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Fear stoked by Chinese-funded port and SEZ in Myanmar's Rakhine

Akyab - Aung Gyi is forced to fish covertly under the shroud of night in western Myanmar waters as China bids to transform the strategically key region into a shipping and industrial hub, squeezing out locals who fear being left behind in the gold rush.

Indian worker dies in Myanmar rebel operation

Yangon - An Indian construction worker died while being taken hostage with several compatriots by insurgents in Myanmar's conflict-scarred Rakhine state, rebels and the government said Monday.

Bridging the gap: Yangon's boom falls short across river

Yangon - On her scruffy, downtrodden bank of the river, teashop-owner Khin works just a few hundred metres across the muddy water from Yangon and dreams of the riches promised by a new bridge linking to Myanmar's commercial heart.

NASA pioneers malaria-predicting tech in Myanmar

Yangon - NASA is developing a new technique to forecast malaria outbreaks in Myanmar from space, as the emergence of new drug-resistant strains in Southeast Asia threatens efforts to wipe out the deadly disease globally.

Myanmar filmmaker jailed for one year after criticising military

Yangon - A Myanmar filmmaker was sentenced to a year in prison on Thursday for criticising the military, as free expression advocates warned of "grave threats" to those who challenge the powerful armed forces.

Myanmar to join US-ASEAN maritime drills despite sanctions

Yangon - Myanmar's navy will join maritime drills with the US in Southeast Asia next week, a spokesman said Wednesday, in a rare show of military cooperation despite Washington slapping sanctions on top army brass over the Rohingya crisis.

At least 14 dead in unprecedented rebel attack on Myanmar military town

Pyin Oo Lwin - At least 14 people have been killed in ongoing fighting Thursday between Myanmar's military and rebels who mounted a series of attacks, including an unprecedented strike on an army academy, apparently in retaliation for massive drug seizures.

Myanmar battles rising floodwaters after landslide kills 52

Mawlamyine - Myanmar troops and emergency responders scrambled to provide aid in flood-hit parts of the country Sunday after rising waters forced residents to flee by boat and a landslide killed at least 52 people.

Myanmar troops help flood rescue after landslide kills 51

Mawlamyine - Myanmar troops deployed to flood-hit parts of the country on Sunday to help with relief efforts after rising waters left thousands stranded and the death toll from a landslide jumped to 51.

Myanmar says military 'dignity' harmed by US ban on army chief

Yangon - A US travel ban on Myanmar army chief Min Aung Hlaing over his role in orchestrating a bloody crackdown against Rohingya Muslims harms the dignity of the military, a spokesman said Wednesday, adding critics failed to properly understand the crisis.

Seven killed in Myanmar monastery shelling: witnesses

Yangon - Seven people were killed when artillery rounds slammed into a monastery where they were sheltering from firefights between military and insurgent forces in Myanmar's Rakhine state, witnesses said Tuesday.

Ice, ice maybe? Myanmar cop held for crystal meth switch

Yangon - A Myanmar policeman has been arrested after switching 64 kilograms (140 pounds) of seized crystal meth with salts loosely resembling the party drug known as "ice", officials said Tuesday.

Armed and Dangerous: Myanmar's military goes shopping

Yangon - Myanmar's military has lavished tens of millions of dollars on the latest lethal hardware, leaning on allies as part of a strategy to become a first-class fighting force.

Myanmar frees soldiers jailed for Rohingya massacre

Yangon - Seven soldiers jailed for killing a group of Rohingya Muslims have been freed from a Myanmar jail despite serving less time than two reporters imprisoned for exposing the massacre.

Timeline in case against two Reuters Myanmar journalists

Yangon - Reuters journalists Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo were released from prison Tuesday after spending more than 16 months behind bars for investigating atrocities against Rohingya Muslims by Myanmar's army.

Myanmar frees two Reuters journalists after global outrage

Yangon - Two Reuters journalists jailed for their reporting on the Rohingya crisis in Myanmar walked out of prison on Tuesday, freed in a presidential amnesty after a vigorous global campaign -- and backroom diplomacy -- for their release.

Myanmar frees two Reuters journalists in amnesty

Yangon - Two Reuters journalists who had been jailed for their reporting on the Rohingya crisis in Myanmar walked out of prison Tuesday, freed in a presidential amnesty.

Top Myanmar court rejects appeal of award-winning Reuters reporters

Nay Pyi Taw - Myanmar's Supreme Court rejected the latest appeal Tuesday by two Pulitzer-prize winning Reuters journalists who were jailed for seven years on charges linked to their reporting on the Rohingya crisis, as hopes now turn to a presidential pardon.

Top Myanmar court rejects appeal by Reuters reporters: lawyer

Nay Pyi Taw - Myanmar's Supreme Court rejected an appeal Tuesday by two Reuters journalists jailed for seven years each on charges linked to their reporting on the Rohingya crisis, one of the defence lawyers confirmed.

'Masters of our destiny': Myanmar's Wa rebels in show of force

Pyin Oo Lwin - It has a standing army of 25,000, manufactures its own guns and conscripts at least one member of each household -- meet the United Wa State Army: Communist, reclusive, China-backed rebels determined to protect their supremacy over Myanmar's badland bo...
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