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Bangladesh PM attacks Myanmar over Rohingya deadlock

Dhaka - Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has slammed Myanmar for delays in the repatriation of Rohingya refugees who fled violence in the neighbouring country.

Outcry as ASEAN predicts 'smooth' Rohingya return to Myanmar

An ASEAN report predicting half a million Rohingya refugees will return to Myanmar in two years has left observers incredulous for glossing over army atrocities, ignoring an ongoing civil war in Rakhine state and failing to mention the persecuted Musli...

Myanmar, Hungary see migration as 'greatest challenge'

Budapest - Myanmar's civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi and Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban both view migration as "one of the greatest challenges" currently facing their countries and Europe and South East Asia in general, the government in Budapest said on ...

Seven killed in Myanmar monastery shelling: witnesses

Yangon - Seven people were killed when artillery rounds slammed into a monastery where they were sheltering from firefights between military and insurgent forces in Myanmar's Rakhine state, witnesses said Tuesday.

Ice, ice maybe? Myanmar cop held for crystal meth switch

Yangon - A Myanmar policeman has been arrested after switching 64 kilograms (140 pounds) of seized crystal meth with salts loosely resembling the party drug known as "ice", officials said Tuesday.

Armed and Dangerous: Myanmar's military goes shopping

Yangon - Myanmar's military has lavished tens of millions of dollars on the latest lethal hardware, leaning on allies as part of a strategy to become a first-class fighting force.

Amnesty accuses Myanmar military of fresh 'war crimes' in Rakhine

Myanmar's military is guilty of committing new "war crimes", extrajudicial killings and torture in its fight against ethnic Rakhine rebels, Amnesty International said Wednesday.

Myanmar frees soldiers jailed for Rohingya massacre

Yangon - Seven soldiers jailed for killing a group of Rohingya Muslims have been freed from a Myanmar jail despite serving less time than two reporters imprisoned for exposing the massacre.

'Results' needed from Myanmar over Rohingya return: UNHCR head

Myanmar must "show results" to convince Rohingya refugees to return, the UN’s High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi said Friday at the end of his first visit to Myanmar since the crackdown against Rohingya Muslims in 2017.

Myanmar filmmaker in court amid freedom of expression clampdown

A Myanmar filmmaker appeared in a Yangon court Thursday on charges of defaming the powerful military, one of a number of activists arrested in recent weeks as rights groups slam mounting assaults on free expression.

Ruby rush: Myanmar gem hunters exploit law change

Mogok - Burrowing deep underground, thousands of informal miners risk their lives to find gleaming red gems as a law change spurs opportunity in Myanmar's "land of rubies".

Some 250,000 Rohingya refugees receive first ID cards: UN

Geneva - The UN said Friday it has registered more than 250,000 Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh, providing many with their first ever identification cards and proof of their right to return to Myanmar in the future.

UN experts urge 'financial isolation' of Myanmar military

Geneva - Myanmar's military commanders should be financially "isolated" and brought to trial to face charges of war crimes and genocide against the Rohingya minority, UN investigators said Tuesday.

Suu Kyi tries to save face with Myanmar reporters' release

After relentless diplomatic pressure and global outrage, fallen democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi finally decided that a pardon for two Myanmar journalists jailed for reporting on a Rohingya massacre was the only way to resolve an issue that has dogged h...

Timeline in case against two Reuters Myanmar journalists

Yangon - Reuters journalists Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo were released from prison Tuesday after spending more than 16 months behind bars for investigating atrocities against Rohingya Muslims by Myanmar's army.

Myanmar frees two Reuters journalists after global outrage

Yangon - Two Reuters journalists jailed for their reporting on the Rohingya crisis in Myanmar walked out of prison on Tuesday, freed in a presidential amnesty after a vigorous global campaign -- and backroom diplomacy -- for their release.

Myanmar frees two Reuters journalists in amnesty

Yangon - Two Reuters journalists who had been jailed for their reporting on the Rohingya crisis in Myanmar walked out of prison Tuesday, freed in a presidential amnesty.

