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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The rilateral discussion between Thai, Myanmar and Indonesia Foreign Affair Ministers on February 24, 2021, in Bangkok.

Thailand says it supports peace and stability in Myanmar

Thailand is supporting peace and stability in Myanmar, which is in line with the desires of ASEAN and the international community, said the Foreign Affairs Ministry spokesperson, Thanee Saengrat. There…

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People hold placards to form the word “Justice” during a protest against the military coup in Yangon, Myanmar, February 22, 2021. REUTERS/Stringer

Indonesian plan calls for Southeast Asia to hold Myanmar junta to election pledge

JAKARTA (Reuters) – Indonesia is pushing Southeast Asian neighbours to agree on an action plan over Myanmar’s coup that would keep the junta to its promise of holding elections, with…

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A protester holds up a poster with artwork showing the moment after Mya Thwate Thwate Khaing was shot during a demonstration against the military coup in front of the Chinese embassy in Yangon on February 12, 2021. (Photo by Sai Aung Main / AFP)

First death hits Myanmar’s anti-coup movement as pressure swells against generals

A young protester died Friday, more than a week after being shot in anti-coup demonstrations in Myanmar, offering a fresh source of anger inside the country as international pressure grows…

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Protesters hold up signs with an image of detained Myanmar leader Aung Saan Suu Kyi and demanding her release during a demonstration against the military coup in front of US embassy in Yangon on February 16, 2021. (Photo by SAI AUNG MAIN / AFP)

Myanmar under pressure at UN

The UN’s top rights body demanded Friday that Myanmar’s military restore civilian rule and immediately release Aung San Suu Kyi. In a resolution adopted without a vote, the 47-member Human…

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Residents escort police from a neighbourhood after they visited the area in an attempt to force Myanmar Railways staff to return to their jobs, following their refusal to work as part of the Civil Disobedience Movement (CDM) in protest over the military coup, in Yangon on February 14, 2021. (Photo by Sai Aung Main / AFP)

Myanmar junta warns public not to hide fugitive protesters

Myanmar’s new military regime warned the public not to harbour fugitive political activists on Sunday after issuing arrest warrants for veteran democracy campaigners supporting massive nationwide anti-coup protests.  Much of…

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Myanmar draft cybersecurity law adds to protests over coup

A draft cybersecurity law due to be implemented in Myanmar has raised protests that it will be used to quash dissent rather than protect privacy. Human rights advocates issued statements…

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(FILES) This file photo taken on April 25, 2018 shows Rohingya refugees gathered behind a barbed-wire fence at a temporary settlement setup in a “no man’s land” border zone between Myanmar and Bangladesh, near Maungdaw district in Myanmar’s Rakhine state. – Myanmar’s stateless, conflict-scarred Rohingya community are on edge with the return of military rule, fearing further violence in a restive part of the country where others have shown support for the new regime. (Photo by Ye Aung THU / AFP)

Myanmar’s conflict-scarred Rohingya on edge with return of generals

Myanmar’s stateless, conflict-scarred Rohingya community are on edge with the return of military rule, fearing further violence in a restive part of the country where others have shown support for…

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This video grab taken on December 4, 2020 from an AFPTV video shows a Burmese smuggler (C) along with Rohingya refugees in a boat in Chakmarkul on August 26, 2020. – As scores die on a ship packed with desperate Rohingya, Burmese smugglers mercilessly beat and whip the still-living refugees in a graphic video obtained by AFP that shows rarely seen images from the frontlines of human trafficking. (Photo by – / AFPTV / AFP)

Dozens of Rohingya refugees caught arriving in Malaysia

Dozens of Rohingya, mostly women and children, were caught as they arrived by boat in Malaysia last month after fleeing a refugee camp in neighbouring Indonesia, police said Friday. Almost 400 members…

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Protesters hold up the three finger salute and banners as they march through a market area during a demonstration against the military coup in Yangon on February 7, 2021. (Photo by Ye Aung THU / AFP)

Thousands rally in Yangon against Myanmar coup

Thousands rallied against the Myanmar coup in Yangon Sunday, as an internet blackout failed to quash outrage over the military’s power grab from elected leader Aung San Suu Kyi. It…

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Myanmar has 134 More Political Prisoners Following Military Coup

As of Friday morning, 134 officials, leaders and lawmakers from the National League for Democracy (NLD), political activists, monks and writers have been detained by the military, according to the…

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Teachers from the Yangon Education University flash the three-finger protest gesture while holding signs in Yangon, Myanmar / AP

Myanmar resistance to coup builds despite army’s pressures

Nonviolent resistance to Myanmar’s military coup gathered steam Friday, with public protests extending to several regions, including the tightly controlled capital, Naypyitaw. The military has tried to quash opposition with…

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Thai and Myanmar protesters rally in front of Myanmar Embassy

Thai and Myanmar supporters of National League for Democracy (NLD) leader Aung San Suu Kyi rallied in front of the Myanmar Embassy on Sathorn Road in Bangkok on Thursday night….

