In this file photo taken on March 31, 2021 this handout photo from the National Task Force-West Philippine Sea (NTF-WPS) via the Philippine Communications Operations Office (PCOO) shows Chinese vessels anchored at Whitsun Reef, some 320 kilometres (175 nautical miles) west of Palawan Island in the South China Sea. (Photo by Handout / various sources / AFP)

Philippines summons Beijing’s envoy over boats in South China Sea

The Philippine foreign ministry said Tuesday it had confronted Beijing’s envoy over the “illegal lingering” of Chinese boats at a contested reef in the South China Sea, stepping up the diplomatic row….

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In this file photo taken on March 12, 2021, protesters hold up the three-finger salute and placards with the image of detained civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi while using their mobile torches during a demonstration against the military coup in Yangon.(Photo by STR / AFP)

Myanmar Journal: Another charge for Suu Kyi, just before the annual Thingyan

April 12 – The next court hearing for Aung San Suu Kyi is scheduled for April 26th, after a criminal charge, under section 25 of the natural disaster management law,…

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Anti-coup protesters march carrying slogans on pots with flowers as they mark the Thingyan festival on Tuesday April 13, 2021 in Yangon, Myanmar. Activists were organizing a boycott of the official celebration of Thingyan, the country’s traditional New Year, usually a time for family reunions and merry-making. (AP Photo)

Myanmar activists cancel new year festivities, hold silent protests

April 13 (Reuters) – Opponents of military rule in Myanmar cancelled traditional new year festivities on Tuesday and instead showed their anger at a Feb. 1 coup through silent displays of defiance…

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This photo taken and received from an anonymous source via Facebook on April 4, 2021 shows a protester making the three-finger salute while holding posters with others featuring detained civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi during a demonstration against the military coup in Yangon’s Insein township. (Photo by Handout / various sources / AFP)

Myanmar’s Suu Kyi hit with new criminal charge

Myanmar’s ousted civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi was hit with a fresh criminal charge on Monday, as the junta’s tough crackdown on dissent rolls on. The 75-year-old Nobel laureate…

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Demonstrators pose with a banner with the symbolic three-finger salute and names of those who were killed during protests that have taken place since the military coup in February, in the Kamayut township of Yangon, Myanmar, Sunday, April 11, 2021. The salute is a symbol of resistance to express their disdain towards the military regime in Myanmar. (AP Photo)

ASEAN summit: Will Myanmar listen to its friends?

When ASEAN leaders sit down for a summit to address the ongoing crisis in Myanmar, they know full well that the whole world will be watching. And they also realize…

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Children play with toy guns next to a banner put up by activists in protest against the military coup in Yangon on April 11, 2021. (Photo by STR / AFP)

Russia and China thwarting international response to Myanmar crisis: EU

Russia and China are frustrating the international response to the Myanmar crisis, a top European Union diplomat said Sunday, as the death toll from a military crackdown climbed past 700….

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A worker wearing personal protective equipment (PPE) sprays disinfectant in the Orussey market, after it was temporarily closed following a few vendors testing positive for the Covid-19 coronavirus, in Phnom Penh on April 4, 2021. (Photo by TANG CHHIN Sothy / AFP)

Cambodian PM threatens quarantine-breakers with jail

Cambodia’s strongman premier Hun Sen threatened quarantine-breakers with jail time Saturday and warned civil servants they could lose their jobs if they go unvaccinated, as the country grapples with a…

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(FILES) UN Special Envoy for Myanmar Christine Schraner Burgener / AFP

UN envoy on Myanmar to meet FM Don

UN special envoy on Myanmar Christine Schraner Burgener, who arrived in Bangkok Friday, will meet with Foreign Minister Don Pramudwinai and representatives of UN agencies as part of her efforts…

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In this file photo taken on February 11, 2021, model, actor and singer Paing Takhon wears a traditional Chinese outfit while holding a sign during a demonstration against the military coup in front of the Chinese embassy in Yangon. (Photo by STR / AFP)

Myanmar actor arrested as junta hunts 120 celebrities

A leading Myanmar actor, singer and model who has backed the country’s anti-coup protests was arrested on Thursday, reports said, as the junta hunts more than 100 celebrities for supporting…

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Myanmar ambassador to London locked out of embassy after breaking with military

LONDON (Reuters) – Myanmar’s ambassador to London told Reuters he was locked out of the embassy on Wednesday, with sources saying his deputy had shut him out of the building…

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Thai government allows food to be sent to IDPs in Myanmar

Thai authorities are allowing local civic groups to send basic food and supplies to displaced Karen villagers fleeing Myanmar army attacks along the border with Thailand. Five boats filled with…

