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Myanmar journalist hit with terrorism charges over insurgents interview

Mandalay - A Myanmar journalist faces up to life in prison for publishing an interview with a rebel group operating in the country's restive Rakhine state a week after the insurgents were classified as a terrorist organisation.

Virus panic grips Rohingya camps in Bangladesh

Cox's Bazar - The sewage-soaked alleys and cramped canvas and bamboo shacks that house one million Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh are a horrifying scene for experts watching the coronavirus pandemic creep closer.

Science and shamanism: Medicine meets Myanmar's far-flung Naga tribes

- With Malaria and tuberculosis screening out front and sacrifices to jungle gods out back, health worker Htan Pi and her shaman mother are an unlikely double-act in their isolated Myanmar village.

Myanmar army blocks bid to slash parliamentary power base

Nay Pyi Taw - Myanmar's military on Tuesday quashed proposals in parliament that would mean its MPs relinquish power, in a vote pitting the armed forces in open opposition against Aung San Suu Kyi as elections loom.

No country for young women? Myanmar's battle against rape

Yangon - Officially, rape hardly happens in Myanmar and domestic abuse is non-existent. The reality? Violence against women is so pervasive it is regarded as normal -- and as a result -- woefully underreported, says lawyer and activist Hla Hla Yee.

Seven Rohingya shot dead near Bangladesh refugee camp

Cox's Bazar - Bangladeshi elite police on Monday shot dead seven suspected Rohingya gangsters involved in drug and people smuggling, a spokesman for the force said.

Myanmar seizes drugs, equipment worth $27 million: military

Myanmar soldiers swooped on several illicit drugs labs to seize nearly $27 million of narcotics, chemicals and equipment, military newspaper The Myawady said Monday, the biggest bust so far this year.

Myanmar's last generation of tattooed headhunters

- Ngon Pok remembers his father and grandfather returning triumphantly to his tribal village in Myanmar's far north with a human head -- and the agony of the tattoo he was given to celebrate their victory.

Maldives gets Amal Clooney to fight for Rohingya at UN court

Colombo - The luxury tourist destination of the Maldives has hired prominent human rights lawyer Amal Clooney to represent it at the UN's highest court in seeking justice for Myanmar's persecuted Rohingya Muslims.

Myanmar's most isolated pray for harvest

- A haunting refrain pierces the night as the tribeswomen of the Gongwang Bonyo, among the most isolated people in Myanmar, dance around a campfire to bless the harvest ahead.

At least 15 refugees drown after boat sinks off Bangladesh

Cox's Bazar - At least 15 people drowned and dozens are unaccounted for after a boat carrying Rohingya refugees sank off southern Bangladesh early Tuesday, officials said.

EU states urge justice in Myanmar at UN Security Council

New York - The UN Security Council's EU member states called Tuesday for Myanmar to bring to justice those who have carried out human rights violations against Rohingya Muslims.

Myanmar sends back China plane after coronavirus scare

Myanmar on Friday sent a plane back to China with most passengers still on board -- including French and American citizens —- after one man suspected of contracting the coronavirus was taken to hospital.

Rohingya refugee writers dial into Myanmar poetry slam

Divided by hatred but united over the written word, Rohingya Muslim poets in Bangladeshi refugee camps joined Buddhist bards in Myanmar by video link as part of a groundbreaking poetry festival in a country reeling from genocide allegations.

UN court orders Myanmar to prevent Rohingya genocide

Den Haag - The UN's highest court ordered Myanmar on Thursday to do everything in its power to prevent the genocide of Rohingya Muslims,rex as international justice stepped into the crisis for the first time.

War crimes, not genocide committed against Rohingya: Myanmar probe

A Myanmar-appointed panel concluded Monday that some soldiers likely committed war crimes against its Rohingya Muslim community but the military was not guilty of genocide, findings swiftly condemned by rights groups.

IT happens: Facebook sorry for Xi Jinping's name gaffe

Nay Pyi Taw - Facebook apologised Saturday for a distasteful mistranslation of Chinese President Xi Jinping's name from Burmese language posts during his much-touted visit to Myanmar.

