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Burma

Jun 4, 2014 — Myanmar's biggest city Yangon has a distinct old-world feel: blocks of colonial buildings, untouched during decades of poverty and isolation. Now, development could bring them crashing down.
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Sep 19, 2013 — Child labor is not a minor social blight in the country, it's a pillar of the economy — and it looks a lot like child labor in the U.S. circa the Industrial Revolution. As Myanmar opens to the world, its child labor practices are likely to face greater scrutiny.
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May 23, 2013 — Recent sectarian strife in Myanmar threatens the country's nascent democratic reforms. Not so long ago, Indonesia faced similar challenges. Now, it's a thriving democracy.
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Feb 4, 2013 — Also: Jared Diamond gets into trouble with an indigenous rights group; NFL players re-imagined as Dickens characters; a new theory about the Lockerbie bombing; and the best books of the week.
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Dec 19, 2012 — Myanmar and other parts of Southeast Asia are awash with shoddy and phony malaria drugs. Some fakes are almost indistinguishable from authentic drugs. The counterfeits can be deadly for patients, but they also threaten to undermine major weapons against the disease.
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Nov 19, 2012 — For many years, what you call the Southeast Asian nation has mattered to many. Referring to it as "Burma" has been seen as a show of support for democracy activists. There have been major reforms there, though. And today as a "diplomatic courtesy," the president also used the name "Myanmar."
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Nov 19, 2012 — Myat Thu knew early that he was destined as a cook to make salads. His restaurant on the Thai side of the border with Myanmar specializes in Burmese salads. Thu has been cautiously watching Myanmar's political change, hoping to go home one day.
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Oct 26, 2012 — Rakhine Buddhists and Rohingya Muslims, who are not Myanmar citizens, are separated by the Myanmar government, but still find ways to fight each other.
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Sep 27, 2012 — Myanmar President Thein Sein mentioned activist Aung San Suu Kyi during his speech at the U.N., believed to be the first time a Myanmar leader has done so. He laid out the country's democratic transformation so far, and addressed the sensitive subject of ethnic unrest in the Southeast Asian nation.
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Jun 15, 2012 — With the country also known as Burma taking steps toward democracy and respect for human rights, Coke is returning after a 60-year absence. What are the two nations where it still won't be doing business?
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