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This phot taken and received on April 4, 2021 shows protesters making the three-finger salute while wearing masks that express what they say is Chinese interference in the UN’s handling of Myanmar affairs after the military coup in Yangon’s Kamayut township. (Photo by Handout / BURMA ASSOCIATED PRESS (BAP) / AFP)

Australia says two citizens released from Myanmar detention

Two Australians who were detained in Myanmar late last month have been released and have left Yangon, Canberra’s foreign affairs department said Monday. Business consultants Matthew O’Kane and Christa Avery,…

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FILE PHOTO: Demonstrators protest against the military coup in Yangon, Myanmar, February 17, 2021. REUTERS/Stringer

Four killed in Myanmar protests as junta cracks down on online critics

(Reuters) -Myanmar security forces opened fire on pro-democracy protests on Saturday killing four people, a protester and media said, as the military reinforced its bid to end dissent with arrest…

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Gandamar Wholesale (photo by David Tun)

Military-affiliated malls burned down in Yangon, suspected to be inside-job

Two department stores in Yangon burned down during the early hours of the morning of April 1st.  One was the Ruby Mart, located on Bogyoke Road in Kyauktadar Township, and another was…

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File / Men run during a protest against the military coup, in Yangon, Myanmar March 28, 2021./ REUTERS

U.N. special envoy tells Security Council to act to avoid ‘bloodbath’ in Myanmar

United Nations special envoy on Myanmar Christine Schraner Burgener told a session of the U.N. Security Council on Wednesday that “a bloodbath is imminent” because of the military’s intensified crackdown…

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This handout from Free Burma Rangers taken on March 29, 2021 and received on March 30, 2021 shows a Karen villager carrying a boy, injured during air strikes in the area following the February military coup, while taking shelter in a jungle near Day Pu No in Hpa-pun in eastern Myanmar’s Karen state. (Photo by Handout / Free Burma Rangers / AFP)

Myanmar Journal: Ethnic armed forces coalition asks junta to stop the crackdown

(by David Tun in Yangon) The coverage on this live blog has ended — for up-to-date coverage on the Myanmar protest, visit the April Myanmar Journal. March 30 – A…

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Myanmar’s Commander-in-Chief Senior General Min Aung Hlaing presides an army parade on Armed Forces Day in Naypyitaw, Myanmar, Saturday, March 27, 2021. (AP Photo)

Myanmar Report: The coup and the use of all weapons possible

When it comes to Myanmar’s military, under the leadership of its commander-in-chief Min Aung Hlaing, it is no surprise that religious and other superstitious beliefs play a big role in…

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An anti-coup protester walks past burning tires after activists launched a “garbage strike” against the military rule, in Yangon, Myanmar March 30, 2021. / REUTERS

Myanmar protesters hold vigils as U.S. orders non-essential staff to leave

Myanmar activists held candle-lit vigils overnight after scores of deaths in recent days from a military crackdown on anti-coup protesters and clashes in ethnic border areas, as the United States…

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Surakiart Sathirathai

Ex-FM Surakiart sees “pivotal role” of Thai military in solving Myanmar crisis

Former Foreign Minister Surakiart Sathirathai has urged the Thai military, which is known for its close relationships with the Myanmar junta leaders, to take the lead in helping to find…

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Handout photo was taken on March 30, 2021, released by Thailand’s Interior Ministry

Thailand insists all Myanmar nationals who fled across border want to go home

Thailand’s Interior Ministry says the Kingdom has been aiding and accommodating almost 3,000 Myanmar civilians who fled the conflict across the border into Mae Hong Son province. Seven were injured…

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Mae Hong Son governor claims most Myanmar Karens who fled to Thailand have returned voluntarily

Since March 11th, about 2,000 ethnic Karen civilians have fled the fighting in Myanmar, to take refuge in the border areas of Mae Sariang and Khun Yuam districts in Thailand’s…

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Family members grieve over the body of teenage bystander Tun Tun Aung at a cemetery in Mandalay on March 23, 2021, a day after he was shot dead in front of his home by security forces during a crackdown on demonstrations against the military coup. / AFP

Myanmar crackdown death toll passes 500

More than 500 people have been killed in the Myanmar junta’s brutal crackdown on protests against its coup to oust civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi, a local monitoring group…

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This handout from Ei Tu Hta community leaders taken and received on March 29, 2021 shows Karen people, who had crossed the Salween river into Thailand to seek refuge after air strikes in eastern Myanmar’s Karen state following the February military coup, being requested by the Thai authorities to leave Mae Hong Son and head back in boats across to the Myanmar side of the river. (Photo by Handout / EI TU HTA COMMUNITY LEADERS / AFP)

