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Blaze destroys hundreds of homes in Myanmar Rohingya camp

Yangon - A major fire on Tuesday damaged or destroyed the homes of nearly 450 Rohingya Muslim families living in a camp for people displaced by 2012 communal fighting in western Myanmar.

Myanmar monk builds pagodas in church and Muslim area

Yangon - A Myanmar Christian leader appealed for calm Wednesday after an influential Buddhist monk built pagodas within the compound of a church and near a mosque, in a country beset with religious tensions.

Myanmar landmine blast wounds German tourists, guide

Yangon - Two German travellers and their local guide were wounded by shrapnel from a landmine in north Myanmar, close to an area of recent heavy fighting between ethnic minority rebel groups, officials said on Wednesday.

Former Myanmar monk protest leader sentenced to six months

Yangon - A former leader of Myanmar's 2007 monk protests against the then-ruling junta said Tuesday he had been sentenced to six months in prison with hard labour on an immigration charge, in a case slammed by rights groups as politically motivated.

Myanmar's 'long-necked' women hope to turn tourism into homecoming

- Wearing a stack of bronze neck coils -- a sign of beauty for her Kayan tribe -- Mu Par dreams of a time when all "long-necked" women can return to Myanmar from Thailand where they are a tourist attraction.

Myanmar president pardons 83 political prisoners: official

Yangon - Myanmar President Htin Kyaw pardoned 83 political prisoners on the country's traditional New Year Sunday, a spokesman from his office said, as the fledgling civilian-led administration seeks to cast off the shackles of nearly half a century of military...

Magnitude 6.9 quake hits northern Myanmar

Yangon - Myanmar was struck by a magnitude 6.9 quake on Wednesday, the US Geological Survey reported, with tremors felt around the region, including in neighbouring India and China.

Myanmar drops charges against nearly 200 political activists: Police

Yangon - Myanmar authorities have dropped charges against nearly 200 political activists since Aung San Suu Kyi pledged to fight for their freedom, a senior police officer told AFP Saturday.

Myanmar's Suu Kyi undergoes eye surgery: Official

Yangon - Myanmar's Aung Sang Suu Kyi underwent successful eye surgery Saturday, a senior party official said, weeks after the 70-year-old's fledgling administration took power.

Myanmar court frees student activists after Suu Kyi pledge

Kamayut - A Myanmar court on Friday freed dozens of jailed students, in the first wave of detainee releases after Aung San Suu Kyi pledged that the release of activists and political prisoners would be the first priority of her new government.

Myanmar court frees student activists after Suu Kyi pledge

Kamayut - A Myanmar court on Friday freed dozens of jailed students, in the first wave of detainee releases after Aung San Suu Kyi pledged to make freeing activists and political prisoners a priority of her new government.

Myanmar's Suu Kyi vows to press for political prisoner release

Yangon - Myanmar's Aung San Suu Kyi on Thursday vowed to press for the release of political prisoners and student activists, hinting that a mass amnesty may be imminent as her government seeks to stamp its mark on power in the former junta-run nation.

Myanmar's Suu Kyi gets new role as special adviser

Yangon - Myanmar’s president Wednesday signed a bill giving Aung San Suu Kyi a new role of state adviser, shoring up her influence across all branches of government despite vehement opposition from the still-powerful military.

End repression of activists: Myanmar student leader

Yangon - A Myanmar student leader on trial over protests last year that were violently quashed by authorities called on Aung San Suu Kyi's new government Monday to abolish laws repressing political activists.

Myanmar's Suu Kyi drops ministries, takes on spokeswoman role

Yangon - Myanmar's Aung San Suu Kyi has dropped plans to run two major ministries but will act as spokeswoman for the country's new president, a ruling party official said Monday.

Myanmar army MPs slam bill to create Suu Kyi 'advisor' role

Yangon - Myanmar military MPs on Friday said a plan to bolster Aung San Suu Kyi's power with a special advisory role was unconstitutional, as the new civilian government tussled with the army just days after taking office.

Myanmar's untested new ministers handed huge rebuilding job

Nay Pyi Taw - Myanmar's new social affairs chief had just six days' notice before his appointment -- one of a legion of newcomers from Aung San Suu Kyi's party whose credentials will be sorely tested by the massive reconstruction job left by military rule.

Suu Kyi's party to propose giving her special 'advisor' role

Nay Pyi Taw - Aung San Suu Kyi's party will on Thursday submit a proposal to create a new "state advisor" role for her, MPs said, giving her power to liaise between the president and parliament.

Suu Kyi aide sworn in as Myanmar president in historic power shift

Nay Pyi Taw - Myanmar entered a new era on Wednesday as Aung San Suu Kyi's democracy movement took power after 50 years of military domination, with a close aide of the Nobel laureate sworn in as president.

Myanmar lifts state of emergency in troubled Rakhine state

Yangon - Myanmar's outgoing government on Tuesday lifted a state of emergency in conflict-hit Rakhine, a parting gesture that coincides with turbulent relations between Aung San Suu Kyi's new administration and the western state's powerful Buddhist political pa...
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