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Myanmar plan may backfire

Myanmar's junta risks reviving dormant conflicts with ethnic guerillas if it gives them a raw deal in a constitution being drafted at its much-criticised National Convention, rebel leaders and diplomats say.


Fugitive Cambodian leader urges sanctions

Cambodia's opposition leader Sam Rainsy, on the run after losing his parliamentary privileges, said on Friday his country has become repressive like neighbouring Myanmar and sought punitive US sanctions to restore democratic rights.


Yangon: Infiltrators out to wreck convention

Anti-government 'destructionists' trained by Westerners are infiltrating Myanmar to commit acts of terror and sabotage in the run-up to a convention to draft a new constitution, the military junta said yesterday.


Over 300 in defunct spy unit on trial in Myanmar

Trials for more than 300 people linked to Myanmar's disbanded military intelligence unit began yesterday under a cloud of secrecy inside the notorious Insein prison, a legal source said.


Philippine colonels held

The Philippine military has arrested two colonels for planting a bomb at a stock exchange building as part of a plot to overthrow President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, security officials said yesterday.


Myanmar crowns beauty after lifting ban

A public relations worker was crowned yesterday as Myanmar's first beauty queen since the lifting of a 43-year-old ban on such pageants by the ruling military junta.


Yangon scraps intelligence unit

Myanmar's military junta has begun the complete dismantling of a military intelligence unit formerly headed by disgraced premier Khin Nyunt, former intelligence officials and diplomats said yesterday.


Reason for Suu Kyi's arrest satisfies Thaksin

Myanmar's military junta has reasonable and convincing reasons for continuing to keep pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi under house arrest, Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra said Saturday.


Too early for optimism on reform

As the man who was Myanmar's second most prominent political prisoner enjoyed his first full day of freedom yesterday, speculation deepened as to whether Min Ko Naing's sudden release portends serious political reform.


Chile still trying to shake off shackles of Pinochet rule

After 17 years under the dictatorship of General Augusto Pinochet, Chile returned to democracy on March 11, 1990.