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Myanmar population law raises fears for Rohingya minority

Yangon - Myanmar has enacted a population law that rights groups said Sunday targets persecuted Rohingya Muslims, a minority group at the centre of a migration crisis that has seen thousands flee the country.

Myanmar to deport migrants as UN chief urges further rescues

Yangon - A group of migrants recently rescued by Myanmar will be deported to Bangladesh, officials confirmed Saturday, as the United Nations chief called on regional nations to prioritise saving the lives of those still stranded at sea.

2,000 migrants stranded in boats off Myanmar: UN

Yangon - At least 2,000 migrants stalked by hunger and violence have been trapped for weeks on boats off Myanmar, the UN said Tuesday, as Indonesia called for a regional effort to tackle the crisis.

Myanmar acknowledges 'concern' over migrant exodus

Yangon - Myanmar Monday acknowledged international "concerns" about waves of boatpeople, many of whom are fleeing from persecution, but denied it is solely to blame as thousands languish in dire straits at sea.

Thailand promises reform after mass graves found

At least 50 Thai police officers have been punished due to suspected participation in human trafficking. The move comes after some 32 bodies were found at an alleged trafficking camp near the Malaysian border.

Myanmar holds rare talks as Suu Kyi pushes for charter change

Inya - Myanmar's President Thein Sein held rare talks Wednesday with influential allies and rivals including opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi as she intensifies efforts to lift a constitutional ban on her presidential bid.

UN, Myanmar leader hail draft peace deal

Yangon - Myanmar's president Tuesday hailed a draft national ceasefire with armed rebel groups, described by the UN as a "historic and significant achievement" as the country tries to end decades of civil war.

Myanmar, rebels agree landmark draft peace deal

Yangon - Myanmar peace negotiators agreed the draft text of a historic nationwide ceasefire agreement on Monday, as the country edges closer to ending decades of conflict between ethnic minority groups and the government.

Myanmar protesters defiant at court hearing

Yangon - Angry relatives gathered outside a Myanmar court Wednesday to show support for dozens of activists, arrested after a police crackdown on a student-led protest and facing charges that could see them jailed for nearly a decade.

Myanmar leader defends reform pace, army role

Yangon - Myanmar's president has rejected criticism that his government has stalled on crucial reforms and has defended the powerful army's hold over politics.

Myanmar border conflict riles heavyweight neighbour China

Yangon - Bloody conflict in a remote corner of northern Myanmar has spilled violently across the border with China, risking a rift with the mighty neighbour and threatening peace efforts with an array of rebels.

Myanmar jails New Zealander over Buddha 'insult' ad

Yangon - A New Zealand bar manager and his two Myanmar colleagues were jailed for two and a half years with hard labour by a Yangon court Tuesday for using a Buddha image to promote a cheap drinks night.

New Zealander faces Myanmar court verdict over Buddha ad

Yangon - A New Zealand bar manager accused of insulting religion in Myanmar by using an image of the Buddha to promote a cheap drinks night was set to face the court's verdict on Tuesday.

Myanmar police arrest scores in violent student rally crackdown

Yangon - Myanmar arrested 127 protesters when baton-wielding police dispersed a student rally Tuesday, as the second crackdown in days deepens fears that authorities are returning to the repressive reflexes of the junta era.

Once thought extinct, the Jerdon's Babbler rediscovered

The Jerdon's Babbler, a small songbird native to South Asia had not been seen in Myanmar since July, 1941. But a team of scientists rediscovered the pretty little bird while surveying a grasslands site in the nation's Bago region last May.

Myanmar defends rally crackdown as police arrest more protesters

Yangon - Myanmar authorities defended a crackdown on a Yangon rally, which saw police and men in civilian clothes beat unarmed protesters, as security forces made fresh arrests on Friday.

Myanmar journalist arrested for satirical Facebook post

Yangon - A journalist in Myanmar was detained by police Friday after he posted a satirical image on Facebook that depicted renewed hostilities between government forces and an ethnic rebel group in the country's northeastern Shan State, reports say.

Myanmar student protesters defy deadline to disperse

- Student protesters calling for education reform on Tuesday defied an order to disperse in a tense standoff with hundreds of riot police in central Myanmar.

WUSC sponsorship program changing lives of refugee students Special

Regina - Refugee students from around the world are now finding hard-to-obtain quality post-secondary education in Canada. Many such students hail from war zones; in countries engulfed in protracted conflicts or mired in perpetual political instability.

Exhibit on Buddhist art from Myanmar opens in Asia Society

New York - The Asia Society will be displaying a series of sacred art pieces from Myanmar, for the first time ever on American soil. The exhibit titled "Buddhist Art of Myanmar" began on February 10 and will end on May 10.
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