Author: Phyo Mg Wai

A year ago Germany deported to Tajikistan an activist from that country’s exiled opposition movement who had been living in Dortmund since 2009. What happened next is a shocking example of what can occur when Germany fails to uphold safeguards in its increased efforts to deport unsuccessful asylum seekers. The Bundestag this month gave police greater powers to carry out deportations. The activist, Abdullohi Shamsiddin, 33, was deported to Tajikistan on January 18 2023. He was detained on arrival by the security services. Two months later he was convicted of trying to overthrow the constitution and jailed for seven years. No credible…

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Three Chinese navy ships have arrived in Myanmar on a goodwill visit as part of renewed Chinese defence engagement amid Chinese concern about a surge of fighting between Myanmar junta forces and insurgents near the Chinese border. The guided-missile destroyer Zibo and the guided-missile frigate Jingzhou were escorted by a Myanmar frigate to docks in Myanmar’s main city of Yangon on Monday (Nov 27), China’s People’s Liberation Navy (PLAN) said in a statement. The 700-strong force, on a four-day visit, is being led by Senior Captain Sun Bo and includes a Chinese resupply ship, the Qiandaohu, the Global New Light of Myanmar…

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About two weeks into a major offensive against Myanmar’s military-run government by an alliance of three well-armed militias of ethnic minorities, an army captain, fighting in a jungle area near the northeastern border with China, lamented that he’d never seen such intense action. His commander in Myanmar’s 99th Light Infantry Division had been killed in fighting in Shan state the week before and the 35-year-old career soldier said army outposts were in disarray and being hit from all sides. “I have never faced these kinds of battles before,” the combat veteran told The Associated Press by phone. “This fighting in…

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A decorated Thai para-athlete murdered his bride and four other people at their wedding reception before turning his gun on himself, police said Monday. Chaturong Suksuk, 29, an ASEAN Para Games silver medalist, shot bride Kanchana Pachunthuek at the wedding in northeastern Thailand on Saturday, authorities said.  The other victims were identified as the bride’s mother Kingthong Klajoho, 62, her younger sister Kornnipa Manato, 38, and a guest, Thong Nonkhunthod, 50, the Bangkok Post reported. “They had an argument on private matters and Chaturong walked to his car and picked up a gun before shooting,” said Matichon Wongbaokul, a police officer…

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The relentless ebb and flow of geopolitics, economic and environmental conditions, and fluctuating labor and consumer markets all contribute to today’s fluid and unpredictable global landscape. In this evolving economy, where your organization conducts business is just as important as how it operates. The confluence of Vietnam’s geographic location and process technology has made it a digital hub that helps organizations flourish by replacing legacy infrastructure and siloed operations. The country offers a rare combination of integrated solutions that makes it a rapidly growing destination for ambitious enterprises. Overcoming Market Challenges Success in the global marketplace requires organizations to optimize…

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Myanmar’s rebel forces have captured a town that was controlled by the ruling military junta. Sources with Myanmar’s shadow National Unity Government, as well as witnesses and local news outlets, say the rebel forces attacked the northern town of Kawlin last Friday and battled with local security forces until taking control of the town’s police station and administrative offices by early Monday morning. Kawlin is the administrative capital of the Sagaing region. The takeover of Kawlin is the first administrative capital taken by rebel forces since the military’s overthrow of the civilian government of Aung San Suu Kyi in February…

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JAKARTA – A coalition of human rights organizations and former attorney general and respected human rights defender Marzuki Darusman, have officially requested that the National Commission on Human Rights (KomnasHAM) investigate alleged arm sales by state-owned arms manufacturers to the Myanmar junta, which they say potentially took place after the 2021 coup. The arms deals allegedly took place between Myanmar’s military junta government and state-owned companies PT Pindad, shipbuilder PT PAL and aircraft maker PT Dirgantara Indonesia (PTDI). The firms have categorically denied the allegations leveled against them. The companies are accused of having promoted and sold “handguns, assault rifles, ammunition,…

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HANOI (Reuters) -Vietnam’s gross domestic product growth accelerated in the third quarter from the previous three months, data showed on Friday, but fell short of this year’s growth target as dull demand for exports overshadowed support from monetary easing. GDP in the July-September quarter is expected to have grown 5.33% from a year earlier, faster than the 4.05% expansion in the second quarter, the General Statistics Office said in a report on Friday. Capital Economics said the worst for Vietnam’s economy was over but growth remained subdued by past standards. With inflation becoming a growing concern, however, it did not…

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Chinese tourists received a personal welcome from the Thai prime minister Monday as they arrived in Bangkok under a new visa-free scheme the government hopes will give the kingdom’s vital tourism sector a boost. Traditional dancers accompanied a smiling PM Srettha Thavisin as he greeted visitors arriving from Shanghai at Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi airport, handing out welcome gifts. “I was shocked by the welcoming ceremony, and I’m very happy. It’s a great start of my trip,” visitor Zhuang Pan, 31, told AFP. Jin Li, arriving for her honeymoon, told AFP the scheme was great, before she and her new husband grabbed…

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HÀ NỘI – National Assembly (NA) Chairman Vương Đình Huệ had meetings with the Chairman of the Bulgaria-Việt Nam Friendship Association, several Vietnamese Ambassadors to European countries, and representatives of Vietnamese communities in Europe in Sofia on September 24 (local time) as part of his ongoing visit to Bulgaria. Talking to Chairman of the Bulgaria-Vietnam Friendship Association Simeon Dimchev, the NA Chairman highlighted the close friendship and all-round cooperation between the two countries over the past 73 years, and underlined that Việt Nam always attaches great importance to and hopes to further promote ties with Bulgaria. Hailing the positive contributions that mass organisations of…

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