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Thousands flee fighting on Myanmar's border with China

Yangon - Thousands of people fled heavy fighting on Myanmar's northern border with China overnight, activists said Wednesday, as the government blocked a senior UN official from visiting the area.

Buddhist hardliners stop Myanmar Muslim ceremony

Yangon - Hardline Buddhist nationalists stopped a Muslim religious ceremony in Yangon on Sunday, witnesses and organisers said, as Islamophobic tensions boil over amid a bloody military campaign against Rohingya in northern Rakhine state.

Scratching a living in Myanmar's storied 'land of rubies'

- Every week Aye Min Htun prays he will find the ruby that changes his life, one of thousands of people scratching a living in Myanmar's mines set to gain little from the end of US sanctions on the military-dominated industry.

Myanmar detains police over Rohingya abuse video

Yangon - Myanmar's government on Monday said it has detained several police officers over a video apparently showing Rohingya civilians being beaten, a rare admission that authorities may have carried out abuses against the Muslim minority.

Myanmar men may face jail for not marrying pregnant women

Yangon - Myanmar's government is drafting a law that could see men jailed for up to seven years for getting a woman pregnant but not marrying her, a senior official said on Wednesday.

Myanmar farmers reap rewards from 3D printing

Yangon - Whizzing across a blue-lit platform with a whirr and a squeak, liquid plastic emanating from its chrome tip, the 3D printer seems a far cry from the muddy, crop-filled fields that fringe Yangon.

'It's like freedom': Myanmar heavy metal crashes into the open

Yangon - Moshing and sweating, the crowd of headbangers scream their angst into the sultry Yangon night, a rare glimpse of a defiant musical subculture now crashing into the open -- though sex, drugs and religion remain off the song sheet.

UN calls on Myanmar's Suu Kyi to visit crisis-hit Rakhine

Yangon - The UN has urged Myanmar's de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi to visit the north of Rakhine state, where the army is accused of carrying out a brutal crackdown on the Muslim Rohingya minority.

Myanmar Rohingya abuse may be 'crimes against humanity': UN

Yangon - Myanmar's Rohingya may be victims of crimes against humanity, the UN's rights agency said Tuesday, as former UN chief Kofi Annan arrived in the country for a visit that will include a trip to northern Rakhine.

Myanmar's Suu Kyi delays Indonesia trip amid Rohingya crisis

Yangon - Myanmar's de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi on Monday postponed a visit to Indonesia after protests there over her country's bloody crackdown on Rohingya Muslims and a thwarted plot to attack its Jakarta embassy.

Descendants of Myanmar's last king mark his exile by Britain

Mandalay - More than a century after the British expelled Myanmar's last king, descendants held an emotional ceremony in Mandalay's Golden Palace on Tuesday in a watershed moment for a country rediscovering its royal heritage after decades of colonialism and mili...

More Rohingya villages razed in Myanmar's Rakhine: HRW

Yangon - More than 1,000 houses in Rohingya villages have been razed in northwestern Myanmar, according to analysis of satellite images from Human Rights Watch released Monday that fly in the face of government denials.

Dozens killed in weekend of fresh violence in Myanmar's Rakhine

Yangon - Myanmar's Rakhine state was hit by fresh waves of violence over the weekend with more than 30 insurgents killed over two-days of fighting, the military said, as fears soar for the strife-torn region.

8 killed in surge of Rakhine violence: Myanmar army

Yangon - Myanmar's military said its troops killed six people and lost two soldiers in clashes with attackers in Rakhine state on Saturday, in the latest flare-up of violence in the crisis-hit region.

Media network slams arrest of Myanmar media execs

Yangon - An Asian news network on Saturday called for the release of two Myanmar media executives jailed for alleged defamation, the latest case to highlight limits on free speech under the country's new democratic government.

Crowds dice with death at Myanmar's explosive fire balloon festival

Inya - The skies of central Myanmar were set ablaze this week with the beginning of the Taunggyi fire balloon festival, one of the most beautiful and dangerous celebrations in Asia.

Myanmar anti-Muslim groups wax lyrical on Trump victory

Yangon - Myanmar's anti-Muslim hardliners cheered Donald Trump's election as US president in prose and poetry on Thursday, hailing the divisive billionaire's triumph as a victory in the fight against "Islamic terrorism".

Three children killed in Myanmar black magic ritual

Tamwe - Three infant children have been beaten to death in a Myanmar village outside Yangon by a man purporting to be a spiritual healer, who told their families they were possessed by evil spirits.

Calls for overhaul after 72 die in Myanmar ferry disaster

Yangon - A total of 72 people died when an overloaded ferry sank in central Myanmar, local officials said Thursday, calling for an overhaul of the creaking boats that ply the river as the search effort ended.

Myanmar ferry disaster death toll tops 50

Yangon - More than 50 bodies have been recovered from a ferry that sank in central Myanmar, a local official said Wednesday, warning the toll would keep rising as workers raise the capsized boat.
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