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In this file photo taken on June 14, 2021, Protesters prepare to burn the flag of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) grouping, as they take part in a flash mob demonstration against the military coup in Yangon. (Photo by STR / AFP)

Myanmar’s junta accepts ASEAN’s Special Envoy selection, meeting with Suu Kyi rumored

Myanmar’s military issued an announcement, hours after Erywan Yusof’s appointment, that Myanmar accepts the selection by ASEAN of the Special Envoy to Myanmar. The diplomat is also to handle ASEAN…

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ASEAN to procure 10 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines under COVAX program

At the 54th Asean Ministerial Meeting, the ASEAN leaders decided to use a common fund to procure 10 million doses of vaccines under the COVAX program. The Joint Communique stated that…

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In this July 14, 2021, file photo, people wearing face masks wait as caskets with bodies are queued outside a crematorium at the Yay Way cemetery in Yangon, Myanmar. (AP Photo, File)

Help Myanmar Fight Pandemic and You Help Yourselves, Expert Tells Asean

Myanmar could turn into the global epicenter of the COVID-19 pandemic unless neighboring countries and international organizations adopt pragmatic strategies to inoculate high-risk groups of people to stop the spread of…

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Workers in protective gear lower a coffin of a COVID-19 victim for burial at the special section of the Pedurenan cemetery designated to accommodate the surge in deaths during the coronavirus outbreak in Bekasi, West Java, Indonesia, Monday, July 26, 2021. (AP Photo/Achmad Ibrahim)

Indonesia surpasses 100,000 deaths amid new virus wave

JAKARTA (AP) — Indonesia surpassed 100,000 confirmed COVID-19 deaths on Wednesday, a grim milestone in a country struggling with its worst pandemic wave fueled by the delta variant, amid concerns…

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Vietnam’s home-grown COVID19 vaccine shows positive results in third-phase trials

1,000 volunteers injected with the home-grown vaccine Nanocovax in third-phase trials have developed antibodies against COVID-19, according to a report by Nanogen Pharmaceutical Biotechnology JSC, the vaccine producer. The report…

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Exclusive: FM Erywan Yusof is Asean special envoy to Myanmar

ASEAN foreign ministers Tuesday (August 3) agreed to appoint the second foreign Minister of Brunei Darussalam Erywan Yusof as the group’s special envoy to Myanmar, ending a three-month-long tussle among…

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Op-Ed: Global Britain wooing Asean

Make no mistake, when the UK decides to display its maritime power, the right place to show off is the South China Sea. It is the center of regional concern…

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In this April 22, 2021, file photo, flags of some of the ASEAN member countries fly at the ASEAN Secretariat in Jakarta, Indonesia. Southeast Asia’s top diplomats were meeting Monday, Aug. 2, 2021, to appoint a special envoy to help deal with the political crisis and violence gripping Myanmar and finalize an emergency plan to help control a coronavirus outbreak that many fear is spiraling out of control in the military-ruled nation. (AP Photo/Tatan Syuflana, File)

ASEAN diplomats discussing crisis envoy, aid to Myanmar

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Southeast Asia’s top diplomats were meeting Monday to appoint a special envoy to help deal with the political crisis and violence gripping Myanmar and finalize an…

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A youth receives the Sinovac Covid-19 coronavirus vaccine at a clinic in Phnom Penh on August 1, 2021, as Cambodia began vaccinating adolescents between the ages of 12 to 17. (Photo by Pring SAMRANG / AFP)

Cambodia begins Covid-19 vaccinations for teenagers

Cambodia began a rollout of Covid-19 vaccinations for teenagers in its capital Phnom Penh and three provinces Sunday, with Premier Hun Sen’s grandchildren among the first to get the jab….

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Commander-in-Chief of Myanmar’s armed forces, Senior General Min Aung Hlaing attends the IX Moscow conference on International Security in Moscow on June 23, 2021. Alexander Zemlianichenko / POOL / AFP

Myanmar army ruler takes prime minister role, again pledges elections

Myanmar’s military ruler Min Aung Hlaing has taken on the role of prime minister in a newly formed caretaker government, state media reported on Sunday, six months after the army…

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UK poised to become Asean’s 11th dialogue partner

The United Kingdom is expected to be admitted as the 11th dialogue partner of Asean next week when the Asean foreign ministers meet virtually for the 54th annual meeting, according to a…

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This satellite imagery taken on March 23, 2021 and received on March 25 from Maxar Technologies shows Chinese vessels anchored at the Whitsun Reef, around 320 kilometres (175 nautical miles) west of Bataraza in Palawan in the South China Sea. – Chinese vessels gathered near a disputed reef in the South China Sea are “fishing boats” sheltering from poor weather, the foreign ministry said March 22, a day after the Philippines described their presence as an incursion. (Photo by Handout / Satellite image ©2021 Maxar Technologies / AFP)

