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Gas explosion kills 16 in Myanmar's remote Wa state: Wa army

Yangon - A gas explosion in a secretive enclave run by the ethnic Wa in Myanmar's eastern borderlands has killed 16 people and injured dozens, the United Wa State Army (UWSA) said Sunday.

Myanmar's black gold lures plucky oil drillers

Magway - As clouds of acrid, black smoke belched above the flames engulfing an artisanal oil field in central Myanmar, prospectors from nearby hillsides arrived in droves, hoping for riches from a fresh line of black gold.

Civilians trapped as Myanmar rebels squabble over expected China boom

Tamwe - With artillery exploding around her village in Myanmar's northeast, 70-year-old Nan Nyunt fled to a monastery, one of thousands of civilians trapped between rebel groups who are fighting for influence as a China-driven economic boom looms.

Nine police killed in attack in Myanmar’s Rakhine: police

Yangon - Nine policemen have been killed in a militant attack in Myanmar’s western Rakhine state, police said on Sunday, as tensions ratchet up in a state riven by ethnic and religious conflict.

Drone-flying Frenchman released from Myanmar jail

Nay Pyi Taw - A French tourist arrested in Myanmar for flying a drone near parliament has avoided a lengthy prison sentence and will be deported after being released from jail Wednesday.

Myanmar holds rare rally to call for constitution reform

Yangon - Hundreds gathered Wednesday in downtown Yangon for a rally urging reform of Myanmar's controversial constitution gifting the army sweeping powers, a move Aung San Suu Kyi's civilian government will discuss ahead of 2020 elections.

Frenchman jailed for one month for flying drone in Myanmar

Nay Pyi Taw - A French tourist has been sentenced to one month in prison with labour for attempting to fly a drone near Myanmar's parliament, a court official said Wednesday.

Frenchman arrested for flying drone appears in Myanmar court

Nay Pyi Taw - A French tourist facing up to three years in prison for flying a drone near Myanmar's parliament was remanded in custody Friday after a first court appearance.

Myanmar's Suu Kyi courts investment for strife-torn Rakhine state

Pyay - Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi touted Rakhine state's "untapped" economic potential to investors Friday, but glossed over violence that has scorched the area -- most recently claiming the life of an 18-year-old civilian.

Myanmar court sentences two to death for Muslim lawyer's murder

Yangon - Two people were sentenced to death by a Myanmar court Friday for the murder of a Muslim lawyer and Aung San Suu Kyi advisor, after a drawn-out trial backlit by allegations of impunity with a main suspect still at large.

Muse: Myanmar's militia-run, billion-dollar gateway to China

- With tinted windows and their militia name emblazoned on the side of their Ford truck, "Pan Say" fighters cruise the sleazy streets of Muse, Myanmar's main gateway to China and awash with weapons and cash from casinos, drugs and sex.

Myanmar Reuters journalists lose appeal against 7-year sentence

Yangon - Two Reuters journalists jailed for seven years while investigating atrocities committed against the Rohingya in Myanmar had their appeal dismissed Friday, dismaying colleagues and tearful family members who had held slim hopes they would walk free.

Myanmar Reuters journalists appeal seven-year sentence

Yangon - Lawyers lodged an appeal Monday to free two Reuters journalists jailed for their reporting on Myanmar's Rohingya crisis, decrying the sentence as a "mistake" that has already resulted in the pair being locked up for a year.

'Thumbs up' pics for Myanmar Reuters reporters as they mark year in jail

Yangon - Messages of solidarity poured in Wednesday from around the world on the one-year anniversary of the arrest of two Myanmar Reuters journalists who exposed a massacre of Rohingya Muslims in Rakhine state.

Myanmar and India strengthen ties in key state visit

Nay Pyi Taw - India inked science and tech deals with Myanmar on Tuesday, as well as pledging to train judges and build houses in crisis-hit Rakhine state, as Delhi cosies up to the strategically important Southeast Asian country.

Myanmar by-election rare local test for Aung San Suu Kyi

Yangon - Myanmar voters cast their ballots in a small but key by-election Saturday, a rare local test of support for embattled leader Aung San Suu Kyi's party more than halfway through her time in office.

Firebrand monk Wirathu hits back at UN, international community

Yangon - An ultra-nationalist monk -- dubbed the "Buddhist Bin Laden" -- on Sunday condemned the international community for their calls to bring Myanmar's generals to justice over the Rohingya crisis.

Myanmar arrests three journalists over report on Suu Kyi protege

Yangon - Myanmar police Wednesday arrested three journalists after their paper criticised the financial management of Yangon's government, which is overseen by a protege of leader Aung San Suu Kyi, in the latest case to spark concern over press freedom.

Myanmar 'unwilling' to probe Rohingya abuse, UN must act: rights envoy

Yangon - Myanmar is "unable and unwilling" to investigate its abuses against Rohingya Muslims, a UN rights envoy has said, bolstering calls for the country's generals to be hauled before an international court.

Myanmar torches $1.3m of illegal wildlife parts

Nay Pyi Taw - Elephant skins, clouded leopard remains and tiger bones were among a $1.3 million haul of illegal wildlife incinerated Thursday in Myanmar's first ever public event of its kind against the illicit trade.
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