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Burmese refugees evacuated ahead of expected cyclone

Amid concerns about a possible disaster, thousands of people displaced by communal violence last year have been evacuated from makeshift camps to safer ground ahead of a cyclone expected to hit Burma’s west coast later this week.

The Big Six: Luxury liveaboards

Hotel standard facilities, computerised telescopes and traditional Indonesian sailing ships

UN official urges 'immediately and urgent' appointment of inspectors to regulate Bangladeshi garment industry

Guy Ryder, director-general of the International Labour Organisation, feels that if reforms are not initiated, many foreign companies will seek new production bases

A prayer service at a mosque in Yangon, Burma

Muslims targeted during more violence against Burma's minority community

Reports of armed gangs and looting after a Muslim woman apparently bumped into a Buddhist monk

The Rohingyas are fall guys in Burma's race to harness chauvinism

Sittwe, the capital of Arakan state, is little more than a sleepy, dusty, overgrown village. Time appears to have stopped not long after the British left in 1948. Opposite the town’s golden zeydi, its Buddhist stupa, are the green-painted ruins of a mosque, but today there are few other obvious signs of last year’s violence. The great bulk of the town’s Muslim population has been banished to the outskirts: fishermen’s shacks and a sprawling camp where 7,000 men, women and children live under canvas.

Buddhist monks rally in Mandalay in September last year in support of the president and against the UN over violence against Muslims

Burmese government accused of complicity in 'ethnic cleansing' of Rohingya

Human Rights Watch says EU sanctions against Burma should not be lifted yet

The News Matrix: Monday 22 April 2013

Bombing suspect ‘unable to speak’

Time 100: Malala Yousafzai, Barack Obama, Kim Jong-un and Jay-Z all make magazine's list of world's most influential people

They seem like an unlikely group: a school girl from Pakistan, the President of the United States of America, a multi-million selling rapper and the war-mongering supreme leader of a closed socialist state.

EU to lift Burma sanctions in wake of reforms

The European Union is expected to lift all sanctions on Burma next week, except for an arms embargo, in recognition of the “remarkable process of reform” in the country, a document obtained by Reuters has shown.

Child’s play: Luxury hotels are making big efforts to attract families
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Here come the girls: A new documentary follows nine girls around the world in their quest to get schooling

It’s been a surprise hit in the US, and not just because it has A-list narrators...

Syria top of international agenda as G8 foreign ministers meet in London

Syria remains top of the agenda for the international community, William Hague said today as G8 foreign ministers gathered in Britain.

A woman cries for her home, burnt down during the riot in Meiktila in March

'They stood shouting at us to come out and be killed': Anti-Muslim violence in central Burma has left thousands of people homeless

In a wilderness of scorched rubble and twisted corrugated iron, a woman with wilted jasmine flowers in her hair was trying to locate what was left of her life. Ma Khin Aye lost her home and all her possessions when an anti-Muslim mob – including Buddhist neighbours with whom she had been friendly for years – set fire to it, along with all the others in the block in the central Burmese city of Meiktila. Armed with sticks and iron bars they then stood in the street, threatening to murder the terrified residents as they fled.

Christopher Abbott, who plays Charlie in Girls, has quit the show

Christopher Abbott (aka Marni's boyfriend) quits 'Girls'

Christopher Abbott, better known as the actor who plays Marni’s boyfriend Charlie in Girls, is leaving the show.

Anti-corruption officials quiz referee and two assistants in global probe into football match-fixing

Anti-corruption officials in Singapore have accused three Lebanese match officials of receiving free sexual favours in exchange for agreeing to fix a match in an international football tournament.

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