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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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Family members waiting for the release of prisoners from Insein Prison

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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Health workers protest in Myanmar after deadly crackdown

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

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

BBC journalist ‘missing’ as junta crackdown triggers Yangon exodus

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

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

Indonesia president urges halt to Myanmar violence, wants ASEAN talks

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

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

Thousands flee Myanmar industrial zone amid fears of more bloodshed

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Suu Kyi to face court after bloodiest day in Myanmar

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

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At least 39 reported killed in Myanmar as Chinese factories burn

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

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

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

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

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

Australia says working on travel bubble with Singapore

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

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The Htamain Revolution

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

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

Malaysia unveils misinformation law, stoking free speech fears

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Protesters adapt tactics after Myanmar police use violence

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

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Thailand ready to accommodate refugees from Myanmar fleeing the violent unrest

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

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Singapore Airlines to pilot digital Covid travel pass

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

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Social Punishment and Civil Disobedience, the weapons of Myanmar people

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

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

Two protesters killed in Myanmar, shops and factories closed

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

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

Myanmar protesters rally after overnight raids on opposition figures

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

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

Space-starved Singapore builds floating solar farms in climate fight

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

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

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

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

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

Cambodian dog slaughterhouse shuts as meat trade faces pressure

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

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Water in the Mekong River at crisis level

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

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

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

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

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UN meeting sought on Myanmar as violence continues

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

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No breakthrough on Myanmar crisis at ASEAN meeting

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

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ASEAN putting pressure on Myanmar over continuing violence

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

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

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

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

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

Bali kicks off drive-thru virus jabs for hospitality workers

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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