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Apr 3, 2015

Suu Kyi says boycott of Myanmar election an option

NAYPYITAW (Reuters) – Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi said boycotting an upcoming historic election was an “option” if a military-drafted constitution that bars her from becoming president remains unchanged.

In an interview on Friday, the Nobel laureate told Reuters that her opposition National League for Democracy (NLD) party was “ready to govern” but that President Thein Sein was insincere about reform and might try to postpone the election.

Mar 16, 2015

Myanmar’s student protesters at odds with older activists as reforms stall

YANGON (Reuters) – Kyaw Min Yu’s first political rally was almost his last.

On March 16, 1988, he joined a group of Yangon students protesting against the military junta which then ran Myanmar. They had reached a lakeside spot called White Bridge when police and soldiers attacked.

By some accounts, nearly 100 students were clubbed to death or drowned in what has come to be known as the Red Bridge incident, the day 27 years ago when the White Bridge turned red with blood.

Mar 13, 2015

Interview: Suu Kyi’s party to compete in Myanmar vote despite block

BANGKOK (Reuters) – The party of Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi will contest the general election this year even if there is no change in the constitution to allow the Nobel laureate to become president, one of the party’s top leaders said on Friday.

The National League for Democracy would have more power to push for an end to the military’s veto over charter changes and remove the obstacles to her presidency if it wins the election, NLD Central Executive Committee Secretary Nyan Win said.

Mar 13, 2015

Suu Kyi’s party to compete in Myanmar vote despite block

BANGKOK (Reuters) – The party of Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi will contest the general election this year even if there is no change in the constitution to allow the Nobel laureate to become president, one of the party’s top leaders said on Friday.

The National League for Democracy would have more power to push for an end to the military’s veto over charter changes and remove the obstacles to her presidency if it wins the election, NLD Central Executive Committee Secretary Nyan Win said.

Mar 6, 2015

Thai Airways says could sell assets to cover 2015 losses

BANGKOK, March 6 (Reuters) – Thai Airways International PCL
will sell some of its 15.5 billion baht ($481 million)
of non-core assets to cover any losses this year from one-off
hits for cutting its fleet and workforce, the company’s
president said on Friday.

A sharp drop in fuel costs should save Thailand’s national
carrier around 16 billion baht in 2015 and return it to
operating profit for the first time since 2012, Charumporn
Jotikasthira told Reuters in an interview.

Nov 13, 2014

China offers ASEAN friendship treaty as South China Sea tension bubbles

NAYPYITAW (Reuters) – China’s Prime Minister Li Keqiang proposed a “friendship” treaty with Southeast Asian countries on Thursday but reiterated that territorial disputes in the South China Sea should be settled directly between the countries involved.

China, Taiwan and four Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) have competing claims in the sea where concern is growing of an escalation in disputes even as the claimants work to establish agreements to resolve them.

Nov 12, 2014

ASEAN to pressure China to stick to diplomacy on maritime disputes

NAYPYITAW Myanmar (Reuters) – Southeast Asian leaders will welcome China’s Prime Minister Le Keqiang with fanfare on Wednesday but behind closed doors will push their giant neighbor to take a less bellicose approach to overlapping claims in the South China Sea.

Myanmar hosts summits of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) followed by the East Asia Forum, which U.S. President Barack Obama and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will attend.

Nov 11, 2014

Stalled reforms, South China Sea to dominate Myanmar’s ASEAN party

NAYPYITAW Myanmar (Reuters) – World leaders will descend on the surreal capital of Myanmar this week, an unthinkable event when it was run by a brutal military junta for almost half a century.

Shortly after winning a one-sided election four years ago, the army veterans stunned the world, ushering in a wave of liberal change that convinced the United States and other Western powers that Myanmar was no longer the pariah it was.

Jun 5, 2014

Group of Thai politicians plan overseas movement to resist coup

BANGKOK (Reuters) – Around 15 Thai political leaders allied to the ousted government plan to establish a movement outside Thailand to lead a campaign of civil disobedience to military rule, two members of the group said on Thursday.

General Prayuth Chan-ocha seized power on May 22 and has since led a determined crackdown that has stifled dissent and silenced the “red shirt” supporters of former Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra and her brother, billionaire former premier Thaksin Shinawatra.

Jun 1, 2014

Huge Thai security force deployment stifles coup protests

BANGKOK (Reuters) – Thailand’s military government sent thousands of troops and police into central Bangkok on Sunday and effectively stifled protests against its seizure of power on May 22, limiting them to small groups of demonstrators in and around shopping malls.

The military took over on May 22 after the government of Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra had been weakened by months of protests that had forced ministries to close for weeks on end, hurt business confidence and caused the economy to shrink.

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      "I am the deputy editor for commodities and energy news in Asia. I help drive our coverage throughout the region from the Singapore C&E desk. Until mid-2010, I was the Senior Energy Correspondent in the Middle East, based in Dubai. I have also covered oil markets for Reuters in London."
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