China urges Asean to conclude the COC

China has called on Asean to speed up the negotiations on a code of conduct (COC) for the South China Sea, which has been dragging on since 2012. On 28…

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Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte gestures as he delivers his final State of the Nation Address at the House of Representatives in Quezon City, Philippines on Monday, July 26, 2021. (Lisa Marie David/Pool Photo via AP)

Philippines’ Duterte says unvaccinated may be shut in

MANILA (AP) — Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte is warning that Filipinos who refuse to get vaccinated against the coronavirus will not be allowed to leave their homes as a safeguard…

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Rohingya refugees and others hold umbrellas as they search for survivors after a landslide triggered by heavy rains in a camp at Ukhiya in Cox’s Bazar district, Bangladesh, Tuesday, July 27, 2021. (AP Photo/ Shafiqur Rahman)

Six killed in landslide, flooding at Rohingya camps in Bangladesh

At least six Rohingya Muslims, including children, were killed and several others injured on Tuesday (July 27) after heavy monsoon rains triggered landslides and flooding in refugee camps in southern Bangladesh, officials…

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Op-Ed: Worsening Japan-South Korea ties bad for ASEAN 

Hopes that two Asian economic giants, Japan and South Korea, would be able to reconcile and improve their soured bilateral ties at the 2020 Olympics have been dashed. South Korean…

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Vietnam received another 3 million doses of COVID-19 Moderna vaccine through COVAX

The second lot in the latest batch of over 3 million doses of COVID-19 Moderna vaccine granted by the US through the COVAX Facility was handed over to Vietnam late…

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A boy walks on a bamboo bridge by his home in a poor community on the outskirts of Yangon. (Photo by STR / AFP)

Undoing Reform: The Hidden Costs of the Coup in Myanmar

Six months after the February 1st coup, Myanmar remains conflict-ridden as anti-coup protests continue and armed civilian militia proliferate. What is following the political crisis is an economic one, with…

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Passengers, mostly Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW) queue at the departure area of Ninoy Aquino International Airport amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Pasay, Metro Manila, Philippines, June 1, 2021. REUTERS/Eloisa Lopez

Philippines to bar travel from Malaysia, Thailand to curb Delta’s spread

MANILA (Reuters) – The Philippines will ban travellers coming from Malaysia and Thailand, as well as tighten restrictions in the Manila area, in a bid to prevent the spread of the contagious Delta variant of the coronavirus, the presidential…

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In this file photo taken on November 27, 2015, Myanmar’s National League of Democracy (NLD) spokesman Nyan Win speaks with Japan’s Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida (not pictured) during their meeting at the latter’s office in Tokyo. – Nyan Win, a confidante of deposed Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi and stalwart democracy campaigner died July 20, 2021, after becoming infected with Covid-19 in prison, authorities said. (Photo by YOSHIKAZU TSUNO / AFP)

Confidante of Myanmar’s Suu Kyi dies after contracting COVID in junta jail

Yangon (AFP) – A confidante of deposed Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi and stalwart democracy campaigner died Tuesday after becoming infected with Covid-19 in prison, authorities said.  Nyan Win,…

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The Myanmar flag is flown at half-staff over the Myanmar Fire Services Department building in observance of Martyrs’ Day in Yangon, Myanmar Monday, July 19, 2021. Myanmar’s military-installed government and those seeking to topple it on Monday marked the anniversary of the assassination of independence hero Gen. Aung San, who was also the father of the country’s recently ousted leader, Aung San Suu Kyi. (AP Photo)

Myanmar marks 74th anniversary of killing of Suu Kyi’s father hailed as independence hero

(AP) — Myanmar’s military-installed government and those seeking to topple it on Monday marked the 74th anniversary of the assassination of independence hero Gen. Aung San, the father of the…

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Workers in protective suits prepare to lower a coffin containing the body of a COVID-19 victim into a grave at Cipenjo cemetery in Bogor, West Java, Indonesia, Wednesday, July 14, 2021. The world’s fourth most populous country has been hit hard by an explosion of COVID-19 cases that have strained hospitals on the main island of Java.(AP Photo/Achmad Ibrahim)

Indonesia reports over 54,000 virus cases Wednesday, becomes Asian hotspot

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesia reported more than 54,000 new coronavirus cases for the first time Wednesday, surpassing recent daily infections in India, whose disastrous outbreak is declining, and becoming…

