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Myanmar president pushes peace plan in ethnic rebel talks

Yangon - Myanmar's President Thein Sein met ethnic rebel peace negotiators for the first time in the capital Naypyidaw Wednesday in an effort to secure a long-awaited nationwide ceasefire before looming November elections.

Campaigning begins for historic Myanmar elections

Yangon - Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi called on the international community on Tuesday to help ensure November polls bring "genuine political and governmental change" as campaigning officially kicked-off in the former junta-run country.

Hardline monks claim victory as Myanmar Muslims face poll exclusion

Mandalay - With a smile, Myanmar's most notorious Buddhist monk boasts of the sleepless nights he endures on his self-appointed quest against the country’s Muslims -- one that he claims has helped strip voting rights from hundreds of thousands of the religious ...

Suu Kyi eyes poll majority, but fears for wider democratic gains: AFP

Nay Pyi Taw - Aung San Suu Kyi said Tuesday she was confident her opposition party would win Myanmar's landmark elections if they are free and fair, but raised concerns over the country's overall progress towards democracy.

Myanmar extends emergency rule in strife-hit region

Yangon - Myanmar has renewed a state of emergency in a restive northern region bordering China, state media said Wednesday, extending army control over the area during crucial November elections.

Suu Kyi concerned at Myanmar ruling party putsch

Nay Pyi Taw - Myanmar's opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi raised fears Tuesday for crucial November elections as the government tried to calm political tensions after the surprise ousting of the ruling party chief.

Head of Myanmar's ruling party removed in power struggle

Nay Pyi Taw - The leader of Myanmar's ruling party has been removed from his post, an official said Thursday, after a shock police swoop on party headquarters that laid bare a power struggle among the country's key political players ahead of elections.

Myanmar flood death toll tops 100, one million affected

Yangon - The death toll from severe flooding across Myanmar has topped 100, state media reported Monday, with nearly one million people affected as fears intensify for the country's crucial rice bowl region.

Desperation in flood-hit Myanmar as death toll climbs

Yangon - Tens of thousands of people huddled Wednesday in monasteries and other makeshift evacuation centres in remote areas of Myanmar cut off by deadly floods, as rescuers struggled to deliver desperately needed aid.

Hundreds dead, millions displaced as monsoon heaps misery on Asia

Yangon - Monsoon rains have claimed hundreds of lives across Asia, authorities reported Monday, as rescuers scrambled to reach remote areas of India, Pakistan and Myanmar after flash floods and landslides.

UN warns Myanmar flood toll to rise as rains lash region

Yangon - The toll from flash floods and landslides in Myanmar caused by days of torrential rain is likely to rise, the UN warned Sunday, as monsoon downpours heaped misery on thousands across the region.

Severe flooding hampers Myanmar rescue efforts, at least 27 dead

Yangon - Severe flooding across Myanmar hampered rescue efforts on Saturday as thousands sheltered at monasteries after rising waters triggered by torrential rains killed at least 27 people, officials said.

Angelina Jolie, Suu Kyi meet women garment workers in Myanmar

Yangon - Hollywood actress Angelina Jolie met women garment workers in Myanmar on Saturday with opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi to learn more about their working conditions, as part of her first visit to the country.

Chinese loggers among thousands freed from Myanmar jails

Yangon - Myanmar announced the release of thousands of prisoners including scores of Chinese loggers on Thursday in a mass amnesty aimed at promoting "goodwill", officials said, after a series of spats between Yangon and Beijing.

Only 100 tigers left in Bangladesh's famed Sundarbans: Survey

Nestled in the delta of the Ganges, Brahmaputra and Meghna rivers in Bangladesh's Bay of Bengal lies the Sundarbans mangrove forest, one of the largest forests in the world. It is home to the Royal Bengal tiger, whose numbers are in steep decline.

At least 10 dead in Myanmar floods

Yangon - Floods triggered by torrential monsoon rains have killed at least 10 people in Myanmar in the last 48 hours, state media and officials reported Sunday.

Five fascinating facts that you may not know about the red panda

Scampering around in the trees from Nepal to northern Myanmar is an animal that is so cute, it looks like a creature from a child's dream. Perhaps it is, but it's also actually real. Red pandas can also be found in the mountains of southwestern China.

Myanmar's Suu Kyi invokes father's sacrifice ahead of elections

Yangon - Myanmar's Aung San Suu Kyi invoked the memory of her assassinated father Sunday, describing upcoming elections as an opportunity to continue his legacy and bring real change to the former junta-ruled nation.

Scramble to fix Myanmar's error-riddled voters roll

Yangon - "Go and check the voters lists" is the persistent refrain of worried opposition activists on a door-to-door campaign in Myanmar, armed with copies of electoral rolls they say are riddled with errors and could deny many the chance to vote in a historic ...

Suu Kyi says opposition to contest Myanmar election

Nay Pyi Taw - Myanmar's Aung San Suu Kyi on Saturday said her opposition would participate in historic polls set for November 8, vowing the party would amend the constitution that bars her from the presidency if it wins.
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