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Motorists pass military vehicles near a guesthouse, where members of parliament reside, in the country’s capital Naypyidaw on February 3, 2021, as Myanmar’s ousted leader Aung San Suu Kyi was formally charged on Wednesday two days after she was detained in a military coup. (Photo by STR / AFP)

Facebook disrupted in Myanmar as UN chief warns coup must fail

Facebook services in Myanmar were disrupted on Thursday, days after the army seized power, as UN chief Antonio Guterres warned the world must rally to ensure the military putsch fails. Myanmar plunged back…

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A medical staff wearing a red ribbon on his uniform attends to a patient at a hospital in Yangon on February 3, 2021 as calls for a civil disobedience gather pace following a military coup detaining civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi. (Photo by STR / various sources / AFP)

Myanmar medics lead sprouting civil disobedience calls after coup

Calls for a civil disobedience campaign in Myanmar gathered pace  Wednesday as the United States formally declared the military’s takeover a coup and vowed further penalties for the generals behind the putsch….

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(FILES) This file photo taken on December 10, 2019 shows people participating in a rally in Yangon in support of Myanmar’s State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi, as she prepares to defend Myanmar at the International Court of Justice in The Hague against accusations of genocide against Rohingya Muslims. (Photo by Sai Aung Main / AFP)

The Lady vanishes: Suu Kyi back under house arrest

The Myanmar military’s detention of Aung San Suu Kyi during this week’s coup has revived memories of her more than 15 years of house arrest at a lakeside villa in…

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Myanmar migrants hold up portraits of Aung San Suu Kyi and the National League for Democracy (NLD) party flag as they take part in a demonstration outside the Myanmar embassy in Bangkok on February 1, 2021, after Myanmar’s military detained the country’s de facto leader Suu Kyi and the country’s president in a coup. (Photo by Lillian SUWANRUMPHA / AFP)

Myanmar’s NLD demands release of Suu Kyi and ousted president

The National League for Democracy (NLD) of Myanmar on Tuesday called for the immediate release of ousted President U Win Myint, State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi and others detained…

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This screengrab taken from AFPTV video footage shows soldiers at the entrance to a guesthouse, where members of parliament reside at, in the country’s capital Naypyidaw on February 2, 2021, as Myanmar’s generals appeared in firm control a day after a surgical coup that saw Aung San Suu Kyi detained. (Photo by STR / AFPTV / AFP)

Myanmar generals in firm control after coup

Myanmar‘s generals were in firm control Tuesday after a surgical coup that saw democracy heroine Aung San Suu Kyi detained, although her party issued a defiant demand she be released…

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All eyes on Myanmar army chief Min Aung Hlaing as military seizes power

 (Reuters) – Myanmar’s powerful military chief, Senior General Min Aung Hlaing, is in the spotlight after politicians from the ruling National League for Democracy (NLD) party were detained and the…

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Myanmar migrants hold up portraits of Aung San Suu Kyi as they take part in a demonstration outside the Myanmar embassy in Bangkok on February 1, 2021, after Myanmar’s military detained the country’s de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi and the country’s president in a coup. (Photo by Lillian SUWANRUMPHA / AFP)

Myanmar coup: What we know so far

The Myanmar military’s seizure of power on Monday follows weeks of tensions with civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi and her government. Suu Kyi and other top civilian leaders were taken into…

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Soldiers stand guard on a blockaded road to Myanmar’s parliament in Naypyidaw on February 1, 2021, after the military detained the country’s de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi and the country’s president in a coup. (Photo by STR / AFP)

ASEAN calls for “return to normalcy” in Myanmar after coup

 The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) called on Monday for Myanmar to pursue “dialogue, reconciliation and the return to normalcy” after the military staged a coup against the government…