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Cruise ship docked at the harbor after turning back due to positive Coronavirus case on board. (Photo by Reuters)

Covid case cuts short Singapore ‘cruise to nowhere’

An ocean liner on a “cruise to nowhere” was forced to make an earlier-than-scheduled return to Singapore Wednesday after a coronavirus case was detected onboard, reports said. The cruises, starting…

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US Secretary of State Antony Blinken on July 13, 2021. (Photo by JIM WATSON / POOL / AFP)

Blinken calls on Southeast Asian nations to take action on Myanmar

HANOI (Reuters) – The United States has “deep concerns” about the military coup in Myanmar and called on Southeast Asian nations to take action to end violence and restore democracy in the country, Secretary of State Antony Blinken said on Wednesday….

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Malaysia shuts Covid vaccination center after 200 workers infected

A Malaysian coronavirus vaccination center was temporarily closed Tuesday after more than 200 workers tested positive for Covid-19, authorities said, as the country’s cases set a new daily record. The…

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ASEAN should push ahead with special envoys to Myanmar

ASEAN should move forward with its appointment of special envoys to help mediate a peaceful solution to the ongoing crisis in Myanmar without having to wait for consent from the…

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First responders work at the site after a Philippines Air Force Lockheed C-130 plane carrying troops crashed on landing in Patikul, Sulu province, Philippines July 4, 2021. Armed Forces of the Philippines – Joint Task Force Sulu/Handout via REUTERS

Philippines’ plane crash kills 47, injures 49; probe ordered

MANILA (Reuters) – All 96 passengers of the Philippine Air Force plane that crashed on Sunday killing 47 people have been accounted for, military chief Cirilito Sobejana said on Monday. Forty nine military personnel were…

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Medical staff remove a body of a patient who died of Covid-19 at a hospital in Bekasi on July 1, 2021, as Indonesia launches ’emergency restrictions’ to battle virus surge. (Photo by Rezas / AFP)

Indonesia to impose ’emergency’ curbs to battle virus surge

Jakarta, Indonesia (AFP) – Indonesia will impose “emergency” coronavirus restrictions this week to battle an alarming surge in infections, President Joko Widodo said Thursday, as the country scrambles to avoid a collapse…

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Myanmar Report: COVID-19 festers in Myanmar amidst coup woes

Amidst the political and economic turmoil, brought on by the military coup in February, Myanmar is facing yet another threat. Cases of COVID-19 have increased rapidly since May 27th, averaging…

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Myanmar’s Aung San Suu Kyi in November 2019 (Photo by Manan VATSYAYANA / AFP)

Trial of Myanmar’s Suu Kyi to overrun as prosecution needs more time

A junta trial of Myanmar’s Aung San Suu Kyi will run longer than scheduled, her lawyers said Monday, with the prosecution still to call nearly two dozen witnesses. The coup-ousted…

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Protesters holding National League for Democracy (NLD) flags and raising three-finger salutes shout slogans during flash protests against the military coup at Bahan township in Yangon, Myanmar, Friday, June 25, 2021. (AP Photo)

Myanmar Journal: Fake social media accounts spring up to spread false information in Myanmar

June 24 – Suddenly, there are many new accounts, disguised as both established media and general users, appearing on social media platforms, such as Facebook, spreading false information. One piece…

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Protesters prepare to burn the flag of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) grouping, as they take part in a flash mob demonstration against the military coup in Yangon on June 14, 2021. (Photo by STR / AFP)

Op-Ed: Thailand’s dilemma in Myanmar’s crisis 

Last week Thailand joined other 35 UN members in abstaining from a major UN Security Council resolution on the situation in Myanmar. The country did so with a heavy heart…

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They turn militia when hope was lost and the killing began

What started as a largely bloodless attempt by the Tatmadaw (military) to take the reins of power in the nation, on its “correct” path, due to alleged voting fraud committed…

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Philippines’ Duterte threatens those who refuse the COVID-19 vaccine with jail

MANILA (Reuters) – President Rodrigo Duterte threatened to jail people who refuse to be vaccinated against the coronavirus as the Philippines battles one of Asia’s worst outbreaks, with over 1.3 million cases and more than 23,000 deaths….

