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Myanmar begins shuttering three Rakhine camps

Yangon - Myanmar has started shutting down three displacement camps in strife-torn Rakhine state, a senior official said Tuesday, although it was not immediately clear where the inhabitants would go.

Myanmar wedding boat toll rises to 30

Yangon - Rescuers Sunday found more bodies from a boat accident in western Myanmar that has now claimed the lives of at least 30 people, most of them guests returning from a wedding.

20 killed in Myanmar wedding boat crash

Yangon - At least 20 people were killed when a boat carrying scores of wedding guests collided with a river barge at night in western Myanmar, authorities said Saturday, with more feared drowned as rescue workers renewed their search in daylight.

Illegal timber was used to build world's biggest sailing yacht

A shipyard in Germany used illegally-logged timber from Myanmar when it was building a super-yacht for a Russian billionaire.

Suu Kyi's party wins string of seats, rejected by Myanmar's minorities

Yangon - Aung San Suu Kyi's one-year-old government won a string of seats in Myanmar by-elections Sunday but was bruised by losses in ethnic minority areas.

Taxi-hailing app Grab hits the road in Myanmar

Yangon - Ride-hailing firm Grab launched a trial service in Yangon on Tuesday, becoming the first international company to enter Myanmar and stealing a march on fierce rival Uber in the largely untapped market.

Philippines' Duterte calls European critics 'crazies'

Nay Pyi Taw - Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has described European lawmakers as "crazies" in a salty-tongued rebuttal of criticism of his deadly drug war, while vowing again that all traffickers will be killed.

Bridge name makes troubled waters for Myanmar's Suu Kyi

Yangon - Thousands of people protested in eastern Myanmar on Sunday against plans to name a bridge after Aung San Suu Kyi's father, the latest flashpoint between her administration and the country's restless ethnic minorities.

Myanmar must allow Rohingya to leave camps: Annan commission

Yangon - Myanmar should close bleak camps where tens of thousands of displaced Rohingya Muslims have been trapped for nearly five years, a commission led by former UN chief Kofi Annan said Thursday.

Dozens killed in fresh clashes on Myanmar's China border

Yangon - Raging battles on Myanmar's border with China have claimed dozens more lives, military and official sources said Wednesday, as the mounting death toll landed a fresh blow to the government's faltering peace process.

How about Nat? Devotees dance for Myanmar party spirit

- The medium spins around in a frenzy of red and gold while glugging from a bottle of whisky, part of an age old ritual to honour Myanmar's spirit guardian of drunkards and gamblers.

Hate speech Myanmar monk banned from sermons by Buddhist council

- A Myanmar monk infamous for his bilious anti-Muslim tirades has been banned from giving sermons for a year by the country's top Buddhist body, an unprecedented slapdown to a man whose hate speech has galvanized religious tensions.

Myanmar swats away 'biased' UN abuse claims

Nay Pyi Taw - A close aide to Myanmar's Aung San Suu Kyi on Wednesday dismissed mounting international pressure over alleged abuses of Rohingya Muslims as "biased and unfair", despite UN evidence of murder, rape and torture by security forces.

At least 160 killed in clashes on Myanmar-China border: army

- At least 160 people have died in around three months of clashes between the military and ethnic armed groups in Myanmar's northern state of Shan, a senior army official said Tuesday, threatening peace talks set for next month.

Myanmar's powerful Wa militia warns no peace in sight

Yangon - The head of Myanmar's most powerful ethnic rebel group has warned that fighting in the country's restive borderlands has reached a critical point, threatening to derail the government's wobbling push for peace.

Myanmar army ends operations in north Rakhine: govt

Yangon - Myanmar's army has halted "clearance operations" in northern Rakhine, a senior official said Wednesday, ending a four-month crackdown by security forces the UN has warned may amount to crimes against humanity.

Myanmar activists fight for child servant rights

- Thi Thi Nwe waited three days until the girl was left unguarded in her hospital bed to approach her, the first step in a months-long process highlighting the challenges of protecting child servants.

'There was a lot of blood': Myanmar sisters scarred by abuse

Hlaing - Khin Khin Tun's back is a patchwork of burns, searing memories she says from when her former employer poured two flasks of boiling water over her flesh -- one for each orange she was accused of stealing.

Myanmar to execute Rohingya man for raid on police post

Yangon - Myanmar authorities have sentenced a Rohingya man to death for leading raids on police border posts that sparked a deadly military crackdown in the north of Rakhine state, police said on Monday.

Myanmar cops in Rohingya abuse video 'didn't intend to harm'

Yangon - Three police officers have been sentenced to two months detention over a video showing them abusing Rohingya civilians, security sources told AFP Wednesday, saying those involved had "no intention" to cause harm.
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