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Myanmar News

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.

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.

Energy giants win Myanmar offshore oil and gas blocks

- Myanmar named energy giants Chevron, Shell and Total among the winners Wednesday of a landmark auction of offshore oil and gas exploration rights, pinning hope on its natural resources to drive economic growth.

Myanmar couple in 'first public gay wedding ceremony'

Yangon - Dressed in matching traditional Myanmar clothes and garlanded with jasmine, a gay couple married in a lavish public ceremony that they say was the first of its kind in the conservative nation.Tin Ko Ko and Myo Min Htet exchanged rings in an upmarket Ya...

Myanmar allows partial resumption of MSF operations

Yangon - Myanmar has allowed Doctors Without Borders (MSF) to resume some of its work in the country, two days after the government forced it to close its clinics, the medical aid group said.But the group warned of a mounting humanitarian crisis in Rakhine Stat...

Myanmar suspends aid group MSF's operations in Rakhine

Yangon - Myanmar has suspended the activities of a top international aid agency in a strife-torn western state, an official said Friday, as the United States called for free humanitarian access in the former junta-ruled nation.Doctors Without Borders (MSF) has ...

Myanmar carrier leases 10 Boeing planes worth $960 mn

Singapore - Myanmar's national carrier on Tuesday signed a contract with US firm GE Capital to lease 10 Boeing aircraft worth nearly a billion dollars in a major makeover for the largely domestic airline.US ambassador to Myanmar Derek Mitchell described the agreem...

Myanma Air to lease up to a dozen Boeing jets: sources

Myanma Airways is set to order up to a dozen Boeing <BA.

World Bank pledges $2 billion for Myanmar

Yangon - The World Bank announced on Sunday a $2 billion development programme for Myanmar, including projects to improve access to energy and healthcare in the impoverished former military-ruled nation.

UN urges Myanmar to probe sectarian killings

Yangon - The United Nations has called on Myanmar to investigate reports that dozens of men, women and children were killed in attacks on Rohingya Muslims with the alleged involvement of police.

Burma mobs kill at least 40 Rohingya Muslims

More than 40 Rohingya Muslims were killed in attacks by Buddhists last week in Burma's Rakhine state. Two international aid officials who visited the area said they found evidence of a massacre, BBC News reports.

Activists skeptical as Myanmar gov't frees political detainees

Rangoon - Although presidential spokesman Ye Htut announced "there are no more political prisoners," in a December Facebook post, activists and ex-prisoners in Myanmar are expressing skepticism.

Women's group: Myanmar army still using rape as weapon of war

Yangon - A women's group in Myanmar says that Myanmar's military still uses rape as a weapon of war nearly three years after a "nominally" civilian government was elected, ending 50 years of merciless military rule.

40 political prisoners freed in Myanmar so far

Yangon - 40 political prisoners have been freed in Myanmar and president Thein Sein has granted 200 others amnesty. More releases are expected next week.

Philippine leader to help in Myanmar's democratic transition

Philippine President Benigno Aquino will be helping Myanmar in its efforts to open its society to democratic reforms after many years of isolation brought about by the long years of military rule.
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The tragedy of the Muslim Rohingya boat people continues
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Myanmar President Thein Sein delivers his speech to the media during his visit at the Malacanang Presidential Palace in Manila
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View from Golden Hill Towers, Yangon Myanmar
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Buddhist monks welcoming Muslims refugee
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Dawn at the valley of Bagan, Myanmar (Burma)
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