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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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Buddhist monks take part in a demonstration against the Myanmar military coup in Yangon. (Photo by Sai Aung Main / AFP)

Myanmar Journal: “It is getting difficult, oppress them instead”

June 17 – Local media in Mandalay reported that the Voice of Myanmar’s chief editor Nay Myo Lin and reporter Shine Aung have been released from Mandalay’s Ohbo Prison. They…

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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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File photo / Aung San Suu Kyi / AFP

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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Amnesty International

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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This photo taken on April 24, 2021 and released by the Indonesian Presidential Palace shows leaders attending the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) summit on the Myanmar crisis in Jakarta. (Photo by HANDOUT / INDONESIAN PRESIDENTIAL PALACE / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE – MANDATORY CREDIT “AFP PHOTO / Indonesian Presidential Palace” – NO MARKETING – NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS – DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS

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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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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“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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Myanmar military junta leader Gen Min Aung Hlaing

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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