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Soldiers stand guard on a blockaded road to Myanmar’s parliament in Naypyidaw on February 1, 2021, after the military detained the country’s de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi and the country’s president in a coup. (Photo by STRINGER / AFP)

Governments around the world condemn Myanmar’s military coup

The United States led governments around the world in calling for the restoration of Myanmar’s democracy on Monday after the military staged a coup, arresting civilian leader Aung San Suu…

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Police stand guard along a road in Naypyidaw on January 29, 2021, ahead of the reopening of the parliament on February 1 following the November 2020 elections which Aung San Suu Kyi’s ruling National League for Democracy (NLD) won in a landslide. (Photo by Thet Aung / AFP)

UN, foreign missions sound alarm over Myanmar coup fears

More than a dozen embassies, including the US and EU delegation, Friday urged Myanmar to “adhere to democratic norms”, joining the UN in a chorus of international concern about a…

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This photo taken on October 22, 2020 shows a Rohingya woman cooking at a temporary shelter in Lhokseumawe in Aceh province. (Photo by CHAIDEER MAHYUDDIN / AFP)

Hundreds of Rohingya missing from Indonesian refugee camp

Hundreds of Rohingya are missing from a refugee camp in Indonesia and are believed to have been trafficked to neighbouring Malaysia, officials and sources said Thursday. Just 112 refugees remain…

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This photo taken on September 20, 2019 shows a fisherman on the Laos side of the Mekong River near Huay Xai town in Bokeo province, with the Thai province of Chiang Rai in the background. – Ninety-seven kilometres of rocks in Thai waters stand between Beijing and dominance over the Mekong, a mighty river that feeds millions as it threads south from the Tibetan plateau through five countries before emptying into the South China Sea. (Photo by Lillian SUWANRUMPHA / AFP)

The Mekong report China doesn’t want to see

The Mekong river is a life line of millions of people in six countries. In the past few years, however, life has been very difficult for people who depend on…

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This picture taken on January 27, 2012 shows a Buddhist monk looking at a board showing a map of a deep sea port project in Mayingyi, part of the Dawei Special Economic Zone development, a planned 50 billion USD deep sea port and factory development led by a Thai industrial giant, in southern Myanmar. Anger is growing in villages earmarked to be flattened for a huge industrial area in south Myanmar as activists step up the pressure amid signs that the project may be faltering. (Photo by Soe Than WIN / AFP)

Myanmar cancels Thai investment in controversial mega-port

Myanmar on Monday announced it was cancelling contracts with a Thai industrial giant to work on a controversial deep sea port project. The Dawei mega-project was touted as a way…

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Pol Gen Damrongsak Kittipraphat, the deputy national police chief

20 police and 10 officials implicated in trafficking illegal workers from Myanmar

About 20 police officers and 10 officials from other state agencies are suspected of being involved in the smuggling of illegal migrant workers from Myanmar into Thailand, said Pol Gen…

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‘Little Myanmar’ COVID-19 cluster a ‘big lesson’ for Thailand

COVID-19 fears are rising in the run-up to New Year following the discovery of infection clusters in Thailand’s “Little Myanmar” and concern over possible super-spreaders. Lab tests have confirmed around…

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Private sector says Thai government not strict enough on illegal border crossings

Suphan Mongkhonsutee, the president of The Federation of Thai Industries (FTI), said the issue of illegal immigrants in Thailand is the result of careless government measures which do not prevent…

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Three more COVID-19 cases in Samut Sakhon as employers told not to hire illegal migrants

Employers in Thailand’s the coastal province of Samut Sakhon have been warned not to hire illegal migrant workers from Myanmar, or face harsh penalties, as health officials step up their…

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Supporters of the National League for Democracy (NLD) party hold up portraits of Aung San Suu Kyi in front of the party’s headquarters in Yangon on November 8, 2020. / AFP

Suu Kyi’s party says it won landslide victory in Myanmar polls

Aung San Suu Kyi’s ruling National League for Democracy (NLD) said Monday it was confident of winning a landslide victory in Myanmar as official results trickled in following the weekend’s…

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Supporters wearing face mask cheer as they gather in front of Myanmar Leader Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy (NLD) party’s headquarters during Election Day Sunday, Nov. 8, 2020, in Yangon, Myanmar. / AP

Suu Kyi party set to win Myanmar vote with weak opposition

Voters in Myanmar’s biggest city, Yangon, turned up in large numbers Sunday to vote in nationwide elections that are expected to return to power the party of Nobel Peace Prize…