Thai government denies pushing back Myanmar civilians at the border

Thai Foreign Affairs ministry denied news reports that Thailand has pushed back Myanmar civilians that fled conflict across the border into the country. The statement published by the Director-General of…

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File photo / Protesters take cover behind homemade shields during a demonstration against the military coup in Yangon / AFP

Myanmar protesters take to streets after bloodiest weekend

Protesters and mourners took to the streets of Myanmar on Monday after the deadliest weekend since the military coup, as US President Joe Biden led international condemnation of the junta’s…

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Photo Credit: AP

“Miss Grand Myanmar 2020” to remain in Thailand for her safety, before returning to Myanmar

Miss Grand Myanmar 2020, Thaw Nandar Aung, aka Han Lay, has indicated that she may have to spend more time in Thailand, before returning to her home country, as the…

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Troops fire at funeral as Myanmar mourns bloodiest day since coup

(Reuters) -Myanmar security forces opened fire at a funeral on Sunday, witnesses said, as people across the country gathered to mourn 114 people killed the previous day in the worst…

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Global condemnation after bloodiest day since Myanmar coup

Defence chiefs from a dozen countries on Sunday jointly condemned the bloodbath in Myanmar a day earlier, when at least 107 people — including seven children — were killed as…

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Tires burn on a street as protests against the military coup continue, in Mandalay, Myanmar March 27, 2021. REUTERS/Stringer

Exclusive: Top military officers from U.S., allies to condemn violence by Myanmar security forces

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The top military officer from the United States and nearly a dozen of his counterparts are set to condemn on Saturday the deadly use of force by…

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Commander-in-Chief Senior General Min Aung Hlaing reviews the troops during an army parade on Armed Forces Day in Naypyitaw, Saturday, Myanmar, March 27, 2021. (AP Photo)

Myanmar Report: Armed Forces Day sees bloodiest crackdown

As Myanmar’s military (Tatmadaw) celebrates its annual Armed Forces Day, anti-coup protestors across the country are steadily being slaughtered. By midday, at least 20 have been killed in places like…

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Demonstrators hold flags as they sit on motorcycles during a protest in Launglone, Dawei district, Myanmar March 26, 2021. Dawei Watch via REUTERS

Sixteen protesters killed in Myanmar on ‘day of shame for armed forces’

(Reuters) -Myanmar’s security forces shot and killed at least 16 protesters on Saturday, news reports and witnesses said, as the leader of the ruling junta said the military will protect…

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A man uses his mobile phone to check Facebook in Naypyidaw on March 16, 2021, as Myanmar authorities ordered telecommunication companies to restrict their services on the mobile data networks, following the February 1 military coup. (Photo by STR / AFP)

Myanmar Report: Fueling the fear and division, it all began with the internet cuts

Digital communication has become a key factor in the anti-coup movement in Myanmar, using social media applications, from the most popular platforms like Facebook to more secure messaging apps. It…

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Onlookers watch as a bus ferrying coup detainees is driven out from Insein prison in Yangon on March 24, 2021, where they had been held for taking part in demonstrations against the military coup. (Photo by STR / AFP)

Myanmar junta frees 600 detainees including AP photographer

Myanmar freed more than 600 coup detainees on Wednesday, including an Associated Press photographer arrested while covering rallies, following fresh outrage over brutal crackdowns on protesters. The regime has unleashed…

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This screengrab provided via AFPTV taken on March 24, 2021 shows an empty street in Yangon, as demonstrators called for a “silent strike” in protest against the military coup. (Photo by – / AFPTV / AFP)

Myanmar set for silent strike after violence claims youngest victim

Myanmar activists plan more anti-coup protests on Wednesday, including a silent strike with many businesses due to close and calls for people to stay home, a day after a seven-year-old…

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This screengrab provided via AFPTV and taken from a broadcast by Myanmar Radio and Television (MRTV) in Myanmar on March 23, 2021 shows junta spokesman Brigadier General Zaw Min Tun speaking during a news conference held by the military government in Naypyidaw. (Photo by Handout / various sources / AFP)

Myanmar junta defends crackdown, vows to stop ‘anarchy’

Myanmar’s junta on Tuesday defended its seven-week crackdown that has left more than 260 democracy protesters dead, insisting it would not tolerate “anarchy”. The junta has unleashed deadly violence as…

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Myanmar activists honk car horns in new protests; neighbours plan diplomacy drive

(Reuters) – Motorists honked car horns in Myanmar biggest city on Monday and planted posters in an empty field in fresh protests against last month’s military coup that ended a…

