Asia Briefs: Myanmar govt to meet armed ethnic groups

Myanmar govt to meet armed ethnic groups

YANGON • Myanmar will begin long-planned talks with armed ethnic groups at the end of the month, as the government's de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi targets peace as a prelude to rebooting the economy.

"The first meeting of the '21st century Panglong' conference will be held on Aug 31," said a statement on Monday.

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Humanitarian crisis in Helmand

KABUL • Afghan officials yesterday warned of a humanitarian crisis in Helmand as fierce fighting sent refugees fleeing to the capital of the southern province, with Taleban insurgents tightening their grip despite intensified US air strikes.

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Maldives passes defamation Bill

MALE • The Maldives' Parliament passed a new defamation Bill yesterday despite US-led international concern that it risked undermining basic freedoms in the troubled resort destination.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 10, 2016, with the headline 'Asia Briefs'. Print Edition | Subscribe