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Move over Ebola- Malaria next big health crisis

The World Health Organization recently reported the number of people dying from Malaria has dropped 47 percent in Sub-Saharan Africa since 2000. WHO attributed the success in reducing the number of deaths, in large part, to better diagnosis and treatment.

Suu Kyi party admits cannot win fight to change constitution

Yangon - Aung San Suu Kyi's opposition party admitted Wednesday it cannot win its fight to change a constitutional provision barring her from Myanmar's presidency, as the powerful military signalled strong opposition to such amendments.

Myanmar rules out constitutional change before 2015 polls

Inya - Myanmar's parliament speaker said Tuesday the current junta-drafted constitution, which bars opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi from becoming president, cannot be changed before elections in November 2015.

Myanmar army bristles against constitutional change for Suu Kyi

Yangon - Myanmar's powerful army has told parliament it opposes changing a junta-drafted constitution that bars opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi from becoming president, days after US President Barack Obama called for it to be amended.

Myanmar students stage illegal education protest in Yangon

Yangon - Scores of Myanmar students rallied illegally in Yangon Monday against a new education bill they describe as undemocratic, the latest in a series of protests that began during a visit by US President Barack Obama.

Obama backs Suu Kyi bid to change constitution

Yangon - US President Barack Obama urged Myanmar Friday to hold "free, fair and inclusive" elections as he threw his weight behind a bid by opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi to change a constitution that bars her from the presidency.

Obama optimistic on Myanmar democracy despite concerns

Inya - US President Barack Obama voiced optimism Thursday that Myanmar was on the right path to democracy despite worrying "backsliding" on its much celebrated reform process.

Obama to press reform progress on Myanmar visit

Inya - Fears that Myanmar's reforms are stagnating are in the spotlight as it hosts US President Barack Obama Thursday during major regional summits showcasing the country's giddying transition from army-led isolation to international player.

Myanmar hosts biggest cast of world leaders since reforms

Inya - Myanmar welcomes its biggest gathering of global leaders Wednesday since the start of reforms which have seen it shed pariah status despite deepening worries over the direction of its transition from decades of junta rule.

Myanmar moots changing constitution barring Suu Kyi from presidency

Inya - Myanmar's parliament will consider amending the country's constitution -- which currently bars opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi from becoming president -- ahead of elections next year, an official said Friday.

Myanmar migrants retract British tourist murders confession

Bangkok - Two Myanmar migrant workers accused of murdering a pair of British tourists on a Thai island have retracted their confessions and alleged they were tortured, lawyers said on Wednesday.

Thailand holds 53 Rohingya migrants heading for Malaysia

Phangnga - Thai authorities on Saturday arrested 53 Rohingya migrants and two suspected Thai traffickers en route to neighbouring Malaysia, an official said.

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.

Thai police charge Myanmar men with murder, rape of Brit tourists

Bangkok - Thai police Friday charged two Myanmar men with murder and rape after the killing of two British tourists on a southern island last month, in a case that has severely dented the kingdom's image as a holiday haven.

Thai PM to visit Myanmar on first official trip

Bangkok - Thailand's coup leader and premier Prayut Chan-O-Cha will visit Myanmar on his first official overseas trip, an official said Friday, as the junta seeks to strengthen ties with its former military-ruled neighbour.

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.

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.

Sea row dominates Southeast Asian summit

Mae Hong Son - Surging maritime tensions dominated a meeting of Southeast Asian leaders Sunday, with Vietnam calling on its regional neighbours for support in its worsening territorial dispute with China.

Myanmar diplomatic debut tested by China sea spats

Mae Hong Son - Surging tensions in the South China Sea dominated a meeting of Southeast Asia's regional bloc Saturday, presenting a challenging diplomatic debut for Myanmar as it hosts the talks for the first time.

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.

Veteran Myanmar pro-democracy campaigner Win Tin dies

- Win Tin, one of the founders of Myanmar's pro-democracy opposition and its longest-serving political prisoner, died Monday aged 84 after striving for decades to bring freedom to a nation under military dictatorship.

Suu Kyi cautions Myanmar 'not yet a democracy'

Berlin - Myanmar's opposition leader and Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi warned Friday that her country, despite a spate of reforms hailed by the international community, "is not yet a democracy".

Suu Kyi in Germany hopes Myanmar can overcome strife

Berlin - Myanmar pro-democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi said on a trip to Germany Thursday that she hoped her country could also overcome its internal divisions amid deadly Buddhist-Muslim strife.

Japan pushes to build hi-tech power plants abroad

Tokyo - Two Japanese companies have agreed deals to develop advanced coal-fired power plants in Malaysia and Myanmar as part of a government drive to export energy efficiency technology to emerging markets, a report said Sunday.

'Vigilant' ASEAN braces for more Fed tapering

Mae Hong Son - Southeast Asian finance ministers vowed vigilance Saturday in the face of economic risks such as capital outflows caused by the US Federal Reserve's "tapering" of its massive monetary stimulus.

Tensions as Myanmar embarks on first census in 30 years

Cox's Bazar - Tens of thousands of census-takers fanned out across Myanmar on Sunday to gather data for a rare snapshot of the former junta-ruled nation that is already stoking sectarian tensions.

Myanmar bans 'Rohingya' term from census

Cox's Bazar - Myanmar said Saturday that Muslims would not be allowed to register as "Rohingya" in its first census in three decades despite UN assurances, on the eve of a survey that has fanned sectarian tensions.
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The tragedy of the Muslim Rohingya boat people continues
The tragedy of the Muslim Rohingya boat people continues
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Reuters Pictures of the Year 2013: Myanmar pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi attends an award ce...
Reuters Pictures of the Year 2013: Myanmar pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi attends an award ceremony to receive her 1990 Sakharov Prize at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, October 22, 2013
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Dawn at the valley of Bagan, Myanmar (Burma)
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View from Golden Hill Towers, Yangon Myanmar
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Buddhist monks welcoming Muslims refugee
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The Greater Mekong region of Southeast Asia through which the Mekong River flows comprises the count...
The Greater Mekong region of Southeast Asia through which the Mekong River flows comprises the countries of Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand, Vietnam and Yunnan Province in southern China.
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Heho airport in Burma
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Local clinic trating malaria patients.
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The spread of artemisinin resistant malaria  parasites is becoming a great concern in Myanmar
The spread of artemisinin resistant malaria parasites is becoming a great concern in Myanmar,
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A supporter of Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi looks at her her portrait at the National ...
A supporter of Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi looks at her her portrait at the National League for Democracy (NLD) headquarters, in Yangon on June 19, 2014
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Myanmar President Thein Sein delivers his speech to the media during his visit at the Malacanang Pre...
Myanmar President Thein Sein delivers his speech to the media during his visit at the Malacanang Presidential Palace in Manila
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Myanmar performers take part in the opening ceremony of the 47th ASEAN Foreign Ministers' Meeting at the Myanmar International Convention Center (MICC) in Naypyidaw on August 8, 2014
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