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(FILES) In this file photo taken on January 27, 2020 shows Aung Thura, a BBC News Burmese journalist, posing for a photo during his coverage of a Myanmar Parliament meeting in Naypyidaw. – Aung Thura detained in coup-hit Myanmar has been released days after he was detained since he was taken away by men in plain clothes while reporting outside a court in Naypyidaw. (Photo by – / AFP)

BBC journalist freed in Myanmar as EU prepares sanctions

A BBC journalist held in Myanmar has been freed, the broadcaster said on Monday, as demonstrators took to the streets for fresh anti-coup protests against the military. Myanmar’s junta has…

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File photo / an anti-coup protester uses a fire extinguisher to provide cover for others as security forces approach their encampment in Yangon, Myanmar. / AP

Crisis in Myanmar undermining “ASEAN centrality”

The ongoing crisis in Myanmar which has already claimed more than 230 lives is undermining what is known as “ASEAN centrality” and challenging the regional grouping’s policy of non-interference, a…

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FILE PHOTO: Singapore’s Foreign Minister Vivian Balakrishnan speaks at the 15th ASEAN Lecture on “ASEAN: Next 50” at the ISEAS Yusof Ishak Institute in Singapore December 5, 2017. REUTERS/Edgar Su

Singapore foreign minister to visit three Southeast Asian countries

SINGAPORE (Reuters) – Singapore Foreign Minister Vivian Balakrishnan will visit Brunei Darussalam on Monday, after which he will go to Malaysia and Indonesia, the foreign affairs ministry said. The minister’s…

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Health workers protest in Myanmar after deadly crackdown

Doctors and nurses in central Myanmar rallied in the streets at first light on Sunday, avoiding a confrontation with security forces after another deadly weekend crackdown on anti-coup protesters. The…

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Anti-coup protesters abandon their makeshift barricade and run as policemen charge in Yangon, Myanmar, Friday, March 19, 2021. (AP Photos)

BBC journalist ‘missing’ as junta crackdown triggers Yangon exodus

A Burmese journalist with the BBC’s Myanmar language news service went “missing” on Friday, as civilians fled the coup-hit country’s largest city after the junta’s deadly crackdown on dissent. Myanmar…

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(file photo) Indonesia’s President Joko Widodo attends the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit, held over video conference due to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, from the presidential palace in Bogor, West Java on June 26, 2020. (Photo by SIGID KURNIAWAN / POOL / AFP)

Indonesia president urges halt to Myanmar violence, wants ASEAN talks

Indonesian President Joko Widodo on Friday called for bloodshed to be halted in military-ruled Myanmar and for Southeast Asian leaders to hold a high-level meeting to try to find a…

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FILE PHOTO: Anti-coup demonstrators take cover with shields under a makeshift tent as they face off with security forces at Hlaing Tharyar Township, Yangon, Myanmar March 14, 2021 / REUTERS

Thousands flee Myanmar industrial zone amid fears of more bloodshed

Thousands of residents fled an industrial suburb of Myanmar’s commercial capital on Tuesday, local media reported, amid fears of further bloodshed after dozens were killed there in anti-coup protests over…

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Protesters stand near makeshift barricades during demonstrations against the military coup in Yangon on March 15, 2021. (Photo by STR / AFP)

At least 20 dead in Myanmar crackdown, and more than 150 reportedly killed since coup

At least 20 people were killed in Myanmar on Monday after another day of unrest and protests against the junta, a local monitoring group said. While the United Nations said…

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A protester holds onto the shirt of a fallen comrade, during a crackdown by security forces on demonstrations against the military coup, in Hlaing Tharyar township in Yangon on March 14, 2021. (Photo by STR / AFP)

Myanmar Journal: Doctors and medics struggle to save lives while the death toll could well pass 150

(by David Tun in Yangon) The coverage on this live blog has ended — for up-to-date coverage on the Myanmar protest, visit the March Myanmar Journal. March 14 – It…

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A protester holds a poster with an image of detained civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi during a candlelight vigil to honour those who have died during demonstrations against the military coup in Yangon on March 13, 2021. (Photo by STR / AFP)

Suu Kyi to face court after bloodiest day in Myanmar

Myanmar’s ousted civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi was set to appear in court on Monday, after dozens of people were killed in the bloodiest day since a military coup…

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At least 39 reported killed in Myanmar as Chinese factories burn

(Reuters) – Security forces killed at least 22 anti-coup protesters in the poor, industrial Hlaingthaya suburb of Myanmar’s main city on Sunday after Chinese-financed factories were set ablaze there, an…

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Members of a rescue team carry the body of Shel Ye Win, who was shot with a live round in the face during a crackdown by security forces on demonstrations against the military coup, in Mandalay on March 14, 2021. (Photo by STR / AFP)

