention in hospital while he is investigated for corruption charges.


BBC:Mubarak sons detained amid corruption probe

The sons of former Egyptian leader Hosni Mubarak have been detained amid investigations into corruption and state violence, police and media say.


US urges Myanmar to free political prisoners

Associated Press, 04.11.11, 06:59 PM EDT

WASHINGTON — A senior U.S. official says the most important step Myanmar (mee-an-MAWR’) can take to improve its international relations is to free its more than 2,000 political prisoners.


Bangkok Post :100,000-plus refugees to be sent home

Thailand plans to close all refugee camps along its western border and send more than 100,000 Burmese back home now that a constitutional government has been installed in Burma.


Malaysia police recapture 76 immigrants who fled during detention centre riot; 33 still on run

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia — Malaysian police say they have recaptured 76 illegal immigrants who escaped from a detention centre during a riot.

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The Guardian:Fifa faces investigation into Burma business deal


105 escape from detention depot, 25 nabbed