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Suu Kyi eyes poll majority, but fears for wider democratic gains: AFP

Nay Pyi Taw - Aung San Suu Kyi said Tuesday she was confident her opposition party would win Myanmar's landmark elections if they are free and fair, but raised concerns over the country's overall progress towards democracy.

Myanmar extends emergency rule in strife-hit region

Yangon - Myanmar has renewed a state of emergency in a restive northern region bordering China, state media said Wednesday, extending army control over the area during crucial November elections.

Suu Kyi concerned at Myanmar ruling party putsch

Nay Pyi Taw - Myanmar's opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi raised fears Tuesday for crucial November elections as the government tried to calm political tensions after the surprise ousting of the ruling party chief.

Head of Myanmar's ruling party removed in power struggle

Nay Pyi Taw - The leader of Myanmar's ruling party has been removed from his post, an official said Thursday, after a shock police swoop on party headquarters that laid bare a power struggle among the country's key political players ahead of elections.

Myanmar flood death toll tops 100, one million affected

Yangon - The death toll from severe flooding across Myanmar has topped 100, state media reported Monday, with nearly one million people affected as fears intensify for the country's crucial rice bowl region.

Myanmar villagers fight floods with just sand bags and hope

Myanmar's president called Thursday for the evacuation of low-lying areas as the Irrawaddy river threatened to breach embankments, leaving villagers with just sand bags to hold back churning waters that have hit much of the country.

Desperation in flood-hit Myanmar as death toll climbs

Yangon - Tens of thousands of people huddled Wednesday in monasteries and other makeshift evacuation centres in remote areas of Myanmar cut off by deadly floods, as rescuers struggled to deliver desperately needed aid.

Myanmar admits 'weak' flood response as monsoon misery spreads

Cox's Bazar - Myanmar's government on Tuesday admitted its "weak" response to massive floods had hampered evacuation efforts, as rain-battered Asian nations counted the rising cost of this year's monsoon.

Hundreds dead, millions displaced as monsoon heaps misery on Asia

Yangon - Monsoon rains have claimed hundreds of lives across Asia, authorities reported Monday, as rescuers scrambled to reach remote areas of India, Pakistan and Myanmar after flash floods and landslides.

UN warns Myanmar flood toll to rise as rains lash region

Yangon - The toll from flash floods and landslides in Myanmar caused by days of torrential rain is likely to rise, the UN warned Sunday, as monsoon downpours heaped misery on thousands across the region.

Severe flooding hampers Myanmar rescue efforts, at least 27 dead

Yangon - Severe flooding across Myanmar hampered rescue efforts on Saturday as thousands sheltered at monasteries after rising waters triggered by torrential rains killed at least 27 people, officials said.

Angelina Jolie, Suu Kyi meet women garment workers in Myanmar

Yangon - Hollywood actress Angelina Jolie met women garment workers in Myanmar on Saturday with opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi to learn more about their working conditions, as part of her first visit to the country.

Chinese loggers among thousands freed from Myanmar jails

Yangon - Myanmar announced the release of thousands of prisoners including scores of Chinese loggers on Thursday in a mass amnesty aimed at promoting "goodwill", officials said, after a series of spats between Yangon and Beijing.

Suu Kyi registers for Myanmar polls as ruling party braces for losses

Myanmar's opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi on Wednesday registered to run for a general election which her party is expected to sweep, as the ruling bloc admitted it was bracing for big losses.

At least 10 dead in Myanmar floods

Yangon - Floods triggered by torrential monsoon rains have killed at least 10 people in Myanmar in the last 48 hours, state media and officials reported Sunday.

Five fascinating facts that you may not know about the red panda

Scampering around in the trees from Nepal to northern Myanmar is an animal that is so cute, it looks like a creature from a child's dream. Perhaps it is, but it's also actually real. Red pandas can also be found in the mountains of southwestern China.

China ire as Myanmar jails scores for illegal logging

Beijing on Thursday hit out at long jail sentences handed to more than 150 Chinese nationals for illegal logging in Myanmar, in the latest tremor to shake relations between the neighbours.

Myanmar accused 'seen on Thai beach where Brits were murdered'

Ko Samui - Two Myanmar nationals accused of killing a pair of British holidaymakers in Thailand were seen on CCTV playing guitar near the crime scene, a court heard Wednesday, as their lawyer decried a lack of retestable DNA evidence to bolster the defence case.

Myanmar's Suu Kyi invokes father's sacrifice ahead of elections

Yangon - Myanmar's Aung San Suu Kyi invoked the memory of her assassinated father Sunday, describing upcoming elections as an opportunity to continue his legacy and bring real change to the former junta-ruled nation.

Scramble to fix Myanmar's error-riddled voters roll

Yangon - "Go and check the voters lists" is the persistent refrain of worried opposition activists on a door-to-door campaign in Myanmar, armed with copies of electoral rolls they say are riddled with errors and could deny many the chance to vote in a historic ...

No DNA retest from Brit tourist bodies at Thai murder trial: Lawyer

Bangkok - The defence team for two Myanmar nationals accused of murdering a pair of British backpackers in Thailand confirmed Sunday that they will not be able to retest crucial DNA samples taken from the victims' bodies.

Suu Kyi says opposition to contest Myanmar election

Nay Pyi Taw - Myanmar's Aung San Suu Kyi on Saturday said her opposition would participate in historic polls set for November 8, vowing the party would amend the constitution that bars her from the presidency if it wins.

Myanmar president vows 'free and fair' elections

Yangon - Myanmar's president Thursday reaffirmed his vow to hold a "free and fair" election after the country set the date for what many hope will be the most democratic vote in a generation for the former junta-run nation.

Timeline of major political events in Myanmar

Yangon - As Myanmar announces November 8 as the date for a historic general election, set to be the first contested by Aung San Suu Kyi's opposition in a quarter of a century, here is a chronology of key recent political events in the nation:2010-- November 7: ...

Myanmar to hold general election on November 8

Yangon - Myanmar on Wednesday announced November 8 as the date for a historic general election set to be the first contested by Aung San Suu Kyi's opposition in a quarter of a century.

Thai policeman describes finding dead British tourists as murder trial opens

Ko Samui - A Thai policeman described the harrowing moments he discovered the bodies of two British holidaymakers on Koh Tao island as the high-profile trial of two Myanmar migrants charged over their deaths opened Wednesday.

Myanmar man convicted for 2013 hotel blast

Yangon - A Myanmar man has been sentenced to life in prison for planting a bomb that exploded two years ago inside a luxury Yangon hotel wounding an American woman, state media reported Sunday.

Myanmar parliament rejects charter change in blow to Suu Kyi

Nay Pyi Taw - Myanmar's parliament Thursday dealt a body blow to Aung San Suu Kyi's hopes of amending a junta-era constitution that bars her from the presidency before landmark elections, voting down a bill to end the military's effective veto on charter change.

Thai Buddhists to help anti-Muslim Myanmar monks set up radio station

Bangkok - Thai Buddhists have offered to help a network of hardline anti-Muslim Myanmar monks set up a radio station to spread their message across a nation where sectarian hatred is on the rise.

Myanmar's Suu Kyi eyes landslide election win

Yangon - Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi called on her party Sunday to push for a landslide victory at crucial elections expected later this year as she celebrated her birthday with supporters.
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