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Myanmar Report: Death of the independent press

Since the February 1st military coup, led by the Senior General Min Aung Hlaing and the Tatmadaw (military), Myanmar had endured a great deal of turmoil. Several journalists have been…

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The grandson of Cambodia’s Prime Minister Hun Sen receives a dose of the Sinovac Covid-19 coronavirus vaccine at the Peace Palace in Phnom Penh on September 17, 2021, as the country begins vaccinating children aged between six and 12. (Photo by TANG CHHIN Sothy / POOL / AFP)

Cambodia begins Covid jabs for kids as young as six

Phnom Penh (AFP) – Cambodia on Friday began inoculating children as young as six against coronavirus, even though the World Health Organization (WHO) has yet to approve a vaccine for…

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From top left: Former prime minister of Thailand Abhisit Vejjajiva, Chairman of Asian Peace and Reconciliation Council Surakiart Sathirathai, Thailand’s former foreign affairs permanent secretary Sihasak Phuangketkeow, Chairman of Thai PM’s Security Advisory Committee Panitan Wattanayagorn, Vice chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee of Thailand’s House of Representatives Kiat Sittheeamorn, Regional affairs expert Kavi Chongkittavorn.

“More assertive role, long-term foreign policy needed”

Thailand needs to play a more “assertive role” in order to make its presence in regional and international diplomacy more meaningful while maintaining a balancing act to avoid being dragged…

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Thailand’s Foreign Minister to visit Washington, UN next week

Thailand’s Foreign Minister Don Pramudwinai is to visit Washington and will attend the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) and ASEAN related meetings in New York next week, according to an…

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Vietnamese Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh and Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi wave as they stand for photos in Hanoi, Vietnam on Saturday, Sep.11, 2021. (Duong Van Giang/VNA via AP)

Op-Ed: China-Vietnam fraternal ties are strong

Do not be fooled by the popular optics portraying China and Vietnam as eternal enemies. They are not, as evidenced by State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi’s weekend visit…

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Thailand’s Culture Ministry praises Lisa, designer for Thai dress featured in viral video

The viral music video, by K-pop sensation Lalisa Manoban, or “Lisa”, which attracted almost 120 million views on YouTube in the three days following its online release, has been praised…

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FILE – In this Sept. 6, 2021, file photo, Japan’s Defense Minister Nobuo Kishi, speaks to the members of the media after he inspected the British Royal Navy’s HMS Queen Elizabeth aircraft carrier, back, at the U.S. naval base in Yokosuka, Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan. Defense Minister Kishi said an agreement signed Saturday, Sept. 11, allowing Japan to give defense equipment and technology to Vietnam elevates the two countries’ defense partnership “to a new level.” Kishi meet with his Vietnamese counterpart, Phan Van Giang, in Hanoi. (Kiyoshi Ota/Pool Photo via AP, File)

Japan, Vietnam sign defense transfer deal amid China worries

Japan can now give defense equipment and technology to Vietnam under an agreement signed Saturday, as the two countries step up their military cooperation amid worries about China’s growing military…

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A protester holds the National League for Democracy (NLD) flag during a flash mob demonstration against the military coup in Yangon on June 25, 2021. STR / AFP

Myanmar’s NLD expects to retain its UN credentials

The United Nations is likely to retain the credentials of the permanent representative of Myanmar’s National League of Democracy (NLD), as the military regime in Naypyidaw will not challenge it,…

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China, Vietnam should avoid magnifying S. China Sea disputes – China’s Wang Yi

China and Vietnam should refrain from unilateral actions regarding the South China Sea that could complicate the situation and magnify disputes, senior Chinese diplomat Wang Yi told a Vietnamese official,…

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A beach in Phu Quoc island in southern Vietnam. (Photo by Hoang Dinh Nam / AFP)

Vietnam to reopen resort island to foreign tourists to boost economy

Vietnam plans to reopen the beach-fringed island of Phu Quoc to foreign tourists from next month, authorities said, as the country looks at ways to revive an economy suffering from…

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A police officer stands near body bags containing the bodies of the victims of a prison fire at the local hospital’s morgue in Tangerang on the outskirts of Jakarta, Indonesia, Wednesday, Sept. 8, 2021./ AP

Fire kills 41 inmates, 80 hurt at crowded Indonesian prison

(AP) — A massive fire raged through an overcrowded prison near Indonesia’s capital early Wednesday, killing at least 41 inmates, two of them foreigners serving drug sentences, and injuring 80…

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This image made from video by National Unity Government (NUG) via Facebook, shows Duwa Lashi La, the acting president of the National Unity Government (NUG), posted on Tuesday, Sept. 7, 2021 in Myanmar. Myanmar’s NUG, an underground body coordinating resistance to the military regime, on Tuesday called for a nationwide uprising. The shadow government’s acting president Duwa Lashi La called for revolt “in every village, town and city in the entire country at the same time” against the military-installed government and declared a so-called ”state of emergency.” (National Unity Government via Facebook via AP)

