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Family of whistleblowing Myanmar cop evicted after testimony

Yangon - The family of a Myanmar policeman who testified in court that two Reuters reporters had been set up was evicted from their police housing a day after his evidence, his wife said.

Myanmar police ordered set up of Reuters journalists: testimony

Yangon - A Myanmar police chief ordered officers to set up a Reuters reporter by handing over sensitive documents to him in a sting operation that also ensnared his colleague, a police official told a court Friday.

Myanmar pardons 8,500 prisoners in holiday amnesty

Yangon - Myanmar's president on Tuesday announced pardons for more than 8,500 prisoners, including three dozen jailed in political cases, as part of an annual amnesty marking the country's traditional new year.

Scepticism as Myanmar announces repatriation of first Rohingya family

Yangon - Myanmar's government said it has repatriated the first family of Rohingya refugees, among 700,000 who fled a brutal crackdown, but the move was slammed by rights groups as a publicity stunt which ignored warnings over the security of returnees.

Angry Myanmar activists grab Zuckerberg's attention on hate speech

Yangon - A whoop of disbelief erupted in the small office used by anti-hate speech activists in Myanmar when they spotted the name that had dropped into their email inbox: Mark Zuckerberg.

Myanmar court refuses to drop case against Reuters journalists

Yangon - A Myanmar court on Wednesday rejected a motion to drop a case against two Reuters journalists arrested while investigating a massacre of Rohingya Muslims, even as seven soldiers were given lengthy sentences for their role in the killings.

7 Myanmar soldiers sentenced to 10 years over Rohingya killings: army

Yangon - Seven Myanmar soldiers have been sentenced to jail with hard labour for their part in the extrajudicial killings of 10 Rohingya Muslim men last year, according to a Facebook post by the army chief late on Tuesday.

7 Myanmar soldiers sentenced to 10 years over Rohingya killings: army

Yangon - Seven soldiers in Myanmar were sentenced for their part in the extrajudicial killings of 10 Rohingya Muslim men, according to a Facebook post by the army chief late on Tuesday.

Conditions in Myanmar 'not conducive' to Rohingya return: UN

Yangon - Conditions in Myanmar's crisis-hit northern Rakhine state are "not conducive" to bringing back Rohingya who fled to Bangladesh, a senior UN official said, despite Myanmar's insistence that it is ready for returnees.

Facebook apologises after Myanmar groups blast Zuckerberg

Yangon - Facebook apologised on Friday to Myanmar civil society groups who took issue with Mark Zuckerberg's defence of the platform's record on curbing hate speech roiling the country.

Fear and isolation for Myanmar's remaining Rohingya

Akyab - By the twisted standards of Myanmar's Rakhine state, Abdullah is one of its more fortunate Rohingya residents.The 34-year-old is alive, his village is intact and he is able to make a living -- albeit a meagre one -- in his homeland as a farmer.

Myanmar president pledges to amend army-scripted constitution

Nay Pyi Taw - Myanmar's new president promised to amend the country's army-written constitution in an inaugural speech Friday, challenging a charter that bans Aung San Suu Kyi from top office and gives the military major powers.

Staunch Suu Kyi ally elected Myanmar president

Nay Pyi Taw - Myanmar's parliament on Wednesday elected a staunch ally of Aung San Suu Kyi as the country's new president, allowing her to maintain a tight grip on top-level decision-making.

With Rohingya gone, Myanmar's ethnic Rakhine seek Muslim-free 'buffer zone'

Pyay - Buddhist flags hang limply from bamboo poles at the entrance to Koe Tan Kauk, a "model" village for ethnic Rakhine migrants shuttled north to repopulate an area once dominated by Rohingya Muslims.

Myanmar erects security posts on burned Rohingya land: Amnesty

Yangon - Myanmar is building security installations on top of razed Rohingya villages, Amnesty International said Monday, casting doubt on plans to repatriate hundreds of thousands of refugees.

'Ethnic cleansing' of Myanmar's Rohingya continues: UN

Yangon - Myanmar is continuing its "ethnic cleansing" of the Rohingya with a "campaign of terror and forced starvation" in Rakhine state, a UN human rights envoy said on Tuesday, six months after a military crackdown sparked a mass exodus of the Muslim minority...

Myanmar defends troop build-up on Bangladesh border near Rohingya camp

Yangon - Myanmar on Friday defended deploying fresh troops to a border zone with Bangladesh where thousands of Rohingya refugees are camped, blaming a militant threat as Dhaka called for an immediate retreat to lower tensions along the troubled frontier.

Facebook says page of firebrand anti-Rohingya Myanmar monk removed

Yangon - Facebook has removed the page of a Myanmar monk once dubbed the "Buddhist Bin Laden" for his incendiary posts about Muslims, the company confirmed, as it faces pressure to clamp down on hate speech.

Three bombs rock capital of Myanmar's Rakhine state

Yangon - Three bombs exploded early Saturday in the capital of Myanmar's Rakhine state, a cauldron of ethnic tensions roiled by insurgencies and a military crackdown on the Muslim Rohingya, injuring one police officer, officials said.

Three bombs hit capital of Myanmar's Rakhine state

Yangon - Three bombs exploded in different locations around Rakhine's state capital Sittwe early Saturday morning, including at the home of a high ranking official, Myanmar police told AFP, adding that no deaths were reported.
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