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Myanmar president proposes new ministry for Suu Kyi

Yangon - Myanmar's president has urged the creation of a new ministry for Aung San Suu Kyi's state advisor position, official media reported on Friday, a move that will deepen her influence and likely rile the powerful army.

Blaze destroys hundreds of homes in Myanmar Rohingya camp

Yangon - A major fire on Tuesday damaged or destroyed the homes of nearly 450 Rohingya Muslim families living in a camp for people displaced by 2012 communal fighting in western Myanmar.

Myanmar monk builds pagodas in church and Muslim area

Yangon - A Myanmar Christian leader appealed for calm Wednesday after an influential Buddhist monk built pagodas within the compound of a church and near a mosque, in a country beset with religious tensions.

Rohingya found abandoned in forest a year on from Thai crackdown

Bangkok - More than a dozen Rohingya refugees abandoned by people smugglers have been found in a southern Thai forest, police said Wednesday, almost a year on from a crackdown which has forced traffickers to find new routes.

Myanmar landmine blast wounds German tourists, guide

Yangon - Two German travellers and their local guide were wounded by shrapnel from a landmine in north Myanmar, close to an area of recent heavy fighting between ethnic minority rebel groups, officials said on Wednesday.

Former Myanmar monk protest leader sentenced to six months

Yangon - A former leader of Myanmar's 2007 monk protests against the then-ruling junta said Tuesday he had been sentenced to six months in prison with hard labour on an immigration charge, in a case slammed by rights groups as politically motivated.

Myanmar Rohingya boat dead 'forced' to travel by sea: witnesses

Witnesses to a boat capsize off Myanmar that left some 20 people dead, including children, say the victims were from the persecuted Rohingya Muslim minority and blamed the tragedy on travel restrictions that forced them to journey by sea.

Myanmar's 'long-necked' women hope to turn tourism into homecoming

- Wearing a stack of bronze neck coils -- a sign of beauty for her Kayan tribe -- Mu Par dreams of a time when all "long-necked" women can return to Myanmar from Thailand where they are a tourist attraction.

Myanmar's Suu Kyi reaches out to ethnic minority rebels

Myanmar's Aung San Suu Kyi on Monday vowed to press for greater autonomy for the nation's ethnic minorities, in an early move to soothe the rebellions roiling the country after her party's ascent to power.

Myanmar president pardons 83 political prisoners: official

Yangon - Myanmar President Htin Kyaw pardoned 83 political prisoners on the country's traditional New Year Sunday, a spokesman from his office said, as the fledgling civilian-led administration seeks to cast off the shackles of nearly half a century of military...

Magnitude 6.9 quake hits northern Myanmar

Yangon - Myanmar was struck by a magnitude 6.9 quake on Wednesday, the US Geological Survey reported, with tremors felt around the region, including in neighbouring India and China.

Myanmar drops charges against nearly 200 political activists: Police

Yangon - Myanmar authorities have dropped charges against nearly 200 political activists since Aung San Suu Kyi pledged to fight for their freedom, a senior police officer told AFP Saturday.

Myanmar's Suu Kyi undergoes eye surgery: Official

Yangon - Myanmar's Aung Sang Suu Kyi underwent successful eye surgery Saturday, a senior party official said, weeks after the 70-year-old's fledgling administration took power.

Myanmar court frees student activists after Suu Kyi pledge

Kamayut - A Myanmar court on Friday freed dozens of jailed students, in the first wave of detainee releases after Aung San Suu Kyi pledged that the release of activists and political prisoners would be the first priority of her new government.

Myanmar court frees student activists after Suu Kyi pledge

Kamayut - A Myanmar court on Friday freed dozens of jailed students, in the first wave of detainee releases after Aung San Suu Kyi pledged to make freeing activists and political prisoners a priority of her new government.

Myanmar's Suu Kyi vows to press for political prisoner release

Yangon - Myanmar's Aung San Suu Kyi on Thursday vowed to press for the release of political prisoners and student activists, hinting that a mass amnesty may be imminent as her government seeks to stamp its mark on power in the former junta-run nation.