Five dead in Myanmar anti-coup protest as ousted MPs urge unity against junta

At least five anti-coup protesters were killed Sunday as demonstrators across Myanmar continued to defy military rule, as a group of ousted MPs urged them to “defend themselves” during the…

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This picture taken on September 29, 2020 shows an airport worker wearing a face mask as a preventive measure against the spread of the COVID-19 novel coronavirus at the Sydney International Airport in Sydney. (Photo by David GRAY / AFP)

Australia says working on travel bubble with Singapore

Australia is “working with Singapore” to create a travel bubble between the two nations as early as July, officials said Sunday, in an effort to restart tourism and travel put…

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The Htamain Revolution

In hub cities of Myanmar, like Yangon and Mandalay, women young and old were seen leading protests from the front, even raising their traditional sarongs (Htamain) on poles as flags…

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People wearing face masks walk along a street in Kuala Lumpur on March 2, 2021. (Photo by Mohd RASFAN / AFP)

Malaysia unveils misinformation law, stoking free speech fears

Malaysia’s government introduced a law Thursday that punishes spreading coronavirus misinformation with jail time and hefty fines, sparking fury at what critics labelled an “appalling” attack on free speech. The…

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FILE PHOTO: An anti-coup demonstrator sprays a fire extinguisher as he runs away from a barricade during a protests in Yangon, Myanmar, March 9, 2021. REUTERS/Stringer

Myanmar junta accuses Suu Kyi of taking bribes as eight killed in anti-coup protests

(Reuters) – Myanmar’s military government accused deposed leader Aung San Suu Kyi on Thursday of accepting illegal payments, while eight people were killed when security forces opened fire on protests…

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Protesters react after tear gas was fired during a demonstration against the military coup in Yangon on March 8, 2021 / AFP

Thailand urges “utmost restraint”, release of detainees in Myanmar crisis

As pro-democracy protests continue in Myanmar, Thailand on Thursday reiterated the call for all sides in the strife-torn country to exercise “utmost restraint” and for people detained by the military…

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Anti-coup protesters hold makeshift shields during a demonstration in Yangon, Myanmar Tuesday, March 9, 2021. / AP

Protesters adapt tactics after Myanmar police use violence

Protesters against the military takeover in Myanmar carried homemade shields and moved with more caution and agility Tuesday, adapting their tactics to the escalating violence from security forces not reluctant…

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Thailand ready to accommodate refugees from Myanmar fleeing the violent unrest

Thailand has prepared facilities in provinces bordering Myanmar to accommodate a possible influx of refugees, fleeing the brutal crackdown by the Myanmar military and police following the recent coup. Thailand’s…

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Singapore Airlines to pilot digital Covid travel pass

Singapore Airlines will begin trialling a coronavirus digital travel pass developed by aviation’s industry body next week, the carrier said Monday, the first airline to pilot the scheme as the pandemic-hit…

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Social Punishment and Civil Disobedience, the weapons of Myanmar people

In the ongoing conflicts between military and the anti-coup protesters, the civilians have two main weapons; the Civil Disobedience Movement (CDM) and Social Punishment (SP). While the CDM is aimed…

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Anti-coup protesters discharge fire extinguishers to counter the impact of the tear gas fired by police during a demonstration in Naypyitaw, Myanmar, Monday, March 8, 2021. /AP

Two protesters killed in Myanmar, shops and factories closed

Two protesters were killed by gunshot wounds to the head in Myanmar on Monday, witnesses said, while shops, factories and banks were closed in the main city Yangon as part…

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A protester (C) holds up a coloured smoke flare during a demonstration against the military coup in Mandalay on March 7, 2021. (Photo by STR / AFP)

Myanmar protesters rally after overnight raids on opposition figures

Thousands of Myanmar anti-coup demonstrators defied a continued military crackdown Sunday, following overnight raids in Yangon in which an official from Aung San Suu Kyi’s party was beaten to death…

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This photograph taken on January 22, 2021 shows Thousands of panels glinting in the sun stretch into the sea off Singapore, part of the land-scarce city-state’s push to build floating solar farms to cut greenhouse gas emissions. (Photo by Roslan RAHMAN / AFP)

Space-starved Singapore builds floating solar farms in climate fight

Thousands of panels glinting in the sun stretch into the sea off Singapore, part of the land-scarce city-state’s push to build floating solar farms to cut greenhouse gas emissions. It may…

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Protesters react as they are engulfed by tear gas fired by police, and as other demonstrators let off fire extinguishers, during a demonstration against the military coup in Yangon on March 6, 2021. (Photo by STR / AFP)

Anti-coup protests continue in Myanmar as UN urged to hear ‘pleas’

Anti-coup demonstrators took to the streets of Myanmar Saturday, a day after a United Nations envoy urged the Security Council to hear the nation’s “desperate pleas” and take swift action…

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Members of the non-governmental organisation (NGO) Four Paws team interact with dogs during an operation to rescue dogs from a slaughterhouse in the town of Skun in Kampong Cham province on March 4, 2021. (Photo by TANG CHHIN Sothy / AFP)

Cambodian dog slaughterhouse shuts as meat trade faces pressure

A notorious slaughterhouse in Cambodia that has killed more than a million dogs was closed on Thursday as the country steps up efforts to end the trade in their meat….