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This handout photo taken and released by Dawei Watch on June 19, 2021 shows a birthday cake dedicated to detained civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi as protesters take part in a demonstration against the military coup in Dawei. (Photo by Handout / DAWEI WATCH / AFP) / —–EDITORS NOTE — RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE – MANDATORY CREDIT “AFP PHOTO / DAWEI WATCH ” – NO MARKETING – NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS – DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS

Myanmar’s Suu Kyi thanks supporters for flower protests

Deposed Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi on Monday thanked her supporters for defying the junta to celebrate her 76th birthday with flower protests, as her trial on a raft…

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A protester uses a fire extinguisher as others holding homemade shields run during a demonstration against the military coup in Yangon. (Photo by STR / AFP)

Thailand abstains from vote on UN resolution for arms embargo on Myanmar

Thailand was among 36 countries which abstained from voting on the United Nations General Assembly’s resolution calling for a stop to the flow of arms to Myanmar, urging the military…

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Philippines signs deal for 40 mln Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 doses

MANILA, June 20 (Reuters) – The Philippine government has signed a supply agreement for 40 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine developed by Pfizer Inc (PFE.N) and BioNTech SE (22UAy.DE), the head of…

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Myanmar’s State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi attends Invest Myanmar in Naypyitaw, Myanmar, January 28, 2019. REUTERS/Ann Wang/File Photo

Myanmar’s Aung San Suu Kyi goes on trial

(Reuters) – Myanmar’s ousted leader Aung San Suu Kyi went on trial on Monday, appearing unwell as the first witnesses took the stand in cases against her of illegally possessing…

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The wreckage of a military airplane that crashed in Pyin Oo Lwin, Mandalay Region is seen on Thursday.

Myanmar military aircraft crashes, monk worshipped by Senior General dies

A military aircraft, carrying the chief monk of Zaygon Monastery and donors, has crashed due to bad weather as it tried to land at Anisakhan Airport, in the Mandalay region…

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Myanmar authorities open new corruption cases against Suu Kyi

New corruption cases have been opened against Myanmar’s deposed leader Aung San Suu Kyi and other former officials from her government, the state-run Global New Light of Myanmar said on…

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This photograph taken late December 10, 2019 shows Vietnamese fans celebrating on the streets in Hanoi following Vietnam’s victory over Indonesia in the men’s football final match at the SEA Games. (Photo by Nhac NGUYEN / AFP)

Vietnam to postpone SEA Games until next year

Vietnam plans to postpone this year’s Southeast Asian Games, state media said Wednesday, as the country grapples with a new virus outbreak. The regional Olympics are due to be held…

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FILE – In this May 9, 2021, file photo released by the San Sai District Administrative Office, a Thai officer checks the temperature of journalists working for Democratic Voice of Burma, at San Sai District in Chiang Mai province north of Thailand. The three journalists from military-ruled Myanmar who were convicted of illegal entry after they fled to Thailand have been sent to a third country where they are safe, their employer said Monday, June 7. (San Sai District Administrative Office via AP, File)

Journalists who fled Myanmar to Thailand find third-country refuge

BANGKOK (AP) — Three journalists from military-ruled Myanmar who were convicted of illegal entry after they fled to Thailand have been sent to a third country where they are safe,…

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Trial of Myanmar’s Suu Kyi to begin next week

The trial of ousted Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi will begin next week, her lawyer told AFP Monday, with the Nobel laureate facing an eclectic raft of charges, from…

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Myanmar junta leader admits not in full control of country

Leader of Myanmar’s military junta Gen Min Aung Hlaing has admitted that he didn’t expect to see huge popular opposition to his rule and acknowledged that more than three months…

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Rights group urges Thailand, ASEAN to probe disappearance of Wanchalearm

Amnesty International (AI) called on the Thai authorities and ASEAN on Friday to investigate the disappearance of political activist Wanchalearm Satsaksit, who went missing last year in Cambodia, while the…

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US Secretary of State Antony Blinken arrives to meet with Costa Rica’s President Carlos Alvarado Quesada (not pictured) during a visit to San Jose, Costa Rica, June 1, 2021. (Photo by EVELYN HOCKSTEIN / POOL / AFP)

Blinken regrets missing meeting with ASEAN foreign ministers

US State Secretary Antony Blinken has expressed regrets for causing the cancellation of a scheduled virtual conference with ASEAN foreign ministers late last month, a highly informed diplomatic source told…

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Students wait outside classrooms in Sittwe, capital of western Rakhine State on June 1, 2021. (Photo by STR / AFP)

Myanmar Report: Schools reopen amidst political conflict and COVID-19 outbreak

Basic education schools across Myanmar finally reopened on June 1st, after closing due to the COVID-19 pandemic last year, followed by the coup in February. While critics say the forced…

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ASEAN delegates to visit Myanmar this week

Brunei’s Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah, who is currently ASEAN chairman, will lead an ASEAN delegation to visit Myanmar on Thursday in an effort by the regional grouping to help find a…

