Myanmar giant jade stone ‘too big to move’
Oct20

Myanmar giant jade stone ‘too big to move’

A 174-tonne piece of jade worth millions of dollars that was uncovered in Myanmar will have to stay where it is for now — because its owners don’t have equipment strong enough to move it. The 5.8 metre-long (19 feet) stone was discovered by miners in northern Kachin state last week, buried up to 60 metres deep inside a mountain. “When the edge of the stone was scratched we could see the quality of the jade inside...

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Myanmar’s storied film industry gears up for a sequel
Oct19

Myanmar’s storied film industry gears up for a sequel

With turquoise columns propping up a pink and yellow portico, Myanmar’s art deco style Thwin cinema is a rare relic from a golden age of movie-making that dazzled audiences more than half a century ago. Myanmar’s film industry, once the most vibrant and prolific in the region, shrivelled under a military regime that smothered the arts and ravaged the economy during its ruthless 50-year reign. Now as the fledgling democracy...

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Beaten and burnt: Myanmar’s invisible child servants
Sep22

Beaten and burnt: Myanmar’s invisible child servants

San Kay Khine stares at her burnt, scarred hands, her twisted fingers a reminder of her years as a child slave in Myanmar, one of thousands of young domestic workers feared to be at risk of exploitation and abuse. The 17-year-old was rescued from a tailor’s shop in Yangon this month where she and another girl from her village spent five years as housemaids. There they were allegedly beaten, cut with knives and deprived of sleep...

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US downgrades Myanmar, raises Thailand in human trafficking report
Jun30

US downgrades Myanmar, raises Thailand in human trafficking report

The United States on Thursday (June 30) placed Myanmar on its list of worst human trafficking offenders for failing to do more to curb widespread abuses, and upgraded Thailand from the lowest grade for what was deemed to be an improved record. The State Department also demoted Uzbekistan to the bottom tier in its annual assessment of global efforts to combat human trafficking, just a year after giving a higher rating to the central...

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