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Water in the Mekong River at crisis level

The satellite image shows the water level of the Mekong River this year is much lower than in 2019, sand bars are exposed, according to the Geo-Informatics and Space Technology…

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Protesters lie on the ground after police open fire to disperse an anti-coup protest in Mandalay, Myanmar, March 3, 2021. REUTERS/Stringer

Myanmar army tells UN it is ready to weather sanctions, isolation

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Myanmar’s military says it is ready to withstand sanctions and isolation after its Feb–1 coup, a top United Nations official said on Wednesday as she urged…

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UN meeting sought on Myanmar as violence continues

YANGON (AFP) – Britain has called for the United Nations Security Council to meet on Friday on Myanmar as security forces have steadily become more violent against anti-coup demonstrators. This…

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No breakthrough on Myanmar crisis at ASEAN meeting

JAKARTA (Reuters) – A meeting of ASEAN foreign ministers on Tuesday to discuss the coup in Myanmar failed to find a breakthrough to get the nation back on the path…

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ASEAN putting pressure on Myanmar over continuing violence

ASEAN leaders are putting pressure on Myanmar military to peacefully resolve the current crisis with Singapore’s Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong criticizing its use of lethal force against civilians and…

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Protesters hold placards and display images of ousted civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi (top R) and president Win Myint (top L) as they take part in a demonstration against the military coup, in front of Chinese embassy in Yangon on February 21, 2021. (Photo by Sai Aung Main / AFP)

ASEAN foreign ministers to meet on Myanmar as Suu Kyi faces more charges

Foreign ministers of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) prepare to meet this morning to discuss the situation in Myanmar as protesters in the country continue to march in…

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A recipient of the Covid-19 coronavirus vaccine looks on in the driver’s seat of his vehicle during a drive-through vaccination service in Nusa Dua, Indonesia’s resort island of Bali, on March 1, 2021. (Photo by SONNY TUMBELAKA / AFP)

Bali kicks off drive-thru virus jabs for hospitality workers

Indonesian resort island Bali has launched a drive-thru vaccination campaign targeting thousands of hospitality workers, as the popular tourist destination eyes reopening to foreign visitors. Billed as the first such…

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A health worker receives the first Sinovac vaccine against the Covid-19 coronavirus disease at the Lung Center of the Philippines in Manila on March 1, 2021. (Photo by MARIA TAN / AFP)

‘Light’ after darkness as Philippines Covid-19 vaccinations begin

The Philippines launched its Covid-19 vaccination drive on Monday, with health workers, soldiers, police and government officials first in line to get donated Chinese jabs despite concerns over their effectiveness….

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Protesters run after police fired tear gas to disperse them during a demonstration against the military coup in Yangon on February 28, 2021. (Photo by Sai Aung Main / AFP)

Myanmar Journal: Sunday saw some protestors fight back, enraged by images of the indiscriminate killings and arrests

Daily round-up of the latest events in Myanmar by ThaiPBS World correspondent David Tun. The coverage on this live blog has ended — for up-to-date coverage on the Myanmar protest,…

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This aerial photograph shows apartment buildings in the outskirts of Bangkok. (Photo by Mladen ANTONOV / AFP)

ASEAN property market takes a hit as people delay buying a home

Half of Thai consumers decide to put off buying and selling property for the time being. The governments of many ASEAN countries have taken measures to stimulate their economies over…

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Protesters take cover as they clash with riot police officers during a protest against the military coup in Yangon, Myanmar, February 28, 2021. REUTERS/Stringer

At least 18 protesters killed in Myanmar in worst violence since coup

(Reuters) – Myanmar police fired on protesters around the country on Sunday and at least 18 people were killed in the worst violence since a Feb. 1 military coup, the…

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The left-handed pen

As international pressure increases, the coup installed government of Myanmar, led by Senior General Min Aung Hlaing, has ordered the news media to submit to reporting the military’s propaganda, while…

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Myanmar government reportedly clamping down on journalists