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Thailand records five new COVID-19 cases in state quarantine

Five new COVID-19 cases have been recorded in Thailand today, four foreigners and one Thai and all arrived from abroad.   According to the CCSA, two cases are Indian citizens,…

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Thailand records three new COVID-19 cases, including two re-infections

Three new COVID-19 cases in state quarantine were recorded in Thailand today, including two Thai returnees who have records of being infected before, while in Kuwait and Singapore.   According…

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Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi arrives to the electoral commision to formalize her re-election bid as a parliament member in Yangon, Myanmar August 4, 2020. REUTERS/Stringer

Myanmar’s Aung San Suu Kyi confirms contesting for second term

Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi on Tuesday formally declared her intention to seek a second term in an election in November that is seen as a test of the…

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Malaysia to ask Bangladesh to take back Rohingya refugees found at sea

KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) – Malaysia will ask Bangladesh to take back about 300 Rohingya refugees detained after a boat carrying them entered its waters this week, the southeast Asian nation’s…

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A woman wearing traditional face cosmetic has her temperature taken as a preventive measure against the COVID-19 coronavirus at the central railway station in Yangon on March 19, 2020. (Photo by Ye Aung THU / AFP)

Myanmar editor jailed for 2 years over coronavirus error

A Myanmar news editor has been jailed for two years after his agency reported a coronavirus death that turned out to be false, his lawyer said Friday.   The country…

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Gambian Justice Minister Abubacarr Tambadou says the decision by the UN’s highest court to order Myanmar to do everything in its power to prevent the alleged genocide of Rohingya Muslims, is ‘historic’ for international law and the Rohingya.

Top UN court orders Myanmar to prevent Rohingya genocide

The UN’s highest court ordered Myanmar on Thursday to do everything in its power to prevent the alleged genocide of Rohingya Muslims, as international justice stepped into the crisis for…

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Chinese President Xi Jinping and Myanmar State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi hold talks during their meeting at the Presidential Palace in Naypyidaw on January 17, 2020.

China and Myanmar ‘stand together’ despite Rohingya backlash

China and Myanmar are set to ink mammoth infrastructure deals following a meeting on Saturday between President Xi Jinping and fallen rights icon Aung San Suu Kyi, who pledged to…

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Xi arrives in Nay Pyi Taw for state visit to Myanmar

NAY PYI TAW, Jan. 17 (Xinhua) — Chinese President Xi Jinping arrived in Nay Pyi Taw on Friday for a state visit to Myanmar. During his two-day stay, Xi is…

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Xi Jinping’s Myanmar trip part of China’s “2-ocean” strategy

Chinese President Xi Jinping is scheduled to visit Myanmar this week at the invitation of President U Win Myint. He will stay in the country for two days and meet…

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Myanmar seizes boat carrying 173 Rohingya Muslims – military spokesman

YANGON (Reuters) – Myanmar authorities detained 173 ethnic Rohingya aboard a boat off the southern coast, authorities said on Tuesday, amid signs that more members of the Muslim minority group…

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Suu Kyi to face scrutiny over genocide charges in the Hague

YANGON (Reuters) – The last time Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi traveled to western Europe, she was feted as the freshly elected civilian ruler of a fledgling democracy who…

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The second Thai-Myanmar Friendship Bridge to boost border trade

The recently-opened second Thai-Myanmar Friendship Bridge is set to increase the Thai exports via Mae Sot checkpoint in Tak province next year to reach Bt105 billion-Bt110 billion, up 3.0-8.0 percent,…

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Tens of thousands flee homes in flood-hit Myanmar as landslide toll hits 59

Vast swathes of southeastern Myanmar lie under floodwaters that have already forced tens of thousands to flee their homes as the death toll from a massive landslide hit 59, firefighters…

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(Photo) Rescue workers search for bodies of victims under the debris and mud after a landslide in Mottama, Mon state, Myanmar, August 11, 2019/ Reuters (Ann Wang)

Myanmar troops help flood rescue after landslide kills 51

MAWLAMYINE, Myanmar (AFP) – Myanmar troops deployed to flood-hit parts of the country on Sunday to help with relief efforts after rising waters left thousands stranded and the death toll…

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(Photo) Rescue workers search for bodies under debris and mud after a landslide in Mottama, Mon state, Myanmar, August 10, 2019/Reuters (Ann Wang)

