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12 dead in Myanmar jade mine landslide, many feared missing

Yangon - A landslide in Myanmar's northern jade mining region has killed at least 12 people and many more are missing, officials said Tuesday, the latest deadly accident to hit the shadowy but lucrative industry.

Myanmar fans get fleeting glimpse of Foxes

Myanmar football fans flocked Sunday to see newly-crowned English Premier League champions Leicester City as they made a whirlwind visit to Yangon and took in the city's stunning Shwedagon Pagoda.

Kerry hails 'remarkable' Myanmar changes after Suu Kyi talks

Nay Pyi Taw - US Secretary of State John Kerry Sunday hailed Myanmar's transition from army rule to a civilian government steered by Aung San Suu Kyi as a "remarkable statement" of support for global democracy.

Kerry hails 'remarkable' Myanmar changes after Suu Kyi talks

Nay Pyi Taw - US Secretary of State John Kerry Sunday hailed Myanmar's transition to a civilian government steered by Aung San Suu Kyi as a "remarkable statement" that furthers the cause of global democracy.

Dozens of Myanmar workers arrested in rally clampdown

Nay Pyi Taw - Myanmar police on Wednesday arrested dozens of activists and factory workers as they broke up a labour rights march on the capital, the latest rally to test freedoms under Aung San Suu Kyi's new civilian government.

Dozens of Myanmar workers arrested in rally clampdown

Nay Pyi Taw - Myanmar police on Wednesday arrested dozens of activists and factory workers as they broke up a labour rights march on the capital, the latest rally to test freedoms under Aung San Suu Kyi's new civilian government.

Dozens of Myanmar workers arrested in rally clampdown

Nay Pyi Taw - Myanmar police on Wednesday arrested dozens of activists and factory workers as they broke up a labour rights march on the capital, the latest rally to test freedoms under Aung San Suu Kyi's new civilian government.

Myanmar welcomes U.S. move to ease more sanctions

Yangon - A US decision to pare back economic sanctions on Myanmar could unclog investment as the country claws its way out of poverty, Aung San Suu Kyi's civilian government said Wednesday, welcoming the move.

Attackers kill guard at Bangladesh Rohingya refugee camp

Dhaka - A group of armed attackers stormed a security post at a camp for Rohingya refugees in southern Bangladesh near the Myanmar border on Friday, killing the post commander and looting weapons, police said.

U.S. weighs remaining Myanmar sanctions under Suu Kyi administration

Yangon - Washington's new ambassador to Myanmar on Tuesday said remaining sanctions had taken an "unintended" toll on the nation's delicate economic development, as the US re-evaluates its embargoes on the former pariah state.

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.
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