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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.

Myanmar arrests second suspect in Muslim lawyer murder

Yangon - A second suspect has been arrested over the brazen murder of a prominent Muslim lawyer in Myanmar, state media reported on Saturday, as questions build over a killing that stunned the Buddhist-majority country.

Thousands attend funeral of slain Myanmar Muslim lawyer

Yangon - Thousands of mourners gathered on Monday to bury a top Muslim lawyer and adviser to Aung San Suu Kyi who was gunned down outside Yangon airport in what the ruling party said was a political assassination.

Myanmar army detains Kachin Baptists who helped journalist

Yangon - Myanmar's army has detained two Kachin Baptist leaders for giving journalists information about a church allegedly hit by military airstrikes, accusing them of spying for insurgents.

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.
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