Myanmar government reportedly clamping down on journalists. This clip shows plain clothes officers making an arrest. The person being detained was later identified as Kyaw Kyaw Min, CEO of Monywa…

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Myanmar’s U.N. ambassador vows to fight after junta fired him

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Myanmar’s United Nations envoy in New York vowed to fight on Saturday after the junta fired him for urging countries to use “any means necessary” to…

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FILE PHOTO: Health workers and employees of Philippine General Hospital queue to register for COVID-19 vaccines, expected to arrive this month, at the Philippine General Hospital in Manila, Philippines, February 9, 2021. REUTERS/Eloisa Lopez

Philippines extends partial coronavirus curbs in capital until end-March

MANILA (Reuters) – Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has extended partial coronavirus curbs in the capital until the end of March, as the country awaits the arrival of vaccines, the presidential…

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Myanmar police crack down on protests after envoy appeals to U.N. to stop coup

(Reuters) – Myanmar police moved decisively on Saturday in a bid to prevent opponents of military rule gathering throughout the country after Myanmar’s U.N. envoy urged the United Nations to…

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Supporters of Myanmar military coup rampage in Yangon

(Reuters) – Supporters of Myanmar’s military, some armed with knives and clubs, others firing catapults and throwing stones, attacked opponents of the Feb. 1 coup on Thursday, while Southeast Asian…

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Social media resistance

Across the South-East-Asian nation, millions have marched against military dictatorship. Both private and public workers have engaged in the Civil Disobedience Movement (CDM), in an attempt to shake the military…

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The rilateral discussion between Thai, Myanmar and Indonesia Foreign Affair Ministers on February 24, 2021, in Bangkok.

Thailand says it supports peace and stability in Myanmar

Thailand is supporting peace and stability in Myanmar, which is in line with the desires of ASEAN and the international community, said the Foreign Affairs Ministry spokesperson, Thanee Saengrat. There…

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Muslims in Yangon protest at the Indonesian Embassy on Wednesday afternoon. Photo courtesy of The Irrawaddy

Despite protests, ASEAN to engage military regime in Myanmar

As protesters gathered outside ASEAN embassies in Yangon to call on the regional grouping to reject cooperation with Myanmar’s military-installed government, Indonesia’s top diplomat defended the need to engage the…

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Staff members stand behind the desk of the reception lobby of the Connect@Changi, billed as the world’s first coronavirus-safe hotel and conference complex is pictured in Singapore. (Photo by Roslan RAHMAN / AFP)

Singapore virus-secure hotel looks to lure business travellers

Singapore launched what it billed as a coronavirus-secure hotel and meeting complex where visitors communicate via intercom through glass panels, as the Asian financial hub slowly opens up to the…

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People hold placards to form the word “Justice” during a protest against the military coup in Yangon, Myanmar, February 22, 2021. REUTERS/Stringer

Indonesian plan calls for Southeast Asia to hold Myanmar junta to election pledge

JAKARTA (Reuters) – Indonesia is pushing Southeast Asian neighbours to agree on an action plan over Myanmar’s coup that would keep the junta to its promise of holding elections, with…

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Anti-coup protesters raise their hands with clenched fists during a rally near the Mandalay Railway Station in Mandalay, Myanmar, Monday, Feb. 22, 2021.

Huge anti-coup rallies in Myanmar after junta threat

Tens of thousands of anti-coup protesters rallied across Myanmar again on Monday despite a clear threat from the junta that it was prepared to use lethal force to crush what…

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People gather during a candlelight vigil to protest against the military coup in Yangon, Myanmar./ REUTERS

Myanmar gripped by strike as anti-coup protests build

Businesses shut in Myanmar on Monday in a general strike called to oppose the military coup and thousands of protesters gathered despite a threat from authorities that confrontation could cost…

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Facebook shuts down Myanmar army ‘True News’ page

A Facebook page run by the Myanmar junta’s “True News” information service was kicked off the platform Sunday after the tech giant accused it of inciting violence. Security forces in the country…

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Police charge forward to disperse protesters in Mandalay, Myanmar on Saturday, Feb. 20, 2021. Security forces in Myanmar ratcheted up their pressure against anti-coup protesters Saturday, using water cannons, tear gas, slingshots and rubber bullets against demonstrators and striking dock workers in Mandalay, the nation’s second-largest city. (AP Photos)

2 Myanmar protesters killed by police fire, reports say

MANDALAY, Myanmar (AP) — Two anti-coup protesters were shot dead by riot police who fired live rounds Saturday in Mandalay, Myanmar’s second-largest city, local media reported. One of the victims…

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Indonesian capital slammed by monsoon floods, more than 1,000 forced to evacuate