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Rohingya refugees walk in market area inside a refugee camp in Ukhia on April 6, 2021 during the second day of weeklong government-imposed lockdown amid an increase of COVID-19 coronavirus cases. (Photo by Miraj KATEB / AFP)

Thousands of Rohingya protest against conditions on Bangladesh island

Several thousand Rohingya staged “unruly” protests Monday against living conditions on a cyclone-prone island off Bangladesh where they were moved from vast camps on the mainland, police said. Since December,…

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FILE – In this Jan. 23, 2021 file photo, a woman wearing face mask looks at her phone in Hanoi, Vietnam. Vietnam says it has discovered a new coronavirus variant that’s a hybrid of strains first found in India and the U.K. The Vietnamese health minister made the announcement Saturday, May 29. (AP Photo/Hau Dinh, File)

Vietnam finds new virus variant, hybrid of India, UK strains

HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — Vietnam has discovered a new coronavirus variant that’s a hybrid of strains first found in India and the U.K., the Vietnamese health minister said Saturday. Nguyen…

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Myanmarese residents in Japan and supporters protest against the military takeover, outside the Fukuda Denshi Arena where the Asian qualification soccer match between Myanmar and Japan for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 is held, in Chiba, east of Tokyo, Friday, May 28, 2021. The placard reads “Myanmar soccer team does not represent the country.”(Kyodo News via AP)

Myanmar Journal: “The laws of an illegitimate government mean nothing”

(by David Tun in Yangon) The coverage on this live blog has ended — for up-to-date coverage on the Myanmar protest, visit the June Myanmar Journal. May 29 – As the…

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A medical staff wearing a face mask walks outside a vaccination center in Kepong on the outskirts of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Tuesday, May 25, 2021. Malaysia unexpectedly imposed a one-month lockdown through June 7, spooked by a sharp rise in cases, more-infectious variants and weak public compliance with health measures. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)

Malaysia’s worsening COVID-19 outbreak sparks alarm

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — A worsening coronavirus outbreak in Malaysia has sparked alarm and is spilling over into neighboring Thailand, which recently discovered a more infectious variant in its…

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This picture taken on May 24, 2021 shows rescue personnel tending to an injured passenger ooutside KLCC station after an accident involving two Light Rail Transit (LRT) trains in Kuala Lumpur. – More than 200 passengers were injured in the Malaysian capital on May 24 when two metro trains collided in a tunnel, police said. (Photo by STR / AFP) / Malaysia OUT

Over 200 injured in Malaysian train collision

Kuala Lumpur – Malaysian authorities have launched an investigation into a head-on collision involving two light rail transit (LRT) trains on Monday night that left 213 people injured, 47 of…

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UN envoy still hopes to get to Myanmar

(AFP): The UN special envoy for Myanmar, Christine Schraner Burgener, said Monday she still hopes to visit the country after seven weeks spent in the region waiting for the junta…

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Myanmar State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi attends the opening session of the 31st ASEAN Summit in Manila, Philippines, November 13, 2017. REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha/File Photo

Myanmar’s Suu Kyi appears in court in person for first time since coup

Myanmar’s deposed leader Aung San Suu Kyi appeared in person at a court hearing on Monday for the first time since her government was overthrown by the military in a…

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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 junta threatens to dissolve Suu Kyi’s party over election fraud (AFP)

MYANMAR (AFP): Myanmar’s junta has threatened to dissolve the political party of ousted civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi over alleged voter fraud in the 2020 election, an official said….

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Part of a library for orphaned children built out of eco bricks, or soft drink bottles stuffed tightly with plastic waste, in Yangon. (Photo by – / AFPTV / AFP)

Eco brick library for Myanmar orphans faces delays

A humble library for orphans in Yangon, built of recycled plastic waste, stands empty without books or archives. It was supposed to start welcoming young readers earlier this year, but…

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This screengrab from Hantarwadi Media video footage taken on April 9, 2021 and provided to AFPTV shows a protester setting off fireworks from behind a makeshift barricade while a man at left holds a homemade rifle in a clash with security forces during a crackdown on demonstrations against the military coup in Bago. (Photo by Handout / various sources / AFP)

The more delay, the bigger chance of a great civil war: NUG

A cry for help – Prevent civil war and restore human rights by officially recognizing us, Myanmar’s pro-democracy government pleads Myanmar’s pro-democracy unity government is urging the international community and…

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In this Feb. 26, 2021, photo, Japanese journalist Yuki Kitazumi raises his hands as he is escorted by police upon arrival at the Myaynigone police station in Sanchaung township in Yangon, Myanmar. Japan’s government said Monday, April 19, 2021 it is asking Myanmar to release the Japanese journalist who was arrested by security forces in its largest city of Yangon the previous day. (AP Photo)

