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Myanmar frees 3,000 prisoners, including ex-military figures

Yangon - Myanmar began releasing hundreds of prisoners -- including a political detainee and former military intelligence figures -- on "humanitarian" grounds, officials said Tuesday, in the latest large-scale amnesty in the once pariah nation.

Myanmar's Suu Kyi gains 5 mn signatures in presidency fight

Yangon - Myanmar's opposition said on Wednesday almost five million people had signed a petition seen as a step towards ending a constitutional ban on veteran activist Aung San Suu Kyi running for president.

Millions back Suu Kyi call for Myanmar charter change

Yangon - Myanmar's opposition has gathered millions of signatures in support of changes to a constitution that bars its leader Aung San Suu Kyi from becoming president, in a show of political strength ahead of elections next year.

Dalai Lama denounces Buddhist-Muslim violence

Leh - The Dalai Lama has called for an end to the violence between the two faiths. Specifically he is asking members of his faith to stop their attacks on the Muslim community.

Myanmar opposition youth seek louder voice

Yangon - Aung San Suu Kyi's Myanmar opposition party faced calls to inject new blood into its ageing top ranks as it opened a landmark conference Saturday dedicated to its youth wing.

Angry mourners mass in riot-hit Myanmar city

- Thousands of people, some wielding sticks, flooded Myanmar's second-largest city Friday as tensions spiked during the funeral of a victim of Buddhist-Muslim clashes that have raised fears of spreading violence.

Myanmar imposes curfew in Mandalay after deadly riots

- Myanmar police imposed an overnight curfew in the country's second largest city of Mandalay on Thursday, after two nights of sectarian unrest that left two people dead.

Mourners flock to funeral of Myanmar pro-democracy hero

Yangon - Thousands of mourners Wednesday attended the funeral of Win Tin, a giant of Myanmar's pro-democracy movement, in an outpouring of grief for one of the country's best loved champions of freedom.

Myanmar couple in 'first public gay wedding ceremony'

Yangon - Dressed in matching traditional Myanmar clothes and garlanded with jasmine, a gay couple married in a lavish public ceremony that they say was the first of its kind in the conservative nation.Tin Ko Ko and Myo Min Htet exchanged rings in an upmarket Ya...

Myanmar allows partial resumption of MSF operations

Yangon - Myanmar has allowed Doctors Without Borders (MSF) to resume some of its work in the country, two days after the government forced it to close its clinics, the medical aid group said.But the group warned of a mounting humanitarian crisis in Rakhine Stat...

Myanmar suspends aid group MSF's operations in Rakhine

Yangon - Myanmar has suspended the activities of a top international aid agency in a strife-torn western state, an official said Friday, as the United States called for free humanitarian access in the former junta-ruled nation.Doctors Without Borders (MSF) has ...

World Bank pledges $2 billion for Myanmar

Yangon - The World Bank announced on Sunday a $2 billion development programme for Myanmar, including projects to improve access to energy and healthcare in the impoverished former military-ruled nation.

UN urges Myanmar to probe sectarian killings

Yangon - The United Nations has called on Myanmar to investigate reports that dozens of men, women and children were killed in attacks on Rohingya Muslims with the alleged involvement of police.

Burma mobs kill at least 40 Rohingya Muslims

More than 40 Rohingya Muslims were killed in attacks by Buddhists last week in Burma's Rakhine state. Two international aid officials who visited the area said they found evidence of a massacre, BBC News reports.

Activists skeptical as Myanmar gov't frees political detainees

Rangoon - Although presidential spokesman Ye Htut announced "there are no more political prisoners," in a December Facebook post, activists and ex-prisoners in Myanmar are expressing skepticism.

Women's group: Myanmar army still using rape as weapon of war

Yangon - A women's group in Myanmar says that Myanmar's military still uses rape as a weapon of war nearly three years after a "nominally" civilian government was elected, ending 50 years of merciless military rule.

40 political prisoners freed in Myanmar so far

Yangon - 40 political prisoners have been freed in Myanmar and president Thein Sein has granted 200 others amnesty. More releases are expected next week.

Philippine leader to help in Myanmar's democratic transition

Philippine President Benigno Aquino will be helping Myanmar in its efforts to open its society to democratic reforms after many years of isolation brought about by the long years of military rule.

Myanmar, Philippines sign visa exemption agreement

The Philippines and Myanmar have signed a visa-free agreement during the state visit of Myanmar President Thein Sein in the Philippines on Thursday.

Dozens missing as boat carrying Muslim Rohingya sinks off Myanmar

Yangon - A boat carrying at least 70 Muslim Rohingya capsized off the coast of Myanmar Sunday. Aid workers say that only eight survivors have been rescued.
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