Myanmar opposition calls for national uprising against army

(AP) — The main underground group coordinating resistance to Myanmar’s military government issued a sweeping call for a nationwide uprising on Tuesday, raising the prospect of spiraling unrest. The National…

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This photo taken on September 14, 2020 then newly elected leader of Japan’s Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) Yoshihide Suga poses for a portrait at his office following a press conference at the party’s headquarters in Tokyo.(Photo by Nicolas Datiche / POOL / AFP)

Op-Ed: Suga’s short legacy in Asean

The news that Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga is to step down later this month and will not stand for re-election has not stirred up any reaction within ASEAN. The…

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Myanmar Report: Going back to the drawing board – Myanmar’s first ever full-range hobby store

When the country of Myanmar first truly opened up to the outside world in 2015, many there were exposed to global trends for the first time. While many became hooked…

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Malaysian PM in quarantine after contact with COVID-19 patient

Malaysian Prime Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob is under quarantine following close contact with a COVID-19 patient, his office said in a statement on Monday. His office did not say how…

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Children walk home with their guardians after school in Singapore on May 17, 2021, as the country prepares to shut all schools and switch to home-based learning until the end of the term due to a rise in the number of Covid-19 coronavirus cases. Roslan RAHMAN / AFP

Singapore fully vaccinates 80% of population against COVID-19

Singapore has fully inoculated 80% of its 5.7 million people against COVID-19, the health minister said on Sunday, becoming the world’s most vaccinated country and setting the stage for further…

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Visitors wearing face masks look at souvenir shops in a neighborhood popular with tourists in central Beijing, Tuesday, Aug. 3, 2021. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)

Asian tourism sees ups, downs in 2nd year of pandemic

From the Great Wall to the picturesque Kashmir valley, Asia’s tourist destinations are looking to domestic visitors to get them through the COVID-19 pandemic’s second year. With international travel heavily…

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This photo shows golden rice breeder Mallikarjuna Swamy examining golden rice at the IRRI transgenic screenhouse in Los Banos, Laguna province, south of Manila. (Photo by INTERNATIONAL RICE RESEARCH INSTITUTE / AFP)

Philippines approves commercial use of genetically engineered rice

The Philippines said on Wednesday it has approved the commercial propagation of genetically modified Golden Rice after more than a decade of field tests that drew strong opposition from anti-GMO…

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U.S., China accuse each other of “bullying” nations

China’s Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin said the US should stop disrupt in “regional peace and stability” after U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris on Wednesday (August 25) again charged China…

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Vials of the Cuban Abdala vaccine candidate during a press conference of the Biotechnological and Pharmaceutical Industries of Cuba (BioCubaFarma) in Havana, on March 19, 2021. (Photo by KATELL ABIVEN / AFP)

Vietnam says Cuba to supply COVID-19 vaccine, transfer technology

Cuba will supply large quantities of its home-grown COVID-19 vaccine, Abdala, to Vietnam and also transfer the production technology to the Southeast Asian country by the end of the year,…

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This handout photo from Malaysia’s Department of Information taken and released on August 21, 2021 shows Malaysia’s incoming Prime Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob taking the oath of office during his swearing-in ceremony as the country’s new leader at the National Palace in Kuala Lumpur. (Khirul NIZAM ZANIL / Malaysia’s Department of Information / AFP)

Malaysian PM sworn in as scandal-hit party reclaims leadership

A new Malaysian leader was sworn in Saturday following the previous government’s collapse, reclaiming the premiership for his scandal-mired party without an election. Ismail Sabri Yaakob is a stalwart of the…

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US Vice President Kamala Harris waves as she departs for travel to Southeast Asia, her first trip to this region as vice president to meet with government, private sector, and civil society leaders, at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland, August 20, 2021. (Photo by EVELYN HOCKSTEIN / POOL / AFP)

Op-Ed: Implications of American VP’s visit 

Vice President Kamala Harris has picked the two outstanding US allies in ASEAN for her first visit to the Southeast Asian region beginning on Sunday. From the US perspective, these…

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Embattled Malaysian Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin waves from a car while entering the National Palace to meet with the King in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Monday, Aug. 16, 2021. Muhyiddin arrived at the palace for a meeting with the king Monday, where he is expected to hand in his resignation after conceding he didn’t have majority support to rule. (AP Photo/FL Wong)

Malaysian PM resigns after failing to get majority support

KUALA LUMPUR (AP) — Malaysian Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin resigned less than 18 months into his tenure Monday, becoming the country’s shortest-ruling leader after conceding that he lost majority support…

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Malaysia’s Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin speaks during opening remarks for virtual APEC Economic Leaders Meeting 2020, in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia November 20, 2020. REUTERS/Lim Huey Teng/File Photo