Myanmar’s climate of fear – media restricted and civilians intimidated

Press cards, cameras and all equipment set aside, news reporters in Myanmar go underground and carry on doing their jobs, amid the climate of fear, brought on by the military…

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(FILES) In this file photo taken on September 24, 2007, Buddhist monks march in protest in Yangon / AFP

Buddhist monks in Myanmar split on anti-junta movement

Myanmar’s Buddhist monkhood led an earlier struggle against military rule but is split on the coup that ended the country’s nascent democracy, with some prominent religious leaders defending the new…

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Anti-coup protesters burn tires and chant slogans with banner read ”The Kamayut strike will be fight for to the end when we get victory” during the demonstration against the military coup in Kamayut township Yangon, Monday, May 3, 2021. (AP Photo)

Myanmar warns of regional crisis as international help is delayed

The Myanmar National Unity Government (NUG) is warning of a regional crisis, escalating from the current situation in Myanmar, as no meaningful action has been taken by ASEAN, or the…

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This handout photo from the Royal Thai Army taken in late April 2021 and released on May 3, 2021 shows military personnel detaining illegal immigrants in an undisclosed location near the border areas between Thailand and neighbouring countries Myanmar, Laos and Cambodia. (Photo by Handout / ROYAL THAI ARMY / AFP)

Thai authorities asked to ensure safety of journalists fleeing from Myanmar

Thai Journalist Association (TJA) has issued a statement, asking Thai authorities to uphold humanitarian principles and to ensure the safety of five media broadcasters and trainers from the Democratic Voice…

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A police officer checks the documents of a driver at a roadblock during lockdown ahead of the Eid al-Fitr celebrations in an effort to prevent a large-scale transmission of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Petaling Jaya, Malaysia May 10, 2021. REUTERS/Lim Huey Teng

Malaysia declares nationwide lockdown as COVID-19 cases spike

Malaysia on Monday imposed a new nationwide lockdown, as the country grapples with a surge in coronavirus cases and highly infectious variants that the government said are testing its health…

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Myanmar Report: Forget COVID-19 and line up from 4am for minutes with the ATMs

YANGON – Three months after the February 1st coup, by the Tatmadaw (military), Yangon is seeing a new kind of large gathering. While anti-coup protests persist, lethal crackdowns, with hundreds…

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Screencapture from Myawaddy TV news reports about detained Japanese journalist Yuki Kitazumi.

Myanmar charges Japanese journalist over ‘fake news’

The Myanmar junta has charged under a “fake news” law, a report said Tuesday, in the latest blow to press freedom since the military seized power. Freelance reporter Yuki Kitazumi…

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Thailand’s state of emergency is a tool to limit the freedoms of people and the media – ADN

Analysts claim that the current “state of emergency” in Thailand is a way of enabling the government to limit press freedom and citizens’ rights to free expression. It is a…

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Protesters hold up the three finger salute as they take part in a demonstration against the military coup in Tarmwe township in Yangon on April 26, 2021. (Photo by STR / AFP)

UN Security Council Calls for ASEAN Myanmar Plan to be Enacted

UNITED NATIONS – The U.N. Security Council called Friday for an immediate end to violence in Myanmar as stated in an ASEAN plan, giving unanimous approval to a statement watered…

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People use their mobile phones to check the connection an internet shop in Naypyidaw. (Photo by STR / AFP)

Myanmar Journal: The internet resumes to encourage more use of online banking services

(by David Tun in Yangon) The coverage on this live blog has ended — for up-to-date coverage on the Myanmar protest, visit the May Myanmar Journal. April 28 – Myanmar’s…

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Protesters hold signs in support of the National Unity Government (NUG) during a demonstration against the military coup in Yangon’s Sanchaung township on April 27, 2021. (Photo by STR / AFP)

Myanmar unity government tells ASEAN no talks until prisoners freed

Myanmar’s pro-democracy unity government, formed to oppose the military junta that seized power nearly three months ago, on Wednesday ruled out talks on the crisis until all political prisoners are…

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This handout photo taken and released on April 24, 2021 by the Indonesian Presidential Palace shows Myanmar junta leader Min Aung Hlaing during his arrival at Jakarta’s Soekarno-Hatta international airport in Tangerang, to attend the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) summit on the Myanmar crisis. (Photo by HANDOUT / INDONESIAN PRESIDENTIAL PALACE / AFP)

Stability before ASEAN proposals to be considered — Myanmar junta leader

Myanmar military junta leader Min Aung Hlaing said he will consider proposals by ASEAN to solve the ongoing crisis in Myanmar after peace and stability is restored in his country….

