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Three children killed in Myanmar black magic ritual

Tamwe - Three infant children have been beaten to death in a Myanmar village outside Yangon by a man purporting to be a spiritual healer, who told their families they were possessed by evil spirits.

Calls for overhaul after 72 die in Myanmar ferry disaster

Yangon - A total of 72 people died when an overloaded ferry sank in central Myanmar, local officials said Thursday, calling for an overhaul of the creaking boats that ply the river as the search effort ended.

Myanmar ferry disaster death toll tops 50

Yangon - More than 50 bodies have been recovered from a ferry that sank in central Myanmar, a local official said Wednesday, warning the toll would keep rising as workers raise the capsized boat.

Myanmar's storied film industry gears up for a sequel

Yangon - With turquoise columns propping up a pink and yellow portico, Myanmar's art deco style Thwin cinema is a rare relic from a golden age of movie-making that dazzled audiences more than half a century ago.

32 bodies found in Myanmar ferry disaster as death toll mounts

Yangon - Searchers have recovered 32 bodies after an overloaded ferry sank in central Myanmar and expect to find dozens more dead, officials said Monday, as workers began raising the boat from the riverbed.

Teachers and workers flee clashes in northern Myanmar

Yangon - Teachers and government workers fled northern border districts of Myanmar on Wednesday after clashes in Rakhine state left a dozen dead, fearing worsening violence in a region long-scarred by sectarian unrest.

Myanmar buries slain police in restive Rakhine as troops pour in

Yangon - Myanmar's border guard on Tuesday buried nine officers killed in mysterious raids in the western state of Rakhine, as the military tightened control over a region long scarred by violence between Buddhists and Muslims.

Myanmar police killed in attack on Bangladesh border

Yangon - At least two policemen were killed in coordinated attacks by an unknown group on posts along Myanmar's border with Bangladesh early Sunday morning, an official and police said.

Myanmar jails Dutch tourist for pulling plug on Buddhist sermon

Mandalay - A Myanmar court on Thursday jailed a Dutch tourist for three months with hard labour for insulting religion after he unplugged an amplifier relaying a late-night Buddhist sermon.

Myanmar human rights leaders resign over child abuse scandal

Yangon - Four members of Myanmar's human rights commission resigned Thursday, after the body was pilloried for failing to help two girls allegedly tortured for years at a tailor's shop.

Myanmar man jailed for calling president 'crazy' on Facebook

Yangon - A man has been jailed for nine months after calling Myanmar's president "crazy" in a Facebook post, his wife said Friday, in the latest use of a junta-era defamation law under the new civilian government.

Fresh child abuse case exposes Myanmar's broken system

Yangon - Scars lace across 16-year-old Than Than Ei's face, each line bearing testimony to the abuse she says she suffered at the hands of her adoptive family, the latest case of child abuse piling pressure on Myanmar's government.

What are elephants good for besides ivory? How about their skin?

Deep in the jungles of Myanmar, endangered Asian elephants are facing the same threat as African elephants, only it is far worse. Besides taking tusks, poachers there are skinning the elephants to feed a growing demand for skins in China.

Beaten and burnt: Myanmar's invisible child servants

Tamwe - San Kay Khine stares at her burnt, scarred hands, her twisted fingers a reminder of her years as a child slave in Myanmar, one of thousands of young domestic workers feared to be at risk of exploitation and abuse.

The sanctions game: US mulls rewriting Myanmar blacklist

Yangon - Rolling back US sanctions on Myanmar will top the agenda Wednesday as President Barack Obama hosts democracy champion Aung San Suu Kyi, with American firms desperate to tap millions of consumers once cut off by the former junta.

Myanmar peace summit ends with long road ahead

Nay Pyi Taw - Myanmar's Aung San Suu Kyi concluded a landmark summit with ethnic rebels on Saturday, calling it the first step on what promises to be a tough road to peace.

Quills, coins and dragons: Myanmar's tribal fashions

Nay Pyi Taw - From porcupine quills and fruit, to silver coins and beads, the ethnic costumes on parade in Myanmar's capital this week showed off the country's diversity and added sartorial splendour to the cold detail of talks to end decades of rebellion.

Ethnic peace talks seek to pave new path for Myanmar

Nay Pyi Taw - Peace talks between Myanmar's government and warring ethnic minorities kicked off Wednesday in a bid to end decades of conflict that have claimed thousands of lives and kept the country mired in poverty.

Fresh violence overshadows Myanmar peace talks

Nay Pyi Taw - Fresh fighting between ethnic minority rebels and Myanmar's military is overshadowing an upcoming peace conference led by Aung San Suu Kyi's new civilian government, people involved in the talks said Tuesday.

Myanmar weighs damage after earthquake rattles Bagan pagodas

Bagan - Myanmar took stock of toppled spires and crumbling temple walls in the ancient capital Bagan Thursday after a powerful earthquake hit the country, killing three and damaging the top tourist destination.
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