Malaysian PM expected to resign after months of political turmoil

KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) – Malaysian Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin is expected to step down on Monday, media reports say, after months of political turmoil that resulted in his losing his majority. If confirmed, Muhyiddin’s resignation would end a tumultuous 17 months in office, but…

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Thai arms manufacturer denies involvement in plot against Myanmar’s UN envoy

A leading Thai arms manufacturer Chaiseri Metal and Rubber Co has denied any connection with an arms dealer alleged to be involved in an assassination attempt against Myanmar Ambassador to…

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Exclusive: US proposes summit with lower Mekong riparian countries

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken has proposed a series of bilateral meetings, including a summit later this year, between the US and lower Mekong countries as part of efforts…

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A man grieves alone by the tomb of a loved one who died of Covid-19 coronavirus at a cemetary in Bekasi on August 8, 2021, as Indonesia passed the grim milestone of over 100,000 Covid-19 deaths. (Photo by Rezas / AFP)

Asean collects US$1.2 billion in aid from dialogue partners

ASEAN has accumulated more than US$1.2 billion worth of combined assistance from 11 dialogue partners including the new dialogue partner, the UK. Almost all the countries have contributed special funds…

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This screengrab of handout video made available on the United Nations’ YouTube channel shows Myanmar’s ambassador to the UN Kyaw Moe Tun making a three-finger salute as he addresses an informal meeting of the United Nations General Assembly on February 26, 2021 in New York. (Photo by – / UNITED NATIONS / AFP)

Assassination plot against UN Ambassador to Myanmar linked to arms dealer in Thailand

A plot to assassinate UN Ambassador to Myanmar Kyaw Moe Tun has been foiled with two men already detained. The attempt allegedly also involved an arms dealer in Thailand. Court…

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ASEAN to hold international donor conference on Myanmar

Asean is planning to hold an international donor conference on humanitarian aid for Myanmar, which is suffering from an ever-deepening Covid-19 crisis. An informed source, who asked not be identified,…

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In this photo taken on May 21, 2021, people receive bags of rice distributed by the World Food Programme (WFP) as part of food aid efforts to support residents living in poor communities on the outskirts of Yangon. (Photo by STR / AFP)

World Food Program warns of growing hunger in Myanmar

The United Nations said Friday it urgently needed funds to feed people in Myanmar amid fears that up to 6.2 million could be plunged into hunger by October. The UN’s…

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Singapore pilots new EV charging technologies in an effort to phase out petrol vehicles by 2040

New electric vehicle charging technologies will be piloted in Singapore, which has rolled out a regulatory sandbox for this. It’s one of several moves aimed at speeding up the building…

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Chinese President Xi Jinping delivers a speech via video at the opening ceremony of the 17th China-ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) Expo in Nanning, in southern China’s Guangxi province on November 27, 2020. (Photo by STR / AFP)

China poises to be ASEAN’s first comprehensive strategic partner

Cambodian Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Prak Sokhonn became the first ASEAN member to openly support the upgrade of ASEAN-China ties to a “comprehensive strategic partnership,” according to a…

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Indonesia surpasses 100,000 deaths amid new virus wave

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

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

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

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Exclusive: FM Erywan Yusof is Asean special envoy to Myanmar

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

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Op-Ed: Global Britain wooing Asean

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

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

ASEAN diplomats discussing crisis envoy, aid to Myanmar

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

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

Cambodia begins Covid-19 vaccinations for teenagers

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

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

Myanmar army ruler takes prime minister role, again pledges elections

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

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UK poised to become Asean’s 11th dialogue partner

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

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

China urges Asean to conclude the COC

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

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

Philippines’ Duterte says unvaccinated may be shut in

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

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

Six killed in landslide, flooding at Rohingya camps in Bangladesh

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

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

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

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

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

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

Undoing Reform: The Hidden Costs of the Coup in Myanmar

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Covid case cuts short Singapore ‘cruise to nowhere’

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

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

Blinken calls on Southeast Asian nations to take action on Myanmar

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

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Malaysia shuts Covid vaccination center after 200 workers infected

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

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ASEAN should push ahead with special envoys to Myanmar

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

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

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

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

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

Indonesia to impose ’emergency’ curbs to battle virus surge

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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They turn militia when hope was lost and the killing began

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

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

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

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

Myanmar’s Suu Kyi thanks supporters for flower protests

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Myanmar’s Aung San Suu Kyi goes on trial

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

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

Myanmar military aircraft crashes, monk worshipped by Senior General dies

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

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Myanmar authorities open new corruption cases against Suu Kyi

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

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

Vietnam to postpone SEA Games until next year

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

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

Journalists who fled Myanmar to Thailand find third-country refuge

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

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Trial of Myanmar’s Suu Kyi to begin next week

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

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Myanmar junta leader admits not in full control of country

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

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Rights group urges Thailand, ASEAN to probe disappearance of Wanchalearm

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

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

Blinken regrets missing meeting with ASEAN foreign ministers

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

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

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

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

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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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