Myanmar's Suu Kyi gets new role as special adviser

Yangon - Myanmar’s president Wednesday signed a bill giving Aung San Suu Kyi a new role of state adviser, shoring up her influence across all branches of government despite vehement opposition from the still-powerful military.

Myanmar's Suu Kyi meets China counterpart in FM debut

Myanmar foreign minister Aung San Suu Kyi met her Chinese counterpart in Naypyidaw Tuesday, an official said, as relations with Beijing take centre stage in the first diplomatic foray of her newly installed pro-democracy government.

End repression of activists: Myanmar student leader

Yangon - A Myanmar student leader on trial over protests last year that were violently quashed by authorities called on Aung San Suu Kyi's new government Monday to abolish laws repressing political activists.

Myanmar's Suu Kyi drops ministries, takes on spokeswoman role

Yangon - Myanmar's Aung San Suu Kyi has dropped plans to run two major ministries but will act as spokeswoman for the country's new president, a ruling party official said Monday.

Myanmar army MPs slam bill to create Suu Kyi 'advisor' role

Yangon - Myanmar military MPs on Friday said a plan to bolster Aung San Suu Kyi's power with a special advisory role was unconstitutional, as the new civilian government tussled with the army just days after taking office.

Myanmar's untested new ministers handed huge rebuilding job

Nay Pyi Taw - Myanmar's new social affairs chief had just six days' notice before his appointment -- one of a legion of newcomers from Aung San Suu Kyi's party whose credentials will be sorely tested by the massive reconstruction job left by military rule.

Suu Kyi's party to propose giving her special 'advisor' role

Nay Pyi Taw - Aung San Suu Kyi's party will on Thursday submit a proposal to create a new "state advisor" role for her, MPs said, giving her power to liaise between the president and parliament.

Obama hails 'extraordinary moment' in Myanmar as new leader sworn in

Washington - US President Barack Obama on Wednesday hailed the swearing-in of Myanmar's new president Htin Kyaw, a close aide to Nobel peace laureate Aung San Suu Kyi, as an "extraordinary moment" as the country emerges from military rule.

Suu Kyi aide sworn in as Myanmar president in historic power shift

Nay Pyi Taw - Myanmar entered a new era on Wednesday as Aung San Suu Kyi's democracy movement took power after 50 years of military domination, with a close aide of the Nobel laureate sworn in as president.

Myanmar lifts state of emergency in troubled Rakhine state

Yangon - Myanmar's outgoing government on Tuesday lifted a state of emergency in conflict-hit Rakhine, a parting gesture that coincides with turbulent relations between Aung San Suu Kyi's new administration and the western state's powerful Buddhist political pa...

Myanmar pagoda re-clad with gold as devotees look to gain spiritual credit

Yangon - Teetering on bamboo scaffolding, expert craftsmen are busy attaching blocks of gold to a Buddhist pagoda in downtown Yangon, burnishing one of the city's major landmarks and racking up spiritual credit for devotees.

Blocked from presidency, Suu Kyi to be Myanmar foreign minister

Nay Pyi Taw - Aung San Suu Kyi will be foreign minister in Myanmar's first civilian government for decades, her party said Tuesday, giving the democracy champion a formal post despite being blocked from the presidency.

Myanmar president-elect says ethnic ministry 'vital' for peace

Nay Pyi Taw - Myanmar's new president-elect told lawmakers Monday that plans to create a new ethnic affairs ministry were "vital" as he put efforts to heal relations with minorities at the heart of policy in a nation torn by civil wars and sectarian conflict.

Myanmar's ethnic rebels pin hope on new civilian president

Yangon - An ethnic rebel group locked in conflict with Myanmar's military is eager to broker peace with the new civilian president, a spokesman said Saturday, as the incoming government gears up to tackle the country's long-running insurgencies.
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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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Local clinic trating malaria patients.
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