JAKARTA (Reuters) – Severe flooding across several areas in the Indonesian capital forced more than a thousand people to flee their homes on Saturday, with the country’s meteorology agency warning…

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A protester holds up a poster with artwork showing the moment after Mya Thwate Thwate Khaing was shot during a demonstration against the military coup in front of the Chinese embassy in Yangon on February 12, 2021. (Photo by Sai Aung Main / AFP)

First death hits Myanmar’s anti-coup movement as pressure swells against generals

A young protester died Friday, more than a week after being shot in anti-coup demonstrations in Myanmar, offering a fresh source of anger inside the country as international pressure grows…

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Demonstrators take part in a protest against the military coup in Yangon, Myanmar, February 17, 2021/ REUTERS

Singapore, Indonesia say ASEAN can play important role in Myanmar

SINGAPORE (Reuters) – The foreign ministers of Singapore and Indonesia believe the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) can play an important role in encouraging dialogue and a return to…

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People take part in a demonstration against the February 1 military coup, along a street in the town of Muse in Shan state, near the China-Myanmar border on February 8, 2021. STR / AFP

The Good, the bad and China

Despite its involvement in the UN Security Council meeting that issued a call for the release of those detained during the coup, the Chinese government may as well have sent…

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Myanmar Journalists in Yangon participate the nationwide anti-coup demonstration against the military rule. / Lynn Hset Aung

Myanmar journalists quit as military regime tighten grip on media

Yangon – Eleven members of the Myanmar Press Council and more than a dozen journalists at a major English-language, The Myanmar Times, have left their jobs in the face of…

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Demonstrators take part in a protest against the military coup in Yangon, Myanmar, February 17, 2021/ REUTERS

Myanmar coup protesters mass again, reject army’s claim it has public support

Tens of thousands of protesters, including show-business celebrities, on Wednesday rejected the Myanmar army’s assertion that the public supported its overthrow of elected leader Aung San Suu Kyi and said…

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This picture taken on February 8, 2021 shows workers loading baskets of durians onto a truck for sale at a farm in Raub in Malaysia’s Pahang state as traders become more reliant on China’s appetite for the world’s smelliest fruit. (Photo by Mohd RASFAN / AFP)

Malaysian durian trade battered as lockdown bites

Durians falling from trees are collected in nets on a farm in Malaysia, where a long lockdown has slowed domestic demand and left traders more reliant on China’s appetite for…

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Coffee sector full of beans despite pandemic

As cafes and office canteens shuttered worldwide due to the coronavirus pandemic, coffee growers feared 2020 would be a bitter year for business. But the sector was saved from ruin…

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Protesters hold up signs with an image of detained Myanmar leader Aung Saan Suu Kyi and demanding her release during a demonstration against the military coup in front of US embassy in Yangon on February 16, 2021. (Photo by SAI AUNG MAIN / AFP)

Myanmar under pressure at UN

The UN’s top rights body demanded Friday that Myanmar’s military restore civilian rule and immediately release Aung San Suu Kyi. In a resolution adopted without a vote, the 47-member Human…

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A street vendor pushes his bicycle carrying peach blossoms past shops in Hanoi on February 2, 2021. (Photo by Nhac NGUYEN / AFP)

Stay-at-home orders in Vietnam Covid-19 hotspot

Two million people in Vietnam will be put under a raft of restrictions starting Tuesday, after their northern province became the epicentre of a growing Covid-19 outbreak. Residents of Hai…

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This aerial handout photo taken on February 15, 2021 and released by Indonesian National Board for Disaster Management (BNPB) shows the damages from a landslide in Nganjuk, East Java province, Photo by HANDOUT / Indonesian National Board for Disaster Management (BNPB) / AFP

Indonesian landslide kills four with 14 missing

At least four people have died and 14 are missing after a landslide caused by torrential rains swept away several homes in Indonesia, officials said Monday, with hundreds forced to…

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Protesters hold up signs during a demonstration against the military coup in Naypyidaw. [Photo: AFP]

Myanmar junta cuts internet as troops fire to break up protest

AFP – Myanmar cut internet service and deployed troops around the country on Monday in signs of a feared crackdown on anti-coup protests, hours after security forces fired to disperse…

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Residents escort police from a neighbourhood after they visited the area in an attempt to force Myanmar Railways staff to return to their jobs, following their refusal to work as part of the Civil Disobedience Movement (CDM) in protest over the military coup, in Yangon on February 14, 2021. (Photo by Sai Aung Main / AFP)

Myanmar junta warns public not to hide fugitive protesters

Myanmar’s new military regime warned the public not to harbour fugitive political activists on Sunday after issuing arrest warrants for veteran democracy campaigners supporting massive nationwide anti-coup protests.  Much of…

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