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April 7, 2013 | By Mark Magnier, Los Angeles Times
SHWEPYITHA, Myanmar - After her heroin-addict husband died five years ago, Ei Ei Phyu discovered she was HIV-positive. She thought her life was over until friends directed her to the open-air clinic here where she receives antiretroviral medicine. "This place has been a blessing," she said. Phyu and thousands of other patients in Myanmar and beyond owe their health to a French countess, Albina du Boisrouvray, 70. Inspired by the memory of her late son and her inherited fortune, she created the charity Assn.
August 12, 2007 | By Joe Robinson, Special to The Times
Bagan, Myanmar My body was already a waterfall, and it was only 10:15 a.m. in the oven of Bagan, former imperial capital of Myanmar. Standing on the pedals of my rented one-speed girl's bike with a leopard-print seat, I dripped up an incline, passed a couple of bullocks on death's door pulling an ancient wooden cart and then swerved off the asphalt into sand as an air-conditioned bus filled with grinning foreign tourists blew by. The backdraft stirred...
July 28, 1987 | From Reuters
Burmese military leaders arrived Monday in Bangkok for talks with senior Thai officials, including Prime Minister Prem Tinsulanonda. They were expected to discuss rebel groups, drug-trafficking and black-marketeering along the border.
August 4, 1988 | Associated Press
Two Burmese rebel groups battling over the right to tax smugglers left hundreds killed or wounded in 11 days of fierce fighting near the Thai border, officials said Wednesday. Two Thai provincial officials said the fighting began July 23, when hundreds of Karen rebels pounded Mon rebels at the village of Ban Chedi, about 175 miles northwest of Bangkok, with mortars and rocket-propelled grenades.
May 19, 1996 | Kevin Thomas
This 1956 picture is one of the great anti-war films--and one of the few to evoke a genuine sense of spiritual awakening--it was directed by Kon Ichikawa, who recently remade it. It is set in the final days of World War II in Burma, where a young Japanese soldier (Shoji Yasui, pictured) has embraced Buddhism and become dedicated to burying the dead instead of returning home. A haunting, elegaic reverie of a movie; its opening battle scenes recalling John Ford's cavalry westerns.
It wasn't your everyday picnic. Instead of shorts and jeans, some of the women wore sarongs. Tables were covered with exotic Asian fabrics. And the food was even more exotic--chicken smothered in spices, noodle salad with mango dressing, jasmine rice flavored with coconut and served in an antique silver bowl from northern Thailand. Although the look and the flavors were tropical, the location was South Pasadena, the home of Molly Kellogg and her husband, landscape designer Mark Brownstein.
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