NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg displays documents as Sweden and Finland applied for membership in Brussels, Belgium, Wednesday May 18, 2022. (Johanna Geron, Pool via AP)

NATO chief hails ‘historic moment’ as Finland, Sweden apply

BRUSSELS (AP) — NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said Wednesday that the military alliance stands ready to seize a historic moment and move quickly on allowing Finland and Sweden to join…

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A poster with pictures of people killed by Myanmar’s junta troops is seen at the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners (AAPP) office in Mae Sot, Thailand, January 26, 2022. REUTERS/Soe Zeya Tun

Fearing junta, hundreds of Myanmar parents disown dissident children

(Reuters) – Every day for the last three months, an average of six or seven families in Myanmar have posted notices in the country’s state-owned newspapers cutting ties with sons, daughters, nieces,…

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Cabinet approves Air Force’s planned purchase of 4 fighter jets

Thailand’s cabinet yesterday (Tuesday) endorsed the Royal Thai Air Force’s (RTAF) plan to buy four fighter jets, at an estimated cost of 13.8 billion baht, to replace its fleet of…

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PM orders humanitarian aid for some 4,000 people fleeing fighting in Myanmar

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has instructed local officials in Thailand’s western border province of Tak to provide humanitarian aid and temporary shelter to about 4,000 people fleeing the fighting in…

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Myanmar warned as mortar shell lands in Thailand’s Mae Sot, where Karen people seek shelter

The Thai military lodged a protest note with the Myanmar government, via the local Thai-Myanmar Border Committee (TBC) yesterday (Thursday), over the landing of a mortar-type shell on Thai soil…

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Poland’s Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki arrives to attend an European Union Summit with all 27 EU leaders at The European Council Building in Brussels on December 16, 2021. The lightning spread of Omicron in Europe and elsewhere has added a sense of urgency to an EU summit on December 16, 2021, with leaders struggling to present a united, bloc-wide approach. Kenzo Tribouillard / POOL / AFP

EU leaders weigh new sanctions on Russia amid ‘series of attacks’

The European Union is under assault from Russia on multiple fronts and must unite behind new economic sanctions, Baltic and central European leaders said on Thursday, with Lithuania citing a…

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Kathleen Hicks (L), the first female U.S. deputy defense secretary, arrives for the first day in her new role at the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia, U.S., February 9 2021. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque/File Photo

U.S. builds new software tool to predict actions that could draw China’s ire

HONOLULU (Reuters) – U.S. military commanders in the Pacific have built a software tool to predict how the Chinese government will react to U.S. actions in the region like military sales, U.S.-backed military activity and even congressional visits to hotspots…

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In this image from video taken Dec. 7, 2021, bloodstain is seen on the ground near charred corpses in Done Taw village in the Sagaing region of Myanmar. (AP Photo)

Myanmar troops burn alive 11 in retaliation attack

(AP) — Myanmar government troops raided a small northwestern village, rounding up civilians, binding their hands and then burning them alive in apparent retaliation for an attack on a military…

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Top trending new music video takes satirical jab at Thai establishment

Thai pop-rock band Getsunova and Three Man Down have released their latest track and accompanying music video “Eek Mai Narn, Narn Kae Nhai”, which translates literally as “Not too long,…

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(Photo by Madaree TOHLALA / AFP)

Thai military in the dock after years of torture allegations

Reports of soldiers being brutally beaten inside military barracks emerge every year in Thailand. An organization monitoring human rights in Thailand said in 2020 that violence is part of the “culture of…

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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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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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BMA and military told prepare facilities to handle surge in COVID-19 infections

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has instructed the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) to adopt a three-step plan, including the expansion of city hospital capacity and the setting up of a field…

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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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A military armored vehicle is seen in Yangon on January 28—a rare sight in Myanmar’s commercial capital. Photo courtesy of The Irrawaddy

Myanmar govt, military fail to resolve crisis

NAYPYITAW—A meeting between representatives of the Myanmar government and the military held in Naypyitaw on Thursday in an effort to overcome the current political crisis ended without a breakthrough, according…

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Thailand reports 4 new COVID-19 cases

Thailand’s Ministry of Public Health reported four new COVID-19 cases today, two Thais, one Italian and a Chinese, bringing the total number of infections in the country to 47.  …

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(Photo) Filmmaker Min Htin Ko Ko Gyi arrives at Insein court before his trial in Yangon, Myanmar May 23, 2019/Reuters

As Myanmar military takes critics to court, some want Suu Kyi to act

YANGON (Reuters) – As Min Htin Ko Ko Gyi arrived at a Yangon court recently to face charges of defaming Myanmar’s military in Facebook posts, the ailing filmmaker was greeted…

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Over half a million informal debt cases settled with the help of military

The military has helped in mediating informal debts owed by over half a million people and has managed to return to the debtors over 5,000 land title deeds involving more…

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Senior Gen Min Aung Hlaing, right, during his visit to Thailand in June this year. Photo from senior Gen Min Auang Hlaing’s Facebook

Thai-Myanmar military ties reach new heights under Min Aung Hlaing 

YANGON—Relations between the Myanmar and Thai militaries have reached new heights during the tenure of Myanmar’s military chief Snr-Gen Min Aung Hlaing, according to a report published by a Yangon-based…

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