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Nov 12, 2013

U.S., Britain sending warships to help Philippine relief efforts

TACLOBAN, Philippines, Nov 12 (Reuters) – The United States
is sending an aircraft carrier to the Philippines to help speed
up relief efforts after a typhoon killed an estimated 10,000
people in one city alone, with fears the toll could rise sharply
as rescuers reach devastated towns.

The USS George Washington aircraft carrier should arrive in
48 to 72 hours, the Pentagon said, confirming a Reuters report.

Nov 11, 2013

Philippine typhoon death toll to rise as rescuers reach remote areas

TACLOBAN, Philippines (Reuters) – Rescue workers were trying to reach towns and villages in the central Philippines on Tuesday that were cut off by a powerful typhoon in an operation that could reveal the full extent of the loss of life and devastation from the disaster.

Officials in Tacloban, which bore the brunt of one of the strongest storms ever recorded when it slammed into the Philippines on Friday, have said the death toll could be 10,000 in their city alone.

Nov 11, 2013

Anger grows amid elusive aid in devastated Philippine city

TACLOBAN, Philippines (Reuters) – Hung outside a shattered church in the Philippine coastal city of Tacloban, on a road flanked with uncollected corpses and canyons of debris, is a handwritten sign.

It read, “We need help!”

Relief supplies are pouring into Tacloban three days after Typhoon Haiyan, one of the most powerful storms ever recorded, turned this once-vibrant port city of 220,000 into a corpse-choked wasteland.

Nov 11, 2013

In devastated Philippine city, anger grows, aid elusive

TACLOBAN, Philippines (Reuters) – Hung outside a shattered church in the Philippine coastal city of Tacloban, on a road flanked with uncollected corpses and canyons of debris, is a handwritten sign.

It read, “We need help!”

Relief supplies are pouring into Tacloban three days after Typhoon Haiyan, one of the most powerful storms ever recorded, turned this once-vibrant port city of 220,000 into a corpse-choked wasteland.

Oct 1, 2013

As Obama plans Asia tour, postcard Philippines isle symbolises U.S. pivot

OYSTER BAY, Philippines, Oct 1 (Reuters) – Its
mangrove-fringed coral reefs support an abundant fish
population. Its deep, blue waters are unmuddied by the monsoons
that batter the western Philippines coastline.

But a planned visit by U.S. President Barack Obama to Asia
starting this weekend could herald the start of dramatic changes
to Oyster Bay, a postcard-perfect cove on Palawan Island that
the Philippines expects to transform into a port for its naval
frigates and eventually for American warships – all overlooking
the disputed South China Sea.

Sep 29, 2013

Special Report: Myanmar old guard clings to $8 billion jade empire

HPAKANT, Myanmar (Reuters) – Tin Tun picked all night through teetering heaps of rubble to find the palm-sized lump of jade he now holds in his hand. He hopes it will make him a fortune. It’s happened before.

“Last year I found a stone worth 50 million kyat,” he said, trekking past the craters and slag heaps of this notorious jade-mining region in northwest Myanmar. That’s about $50,000 – and it was more than enough money for Tin Tun, 38, to buy land and build a house in his home village.

Sep 18, 2013

Analysis: Punished at the polls, Cambodia’s long-serving PM is smiling again

PHNOM PENH (Reuters) – His party is reeling from its worst-ever election result. His political opponents have grown bold and vocal. His people are protesting on the streets. So why is Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen smiling?

The long-ruling autocrat emerged beaming from lengthy closed-door meetings this week with his old political foe, Sam Rainsy, who says Hun Sen’s Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) cheated its way to a narrow victory in a July 28 general election.

Sep 10, 2013

Insight: With Japan’s help, an ex-soldier leads Yangon from backwater to megacity

YANGON (Reuters) – Every evening, long after Yangon’s office workers have squeezed onto packed buses for grueling commutes to the suburbs, a single room remains lit up on the top floor of City Hall.

Inside sits Toe Aung, a former army major who almost by accident bears one of the biggest responsibilities in reform-era Myanmar: planning Yangon’s unstoppable transformation from a regional backwater into Southeast Asia’s next megacity.

Aug 12, 2013

Fresh Myanmar clashes signal growing Muslim desperation

By Andrew R.C. Marshall

(Reuters) – Attempts to bring stability to Myanmar’s strategic northwest Rakhine State could be unraveling after police opened fire on Rohingya Muslims for the third time in two months, reviving tensions in a region beset by religious violence last year.

Villages outside the state capital Sittwe remain volatile after a dispute over custody of a dead Rohingya quickly escalated into a day of clashes on Friday in which police raked Rohingya crowds with gunfire, according to witnesses.

Jul 10, 2013

Faith healing: Going cold turkey in Myanmar behind locked doors

NAUNG CHEIN, Myanmar (Reuters) – A year ago, Wun Naung Lay left his village in northern Myanmar to look for work and found heroin instead. Today, the skeletal 25-year-old is locked up and going cold turkey beneath a filthy blanket in a bamboo cell.

Wun Naung Lay is one of more than 600 young men who have undergone primitive drug rehabilitation at the Youth for Christ Centre, a collection of tin-roofed shacks on a riverbank in Kachin State.

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      "I am Southeast Asia Special Correspondent for Reuters and winner of the 2014 Pulitzer Prize in International Reporting. I have lived in and reported from Asia for 20 years. I am the author of The Trouser People, a political travelogue about Myanmar and football, and co-author of The Cult at the End of the World, about Japan’s Aum Supreme Truth Cult and high-tech terrorism."
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