‘Everything is gone’: Dozens dead, missing after Myanmar landslide

THAPHYU KONE VILLAGE, Myanmar (Reuters) – Rescue workers pulled bodies from the rubble of homes in a village in Myanmar on Saturday where a landslide a day earlier killed at…

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(Photo) FILE: People wait to see the sunset from the top of Shwesandaw Pagoda in the ancient city of Bagan February 13, 2015/REUTERS (Soe Zeya Tun )

Myanmar’s temple city Bagan awarded UNESCO World Heritage status

YANGON (Reuters) – UNESCO inscribed Myanmar’s ancient capital of Bagan as a World Heritage Site on Saturday, nearly a quarter of a century after the complex of Buddhist temples was…

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Thailand’s PM holds talks with leaders of Vietnam, Indonesia and Myanmar

Prime Minister Prayut Can-o-cha held bilateral talks with the leaders of Indonesia, Vietnam and Myanmar on the sidelines of the ASEAN Summit in Bangkok today. Government deputy spokesman Lt-Gen Werachon…

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73 migrants from Myanmar and 4 Rohingya held on their way to Malaysia

Police intercepted two passenger vans containing 42 illegal Myanmar migrant workers on the Asian Highway in Thailand’s southern province of Surat Thani on Thursday night. The two van drivers were…

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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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Two Reuters reporters freed in Myanmar after more than 500 days in jail

YANGON (Reuters) – Two Reuters journalists jailed in Myanmar after they were convicted of breaking the Official Secrets Act walked free from prison on Tuesday after more than 500 days…

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Thaksin given 3-year imprisonment for Exim Bank’s loan to Myanmar

The Supreme Court’s Criminal Division for Holders of Political Office has sentenced fugitive former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra to three years in prison without suspension after finding him guilty of…

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Suu Kyi’s NLD party clashes with military over proposal to change army-drafted charter

NAYPYITAW (Reuters) – Myanmar’s ruling party clashed with military lawmakers on Tuesday as it proposed steps towards changing the constitution, its biggest challenge in nearly three years to the army’s…

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China’s President Xi Jinping shakes hands with Myanmar’s State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi as they attend the welcome ceremony at Yanqi Lake during the Belt and Road Forum in Beijing on May 15, 2017

“Debt trap” alert arises in Myanmar as more “Belt and Road” projects scrapped

YANGON (The Irrawaddy)  — Pakistan has recently halted agreements reached under China’s Belt and Road Initiative, including the Pakistan-China Economic Corridor seeking to connect Asia and Europe along the same route…

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Canada MPs, in symbolic move, vote to strip Suu Kyi of citizenship

OTTAWA (Reuters) – Canadian legislators, in a symbolic move, on Thursday voted unanimously to strip Myanmar’s civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi of her honorary citizenship in response to crimes…

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Ten Rohingya Muslim men with their hands bound kneel as members of the Myanmar security forces stand guard in Inn Din village, Myanmar on September 2, 2017. (Reuters)

UN reiterates call for Myanmar generals to face genocide charges

The UN says Rohingya Muslims have faced four of five prohibited acts defined as genocide at the hands of Myanmar’s military. The findings were part of a final report released…

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The United Nations Security Council meets to discuss the situation in Myanmar at UN Headquarters in New York on Tuesday.

Myanmar rejects UN report on genocide against Rohingya

The government of Myanmar this morning rejected the findings of a UN investigation accusing its armed forces of genocide against the Rohingya. Myanmar has come under immense pressure this week…

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Myanmar State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi meets Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong at Istana presidential palace during a working visit in Singapore on Tuesday.

Suu Kyi defends Myanmar’s handling of Rohingya crisis

SINGAPORE (Reuters)  – Myanmar’s de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi on Tuesday defended the steps her government has made in handling the Rohingya crisis, amid global criticism on the…

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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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Students and activists gathers during a ceremony to mark the 30th anniversary of the 8888 uprising in front of city hall in Yangon on Wednesday.

30 years after uprising, Myanmar activists continue with struggle

By Kyaw Phyo Tha, The Irrawaddy YANGON — Prominent student leaders of the 1988 uprising stressed that Myanmar’s political achievements to date were only a partial victory and called for…

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Rain, isolated heavy rain expected across the country this week

Abundance of rain is forecast for the upper part of the country this week, with isolated heavy rain predicted for the North, the Northeast, the Central, the East and west…

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