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Myanmar parliament rejects charter change in blow to Suu Kyi

Nay Pyi Taw - Myanmar's parliament Thursday dealt a body blow to Aung San Suu Kyi's hopes of amending a junta-era constitution that bars her from the presidency before landmark elections, voting down a bill to end the military's effective veto on charter change.

Myanmar's Suu Kyi eyes landslide election win

Yangon - Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi called on her party Sunday to push for a landslide victory at crucial elections expected later this year as she celebrated her birthday with supporters.

Suu Kyi party to decide 'soon' on contesting Myanmar polls

Yangon - Myanmar's opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi said Saturday her party would shortly decide whether to contest crucial elections, as it battles to change the constitution barring her from the presidency.

Suu Kyi accelerates political battle as she turns 70

Yangon - Myanmar's indomitable opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi has entwined her life with the politics of her country, but as she turns 70 on Friday "The Lady" is facing one of the greatest challenges of her decades-long freedom fight.

Migrants trapped in tussle between Myanmar and Bangladesh

- Unwanted by Bangladesh and unwelcome in Myanmar, hundreds of stick-thin migrants found adrift at sea as a transnational trafficking route collapsed are now living in tents on a frontier scrubland.

Op-Ed: The Democratic case against Myanmar population control

The US State Department and women's rights group have banded against Myanmar population control, as its been become clear the legislation limits the religious rights of minorities and Muslims.

Myanmar says most of 700 migrants found on boat are Bangladeshi

- Myanmar officials on Thursday said most of the 700 migrants found adrift on a boat in its waters a week ago identified themselves as Bangladeshi, after they were driven to a camp near the border.

Migrants found off Myanmar to be taken to Rakhine state: official

Yangon - More than 700 migrants found crammed into a fishing boat by Myanmar's navy will be taken to the country's troubled Rakhine state, a local official said Saturday, adding all those on board were from Bangladesh.

Suu Kyi sidesteps Rohingya migrant crisis for political pragmatism

Yangon - Aung San Suu Kyi was once an unassailable champion of Myanmar's powerless.

Myanmar population law raises fears for Rohingya minority

Yangon - Myanmar has enacted a population law that rights groups said Sunday targets persecuted Rohingya Muslims, a minority group at the centre of a migration crisis that has seen thousands flee the country.

Myanmar to deport migrants as UN chief urges further rescues

Yangon - A group of migrants recently rescued by Myanmar will be deported to Bangladesh, officials confirmed Saturday, as the United Nations chief called on regional nations to prioritise saving the lives of those still stranded at sea.

2,000 migrants stranded in boats off Myanmar: UN

Yangon - At least 2,000 migrants stalked by hunger and violence have been trapped for weeks on boats off Myanmar, the UN said Tuesday, as Indonesia called for a regional effort to tackle the crisis.

Myanmar acknowledges 'concern' over migrant exodus

Yangon - Myanmar Monday acknowledged international "concerns" about waves of boatpeople, many of whom are fleeing from persecution, but denied it is solely to blame as thousands languish in dire straits at sea.

Thailand promises reform after mass graves found

At least 50 Thai police officers have been punished due to suspected participation in human trafficking. The move comes after some 32 bodies were found at an alleged trafficking camp near the Malaysian border.

Myanmar holds rare talks as Suu Kyi pushes for charter change

Inya - Myanmar's President Thein Sein held rare talks Wednesday with influential allies and rivals including opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi as she intensifies efforts to lift a constitutional ban on her presidential bid.

UN, Myanmar leader hail draft peace deal

Yangon - Myanmar's president Tuesday hailed a draft national ceasefire with armed rebel groups, described by the UN as a "historic and significant achievement" as the country tries to end decades of civil war.

Myanmar, rebels agree landmark draft peace deal

Yangon - Myanmar peace negotiators agreed the draft text of a historic nationwide ceasefire agreement on Monday, as the country edges closer to ending decades of conflict between ethnic minority groups and the government.

Myanmar protesters defiant at court hearing

Yangon - Angry relatives gathered outside a Myanmar court Wednesday to show support for dozens of activists, arrested after a police crackdown on a student-led protest and facing charges that could see them jailed for nearly a decade.

Myanmar leader defends reform pace, army role

Yangon - Myanmar's president has rejected criticism that his government has stalled on crucial reforms and has defended the powerful army's hold over politics.

Myanmar border conflict riles heavyweight neighbour China

Yangon - Bloody conflict in a remote corner of northern Myanmar has spilled violently across the border with China, risking a rift with the mighty neighbour and threatening peace efforts with an array of rebels.
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