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Protesters hold up the three finger salute as they take part in a demonstration against the military coup in Tarmwe township in Yangon on April 26, 2021. (Photo by STR / AFP)

Myanmar Report: The actual result of the ASEAN summit will be found in Myanmar

While the international community watches ASEAN and the actions of the junta closely over the upcoming weeks, many in Myanmar do not believe that the ASEAN five-point consensus will be…

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Thailand proposes post-ASEAN summit group to solve Myanmar crisis

Thailand has proposed what is known as “Friends of the Chair” to coordinate with all parties concerned in the crisis besetting Myanmar with an aim of reaching a negotiated peace…

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Anti-coup protesters hold a banner as they march along a street in Yangon, Myanmar, Saturday, April 24, 2021. (AP Photo)

Myanmar Report: ASEAN five-point consensus and the reality of the people of Myanmar

Despite Indonesia being adamant that the invitation of Senior General Min Aung Hlaing to the ASEAN summit is not, and should not be seen as any form of legitimization of…

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This handout photo taken on April 25, 2021 and released by the Indonesia Military shows parts of the missing submarine which has been found cracked apart on the seafloor in waters off Bali. (Photo by HANDOUT / AFP)

The missing Indonesian submarine found, all 53 crew killed

All 53 crew aboard an Indonesian submarine that disappeared last week were killed, the military said Sunday as it confirmed the vessel had been found in pieces on the seafloor….

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The Philippine Coast Guard conducts maritime exercise near Thitu island in the disputed South China Sea. (Photo by Handout / Philippine coast Guard (PCG) / AFP)

Philippine coast guard holds drills in disputed South China Sea

The Philippine coast guard is conducting drills in the South China Sea which an official said Sunday were part of efforts to secure “our maritime jurisdiction” over the disputed waters….

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Southeast Asian leaders met Myanmar’s top general and coup leader in an emergency summit in Indonesia Saturday, April 24, 2021. (Laily Rachev, Indonesian Presidential Palace via AP)

ASEAN leaders reach consensus on Myanmar crisis

Leaders of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) reached a five-point consensus on the crisis in Myanmar on Saturday, calling for an immediate cessation of violence in the country…

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This handout photo taken on April 24, 2021 and released by the Indonesian Presidential Palace shows leaders attending the ASEAN summit on the Myanmar crisis in Jakarta. (Photo by HANDOUT / INDONESIAN PRESIDENTIAL PALACE / AFP)

Myanmar agreed to end violence against civilians

Myanmar has accepted a proposal to stop violence against civilians, Malaysian Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin said on Saturday after an ASEAN meeting on the crisis in Myanmar. Malaysian news agency…

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The Indonesian Navy patrol boat KRI Singa (651) leaves the naval base in Banyuwangi, East Java province on April 24, 2021, as the military continues search operations off the coast of Bali for the Navy’s KRI Nanggala (402) submarine that went missing April 21 during a training exercise. (Photo by SONNY TUMBELAKA / AFP)

Indonesia military says missing submarine sank with dozens aboard

An Indonesian submarine that went missing off the coast of Bali has sunk, the navy said Saturday, dashing hopes of rescuing any of its 53 crew. The navy’s chief said…

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Op-Ed: China to provide one million doses of vaccine to Thailand

China has pledged to provide Thailand with up to one million doses of vaccines to speed up inoculation against the deadly virus here as the country is facing a new…

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The Indonesian Navy ships at the naval base in East Java province, on April 24, 2021, as the military continues search operations off the coast of Bali for the Navy’s KRI Nanggala submarine that went missing April 21 during a training exercise. (Photo by SONNY TUMBELAKA / AFP)

Hopes fade for Indonesia submarine crew as deadline passed early Saturday

Hopes of rescuing dozens aboard a missing Indonesian submarine faded Saturday as its oxygen reserves were believed to have run out, turning the focus to retrieving the stricken vessel from…

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Indonesian navy ships arrive at the naval base in Banyuwangi on April 22, 2021, to join in the search. (Photo by – / AFP)

Indonesia only has hours to go before the stricken vessel’s oxygen reserves ran out

Indonesia’s desperate search for a missing submarine and its 53 crew was focused on a signal from an unidentified object Friday, with just hours to go before the stricken vessel’s…

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Police march past a billboard related to stopping the spread of the Covid-19 coronavirus as protesters gather for a demonstration against the military coup in Yangon. (Photo by YE AUNG THU / AFP)

Myanmar Report: Coup cripples economy and new COVID-19 wave could potentially kill it