China and Myanmar 'stand together' despite Rohingya backlash

Nay Pyi Taw - China and Myanmar are set to ink mammoth infrastructure deals following a meeting on Saturday between President Xi Jinping and fallen rights icon Aung San Suu Kyi, who pledged to stand with Beijing "till the end of the world".

China's Xi vows 'new era' of Myanmar ties after red carpet welcome

Nay Pyi Taw - Chinese President Xi Jinping vowed to usher in a "new era" of ties with Myanmar after a red carpet welcome Friday on a state visit aimed at buttressing the embattled government of Aung San Suu Kyi and driving through multi-billion-dollar infrastructure...

China's Xi arrives in Myanmar on billion-dollar charm offensive

Nay Pyi Taw - Chinese President Xi Jinping touched down in Myanmar's capital Friday on a state visit aimed at buttressing the embattled government of Aung San Suu Kyi and driving through multi-billion-dollar infrastructure deals.

ICJ to rule next week on urgent measures in Rohingya genocide case

Den Haag - The UN's top court said Wednesday it will deliver its decision next week on whether emergency measures should be imposed on Myanmar over alleged genocide against its Rohingya Muslims.

China's Xi visits Myanmar to drive home Belt and Road plan

China's President Xi Jinping arrives in Myanmar this week to nail down multi-billion-dollar infrastructure deals in a country abandoned by many in the West appalled at the "genocide" of Rohingya Muslims on leader Aung San Suu Kyi's watch.

Myanmar sends nearly 200 Rohingya captured at sea to Rakhine camps

Akyab - Nearly 200 Rohingya Muslims arrested at sea last month by Myanmar's navy after a voyage of hundreds of kilometres have been sent back to Rakhine state, officials said Monday.

UN ups 2020 budget, includes funds for war crimes probes

New York - The United Nations General Assembly on Friday adopted a $3.07 billion operating budget which for the first time includes funding for the investigation of war crimes in Syria and Myanmar.The budget represents a slight increase from 2019's figure of $2.

Aung San Suu Kyi party official killed in Myanmar's Rakhine

Yangon - An official from Aung San Suu Kyi's political party was killed in Rakhine state after planning a show of support for the leader's defence of Myanmar against genocide allegations at The Hague, a spokesman said Thursday.

Myanmar child nuns dream of conflict-free lives

Teenager Dhama Theingi dreams of becoming an engineer and playing football, but for now she must rise for dawn prayers before pounding Yangon's streets to collect alms as one of Myanmar's growing number of child nuns seeking refuge from conflict.

Suu Kyi criticised for 'silence' over Myanmar genocide claims

Den Haag - The Gambia condemned Aung San Suu Kyi's "silence" over the plight of Rohingya Muslims on Thursday after the Nobel Peace Prize laureate defended Myanmar against genocide charges at the UN's top court.

Suu Kyi slammed for 'silence' over Myanmar genocide claims

Den Haag - The Gambia hit out Thursday at Aung San Suu Kyi's "silence" over the plight of Rohingya Muslims after the Nobel peace laureate defended Myanmar against genocide charges at the UN's top court.

95 Rohingya in Myanmar face jail as Hague hears 'genocide' case

Pathein - Nearly 100 Rohingya appeared in a Myanmar court Wednesday after being arrested for trying to flee persecution, their lawyer said, as leader Aung San Suu Kyi addressed the UN's top court to deny allegations of a genocidal campaign against the ethnic min...

Myanmar's Suu Kyi rejects genocide claims at top UN court

Den Haag - Nobel peace laureate Aung San Suu Kyi rejected allegations of genocide against Myanmar in the UN's top court Wednesday, despite admitting the army may have used excessive force against Rohingya Muslims.
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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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Jerdon's Babbler, rediscovered after the bird was thought to be extinct since 1941.
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Myanmar's major agricultural product is rice, which covers about 60% of the country's total cultivated land area
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The tragedy of the Muslim Rohingya boat people continues
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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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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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The Asian Elephant is quickly disappearing from the jungles of Myanmar.
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View from Golden Hill Towers, Yangon Myanmar
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