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New Myanmar law mandates three years between pregnancies

Myanmar
by Anna K. Poole
Posted 5/27/15, 11:15 am

Myanmar, a freshly forged democracy still shaking off a history of military dictatorship, enacted a highly controversial population law over the weekend despite objections from a visiting U.S. diplomat and activists who say the law is oppressive to both women and ethnic minorities. The Buddhist-majority nation, also known as Burma, already is under fire for decades of systematic persecution of minority Rohingya Muslims that has sparked a mass maritime migration, the largest since the Vietnam War. 

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Myanmar's marginalized Muslims earn country UN rebuke

Myanmar
by Anna K. Poole
Posted 4/29/15, 02:15 pm

With a half-century of military dictatorial skin to shed, Myanmar is only just beginning to emerge a democracy. As presidential elections approach, racial-religious conflict is on the rise and threaten to undermine reform efforts. Last week, the United Nations chastised Myanmar, also known as Burma, for neglecting the issue of citizenship for minority Muslims of Bangladeshi origin, known as the Rohingya. 

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Globe Trot: Obama to skip Armenian genocide commemoration

International
by Mindy Belz
Posted 4/22/15, 10:45 am

TURKEY: U.S. President Barack Obama will not use the word “genocide” this year when commemorating the deaths of 1.5 million Armenians at the hands of the Ottoman Empire. And the president will send Treasury Secretary Jack Lew to Friday’s ceremony marking the 100th anniversary in Yerevan, Armenia, while Russian President Vladimir Putin and other heads of state will be in attendance.

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