As Myanmar grapples with the immediate consequences of the military coup, the dangers of the COVID-19 epidemic have been largely been forgotten. Now, however, COVID-19’s third wave is hitting neighbouring…

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(Photo by Handout / ROYAL THAI GOVERNMENT / AFP)

A missed opportunity in Jakarta for PM Prayut

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha confirmed to Indonesian President Joko Widodo on Thursday that he would not attend the special ASEAN summit in Jakarta this Saturday to address the ongoing crisis…

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Indonesian navy ships arrive at the naval base in Banyuwangi on April 22, 2021, to join in the search for a decades-old navy submarine that went missing off the coast of Bali with 53 crew aboard during regular exercises. (Photo by – / AFP)

The missing submarine with 53 crew aboard only has enough oxygen for few days

53 crew on the Indonesian missing submarine, the KRI Nanggala 402, could have enough oxygen until early Saturday, but time was quickly running out as rescuers scoured the coast off…

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Members of the Indonesia Rescue Agency prepare to take part in the search operation for an Indonesian Navy submarine that went missing during military exercises off the coast of Bali, at Celukan Bawang port in Buleleng province on April 22, 2021. (Photo by SONNY TUMBELAKA / AFP)

Indonesian navy submarine with 53 onboard missing off the coast of Bali

The Indonesian Navy said its submarine KRI Nanggala-402 was missing with 53 people on board after contact was lost with the vessel during a weapons shooting exercise 96 km off…

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Protesters defend themselves from the troops in Kale, Sagaing region, Myanmar March 28, 2021 in this picture taken March 28, 2021 obtained by REUTERS

Myanmar crisis: A challenge to the “ASEAN way”

Barring any unforeseen circumstances, the leaders of ASEAN will be holding a special leaders’ meeting on April 24, at the ASEAN Secretariat in Jakarta to discuss how to deal with…

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Anti-government protesters hold placards to show their support and welcome the new National Unity Government found by ousted NLD legislators and call to continue strike from traditional new year in Myanmar, in Yangon, Myanmar, April 17, 2021. REUTERS/Stringer/

Myanmar unity government says it must be part of any ASEAN bid to end crisis

Myanmar’s neighbours have to negotiate with a newly formed government of national unity if they want to help resolve the turmoil triggered a by a Feb. 1 military coup and…

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Myanmar military junta leader Gen Min Aung Hlaing

Min Aung Hlaing to attend ASEAN summit

Myanmar military junta leader Gen Min Aung Hlaing will attend the ASEAN summit scheduled to be held in Jakarta on April 24, Foreign Ministry Spokesman Tanee Sangrat has confirmed. Tanee…

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Over 23,000 Myanmar prisoners granted amnesty, political activists included

Over 23,000 prisoners across Myanmar were granted amnesty and released on April 17th, the first day of the traditional New Year, including former student political activists. The state-owned MRTV reported…

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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)

Exclusive: ASEAN summit on Myanmar crisis set for April 24

ASEAN leaders have agreed to meet and discuss the situation in Myanmar on April 24 at the grouping’s secretariat headquarters in Jakarta, according to a high-level source. Myanmar military junta…

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This photo taken and received from an anonymous source via Facebook on March 26, 2021 shows white uniforms with black ribbons hanging on the fence of th University of Medicine, Mandalay as part of protest by members of the medical community in Mandalay against the military coup. (Photo by Handout / FACEBOOK / AFP)

Myanmar military shoots at protesting medical workers

Myanmar’s military opened fire on protesting healthcare workers Thursday, killing at least one bystander as the demonstrators fled for safety to a nearby mosque.  The country has been in turmoil…

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Betta fish or Siamese fighting fish are raised inside plastic and glass bottles at Tran Ngoc Thang’s ornamental fish farm in Hanoi. (Photo by Nhac NGUYEN / AFP)

Solo swim: the fighting fish raised alone in Vietnam

Thousands of glass and plastic bottles lie across the floor of Tran Ngoc Thang’s farm in Hanoi, each one home to an aggressive, brightly coloured fish that must be raised…

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Members of the medical community hold up the three finger salute at the funeral of Khant Nyar Hein at his funeral in Yangon on March 16, 2021, after the first year medical student was shot dead during a crackdown by security forces on protesters taking part in a demonstration against the military coup. (Photo by STR / AFP)

Myanmar Report: “They want students to be stupid”

It is now over 2 months since Myanmar’s military coup on February 1st, ousting the elected civilian government, led by State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi. Over 700 people have…

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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

(by David Tun in Yangon) The coverage on this live blog has ended — for up-to-date coverage on the Myanmar protest, visit the 16 -30 April Myanmar Journal. April 12…

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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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