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.