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EU sanctions 10 Myanmar junta officials

Apo - The EU on Monday announced sanctions on 10 Myanmar junta officials and two conglomerates linked to the military over the coup and bloody crackdown on protesters in their country.

Japan urges release of journalist detained in Myanmar

Yangon - Japan has urged Myanmar authorities to release a Japanese journalist in custody at a Yangon prison, one of at least 65 reporters arrested during the junta's crackdown on anti-coup protests.

Myanmar shadow government wants ASEAN crisis talks invite

Yangon - Myanmar's shadow government on Sunday urged Southeast Asian leaders to give it a seat at the table during crisis talks next week, and not to recognise the military regime that seized power in a February coup.

Myanmar junta leader set to join ASEAN summit

Yangon - Myanmar junta leader Min Aung Hlaing will join a special ASEAN summit next week, the Thai foreign ministry said Saturday, his first official trip since masterminding a coup which deposed civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi.

Myanmar's junta releases 23,000 prisoners in New Year's amnesty

Yangon - The junta is planning to release more than 23,000 prisoners nationwide, an official said Saturday, even as the military continues to detain and issue arrest warrants for anti-coup dissidents.

Myanmar's ousted MPs form new shadow government

Yangon - A "parliament" working in hiding to oust Myanmar's junta from power announced a new shadow government Friday, with deposed leader Aung San Suu Kyi at its helm alongside ethnic minority politicians.

Rebel groups see opportunity in post-coup Myanmar

Bangkok - Myanmar’s coup has opened an unexpected window of opportunity for the various ethnic rebel outfits, which have no loyalty to either the junta or to deposed leader Aung San Suu Kyi, but could together pose a threat to the army's rule.

Myanmar military shoots at protesting medical workers

Yangon - Myanmar's military opened fire on protesting healthcare workers Thursday, killing at least one bystander as the demonstrators fled for safety to a nearby mosque.

Myanmar protesters throw red paint in the streets as death toll mounts

Yangon - Anti-coup protesters in Myanmar sloshed red paint in the streets on Wednesday to symbolise the blood spilled and more than 700 lives lost in a brutal military crackdown.

UN fears Myanmar could be heading towards 'full-blown' conflict

Yangon - The UN rights chief warned Tuesday Myanmar could be spiralling towards a "full-blown" Syrian-style conflict, after a two-month crackdown that a local monitoring group says has already claimed more than 700 lives.

Myanmar's Suu Kyi hit with new criminal charge

Yangon - Myanmar's ousted civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi was hit with a fresh criminal charge on Monday, as the junta's tough crackdown on dissent rolls on.

No mood to celebrate: Myanmar to snub water fight festival

Yangon - Instead of the usual water pistols, splashing and jubilant crowds during Myanmar's New Year festival of Thingyan, this year's holiday will see real guns, blood on the streets and grief over a democracy robbed.

Russia and China thwarting international response to Myanmar crisis: EU

Yangon - Russia and China are frustrating the international response to the Myanmar crisis, a top European Union diplomat said Sunday, as the death toll from a military crackdown climbed past 700.

Myanmar youth fight internet outages with underground newsletter

Yangon - Myanmar youth are fighting the junta's internet shutdown and information suppression with an explosive underground printed newsletter they are secretly distributing across communities.

Scores killed in Myanmar crackdown as UN envoy calls for 'strong action'

Yangon - Reports emerged Saturday of more than 80 killed in the latest bloodletting by Myanmar's military, as the country's own ambassador to the United Nations called for "strong action" against the junta.

Rights group condemns Myanmar death sentences

Yangon - An international human rights group condemned Myanmar's junta Saturday for sentencing 19 people to die, in the first known use of the death penalty since the military seized power.

Myanmar's own envoy leads UN calls for urgent action

New York - Myanmar's own ambassador to the United Nations pressed Friday for a no-fly zone and sanctions as international pressure grew on the military junta to end a deadly crackdown and restore democracy.

Philippines keeping 'options open' on South China Sea: govt

Manila - The Philippine defence department said Thursday it was keeping "all our options open" as a diplomatic row with Beijing grows over hundreds of Chinese vessels in the contested South China Sea.

Britain slams 'bullying' Myanmar over London embassy standoff

London - Britain on Thursday condemned "bullying" by the Myanmar junta after the country's ambassador to London was ousted in an extraordinary diplomatic coup after calling for the release of civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi.

Myanmar's UK envoy says military attache 'occupied' embassy

London - Myanmar's ambassador to Britain accused a Yangon military-linked figure of occupying the embassy Wednesday and barring him access, in an extraordinary diplomatic stand-off a month after the envoy called for the junta to release ousted civilian leader A...

Myanmar group compiles junta rights abuse dossier

Yangon - A group representing Myanmar's ousted civilian government said Wednesday it has gathered 180,000 pieces of evidence showing rights abuses by the junta including torture and extrajudicial killings.

Pentagon urges Russia to explain troop buildup near Ukraine

Washington - The US Defense Department called Tuesday for Russia to make clear its intentions regarding a buildup of military forces along Ukraine's southeast border and in Crimea.

Myanmar activists splash red paint to protest junta bloodshed

Yangon - Myanmar activists daubed roadways with red paint Tuesday to protest against the junta's bloody crackdown on protests, as an online fundraising drive to support the movement neared the $10 million mark.

Myanmar activists splash red paint to protest junta bloodshed

Yangon - Myanmar activists daubed roadways with red paint Tuesday to protest against the junta's bloody crackdown on protests, as an online fundraising drive to support the movement neared the $10 million mark.

Australian couple released from house arrest in Myanmar

Yangon - An Australian couple was released from house arrest in Myanmar and allowed to leave the country, as protests against the military junta continued Monday.

Turkey condemns admirals' warning over Bosphorus treaty

Istanbul - Top Turkish officials on Sunday lashed out at an open letter signed by more than 100 retired admirals warning about a possible threat to a treaty governing the use of Turkey's key waterways.

Turkey slams admirals' warning over Bosphorus treaty

Istanbul - Top Turkish officials on Sunday lashed out at an open letter signed by more than 100 retired admirals warning about a possible threat to a treaty governing the use of Turkey's key waterways.

Pope shares solidarity with Myanmar youth as protesters decorate Easter eggs

Yangon - Anti-coup demonstrators in Myanmar decorated boiled eggs on Sunday, as Pope Francis in his Easter message expressed solidarity with the country's youth.

Total to continue gas production in coup-hit Myanmar

Yangon - French energy giant Total will not halt gas production in coup-hit Myanmar, its chief said Sunday, despite growing calls for foreign companies to sever ties with the junta as it escalates a brutal crackdown on dissent.

'Silent revolution': Myanmar workers strike to force junta's hand

Bangkok - Tens of thousands of Myanmar workers have gone on strike over the past two months, hoping that economic paralysis will force the hand of the wealthy generals who ousted civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi on February 1.
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