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.


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.


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.


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