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Tattoos are a new escape route for draft-dodgers in South Korea

The common Korean curse You should be tattooed!'' derives from the ancient practice of using tattoos to brand thieves and slaves.

Japanese envoy presses Myanmar to release Suu Kyi

A Japanese envoy urged Myanmar's military junta to release pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi and said it would be difficult'' for Tokyo to increase aid to the impoverished nation if it continues to defy international opinion

Myanmar swallows 'bitter pill'

B>PHNOM PENH/B>: Myanmar says it must now swallow #8220;a bitter pill#8221; in order to maintain peace and stability and to prevent anarchy in the crisis-plagued country.

Syed Hamid: Vital for Asean to know Myanmar situation

Malaysia has impressed on the need for Myanmar to explain recent events to its Asean counterparts to allow the movement to explain the situation in a more credible manner.

NLD caused unrest, says Khin Nyunt

B>YANGON: /B>One of Myanmar's most powerful leaders blamed Aung San Suu Kyi's party for violence last week in which at least four people were killed, a sign the military junta may not be willing to free the Nobel laureate from detention.

Ministry can search homes

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Razali arrives in Yangon to see Suu Kyi

B>YANGON:/BUN envoy Tan Sri Razali Ismail arrived in Myanmar yesterday to try to meet detained democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi, hours after Washington said she had been the victim of a #8220;premeditated ambush#8221; by a mob linked to the ruling military junta.

Sec-gen: We'll find out events in Myanmar first

Asean members will use the existing communication channels to find out the actual events in Myanmar before initiating any action.

Razali hopes to revive stalled talks again

Tan Sri Razali Ismail is still hoping to go to Yangon on June 6 for a five-day mission to restart the national reconciliation process.

Suu Kyi still being harassed, says aide

B>YANGON:/BOpposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi has faced constant intimidation and harassment by a group aligned to the military junta during her ongoing travels in northern Myanmar, her party spokesman said Saturday.