Myanmar village in army lockdown 'running out of food'

Villagers in Myanmar's conflict-hit Rakhine state said Monday they are facing food shortages after being hemmed in for nearly a week by the military, which killed six people and continues to detain scores more in a crackdown against suspected rebels.

Sex, casinos and tiger parts: Myanmar's vice-riddled China frontier

Mongla - Bentleys and BMW convertibles roll up to the "Venetian Casino" in Mongla on the Myanmar-China border, a melting pot of sex, drugs and gambling on a frontier that has also become a "supermarket" for illegally traded wildlife.

US renews call on Myanmar to free Reuters reporters

Washington - The United States on Wednesday renewed its call on Myanmar to free two Reuters journalists jailed after reporting on the Rohingya crisis, voicing dismay at a fresh rejection of their appeal.

Rescuers battle to find dozens killed in Myanmar mudslide

Chen - Myanmar recovery teams battled treacherous conditions Wednesday to pull a fourth body from the sludge left by a mudslide that buried more than 50 jade miners -- the latest fatal accident in a notoriously dangerous but highly-lucrative industry.

Top Myanmar court rejects appeal of award-winning Reuters reporters

Nay Pyi Taw - Myanmar's Supreme Court rejected the latest appeal Tuesday by two Pulitzer-prize winning Reuters journalists who were jailed for seven years on charges linked to their reporting on the Rohingya crisis, as hopes now turn to a presidential pardon.

Top Myanmar court rejects appeal by Reuters reporters: lawyer

Nay Pyi Taw - Myanmar's Supreme Court rejected an appeal Tuesday by two Reuters journalists jailed for seven years each on charges linked to their reporting on the Rohingya crisis, one of the defence lawyers confirmed.

'Masters of our destiny': Myanmar's Wa rebels in show of force

Pyin Oo Lwin - It has a standing army of 25,000, manufactures its own guns and conscripts at least one member of each household -- meet the United Wa State Army: Communist, reclusive, China-backed rebels determined to protect their supremacy over Myanmar's badland bo...

'Masters of our destiny': Myanmar's Wa rebels in show of force

Pyin Oo Lwin - It has a standing army of 25,000, manufactures its own guns and conscripts at least one member of each household -- meet the United Wa State Army: Communist, reclusive, China-backed rebels determined to protect their supremacy over Myanmar's badland bo...

Myanmar says six Rohingya killed in attack were 'with insurgents'

Yangon - The Myanmar army said Friday that six Rohingya killed by helicopter gunfire in restive Rakhine state were working with a rebel group, the latest escalation in violence that the UN says "may constitute war crimes".

First Rohingya woman shot dead in Bangladesh drugs clampdown

Dhaka - Bangladesh security forces have shot dead a Rohingya woman in a border town known as a gateway for smuggling meth pills from neighbouring Myanmar, officials said Sunday.

Jailed Reuters reporters wait for Myanmar Supreme Court decision

Myanmar's Supreme Court on Tuesday finished hearings in an appeal case for two Reuters journalists, their lawyer said, as the defence team strives to overturn seven-year sentences on charges linked to reporting on the Rohingya crisis.

Gas explosion kills 16 in Myanmar's remote Wa state: Wa army

Yangon - A gas explosion in a secretive enclave run by the ethnic Wa in Myanmar's eastern borderlands has killed 16 people and injured dozens, the United Wa State Army (UWSA) said Sunday.

Former Blackwater contractor in Myanmar security venture

A security firm with former US military contractor Erik Prince on its board has moved into Myanmar to provide protection services for international investors, the company told AFP, as it weathers backlash to revelations over planned work in China's res...
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The Asian Elephant is quickly disappearing from the jungles of Myanmar.
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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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Buddhist monks welcoming Muslims refugee
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The tragedy of the Muslim Rohingya boat people continues
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The spread of artemisinin resistant malaria parasites is becoming a great concern in Myanmar,
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Jerdon's Babbler, rediscovered after the bird was thought to be extinct since 1941.
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