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Suu Kyi's party confident of landslide victory in Myanmar polls

Yangon - Aung San Suu Kyi's ruling National League for Democracy (NLD) said Monday it was confident of winning a landslide victory in Myanmar as official results trickled in following the weekend's coronavirus-disrupted election.

Next gen: Myanmar youth look to election and beyond

Yangon - Five million young voters will be able to cast their ballots for the first time in Myanmar's election on Sunday -- about 14 percent of the electorate.

As Suu Kyi denies genocide, opponents up anti-Rohingya rhetoric

Nay Pyi Taw - As Aung San Suu Kyi is vilified internationally for denying genocide against the Rohingya, her opponents in Sunday's Myanmar election are ramping up the rhetoric against the Muslim minority.

Suu Kyi kicks off advance voting for elderly in Myanmar election

Nay Pyi Taw - Myanmar's civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi cast her ballot Thursday ahead of Election Day next week with hundreds of thousands of elderly voters across the country expected to follow suit to reduce the risk of coronavirus.

'I want to vote': Myanmar's Muslims, Hindus sidelined in election

Meiktila - One of Myanmar's five million young adults, May Thandar Maung had been excited to cast her ballot for the very first time in November's election.But the 18-year-old is Muslim and says that means she will remain voiceless.

Myanmar expands Rakhine virus lockdown to cover one million

Yangon - Myanmar expanded a lockdown in conflict-wracked Rakhine state to cover four more townships on Wednesday, halting the movement of about 1 million people as the number of coronavirus cases climbs steadily.

Local virus outbreak in Myanmar sparks fears for Rohingya camps

Akyab - Rohingya in Myanmar's conflict-wracked Rakhine state expressed fears Sunday of a coronavirus outbreak reaching their overcrowded camps, after a spate of infections sent the state capital into lockdown.

'We want our mountains back': the fight over Myanmar's marble hills

Kyauktada - Faces covered in white dust and chisels in hand, marble sculptors in Myanmar say the hills that have given them a livelihood for generations are disappearing, as large companies reap the rewards of the prized white rock.

Canadian pastor jailed in Myanmar for defying coronavirus ban

Yangon - A Canadian preacher who claimed Christians were safe from coronavirus was on Thursday jailed for three months in Myanmar after he and dozens of his followers became infected when he held a banned service.

Myanmar joins band of Asian nations launching satellites

Meiktila - Myanmar is preparing to launch its first-ever satellite, joining an unlikely coalition of nascent space nations aiming to protect millions from environmental disasters.

Tiger, pangolin farming in Myanmar risks 'boosting demand'

Yangon - Conservationists have warned a sudden change in Myanmar's law allowing the commercial farming of tigers, pangolins and other endangered species risks further fuelling demand in China for rare wildlife products.

Looters target Myanmar temple treasures in tourist slump

Bagan - A squad of armed police patrol Myanmar's sacred site of Bagan under the cover of night, taking on plunderers snatching relics from temples forsaken by tourists due to coronavirus restrictions.

Myanmar finds soldiers guilty in Rohingya atrocities court martial

Yangon - Three Myanmar military officers were found guilty by a court martial investigating atrocities against Rohingya Muslims in conflict-ridden Rakhine state, the army announced Tuesday.

UN warns of 'intensified fighting' in Myanmar's Rakhine state

Yangon - The United Nations called for "urgent measures to spare civilians" in Myanmar's conflict-wracked northwest on Sunday, saying fighting has intensified between the army and insurgents.

Internet blackout in Myanmar's Rakhine enters second year

Yangon - The internet shutdown in Myanmar's conflict-ridden northwest, described by rights groups as the world's longest, entered a second year Sunday with locals and campaigners appealing for an end to the blackout as coronavirus fears grip the region.

Canadian preacher arrested in Myanmar for breaking coronavirus ban

Yangon - Myanmar police arrested a Canadian pastor Wednesday for allegedly holding a service in defiance of a coronavirus ban on mass gatherings -- after which he and dozens of his followers and their families became infected.

Scores of detained Rohingya freed in Myanmar as virus fears mount

Pathein - Cases against scores of Rohingya Muslims detained after fleeing Myanmar's restive Rakhine state have been dropped, as fears grow of a potential coronavirus outbreak in the country's overcrowded prisons.

Myanmar journalist hit with terrorism charges over insurgents interview

Mandalay - A Myanmar journalist faces up to life in prison for publishing an interview with a rebel group operating in the country's restive Rakhine state a week after the insurgents were classified as a terrorist organisation.

Science and shamanism: Medicine meets Myanmar's far-flung Naga tribes

- With Malaria and tuberculosis screening out front and sacrifices to jungle gods out back, health worker Htan Pi and her shaman mother are an unlikely double-act in their isolated Myanmar village.

Myanmar army blocks bid to slash parliamentary power base

Nay Pyi Taw - Myanmar's military on Tuesday quashed proposals in parliament that would mean its MPs relinquish power, in a vote pitting the armed forces in open opposition against Aung San Suu Kyi as elections loom.
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